Student Experience

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Student Experience

As an iMSM student, you’ll learn from and engage with senior faculty at Gies College of Business. The Gies Business faculty team has crafted a student experience that thoughtfully takes advantage of the iMSM’s online setting.

Lectures and video material better suited for independent learning are delivered through asynchronous courses (Coursera MOOCs). This allows valuable discussion time in live class sessions, often used for lectures in traditional business programs, to be preserved for students to truly engage with senior-level faculty.

Gies’ online classrooms are collaborative spaces that encourage side conversations – creative, innovative thinking – and strong relationships built between students and faculty alike. You’ll also get to know your classmates by working on team projects.


Lectures are organized into weekly modules, available via video playback or interactive transcript. Pace yourself through online lectures before meeting with the teaching team and your classmates to dive deeper into the material.


Access your courses from anywhere — you can even download them to your mobile device and study offline without using your data plan.


Interact with fellow students through course discussion forums. Get access to every question asked and answered by previous students.

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.