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MS Degree 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. 13-18, 2017

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. 21 – Nov. 11, 2017

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. 21–Nov. 11, 2017

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. 15–20, 2017

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. 20, 2017 – Feb. 17, 2018

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. 20, 2017- Feb. 17, 2018

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. 26 - May 19, 2018

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. 26 – May 19, 2018

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

AGEC 687 – Problem Solving and Project Management for Decision Makers

May 29 - Aug. 18, 2018

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.

  The diverse agricultural background of each student in the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness program greatly adds to the learning experience. Since my life focuses around grapes and wine, it was interesting to learn about other segments of the industry through the real-life experiences that other students shared. This brought on a significantly different level of learning—it’s one thing to  ... READ MORE  

Nancie Oxley

Head Winemaker - St. Julian Wine Company, Inc.
MS-MBA Class of 2008-2010

  The diverse agricultural background of each student in the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness program greatly adds to the learning experience. Since my life focuses around grapes and wine, it was interesting to learn about other segments of the industry through the real-life experiences that other students shared. This brought on a significantly different level of learning—it’s one thing to listen to a professor’s lecture or to read a chapter from a textbook, but learning from other students’ industry experience truly intensifies the lessons at hand, making them more meaningful.

This program changed my life on both a professional and a personal level. My class cohort became quite close over the two years that we spent in the program. Because all of the students in the program are employed in the food and agricultural sector, everyone is busy with work. Students are taking courses while managing things like harvest, holiday rushes, planting season, and tax season. During harvest, I relied on my teammates to get me through the program and the efforts were returned when my schedule slowed down.

The support that you receive from your fellow classmates in nothing like you will ever experience. When you join the MS-MBA program, your classmates become like another family. They are there to support you no matter what, and they understand what you are going through—even when your actual family doesn’t. It’s a bond that happens because each person is experiencing the same stress and pressure—your “school family” will support you through it all!

If you are ready for a life changing experience, this is it! The MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness is hard work, but it will pay off!  

Nancie Oxley

Head Winemaker - St. Julian Wine Company, Inc.
MS-MBA Class of 2008-2010