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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.
No application fee required.
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.
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.
Your personal statement should answer the following questions:
Please keep this to 1,000 words or less, and double-spaced.
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.
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.
You can write an optional essay to elaborate on one of the following:
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.
To learn more about financing your degree, visit the Degrees Financial Resources Hub.
Students are encouraged to seek tuition reimbursement through their employer. We recommend that you speak with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you as an employee.
Please see below for frequently asked questions regarding financial aid.
The iMSM program does not offer tuition waivers. Private sources of financing are available: many employers offer a tuition reimbursement policy, as do local organizations such as chambers of commerce, private foundations, religious organizations, or professional associations. Some state or national governments offer tax credits or funding support for specific areas of study.
Yes, the University of Illinois offers tuition payment plans. More information is available here: https://paymybill.uillinois.edu/PaymentPlan
Please also note that tuition and fees are due on a pay-as-you go basis. Each semester you will be billed only for enrolled courses. You can complete your courses over as many as 8 semesters at a pace that fits your schedule and budget.
GI Bill Veteran educational benefits are eligible for the iMSM. To learn more about education benefits available to active-duty military, military spouses, or military veterans, visit the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Military service members — both active duty and veterans — also qualify for an application fee waiver. Submit verification of your current military status (e.g., DD214, recent LES, or other documentation) to our admissions office. We recommend you request this fee waiver before you submit your application.
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We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.