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Application Process & Requirements

The MSTM program is primarily designed for students with a bachelor's degree in business, engineering or other technical fields.

Admission to the MSTM program is highly competitive. Decisions are based on the individual’s previous academic accomplishments, work experience, test scores, personal statement, resume, demonstrated potential for graduate and professional success, and references. This program tailors to two groups of students: those who have a few years of professional experience, and those who recently finished their undergraduate education. 

Classes start in June (summer) and August (fall) each year. Applications for 2020 will open on August 1, 2019. 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 Graduate Track (summer) applicants requiring a visa. 
**Final deadline for international Advancement Track (fall) applicants requiring a visa.

No application fee for domestic candidates.

Are you in the Graduate Track or Advancement Track?

The MSTM program has two different entrance tracks. The Graduate Track is typically best-suited for recent graduates with less than two years of work experience. The Advancement Track is typically best suited for experienced professionals with more than two years of work experience.

Graduate Track

This track is typically best suited for recent graduates or for those with fewer than two years of work experience. This track enables you to gain a valuable business perspective about how companies use, manage, and consider technology and innovation. This added perspective will provide you with a portfolio of skills to make you a technology leader and set you apart from others. The program will uniquely groom you for leadership roles in any organization that uses, deploys, creates, or shapes technology and innovation. You will improve your understanding of business and enhance your opportunity to move quickly toward positions of responsibility and broader scopes.

Track academic schedule: June through May, with an optional business internship in the entering summer.

Advancement Track

This track is typically best suited for experienced professionals or for those with more than two years of work experience. You will gain an understanding of the synergies between strategy and technology/innovation, improve your analytical problem solving skills, and enhance your critical thinking skills. This program will also deepen your understanding of business and management and enhance your performance as a manager. The curriculum approaches technology and innovation from a business perspective, emphasizing the strategic issues that confront senior executives today. Through a deeper understanding of the varied facets of business and technology and how they are interrelated, you will be prepared to take on a leadership role in any organization. 

Track academic schedule: August through July with an optional business internship in the summer before completion of the degree.

Application Materials

It’s simple to apply online for the MSTM 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 Technology Management, then Technology Management - MS 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 (optional): The GMAT or GRE is not required for the application, but you are welcome to submit scores to supplement your application. 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 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 500 words or less.

  • Why have you chosen this program to further your education?
  • How will your skills and strengths add value to the program?
  • What are your career aspirations upon graduation and how will this program help you achieve your professional goals? 

7. 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.

8. Upload Program Essay 1 (international students only): Your Program Essay 1 should specifically answer the following question. Please limit your essay to 250 words or less.

  • For international students seeking employment in the United States, realizing that the US job market is extremely competitive and challenging, if unable to secure employment in the US, what are your alternative plan(s)?

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.

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