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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.

 

  Many other programs require you to go to a local campus for evening and weekend classes, but the Purdue/IU program offers the flexibility to structure your own time. For me, the main draw of the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management was its focus on agriculture. I already was interested in getting an MBA, but the ag econ focus, combined with both Purdue and IU’s great reputations, made the  ... READ MORE  

Robert Miller

Financial Controller - Howell Farms
MS-MBA Class of 2010-2012

  Many other programs require you to go to a local campus for evening and weekend classes, but the Purdue/IU program offers the flexibility to structure your own time. For me, the main draw of the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management was its focus on agriculture. I already was interested in getting an MBA, but the ag econ focus, combined with both Purdue and IU’s great reputations, made the program hard to resist.

Many other programs require you to go to a local campus for evening and weekend classes, but the Purdue/IU program offers the flexibility to structure your own time. The program also has a defined structure and course progression, which was a huge benefit for me. The program offers room for some electives, but for the most part, the classes you will take are already defined. Given my other responsibilities at work and at home, it was great not to have to think about administrative details like which classes to sign up for. The program manager’s at Purdue and Indiana University are a huge help in this regard.

The distance-delivery aspect of the program is extremely well-developed and conducive to learning. IU’s Kelley school has a long history in distance education and has solved many of the issues that arise in a distance-learning situation. I found it very easy to adapt to their online teaching platform, which Purdue also uses.

Also, the networking opportunities that this program provides are second to none. For example, my class of 25 includes people who work at John Deere, Case IH, Monsanto, Elanco Animal Health, Heinz and a variety of other intriguing agribusinesses.

Classwork and teaching techniques include textbook reading, supplemental reading, PowerPoint slides and online audio/video lectures. Homework includes written assignments, team assignments and multiple choice exams and quizzes. Team projects are very common in the program. This has required many conference calls, as well as learning how to work with group members’ strengths and weaknesses.

For a dual degree focused in my area of interest, I find the cost very reasonable when compared to similar name-recognized programs. There is no tuition reimbursement at my company, but I have still decided that the benefit far outweighs the cost. Had I been working for a company with a tuition reimbursement program, the decision would have been that much easier.

Be prepared to work your butt off in this program, but know that your career will benefit from its completion. Be prepared to work—but you’ll also learn a lot, too.  

Robert Miller

Financial Controller - Howell Farms
MS-MBA Class of 2010-2012