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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.  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.

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.


News and Events

iMBA helps power Windfree's CEO to power Illinois homes and businesses

Jul 1, 2019, 08:30 AM by System
Gies iMBA student Eric Heineman thriving as CEO of Windfree, Illinois' No. 1 installer of solar panels at business and homes.

Eric Heineman’s post-collegiate dream was to run an organic farm.

“I quickly found out that working on a farm is one of the hardest jobs you can do,” Heineman said.

Eric HeinemanHeineman fostered that dream of making a career of green jobs first as a longtime Sustainability Director for the State of Illinois under former Governor Pat Quinn, and, since 2018, he’s been CEO of Chicago-based Windfree, Illinois’ No. 1 installer of solar panels at businesses and homes across the state.

“Illinois is having a solar boom,” said Heineman, 37, a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep and Chicago resident.

Heineman said being part of Gies College of Business’ iMBA program has been a huge key to his growth as a CEO. Heineman, who is set to graduate with his MBA in 2020, said every class at Gies is directly related to how he’s running Windfree.

“The iMBA program really helps with my confidence running this company. It allows me to constructively second-guess everything I’m doing, and I have a great sounding board for my ideas,” Heineman said.

The iMBA program’s flexibility also has been crucial for Heineman, who has two young children.

“I don’t know how I would be able to stay in a master’s program if I didn’t have the flexibility of the iMBA,” Heineman said. “It’s something I’m very thankful for.”

Windfree has quickly made its mark on the solar power industry. Heineman began working there in 2015, and that year Windfree installed more solar than any other company according to Solar Power World Magazine. To date, the company, which was founded by Doug Snower in 2009, has installed more than 14 MW of solar in Illinois. As part of its 10-year anniversary, Windfree will be announcing the non-profit Windfree Solar Foundation. The nonprofit’s mission will be to promote solar energy nationally and provide solar energy solutions to schools throughout Illinois.

Windfree includes a diverse portfolio of more than 400 certified installations, including solar panels on the Governor’s Mansion while Quinn was in office. The company’s first installment took place 10 years ago at Burr Elementary School in Chicago’s Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhood, and Oprah Winfrey attended the ribbon cutting. The installation, which cost $12,000, included small-scale wind and solar, Heineman said.

“I think it’s the future for a lot of homes and businesses,” Heineman said.

To sign up for a free evaluation to see if solar is right for a home or business, visit https://www.windfree.us/