Accredited diploma

Offered by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Taught in English

Engage in group discussions with professors and peers

12 months

9 courses total, 36 credit hours of graduate coursework, 10-15 hours per week

100% online

Hands-on learning from anywhere, no travel required

$11,520 USD total cost

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.

Application Deadlines

Announcing an opportunity to begin this summer!

Applications deadline for the Summer 2023 cohort is April 6, 2023! Students can start classes in May 2023. Apply today!

Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort are now open! Students can start classes in August or Ocotber 2023.

  • Priority 1 Deadline: May 4, 2023
  • Priority 2 Deadline: June 1, 2023
  • Final Deadline (August Start): July 6, 2023
  • Final Deadline (October Start): September 7, 2023

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Please contact Gies College of Business at

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Looking for an online MBA instead?

Explore the iMBA program, also offered by Gies College of Business. At an all-in cost of approximately $23,000, the iMBA provides an immediate and unmatched return on investment. Once you’ve completed your Master’s in Management, you’ll be eligible to fully stack your credit hours into the iMBA.

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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

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

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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