The Purdue University School of Agriculture and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business have teamed up to offer a dual-degree, distance-learning program to prepare food and agribusiness professionals for leadership positions in this rapidly changing industry.

"The dual-degree program delivers the best of both worlds — an industry-specific focus on current issues in food and agriculture and a general MBA," says, Jay Akridge, Purdue professor of agribusiness and program director. "Both schools have international reputations and are highly regarded for their quality programs."

Students are currently being enrolled for the new program, which begins Aug. 15 with a one-week orientation at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Upon completion of the 27-month program, students will earn two advanced degrees: a master of science in agribusiness from Purdue and an MBA from IU.

The program is jointly administered by Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics and Kelley Direct Online Programs, the distance-education component of IU's Kelley School of Business.

"Kelley Direct is one of the few online programs offered by a top-20 business school," said Joelle Andrew-Mohr, director of Kelley Direct. "Faculty who teach in Kelley Direct are the same world-renowned faculty who teach in other Kelley programs."

Students will get face-to-face contact with faculty and their peers during five one-week residencies, split among locations at Purdue, IU and Wageningen University, the Netherlands. These residencies emphasize the international dimension of the program.

To earn both degrees, students must complete 57 credits: 21 credits in Purdue agribusiness courses and 36 credits in IU management courses. Coursework is separated into 12-week quarters, with two courses taken each quarter.

For more information, including admission requirements, on the Purdue-IU MS-MBA in food and agribusiness, visit the program Web site.

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