Business Administration - MBA

Executive MBA (EMBA)

Illini Center
200 S. Wacker Drive, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Director EMBA: Rich Frey
(312) 575-7905
Assistant Dean and Academic Director: Professor Raj Echambadi
E-mail: emba@illinois.edu

Major: Business Administration
Degrees offered: M.B.A.

Online MBA (iMBA)

218 Wohlers Hall, MC-706
1206 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL  61820
(217) 300-2481

Director: Arshad Saiyed
E-mail: onlineMBA@illinois.edu

Major: Business Administration
Degrees offered: M.B.A.

Graduate Degree Programs

The College of Business offers a degree program leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in four delivery modes. The traditional full-time MBA and the part-time, evening MBA are offered on the Urbana campus. The Executive MBA is offered weekends in downtown Chicago, and the online edition is offered for students who need more flexibility in their MBA program.

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program is offered in a lockstep, face-to-face cohort program comprised of eighteen courses covering all major disciplines of business study. The courses are organized into ten modules with only two courses running at any moment in time, each lasting about four weekends. This focused format, using four days per month (Friday and Saturday) maximizes learning while minimizing disruption to professional and personal commitments.

The online MBA (iMBA) uses a flexible program format. As with the EMBA program, the iMBA consists of eighteen four-credit courses for a total of 72 credit hours. During each course, virtual study teams are created that are designed to draw upon the diverse academic and professional backgrounds of the class. The online MBA caters to a segment of the population that values mobility, convenience, and believes that the online programs better fit their learning styles and life circumstances.

Admission

The Executive MBA begins a new class cohort each October in Chicago. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in January. Candidates must have a minimum of seven years of full-time, professional work experience to be considered for the program. All applicants are expected to be employed full-time while pursuing the degree. The Executive MBA application does not require the GMAT or GRE.

Applicants to the Illinois iMBA program must have completed an earned undergraduate degree. Applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if available, two letters of recommendation, and essays. Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) or the IELTS.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The Illinois Executive MBA offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding applicants. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for federal and private student loans. The program also offers a month-to-month payment plan which can extend payments beyond your final semester thus lowering your average monthly payment.

Scholarships are generally not available for the iMBA.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

The program culminates with an international study experience in which students consult on real business issues with international organizations and travel overseas to present their recommendations to these companies.

This program caters to senior executives. Each course in the EMBA program is conducted over four weekends. Since the class schedule is compressed over a short period of time, exams / final projects / final assignments are due two weeks after the last class meeting.

Required Courses: Required Hours
Modules 1-10 (19 courses)72
Total Hours72

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit:72
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:72
Minimum GPA:2.75
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For additional details and requirements refer to the department's curriculum overview and the Graduate College Handbook.

iMBA (online)

The goal for the iMBA program at Illinois is to deliver a high-quality program that is accessible to global audiences. A mirror of the EMBA curriculum, the online MBA (iMBA) uses a flexible program format. During each iMBA course, virtual study teams are created that are designed to draw upon the diverse academic and professional backgrounds of the class. The program caters to a segment of the population that values mobility, convenience, and believes that the online programs better fit their learning styles and life circumstances.

BADM 508Leadership and Teams4
BADM 509Managing Organizations4
BADM 520Marketing Management4
BADM 544Strategic Management4
BADM 567Process Management4
BADM 572Stat for Mgt Decision Making4
ACCY 500Atg Measuremnt, Rpting & Cntrl4
ACCY 503Managerial Accounting4
FIN 511Investments4
FIN 520Financial Management4
ECON 528Microeconomics for Business4
ECON 529Macroeconomics for Business4
BADM 590Seminar in Business Admin24
Total hours72

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Complete any two specialization capstones plus an integrated capstone final project
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit:72
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:72
Minimum GPA:2.75
1

 For additional details and requirements refer to the department's curriculum overview and the Graduate College Handbook.