Master of Science in Management

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Earn a master’s degree in management from the University of Illinois and build a strong foundation of fundamental business skills.

As an iMSM student, you will take a series of fundamental management classes covering subjects such as leadership and teams, marketing management, strategic management, process management, and more. You’ll also take foundational classes in accounting and finance. You will then have the opportunity to customize your degree by taking elective courses focused on global business and business challenges, as well as data driven decision-making and communications.

iMSM students earn the same education and learn from the same top faculty as on-campus students. Achieve fundamental business knowledge, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as you work alongside fellow students and faculty.

The iMSM, which is open to students from any undergraduate major, continues the Gies Business tradition of building highly engaging, flexible online programs. The Gies approach offers innovations unique to online learning. Curriculum, content delivery, and engagement are tailored for maximum positive impact for students in ways that go well beyond simply moving an existing residential program online. The hallmarks of Gies’ online programs – including its popular iMBA – are highly engaging online classrooms and skilled, experienced faculty who deliver leading-edge course material.

The iMSM is from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a historical land-grant public research institution founded in 1867 and acknowledged leader in online education.

  • Tuition
    $11,052 USD
  • Program length
    1 year

    10 – 15 hrs per week per class

  • Brief overview
    36 credit hours | 9 courses
  • Method of study
    Completely online

Application Deadlines

Applications for the January 2022 cohort are now open!

  • Priority 1 Deadline: October 7, 2021
  • Priority 2 Deadline: November 4, 2021
  • Final Deadline (January start date): December 2, 2021
  • Final Deadline (March start date): February 3, 2022

Classes start on January 12, 2022 and March 16, 2022, depending on your preference.

Benefits of Applying Earlier

  • No application fee (for October 7 deadline)
  • Apply for scholarship consideration
  • Priority registration for courses
  • Early access to Coursera for Illinois
  • Begin engaging with classmates via Illinois' networking platforms

Start Dates

The program has four official start dates throughout the year, in January, March, August, and October. Non-degree students can begin any time throughout the year.

Looking for an online MBA instead?

Explore the iMBA program, also offered by Gies College of Business. At less than $22,000, the cost of the iMBA is by far the lowest of any major university’s online MBA.

Learn more about the iMBA

About the Program



The iMSM requires 36 credit hours for completion, of which 24 will cover general management core courses. Students will then have the opportunity to customize their degree by taking elective courses focused on global business challenges as well as data driven decision-making and communications.

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Student Experience

Student Experience

Gies provides a unique online education environment, where faculty experts actively engage with students face-to-face in a highly engaging digital classroom. Course materials are designed to teach concepts the way professionals apply them in real-life business scenarios every day. Leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills are built into the core, empowering students to put their purpose into practice at the highest level.

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About the University

About the University

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. In its 2021 rankings, U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges rated Illinois as the number 15 public university and the number 47 national university.

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