Indiana University announced a partnership between the Major League Soccer Players Association and the Kelley School of Business on September 20, according to an IU press release. The plan aims to provide current and former MLS players with opportunities after their playing careers.
The Kelley School of Business maintains an ongoing partnership with the NFL, in which 50 players are currently enrolled in the graduate program. The MLS Players Association plans to follow a similar model and allow players to pursue MBAs, master’s degrees, and certificates.
“Partnering with the Kelley School of Business will open up a new world of opportunities for our members, past and present, to participate in a high-caliber program that meets their unique needs and prepares them for continued success off the field” , Dan Jones, chief operating officer of the MLS Players Association, said in the statement.
Current business professors will teach classes virtually at the new Brian D. Jellison Studios in Bloomington, which simulates a real classroom environment.
Apart from traditional business courses, the program will also establish the “Kelley Capstone Experience,” which will provide players with the opportunity to learn in real-world settings and work on strategic projects, according to the release.