Main  Plan of Study

Next Cohort begins August 17, 2014!

Plan of Study for Class beginning August 2014

The Plan of Study is the order that you and your Purdue cohort will move through the program. It is designed so that your group will stay together when in Purdue classes and when intermingled with the public MBA students in the Kelley Direct program.

Below are links to the course options and the timeline for those options. Immediately following the course calendar are explanations of the curriculum.

You can begin the program with the MS-MBA option and change to the MS option in the spring of the second year so there is no immediate need to declare which program you want to pursue. The program manager would be happy to explain both options so feel free to contact her for questions you may have.

Capstone Course

The capstone course from Purdue replaces a master's thesis and has a set time for completion. Given in summer at the end of the first year, each student will develop their own research capstone project plan and will prepare four drafts from an initial problem statement to a final plan of research with proposed methods and sources of data. The professor for this course, Dr. Marshall Martin, will assist you in doing this. This is an individual project that each student must do and at the end of the summer the director of the MS-MBA, Dr. Allan Gray, and Dr. Martin assign each student a faculty mentor who will guide you in the second phase of the capstone project which is the actual collection of data, analysis of the data, and preparation of the final research report. You can start at any time to think about, and discuss with your boss, a potential project that might be  mutual interest, i.e., will help you learn and apply critical MBA type research skills and help resolve a management, marketing, or sales issue within your company where you work.

If you have any inkling of eventually studying for a Ph.D., keep in mind that the MS-MBA will not be a good stepping stone for that degree.

MS-MBA Plan of Study

MS-Only Plan of Study



Luanna DeMay | Program Manager | 765-494-4270 |

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