Master of Business Administration
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Named The Biggest Business School Innovation of the Decade - deeply engaging yet affordable.
Students in the iMBA program earn the same high-quality MBA degree that on-campus students have been earning for decades--but without needing to put career or family life on hold. Students achieve business mastery, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as they work alongside fellow students and faculty.
The iMBA program features live global classrooms via web conferencing, team projects, and personal interaction with professors during virtual office hours. The nearly 2,000 students in the iMBA family represent more than 90 countries and 48 states across the United States. The program was hailed as a “breakthrough” by Poets & Quants, a leading authority on management education. The iMBA is from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, a historical land-grant public research institution founded in 1867.
Build a Global Network
iMBA students are accomplished professionals from across the globe. You’ll work closely with classmates and join a global University of Illinois alumni network that’s 470,000 strong.
A Recognized and Respected Program
Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois is an AACSB accredited and competitively ranked college by Poets and Quants, US News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
A Top MBA for a Breakthrough Price
At less than $22,000, the cost of the iMBA is by far the lowest of any major university’s online MBA.
- $22,104 USD
- 2 – 3 years
- 72 credit hours | 18 courses plus three capstone projects
- Completely online
Applications for the January 2022 cohort are now open!
- Priority 1 Deadline: October 7, 2021
- Priority 2 Deadline: November 4, 2021
- Final Deadline (January start date): December 2, 2021
- Final Deadline (March start date): February 3, 2022
Classes start on January 12, 2022 and March 16, 2022, depending on your preference.
Benefits of Applying Earlier
- No application fee (for October 7 deadline)
- Apply for scholarship consideration
- Priority registration for courses
- Early access to Coursera for Illinois
- Begin engaging with classmates via Illinois' networking platforms
The program has five official start dates throughout the year, in January, March, May, August, and October. Students can begin as non-degree students at any time throughout the year.
Connect directly with current iMBA students and alumni from a wide range of backgrounds. Get your questions answered and learn more about the program.
Looking for a one year business degree?
Explore the iMSM program, also offered by Gies College of Business. At $11,000, you can build a strong foundation of fundamental business skills with a MS in Management from the University of Illinois.
About the Program
The program welcomes current and future business leaders from varied backgrounds, including the arts, sciences, music, engineering, finance, accounting, consulting, marketing, medicine, military, and more. No GMAT required.Learn more about Admissions
The iMBA is career-focused. Students develop leadership and management skills that help them thrive in today’s business environment. Enjoy challenging team-based projects, face-to-face class sessions with faculty and peers, and the ability to customize your curriculum by choosing which courses best fit your needs.Learn more about Academics
Work with senior Illinois professors and industry educators from top companies like Google. Connect with instructors and classmates via live classroom sessions and discussion forums.Learn more about Student Experience
About University of Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.Learn more about the University of Illinois
Try a Degree Course
Try out an open course to see if the iMBA is right for you. If you decide to apply to the program, the work you’ve done in this course will count towards your degree. You can also apply directly to the iMBA program.Learn more about how to try a course
The iMBA helps prepare students for an even more successful career in business. Learn about how our curriculum can help you elevate your career.Learn more about Careers
Priority application deadline for the Spring 2022 cohort
Hear about the iMBA from the Gies community.
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