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Program Residencies

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

While this program is delivered primarily online, it does have five, one-week residency sessions built into the model. The first four residencies alternate between Purdue’s West Lafayette, Ind., campus (once each year) and the IU Kelley School of Business campus in Bloomington, Ind., (once each year). A fifth residency takes place in May of your second year on the campus of a Purdue international partner institution, currently the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

These residency sessions allow program faculty to cover course material that is more difficult to teach in an online environment, but the primary benefit of these residencies is the networking and camaraderie that takes place between students. Purdue residencies are mandatory and although there is an online option for the Kelley residencies, it is highly suggested that you attend those in person if it is at all possible.

Hotel reservations (single occupancy), breakfast, lunch and some dinners are included in the tuition cost. Both Purdue and IU use their respective student unions for accommodations. Transportation to these residency sessions is not provided.

You can find the schedule of residencies within your plan of study.

International Residency

The international residency provides an opportunity for you to focus heavily on business strategy in an international setting. It is a graded activity and associated with the strategy class. Strategy, by the nature of the topic, is a culmination of the topics you will have studied throughout the program and therefore, naturally lends itself to the course that would include the international experience. Transportation to the international residency is not provided but once you are "in-country" Purdue provides all transportation until you are transported to the airport for the flight out of the country.

Stop by our Facebook page to see photos from last year's international residency in Brazil.

 

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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