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Online business graduate program, Kelley Direct, ranked #1

May 19, 2014

ODT Contributes to Kelley Direct’s #1 Ranking in Online Business Graduate Programs

Kelley School of Business’s online graduate program, Kelley Direct, was ranked #1 in January 2014 by U.S. News and World Report.  

Faculty from the Department of Operations and Decision Technologies (ODT) are an integral part of the Kelley Direct experience, teaching courses in the online MBA program and the Master’s Degree in Supply Chain.

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John Hill, Clinical Assistant Professor of Operations and Decision Sciences.

C520 Quantitative Analysis, focusing on data analysis and statistics, is taught to Kelley Direct students by Clinical Assistant Professor John D. Hill and other instructors from ODT.

“C520 is a great course to teach online.  It is often the first Kelley Direct course in which students enroll, and it is fun to watch them discover that they still have what it takes to succeed in the classroom,” said Hill.  “From my perspective, the students provide unique insights into novel applications for the course concepts which helps keep the material current and interesting for both the class and the instructor.”

Other topics taught in Kelley Direct by ODT faculty include information technology, distribution and inventory management, enterprise operations and planning, and sustainable operations.

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Idie Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management.

"Kelley Direct has long been the model other schools look to when developing their online graduate programs, and it continues to evolve to meet today’s needs in the business world," said Kelley School Dean Idalene Kesner.

IS and Supply Chain/Operations Management both ranked in Top 10

Two of the ODT graduate specialty programs, Information Systems and Supply Chain/Operations Management, are ranked in the top 10 by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Program blends business and technology education to prepare students in a career as a business technologist. The fall core curriculum creates a shared understanding of IT and a shared program experience. In the spring, students select a concentration to build deeper skills and increase their marketability. Throughout both semesters, integrated projects provide real-world experiences.

The MBA specialty in Supply Chain and Operations Management is supported by faculty who teach the core courses and the specialized curriculum.  Student members of the MBA Supply Chain Academy are provided with opportunities to use the classroom skills in hands-on projects with companies including Carlisle and Eaton.

“It’s a testament to the Kelley School’s commitment to excellence and an innovative personalized curriculum that keeps us moving in a positive direction,” said Dean Kesner. “We don’t just teach skills; we offer a program where students practice the global leadership skills they are learning.”