Kelley Direct’s Online MBA is designed for working professionals who have achieved career success and are building momentum toward further advancement. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply—no matter what your academic background or career experience.
I was surprised at how easy the admissions process was. It was very straightforward, resourceful, and organized. I thought it would be such a complicated process that it became a roadblock for me when it didn’t need to be. I could have started my MBA sooner.
Maya PellegrinoKelley Direct Online MBA Fall 2023 cohort student
Kelley Direct application: Phase 1
During this initial review phase of your application, our Kelley Direct admissions committee will consider your:
- Professional background, academic credentials, and leadership experience:
The experiences you’ve gained in your professional life will provide a foundation for our admissions team to vet your Phase 1 application. How has your career progressed? What types of leadership capabilities have you demonstrated? Do you have experience managing personnel or budgets? How did your academic background inform your career? Your Phase 1 program application and resume will give our team a feel for your professional and academic journey.
The Phase 1 application is free and takes five minutes to complete if you have a resume on hand.
Kelley Direct application: Phase 2
Select applicants will be invited to continue with the Phase 2 application, which includes an admissions interview with Kelley Direct admissions staff as well as supplemental application documents that allow us to further review:
- Academic records
In addition to your GPA from each college or university you’ve attended, we’ll also look at what you studied, your balance of “poet” (communications) to “quant” (quantitative and analytical) courses, and the overall trend of your grades.
- GMAT/GRE scores (optional)
GMAT/GRE scores are optional item that can be submitted during Phase 2 of your application. During your admissions interview your admissions counselor can discuss with you if submitting a score will strengthen your application.
We want to make sure Kelley is your best degree option. Your three recommenders, people who know you academically and professionally, will help us gain a complete understanding of you and your capabilities.
- Personal statement
You are more than your test scores and GPA. This is your place to share your story, leadership experience, and career goals. You'll also demonstrate your writing and communication style.
Those applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents are considered international applicants and will have additional requirements to complete. We encourage you to explore our International Applicant FAQ page for more information and next steps.
Get ready for more success
Your investment in Kelley will offer great returns, delivering skills to advance your career from day one. Our tuition rates are competitive—and you may qualify for scholarships or financial aid including veterans benefits or tuition assistance from your employer.
Now is the time to go from moment to momentum.
Kelley Direct blog: Your inside look
Want to know more about the Kelley Direct Online MBA? Start with our people. Check out the official Kelley Direct blog for student experiences, Q&As with faculty, and alumni stories.