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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most common questions asked in regards to the Online Master of Science in Management (iMSM) program.

Should I apply to the iMSM or the iMBA program?

The iMBA offers a combination of practical business management mastery and theoretical knowledge typically over the course of 2-3 years. The average age of an iMBA student is 37 with an average of 11 years work experience. If you are earlier in your career and desire a program that can be completed in one year, the iMSM will help you accelerate your career by providing a foundation of fundamental business management skills.

How long does it take to complete the iMSM? The iMBA?

Students can complete the 36-credit-hour iMSM in as little as a year. However, the flexibility of the degree allows learners to self-pace and take up to 24 months. The iMBA is a two-year, 72-credit-hour program.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in business to earn an iMSM?

No, this degree is open to any bachelor’s degree.

Will I have to come to campus at any point for this degree?

No. This is a 100% online management degree. However, we do offer immersion, meetups, and company visits around the world that you are welcome to join.

What’s online learning like at Gies College of Business?

We are a leader in online business education because we provide you with a powerful, engaging, high-quality experience. You have access to our very best faculty, who with the support of an expert online learning team, ensure that our program delivers content with the flexibility you need as well as the personal attention that helps you reach your full attention.

What appears on the degree certificate? Is it the same degree as the on-campus program?

Upon completion of the iMSM program, students receive an MSM degree from the University of Illinois – the same degree conferred to on-campus students in the MSM program.

What career options will I have with this degree?

By combining business management knowledge with a degree in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and other non-business majors, you can achieve greater earning power and gain a competitive advantage. Career opportunities include management, consulting, analytics, entrepreneurship, and other high-demand jobs.

Can I try a course before I apply or enroll in the full degree?

Yes, you can get started with Specializations and courses on Coursera to try out the asynchronous portions of iMSM coursework before or while you apply.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

onlinemsm@illinois.edu or iMSM@illinois.edu

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