PAT & Non-Degree Students

As a new or continuing student in the Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) or Non-Degree General program, everything you need to know will be located on this page.  If you’re newly admitted, make sure you work your way through the Quick Start Checklist.  This page contains several links to our Current Students pages, so feel free to look over those as well.

Do you still need to apply? You can find more information about the Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) and Non-Degree General on their respective pages.

Once you’ve been admitted and accepted your offer to be a PAT or Non-Degree General student, follow these quick steps:

1. Claim your NetID, Password, and 2FA

Your NetID will give you access to campus services, including e-mail and file storage. New students should visit the NetID claiming website. First, you will need to enter in your University ID Number (UIN) and Activation Code. The UIN and Activation Code are within your Official Notice of Admission letter from the Graduate College. Second, you will select two security questions to protect your Net ID account. Third, you will need to choose a password for your Net ID account (remember to pay attention to the requirements for all passwords).

Have you previously enrolled at the University of Illinois?  If so, there is no need to claim your NetID again.  You will need to reset your password.  You can find more information on the Technology Services website. It is likely that your NetID has been disabled and must be reactivated.  Please contact Technology Services directly at 217-244-7000 or

2FA is an extra layer of security the University adds to ensure your student information is protected.  To enroll, visit the UI Verify website. Failure to setup your 2FA device will result in non-access to many of your University applications, including your email and course platforms.

2. Set Up Your Email

All correspondence from the iMBA program is sent to your Illinois email address, so it is imperative you set up your email and check it regularly.

Office 365 is a service used for email, calendaring, and contact and task management at the University of Illinois and is vital for receiving emails and information from the University. Approximately one hour after claiming your Net ID and setting your password, you will be able to login to and start using your Office 365 Email Account. If you have questions about your email or your Exchange account, please visit the Technology Services website, or email

3. Verify Personal Information in Student Self-Service

Once you have established your Net ID, use it to log into Student Self-Service and verify your personal information, such as your contact information. Keeping this information up-to-date is extremely important and ensures proper delivery of important documents.

4. Setup Zoom

Zoom Pro is the way you will participate in your live sessions (lectures). It is important you setup your Zoom Pro account by following the instructions on our iMBA Program Platforms page.

If you have questions, lease reach out to  This ensures your questions are answered as efficiently as possible by our student services team!

There are many reasons students pursue taking non-degree courses in our program.  Whether you’re here to pursue gaining admission to the degree program, have already been admitted and are taking coursework early, or simply take some continuing education courses, we are here to support you.

You were admitted to one of the following programs: Performance-based Admission Track (PAT) or General Non-Degree Student.  We have included information about both programs so you know where to start with course planning.

Before taking a look at the information below, we suggest you take a look at the Degree Requirements (especially the video) so you can become familiar with what is required to earn a degree in the iMBA Program.

In addition, we are providing you with an Annual View of iMBA Course Offerings.

Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT)

Non-Degree General

As a student in the PAT Program, you will need to complete all 3 courses in Core 2, Managerial Economics and Business Analysis.  This includes:

ECON 528 — Microeconomics
BADM 572 — Statistics
ECON 529 — Macroeconomics

You must complete these 3 courses while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and must receive a B or better in 2 of the 3 courses above.  You should take 1 course at a time.  If you have previously completed a course above through our program and would like to take a focus area course, that may be an option.  Please reach out to us at to discuss this with an advisor.

You can take a look at the following sample plans to give you an idea of how we typically suggest students complete their PAT program and the rest of their degree:

If you are seeking admission to our degree program, you want to make sure you are making the right decisions on which courses to take as a beginning non-degree student.  Please take a look at the following sample plans to give you an idea of how we typically suggest students begin their program:

These are sample plans and may not fit exactly with your goals.

You will notice that in all cases, we suggest students start out in Cores 1 & 2.  Our courses are designed so you can take them out of order if you need to.  If you are beginning in the first 8 weeks, second 8 weeks, or summer, you can hop into Cores 1 and/or 2. In addition, we suggest students take no more than 1-2 courses at a time.

Please visit the next section (Registering for Courses) for more information on how to register and what is being offered.

You can find step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for courses using the Current Students Registration page.  Please make sure you follow these instructions carefully so you do not incur any errors.  Check the Current Students Course Offerings page for more information on what is available to register for.

Keep in mind that course content is not automatically made available to you once you register.  You will be able to see your course content a week before the course begins (called a “soft launch”).  Please visit “Access Course Platforms” below for more information on your course platforms.

Spring 2020 Deadlines/Information:

  • November 25 — Registration begins
  • January 3 – Deadline to register for first 8 week courses
  • January 15 – First day of instruction for first 8 week courses
  • January 12 – Tuition charges are assessed for Fall 2019
  • February 28 – Fall 2019 tuition is due
  • March 6 – Deadline to register for second 8 week courses
  • March 18 – First day of instruction for second 8 week courses

Summer 2020 Deadlines/Information:

  • May 11 — Registration begins
  • May 12 – Deadline to register for courses that begin on May 20
  • May 10 – Tuition charges are assessed for Summer 2020
  • May 29 – Deadline to register for course that begins on June 10
  • June 28 – Summer 2020 tuition is due

Fall 2020 Deadlines/Information:

  • July 15 — Registration begins
  • August 3 – Deadline to register for courses that begin on August 12
  • August 17 – Tuition charges are assessed for Summer 2020
  • September 23 – Deadline to register for course that begins on October 7 and October 14
  • September 28 – Fall 2020 tuition is due

iMBA Courses use two platforms — Compass and Coursera.  You will complete high engagement course activities through Compass — exams, group work, live lectures, etc.  You will complete foundational content through Coursera — think of this as your electronic textbook.

You can login to Compass with your Illinois credentials.  In order for the University of Illinois to push you Coursera content, you must link your Coursera account with us.

Please complete these two steps:

Complete Coursera Linking & Sign up for Coursera for Illinois

Once you are admitted as a non-degree student, Coursera will send an email to your Illinois email address with information on how to link your Coursera account with the University of Illinois.  This email can take 2-3 days, so keep checking your Illinois email address consistently.  It is imperative you complete this linking process as soon as you receive the linking email.  The iMBA Program is heavily integrated into Coursera, and you will not be able to be successful in our program without completing this linking process.

Coursera for Illinois is a division of Coursera that will give you access to the iMBA Coursera course components ahead of time, if you wish to begin those early.  In addition, you will receive access to all of the University of Illinois non-credit online courses and specializations offered on the Coursera platform.  In order to receive access to the the Coursera course components ahead of time, you must first enroll in Coursera for Illinois.  If you simply enroll in these course components through directly, you will be prompted to pay for the verified certificate, which we do not recommend.

In order to Enroll in Coursera for Illinois, you need to follow these step-by-step instructions.

Complete Onboarding Courses

In Coursera, you will be onboarded to both Coursera and Compass (the two platforms our program use), while giving you more information about the program (expectations, university policies, etc). It contains a lot of helpful program information so we highly recommend students complete it.

Tuition for Illinois iMBA courses are assessed at $302 per credit hour.  You can find more information on how to pay for your tuition on the Current Students Tuition page.  Please keep in mind that non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

If you need to remove yourself from a course or the entire semester, please visit the Dropping Courses & Refunds page for policies and instructions.

If you’ve taken a few courses as a Non-Degree General and have not yet applied to the program, right now may be a great time to do so!  Visit our Admissions page to learn more about admissions and how to apply.

If you are a current PAT student, your admission to the program will be finalized once you have completed all of the PAT requirements.

Please note that the Current Students pages are also helpful for non-degree students.  Feel free to check those pages out and use them as a resource.