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Apply to the iMSM Program

The iMSM program is designed for students with some post-undergraduate work experience who are interested in gaining fundamental business management knowledge. Admission to the online management program is highly competitive. Decisions are based on the individual’s previous academic accomplishments, personal statement, full-time work experience, resume, references, and demonstrated potential for success in the iMSM program and in their careers. 

Upcoming Application Deadlines

We are excited to see you are ready to apply to the iMSM program. Please know once you start your application you will receive regular communications from the iMSM program with tips and tricks for completing a competitive application.

Spring 2022 | January and March Start Dates

Priority 1 Deadline: Thursday, October 7

  • No Application Fee
  • Apply for Scholarship Consideration
  • Priority Registration
  • Early Access to Coursera for Illinois
  • Begin Engaging with Classmates via our Networking Platforms

Priority 2 Deadline: Thursday, November 4

  • Final Deadline to Apply for Scholarship Consideration
  • Priority Registration
  • Early Access to Coursera for Illinois
  • Begin Engaging with Classmates via our Networking Platforms

Final Deadline (January Start): Thursday, December 2

  • Final Deadline to Start Courses in January
  • All completed applications will receive full consideration

Final Deadline (March Start): Thursday, February 3

  • Final Deadline to Start Courses in March
  • All completed applications will receive full consideration

Apply Today for Spring 2022!

Application Materials

It’s simple to apply online for the online management master's program. To speed up the process, a list of the items you’ll need and what you’ll need to do are listed below.

Want a simplified version? Download the iMSM Admission Checklist
Need guidance on application materials? Watch our collection of helpful admissions videos

Not sure you meet the admission criteria? Explore our Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) Program

Gies College of Business is offering a unique opportunity for applicants who feel their profile may not be strong enough to gain admission into the iMSM program.

The Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) is a first-of-its-kind pathway into the iMSM program. If you’re interested, you simply follow the regular admissions process, indicating that you would like to be considered for the PAT. You will undergo the same rigorous application review as a degree-seeking student, including a possible interview. If admitted into the PAT, you will take a set of three iMSM courses, and upon completion (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, including a B or better in at least 2 courses) you will be automatically admitted to the iMSM program as a degree-seeking student. The credits earned in those three courses will also be transferred toward your MSM degree. All students admitted to the Performance-based Admissions Track will be assigned an academic advisor and will have support throughout the program.

The PAT program is designed for applicants that don’t meet the undergraduate GPA requirement or are unsure if an online program is right for them. Benefits include an application fee waiver and opportunity to experience courses in the iMSM program for academic credit.

Required Materials

Graduate College Application: All of the steps below must be completed online through this Graduate College application. Be sure to select your program as "Business Administration", then "Management online - MS" as degree.

Academic Credentials: A bachelor's degree is required. The recommended GPA for admission is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), however we do review applications holistically and consider work experience, positive references, and a strong personal statement as indicators of future success as well. For the application review process, applicants do not need to submit official academic credentials, unofficial or scanned credentials are acceptable. If admitted, however, you will be required to submit official academic credentials.

  • Credential evaluations (such as WES or ECE) are not accepted.
  • Uploaded credentials must include applicant’s name, institution name, and a transcript legend, grade scale, or grade criteria.
  • For international degrees, you must include the certificate of degree. If the credentials were originally in a language other than English, credentials in native language and English must be uploaded.
  • If you are currently completing your undergraduate degree at the time of application, we will review your application based off the unofficial transcripts you have uploaded.

Resume: Your professional resume should include personal information (name, address, telephone number, and email address), educational background, work experience (start and end dates for each position and a brief description of responsibilities), internship experience, educational training, professional associations, and leadership experiences. Technical resumes are not required. Please limit your resume to 2 pages.

Program Essay: Please address the following in a 750-1,000 word essay:

  • How your personal background and experiences have influenced your decision to pursue the iMSM program. Tell us your story (but don't just repeat your resume!).
  • Why you feel that you are an ideal fit for Gies Online Programs.

References: Two letters of reference are required. At least one letter should be a professional reference from a current or former supervisor. Once you enter their information into the online application, your recommenders will be notified to submit a letter of reference or complete a brief online information form. Letters of reference can be received after an application is submitted. Letters must come directly from the recommender, letters submitted by the applicant are not accepted.

English Proficiency Scores (international students only): If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need to upload your TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to your application. Review the Graduate College’s English proficiency requirements for more details on possible exemptions.

Optional Materials

GMAT or GRE Score (optional): The GMAT or GRE is not required for the application, but you are welcome to submit scores to supplement your application. Unofficial scores can be loaded into your application, but your official GMAT scores must be sent directly to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Institution Code – 1836. 

Optional Essay: You can use this to address any concerns you may have with your application profile. Additionally, if there is something you would like to highlight that you have been unable to discuss in other areas of the application, you can do so in this essay.

Gies Online Coursera Scholarship Application Essay: Gies College of Business and Coursera have partnered to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships covering 70% of tuition for qualified students. All students who plan on enrolling in August 2021 or later are eligible to apply. Recipients will be selected based on need, academic standing, and essay submissions. To apply, indicate your interest in the application and upload your essay with your application. Scholarship essays must be received at the time of application submission for full consideration.

Transfer Request Form: Requests for transfer credits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed even if the following criteria are met. A maximum of 12 credit hours can be transferred. Transfer requests must be submitted with the application.

  • School must be an AACSB accredited institution.
  • Course(s) must have been completed within the past 4 years.
  • Course(s) must not have been used towards any other degree.
  • Course(s) must have been taken at the graduate level.
  • Student must have earned an A- or better.

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