BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – “Go From Moment to Momentum” is a familiar refrain around the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and new rankings of its Full-Time MBA Program continue to reflect that reality. In Forbes’ latest rankings of MBA programs, Kelley has moved up into the Top 20.
The residential MBA program, now ranked 19th, moved up six places from being 25th among U.S. programs a year ago. The business publication reached out to about 17,500 alumni at more than 100 schools worldwide. The program was ranked third in Big Ten and seventh among public institutions.
The Forbes ranking focuses on programs’ return on investment, and is based on the five-year gain in compensation reported by MBA graduates after accounting for their opportunity costs (two years of forgone compensation), tuition and required fees minus scholarships.
Kelley had the fastest payback periods of any MBA program in Forbes’ Top 20. Graduates from the Class of 2014 at Kelley increased their earnings from $55,000 on average before school to $145,000 last year.
“Faculty and staff work tirelessly to make the Kelley full-time MBA program as strong as possible. We appreciate when the rankings reflect the results of these efforts,” said Program Chair Kyle D. Cattani, who also is a professor of operations management.
Earlier this month, Clear Admit, a go-to source of information for prospective MBA students selected Kelley among its list of the Best Business Schools For Marketing. It was based on employment outcomes and curricular/programmatic supports for students targeting various post-MBA career paths.
The new Forbes ranking, released on Sept. 18, reflects upward movement in rankings for the Full-Time Program generally. The program has seen solid top 25 improvement in rankings issued by the Financial Times (22nd, up from 29th) and U.S. News & World Report (21st, up from 27th).
Learn more about the program at Kelley’s annual, on-campus MBA Preview Weekend on Oct. 18-19.