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Curriculum and Requirements

The PMBA curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates for the competitive global workplace. It is a unique blend of classroom discussion and case studies as well as real-world projects and simulations.

Schedule for a Fall 2019 Start Date

Classes take place on campus in Champaign-Urbana on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., as well as online. Course schedule and sequence are subject to change, due to faculty availability. For course descriptions please see the course catalog. Each course is worth four hours adding up to 72 hours to complete the degree. 56 of the hours come from MBA core classes and 12 come from electives.

Fall 2019 - 16 Hours

  • Marketing Management (online)
  • Marketing Insights Using Survey Research (M/W, 6-9 pm)
  • Statistics  (online)
  • Process Management (online)

Spring 2020 - 16 Hours

  • 521 Marketing Strategy (M, 6-9 pm)
  • 573 Decision Analytics (W, 6-9 pm)
  • 590 Analytics (M/W, 6-9 pm)
  • Elective* (M/W, 6-9 pm)

Summer 2020 - 12 Hours             

  • Action Learning (M/W, 6-9 pm)
  • Strategy  (online)
  • Elective* (M/W, 6-9 pm)

Fall 2020 - 16 Hours

  • Accounting Measurement, Reporting & Control  (online)
  • Managerial Accounting (M/W, 6-9 pm)
  • Financial Management (M/W, 6-9 pm)
  • Managing Organizations  (online)

Spring 2021 - 12 Hours

  • Leadership & Teams  (online)
  • Microeconomics  (online)
  • Elective* (M/W, 6-9 pm)

*Electives: Select from a large number of graduate-level courses offered on campus and through the online MBA program. Course schedule and sequence are subject to change based on faculty availability. 

Optional Experiential Learning Opportunities

The PMBA provides students with multitudes of opportunities to apply their knowledge from the classroom to real-world situations. Students who engage in experiential learning opportunities have a competitive advantage by developing and applying current business skills, and therefore, increasing their employability. We realize that as working professional  students, your availability is limited. However, we strongly encourage all PMBA students to engage in at least one experiential learning opportunity listed below.

Leadership Opportunities

Students in the MBA program are strongly encouraged to exercise hands-on leadership skills. We offer several student organizations based around relevant professional interests to give you the opportunity to develop these skills.

Entrepreneurship Opportunities

As a student, you’ll gain experience in entrepreneurship through a number of possible opportunities:

  • Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Cozad New Venture Competition
  • EnterpriseWorks
  • Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Entrepreneurs Without Borders (EWOB)

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC)

Put your skills to work by solving real business problems for real businesses. Illinois Business Consulting is a student organization that provides consulting services to external clients, including Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits. You participate by helping to deliver solutions for these companies, and get hands-on experience in managing a consulting firm by serving on the IBC’s Student Leadership Team.

For more information, visit the Illinois Business Consulting.


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