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Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: November 8, 2022.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $28,425

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $53,533

Acceptance Rate: 24%

Full-Time Enrollment: 282

Average GPA: 3.38

Median GMAT: 690

Median GRE: 319

International: 42%

Minority: 9%

Female: 26%

Male: 74%

Average Age: 29

Application Deadlines: Round 1: October 15, 2022 | Round 2: January 5, 2023 | Round 3: March 1, 2023 | Round 4: April 15, 2023

The Kelley MBA: What You Need To Know

Since 1947, the Kelley School of Business has brought MBA students together in a collaborative and welcoming learning environment. Kelley provides an intimate learning experience that emphasizes professional development and building leadership skills, through dedicated faculty and professors who offer generous office hours, dinner parties, and tailgating events. You’ll get to know our alumni well, too.

This 21-month program accepts around 130 students a year, and is designed to be customized to fit personal and professional development goals. Faculty Chair Kyle Cattani says, “The Full-Time MBA Program at Kelley is in the sweet spot of size—big enough to offer lots of choices and resources, yet small enough that students, faculty, and staff get to know each other very well. The result is an incredibly supportive environment and a culture of helping each other in academics, careers, and life.”

Kelley sustains a culture of collaboration, recognizing that successful leaders are also successful team members. A candidate’s professional and extracurricular experiences should demonstrate an understanding of what it takes to lead, and how to work well with others. To apply, students must provide academic records, GMAT or GRE scores, an admissions essay and a letter of recommendation. Most accepted applicants also have at least three years of full-time professional work experience. 

Kelley has fashioned a reputation as a true MBA innovator, from being one of the few programs to give a single grade for the entire core curriculum to having first-year career foundation Academies that provide experiential learning, consulting projects, and coaching to students in six core areas that range from consumer marketing and strategic finance to consulting and supply chain management. Students begin their degree with integrated core courses, intended to provide them with a strong foundation of business fundamentals they can apply to interest areas further down the line in the MBA. 

There are many opportunities for students to explore and build their skills beyond required courses. What truly distinguishes the MBA experience at Kelley from others is Me., Inc., a highly innovative initiative to focus early attention on career management, personal brand building, and personal leadership. The program is ongoing, with second-year MBA students serving as coaches to both individual incoming students and their core teams.

Kelley also used student feedback to build out a global consulting experience called Global Business and Social Enterprise. GLOBASE involves three international trips that begin with student teams working remotely with clients (an important skill to practice in this day and age) before traveling to clients’ home country for a week-long on-the-ground engagement.

Kelley MBA Rankings Data

Kelley MBA Employment Stats

Kelley no longer publishes in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.

Stretch Schools: CornellCarnegie MellonUCLAUSC

Match Schools: TexasEmoryUniversity of Southern CaliforniaGeorgetown

Safe Schools: MinnesotaNotre DameWashington UniversityRiceVanderbilt

Notes: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match, and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status.

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Contact Information

1275 E. Tenth Street
Suite 2010
Bloomington, IN 47405
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From the Kelley School of Business:

Whether you’re looking for a career change, or want to enhance your options in your current career, we understand that the journey to an MBA is a deeply personal, life-improving investment. That’s why everything we do in our full-time MBA program is customized to your unique interests: whether it’s elective courses that allow you to design a curriculum that’s specific to your goals; or individualized attention from both our world-renowned faculty and our award-winning career services (#4 in the world). We believe—and invest heavily—in one-to-one attention and meaningful relationships. That’s why you will partner with a dedicated career coach throughout the program to help you identify the right career path for you, and become the best possible version of yourself. You’ll also learn from an Academy Director—an expert in the specific field that interests you—who will serve as a personal mentor, share industry knowledge with you, and prepare you to land a job and be successful in your chosen field. You’ll gain support, fresh insights and valuable tips from your second-year peer coach. And we’re not just interested in helping you land the job you’re looking for—although the Financial Times does also recognize us as #4 in the world for job placement success. You can connect with our alumni career coach for ongoing resources, support, and career guidance, long after you’ve returned to the working world. Our coach can help as you refine your professional evolution and hone career management skills that last a lifetime. Kelley’s unique combination of top-notch academics, abundant experiential learning, robust and honest professional development, extraordinary relationships with top companies around the world—and 124,000+ alumni at those companies—yields our students top returns on their investment year after year.

These are just some of the reasons why we have developed a proven record of rewarding your investment.

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Financial Times (2022):

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