Curriculum

Power your career with Kelley’s #1–ranked online MBA curriculum

With seven majors, 50% electives, and a signature integrated core experience, the Kelley Direct Online MBA curriculum enables you to:

  • Build a strong foundation of business skills
  • Gain valuable perspectives and hands-on experience
  • Customize your course plan with electives to achieve your goals
  • Connect with professors and peers during live classes and in-person sessions

Kelley Direct Online MBA curriculum and courses

Watch the video to discover how the Kelley Direct Online MBA courses work together to create a one-of-a-kind MBA experience.

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Narrator: The Kelley Direct Online MBA is consistently ranked as a top online MBA program, one of the best in the world. So what is it that sets Kelley apart from the crowd? It starts with an innovative curriculum that builds momentum for your career. Here's how it works.

Make lasting connections. This is an online program that doesn't feel like one. You'll build lifelong connections at Kelley On Campus, make lasting relationships through the Student Leadership Association, and become part of a vast Kelley alumni network. These connections are powerful and will propel you throughout your career.

You'll also work one-on-one with a dedicated career coach. You'll gain insights into how you work and what motivates you, learn how to position yourself in the market based on your unique qualities and experiences, and figure out how to address obstacles.

Build your expertise. The 12-week Integrated Core builds holistic business expertise through three six-credit core blocks in your first and second years. Your professors, experts at delivering online instruction, work together to balance the workload, so you'll only have real-time sessions for two courses each week.

In Core 1: Foundations, you'll dive into economics, business law foundations, and organizational behavior.

In Core 2: Functions, you'll learn to deliver value through functional excellence in operations management, marketing management, and financial management.

And in Core 3: Future, you'll understand how to create and sustain a competitive advantage with courses involving digital technology innovation, developing strategic capabilities, and Kelley On Location, an in-person capstone experience. During Kelley On Location, you and your team will solve real business challenges, or dig into unique business trends, at a location chosen by your faculty.

Gain deep specialization. The Kelley Direct Online MBA provides the ultimate in customization. 50% of the program is self-designed, enabling you to take the courses that best align with your goals. You'll choose from seven majors to focus your expertise. Or you can choose to earn a second master's degree to complement your MBA.

Broaden your horizons. Experiences redefine your perspective and get you noticed by employers. Consult with a small business in another country, work with Fortune 500 executives in a major US market, or take a professional development course to make a lasting impact.

Previous trip locations have included New York; Silicon Valley; Athens, Greece; New Delhi, India; Dublin, Ireland; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Hanoi, Vietnam. The number-one-ranked Kelley Direct Online MBA is a one-of-a-kind MBA experience.

For more information, contact our admissions team at kdirect@iu.edu.
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Why Kelley

Make connections

Experiences are vital to your success as an MBA student. That's why we include required in-person sessions at the beginning and end of your program.

In-person experiences

Gain deep specialization

Customize your degree to match your interests and strengths—then gain the expertise to launch the next chapter of your career.

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Build your expertise

Gain a comprehensive knowledge base in business fundamentals through a signature integrated core experience.

How it works

Broaden your horizons

Choose a domestic or global immersive experience or online course to gain new perspectives about business—and the world. 

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