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A Reputation of Excellence

Purdue University's reputation of excellence in agriculture, coupled with world-renowned faculty, makes the Center for Food and Agricultural Business the best place for you to advance your career.

Founded in 1869 as part of the Morrill Land Grant Act, Purdue is located in West Lafayette, Ind. It is one of the nation’s leading research institutions. The Purdue College of Agriculture is known as a leader in agricultural education and was ranked No. 8 in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds, a British company that specializes in information about higher education and careers.

Purdue established its Department of Agricultural Economics in 1920. Its faculty members are world renowned for their research in all areas of economics. In 2016, the department was ranked No. 4 in the world by the Center for World University Rankings.

Since 1986, Purdue’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business has developed and delivered non-degree management education programs to more than 11,000 food and agribusiness managers from around the world. The center’s industry contacts expressed a need for a graduate degree program in management that focused on the food and agriculture industry, in addition to offering a global perspective that would develop effective leaders in an increasingly complex food and agricultural marketplace. As a result, the center created the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management.

 

  The global economy is shifting. And while other business programs are seem overly focused on pushing their students to Wall Street or to financial consulting firms, Purdue University is committed to solving some of the greatest challenges on the horizon. During recruiting trips to other business schools, professors and administrators touted jobs at social media ventures or the opportunity for  ... READ MORE  

Garrett Baldwin

Managing Editor/Senior Analyst - Agora Publishing
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  The global economy is shifting. And while other business programs are seem overly focused on pushing their students to Wall Street or to financial consulting firms, Purdue University is committed to solving some of the greatest challenges on the horizon.

During recruiting trips to other business schools, professors and administrators touted jobs at social media ventures or the opportunity for me to get involved in the next dot-com rush. What a waste. Luckily, Purdue has a greater purpose.

The global economy is transitioning back to a commodity-based reality. Now more than ever, we face complex challenges in agriculture, energy, and mining production. Purdue is meeting these challenges by creating an annual cohort of intelligent leaders who will solve these problems. In my short time here, I already recognized that this program has identified and recruited some of the finest future leaders in agribusiness. And the quality of the professors at Purdue University rivals every top-tier program in the country.

I wanted an MBA program that centered on practicality and less on traditional theory taught in other business schools. Practicality is the hallmark of this program, making it valuable – on a daily basis -- not only to the student, but also to the employer.

The ability to apply what I’ve learned to my job is far more rewarding than a full-time program that focuses too heavily on case studies that simply do not apply to the challenges that I face on a daily basis.

Every lecture, team meeting, and program assignment has enabled me to learn new approaches to complex business problems. When I recently accepted a new role in my company, my boss was highly skeptical about why I am committing so much time to a dual Masters program. During one interview, he even asked me to drop out before I accepted the new job. I refused.

Now, two months into this new engagement, he’s blown away by my performance. What he doesn’t really know is that I’m using many of the new skills and knowledge that I have acquired from this program, and that is setting me apart. Our conversations regularly focus on the challenges and trends that this program has identified.

And the ability for my company to have access to a student engaged in cutting-edge research has provided far more than just general knowledge. It has created a dependable leader, a person who approaches complex problems with innovative ideas, and an analyst with far superior skills than those in rival organizations. I made the right decision. And I know my company is reaping the benefits.  

Garrett Baldwin

Managing Editor/Senior Analyst - Agora Publishing
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013