Master of Science in Management

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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, or 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 2022 Cohort Deadlines

RoundApplication Deadline
Priority Deadline 1May 5, 2022
Priority Deadline 2June 2, 2022
Final Deadline for August StartJuly 7, 2022
Final Deadline for October StartSeptember 8, 2022

Application Materials

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.
  • Discuss why you think you are an 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

Two letters of reference are required. At least one letter should be a professional reference from a current or former supervisor. Once you enter their information into the online application, your recommenders will be notified to submit a letter of reference or complete a brief online information form. Letters of reference can be received after an application is submitted. Letters must come directly from the recommender, letters submitted by the applicant are not accepted.

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 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 or if there are any gaps in your academic career and work experience, which the admissions committee should know about.
  • If you 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.

International Applicants

International students can find admissions requirements including minimum GPA, required materials, and accepted official transcripts for their country listed here. Minimum required scores, accepted test types, and waiver information for the English proficiency requirement can be found here.


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

Coursera does not grant credit, and does not represent that any institution other than the degree granting institution will recognize the credit or credential awarded by the institution; the decision to grant, accept, or transfer credit is subject to the sole and absolute discretion of an educational institution.

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