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Master's in Management Programs

The Master's in Management programs at Gies offer the curriculum, resources, and expertise you need to become a future business leader. No matter your undergraduate degree or level of work experience, Gies has a master's program that can prepare you to solve critical business problems and lead across a variety of industries. 

Gies offers four management programs:

MS in Management (MSM)

Gain a competitive edge before you enter the job market. The one-year residential MSM program teaches recent graduates not only fundamental business skills but allows them to specialize in areas like data analytics, marketing, global business, finance, and management to build upon their education.

Online MS in Management (iMSM)

The iMSM is a flexible, fully online program that helps early-career professionals build a foundation of business skills from team leadership to budget management. It’s a smart investment because it delivers high-quality content that gives you a competitive edge.

MS in Technology Management (MSTM)

The one-year residential MSTM program 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.

Online MBA (iMBA)

The iMBA is a highly engaging, fully online program that delivers practical business mastery along with leadership vision. The program 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.

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. 

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Gies News and Events

Covalent bridges internship gaps, supports Illinois small businesses

Apr 7, 2021, 10:30 AM by Aaron Bennett
Gies students and alumni are banding together this spring to simultaneously help small businesses and create digital marketing internships for undergraduates. Covalent grew out of a program launched last year as a way for students to gain experience after the pandemic shut down summer internships

Gies students and alumni are banding together this spring to simultaneously help small businesses and create digital marketing internships for undergraduates.

Covalent grew out of the COVID-19 Business Fellowship Program, launched last year as a way for students to gain experience after the pandemic shut down summer internships in 2020. That need continues, according to co-founders College of Media graduate Walker Post (JOUR ’18) and Alex Littleton (FIN ’18), who remains on its board of directors.

Applications for 2021 student fellowships, mentors, and businesses are open now through April 26. This year, Covalent is also seeking corporate sponsorships to underwrite stipends for the fellows.

“The Gies network prevails. I love having the opportunity to lift people up while trying to give back,” said mentor Haley Ehrlich (FIN, Marketing ’18), associate growth marketing manager at the National Basketball Assn. “I try to teach them how to apply the skills they learn in class to relevant topics like email cadence and how to present results. I also share how to improve their soft skills so they can convey they’re not just a smart kid, but someone who can drive impact really fast."

To date, the program has engaged 98 fellows and supported 69 small businesses; 139  professionals around the country have served as mentors. Covalent estimates Illinois small businesses saved an estimated $250k in digital marketing services.

Senior Doug Howard, a Gies marketing and information systems major, said the experience has improved his ability to pursue sales and marketing positions.

“A year ago, my internship in the marketing department of United Airlines was canceled. When Alex reached out, I knew I wanted to stay busy during the summer and actually learn something. I also wanted to make an impact on the community during COVID-19,” said Howard.

He and partner Advait Patel, a senior studying economics, were mentored by Gies alumna Rose LaBelle (Marketing & Business Process Management ‘18), a human capital consultant at Deloitte Consulting. They were paired with a Chicago-based start-up focused on robotic process automation, helping to set up A/B testing for email messaging and identify the best web design app to use.

“Going forward, we’re committed to creating a diverse pipeline of talent and helping our fellows land their dream jobs. We're pursuing partnerships with corporations that not only see the value Covalent brings to local communities and businesses, but also the value that our fellows could bring to their company," said Post.