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Why Say "Yes" to the MS-MBA Program?

Sending an employee through the MS-MBA program is a big decision. We’ve prepared this list of benefits to make the choice easier for you.

Investment

Supporting a student who is attending our program is a powerful investment in your company’s future, as well as a cost-effective way to reward, retain and educate a high-potential agribusiness manager in your firm.

MBAs are a desirable hire for any company. Why not invest in your employeesthe people who already know your companyby helping them get an MBA? This commitment is tangible evidence of your support of the student and dedication to their career. Plus, because our MBA is paired with a Master’s in agricultural economics, you’re getting two for the price of one.

Immediate application to the workplace

The program’s focus on food and agriculture lets students explore managerial concepts in the context of their company’s marketplace. Students learn about the varied functional areas of an organization. They develop analytical skills and learn to apply tools and processes that can immediately impact their daily work and their company’s bottom line.

Direct attention to a challenge your company faces

During the program’s six-credit capstone project, the student focuses on a problem their company faces, or a new business venture the company is considering. Hiring a consultant to do the same work could cost tens of thousands of dollars, but in this project, the student hits the ground running since they’re already deeply involved in your company. The project is practical for the company and immediately applicable to the employee’s job.

Access to faculty experts

The program offers access to Purdue and IU’s top-ranked, award-winning agribusiness and business faculty. Because of the program’s small size (each cohort is limited to 30 students), students get to know these faculty members well. This intimate network opens up a new realm of possibilities: students gain access to world-renowned experts who are just a phone call (or email) away.

Minimal disruption of ongoing job responsibilities

During the course of the 27-month program, students complete a majority of their work online. Students need to attend just five one-week residencies—two at Purdue University, two at Indiana University and one abroad.

Global thinking

The program includes a one-week residency abroad that will expose your employee to the international business climate and promote global thinking.

Exceptional networking opportunities

The MS-MBA program offers unparalleled access to professionals in the food and agribusiness sector with significant roles in their organizations. Students can call professors and fellow students with their business questions. For many students, these relationships last well after they’ve graduated from the program.

We have recently welcomed students from all sectors of the agribusiness industry, ranging from some of the most well-known companies, including Zoetis, John Deere, DuPont Pioneer and Anheuser-Busch, as well as smaller companies and family operations.

  It seems as though I analyze situations differently now than I did before the Purdue MS-MBA and I have a greater appreciation for the "big picture" and long-term effect of decisions. My experience in the MS/MBA program was great although very time consuming. That being said it was well worth the effort. I gained some really good friendships during the program and was able to lean on my  ... READ MORE  

Jeff Riechers

Vice President, Commercial Banking Division - Marshall & Ilsley Bank
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007

  It seems as though I analyze situations differently now than I did before the Purdue MS-MBA and I have a greater appreciation for the "big picture" and long-term effect of decisions.

My experience in the MS/MBA program was great although very time consuming. That being said it was well worth the effort. I gained some really good friendships during the program and was able to lean on my classmates for help when it was needed.

I had been looking at several MBA programs prior to learning about Purdue. The night and weekend programs required too much driving and seemed somewhat inflexible due to my schedule and other time commitments. I picked and recommend Purdue's program for the following reasons:

Flexible time schedule (you don't have to be in class at a set time).
Emphasis on agriculture.
Time spent on campus which helps pull not only the course work but also the students and teaching staff together.
The delivery mechanism utilized. The Purdue voice-over PowerPoint lectures are great and I wish I would have had something like that in undergrad.
Purdue's staff. Our TA made himself available when we needed him for help (usually between 10 pm and 1 am) and the Profs were very responsive. The Indiana side of the equation provides a different flavor than Purdue with a greater spectrum of students.
It is hard to quantify how I benefited from the MS/MBA program. It seems as though I analyze situations differently now than I did before and have a greater appreciation for the "big picture" and long-term effect of decisions. I have been promoted a few times since starting the program and now sit on our corporate agricultural banking steering committee. When I entered the program my role was a business banking officer at M&I. I managed a relatively small portfolio of small business and farm accounts. Currently I am a vice president in our commercial banking division with a much larger portfolio. The insight I gained from the program has proven invaluable when sitting down with my customers, their CFOs, accountants, and lawyers to analyze a situation.  

Jeff Riechers

Vice President, Commercial Banking Division - Marshall & Ilsley Bank
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007