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Curriculum and Requirements

The course requirements for the MSBA program consist of 40 credit hours drawn from a set of core courses and elective courses offered through the Department of Business Administration. The MSBA program is designed to be completed in one year. Students may extend their plan of study by one semester if they plan to pursue a minor, which requires additional credit hours.

Core Business Courses

Our courses are progressively structured and delivered in both eight and sixteen week modules, which allows us to dive deep into a vast array of important topics over the one-year time frame of the MSBA program. Students may select courses which are either two credit or four credit courses to fulfill the program requirements. Students must take at least 12 credits of International Management courses.

Fall Schedule

  • Accounting Measurement, Reporting & Control
  • Managing Organizations
  • Marketing Management
  • Frontiers in Business
  • Multinational Management or Current Topics in Intl Bus: Business in the EU, International Comparative Management
  • Electives Options: Supply Chain Management, Process Management, Promotional Strategy (prereqs/approval required), Enterprise IT Governance, and/or Social Media Strategy

Spring Schedule

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Product Design and Development
  • International Management electives
  • Business electives (list provided in fall)

Summer Schedule

  • Global Business Capstone



Students must select at least 12 credit hours of International Management courses from the list of approved courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Additional electives may be selected in the spring semester with the approval of the academic director. Below is a sample of business administration elective courses. Please note, not all courses are offered every semester or every year.

  • Advanced Marketing Management
  • Decision Support Systems
  • IT Governance
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Promotional Strategy
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Business
  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Decision Support/Knowledge Mgmt
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Multinational Management
  • Global Marketing
  • International Comparative Mgmt
  • Global Strategy
  • Business Process Management
  • Corporate Development
  • Economics of Organization
  • Operations Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship Small Business
  • E-business/Social Media
  • IT Network Organization
  • IT E-business Strategies

Gies News and Events

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Five professors named ORMIR Fellows

Five professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been chosen as fellows for the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research (ORMIR) at Gies College of Business.