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.

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

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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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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Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation

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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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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Business Analytics

As our world becomes increasingly digital, business leaders need specific skills to help them make sense of all the data around us. The Specialization is provides a well-rounded and interdisciplinary education in data science, analytics and business decision making.

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Mergers & Acquisitions (New Addition!)

This specialization focuses on the theory and practice of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Learn to value, price, and choose the optimal financing mix for an M&A deal. You will deepen your understanding of financial modeling and capital structure while learning how to use financial accounting and finance to express the economic realities of complex organizations.

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Graduate Certificates

These graduate certificates stack directly into the Master of Business Administration (iMBA). Each of the high engagement courses that comprise these certificates carry University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate credit.

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management : Become a confident all-around leader and learn in-demand skills for managing people and teams and developing and implementing organizational strategy.

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Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing: Build the skills to uplevel your marketing campaigns and make data-driven decisions.

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Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Analytics : Learn how to synthesize and communicate data-intensive information, findings and conclusions, and develop the job-ready skills to solve accounting and business challenges.

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CPA Pathways Graduate Certificate: Build technical knowledge and skills in financial accounting, taxation, and accounting data analytics as you prepare for the Uniform CPA Examination®.

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Accounting Foundations Graduate Certificate: Develop job-ready skills with the #1 accounting faculty in the nation in as little as eight months.

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Program Length

The average time commitment per week to complete a for-credit course is 10-15 hours. 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.


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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Access course materials anywhere with the mobile app available on iOS and Android.

  • Using the mobile app, learners can:
  • Save a week’s worth of reading and video content for offline access with one click
  • View text transcripts of lecture videos
  • Take notes directly in the app
  • Set reminder alerts to help you make progress

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Application Deadlines

Applications for the Spring 2023 cohort are now open! Students can start classes in March 2023.

  • Final Deadline for March Start: February 2, 2023

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