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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.
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.
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.
At less than $22,000, the cost of the iMBA is by far the lowest of any major university’s online MBA.
Applications for the Spring 2021 cohort are now open!
Priority 1 Deadline: December 15, 2020
Priority 2 Deadline: January 1, 2021
Priority 3 Deadline: February 1, 2021
The program has four official start dates throughout the year, in January, March, August, and October. Students can begin as non-degree students at any time throughout the year.
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.
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.Learn more about Admissions
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.Learn more about Academics
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.Learn more about Student Experience
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.Learn more about the University of Illinois
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.Learn more about how to try a course
The iMBA helps prepare students for an even more successful career in business. Learn about how our curriculum can help you elevate your career.Learn more about Careers
Upon completion of the iMBA program, students receive an MBA degree from the University of Illinois.
Yes, Gies College of Business is fully accredited through AACSB.
No, the GMAT/GRE are not required for the iMBA program; however, submitting a test score is recommended for those with less than three years’ work experience.
The program is 24-36 months, depending on how many courses you choose to take each session.
The total tuition cost of the program is $21,384.
Yes, financial aid may be available for domestic degree-seeking students. International students may seek out private or third party loans. All students are eligible for university payment plans that allow you to break up your tuition into monthly payments. Please keep in mind that students are only billed each semester for the classes they are enrolled in; there is no upfront payment of tuition.
You need to pay tuition when you enroll in each individual course. That means you’ll only pay for your courses as you take them.
The answer is simple, you can submit now for the FINAL deadline of November 15 and finalize your application later! You will have until November 18th to update and complete your application.
Take your time and be sure to highlight your skills and experience. If you aren’t quite done, you have time to edit. Simply upload a new document, and we will evaluate the most recently added.
We often have students who are waiting to submit while they focus on getting their essay “just right”. Don’t stress! We are just looking to learn more about you and your goals. Once you have put your thoughts together, just proofread and submit! If you aren’t ready, you can always upload a document as a placeholder and take a few more days.
Letters of Reference
All we need from you in order to submit are the names and contact information for your references. They will have until November 18th to fill out your recommendations AFTER you submit!
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