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Application Process

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. Each cohort has a capacity of 25-30 students. Those admitted after the limit has been reached will go on a wait list.

The deadline for applications is not a set deadline but it is important that you do not delay in contacting the Program Manager for information concerning this deadline. It is highly suggested to apply before April, 2014.

One Step Process

The application materials flow only through Purdue. The Program Manager collects the information a piece at a time and once collected, sees that it is seen and approved by the 3-person Purdue committee consisting of Purdue faculty in Agricultural Economics. If admitted at Purdue, the Program Manager sees that the materials are then sent to Indiana University, Kelley School of Business and the Purdue Graduate School.

Admission decisions are based on the following:

  • Your work experience; a minimum of three years experience in positions of increasing responsibility is recommended

  • Employer recommendations

  • Previous academic record

  • The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

    Why does the MS-MBA require the GMAT? Primarily the GMAT is needed to determine that each applicant is at a certain level of expertise for math. The first module consists of the Purdue courses Economics for Food and Agribusiness Managers and Applied Quantitative Methods for Decision Making. Much of the homework consists of group assignments and it is very important that each member of the the 4 person study group is at least at a certain level of understanding for these concepts. If you are unwilling to invest in the time and effort to take the GMAT then you are probably not suited for this program. This is a very challenging dual degree program and the application process is a very important part of determining your success. Once you have applied and been accepted, the faculty and staff will work very hard to make sure you are successful in this program and graduate with your MS in Agricultural Economics in 21 months and your MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business in an additional 6 months. Since there is no master's thesis, your degree will not be delayed unless you postpone the appropriate coursework that is used towards these degrees.

    Occasionally the GMAT can be waived if the applicant holds an advanced degree. Contact the Program Manager for clarification.

  • The TOEFL exam for international applicants

Applications are carefully evaluated; your strengths in one area may offset weaknesses in another.

View our video outlining the application process

Application Committee

The application committee for Purdue consists of three people from the Agricultural Economics department.

The application committee for Indiana University consists of four people in administration for the Kelley Direct program.

Because there are seven people that must review the application, it is suggested that you apply as soon as possible to avoid the chance that one or more are unable to review it in a timely manner.

Details for applying are described here.

Application Deadlines

There is no hard deadline but we recommend you submit your application by April, 2014. The first residency session begins mid-August, 2014 so keep in mind that material must be approved by both Purdue and Indiana University before you can attend residency.

International students should submit their application by June 1 including 2 copies each of transcripts. Details for international students can be found here.

Application Fees

An application fee of $64 must be paid to Purdue University Graduate School once you submit the online application form.

For more information on the program fees, please visit the Fees page.


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

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