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Kelley School of Business – Indiana University - Online MBA

Kelley School of Business Online MBA Program Overview

The Kelley Direct Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program offers the rigor expected from a world-renowned business school, with the flexibility needed to keep working while earning a degree.


Highlights of the Kelley Direct program are the required, in-person Kelley On Campus and Kelley On Location experiences. In the first-year experience, Kelley On Campus, students will work in a team to develop a solution to a real business challenge facing a real company.  In the second-year experience, Kelley On Location, a faculty member designs a unique experience to connect a geographic location with a modern business topic.

The year one core curriculum must be completed before completing electives, chosen by the student. These electives give them the freedom to match their interests and strengths to one of the program’s seven majors.

Online MBA Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report: 1
  • Princeton Review: 1
  • QS (Americas): 1

How is Kelley Direct different from other Online MBAs?

  • No outsourcing! All aspects of the program are designed and delivered in-house by residential faculty and staff at the Kelley School of Business. No outsourcing to a third-party online program manager (OPM) means lower tuition costs, with dollars reinvested right back into the quality of the education.
  • Full-time faculty—no adjuncts. The instructors are the same top faculty who teach in Kelley’s in-residence programs. Faculty members also travel with students and teach in person at 12+ optional immersions offered each year in locations throughout the US and around the world.
  • Dedicated executive career coaches to guide career success—now and anytime support is needed throughout a student’s career.
  • Jellison Studios offers online students the experience of feeling like they are in a live classroom for faculty instruction and interaction with peers. Yet another Kelley innovation to make online classes more valuable and dynamic.

Class Profile

There are 1,239, students enrolled in the Kelley Direct Online MBA program, with 30% female students and 29 non-US countries represented. The average age of enrolled students is 33 years old, the average GMAT score is 650, and the average GPA is 3.44.

Career Statistics

85% of Kelley Direct Online MBA students started a new job or reported receiving a promotion or raise while enrolled in the program, with an average salary after graduation of $143,000.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The total tuition for 54 credit hours is $88,320.17. This tuition rate applies to cohorts starting in fall 2023 and spring 2024 which is locked for 3 years. There is an additional $2,000 in fees that cover the in-person experiences, including lodging, meals, and course materials. The Kelley Direct tuition rate is locked for three calendar years from the term a student matriculates. Any courses taken after that time period are subject to the current tuition rate.

Multiple scholarships are available, and decisions are made prior to enrollment so the student knows exactly how much they are being awarded before committing to the program.

Students are eligible for federal financial aid through the FAFSA program. 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 Checklist

Part one (free and takes 5 minutes):

  • Resume

Part two:

  • Personal Statement
  • One to Three Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE Score (optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (international)
  • $75 application fee (waivers available for veterans, as well as women in the Forte MBALaunch program)

Spring 2024 Kelley Online MBA Deadlines

November 15, 2023

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