Kelley School of Business partners with edX to present new master’s degrees in accounting and in IT management

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is partnering with edX, the leading nonprofit learning destination, to present new online master’s degrees in accounting and information technology management, beginning in 2019.

Today’s announcement represents a next step for Kelley in providing quality graduate education online to students in ways that best suit the needs of today’s professionals.

Idie Kesner
“Kelley has been a forerunner in offering graduate programs online for nearly 20 years,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “Our partnership with edX highlights our continuing commitment to providing our students with meaningful, personal and connected experiences that move them toward their own true successes.”

“Both degrees are taught entirely by Kelley School faculty and are designed for smart, hardworking students with integrity and passion to substantially enhance their understanding of accounting or IT management and broaden their career opportunities,” added Ash Soni, executive associate dean of academic programs for the Kelley School.

Although the degrees can be completed within 15 months, Soni said each is designed to be flexible and rigorous, and allow students to complete them at their own pace, within three years. 

The curriculum for Kelley’s new Master of Science in Accounting degree includes courses in financial and managerial accounting, financial statement analysis, finance, tax planning and strategy, auditing and data analytics-based decision-making.

Kelley’s new Master of Science in IT Management will prepare students from both business and tech backgrounds to meet current market needs for chief information officers and other tech visionaries. They will learn how to analyze, design and develop information systems, how to lead IT management and strategy and how to use data and visualizations to support managerial decisions.

Ash Soni
“We are honored to welcome Indiana University to the global edX partner community," said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO and a professor at MIT. "This new partnership and the announcement of two online master’s degrees in highly in-demand fields comes at a time when the workplace is changing more rapidly than ever before, and employers are in need of highly skilled talent, especially in the fields most most impacted by advances in technology.

“The new master's degree programs from IU’s Kelley School of Business meet this need and also will offer learners the option to start with a MicroMasters program on edX that can count toward their full master’s degree and is also a valuable standalone credential,” Agarwal added. “This new partnership makes an important milestone in creating stackable, affordable, and accessible online master’s degrees in subjects that address today’s global skill gaps.”
A MicroMasters® program is a series of graduate-level courses that provides learners with valuable stand-alone skills that translate into career-focused advancement, as well as the option to use the completed coursework as a stepping stone toward credit in a full Master’s degree program. Learners will be able to engage with the curriculum right away when considering whether to apply, or to strengthen their application for either Kelley degree. 
Both master’s degree programs from IU’s Kelley School of Business are intended to have a corresponding MicroMasters program.
Kelley has offered graduate education online since 1999, when it established Kelley Direct, the first online MBA ever offered by a business school with a top-ranked residential program. Today, it also offers a variety of master’s degrees and executive education programs online.
EdX is a nonprofit, open-source learning destination offering online educational programs and courses at in alliance with more than 130 member institutions, composed of both leading global universities and colleges, and a diverse group of prominent organizations from around the world. Founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and based in Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., edX is focused on transforming online and classroom learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like educational experiences and cutting-edge research on an open-source platform.
Learn more about the Master of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in IT Management. The initial application deadline for the Fall 2019 semester is July 1, 2019.

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