Online MBA at the University of Illinois

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The Biggest Business School Innovation of the Decade

“We’ve disrupted our own industry, and the market has responded by rewarding us with demand and growth far beyond what we would have predicted,” Dean Jeffrey Brown.

Students say the iMBA curriculum and live, interactive sessions are more personal and engaging than many in-person classes they’ve taken. At a price that is a fraction of what they would pay at most residential MBA programs, the iMBA consistently earns satisfaction ratings near 100 percent from students.

College officials say student satisfaction and real-time return on investment are driving the tremendous growth in applications. A survey of graduates through 2021 showed that 61 percent had received a promotion, job offer or accepted a new position during their time in the iMBA program, while graduates saw their pay increase an average of 22 percent during the course of their studies.

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A Career-curated Online Learning Experience.

Course material structured the way you’ll use it in the real world. Management and leadership skills built into the core. Plus pathways to develop future-forward leadership vision. All with fully online global classrooms and team projects.

From a fully accredited AACSB program for under $22k.

It’s being called a breakthrough.

A Premium MBA from the University of Illinois

Illinois Nobel Prize
Global Illinois Alumni

Manageable Tuition

A full MBA for just $23,040. It’s no wonder Poets&Quants called it a “breakthrough.” We’re building a global network of high performers, and price should not be a barrier.
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Fully Online

No travel requirements, no added expenses: completely online, including all course and group work plus faculty office hours so you can discuss material, ask questions, or get help.
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Deeply Engaging

Work personally with senior professors and special practitioner faculty from companies like Google. Connect with accomplished fellow students around the world each day.
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Leadership Level

Builds ability to execute, manage, and lead. And gives you an iMBA edge with advanced training on how to innovate, shape the digital world, and go global.
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A full MBA degree from one of the world’s top universities. Academic content curated to be business-ready and actionable. A blend of business specializations that successful careers are built on.

A quick glimpse at a class in progress.

Courses are interactive. Professors engage with you personally. Working with classmates is routing. The iMBA includes both an online global classroom and a series of team projects.

iMBA student Dana Kennedy on working with classmates

Students in the iMBA program make great connections with other classmates despite not taking physical courses with each other.

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What Our Students Say

“The flexibility of the program is enormous. I can download content before I do traveling. In my job it’s about 90% travel. Whether it’s listening to downloaded lectures in the car, or on the plane, in the train. I always have something to do to be productive.”
Briana Zabala, Fall 2019 cohort
“Would I have had incredible relationships across waters, across continents with other folks? NO! If it were not for this program, I would not have had that. And really if you think about it, we should have that experience because here’s what the world represents if we think about diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. It represents people from all different backgrounds, so we should be having this experience. So the iMBA in my mind, was ahead of the curve.”
Jackie Price Osafo, 2018 Alumna
“I started researching more about what this program stands for and what they are trying to do. Not only the folks who are privileged but those who are coming from marginalized backgrounds can also get access to the same quality education that Gies is giving. That really shows a big purpose. Being a part of a school which has a goal which is much more ahead than just transactional business was something more meaningful to me.”
Vaibhav Malik, Fall 2020 cohort
“What I did not expect is to build not only a number of relationships with other students in the program, but meaningful ones. People that I would say are good friends now, people I would call if I had a problem. People think about online programs as being something that you can just take a class online and check the box. I did not expect to build meaningful relationships during my time in the program that continue, these are still people that I connect with.”
Matt Rivers, 2020 Alumnus
“I didn’t expect to do an MBA. I landed in the MBA and realized that business practices are business practices and they exist everywhere in any environment. What I did learn is critical problem solving skills, and writing skills, and quantitative skills that are applicable no matter the environment. It was information and concepts and practice that I could immediately bring back into my job and not being in an industry where the MBA is the normal trajectory, it has been the most invaluable resource that I go to and lean into every day and you’d be remiss not to have those concepts to teach you to think out of the box and how to problem solve in different industries as opposed to just thinking of a normal, typical MBA path.”
Karen Finocchio Lubeck, 2019 Alumna
“I’m a big advocate for the online program. When people ask me about my experience the one thing I always say is that the on-demand content is very well done and the perfect complement to the online lectures. I love being able to watch the classes wherever I am and whenever I have time. The ability to go back and rewatch is critical to my learning experience. I think on-demand learning is something even in-person classes could do in the future. The historical learning model of hours spent in a classroom is not that efficient or productive when you compare it to on-demand, which is shorter, more organized, and well structured – you can retain more information this way.”
Felipe Francato, Fall 2020 cohort