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Gies College of Business – University of Illinois - iMBA

Gies College of Business iMBA Program Structure

The part-time Online MBA program at the University of Illinois Gies College of Business, known as the iMBA, takes between 24 and 60 months to complete. Students in the program complete programs through Coursera and through the University of Illinois, which features case studies, individual and group assignments, and more. The program has both synchronous and asynchronous components.  There are no travel requirements during any part of the program, making it one of the few AACSB-accredited Online MBAs in the world that is 100 percent digital.



The program is broken down into four separate core elements: Strategic Leadership & Management; Managerial Economics and Business Analysis; Value Chain Management; and Financial Management. Within these four core elements, students complete three individual courses and a capstone project. Within the program, students must choose from five specializations, out of the following options: Digital Marketing; Strategic Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Business Analytics; Global Challenges in Business; and Mergers & Acquisitions.  Generally, students spend about 10-15 hours per class, per week.  The program is flexible as far as how many courses students take per term.

Class Profile

Students currently in the Gies iMBA program have an average Undergraduate GPA of 3.24 and 11.3 years of experience.  79% of the students in the program come from the United States and 33% of the students identify as Female.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The current tuition cost of the University of Illinois Online MBA program at the Gies College of Business is $23,904, which comes to $332 over 72 credits. Federal and private loans may be used to fund one’s education.


In order to apply to the iMBA program, students must have earned an accredited four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S., or an international equivalent, while maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants must have at least three years of prior work experience. GMAT/GRE scores are not required.

In addition, applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • Official transcripts
  • One essay & short answers
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • TOEFL/IELTS test scores (if necessary for non-English speaking applicants)
  • Application fee

Application Deadlines
Program begins each January, March, August & October

View the upcoming deadlines here.

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