Master of Business Administration

University of Illinois


A deeply engaging online MBA from a public university powerhouse.

Students in the iMBA program earn the same high-quality MBA degree that on-campus students have been earning for decades--but without needing to put career or family life on hold. Students achieve business mastery, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as they work alongside fellow students and faculty.

The iMBA program features live global classrooms via web conferencing, team projects, and personal interaction with professors during virtual office hours. The nearly 2,000 students in the iMBA family represent more than 90 countries and 48 states across the United States. The program was hailed as a “breakthrough” by Poets & Quants, a leading authority on management education. The iMBA is from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, a historical land-grant public research institution founded in 1867.

Build a Global Network

iMBA students are accomplished professionals from across the globe. You’ll work closely with classmates and join a global University of Illinois alumni network that’s 470,000 strong.

A Recognized and Respected Program

Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois is an AACSB accredited and competitively ranked college by Poets and Quants, US News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

A Top MBA for a Breakthrough Price

At less than $22,000, the cost of the iMBA is by far the lowest of any major university’s online MBA.

  • Tuition

    Total Cost

  • Program length
    24 - 36 months
  • Brief overview
    18 courses plus three capstone projects
  • Method of study
    Completely Online

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Spring 2021 cohort are now open!

Priority 1 Deadline: September 15, 2020 (option to start classes in October)

Priority 2 Deadline: October 15, 2020

Priority 3 Deadline: November 15, 2020

Benefits of Applying Earlier

  • No application fee or enrollment deposit
  • Possibility of starting early with one or two courses if admitted as a degree student
  • Option to connect with an iMBA student mentor early

Start Dates

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.

Looking for a one year business degree?

Explore the iMSM program, also offered by Gies College of Business. At less than $11,000, you can build a strong foundation of fundamental business skills with a MS in Management from the University of Illinois.

Learn more about the MS in Management

About the Program



The program welcomes current and future business leaders from varied backgrounds, including the arts, sciences, music, engineering, finance, accounting, consulting, marketing, medicine, military, and more. No GMAT required.

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The iMBA is career-focused. Students develop leadership and management skills that help them thrive in today’s business environment. Challenging team-based projects, face-to-face class sessions with faculty and peers, and a selection of 8 different Specializations make this MBA curriculum unmatched in flexibility and impact.

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Student Experience

Student Experience

Work with senior Illinois professors and industry educators from top companies like Google. Connect with instructors and classmates via live classroom sessions and discussion forums.

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About University of Illinois

About University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.

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Try a Degree Course

Try a Degree Course

Try out an open course to see if the iMBA is right for you. If you decide to apply to the program, the work you’ve done in this course applies toward your degree. You can also apply directly to the iMBA program.

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The iMBA helps prepare students for an even more successful career in business. Learn about how our curriculum can help you elevate your career.

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Nov 15

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Hear about the iMBA from the Gies community.

Hear about the iMBA from the Gies community.

Frequently Asked Questions

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