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Application Process & Requirements

The MBA program is designed for students from all undergraduate programs, work experience, and backgrounds.

Admission to the MBA program is highly competitive. Decisions are based on the work experience, previous academic accomplishments, test scores, personal statement, resume, demonstrated potential for graduate and professional success, and references.  

The Gies Full-Time MBA Program is suspending further applications. For more details, please click here.

Application Materials

It’s simple to apply online for the MBA 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 Business Administration - MBA 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: All applicants, domestic or international, are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). 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 full-status admission. 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 750 words or less.

  • Please briefly discuss your career history to date. What capabilities have you gained through your professional experience?
  • What skills or knowledge will an MBA education give you that you currently lack, but that you need to realize your goals?
  • What specific electives, programs, extracurricular activities, etc. at the College of Business will prepare you to realize your goals?
  • How do you see your MBA impacting your career path?

7. Upload Short Essay: Your Short Essay should specifically answer the following question. Please limit your essay to 250 words or less.

  • What are your career goals after graduation?

8. Upload your optional essay: If you feel you need to explain an area of your application or if you have something you would like to share that was not addressed elsewhere in the application you may upload an optional essay. Please note that no preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay.

9. Choose your references: Please choose three references from academic and/or professional sources. Academic references should be from professors whose course(s) you’ve taken, and professional references should come from your supervisors and/or mentors. Once you enter their information into the online application, they will be notified to submit a letter of reference on your behalf. 

10. Provide proof of funding and Declaration and Certification of Finances Form (international students only): In order for your visa eligibility document to be issued, we will need appropriate funding documents uploaded directly into your online application. This is not required for application review, but will be needed if you are offered admission.  International students are required to show proof of funding for living expenses in addition to all tuition and fees.

11. Upload a copy of your passport (international students only): In order for your visa eligibility documents to be issued, we will need a copy of your passport information and photo, including dependents, if applicable. You can upload these directly into your online application. This is not required for application review, but will be needed if you are offered admission.  

12. Pay your application fee: For domestic students there is a $70 non-refundable fee to apply and for international students the non-refundable fee is $90. Applications received without payment of this fee cannot be processed. The application fee cannot be refunded.

MBA Class Profile


49

Class Size

36%

Women

670

Median GMAT

31%

International

27

Average Age

3.32

Undergraduate GPA

12

Concentrations & Focus Areas

200+

Joint Degree Options

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