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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.

 

  Earning a master’s degree while working full time is, if nothing else, an extreme lesson in time management. However, the benefits of learning from the program’s skilled and dedicated faculty and totally selfless staff continue to be revealed to me. As I neared the end of the program, I transitioned from managing a large sales team at Pioneer to managing an entire business unit for one of the  ... READ MORE  

John Pieper

Stover Feedstock Workstream Leader - DuPont Pioneer
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007

  Earning a master’s degree while working full time is, if nothing else, an extreme lesson in time management. However, the benefits of learning from the program’s skilled and dedicated faculty and totally selfless staff continue to be revealed to me. As I neared the end of the program, I transitioned from managing a large sales team at Pioneer to managing an entire business unit for one of the company’s four geographies in North America. The knowledge of agricultural business I gained in the MS-MBA program (including risk assessment techniques, marketing, economics, finance and operations) came immediately into play and had a tremendous positive impact on my ability to meet the new responsibilities.

Since assuming responsibility for Pioneer’s North American sales training and development in 2010, I have even been able to bring into play the understanding of distance-learning techniques employed in the MS-MBA. Due to the solid business fundamentals I learned in the Purdue MS-MBA program, I anticipate that I can confidently accept new roles as required by our ever-changing business climate.

The distance-learning processes and styles of the Purdue faculty are excellent at knowledge transfer, engagement (which is important when students are holding down full-time employment), and networking. My classmates learned from each other. The cross-segment networking opportunities we found in the program are attainable in few other ways in the agriculture industry. My MS-MBA cohort remains a treasured and valued resource. Directly and indirectly, we are utilizing each other’s agribusinesses as great sources of shared learning and project collaboration.  

John Pieper

Stover Feedstock Workstream Leader - DuPont Pioneer
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007