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What positions do candidates typically hold?

Our program attracts participants in a broad range of positions, including the following:

  • Plant management
  • Marketing and sales
  • Engineering
  • Research and development

Our students are typically interested in improving their skill set to help keep their companies on a positive growth track and to improve their management abilities.

What are the dates for the program?

View the plan of study for the MS-MBA or the single MS degree.

What are common industries in which MS-MBA students typically work?

Our program attracts a wide range of students from across the food and agribusiness industries. Students come from genetics and biotech industries as well as from the consumer end of the food business, including food processors, food manufacturers, and production agriculture. View a list of companies represented in our program.

How many courses are taken at once? How much time should I expect to spend per week?

The program is broken down into modules, instead of traditional semesters. Each module lasts 11-12 weeks. During each module participants will take two three-credit courses. Students should expect to invest 10-12 hours per week studying for each course.

Aside from five one-week residency sessions the MS-MBA is asychronous (anytime, anyplace). This means that although you have definite due dates, you're free to determine when to carry out the coursework. For example, if you have a weekend event—a wedding or other event—you only need to manage your time appropriately to be able to attend with no feelings of guilt. Each professor explicitly assigns due dates and times for homework, and most of these are determined a week or two in advance.

What is accomplished during the residency sessions?

Residencies are an essential part of this program. The Purdue residencies include face-to-face lecture time, detailed question and answer sessions, and time for networking. The Kelley School of Business holds two 1.5 credit courses: Leading Change, and Managing Human Resources in a Global Environment. The Purdue residency sessions are a face-to-face extension of the courses. Learn more about residency sessions

Do I find my own accommodations for the residency sessions?

Purdue and Kelley School of Business take care of student accommodations during residency. In addition to paying for your hotel room and tax, the schools also pay for continental breakfast, lunch and some dinners. Hotel rooms are single-occupancy.

Unfortunately, spouses are not welcome at the residency sessions, including the Purdue international residency.

What resources can I show my employer in order to secure funding?

By sponsoring participants in this program, organizations make a major commitment to high potential individuals in their firm. Such a commitment is a cost effective means to reward, retain, and educate superior middle and upper-middle managers. Potential applicants should also share information regarding the capstone project.

See information for employers.

What are the fees associated with the program?

Total cost for the MS-MBA Dual Degree program is expected to be in the range of $65,000. Total cost for the MS-Only single degree program is expected to be in the range of $41,000. Fees are determined by Purdue University and Indiana University Board of Trustees, and are subject to change each fall. See fees for details.

Can I defer if I am admitted and find that I cannot attend?

Yes, students can defer for one year providing they email the program manager asking permission. After that, a student must reapply.

What determines if I am accepted into the program?

Admission decisions are based on the following:

  • Work experience—a minimum of three years' experience in positions of increasing responsibility is recommended
  • Employer recommendations
  • Previous academic record
  • The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — those who hold an MS degree or higher may have this waived. Contact the program manager for clarification.
  • The TOEFL exam for international applicants

Application materials for our program are collected by Purdue University. Learn more about the application process.

What is the application deadline?

Each cohort begins in August. We recommend you submit your application by late spring of the year in which you wish to start the program. Contact the program manager for additional deadline information.

Why should I choose this program?

This program combines the unique strengths of two top-tier schools. Purdue University has a rich tradition of working with firms in the food and agricultural markets. Over the past decade, the Center for Food and Agricultural Business—the Purdue partner in the MS-MBA program—has conducted more than 2,000 days of non-degree professional development programming involving more than 6,100 food and agribusiness managers from around the world.

Kelley's online MBA is the only MBA program offered by a top-20 business school that is delivered almost exclusively online. It is ranked No. 3 in the world. The MBA faculty at Kelley have been nationally recognized for their academic excellence—ranked No. 2 by Princeton Review and No. 1 by Business Week. Purdue's College of Agriculture is ranked No. 6 in the world. The Agricultural Economics department is generally rated as one of the top three agricultural economics departments in the United States.

What are the minimum technical requirements to accomplish program coursework?

This information is listed on the IU site:

Is the quality of the program diminished by the fact that it is an online program?

Both Purdue and Kelley School of Business take pride in delivering an exceptional graduate education opportunity for working professionals. Both schools use only experienced faculty to teach courses, and the degrees earned are the same degrees you could earn as a resident student. Neither transcripts or diplomas mention online delivery.

Is this program totally online?

The program is about 85 percent online. The program includes five one-week residency sessions—two at Purdue, two at Kelley School of Business, and one at a Purdue international partner institution. Learn more about residency sessions

Do employers support the students financially?

Employers usually support the student in some way. Some employers pay for the entire program, others offer partial reimbursement, and some offer only vacation time for the residency sessions and no financial support. Learn more about resources designed specifically for employers


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Garrett Baldwin

Managing Editor/Senior Analyst - Agora Publishing
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  The global economy is shifting. And while other business programs are seem overly focused on pushing their students to Wall Street or to financial consulting firms, Purdue University is committed to solving some of the greatest challenges on the horizon.

During recruiting trips to other business schools, professors and administrators touted jobs at social media ventures or the opportunity for me to get involved in the next dot-com rush. What a waste. Luckily, Purdue has a greater purpose.

The global economy is transitioning back to a commodity-based reality. Now more than ever, we face complex challenges in agriculture, energy, and mining production. Purdue is meeting these challenges by creating an annual cohort of intelligent leaders who will solve these problems. In my short time here, I already recognized that this program has identified and recruited some of the finest future leaders in agribusiness. And the quality of the professors at Purdue University rivals every top-tier program in the country.

I wanted an MBA program that centered on practicality and less on traditional theory taught in other business schools. Practicality is the hallmark of this program, making it valuable – on a daily basis -- not only to the student, but also to the employer.

The ability to apply what I’ve learned to my job is far more rewarding than a full-time program that focuses too heavily on case studies that simply do not apply to the challenges that I face on a daily basis.

Every lecture, team meeting, and program assignment has enabled me to learn new approaches to complex business problems. When I recently accepted a new role in my company, my boss was highly skeptical about why I am committing so much time to a dual Masters program. During one interview, he even asked me to drop out before I accepted the new job. I refused.

Now, two months into this new engagement, he’s blown away by my performance. What he doesn’t really know is that I’m using many of the new skills and knowledge that I have acquired from this program, and that is setting me apart. Our conversations regularly focus on the challenges and trends that this program has identified.

And the ability for my company to have access to a student engaged in cutting-edge research has provided far more than just general knowledge. It has created a dependable leader, a person who approaches complex problems with innovative ideas, and an analyst with far superior skills than those in rival organizations. I made the right decision. And I know my company is reaping the benefits.  

Garrett Baldwin

Managing Editor/Senior Analyst - Agora Publishing
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013