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Apply to the iMSM Program

Applications are now open.

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. 

Application Deadlines

No application fee required.

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

Application Materials

It’s simple to apply online for the online management master's program. To speed up the process, here are the items you’ll need and what you’ll need to do:

1. Begin the 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.

2. Upload your unofficial transcripts: The unofficial transcripts must include applicant's name, institution name, and a transcript legend, grade scale, or grade criteria. If an offer of admission is made, the Official Transcript(s) are required to be submitted upon arrival to campus. If you've not yet completed your undergraduate degree at the time of application, we will review your application based on the in-progress unofficial transcripts you have uploaded.

3. Submit your 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. 

4. Send us your English proficiency scores (international students only): If you are a non-native English speaker, you’ll need to upload your unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to your application. For IELTS scores, you should upload a copy of your official score card. TOEFL scores of 103 or greater or IELTS scores of 7.5 or greater are required for admission to the iMSM program and no waivers are available. Review the Graduate College’s English proficiency requirements for more details on full-status versus limited-status admission. Request your official TOEFL scores to be sent electronically to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Institution Code – 1836).  

5. Upload your 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. Please limit your resume to one page only.

6. Upload your personal statement: Your personal statement should specifically answer the following questions. Please limit your personal statement to 1,000 words or less and double-space.

  • Describe your long- and short-term career goals of earning an iMSM from Gies College of Business.
  • Discuss why you think you are the ideal fit for this program.
  • Tell us what you value most in your learning experience.

7. Upload your optional essay: You can use this optional essay for one of the two purposes below. Please note that no preference is given in the evaluation process to applications who submit an optional essay.

  • Please address any concerns you may have in your application. If, for example, you do not believe that your test score or grades demonstrate your true capabilities, please explain. Also, it is appropriate to discuss any gaps in your academic career and work experience or any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be made aware.
  • If there is something that 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

8. Choose your references: Please choose two references from an academic and/or professional source. An optional third reference may also be submitted. Academic references should be from professors whose course(s) you’ve taken. Professional references should come from your supervisor and/or mentor. Once you enter their information into the online application, they will be notified to submit a letter of reference on your behalf. 

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