Announcing a new skills initiative between Microsoft Professional Program and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business

Keith Boyd, Director of Business Programs, Microsoft Learning & Readiness with Eric Kinser, Senior lecturer at the IU Kelley School of Business.

Today at the Microsoft Academic Conference for Higher Education, we were excited to announce that Microsoft and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business have collaborated on a new dual certificate program in cloud-based analytics for Kelley School students.  This unique program is designed to provide graduates with job-ready skills needed to participate in the digital transformation occurring across industries and companies worldwide. (Above: Keith Boyd, Director of Business Programs, Microsoft Learning & Readiness, left, with Eric Kinser, Senior lecturer at the IU Kelley School of Business, right.)

The Kelley School of Business has created a year-long, 12-credit-hour certificate program in cloud-based data analytics that uses Microsoft Professional Program’s curriculum for data science, currently available on edX.

Upon completion of the online program, students will receive a certificate from the Kelley School and be prepared to successfully complete the data science track of the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP).

Kelley School students will also have the option of transferring credits into other Kelley online degree programs, including Kelley Direct, Kelley’s top-ranked online MBA program, and Kelley’s master’s degrees in business analytics and IT management.

This unique approach will couple Kelley’s experience in delivering online and blended learning with Microsoft’s quality skills-based program.

We are excited to partner with Indiana University, a category leader in high quality, blended learning, who will provide a challenging and focused curriculum to will better equip students entering the workforce.  The leaders at the Kelley School of Business share our goal of addressing the current skills gap in the global economy with new and unique approaches.

Cloud-based computing architects and developers are very much in demand, as companies in a variety of industries see how digital transformation can lower costs, increase the speed of taking products to market and bolster productivity. This new certificate is expected to enable graduates to increase their value to their employers and in the market.

Eric Kinser discusses the Kelley-Microsoft Partnership in front of a projection.

The Kelley School leaders truly share our enthusiasm for delivering a high quality, blended learning experience to best equip students with job-ready skills.  “We are thrilled by this opportunity to collaborate with Microsoft,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “We look forward to working with our colleagues at Microsoft to generate real career momentum for students increasing their value with a certificate in cloud-based analytics.”

In addition to learning the tools and technologies associated with the Microsoft Azure platform, students in the certificate program will receive a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts and learn how to apply these concepts in a business setting. They’ll also get a thorough grounding in open source technologies used in cloud-based analytics like Apache Hadoop, R, and Apache Spark.

Kelley has been an innovator in online education for nearly 20 years, offering top-ranked degrees which help professionals worldwide to accelerate their careers. They include a general MBA, seven Master of Science degrees, five certificates and 15 customized partnership programs.

In January, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Kelley school’s online Master of Science degree programs No. 1 – including its Business Analytics – and its online MBA third. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Kelley No. 1 in student satisfaction earlier this year.

Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Microsoft Worldwide Education, fully supports this unique approach.  He notes that with technical skills requirements in the modern workplace constantly evolving and growing, Microsoft is delighted to support this model collaboration with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  We are all excited to help prepare graduates with leading-edge data science career knowledge and hands-on skills for their futures.

We’re looking for similarly progressive academic institutions that are interested in hosting Open edX on Azure and building blended learning experiences to help close the global skills gap.  Indiana University’s Kelley School is leading the way – who’s next?  Please visit to learn more!

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