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MS Degree

Earn a master's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue.

This single-degree option allows you to earn just the Master of Science (MS) with a concentration in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

The MS degree option spans 21 months. As with the dual-degree option, courses are organized into modules that last 12 weeks. You will wrap up classes after the spring module of your second year. 

If you choose to pursue the MS degree, you will still fully participate in all five residency sessions, including the international residency. You will also complete the capstone project, which takes the place of a traditional master's thesis.

  Many other programs require you to go to a local campus for evening and weekend classes, but the Purdue/IU program offers the flexibility to structure your own time. For me, the main draw of the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management was its focus on agriculture. I already was interested in getting an MBA, but the ag econ focus, combined with both Purdue and IU’s great reputations, made the  ... READ MORE  

Robert Miller

Financial Controller - Howell Farms
MS-MBA Class of 2010-2012

  Many other programs require you to go to a local campus for evening and weekend classes, but the Purdue/IU program offers the flexibility to structure your own time. For me, the main draw of the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management was its focus on agriculture. I already was interested in getting an MBA, but the ag econ focus, combined with both Purdue and IU’s great reputations, made the program hard to resist.

Many other programs require you to go to a local campus for evening and weekend classes, but the Purdue/IU program offers the flexibility to structure your own time. The program also has a defined structure and course progression, which was a huge benefit for me. The program offers room for some electives, but for the most part, the classes you will take are already defined. Given my other responsibilities at work and at home, it was great not to have to think about administrative details like which classes to sign up for. The program manager’s at Purdue and Indiana University are a huge help in this regard.

The distance-delivery aspect of the program is extremely well-developed and conducive to learning. IU’s Kelley school has a long history in distance education and has solved many of the issues that arise in a distance-learning situation. I found it very easy to adapt to their online teaching platform, which Purdue also uses.

Also, the networking opportunities that this program provides are second to none. For example, my class of 25 includes people who work at John Deere, Case IH, Monsanto, Elanco Animal Health, Heinz and a variety of other intriguing agribusinesses.

Classwork and teaching techniques include textbook reading, supplemental reading, PowerPoint slides and online audio/video lectures. Homework includes written assignments, team assignments and multiple choice exams and quizzes. Team projects are very common in the program. This has required many conference calls, as well as learning how to work with group members’ strengths and weaknesses.

For a dual degree focused in my area of interest, I find the cost very reasonable when compared to similar name-recognized programs. There is no tuition reimbursement at my company, but I have still decided that the benefit far outweighs the cost. Had I been working for a company with a tuition reimbursement program, the decision would have been that much easier.

Be prepared to work your butt off in this program, but know that your career will benefit from its completion. Be prepared to work—but you’ll also learn a lot, too.  

Robert Miller

Financial Controller - Howell Farms
MS-MBA Class of 2010-2012