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Master of Business Administration (iMBA)

University of Illinois Gies College of Business logo

Master of Business Administration (iMBA)

University of Illinois Gies College of Business

Accredited diploma

Offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

24-36 months

72 credit hours of graduate coursework

100% online

Hands-on learning from anywhere, no travel required

Approximately $25k

Each time you take a course, pay tuition for that course only

A deeply engaging online MBA from a public university powerhouse.

With education from an Illinois MBA, you will be prepared for a variety of managerial and executive positions. Our graduates have gone on to work for Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Walmart, and MGM resorts. Whether your passion lies in the travel industry, engineering, or healthcare, the iMBA will set you up for success in roles across all industries and sectors. 

Named the “#1 Biggest B-School Innovation of the Decade” by Poets&Quants

What’s in this degree program?

18 courses (72 credit hours) accredited by the Association for Advancing Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB)
Participate in live lectures with faculty, team projects, and weekly office hours
Achieve business mastery, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as you work alongside classmates and faculty
Career-focused curriculum designed to build the leadership and management skills needed to help you thrive in today’s business environment
Complete 4 core specializations and also choose 2 additional specializations from a range of focus areas and electives
Learn from world-class Illinois professors and industry educators from top companies like Google

Applications for Fall 2024 are now open.

Fall 2024 Deadlines:

  • Application Priority Deadline: June 6, 2024
  • Final Deadline: June 27, 2024

Upcoming Events:

Program Overview Webinar: iMBA - Tuesday, July 09, 2024 6:00 PM CST | Register today!

Apply by June 6 to get your application fee waived!

Have questions? Please contact Gies College of Business at giesonline@illinois.edu or attend an upcoming event.

Fall Deadline: June 27

Start your application or request more information.

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Accredited diploma

Offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

24-36 months

72 credit hours of graduate coursework

100% online

Hands-on learning from anywhere, no travel required

Approximately $25k

Each time you take a course, pay tuition for that course only

Accredited diploma

Offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

24-36 months

72 credit hours of graduate coursework

A deeply engaging online MBA from a public university powerhouse.

With education from an Illinois MBA, you will be prepared for a variety of managerial and executive positions. Our graduates have gone on to work for Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Walmart, and MGM resorts. Whether your passion lies in the travel industry, engineering, or healthcare, the iMBA will set you up for success in roles across all industries and sectors. 

Named the “#1 Biggest B-School Innovation of the Decade” by Poets&Quants

What’s in this degree program?

18 courses (72 credit hours) accredited by the Association for Advancing Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB)
Participate in live lectures with faculty, team projects, and weekly office hours
Achieve business mastery, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as you work alongside classmates and faculty
Career-focused curriculum designed to build the leadership and management skills needed to help you thrive in today’s business environment
Complete 4 core specializations and also choose 2 additional specializations from a range of focus areas and electives
Learn from world-class Illinois professors and industry educators from top companies like Google

Applications for Fall 2024 are now open.

Fall 2024 Deadlines:

  • Application Priority Deadline: June 6, 2024
  • Final Deadline: June 27, 2024

Upcoming Events:

Program Overview Webinar: iMBA - Tuesday, July 09, 2024 6:00 PM CST | Register today!

Apply by June 6 to get your application fee waived!

Have questions? Please contact Gies College of Business at giesonline@illinois.edu or attend an upcoming event.

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Is the iMBA program right for you?

iMBA graduates come from all walks of life, from all different industries and sectors. If you’re a skilled student looking to expand your knowledge base with applicable real-world experiences and can demonstrate how the iMBA from Illinois can support your professional success, you are encouraged to apply. The program is highly engaging with weekly collaborative projects to reflect a real-world experience.

The iMBA program is a fit for career advancers whether you’re looking to excel in Education, Finance, Healthcare, or Manufacturing. Ideal applicants are emerging business leaders and innovative thinkers who can contribute unique perspectives to course discussions.

Learn about admissions requirements

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A World-Class MBA Under $24,000

  • $23,904 USD tuition total Tuition for other MBA programs can easily exceed $200,000. With the iMBA, you'll save substantially on your total cost while pursuing an MBA from a leading program.
  • Pay-as-you-go You pay tuition only for courses you're enrolled in. If a scheduling conflict arises, you are free to take a term off and won’t be charged during that term.
  • Financial aid & scholarships Gies College of Business and Coursera have partnered to offer a limited number of competitive scholarships covering 70% of tuition for select students. If you’re a U.S. resident, you may also qualify for student aid.
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Career-First Course Design

iMBA courses are grouped into specializations that include readings, live lectures, hands-on projects, and more. 

The program culminates in a capstone project that simulates a real-world business scenario. Courses are designed to help students apply new skills directly to their careers.

Learn more

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Gies is accepting applications for Fall 2024

The final deadline is June 27, 2024

Enroll in a for-credit course today

Want to enroll in the full degree course now and earn transcriptable credit? You can enroll directly with the university as a non-degree student.Enroll in for-credit now

Enroll in course

1. Enroll in course

Explore course options to find the courses that fit your needs

Pursue admission to degree

2. Pursue admission to degree

Fill out a form or application on the university's website and pay to enroll

Get accepted and enroll

3. Get accepted and enroll

Complete the course and earn transcriptable college credit which will count toward your degree learning if you are accepted into the full degree program¹

Transfer credit

4. Transfer credit

You can apply to transfer the credits earned towards your degree program after admission to the program

¹Each university determines the number of pre-approved credits that may count towards the degree requirements according to institutional policies.

Make progress before you enroll

These courses are part of this degree program. If you are admitted and enroll in the degree program, your coursework can count toward your degree learning and your progress can transfer with you.

Frequently asked questions

Upon completion of the iMBA program, students receive a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois.

Yes, Gies College of Business is fully accredited through AACSB.

No, the GMAT/GRE is not required for the iMBA program.

Gies is accepting applications for Fall 2024

The final deadline is June 27, 2024