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Successful applicants come from all walks of life, all over the world. They are engineers, marketers, physicians, entrepreneurs, and accountants. We accept talented students looking to expand their knowledge base with applicable real-world experiences, and can demonstrate why the iMBA from Illinois is crucial for personal and professional success. Ideal applicants are emerging leaders and innovative thinkers who contribute unique perspectives to class discussions.
Benefits of applying for a priority deadline:
Program start dates:
Program cohorts begin in January and August of each year. Open courses are available to start throughout the year.
The Fall 2020 cohort will begin on August 12, 2020.
|Priority Round 1||February 1, 2020|
|Priority Round 2||March 1, 2020|
|Priority Round 3||April 15, 2020|
|Priority Round 4||May 15, 2020|
|Final Deadline||June 15, 2020|
The online MBA (iMBA) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is designed for working professionals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their careers. Applicants should be ready to explain how the iMBA degree will help them achieve future career plans.
The Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) is a first-of-its-kind pathway into the iMBA program.
How do I apply to the PAT? If you’re interested, you simply follow the regular iMBA admissions process, indicating that you would like to be considered for the PAT. You will undergo the same rigorous application review as a degree-seeking student, including a possible interview. If admitted into the PAT, you will take a set of three iMBA courses, and upon completion (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, including a B or better in at least 2 courses) you will be automatically admitted to the iMBA program as a degree-seeking student. The credits earned in those three courses will also be transferred toward your MBA degree. All students admitted to the PAT will be assigned an academic advisor and will have support throughout the program.
The benefits of the PAT include:
The PAT program could be the best fit for you, if you:
If you have completed an iMBA for-credit course or Specialization, we will consider your performance as we evaluate your application. Please note that good performance in these courses does not guarantee admission to the program.
You may submit a GMAT or GRE score, but these scores are not required.
International applicants must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. Some domestic applicants are also required to take the TOEFL or IELTS if they completed their post-secondary education in a country where English is not the primary language.
You are exempt from taking an English proficiency examination if you meet ALL the criteria listed for either situation below: You have completed two years of post-secondary, full-time study:
You have been awarded an advanced degree:
To see if you may qualify for an exemption, check to see if the country where you attended university appears on the exempt countries list which you can find here: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/exemptcountries
The iMBA is a completely online MBA degree program. No student visas will be sponsored for this program.
International students must submit attested English translations of all transcripts. While a final admission decision can be made using scanned copies of transcripts and degree certificates, official and original copies will be required before you get started. We recommend that you send all required documents with your application.
A non-refundable fee of $70 for domestic applicants, $90 for international applicants.
The first step is to fill out the online application and attach all required materials (copies of transcripts for all higher education, resume, essay, and names with emails for your recommenders). After the admissions committee reviews your materials, you may be invited to an online interview. After the interview, the admissions committee will notify you with a decision. For admissions support, we offer online office hours, an admissions checklist, webinars, and email and phone support to answer your questions.
If you have questions about the application process or eligibility, please send us an email: onlineMBA@illinois.edu
|Tuition (total: 18 Courses/ 72 credit hours)||$18,000|
Pay for your degree as you go — each time you take a course, pay tuition for that course only. If a scheduling conflict arises, you are free to take a term off and you won’t be charged during that term.
The MBA remains one of the strongest credentials you can earn: in a recent survey, 81% of companies plan to hire MBA graduates this year.
Recently, the price of MBA programs have skyrocketed: costs can easily exceed $200,000. The University of Illinois — a historical land-grant public research institution founded in 1867 — is working to reverse this trend with this $22,000 MBA program.
Students are encouraged to seek tuition reimbursement through their employer. We recommend that you speak with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you as an employee.
Please see below for frequently asked questions regarding financial aid.
The iMBA program does not offer tuition waivers. Private sources of financing are available: many employers offer a tuition reimbursement policy, as do local organizations such as chambers of commerce, private foundations, religious organizations, or professional associations. Some state or national governments offer tax credits or funding support for specific areas of study.
Yes, the University of Illinois offers tuition payment plans. More information is available here: https://paymybill.uillinois.edu/PaymentPlan
Please also note that tuition and fees are due on a pay-as-you go basis. Each semester you will be billed only for enrolled courses. You can complete your courses over as many as 8 semesters at a pace that fits your schedule and budget.
GI Bill Veteran educational benefits are eligible for the iMBA. To learn more about education benefits available to active-duty military, military spouses, or military veterans, visit the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Military service members — both active duty and veterans — also qualify for an application fee waiver. Submit verification of your current military status (e.g., DD214, recent LES, or other documentation) to our admissions office. We recommend you request this fee waiver before you submit your application.
The next cohort starts on August 12, 2020.
Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort are now open!
The program has two official start dates throughout the year, in January and August. Students can begin as non-degree students at any time throughout the year.
Coursera does not grant credit, and does not represent that any institution other than the degree granting institution will recognize the credit or credential awarded by the institution; the decision to grant, accept, or transfer credit is subject to the sole and absolute discretion of an educational institution.
We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.
Start your application to the program today.