Who should pursue an MSM?

The iMSM is designed for students ready to add business to their skill set. The program is ideal for students who have already begun their careers and seek to add a business education through a part-time program, and specifically for those students who would ultimately like to pursue an MBA, but don’t currently possess the work experience needed for admission. Through their iMSM coursework, students can lay the foundation for future enrollment in an MBA program.

Fall 2021 Cohort Deadlines

    Round      Application Deadline    
Priority Deadline 1      May 1, 2021 (PAT included)      
Priority Deadline 2      June 1, 2021 (PAT included)      
Final Deadline      July 1, 2021 (PAT included)      

Application Materials

No application fee required.

1. Unofficial transcripts:

This must include your name, institution name, and a transcript legend, grade scale, or grade criteria. If you've not yet completed your undergraduate degree at the time of application, Gies will review your application based on the in-progress unofficial transcripts you have uploaded. Official transcripts will need to be submitted if you are admitted into the program.

2. Resume:

Your one-page professional resume should include your name, address, telephone number, email address, educational background, work experience (start and end dates for each position and a brief description of responsibilities), internship experience, educational training, professional associations, and leadership experiences.

3. Personal Statement

Your personal statement should answer the following questions:

  • Describe your long-term and short-term career goals of earning an iMSM.
  • Discuss why you think you are the ideal fit for this program.
  • Tell us what you value most in your learning experience.

Please keep this to 1,000 words or less, and double-spaced.

4. References

Your two references should be from an academic and/or professional source, like a professor whose course you've taken or a supervisor/manager you've reported to in a role. An optional third reference may also be submitted.

5. GMAT or GRE scores (Optional):

While not required, you are welcome to upload your unofficial scores. Official GMAT scores must be sent directly to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Institution Code – 1836.

6. Essay (Optional):

You can write an optional essay to elaborate on one of the following:

  • If you do not believe that your test score or grades demonstrate your true capabilities of if there are any gaps in your academic career and work experience, which the Admissions Committee should know about.
  • If would like to highlight something that you could not address in other areas of the application.

7. English proficiency scores (International Students Only):

If you are a non-native English speaker, you’ll need to upload your unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores to your application.

TOEFL scores of 103 or greater or IELTS scores of 7.5 or greater are required for admission to the iMSM program and no waivers are available.

Request your official TOEFL scores to be sent electronically to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Institution Code – 1836). Review this page for more details.


If you have questions about the application process or eligibility, please send us an email at onlineMSM@illinois.edu, or talk to an advisor on the graduate recruiting and admissions team.

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We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.