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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.

  In the spring of 2006, I applied to the traditional master’s program at Purdue University to pursue a degree in agricultural economics. I had been accepted and was preparing to move to campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, when I received a job offer from a company that I highly respected and had always wanted to work for. Knowing that I couldn’t do both, I was torn between the two  ... READ MORE  

Carli McKelvey

Senior Inventory Analyst - Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc.
MS-MBA Class of 2009-2011

  In the spring of 2006, I applied to the traditional master’s program at Purdue University to pursue a degree in agricultural economics. I had been accepted and was preparing to move to campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, when I received a job offer from a company that I highly respected and had always wanted to work for. Knowing that I couldn’t do both, I was torn between the two opportunities. In the end, I decided to take the job.

I cried when I informed Purdue about my decision, and I vowed that I would earn a graduate degree in the near future. After two years at the company, I started looking for an online program that suited my ambitions. I was very surprised to discover Purdue’s online program—one that would allow me to gain not only an MS degree in agricultural economics, but also an MBA from Indiana University. I began the program in August 2009 with the hopes that I would receive tuition reimbursement from my current employer, but when that didn’t work out, I started looking at other employment opportunities closer to my family in Peoria, Illinois.

I began sending out résumés and was surprised to find that my work history combined with the MS-MBA garnered so much attention from interested employers. Soon my phone began to ring off the hook with potential employers that were impressed with the graduate education I was getting and what a strong set of business tools that I could bring to their organizations. I recently accepted a position in Morton, Illinois, with Caterpillar Logistics Services as a senior inventory analyst. For the remainder of the summer, I’ll also be working at a part-time internship with the Illinois Farm Bureau. Both of these positions came as a result of the impressive Purdue University and IU Kelley School of Business credentials and because of the encouragement from Purdue and IU’s faculty and staff and from my MS-MBA cohort. I feel very fortunate to have made connections that will help me for the rest of my life, and I know that these connections will greatly enhance my career.  

Carli McKelvey

Senior Inventory Analyst - Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc.
MS-MBA Class of 2009-2011