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Add business management to your skill set

The one-year Master of Science in Management (MSM) at Gies Business teaches you the fundamental business skills to build upon your undergraduate education. Whether you majored in anthropology, psychology, English, sociology, or urban planning, a Gies MSM can make you the type of problem solver today’s employers demand.

Classes start in June (summer) each year. Applications for 2020 are now open. Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Early Deadline - November 15, 2019
  • Round 1 Deadline - January 15, 2020
  • Round 2 Deadline - March 15, 2020*
  • Round 3 Deadline - April 15, 2020

*Final deadline for international applicants requiring a visa.

No application fee for domestic candidates.

A strong return on investment

By combining business 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. MSM graduates realize greater opportunities for promotions and achieve 40% higher salaries within three years of graduation. Career opportunities include management, consulting, analytics, entrepreneurship, and other high-demand jobs.*

If you want to take your undergraduate degree and really put it to work, the MSM program at Gies Business will give you the tools and skills you need.

*National average job outcome data as reported from National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in its 2016 First Destinations report. Salary information is based on 2018 NACE Salary Study

Curriculum designed to launch your career

The Department of Business Administration features faculty who design a customized curriculum to propel the careers of emerging leaders. The curriculum includes business fundamentals such as marketing, process management, global business, communicating with data, project management, finance, and quantitative reasoning. You can also customize your degree with electives in design, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and nonprofit management. These courses will allow you the flexibility to tailor your degree experience to your specific interests.

The program is specifically designed as a graduate degree to help develop the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to prepare students for a career in management. A Gies Business MSM provides talented undergraduate students without prior training in business an opportunity to enhance their understanding of management principles.

Dennis Kostidis Portrait from the Master of Science in Management Program

"I chose this program to combine the skills I got from my undergraduate degree in biology with some business knowledge. I am learning things about both business and myself through this program that will benefit me for my entire life."

Dennis Kostidis, MSM '19

Eric C. Larson Faculty Portrait

"A student can get a world-class education in liberal arts and sciences and then complement that with a one-year immersion in business education. It’s a combination that is tough to beat."

Eric C. Larson, Academic Director

Client-based projects in each semester

Real-world, client-based projects are integrated into the culture of the MSM program. This hands-on experience prepares our students for success in their careers, and employers recognize this added value from day one.

Our hands-on projects are designed to solve business problems and provide a valuable connection to support your career. Students consistently have a better story to tell recruiters, improve their ability to work in a team, and enhance their ability to solve complex problems.

Learning by doing is not just a feature in the MSM. It’s in our DNA.

Accelerate your career

The MSM degree complements any non-business undergraduate degree program, giving you a strong foundation in business to help accelerate your career. You’ll learn the language of business, so you will be prepared to speak with a chief financial officer, read a balance sheet, set up a marketing plan, and more.

You will challenge assumptions, invent new approaches, and discover your own path. Learning doesn’t stop in the classroom, though. Using a collaborative learning format, case-based learning, and a global perspective, this program produces graduates who quickly develop the skills needed to launch a business career. In addition, you will have opportunities to participate in professional development workshops, career coaching, networking events, corporate tours, and activities that ready you for success.

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Enhance your career in just one year!

Expand your business network, and turn your passion into purpose with our one-year Master of Science in Management.


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Gies Business names Magelli Office of Experiential Learning

May 17, 2019, 09:19 AM by System
Gies College of Business is proud to announce the Office of Experiential Learning will now be known as the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning.

Gies College of Business is proud to announce the Office of Experiential Learning will now be known as the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning. The naming, which was approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at their May 16 meeting after consultation with the Chancellor’s Joint Advisory Committee on Investment, Licensing, and Naming Rights, will honor longtime faculty member and friend Paul J. Magelli. At Gies Business, learning by doing is in our DNA, and it’s how we help students put their purpose into practice. For 25 years, there was no greater champion of that philosophy than Magelli.

“Paul Magelli stood tall even among the giants of this College’s history, and he left an indelible mark on thousands of students,” said Jeffrey R. Brown, Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and Dean of Gies College of Business. “He was a true visionary, who spearheaded some of the incredible experiential learning programs that have become cornerstones of the Gies Business experience.”

Paul_Magelli SrFor many years, the Office of Experiential Learning has been the vehicle that has delivered the promise of learning by doing to Gies students. Opportunities to gain hands-on experience are ingrained throughout the curriculum at Gies Business, and they include working on real-world projects for Fortune 100 corporations, mid-sized and startup companies, and nonprofit organizations. Undergraduate students conduct projects in Business 301 – the largest experiential learning course in the nation - and through Illinois Business Consulting, the world’s largest professionally-managed, student-run consulting organization. Graduate students in finance, management, technology management, and the MBA program also regularly consult for and analyze businesses.

The results of these efforts by the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning speak for themselves. Of the many students who participated in semester-long client projects over the last two years, 89% say learning by doing improved their Gies experience, and 95% say they have a better story to tell recruiters. Clients clearly see the benefit as well, rating their satisfaction with Gies experiential learning as a 4.8 out of 5. Out of the 125 clients who participated in a project with Gies students, 96% say they would do another project.

“This is the direction higher education is moving and we are at the forefront,” said Andrew Allen, the Director of the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning. “Experiential learning at Gies is not just a one-off course. It’s embedded in the design of our programs. As a result, our employers and alumni tell us that our graduates are better prepared to hit the ground running and add value from day one on the job.”

Magelli devoted much of his life to education. He earned three degrees from the University of Illinois, and then he returned to work at the university in various capacities from 1989 until his death in 2016 at age 85. Magelli served as an assistant dean of the MBA program, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, associate dean and director of budgets, and visiting professor of economics. His mission at Illinois was clear: to create an environment that ensured engaging, meaningful, hands-on experiences for each and every student.

“Our family is so humbled and pleased that Gies College of Business has chosen to honor Paul in this special way,” said his wife Karolyn. “He devoted so much of his life to the University of Illinois, and he took great joy and pride in mentoring students and preparing them for success in life. The naming of this office in Paul’s honor is the perfect way to ensure his legacy lives on for future generations of students and entrepreneurs.”

Under Magelli’s leadership, the College established the Office for the Study of Business Issues in 1995, which later became Illinois Business Consulting (IBC). In 2004, Magelli was instrumental in establishing what has become the Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, another initiative that builds on the College’s commitment to experiential learning through real-world entrepreneurial opportunities.

“Gies Business’ leadership as an early adopter and continued innovator in experiential learning is a direct reflection of Paul’s influence,” said Brown. “He knew that students could discover their purpose when they gain real-world experience guided by the wisdom and expertise of business leaders, and he worked enthusiastically and tirelessly to provide that experience for as many students as possible.”

For thousands of alumni, faculty, and industry professionals, Paul Magelli’s name is synonymous with experiential learning and its long and proud history at Gies College of Business. The Magelli Office of Experiential Learning is a fitting tribute to this outstanding educator and mentor, and it is also a reflection of the College’s continued commitment to innovation in learning by doing—a commitment that began with Paul Magelli.