Academics

University of Illinois

Curriculum

Successful MBA candidates are lateral thinkers who apply a creative and abstract approaches to solving business problems.

Career-First Course Design

Courses are grouped into Specializations that include readings, lectures, hands-on projects, and more. The program culminates in a capstone project that simulates a real-world business scenario. The courses are designed to help students apply new skills directly to their careers.

Future-Forward Leadership Capacity

Gain leadership skills as you learn to improve existing processes. Learn to develop and implement a vision for the future. Choose courses from two out of three advanced-leadership pathways: innovation, digitalization, and globalization.

Global Online Classrooms & Projects

iMBA live classroom sessions unite students from as many as 90 different countries. Students bring real-time perspectives from the front lines of the business world. Faculty work with students via interactive classes, projects, and office hours.

Specializations

These are the courses you can start today as you consider whether to apply to the iMBA.

Digital Marketing

This Specialization explores several aspects of the digital marketing environment, including topics such as digital marketing analytics, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and 3D Printing. The Digital Marketing Specialization gives you a richer understanding of the new digital marketing landscape and the skills and tools used to digitally create, distribute, promote, and price products or services.

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Strategic Leadership & Management

Gain leadership and business skills that make an immediate impact. Practice everyday leadership and learn to manage people effectively. Learn to implement management strategies in the real world. Make businesses more efficient by applying principles of organizational design.

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Managerial Economics & Business Analysis

In order to effectively manage and operate a business, managers and leaders need to understand the market characteristics and economic environment. In this Specialization, build a solid understanding of market operation and the macro-economic environment by studying real-world examples. Identify economic factors that impact business decisions and develop an analytical framework using statistical tools.

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Value Chain Management

Learn to produce and deliver goods and services that customers value while generating a surplus for owners. Value chain management focuses on understanding what customers want, measuring inputs and outputs to assess value, and generating higher value for customers and greater surplus for businesses.

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Financial Management

This Specialization covers the fundamentals of strategic financial management, including financial accounting, investments, and corporate finance. Evaluate major strategic decisions, understand capital markets, and develop an integrated framework for value-based financial management and decision-making.

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Global Challenges in Business

This Specialization teaches you to understand how businesses function in the global marketplace and how ethical decision making is essential for every responsible business. Learn how businesses can play a helpful role in helping to address challenges like poverty and pollution.

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Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship

In a marketplace characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, innovative skills are necessary for today’s industry leaders. Agile thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset are critical to thriving in uncertain business environments. This Specialization addresses how to recognize and question assumptions and constraints, as well as ways to identify and capitalize on opportunities. Learn to change the rules of the game by creating innovative value propositions and discovering new market positions that leverage sustainable competitive advantages.

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Program Length

10-15 hours of commitment per week is needed to complete a for-credit course. There are 3 terms per year: Fall (Aug-Dec), Spring (Jan-May), and Summer (May-Aug). Most students complete the degree in 24-36 months.

Here is a sample schedule and cost breakdown for a 24-month completion, which requires 24-30 hours/week:

Academic TermCoursesCreditsTuition
Spring Year 1416$4,752.00
Summer Year 128$2,376.00
Fall Year 1312$3,564.00
Spring Year 2416$4,752.00
Summer Year 228$2,376.00
Fall Year 2312$3,564.00
Total1872$21,384.00

*Hours and tuition costs are estimated. Exact amounts may differ each year.

Flexibility

Complete your degree online in 24-36 months. Lectures and quizzes are available on-demand, and you can schedule time to meet with professors and teaching assistants (according to their office hours). You can access classes from your mobile device, and download videos and readings for offline work.

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More than 80% of degree students access all course materials on the go with the mobile app, available on iOS and Android.

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  • Save a week’s worth of content for offline access with one click
  • Save and submit quizzes offline
  • View text transcripts of lecture videos
  • Take notes directly in the app
  • Set reminder alerts so you don’t miss important deadlines

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