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Liautaud Graduate School of Business – University of Illinois at Chicago - Part-Time MBA

University of Illinois at Chicago Part-Time MBA Program Structure

University of Illinois Liautaud Graduate School part-time MBA students may choose from the weekend MBA or flexible MBA option. Students in the weekend option complete their MBA in a two-year cohort format while the flexible MBA students may take the program at their pace and can complete it in as little as 18 months.

Curriculum

The University of Illinois Liautaud Graduate School MBA program consists of 54 credit hours. Students begin by completing seven core courses (26 credit hours), which are designed to deepen functional business knowledge: financial accounting, corporate finance, marketing, microeconomics, operations management, organizational behavior and the enterprise strategy capstone course. The remaining 28 credit hours are made up of electives.

Students in the weekend MBA program may gain a concentration finance or management while students in the flexible program may choose from any of the concentrations available to their full-time peers; accounting, business analytics, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, operations and supply chain management, real estate and a self directed option.

Dual degree options are available to students including MBA/MPH and MBA/MS among others.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 at all times throughout the program.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 61 (tie)

Class Profile

Liautaud’s Admissions Office does not provide specific information on recent classes, but describes a “typical class profile” for which the average undergraduate GPA is 3.3 and the average GMAT score is approximately 600. Students in the typical class average 6 years of professional work experience before enrolling.

Careers

The Career Services Center provides individually tailored job search services to students, including guidance in building networks of faculty, alumni, employers and industry experts. Career coaches for each degree program are available for consultation and personalized career testing and assessment throughout a student’s studies. Liautaud also provides access to a series of career workshops covering a range of topics from Job Interview Strategies and Techniques, to Research Tips to Support Your Job Search, to Charting Your New Career Course. Mock interviews are available for students looking to practice their interviewing skills. University of Illinois Part-Time MBA students are also able to participate in program sponsored networking, career fairs, and recruitment events and on-campus interviews with employers such as Accenture, Bank of America, Ernst & Young, IBM Global Services and Microsoft.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Since UIL is a state institution, tuition differs for Illinois and non-Illinois residents. Total annual tuition and fees for the UIC Liautaud Graduate School part-time MBA vary depending on number of credit hours taken per semester and are in four ranges:

• Range I (12 hours or more): $5,830 in state, $11,950 out of state
• Range II (6-11 hours): $3,887 in state, $7,967 out of state
• Range III (1-5 hours): $1,943 in state, $3,983 out of state
• Range IV (0 hours): $972 in or out of state

There is also a tuition differential for MBA students that must be included in a student’s budget. The fee schedule for the four ranges is as follows:

• Range I: $4,600
• Range II: $3,067
• Range III: $1,533
• Range IV: $767

University of Illinois at Chicago MBA students who are enrolled for eight or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters can apply for graduate assistantships. These provide students with on-campus opportunities to work in order to earn a partial tuition waiver and stipend.

There are a small number of partial tuition and fee waivers available for incoming UIC Liautaud students based on academic merit. Students who are being considered for a Liautaud scholarship and/or a partial tuition waiver are notified during the admissions process. You do not need to apply separately for the waiver.

If you have prior educational and professional experience with science or technology and have a demonstrated interest in technology commercialization or early stage venture funding, you may be considered for a science and technology fellowship. Liautaud partners with UIC’s Office of Technology Management and Illinois Ventures to offer two-year graduate fellowships, which include base tuition exemption and a monthly stipend in exchange for 20 hours of work per week with the Office of Technology Management or with Illinois Ventures.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for loans if they satisfy certain criteria. By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applicants may become eligible for up to $20,500 per year in FAFSA government loans for domestic students. For the fall term, the priority filing date is March 1.

Admissions

Applicants to the University of Illinois part-time MBA program must complete an online application and supplemental application. This process includes uploading academic transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions. Applicants are also required to submit GMAT scores, two letters of recommendation, a current resume, a $70 application fee, and a personal statement.

International applicants must also submit an official TOEFL score. Liautaud also accepts the IELTS.

Students may begin the weekend MBA program in the fall while students have the option to begin the flexible MBA program in the Spring, Summer or Fall.

Deadlines are as follows:

Spring: September 1 for international, November 1 for domestic.

Summer: March 15 for domestic, international applications are not accepted for summer term.

Fall: December 15 (round 1) international and domestic, March 15 (round 2) international and domestic, April 1 (round 3) international, July 1 (round 3) domestic.

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