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Add business management to your skill set

In as quick as one year, you can earn a management master’s degree through the Gies Dual-Degree Graduate Program, allowing you to add a foundation in business to your passion for another academic discipline. 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 management programs to choose from at Gies:

MS in Management (MSM)

The MS in Management is designed for non-business/non-technical majors. This degree helps students learn the fundamental business skills to build upon their undergraduate education. This is a one-year 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.

Master in Business Administration (iMBA)

Earn your MBA 100% online with the Gies iMBA. Complete four core specializations and choose two others that reflect areas where you want to focus. These focus areas can include digital marketing, entrepreneurship, global challenges, and business analytics. Engage in curriculum that reflects your interests. This is a 24-36 month program.

Dual Degree Benefits

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

*Does not apply to iMBA

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 MSMMSTM, or iMBA program. To receive an application fee waiver, please follow these instructions:

    MSM and MSTM domestic candidates apply for free automatically, so you do not need to do anything.
    International and iMBA candidates
    will need to complete their application, and in the program section select “yes” for fee waiver. You will be prompted to enter a waiver code. Enter DDMGMT20.

  • 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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