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Master of Business Administration

The Indiana University M.B.A. Program is recognized as one of the top graduate business programs in the country. It offers three programs that lead to the Master of Business Administration degree.

Admission to any of the programs is selective and is based on the evaluation of several factors, including results from the Graduate Management Admissions Test, undergraduate performance, essays, recommendations, work experience, leadership, and other indicators of potential for success in a rigorous program of study and in a business career.

Bound by a common body of knowledge and philosophy, each program is designed to meet the diverse needs of students at different levels of career development and responsibility. For further information on the curriculum, format, prerequisites, and admission requirements for each program, contact the specific program of interest.

Evening M.B.A. Program, Indianapolis Campus

Candidates for the Evening M.B.A. degree program in Indianapolis come from diverse academic backgrounds and represent many businesses and industries. The program incorporates a wide range of business issues and integrates business disciplines to provide a strong program experience. Study teams and networking play an integral part in the evening program. Skill building in the areas of leadership, collaborative decision-making, teamwork, and communications are integral aspects of the total program experience.

Modules of study generally span one semester with class meetings delivered in a hybrid method with one night per week in the classroom and one night per week on-line. A streamlined 32-month, 51-credit-hour program allows for maximum planning and integration with career and personal commitments.

Qualified people from all academic backgrounds who represent any business or industry and who are motivated to study in a challenging graduate business program are encouraged to apply for admission to graduate programs in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Application materials are due in the M.B.A. office by June 1st for August entry and by November 1 for January entry. For information, contact: 

The cohort structure: each entering group of newly admitted M.B.A.'s forms a student cohort that moves through the MBA core courses together.  Within each cohort there are smaller study groups that may work together on projects and study teams.  Cohorts elect representatives during the first semester who becomes their voice for the Evening M.B.A. Association (the student advisory board) and with the M.B.A. staff and faculty.

M.B.A. students may take a variety of the electives for the 24 hour requirement and can focus 10.5 or more in one area for a major.  Majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General administration - general electives
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management

International opportunities: from the small business to the international corporation, every business interaction, product, and service has the potential to have a global impact.  From our internationally experienced faculty to our course offerings, we will prepare you to thrive in that environment. One example is the China in Transition summer course, which provides M.B.A. students a hands on opportunity to gain international and consulting experience. 

Students do background preparation in the first part of the semester and then travel to mainland China.  There, the students work on a consulting assignment that culminates in a presentation to the Chinese host company.

Business enterprises: enriching education with practical experience often means extending learning beyond the classroom.  The evening M.B.A. enterprise program engages Kelley M.B.A. students in strategic assignments with Central Indiana companies, offering a unique opportunity for all involved to benefit.  Through a competitive selection process, the enterprise program is open to second- and third-year  Kelley M.B.A. students.  Three enterprises are currently available:

  • Discovery, Innovation and Ventures Enterprise (DIVE)
  • Finance Development Enterprise (FIND)
  • Global Supply Chain Innovation Enterprise (gSCIE)

Benefits: membership in an enterprise benefits a student in the following ways:

  • Enterprise projects enable you to experiment with a new career identity with little risk but potentially great reward. As a first-year M.B.A. student you will attend a series of lectures by local business leaders from a variety of fields, designed to give you a look inside new career options and networking opportunities. At the same time, you will complete a series of career self assessment tools and attend seminars on professional development culminating in the creation of a career strategy memo. Project completion will provide a useful focus for job interview discussions, especially if you are interested in changing a career track. During your second year of M.B.A. study, you will have the opportunity to apply for a more intensive real world experience.
  • The breadth of a student's professional opportunity is only as big as your network of professional contacts. Enterprise directors will purposefully generate opportunities for you to talk with individuals in the Central Indiana business community who can offer targeted professional guidance. The relationship with an enterprise director enables you to receive customized coaching that is available nowhere else in the M.B.A. curriculum.
  • Each enterprise is a community of M.B.A. students with similar interests. This enhances the process of peer or learning within the program. Enterprise directors will offer opportunities for social engagement that strengthen personal ties between enterprise members.

Evening M.B.A. Office
Kelley School of Business
Business/SPEA 3024
801 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5151
Phone: (317) 274-4895
Fax: (317) 278-6194
Web site: http://kelley.iupui.edu/evening-mba/admissions
E-mail: mbaindy@iupui.edu

M.B.A. Program, Bloomington Campus

Bloomington's program is a full-time, two-year residential program taught during the day for students who plan to take a leave from their careers while they pursue graduate education.  For information, contact:

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Graduate Programs
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University
1309 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
Phone: (812) 855-8006

Kelley Direct Online M.B.A. Program

The Kelley Direct Online M.B.A. Program is designed for professionals who wish to continue their employment while earning their M.B.A. The Kelley Direct Program is the only such graduate management program offered by a top-20 business school that is almost exclusively delivered entirely over the Web.

Among the tools used are discussion and debate forums, online testing, audio streaming and video streaming, and simulations for case-based learning. Course materials, including audio and video presentations and virtual tours, may be accessed directly from the Web. The class interaction is asynchronous with some synchronous elements, allowing students the flexibility to balance family and career demands. For information, contact:

Kelley Direct Admissions
Kelley School of Business
777 Indiana Avenue, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 278-1566
Fax: (317) 274-7301
Web site: www.kd.iu.edu

Doctoral Programs, Bloomington Campus

Indiana University offers two doctoral programs in business: the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.). The Ph.D. is awarded through the University Graduate School, and the D.B.A. is awarded through the Kelley School of Business. The D.B.A. has been offered since February 1954; the Ph.D. in business since October 1, 1982.

The Office of Doctoral Programs in the Kelley School of Business administers both programs. Students may select either degree designation at the time of application. It is possible to switch from one degree program to the other, provided all the requirements of the new degree are met. While the objectives and requirements for both degrees are quite similar, there are some differences. Applicants should decide which degree best fits their career and intellectual objectives. For more information, contact:

Chair, Doctoral Programs
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University
1309 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
Phone: (812) 855-3476
Website: kelley.iu.edu/doctoral

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