BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Fueled by its top-notch career services and faculty research activities, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business continues to gain ground in the Financial Times’ annual survey of the top 100 MBA programs worldwide.
In rankings released Jan. 27, the school’s Full-Time MBA Program rose to 40th worldwide from 43rd last year and 57th in 2018. Kelley remains 22nd among all U.S. business schools, eighth among all U.S. public institutions and third in the Big Ten.
The FT’s ranking methodology involves 20 data points, including salary increases for alumni, international mobility and percentages of female and international faculty. A key strength for Kelley is its career services ranking, which moved up two positions to No. 3 worldwide.
The Financial Times also ranked the Kelley School 15th worldwide for research. During the previous academic year, professors published 284 articles in peer-reviewed journals and nearly 35 books.
“Recognition like this is especially meaningful when it reflects the quality of our efforts to prepare students for fulfilling careers and the solid, research-based education they receive from our faculty,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “We’re proud of our collaborative culture, which connects students to the networks and experiences they need for whatever successful executive path that follows.”
More than 175 companies recruit graduate students at Kelley each year. Students are drawn to the school by its innovative Me Inc. program, which provides individualized professional development even before classes begin. This is in addition to the core business skills that students develop through hands-on projects, on-site training with companies, and real-life business experiences around the globe.
Kyle Cattani, faculty chair of the Full-Time MBA Program and a professor of operations management, added, “We have designed our program to be responsive to the needs of today’s students, who include an ever-increasing number of career switchers. This also includes many who are looking to advance into new roles within their companies or industries.”
Kelley’s job offer rate is one of the best among MBA programs. More than 95 percent of Full-Time MBA Program graduates have job offers within 90 days of graduation. The FT rankings are a popular guide across Europe and Asia and are well respected among international students.