Why Kelley?

Advance your career with the experts in online learning

At Kelley Direct, we know how to create meaningful career change. As the longtime leader in online business education, we continue to reinvent our curriculum, increase flexibility, and provide a dynamic online student experience designed for working professionals.

Earning a Kelley Direct Online MBA is a wise investment in yourself and your future. If you’re not where you want to be in your career, we can get you there.

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Best Online MBA
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From its inception, Kelley Direct has been groundbreaking, quickly becoming the model for other online programs to follow. We encourage our students to give us feedback to make the program even better, and we are continuously imagining new experiences to engage students in the classroom and beyond.

Idalene “Idie” Kesner, Dean Emeritus, Kelley School of Business, and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management

Dedicated faculty

Our faculty—the same faculty who teach in Kelley’s in-residence programs—are experts in online instruction. They create dynamic course content and utilize the latest technologies from the Brian D. Jellison Studio Classroom.

Powerful career services

Kelley’s career coaches are experts in creating paths to advancement. While enrolled, 85% of Kelley Direct Online MBA students started a new job or reported receiving a promotion or raise.

Personal connections

From in-person Kelley On Campus and Kelley On Location experiences to virtual meetups with fellow students, opportunities to build real, lasting relationships are built into your Kelley Direct experience.

Immersion courses

With Kelley Direct, you’ll learn by doing. Optional global and domestic immersion courses include consulting projects with major US firms or small businesses in another country.

Is an online MBA program for you?

As a professor who teaches online and in-residence MBA students, Carolyn Goerner is an expert in the MBA landscape. In a recent episode of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast, the Kelley School of Business clinical professor of management shares her perspectives, including:

  • What to look for in an online MBA program
  • How an online MBA program differs from an in-residence MBA
  • The type of student best suited for an online MBA program
  • How employers view online MBA programs

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