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Capstone Project

This program requires completion of a capstone project, instead of a master's thesis. The capstone project topic should be useful to you and your firm. It will help you better understand structured problem solving and expand your ability to use literature research, frameworks, and data in problem solving. You should include your supervisor in the topic selection process. 

The capstone project is a six-credit project that unfolds in three phases. During phase one, you will select a topic and create a problem statement and development plan with proposed methods and sources of data. During phase two, you will collect and analyze the data if needed.

During phase three, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who has experience with the topic you are working with. You will hold regular meetings with your advisor as you complete your project. The faculty mentor will assign the final project grade. 

Capstone projects can be kept confidential and do not become the property of Purdue University.

 

  After I obtained my undergraduate degree, I debated whether to go back to school for at least 20 years. I even started a program two times, but had to quit due to job transfers, back before online programs were available. As I progressed throughout my career, I was always able to do well in each job challenge using my technical degree, experience and advice from personal development and  ... READ MORE  

David Baynes

Global Vice President, Brewing Quality - Anheuser-Busch
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  After I obtained my undergraduate degree, I debated whether to go back to school for at least 20 years. I even started a program two times, but had to quit due to job transfers, back before online programs were available. As I progressed throughout my career, I was always able to do well in each job challenge using my technical degree, experience and advice from personal development and management seminars. But as I moved to positions of increasing responsibility, I realized that a more in-depth understanding of business concepts and principles, along with a strategic-planning focus, would be beneficial to my current role and allow me to stay competitive with other people in my organization.

I had several worries as I looked into various MBA and graduate programs. Would I be able to get back into “school mode” and do well? Could I compete with the younger, more recent college graduates? Would I actually get anything beneficial out of a program that I could translate to useful actions in my business? How could I possibly do well enough on the GMAT to get accepted? (I’m horrible at taking standardized tests.)

Once I made the decision to just go for it, I had to find a program that worked for me and was well-respected so I would get my company’s support. Since my job requires international travel, distance delivery was an absolute must. At first, I focused on MBA-only options and looked at schools with an international business option. I found the Purdue MS-MBA program along the way. The option to earn two degrees in the time it took to get an MBA was really interesting to me, so I took my research a little further and contacted Luanna DeMay.

Everyone who has ever talked to Luanna about this program gets a real feeling of her passion and pride in what Purdue offers. She put me in contact with some former and current students. Talking to them sold me on this program — it was the only one I applied to. The experience has been incredible. The cohort concept is amazing at Purdue. We are a close group that is comprised of all ages, experiences, skills and abilities. Working with people from the cohort makes everything so much easier and facilitates real learning. I’ve developed close relationships with many of the people in my cohort that will last long after we walk down the aisle to receive our diplomas. They are experts in many areas of agribusiness, and I know that I will consult with them in the future.  

David Baynes

Global Vice President, Brewing Quality - Anheuser-Busch
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013