Management, MS

for the Master of Science in Management

interim chair of department: Cele Otnes

director of graduate studies: Deepak Somaya

director of admissions committee: Rakesh Bhatt


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department faculty:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

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department office: 350 Wohlers Hall, 1206 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-4240

The Master of Science in Management is a 34 graduate hour master's program best suited for those with non-STEM backgrounds. Usually the program will take three semesters (one academic year plus the prior summer) to complete.

The Master of Science in Management (MSM) is for students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Management as the means to enhance their undergraduate experience that is non-business related. The program is targeted to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in disciplines such as history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, English, urban planning, etc.

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

Graduate Degree Programs in Business Administration


Business Administration, MBA (Full-Time)

with optional concentrations: AccountancyBusiness Data Analytics, Corporate Governance & International BusinessInformation Technology & Control, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management

Business Administration, MBA (Professional - part-time)

with optional concentrations: Business Data Analytics, Information Technology & Control, Supply Chain Management

Business Administration, MBA (online-iMBA)

Business Administration, MS   

with optional concentrations: AccountancyBusiness Data Analytics, Business & Public Policy, Corporate Governance & International Business, Supply Chain Management

Management, MS

Technology Management, MS 

with optional concentrations: AccountancyBusiness Data Analytics, Business & Public Policy, Information Technology & Control, Supply Chain Management

Business Administration, PhD


Information Technology & Control

Corporate Governance & International Business

Supply Chain Management


Business Data Analytics

Corporate Governance & International Business

Information Technology & Control

Supply Chain Management

Joint Degree Programs:

MBA Joint Degree Program: the M.B.A. can be earned jointly with any master’s or Ph.D. program offered on campus as well as the Law, JD.


Admission to the MS in Management program requires an undergraduate degree with a scholastic average of at least B for the last 60 hours and for any previous graduate work completed along with completion of at least one college-level quantitative methods class. For additional details, please refer to the program's website. All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) score of at least 102 (iBT), 253 (CBT), or 610 (PBT); or minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic exam scores of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all subsections.

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty research interests are in the areas of marketing, organizational behavior, organization theory, decision sciences, information systems, strategic management, risk analysis, judgment under uncertainty, international business, production and operations management, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, and finance. The Gies College of Business houses computer facilities, a behavioral science laboratory, and a separate library. The college maintains contacts with industry and government through its Survey Research Laboratory, Illinois Business Consulting, the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership and several professional and scholarly journals edited by its faculty.

Financial Aid

The M.S. in Business Administration, the M.S. in Management, the M.S. in Strategic Brand Communication, and the M.S. in Technology Management do not provide assistantships. Tuition and fee waivers are not available for this program.

for the Master of Science in Management

Required Hours

Core Courses 130
Total Hours34

Other requirements

Required Courses: Required Hours
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall 30
Minimum GPA 2.75