Indiana-Kelley or Florida-Warrington Online?


Good Afternoon, Find MBA Community:

This is a follow-up post with a more focused question.

I have now heard from Indiana-Kelley. They have waived the GMAT and strongly encouraged me to complete an application while stating there is a strong possibility of a partial scholarship. I’m already accepted into Florida-Warrington. Both schools are highly ranked (Top 5) per their online MBA. I think Indiana-Kelley is likely more well-regarded per their overall MBA Program.

The question is whether or not there’s enough difference to choose Indiana-Kelley over Florida-Warrington when Warrington is $58k and Kelley is $72k? It may be a harder choice if a partial scholarship makes them both around $58k. The Indiana MBA Program is changing this fall to include more electives which can be chosen and less required core classes plus three more hours overall to complete the MBA. That’s a plus, IMO. Otherwise, I don’t see a big difference between the two schools per what I’m looking at. Yet, I’d greatly appreciate input from any of you.

Thanks in advance!


A little background on me:

I’m a full time minister in the Methodist church with 18 years of experience of leading churches (from 80 to 2300 in membership) including budgeting and outreach, marketing, Human Resources management, visioning, and the expected weekly work of planning worship, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. I am also a Veteran having served as a Commissioned Officer and Chaplain in the USAF then Navy (Marines) Reserves for nine years. Basically, I want to be a mediator between and collaborator with both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds to assist people and agencies in better serving in-need individuals and agencies (like Boys and Girls Club) with monetary and hands on gifts to help grow healthier communities where kids grow up with skills to build even better realities via work with for profits and nonprofits. On a more personal level, I also want to be better equipped to run a counseling practice as part of my ministry duties.

[Edited by RisingSons on Apr 25, 2019]

Good Afternoon, Find MBA Community:

This is a follow-up post with a more focused question.

I have now heard from Indiana-Kelley. They have waived the GMAT and strongly encouraged me to complete an application while stating there is a strong possibility of a partial scholarship. I’m already accepted into Florida-Warrington. Both schools are highly ranked (Top 5) per their online MBA. I think Indiana-Kelley is likely more well-regarded per their overall MBA Program.

The question is whether or not there’s enough difference to choose Indiana-Kelley over Florida-Warrington when Warrington is $58k and Kelley is $72k? It may be a harder choice if a partial scholarship makes them both around $58k. The Indiana MBA Program is changing this fall to include more electives which can be chosen and less required core classes plus three more hours overall to complete the MBA. That’s a plus, IMO. Otherwise, I don’t see a big difference between the two schools per what I’m looking at. Yet, I’d greatly appreciate input from any of you.

Thanks in advance!


A little background on me:

I’m a full time minister in the Methodist church with 18 years of experience of leading churches (from 80 to 2300 in membership) including budgeting and outreach, marketing, Human Resources management, visioning, and the expected weekly work of planning worship, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. I am also a Veteran having served as a Commissioned Officer and Chaplain in the USAF then Navy (Marines) Reserves for nine years. Basically, I want to be a mediator between and collaborator with both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds to assist people and agencies in better serving in-need individuals and agencies (like Boys and Girls Club) with monetary and hands on gifts to help grow healthier communities where kids grow up with skills to build even better realities via work with for profits and nonprofits. On a more personal level, I also want to be better equipped to run a counseling practice as part of my ministry duties.
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mba hipste...
If you get an admit to Warrington, that would be a tough choice. They are both stalwarts in online learning. Salaries for the Kelley program look better ($143k vs $123k in the most recent FT ranking), but some of that may be due to the fact that Kelley tends to recruit more experienced students.

Perhaps because of that I'd lean toward the Kelley program (assuming you'd make the average salary upon graduation, you'd make up for the difference in tuition costs within a year).
If you get an admit to Warrington, that would be a tough choice. They are both stalwarts in online learning. Salaries for the Kelley program look better ($143k vs $123k in the most recent FT ranking), but some of that may be due to the fact that Kelley tends to recruit more experienced students.

Perhaps because of that I'd lean toward the Kelley program (assuming you'd make the average salary upon graduation, you'd make up for the difference in tuition costs within a year).
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If you get an admit to Warrington, that would be a tough choice. They are both stalwarts in online learning. Salaries for the Kelley program look better ($143k vs $123k in the most recent FT ranking), but some of that may be due to the fact that Kelley tends to recruit more experienced students.

Perhaps because of that I'd lean toward the Kelley program (assuming you'd make the average salary upon graduation, you'd make up for the difference in tuition costs within a year).


Thanks so much for your reply, MBAHipster. It’s helpful. I’ve already been offered admission to UF-Warrington. Indiana-Kelley looks promising. I’m leaning towards sticking with UF-Warrington as I can start in May and move closer to graduation sooner. The caveat with IU is they do show a larger ROI, yet their tuition is $72k now as opposed to $58k for Florida. A scholarship from IU would make a difference in my leaning - as long as it was closer to the maximum they can give ($20k). Because I don’t have a business background, but a nonprofit one, I’m wondering if my expectations for ROI need to be the same as other students anyway. The good news would seem I likely have two good choices before me. Thanks again for your informed input.

[Edited by RisingSons on Apr 29, 2019]

[quote]If you get an admit to Warrington, that would be a tough choice. They are both stalwarts in online learning. Salaries for the Kelley program look better ($143k vs $123k in the most recent FT ranking), but some of that may be due to the fact that Kelley tends to recruit more experienced students.

Perhaps because of that I'd lean toward the Kelley program (assuming you'd make the average salary upon graduation, you'd make up for the difference in tuition costs within a year).[/quote]

Thanks so much for your reply, MBAHipster. It’s helpful. I’ve already been offered admission to UF-Warrington. Indiana-Kelley looks promising. I’m leaning towards sticking with UF-Warrington as I can start in May and move closer to graduation sooner. The caveat with IU is they do show a larger ROI, yet their tuition is $72k now as opposed to $58k for Florida. A scholarship from IU would make a difference in my leaning - as long as it was closer to the maximum they can give ($20k). Because I don’t have a business background, but a nonprofit one, I’m wondering if my expectations for ROI need to be the same as other students anyway. The good news would seem I likely have two good choices before me. Thanks again for your informed input.
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mba hipste...
Good luck, both are good programs. Yes, your ROI would probably be lower if you continued in nonprofit, in either case.
Good luck, both are good programs. Yes, your ROI would probably be lower if you continued in nonprofit, in either case.
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