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Master of Business Administration

University of Illinois

Students in the iMBA program earn the same high-quality MBA degree that on-campus students have been earning for decades–but without needing to put career or family life on hold. Students achieve business mastery, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as they work alongside fellow students and faculty.

The iMBA program features live global classrooms via web conferencing, team projects, and personal interaction with professors during virtual office hours. The nearly 2,000 students in the iMBA family represent more than 90 countries and 48 states across the United States. The program was hailed as a “breakthrough” by Poets & Quants, a leading authority on management education. The iMBA is from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, a historical land-grant public research institution founded in 1867.

Build a Global Network
iMBA students are accomplished professionals from across the globe. You’ll work closely with classmates and join a global University of Illinois alumni network that’s 470,000 strong.

A Recognized and Respected Program
Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois is an AACSB accredited and competitively ranked college by Poets and Quants, US News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

A Top MBA for a Breakthrough Price
At less than $22,000, the cost of the iMBA is by far the lowest of any major university’s online MBA.

Applicants for the degree program must have:

1) Bachelor’s degree or US equivalent: You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution in a foreign country. If you earned your degree(s) from outside the United States, refer to the following webpage for academic requirements by country: You must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of undergraduate study.

2) Three years professional work experience: All students are expected to have at least three or more years of rich, valuable operational or managerial experience.

3) Three professional letters of recommendation: Each applicant is required to submit three letters of recommendation. We strongly recommend that your references come from individuals who know you from a professional setting and can speak to your leadership or management abilities. At least one of the letters should come from a current or previous supervisor.

Previously completed iMBA coursework:

If you have completed an iMBA for-credit course or Specialization, we will consider your performance as we evaluate your application. Please note that good performance in these courses does not guarantee admission to the program.

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  • Provider: University of Illinois
  • Cost: $21,384 USD
  • Effort: 10 - 15 hours per week
  • Duration: 2 - 3 years
  • Language: English