University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Program Overview

The MS in Management curriculum is designed to provide students with a relevant set of business management skills designed to open new career pathways. Delivered by Gies’ expert faculty with decades of industry experience, the iMSM helps students grow as professionals and get the kind of know-how that’s been shown by research to resonate with employers. The iMSM is designed to be a versatile degree. A student will gain confidence and use this degree to develop the capabilities to advance ideas and make a bigger difference in the workplace.

The curriculum is divided between core business and management courses and also electives. The core coursework includes leadership and teams, marketing management, strategic management and process management, as well as foundational classes in accounting and finance. 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. Learning takes place in several modalities: online self-paced lecture content, high-engagement live classes, and practical mastery through hands-on projects as well as in everyday job responsibilities at work.

Try a course before you apply

Ready to sample a course from the iMSM program? The following Specializations are open for anyone to enroll in. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Managerial Accounting

Introduces management accounting as part of a firm's information system, with a focus on modern cost accounting and budgetary systems for planning and controlling business operations Managerial Accounting: Cost Behaviors, Systems, and Analysis Managerial Accounting: Tools for Facilitating and Guiding Business Decisions

Leadership and Teams

Develops and integrates fundamental behavioral concepts and theory that have administrative applications. An initial focus on individual decision makers expands to ultimately include interpersonal, organizational, and social structures and influences, and is oriented toward developing strategies and methods of research as they pertain to behavioral applications in business. Foundations of Everyday Leadership
Applications of Everyday Leadership

Marketing Management

Introduces concepts useful for understanding marketing systems and buyer behavior, and supports the development of skills for making marketing decisions. The orientation is primarily managerial and uses examples from both business and non-business contexts. Marketing Management I Marketing Management II

Strategic Management

Addresses policy construction and planning of policy implementation at the executive level, and features case studies of company-wide situations from a management point of view. An additional focus is on the integration and application of material from previous courses. Business Strategy Corporate Strategy

Introduction to Finance

Provides an introduction to finance for students who have little or no background in the discipline, and details how managers and investors use key finance principles to make investment and financing decisions. Introduction to Finance: The Basics
Introduction to Finance: The Role of Financial Markets

Process Management

Offers an introduction to decision-making problems in production, with a focus on the theoretical foundations for production management and the applications of decision-making techniques to production problems in a firm. Production processes, plant layout, maintenance, scheduling, quality control, and production control in particular are all covered. Operations Management: Analysis and Improvement Methods Operations Management: Strategy and Quality Management for the Digital Age

High-engagement Live Courses

Learn more about the iMSM high-engagement courses on the Gies website. You can explore the Core and Elective courses and discover how Gies can build your business and management knowledge.

Interested in trying a course first?

Start your application today, or start with an open course. With an open course, you can try a part of the program in advance. These courses feature degree instructors, video lectures, and readings.

Note: Some courses marked "Part of the Master of Business Administration (iMBA) degree" are also part of the iMSM.

When you graduate, you'll be able to:

  • Implement the knowledge, skills, and capabilities necessary for a successful career in management
  • Speak with a chief financial officer, read a balance sheet, set up a marketing plan, and more
  • Think critically about management and ethical issues as well as respond to new technologies, emerging global changes, and market trends
  • Continue developing essential managerial skills such as leadership, innovation, teamwork, and professional communication
  • Apply knowledge, problem-solving skills, and integrative thinking across areas such as finance, marketing, operations, management, and accounting

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