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Kelley School of Business – Indiana University

Kelley School of Business Online MBA Program Structure

The 51-credit Kelley School of Business Online MBA features 39 credits worth of required courses, with the remaining 12 credits allocated toward electives related to students’ career focuses. Classes are offered starting in fall and spring.

Students can focus their degree in business law and ethics, economics, marketing, finance, operations, information technology, or project management. Kelley Online MBA students can also choose to focus on business in politics with the school’s Washington Campus program. The program specifically focuses on healthcare and accounting political policy and is also available for traditional Kelley full-time MBA students and Executive MBA students.

The online program also offers a unique in-person AGILE (Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education) course each quarter, which provides students a chance to travel to international business destinations in countries like Brazil, China, and more


The first year of the Kelley School of Business Online MBA program features 27 credits worth of classes. For students starting in the fall, the first elective in the online curriculum begins during the summer semester, while those who opt to start during the spring will not take any electives until the following year. Regardless of which cohort online students begin in, each schedule features classes in information technology, economics, quantitative analysis, accounting, strategic marketing management, operations management, and financial management in the first year.

In the second year, students must select one of the following three course offerings to satisfy the business law requirement: Law and Ethics in Business; Managing Intellectual Property in a Global Environment 3.0; or Law for Global Business 3.0. Each of the three courses available may start at different times of the academic year.

While earning the Kelley Online MBA, students also have the option to earn an additional Online MS in business analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, global supply chain management, marketing, or strategic management. This will require an additional 12 credits worth of coursework.

Class Profile

The most recent Kelley Online MBA class featured 206 students, with around 29 percent identifying as female. Students in the class had an average age of 30 and an average of around six years of professional work experience prior to enrollment.

Students in the program had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.4 and an average GMAT score of 640. More than half the class came from the Midwestern portion of the United States.


Throughout the Online MBA program, students are offered hands-on career support and guidance through Kelley Graduate Career Services. This includes work with career coaches, learning valuable recruiting techniques, and a chance to connect with one of the largest alumni networks of any business school in the United States.

The most recent class’ reported average salary after graduation was just north of $107,000, representing a 28 percent average salary increase over pre-MBA salary. Around 65 percent of graduates earned promotions while earning their Online MBA.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the Kelley Online MBA program is $1,330 per credit for 2017-18. Over the course of 51 credits, that total comes to $67,830. The average cost of material per course is $100, and there is an additional $30 per credit hour fee. Combined, this raises the cost of the 51-credit program to $74,460. For those students who choose to pursue the optional dual Online MBA/MS, this raises the total cost to $91,980.

The Kelley Online program offers numerous merit-based scholarships awarded for academic performance, GMAT scores, professional work experience, and overall strength of a candidate’s application.

Students are eligible for federal financial aid through the FAFSA program. As well, military service members and veterans may be given additional financial support through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Service, Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

Admissions Procedures

Along with a $75 application fee, applicants to the Kelley School of Business Online MBA program must submit GMAT or GRE scores, although these may be waived under special circumstances. As well, students must submit official school transcripts of academic records, one letter of recommendation, a 500-word personal statement, and a resume. Students may be invited to take part in a 30-minute phone interview with the school admissions team.

International students who were either born in a non-native English speaking country or have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at an English-speaking institution may have to provide either TOEFL or IELTS test scores to prove English fluency.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018

January 2, 2018 (International students)
February 1, 2018 (Domestic students)

Fall 2018

June 1, 2018 (International students)
July 1, 2018 (Domestic students)

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