The Kelley-Manchester Global MBA
Study with two elite business schools
This part-time MBA is delivered by US-based Kelley School of Business, a world-leader in the delivery of online MBAs, and Alliance Manchester Business School, a top 30 business school with six centres around the globe. Together, the schools offer a combined legacy of nearly 150 years of innovation in business and management education.
global study locations
The Kelley-Manchester Global MBA combines the world's best online MBA teaching with immersive, face-to-face teaching at a choice of 8 global locations. The result is a flexible MBA that is a truly international experience.
Semester 1: 6 days at the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana
Semester 2: 6 days at any Alliance MBS global centre
Semester 3: All online or online + a 5-day public policy workshop residential in Washington DC
Semester 4: 6 days at any Alliance MBS global centre
Half of the courses on the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA are delivered online by Kelley School of Business, Indiana - a world leader in online learning. Kelley's rigorous curriculum is delivered online in a flexible, interactive format that works for busy professionals, so you can advance your career while you continue to manage other responsibilities in your life. You'll learn from the same respected faculty that teach on the School's residential programmes - award winning, accessible teachers who will recharge your thinking on business. Kelley will also deliver a class from Washington D.C., providing a well-rounded immersive experience.
Half of the courses on the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA are delivered by Alliance MBS. These courses typically include an intensive three-day workshop delivered by our most senior faculty - a chance to step away from your day job and immerse yourself in the world of global business.
Since opening our doors in 1965 as one of the UK’s first business schools, we have set ourselves apart with a focus on ‘learning by doing’. Our practical approach teaches MBAs to apply theory to live business challenges, think creatively and become opinion leaders.
You can study Alliance MBS electives at a choice of six global centres: Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. This is an opportunity to study alongside dynamic minds from across the globe and make valuable contacts. You will gain fresh perspectives and explore new ways of doing business. Plus, exclusively to this joint MBA, you will have the opportunity to study at Kelley's campuses in Bloomington, Indiana and Washington DC.
Fees & funding
The fee for the Kelley-Manchester MBA is $65,000 and can be paid in instalments.
We offer a number of scholarships for exceptional applicants to the value of:
All applicants will automatically be considered for scholarships when they apply.
Entry is competitive and we take a holistic view when we evaluate candidates. We’re looking for the most talented MBAs with the highest potential.
We’re not just looking for candidates with the most experience or the best test scores. We use a wide variety of criteria to evaluate applications, including academic credentials, fast career progression, leadership characteristics and entrepreneurial talent. We also assess your potential to contribute to and enhance your class’s professional and cultural diversity.
Please read our full entry requirements before you apply.
Entry requirements at a glance
- Minimum of three years’ post-graduation work experience with strong, consistent career progression and achievement
- Good undergraduate degree or international equivalent
- Satisfactory GMAT® and GRE® or Manchester Admissions Test score
- Professional accountancy qualification (Finance Accelerated pathway only)
- Professional skills and competencies
- International exposure (valued)
- Entrepreneurial experience (valued)
- Strong team player
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional intelligence and personal qualities
- Proof of English competency (assessed throughout the admissions process)
Admission route for applicants without a degree
If you do not have a degree, it may be possible to gain a place without the specified formal academic qualifications. Please view our full entry requirements for further information >>
“The programme combines the best in flexible, interactive online learning with the opportunity to come onsite to work together and build valuable connections. It’s an exciting opportunity not to be missed.”
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Starting your own business can be a daunting experience, but don’t worry; help is at hand with Manchester Enterprise Centre's resources.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
“Since studying the MBA, my communication style has improved, I see the bigger picture more easily and I understand ‘high-level thinking’ in senior meetings better." Read how Owen Lloyd, Global MBA 2017 is applying his MBA as he progresses in his career at Bentley Motors.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is no stranger to success on the pitch, but his latest achievements took place in the classroom. Vincent recently graduated with an MBA from Alliance MBS, earning a merit grade and a distinction for his final project.
Friday, May 4, 2018
The winners of 2018 Venture Further competition have been announced at an awards ceremony at The University of Manchester. Eight teams of entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of a £50,000 cash prize fund to help take their start-ups to the next level.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
It’s competition season for our MBA Class of 2019. So far we’ve clinched first place in the Johnson & Johnson Case Competition, won the Entrepreneur’s Choice Award at 'Invest for Impact' in North Carolina (SVCIC) and reached various finals. Read more
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Venture Further is our annual business start-up competition for students and recent alumni from across the University. There are prizes of £10,000 and £2,500 in each category and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 3 May 2018. Here are this year’s 16 finalists…
Monday, March 5, 2018
The Financial Times’ new ranking of Top MBAs for Women sees Alliance Manchester Business School ranking 36th in the world and positioned as 4th in the UK and 10th in Europe.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Launched in 2016, the Alliance MBS Case Study Competition was introduced by the Postgraduate Careers Service to provide our MBA students with more rigorous preparation for case study interviews. The competition was renamed in 2017 in recognition of Lord Alliance’s generous £5,000 prize fund donation, which returned in 2018.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
With a genuine wish to reward society with their professional knowledge, the fundraising team Ginger Heart from The University of Manchester applied what they had learnt on the MBA programme to win three awards in The MBA Challenge for Operation Santa Claus.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
The Children’s Society recently undertook its first Not-for-Profit MBA Consultancy Project with Alliance MBS. They came to us with two key questions. Read on to hear how our MBAs tackled the challenge...