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Kelley School of Business – Indiana University - Online MBA

Kelley School of Business Online MBA Program Structure

The Kelley School of Business’ 54-credit Online MBA program features an innovative, revamped curriculum with a business fundamentals core, 50% electives, and seven majors to choose from.

The Kelley Direct Online MBA program is designed to offer a flexible learning environment for working professionals with competing work- and life priorities. Students typically take two to four years to complete the program and can focus their degree in one of seven areas of interest: business analytics, digital technology management, entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, finance, marketing, strategy and leadership, and supply chain and operations. Kelley Direct Online MBA students can also choose to focus on business or healthcare policy during the school’s Washington Campus immersion program.

Classes are offered starting in fall and spring.


A hallmark of the Kelley Direct program are the intensive, in-person Kelley On Campus experiences, where students work in a team to develop a solution to a real business challenge facing a real local or international company.  As part of the third core capstone project, Kelley On Location includes three to four days at a faculty-chosen location.

The Kelley Direct Online MBA business fundamentals core and elective coursework can be completed fully online. The three terms of 24-credit core courses are spread out over the two-year timeframe, and students can choose to take their 27 credits of electives in one of seven major areas.

Kelley Direct understands that guidance and coaching in career advancement are especially relevant in the current global climate. Students have the option to take a global perspective or professional development course, led by their number one-ranked Graduate Career Services team, as well as receive tailored career coaching from a dedicated career coach.

While earning the Kelley Direct Online MBA, students can also choose 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.

Online MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 1

Class Profile

There are 1,154 students enrolled in the Kelley Direct Online MBA program, with 28% 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

Around 64% of Kelley graduates reported receiving a promotion while enrolled in the program, with an average salary after graduation of $122,000.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Kelley Direct Online MBA program is $1,449 per credit hour for cohorts starting Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 (rate locked until summer 2024). Over the course of 54 credits, that total comes to $78,246.

The Kelley Direct Online MBA 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. 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.


Along with a $75 application fee, applicants to the Kelley Direct Online MBA program must submit GMAT or GRE scores, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, contact information for three recommenders, a 500-word personal statement, and a resume. Competitive applicants will 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.

2021-2022 Kelley Online MBA Deadlines

Spring 2022

January 15, 2022

Fall 2022

June 15, 2022

Kelley Direct Online MBA: Curriculum and Courses

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