A Focused Global MBA

Shape the skills you need to achieve your professional goals in the defense sector through a flexible, challenging, and tailored MBA program.

Enjoy a hybrid online and in-residence curriculum that gives you both the flexibility to continue working and the sense of community from a close-knit group of classmates.

Throughout the course, you’ll examine business concepts from many different perspectives – public and private sector, domestic and international markets, American and foreign culture –  drawing out the similarities and differences among these different perspectives and bringing them to the forefront of the conversation.

Students graduate with the skills they need to successfully navigate today’s complex, globally responsive organizations.


Program benefits vary based on each student’s background and current position:

Department of Defense (Military and Civilian) students

  • Build stronger understanding of industry partners
  • Develop business acumen
  • Obtain tools to create innovative approaches

Transitioning military students

  • Gain post-military service credentials
  • Connect with IDB business network and Kelley Graduate Career Services (ranked #2 in the world)
  • Understand private sector culture and language

Private sector students

  • Position yourself for the executive track
  • Acquire unique insight into government business practices
  • Build a lasting network with military and government



Residency I: Bloomington, Indiana–August 2018
Program Orientation and Overview, Communications, Strategic Thinking

Quarter One: August 2018-November 2018
Quantitative Analysis
Strategic Marketing Management

Quarter Two: November 2018-February 2019
Managing Accounting Information for Decision-Making
Operations Management

Quarter Three: February 2019-May 2019
Economics for Managers
Law for Global Business

Residency II: American Study Tour–April 2019

Quarter Four: May 2019-August 2019
The US in a Global Economy
Financial Management


Residency III: Europe— September 2019

Quarter Five: August 2019-November 2019
International Management Studies and Applied Project
Elective in Chosen Academic Track
Strategic Management and Business Planning

Residency IV: TBD– May 2019

Quarter Seven: February 2020-May 2020
Developing Strategic Capabilities
Elective in Chosen Academic Track

Quarter Eight: May 2020-August 2020
International Competitive Strategy
Kelley Capstone Course


Participant Profile:

To maintain a tight-knit environment among students, program staff, and faculty, class size is limited to 25 students per cohort. One cohort per year is offered, beginning in the fall. Typically students have at least 5 years of professional work experience and an interest in the defense sector.

Program Staff:

Van W. Noah, P.E.

Program Director

Tiffany M. Williams

Program Associate

Tuition & Credits:

The IU-IDB MBA Program is GI Bill® eligible and may be partially or fully covered by corporate tuition assistance.

Tuition includes, materials, and meals and lodging during residencies, totaling $75,000. Does not include travel to and from residencies.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.



Admissions dates for Fall 2018:

Early admissions with two complimentary coaching sessions*: March 12, 2018 – Apply early to reserve your seat in the cohort.

Normal admissions: June 16, 2018

*Early admission MBA candidates will be eligible for two complimentary Executive Coaching sessions as they prepare to start the program.



Part 1
Send the following to Indiana University at Bloomington – Kelley Direct Online:

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) official score
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another approved alternative* if English is not your native language

School codes are selected by name in the GMAT system, so select the Kelley Direct code related to Indiana University’s MBA. The alpha numeric code is GKS-8M-09.

*GRE scores may be accepted in lieu of GMAT by exception. Please submit your GRE scores to the Indiana University-Bloomington school code 1324.

Part 2
Return the following items electronically or through mail to the IU-IDB MBA Program Office in Chapel Hill:

Mail to:

IU-IDB MBA Program Office
Institute for Defense and Business
1250 Environ Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517-4433

Contact your undergraduate and any postgraduate academic institutions to have your official sealed copies of all transcripts (including transfer credits) mailed directly to the above address.

Personal Statement
Provide a personal statement to answer the following questions. Your essay should be approximately 750 words, typed (double-spaced). Please identify each page with your full name and birth date. Attach to application form.

  • What qualifications do you have that would make you a strong candidate for this program?
  • What abilities and attributes would you like to develop more fully?
  • How can the IU-IDB MBA program help you achieve your career goals?

English Proficiency:  If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English prior to admission. To meet Indiana University’s minimum standard for acceptance to any graduate or professional program, you may submit any one of the following as satisfactory proof of English proficiency.

  • TOEFL score of 550+ (paper version/PBT) or 213+ (computer-based version/CBT) or a provisional minimum of 79+ (internet-based version/kBT). IUPUI’s school code for the TOEFL is 1325 .
  • A grade of 6.0 or higher on the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Successful completion of ELS Language Centers Level 112 master’s Intensive Program.

If you need assistance in the application process, please contact Tiffany Williams at williams@idb.org or (919)969-8008.

Contact Information:

Tiffany Williams
IU-IDB MBA Program Associate

Email: williams@idb.org
Phone number: 919-969-8008