A global MBA

What is a global MBA? How is it different from an international business degree?

We use the terms global and international MBA interchangeably. Our MBA will provide you with the business skills needed to lead a multi-national organization. You’ll gain these through:

  • Diverse classmates and international working teams
  • Exposure to UK and US academic styles of graduate education
  • International workshop/on-campus residencies that provide diverse business perspectives and practices
  • Professional development coaching that focuses on your global career

What are global immersions?

Throughout your Kelley-Manchester experience, you’ll connect with your classmates and learn in person at locations across the globe:

  • Your first semester will begin with five days in the United States on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana.
  • In the remaining three semesters, you’ll choose from workshop residencies at the Alliance Manchester Business School’s six global centers in Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Manchester, England; and São Paulo, Brazil. Your four- to six-day workshops provide an opportunity to network with classmates and gain on-the-ground experience in vibrant business centers.
  • You may also take a 5-day public policy course in Washington, D.C.

Curriculum and student experience

Is the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA a full-time program?

This is a part-time program designed for ambitious individuals who want the flexibility to continue working and managing other responsibilities while completing their MBA. The immersive workshops do require time away from work and range in length from four to six consecutive days, with the immersion programs spaced out over four semesters at designated global locations.

Is it an online degree?

The program offers a blended format that combines interactive online learning with immersive in-person workshops. The Kelley School is a world leader in online graduate business education. Alliance MBS has distinguished itself with a “learning by doing” approach to business education that enables students to apply theory to business challenges and to think creatively during in-person workshops.

Are there live, synchronous class sessions?

Yes. All of the Kelley online courses have weekly live sessions.

Will I have the same instructors as students in other MBA programs at the Kelley School of Business and Alliance MBS?

Yes. Your instructors from the Kelley School and Alliance MBS are the same faculty members who teach their respective top-ranked MBA program courses.

How long is a semester?

The Kelley School of Business is on a quarter term schedule, with quarters lasting 12 weeks. Alliance MBS is on a semester schedule. Each semester is six months long.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

The majority of students complete their global MBA program within two years.

*How long do global immersions last?

You will spend four to six consecutive days learning and networking during each workshop residency.

Are global immersions required?

Yes. Our global immersion program is integral to the strength of the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA. The induction and workshop residencies are integrated into your required coursework.

When I graduate, will I receive one or two degrees?

Upon graduation, you will receive two MBA degrees, thus two diplomas—one from the Kelley School of Business and one from Alliance Manchester Business School.

* COVID-19 UPDATE: The in-residence opportunities in this program are subject to change based on the safety of international and domestic travel, country regulations at the center locations, and university policies at the Kelley School of Business and Alliance Manchester Business School.

For more information regarding IU’s planning and response to COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.iu.edu.


What are the admissions requirements?

The Kelley School and Alliance MBS are elite, top-ranked business schools. The application process is competitive—and holistic—evaluating aspects such as leadership skills and entrepreneurial qualities, in addition to academic credentials and test scores. Applicants must have:

  • At least three years of professional experience with strong career progression
  • A four year bachelor’s degree or eight to ten years of managerial experience instead of a recognized degree
  • Successful completion of one of the following tests: GMAT, GRE, or Manchester Admissions Test (one-hour online test)
  • If English is not your native language, you are required to prove your competency. English competency is assessed throughout the admissions process.

For more application details and deadlines, go to the Kelley/Manchester How to Apply page.

Is the GMAT/GRE required?

Applicants may complete the GMAT, GRE or the Manchester Admissions Test (MAT). The MAT is completed online and you can take it at your convenience in your home, office or anywhere with a good internet connection. You will complete three short assessments (verbal, numerical, and logical). They do not require preparation and take around 45 minutes to complete.

For more information on testing options, view the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA entry requirements.

Do I need international work experience before I can apply?

Typically, at least three years of full-time work experiences after graduation of your undergraduate degree is required before beginning the MBA.

Costs and funding options

What is my investment? How much will my global MBA cost?

The fee for the global MBA is $65,000. Fees can be paid in installments over two years. Review Fees and Funding.  University of Manchester and Indiana University alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on fees. The majority of our students take advantage of employer tuition reimbursement or financial aid opportunities.

Can military service members use tuition assistance?

Yes, US military service members are able to use their benefits for tuition assistance through the Center for Veterans and Military Students  at Indiana University.

Are there scholarships available?

We offer exceptional applicants scholarships of up to $15,000. All applicants will automatically be considered for scholarships when they apply.