Kelley School of Business (Indiana University)

Indiana University #

City: Bloomington

State: Indiana

Country: United States

Year Founded: 1920

Average GMAT Score: 652

About #

Kelley School of Business is a part of Indiana State University. Kelley cultivates in students success, humility and perseverance as they embark along their academic and professional journey. Kelley’s network of corporate and global partnerships means students are surrounded by opportunities to grow and network while continuing the tradition of excellence set forth by their predecessors. The Curriculum is structured around personal development and teamwork with experiential learning at its core. An emphasis on global and social responsibility creates an environment of cross cultural and innovative thinkers. With a large alumni network of 120,000 individuals living around the globe, students enter into a world of hard work and motivation that stay with them long after graduation. 

Featured Professors #

Philip L. Cochran

Professor Cochran is the Thomas W. Binford Chair of Corporate Citizenship and a Professor of Management. His expertise is in corporate social responsibility, leadership, business ethics, corporate governance, corporate philanthropy, Stakeholder theory, and

Corporate Strategy. He is well published, with his publications appearing in American Business Law journal,  Academy of Management Journal and many more. He earned his MBA, MA and PhD from the University of Washington.  

Rankings  #

# 38 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking

# 23 USNews – Best Business Schools

#10 USNews – Part-time MBA

# 38 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

 MBA Program Overview #

The Full Time MBA program at Kelley is designed for students who are wanting to grow professionally and have a lasting impact. Students participating in the MBA program learn about themselves in an effort to become impactful leaders who are guided by introspection and innovation. They learn self-awareness as they learn teamwork and team building skills from giving constructive feedback to achieving long term goals.  Upon graduation, students become a part of the world’s largest business school alumni, 120,000 people strong who all possess the necessary leadership skills and guiding principles they gained during their time at Kelley. 

 Year 1 Description #

The first year at Kelley kicks off with a 2 week intensive team building course called Me, Inc. For incoming students without a business background, a program called Jump Start offers intensive courses which teach the business core concepts necessary to succeed at Kelley. During the first year students participate in core courses designed to prepare them for their next two years. Students learn from class projects requiring engaged teamwork and hands-on approaches like the ‘First-Year Academy’ where students learn functional skills necessary to lead with competence and confidence. Interested students can choose to major or minor in an additional course of study to deepen their understanding and broaden their skills. 

Year 2 Description #

During the second year, students continue to refine their leadership skills. By participating in a ‘real world Academy’ students work on a project which has real impact to companies in the industry of their choosing. Students also have the option to participate in ‘leadership academy’ where they learn further leadership skills and apply them with a hands- on approach. 

Unique Aspects #


Meant to bring together theoretical practice in the classroom and practical application during an internship or career. Students select an Academy based on their future career goals and interests. Students can select an Academy that focuses on their industry of choice or related to their major. There are 6 first-year Academies to choose from which prepare MABers for long-term and internship success. Those who are interested in advancing their leadership skills can join the second-year Academy for Leadership. 

  • Business Marketing
  • Capital Markets
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Marketing
  • Strategic Finance
  • Supply Chain and Digital Enterprise

Certificate Program

Students in the Full Time MBA program can refine their field of study further by selecting a certificate program. These programs teach students the skills to master today’s most challenging problems and find innovative solutions now and in the future. There are three certificate programs to choose from, including: Global Business Achievement, Product Management, Social Entrepreneurship

Student Life #

Located in Bloomington Indiana, Kelley students experience all the beautiful midwest has to offer. From the changing seasons to the outdoor adventures, students can build relationships and network through the numerous extracurriculars offered by the University. 99% of MBAers at Kelley are members of the MBA Association through which members gain experience, shape Kelley’s vision and values and take on leadership roles. 

Application Process #


Official copies required

GMAT/GRE Information

GMAT or GRE accepted

Foreign Language Requirements

An english language exam must be taken by an individual who is not a native english language speaker.

Essay Description

There are three required essay questions. 

Essay Question 1

Discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? Should the short-term goals you have identified not materialize, what alternate career paths might you consider? (500 words)

Essay Question 2

Respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)

  • My greatest memory is…
  • I’m most afraid of…
  • My greatest challenge has been…
  • I’m most proud of…

Essay Question 3

Share a brief fact about yourself that your classmates would find interesting, surprising, or noteworthy. (25 words)

Optional Essay

Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question. (300 words)


One recommendation is required as part of the process. A recommender should be an individual who has experience with the individual in a professional setting and can speak to their strengths.


Limit to two pages. One page summaries are preferred.


Interviews are conducted by invite only.

Traits to Emphasize Core Values #

  • Driven
  • Leadership
  • Innovative

Costs #

Total Costs: Resident: $53028, Nonresident: $76,618

Tuition: Resident: $27,864, Nonresident: $51,454

Books and Supplies: $1,950

Room and Board: $13,906

Scholarship Offered: over 50% receive a form of financial aid. $10,000-full tuition

Extra Expenses (ie. Transportation/Food): $7,036

Fees: $2,272

Class Profile of 2022 #

Program Length: 2 years

Average Age: 29

Total Enrollment: 92

Women: 35% 

US Minorities: 29% 

International Students: 23% 

Undergraduate Degrees #

  • Business Administration 37%
  • Social Sciences and Humanities 30%
  • Science and Engineering 28%
  • Other 4%
  • Average GPA: 3.32
  • Average Work Experience: 5.5 years

Employment Report, Class of 2020 #

Median Salary: $119,000

Median Signing Bonus: $25,000

Top Industry Destinations #

  • Consulting 20%
  • Consumer Packaged Goods 10%
  • Energy 1%
  • Financial Services 15%
  • Healthcare 11%
  • Manufacturing 9%
  • Media/Entertainment 1%
  • Retail 7%
  • Technology 21%
  • Transportation Logistic Services 1%
  • Other Services 5%

Top Function Destinations #

  • Consulting 26%
  • Finance/Accounting 17%
  • General Management 17%
  • Human Resources 1%
  • Marketing/Sales 29%
  • Information Technology 1%
  • Operations/Logistics 4%
  • Other 4%

Location Destinations #

  • International 3%
  • Mid-Atlantic 7%
  • Midwest 46%
  • Northeast 12%
  • South 7%
  • Southwest 9%
  • West 17%

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