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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 2023 | January and March Start Dates

Priority 1 Deadline: Thursday, October 6

  • 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 3

  • 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 1

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

Final Deadline (March Start): Thursday, February 2

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

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

Gies Online offers a pathway, the Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) program, for applicants who feel their profile may not be strong enough to gain direct admission to the iMSM degree program. The Gies Online Admissions team may also refer applicants to the PAT program based on a review of application materials.

To apply, submit your application for the Business Administration Management Performance-based Admissions Track (Online) NDEG program. You will undergo the same rigorous application review as a degree-seeking student, including a possible interview.

If admitted to the PAT, you will take a set of three pre-determined iMSM courses (below), and upon successful completion (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better including a B or higher in at least two of the three courses) you will be automatically admitted to the iMSM program as a degree-seeking student for the following term. The credits earned in those three courses will be applied toward your MSM degree. All students admitted to the PAT program will have the full class experience as well as access to academic advising and support.

Unsure if your profile is a better fit for the full degree or the PAT program? Contact our team to discuss your qualifications. The admissions team will also review each application and you will be notified if the team recommends a path different than the one initially chosen.

To complete the iMSM Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT), a learner must complete the following three courses:

  • BADM 567: Process Management 
  • BADM 520: Marketing Management
  • ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting

All learners admitted to Gies Online Programs must adhere to the professional behavior expectations laid out in the Gies Honor Code. Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in the learner not being offered admission to the degree program, even if the minimum academic requirements are met.

The three courses must be completed while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and you must receive a B or higher in two of the three courses. Courses should be taken one at a time. Additional courses taken will count towards the GPA and may result in an unfavorable admission decision.

Please review the sample schedules for PAT students and degree students to understand how you may complete your degree:

Please note PAT courses may not be available every term. Speak with a member of our team to determine the best term to begin your studies. Nearing the successful completion of your PAT program, our team will reach out with next steps regarding your degree offer.

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: At Gies, we are committed to expanding access to world-class business education, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, fueling innovation, focusing on inclusion in all our commitments, and facilitating meaningful life-long engagement with the Gies Community in our pursuit of a shared purpose.

After carefully reading the statement above, please discuss the following questions in a 750–1000-word, double-spaced essay:

  • How do your personal and professional goals fit within Gies' commitments?
  • How will completing a Gies MSM degree help you achieve those goals?

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 or do not meet one of the Graduate College’s exemptions, you will need to upload your TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores directly to your application. If you do not have scores and do not meet an exemption, you may also upload an essay requesting an exemption. Please note that if your test scores fall within the limited status range, you may be admitted to the Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) program to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

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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