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1-Year Master's Programs

No matter your career path, Gies Business has a graduate curriculum that gives you the right mix of classroom, practical, and leadership learning to meet your specific career goals and be more competitive on the job market. We have a comprehensive suite of master's programs delivered in a way that fits your needs.

All of our programs - from accountancy, to management, and finance - offer you opportunities to explore different business functions, learn critical problem-solving skills, and gain real-world leadership experience. You will graduate prepared to add value from day one in the career you're about to build.

Explore our programs to see which graduate degree will help you put purpose behind your profession.

Accounting

Business Analytics

The MS Business Analytics program helps students develop the key skill set high-demand jobs require through a strong integration of business application area expertise such as finance, information systems, and accountancy, and data science skills including gathering, managing, analyzing, and communicating data. This program is pending Illinois Board of Higher Education approval.

Finance

Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
The 15-month MSF is a flexible, practical program that thoroughly prepares students for the dynamic world of finance. Various specializations are available to customize your degree.

Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE)
In partnership with The Grainger College of Engineering, students learn quantitative methods (data analytics, machine learning, etc.) for application in the financial industry.

Management

Master of Science in Management (MSM)
With an MSM, you gain fundamental business skills that build upon your undergraduate education. Specializations are available in data analytics, marketing, global business, and finance.

Online Master of Science in Management (iMSM)
The iMSM is designed for early career professionals interested in adding fundamental business skills, like marketing, budget management, and leadership to their experience.

Online MBA (iMBA)
The iMBA is a highly engaging program that delivers practical business mastery along with leadership vision. It offers carefully curated content and experiences that will elevate your future-forward leadership capacity in fields such as globalization, innovation, and shaping the digital future.

Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM)
The MSTM is designed for students from a business or technical background. The leading-edge curriculum helps elevate the management expertise of scientists and engineers and amplifies business leaders' analytical decision-making skills. This is a management degree, not a technical degree.

Online Master of Science in Strategic Brand Communication
This program combines contemporary business management education with the latest in strategic integrated marketing, advertising and multimedia communications. This is a Sandage Department of Advertising program done in collaboration with Gies.

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Which program is right for you?

Not sure which program will best suit your background or career aspirations? Take our 30-second quiz to find out or talk to one of our advisors. 

Customize your curriculum to advance your career

Gies Business graduate programs prepare students to be leaders in their industry. You can choose from a variety of specializations within many of our degree programs to gain in-depth knowledge and expertise that will enhance your degree and career opportunities.

Additionally, client-based, hands-on projects are integrated throughout all our graduate programs. This experiential learning  you to explore various functions of business and learn critical problem-solving skills and consulting methodologies. In fact, 99% of students who participate in experiential learning projects report an improved ability to solve complex problems. Our experiences provide exceptional career preparation and a competitive advantage.

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Countries represented among all Gies graduate students

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Client-based projects completed each year by students

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Specializations and concentrations throughout graduate programs

Centered on your long-term success

At Gies, you have a team dedicated to your lifelong career success. Each program includes career service experts who provide essential career advancement support through resume reviews, salary negotiations, career fairs, connections to companies, practice interviews, networking opportunities, and more.

In addition, our exceptional faculty members design leading-edge curriculum to ensure that you are at the forefront of business, technology, and innovation as you enter the next phase of your career.

Arrive with an interest, and we’ll help you leave with a purpose.


Applying to a Gies Graduate Program

Applications for graduate programs are submitted through the University of Illinois Graduate College. To view information on program-specific admission requirements, please choose a program below: 

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