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MS-MBA Plan of Study

The plan of study is the order that you and your Purdue cohort will move through the program. It is designed so that your group will stay together when in Purdue classes, and when intermingled with the public MBA students in the Kelley Executive Degree Programs.

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Year One
Pre-Fall Module

V594 – Pre-Fall Intensive – Personal Leadership

Aug. 12-17, 2018

COURSE TYPE:

Residency    

UNIVERSITY:

Kelley    

COURSE CREDITS:

1.5

Held in Bloomington, Ind.

This course will provide students with an introduction to the concept of personal leadership, using the reflective lens of the DLS self-observant leadership model.  Topics covered will include building your capacity for personal awareness, creating and leading meaning in your work, internal / external feedback processing through a self-observant lens, and leadership communications excellence.  Students will hear from expert practitioners from the field, as well as top rated Kelley Faculty.  Students will have the opportunity to practice each concept in detail throughout the week, and will also be provided the option of seven Executive / Communications Coaching follow up sessions (4 EC and 3CC) to reinforce key concepts, and develop a personal action plan as they begin the Kelley MBA Program.  As a result of this course students will be better able to state their personal values and vision, understand how to drive meaning in their work, and be ready to lead themselves through transitional experiences like the Kelley MBA Program.

Fall Module

AGEC 681 – Economics for Food & Agribusiness Managers

Aug. 20 – Nov. 10, 2018

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Purdue    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

Addresses the institutional setting and structure of the food and agricultural markets. Encompasses both the domestic and international dimensions of the food chain, including consumer demand, global sourcing and worldwide production potential. Also focuses on managerial economics as applied to such topics as food system market structure, the nature and dimensions of domestic and global competition, the components of cost and revenue, and the food system value chain.

AGEC 684 – Applied Quantitative Methods for Decision Making

Aug. 20–Nov. 10, 2018

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Purdue    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

Explores the application of contemporary concepts and quantitative techniques for decision making in the face of uncertainty and/or multiple conflicting objectives. Focus is on application of these tools to decisions facing the food and agricultural business manager. Also explores key areas of risk management of the food and agricultural firm including price, production, strategic, regulatory, technology, market/competitor, political, financial, and exchange rate risk.

Purdue Residency

Oct. 21–26, 2018

COURSE TYPE:

Residency    

UNIVERSITY:

Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.)

Purdue residency session to be held in West Lafayette, Ind. This residency is a continuation of the distance education courses above.

Winter Module

C521 – Managing Accounting Information for Decision-Making

Nov. 19, 2018 – Feb. 16, 2019

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Kelley    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

Provides a user-oriented understanding of how accounting information should be managed to ensure its availability on a timely and relevant basis for decision making. The first part of the course reviews financial accounting and reporting while the second part of the course focuses on cost-benefit analysis for evaluating the potential value-added results from planning, organizing, and controlling a firm’s accounting information. Cases, forum discussions and computer support are used extensively.

C570 – Strategic Marketing Management

Nov. 19, 2018- Feb. 16, 2019

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Kelley    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

An introduction to the process of creating a market-driven organization. Specific topics include marketing strategy, market research and analysis, and the development of products and services, pricing, distribution and promotion. The course employs lecture, classroom discussion through threaded discussion forums, case analysis and field research projects.

Spring Module

C540 – Financial Management

Feb. 25 - May 18, 2019

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Kelley    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

Provides a working knowledge of the tools and analytical conventions used in the practice of corporate finance; establishes an understanding of the basic elements of financial theory to be used in application of analytical reasoning to business problems; and explores the interrelationship among corporate policies and decisions. Coursework will include problem sets, study group preparation of executive summary memos and critiques and use of PC spreadsheets to develop a planning model for a case focusing on funds requirement.

C550 – Law and Ethics in Business

Feb. 25 – May 18, 2019

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Kelley    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

The objective is to provide the student of management with a basic knowledge of the American legal system, the legal process and relevant substantive law that is necessary to making informed and effective business decisions. The law develops and evolves in response to changing social, economic, political and technological forces, and business decisions often carry long-lasting, as well as delayed effects. This course emphasizes the study of the law of torts, contracts and product liability. It is hoped that consideration of a study of these legal principles will give prospective managers insight into the dynamics of the legal process to enable them to predict as soundly as possible the future legal environment in which their present decisions will bear fruit.

Summer Module

C560 – Strategic Management and Business Planning

May 28 - Aug. 17, 2019

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Kelley    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

This course introduces students to strategic management and planning. In the course, you are asked to develop and execute a business strategy in a business simulation. In the Kelley Direct Online MBA Program, you are asked to develop a wide variety of skills and competencies in management. Developing and executing a business plan is only one of these skills. In addition, many of the skills and competencies addressed in this course will receive progressively greater refining in subsequent courses. As a result, this course should be viewed as an introduction to many issues that you will address again from different perspectives throughout the remainder of the program.

AGEC 687 – Problem Solving and Project Management for Decision Makers

May 28 - Aug. 17, 2019

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Purdue    

COURSE CREDITS:

3

Develops a structured approach to problem solving, including problem definition, development of alternatives, identifying consequences, assessing trade-offs and making informed choices. Research methods and project management concepts will be addressed. A major business analysis project will be framed during the course, to be completed as part of the capstone course in business analysis.

  After I obtained my undergraduate degree, I debated whether to go back to school for at least 20 years. I even started a program two times, but had to quit due to job transfers, back before online programs were available. As I progressed throughout my career, I was always able to do well in each job challenge using my technical degree, experience and advice from personal development and  ... READ MORE  

David Baynes

Global Vice President, Brewing Quality - Anheuser-Busch
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  After I obtained my undergraduate degree, I debated whether to go back to school for at least 20 years. I even started a program two times, but had to quit due to job transfers, back before online programs were available. As I progressed throughout my career, I was always able to do well in each job challenge using my technical degree, experience and advice from personal development and management seminars. But as I moved to positions of increasing responsibility, I realized that a more in-depth understanding of business concepts and principles, along with a strategic-planning focus, would be beneficial to my current role and allow me to stay competitive with other people in my organization.

I had several worries as I looked into various MBA and graduate programs. Would I be able to get back into “school mode” and do well? Could I compete with the younger, more recent college graduates? Would I actually get anything beneficial out of a program that I could translate to useful actions in my business? How could I possibly do well enough on the GMAT to get accepted? (I’m horrible at taking standardized tests.)

Once I made the decision to just go for it, I had to find a program that worked for me and was well-respected so I would get my company’s support. Since my job requires international travel, distance delivery was an absolute must. At first, I focused on MBA-only options and looked at schools with an international business option. I found the Purdue MS-MBA program along the way. The option to earn two degrees in the time it took to get an MBA was really interesting to me, so I took my research a little further and contacted Luanna DeMay.

Everyone who has ever talked to Luanna about this program gets a real feeling of her passion and pride in what Purdue offers. She put me in contact with some former and current students. Talking to them sold me on this program — it was the only one I applied to. The experience has been incredible. The cohort concept is amazing at Purdue. We are a close group that is comprised of all ages, experiences, skills and abilities. Working with people from the cohort makes everything so much easier and facilitates real learning. I’ve developed close relationships with many of the people in my cohort that will last long after we walk down the aisle to receive our diplomas. They are experts in many areas of agribusiness, and I know that I will consult with them in the future.  

David Baynes

Global Vice President, Brewing Quality - Anheuser-Busch
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013