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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.

 

  I recently took on a project to find ways to make a large company become more efficient. Very early on it became apparent that the company didn’t have a strategy of any sort. Like so many companies, they simply had "year to year" operational plans. So, our efficiency project turned quickly into a strategic planning project. In this project I had to explain the difference between corporate  ... READ MORE  

Clay Kittrell

Human Resources Manager - SSA Consulting
MS-MBA Class of 2000-2002

  I recently took on a project to find ways to make a large company become more efficient. Very early on it became apparent that the company didn’t have a strategy of any sort. Like so many companies, they simply had "year to year" operational plans. So, our efficiency project turned quickly into a strategic planning project. In this project I had to explain the difference between corporate strategy and business strategy, which I learned in class during this program, and I also had to explain the difference between the "capabilities" view of strategy and strategy process that focus first on external factors, also a topic I learned in class at Purdue.

Ultimately, I convinced the company that they had to commit to segmenting their business and then to developing a simple model to show how those segments would change over time. And of course, all of the assumptions that went into this model would need to be documented fully. By putting pen to paper on a strategy by segment (and assumptions) they were able to make some difficult decisions about plans for growth and resource allocation, and ultimately we were able to make recommendations for efficiency changes within this new "strategic context", saving the company more than $20 million. This success would not have been possible if not for the knowledge gained at Purdue.   

Clay Kittrell

Human Resources Manager - SSA Consulting
MS-MBA Class of 2000-2002