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Add business management to your skill set

In as quick as nine months, you can earn a business master’s degree through the Gies Dual-Degree Graduate Program, allowing you to add business to your skillset. Here is a listing of one-year and 18-month master’s degree programs available at the University of Illinois, including programs in engineering, human resources, law, advertising, architecture, healthcare, and social work, among others. There are three business master’s programs to choose from at Gies:

MS in Business Analytics (MSBA)

Students develop key skills through a strong integration of business application area expertise such as finance, information systems, and accountancy, and data science skills. Graduates will leverage business analytics methods and tools to solve complex business problems. This is a STEM-designated, 9-month program.

MS in Management (MSM)

The STEM-designated MS in Management is designed for any major including non-business/non-technical majors. This degree helps students learn the fundamental business management skills with specializations in areas like data analytics, marketing, global business, and finance. This is a nine-month program.

MS in Technology Management (MSTM)

The MS in Technology Management is a STEM-designated degree that prepares graduates and professionals with the skills to manage technological change and enhance business performance. This is a business degree, not a technical degree. This is a one-year program.

Dual Degree Benefits

  • $10,000 tuition discount
  • No application fee
  • Reduced application requirements
    (No GMAT/GRE* or letter of reference required)

    * The GMAT or GRE is not required for the MSBA and MSTM applications, however, submitting the score does give us better insight of your potential ability in the program and can strengthen your application. Please note that the admission committee reserves the right to request GRE/GMAT reports if we are unable to make the admission decisions based on what you have submitted. 

Dual Degree Requirements

  • You must currently be enrolled in another master’s degree (excluding Gies College of Business) on campus.
  • Students have the option of suspending their primary program (if approved by program) for the year it takes to complete one of these degrees. You can also finish your primary program and then enroll if admitted. Degrees will be conferred separately.
  • This management degree must be earned during or immediately following the completion of the other master’s degree. Candidates cannot leave the university and come back to join the dual-degree program.

How to Apply

  • Apply to the MSBAMSM or MSTM program. See if you qualify for a fee waiver.
  • For letters of references, please list the following people as references. Here is the information needed:

    Jennifer Larson, 217-333-8221,, Director, Business Grad Programs; Relationship - referrer
    Katrina Hagler, 217-244-3432,, Associate Director, Business Grad Programs; Relationship - referrer
    Jeff Yacup; 217-244-7602,, Associate Director, Business Grad Programs, Relationship - referrer

  • You only need to complete the personal statement and upload your résumé. No other essays are required. If the system prompts you for extra essays, you can upload a blank Word document.

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