The iMBA helps prepare students for an even more successful career. A survey of 2019 graduates showed that 53 percent had received a promotion, job offer or accepted a new position during their time in the iMBA program, while graduates saw their pay increase an average of 20 percent during the course of their studies.

Below are a few highlights that help capture how the iMBA program can improve and expand your career.

A Massive Global Network

Graduates of the iMBA become one of over 500k global alumni in the Illinois network. The iMBA program itself has students from over 90 countries and 46 U.S. states. You will connect with these students in the high-engagement portion of the iMBA program.

A Degree the Job Market Values

One of the most important things an MBA candidate should consider while evaluating an MBA program is how the job market perceives their university and business school. Below are a few rankings that show the job market's reception to Illinois graduates:

Top 5

The University of Illinois, according to The Wall Street Journal, is among corporate recruiters’ top five places to recruit talent.

Top 3

The University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign is ranked #3 by Businessweek for graduates’ return on investment.

A Career-Curated Curriculum

Courses are grouped into Specializations, structured so that you receive academics in combinations that mirror how you’ll actually use them on the job - and many of our students find themselves applying what they learn in class immediately. That produces business mastery. All the Specializations you complete throughout the program ultimately come together as a capstone project and lead to the complete MBA.

Application Deadlines

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

  • Extended Deadline for March Start: February 6, 2023

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