Program Comparison

How to choose an online MBA program

Finding the online MBA program that best fits you—your goals, your schedule, your standards—takes time and research. But what should you look for in an online MBA program? To help you in the decision-making process, we’ve provided a program evaluation guide and customized comparison tool.

We hope these resources prove useful. If you have questions or need help navigating the admissions process, please contact us.


Tip: Look for programs accredited by AACSB with high rankings from respected sources, including Poets&Quants, U.S. News & World Report, and Financial Times.

Why Kelley: The AACSB-accredited Kelley School of Business at Indiana University was the first top-ranked business school to offer an online MBA and we’re consistently ranked among the best online MBA programs in the world.


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of students received a promotion while in the program or within 6 months of graduation


Tip: Live, synchronous classes give you the opportunity to connect with faculty and engage in discussion with your classmates. Note if a program includes live classes, the class frequency and time, and who leads the classes.

Why Kelley: The Kelley Direct Online MBA curriculum was specifically designed for online students who are working professionals. Kelley Direct faculty—the same world-class faculty who teach in Kelley’s in-residence programs—are experts in online instruction who engage with students during live weekly classes.

Kelley Direct Online MBA student Bryan Lovy shares his take on the online learning experience—plus tips for success.

Kelley Direct Online MBA curriculum

In-person experiences

Tip: Meeting your classmates and professors in person enhances your online classes. Find programs that offer in-person experiences and discover if domestic and international immersion trips are offered. If you plan to participate in an immersion course, how many immersions are available during your time in the program? 

Why Kelley: From an in-person Kelley On Campus experience to optional global and domestic immersion courses, opportunities to create real, lasting relationships are built into your Kelley Direct experience.

In this immersive consulting project in Cuba, Kelley Direct Online MBA students worked directly with two Cuban companies to improve their operations.

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Financial Times 2021


Received a promotion while in the program or within 6 months of graduation


Kelley School of Business alumni