Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is getting worldwide attention. The Financial Times has ranked the Kelley Direct online MBA program fifth in the world.

March 9, 2015

News Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the second year in a row, the Kelley Direct online MBA program at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has been ranked fifth worldwide by the Financial Times.

This was the second year that the Financial Times has ranked online MBA programs. Kelley, which also ranked third among U.S. institutions, maintained its position after the leading U.K.-based business publication revised its methodology.

Earlier this year, Kelley Direct and the school's online Master of Science program each were ranked No. 1 in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the Best Online Programs.

Kelley School Dean Idalene Kesner said the continued recognition for the program reflects its innovative curriculum, excellent faculty and commitment to serving the needs of students.

“We think business should be personal, and so should business education, whether it’s on campus or online. Our Kelley Direct program continues to develop innovative ways to connect our faculty to students and connect students to each other,” said Kesner, who also holds the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “We also provide support to help students tailor their degree path to their personal career goals.”

Kelley Direct also scored well in several sub-categories in the Financial Times rankings, including No. 1 for research rank, No. 2 in program delivery and in online interaction rank, fifth for student aims achieved and sixth for career services. It also ranked second in terms of international enrollment and eighth for international mobility.

Established in 1999, Kelley Direct was the first online MBA offered by a business school whose other MBA programs also are top ranked. For example, Kelley's residential MBA program has consistently been in Bloomberg Businessweek's Top 20 since it began ranking such programs in 1988. It currently is ranked 16th overall by the magazine, which said Kelley has the highest return on investment of all the top 20 MBA programs.

Admissions requirements are the same for Kelley Direct as for all other Kelley MBA programs. The program also offers flexibility and access to the school's alumni network of more than 100,000 graduates.

Since 1999, more than 2,500 students have earned Kelley MBAs through the program, and it currently has an enrollment of 595 students. The average salary of the class of 2013-14 was $106,784. Fifty-five percent of graduates received a promotion while completing their MBA degree.

Source: Indiana University

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