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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

V599 – Pre-Fall Intensive – Leading Personal Change

Aug. 11-16, 2019

COURSE TYPE:

Residency    

UNIVERSITY:

Indiana    

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. 19 – Nov. 9, 2019

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. 19–Nov. 9, 2019

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. 20–25, 2019

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. 18, 2019 – Feb. 15, 2020

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Indiana    

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. 18, 2019- Feb. 15, 2020

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Indiana    

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. 24 - May 16, 2020

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Indiana    

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. 24 - May 16, 2020

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Indiana    

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 26 - Aug. 15, 2020

COURSE TYPE:

Online    

UNIVERSITY:

Indiana    

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 26 - Aug. 15, 2020

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.

  Have you ever felt like you just wanted to get your graduate degree done as soon as possible? Have that feeling that your dream program is “holding you back” because you have not been out of your undergrad program long enough? If so, you and I are alike. I was so charged up to get an MBA on my resume that I didn’t take “no” for an answer. The result … 24 months later I had  ... READ MORE  

Ben Smith

Solutions Accelerator Pilot Program Lead - NavCom Technology, Inc., A John Deere Company
MS-MBA Class of 2008-2010

  Have you ever felt like you just wanted to get your graduate degree done as soon as possible? Have that feeling that your dream program is “holding you back” because you have not been out of your undergrad program long enough? If so, you and I are alike.

I was so charged up to get an MBA on my resume that I didn’t take “no” for an answer. The result … 24 months later I had accomplished a degree. But, in my rush to achieve something, I did just that. I achieved a degree from a program that was less selective and ultimately less credible in the eyes of my employer. While I learned a few things from the program, I realized only a marginal lift in roles, responsibility and income. That left this “life-long learner” again looking for more.

I found my “more” in my aforementioned dream program, which I enrolled in eight years after I originally tried to get in. My drive for more has been rewarded after completing my dream program, the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness. Since then, I have been promoted twice, both times increasing my roles and responsibly and gaining international business exposure.

Here are the lessons I learned the hard way:
1. Less selective programs that don’t have business experience requirements are not all bad, but often lack veteran candidates. I realized that the material taught by the instructors is only part of the program. An additional factor, which can make or break your experience, is the set of students you complete the program with.
2. Being a team player is important in a graduate program. The best way to be a team player is to be able to provide real-world insight from multiple years of business experience. This is not found in a textbook, a podcast or at the lunch table surrounded by senior executives. You have to gain this the old-fashioned way. Earn it.
3. Be selective. If you ask my parents, I have always been in a hurry. This drive has benefited me in some aspects of life, but not so much in the speeding ticket department, or when I had to retake business statistics because I wanted a better MBA. If I had been more selective when choosing a graduate program the first time around, I would not have had to endure that pain. On the bright side, I did some cross-referencing between my less selective MBA program and the one I recently completed. Let’s take finance, for example. The entire finance material covered in the less selective MBA program was covered within the first third of the Indiana University course. The remainder of the class provided me with a great deal more insight, and personally useful information, that has helped me further my career.

So, take it from me—all graduate programs are not the same. If I can help one person not make the same mistakes I did, I will be happy.  

Ben Smith

Solutions Accelerator Pilot Program Lead - NavCom Technology, Inc., A John Deere Company
MS-MBA Class of 2008-2010