How to Apply

Prepare a strong Kelley Direct application

We look forward to getting to know you and what you want to accomplish in your career. The following application components make up your complete Kelley Direct Online MBA or MS application:

  • Phase 1
    • Kelley Direct Program Application Form
  • Phase 2
    • Admissions interview
    • Scholarship application
    • Indiana University Graduate School Application (include your personal statement and recommendations)
    • Official test scores and transcripts

Application deadlines

December 15

Final application deadline for Spring 2023
Online MBA

November 15

Priority application deadline for spring 2023
Online MBA

Kelley Direct application: Phase 1

Complete the Kelley Direct Program Application form

This part of the application is free and only takes a few minutes. To complete it, you need to answer some questions and send us your resume (PDF preferred). We will review your experience and background and contact you via email within one to two weeks with a Phase 1 decision. If you meet our minimum criteria for admission, you will be invited to move on to Phase 2 of the application. 

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GMAT/GRE test waiver requests

You may request a GMAT/GRE test waiver when you submit your Phase 1 application. You will receive an email with our test score decision during Phase 1.

Kelley Direct application: Phase 2 checklist

After you start your Phase 2 application, the items below can be submitted in any order and will be reviewed by the admissions committee once all documentation is received and your interview is complete. Our admissions team will track your status and provide reminders for outstanding items. Typically, students are notified of the Kelley Direct admission decision within two to three weeks of completing Phase 2.

Applicants chosen to complete Phase 2 of the application process will be emailed an invitation to participate in a 30-minute phone interview with a member of our admissions team. The interview is designed for us to learn more about you, including your professional and educational goals. The interview is one element among many that are considered as we complete the review of your application.

After completing the admissions interview, your admissions counselor will send you a link to the scholarship application. You must complete the application to be considered for Kelley Direct scholarships. After you complete the scholarship application, you will receive an email with the scholarship award decision. Final awards are contingent upon full admission into the degree program and Indiana University, including final review of official transcripts and test scores.

To apply for any Kelley Direct degree program, you must complete two distinct application forms. Once you complete the Kelley Direct Program Application Form, you will be emailed a link to complete the Indiana University Graduate School Application. This form has several elements that you will submit.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be 500 words or less and address:

  • Academic goals
  • Professional goals
  • Why you are a strong candidate for Kelley Direct admission


Provide the names and email addresses for up to three (3) recommenders, although only one recommender is required. You are not required to submit contact information for your current supervisor. We will email your recommender(s) and ask them to complete an online recommendation questionnaire. Recommender(s) should be witnesses of your professional accomplishments who understand your potential for long-term career success. 

$75 application fee

Waivers are available for veterans and for women involved with the Forté MBALaunch program.

Official GMAT or GRE Score

Official TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)

  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

If you are less than 30 days from your application deadline, send us your unofficial score while we wait for the official GMAT or GRE version.

Electronic transcripts

We require official transcripts from any institution where you have completed a degree. Electronic transcripts are the preferred method of delivery. We cannot accept scanned/printed copies, attachments, or forwarded emails in lieu of official transcripts. Please have all official e-transcripts sent to

Postal mail transcript submission 

If your previous institution does not offer electronic transcripts, you may submit unopened official paper copies in the original sealed envelope. Please send your official transcripts to:

Kelley Direct Online MBA & MS Programs
Kelley School of Business
1275 E. Tenth Street, Suite 2100
Bloomington, IN 47405

Credential evaluation

US citizens and permanent residents with international transcripts must send official transcripts to the Kelley Direct program office and may also be required to submit an official academic credential evaluation to verify degree and GPA requirements. The program office will contact you should a credential evaluation be required.

Official transcripts: International applicants

If you are an international applicant (not a US citizen or permanent resident), you must submit official documents (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, etc.) to be evaluated by the Office of International Services (OIS) for all institutions previously attended. Please visit the OIS website for information about the credential evaluation process and what documentation you are required to submit. Your transcripts must be in the original language and English—arrange for a literal translation to be sent if needed. OIS does not accept evaluations from external academic credential evaluation agencies in lieu of original academic records. Please submit the Indiana University Graduate School application before you send your transcripts to ensure the most efficient processing of your documents. See our International Applicant FAQ for more information about document submission options. Please have your transcripts/documentation sent to:

Office of International Services
Indiana University
Eigenmann Hall Room 525
1900 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47406

If your institution utilizes an official electronic transcript delivery system, please send your transcript to

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your native language is not English, you are required to submit results from an English language proficiency exam. Accepted examinations include the Duolingo English Test, IELTS, and TOEFL, which must have been taken within the last two years. Students may petition to receive a test waiver after their admissions interview if they have completed a bachelor degree in at an institution whereby English is the primary language of instruction.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

English Language Proficiency Examination Waivers

Petitions must include a 250-500 word essay outlining formal experiences reading, writing, and comprehending English in professional and academic settings. Petitions should be submitted to

Kelley Direct : How to apply

Sarah Wanger, Executive Director of Kelley Direct, walks you through the application process for the Kelley Direct Online MBA & MS programs. Sarah encourages you to email with admissions questions.