Female student working at laptop on a desk with coffee

The Business Management Skills to Upgrade Your Career

In the iMSM, you’ll develop the pivotal business management skills that make for standout success on the job. You’ll grow as a professional and get the kind of know-how that leads to promotions, salary increases, and career growth—know-how that’s been shown by research to resonate with employers. And you’ll get the confidence and capabilities to advance your ideas and make a bigger difference in the workplace.

In as little as 12 months and for just $11k, you’ll earn a master’s in management online from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, one of the world’s most powerful university brands and a recognized global leader and innovator in online education.

The iMSM is a fully online management degree designed for working professionals, regardless of undergraduate major. You can complete the program without leaving your current job.

To start classes early, on August 12, 2020, apply by:

  • Priority Deadline 1: July 15

To start classes on October 14, 2020, apply by:

  • Priority Deadline 2: August 15
  • Priority Deadline 3: September 15

Admitted to the iMSM program? Visit OnlineStudents.GiesBusiness.illinois.edu to register for classes.


Flexible Learning - Anytime, Anywhere

Our globally recognized, innovative approach to online teaching and skill development means you can learn anytime, anywhere. And the iMSM’s highly interactive Global Classroom helps you build friendships and networks around the globe.

An Interactive and Deeply Engaging Classroom 

iMSM courses are interactive. Professors engage with you personally. And working with classmates is routine. The iMSM includes both an online global classroom and a series of team projects, which give you experience applying what you learn. 

This is an excerpt from an iMBA course. iMSM courses will mirror this model.

Each course is composed of three elements:

  • On-Demand Component: Get the fundamentals. Complete a weekly module and assignment that develops your core business knowledge.
  • Live Session: Join the global classroom. Attend and participate in a live lecture with your professor and classmates.
  • Individual or Team Project: Apply what you learn. Complete a weekly assignment designed by your professor.

Faculty and specially trained student support teams are also available for in-person office hours outside of class.

When You Graduate, You'll Be Able To:

  • Speak the language of business, so you will be prepared to speak with a chief financial officer, read a balance sheet, set up a marketing plan, and more.
  • Think critically about business management and ethical issues as well as respond to new technologies, emerging global changes, and market trends.
  • Enhance development of critical managerial skills of leadership, innovation, teamwork, and professional communication.
  • Learn to combine knowledge, problem-solving skills, and integrative thinking across areas such as finance, marketing, operations, business management, and accounting.

Gies News and Events

Molitor, Reif win NIHCM Foundation Research Award for workplace wellness study

Jun 30, 2020, 10:23 AM by Aaron Bennett
Gies professors David Molitor and Julian Reif have been named winners of the 2019 National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Research award, given each year for outstanding published work in health economics.

Gies College of Business professors David Molitor and Julian Reif have been named winners of the 2020 National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Research award, given each year for outstanding published work in health economics. Molitor and Reif, along with their co-author Damon Jones of the University of Chicago, won the award for their paper “What Do Workplace Wellness Programs Do? Evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study,” which was published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study, which has garnered international attention in publications like The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, and Scientific American, is a large, randomized controlled trial of a wellness program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study examines the effects of financial incentives on participation; investigates who benefits from the programs; estimates the causal effect of workplace wellness on employee health care costs, health behaviors, well-being, and productivity; and tests for peer effects in wellness program participation.

WATCH: David Molitor accepts award on behalf of co-authors Julian Reif and Damon Jones.

The randomized controlled trial showed that financial incentives increased participation in the wellness program, but the program had no effects on health care costs, health behaviors, and productivity. The researchers also found that healthier employees were more likely to participate when offered the program. This finding indicates that evaluating a wellness program by comparing employees who choose to participate to those who don’t can lead to the wrong conclusions.

julian reif“We hope that the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study demonstrates the value of using randomized controlled trials to answer important health care policy questions,” said Reif (right).

“The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study was a team effort with exceptional support from campus leadership and our funding partners,” said Molitor. “It is great to have an esteemed panel of experts recognize our study as an outstanding contribution to our understanding of health care delivery.”

This is the second major research award hauled in by Molitor and Reif this year. Along with co-authors and fellow Gies Professors Nolan Miller and Tatyana Deryugina, they won the 28th annual Arrow Award, given by the International Health Economics Association for the best health economics paper published in 2019. Their award-winning paper “The Mortality and Medical Costs of Air Pollution: Evidence from Changes in Wind Direction" was published in American Economic Review.

Molitor_DavidThe NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award recognizes outstanding published work from researchers furthering innovation in health care financing, delivery, and organization or the implementation of health care policy. The award carries a $20,000 prize and is judged by an independent panel of experts from leading universities like Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and NYU. This year, two winners were selected. In addition to Professors Reif and Molitor (left), Harvard’s Zirui Song and the University of Chicago’s Katherine Baicker were named co-winners for their paper, “Effect of a Workplace Wellness Program on Employee Health and Economic Outcomes: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Winners are selected based on three criteria: originality and creativity of the research; impact that the research may have in advancing the public policy debate or improving health care delivery and management; and relevance to one or more of the subject areas (health care financing, delivery and organization and/or the implementation of health care policy). The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the health of all Americans by spurring workable and creative solutions to pressing health care problems.