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Kelley Direct Online MBA Overview

September 14, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for Kelley Direct Online MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at Kelley Direct Online MBA is 670 for the last entering class. If you score above 670, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after Kelley Direct Online MBA?

The average salary at Kelley Direct Online MBA for the last graduating class was $143,000. 83% of the class was employed with 3 months of graduation with majority of class going into consulting (29%), Finance (18%) and technology (13%) oriented functional roles. 

For career changers, the possibilities are exciting. For all of the students, the experiential learning offered through the industry-informed academies, internships, networking opportunities with recruiters and alumni, and clubs leave them exceptionally well-prepared to begin their careers—and employers know.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at Kelley

The Tuition fees for Kelley Direct Online MBA is $88,320 and an additional NA in living cost. 

The MBA program consists of 54 credit hours. The Kelley Direct tuition rate is locked for three calendar years from the term a student matriculates. Any courses taken after that time period are subject to the current tuition rate.

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Kelley Application Essays

  • Discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? Should the short-term goals you have identified not materialize, what alternate career paths might you consider? (500 words)
  • Share a brief fact about yourself that your classmates would find interesting, surprising, or noteworthy. (25 words)
  • Is there anything else that you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your credentials and essays represent you fairly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to answer this question. (300 words)
  • Please respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)

    1. My greatest memory is…
    2. I’m most afraid of…
    3. My greatest challenge has been…
    4. I’m most proud of…

Kelley Recommendation Ques.

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)
  • Does the applicant have potential as a leader and a manager? What have you observed that leads you to think the applicant will be successful?
  • Are there areas where the applicant can improve his or her potential for graduate study and a managerial career? If so, what are those areas?
  • Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the admissions committee

To download the complete letter of recommendation form for Indiana Kelley -> Click Here

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about Kelley

The Kelley Direct Online MBA can be completed in as little as two years. With the flexibility our program offers, you have up to four years to complete the MBA. Accelerating your pace faster than two years might be possible, but there may be limited course offerings and/or availability.

The Kelley School of Business and the Kelley Direct Online MBA are accredited by AACSB International. The AACSB accreditation process includes rigorous self-evaluation and peer-review elements, as well as a continuous improvement review every five years to ensure we are improving over time.

You are expected to begin coursework in the term for which you applied and were admitted. You may request to defer your program start a maximum of one time by providing a written request to the admissions office. You must have paid the $500 admission deposit before being allowed to defer admission to the next available program start term. If your deferral request is approved, you will be required to meet the degree requirements and pay the tuition rate effective at the time you matriculate into the program. Any scholarship award included with the original offer of admission will be applied to the deferred start term.

If you do not enroll in courses in the next available start term, you will be administratively withdrawn and your deposit forfeited. You must then fully apply for admittance into any future term and, if admitted, pay the admission deposit again. Admission into future cohorts is not guaranteed. Any original scholarship offer is not applicable, as you will be reconsidered for awards with each future application.

The Kelley Direct Online MBA program may accept up to six hours of transfer credits in accordance with our transfer credit policy and with approval of program leadership. Transfer credit will only be evaluated by program leadership upon admission to the program. Credit must have been earned within the last five years, cannot count toward another degree at IU or another institution, and must have been completed prior to matriculation into Kelley Direct. Credit must have been obtained at an AACSB accredited business school with a grade of A or B.

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