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How the Program Works

What to expect, semester by semester, as a Kelley MBA student. Learn more

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Get experience in your field through our Academies.

In addition to a major, all Kelley MBA students choose a first-year Academy. Through your Academy, you’ll develop marketable skills through professional experience, all designed to position you for long-term success.

Each of our Academies is unique, and which one you select depends on your career goals. You might select an Academy closely related to your major, or you might choose to add a complementary industry focus.

No matter which Academy you choose, you’ll gain experience, a career network, and benefit from:

  • Academy activities: With company-based consulting projects, leadership opportunities, nationwide corporate visits, and networking with industry veterans—your Academy will give you the career-related experience recruiters look for.
  • Your Academy director: More than merely academic, your director is an expert in the field and your one-on-one mentor.
  • Your career coach: With industry experience and a recruiter’s perspective, your Academy career coach will work with you to perfect your personal brand and career trajectory.
  • Your peer coach: These top second-year students provide feedback and motivation based upon their experiences at school and beyond. And, in your second year, you can become a peer coach—further developing your own leadership and career focus.

We offer six career focused first-year Academies designed to prepare you for a successful internship and prepare you for long-term success. You can also boost your first-year Academy experience with the PLUS Life Sciences Program offering health care, pharmaceutical, and life science preparation. If you have an entrepreneurial bent or want to advance your leadership skills, you can also select an optional second-year Academy to further develop those specific skills.