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University of Illinois, Chicago, Liautaud Graduate School of Business Part Time MBA

The College of Business Administration is a research-based institution in the heart of Chicago that cultivates a spirit of entrepreneurship through real-world experience.

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Program Type Part Time

Program Information

University of Illinois—Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business Administration Says

The College of Business Administration is a research-based institution in the heart of Chicago that cultivates a spirit of entrepreneurship through real-world experience.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, Self Designed Study
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 49% accepted out of 253 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.25
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 582
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

All applicants to the MBA program at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business must submit an online application, an application fee, two copies of official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, resume, and official GMAT score. Students who are non-native speakers of English must also ...All applicants to the MBA program at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business must submit an online application, an application fee, two copies of official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, resume, and official GMAT score. Students who are non-native speakers of English must also submit a TOEFL score. A minimum of a B average is required in at least the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (though provisional acceptance may be extended to promising applicants who fail to meet this benchmark). For the best results, applicants' GMAT scores should be at or above the average GMAT scores of the incoming class. The school also places emphasis on professional work experience. After submitting their materials for review, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the admissions committee.

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Important Dates

Round 1
November

1

Deadline
January

12

Start
Round 2
July

15

Deadline
January

12

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 257
Percent International Students 21%
Total Full-Time Faculty 87

Student Life

The reputation of Liautaud’s MBA program along with the allure of Chicago attracts stu­dents ranging “from helicopter pilots to surgeons, and consultants to bankers.” The mix also includes “mid-career types [who] are attending classes part-time” and “students raised in India and China [who] are having their first U.S. experience at UIC.” One student proclaims, “These are down-to-earth people who are future entrepreneurs and the people that keep Chicago’s small- to mid-size businesses going.” Described as “competitive, bright, caring, social, and heartwarmingly nerdy,” these students “group within their concentrations and have many opportunities to network outside of class.” “There several active student organizations, including Net Impact and the MBAA” on campus. Despite the many opportunities to socialize and network, it can sometimes be a challenge for Liautaud sudents to meet up in person. “All classes are held in the evenings so stu­dents have to make a deliberate effort to schedule time to get involved,” observes one student. In addition, “most graduate students live off campus, and many have full-time jobs. This means that group collaboration occurs mostly online.” Given its high popula­tion of commuters, students are pleased that “the campus itself is in a great spot for com­muters from around Chicago, just west of downtown. And there are great places to eat nearby.”

Career

Advantageously situated next to “banker’s row” in Chicago, the university’s “proximity and connections to [the] Chicago Financial District” serve as a resource for Liautaud stu­dents. According to the school’s website, the Liautaud Career Services Office provides a range of services for its students including “seminars, workshops, and online tools cov­ering all aspects of the career development process.” These workshops and tools focus on resume-building, career-mapping, personal branding, networking and salary negoti­ation. Students also have access to advising, employer contacts, online job postings and career fairs. The Career Services Office also provides special services for its international students including assistance with learning about U.S. protocol and business writing. Some of the notable companies that have recruited and hired graduates of Liautaud include Abbott Laboratories, Caterpillar, Combined Insurance, Deloitte, James Hardic Building Products, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Morningstar, Navigant Consulting, TransUnion, and Wells Fargo.

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Students Say

With its “incredibly affordable tuition and access to a Tier One research university,” the MBA program at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business “provides the best value for the cost. It offers a top-quality education for a fraction of the cost of Northwestern or University of Chicago.” The MBA candidates at the school value “the flexibility of an evening” or weekend program since many of them are “currently employed and trying to balance it all.” They also rave about the business school’s “strong” entrepreneurship department which “will soon put Liautaud on the map.” Many highlight the “excellent programs like Technology Ventures Program on experience.” Liautaud’s many academ­ic assets also include its Professional Topics courses, which are “two-hour courses that focus on current topics.” One student explains, “I took ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ last fall, and it has been a major springboard for me. We had real practitioners visit class and we engaged with them, solving a business ‘problem’ of theirs throughout the course. It changed the way I thought a business needs to run.” Students across the board are quite satisfied with their professors who “are world-class researchers in their fields” and who “stand [out] for their passion for teaching and encouraging creativity.” These “professors effectively prompt feedback from students, who often engage in constructive debate.” Students consider themselves “lucky to have professors of diverse backgrounds.” One particularly impressed student shares, “It’s exciting when you turn on the TV and see your professor being interviewed about Al Capone’s finances right on the History Channel. It’s even more exciting when he inte­grates this topic into his classroom lecture.” Students generally feel that the learning experience at the school is supported and enhanced by their classmates because “many work full-time at large companies and provide great experience[s] to discuss in class.” One student notes, “I also appreciate that UIC requires prior work experience, so we are surrounded by other bright peers that can offer insight from their own experiences at work.” While overall satisfied with their course work, professors, and peers, the students at Liautaud are less enamored with their facilities. These concerns were addressed when Douglas Hall opened in 2011. This fully-renovated building is designed for business education with state of the art technology resources.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Urban Business; Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies; Center for Human Resource Management; International Center for Futures and Derivatives; Center for Research in Information Management; Center for Urban Real Estate;

  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Urban Business; Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies; Center for Human Resource Management; International Center for Futures and Derivatives; Center for Research in Information Management; Center for Urban Real Estate;

  • Study Abroad:

    Brazil, Fundacao Getulio Vargas; France, Brussels, and Spain; Know Europe

  • Women Support Groups:

    Women's Interest Network http://go.uic.edu/studentorgs

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Illinois—Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business Administration include:

Mary Szela - CEO and Director, Rib-X Pharmaceuticals

Axel Strotbek - CFO, Audi AG

Kay Schwichtenberg - President, Wellmark Intl., Inc.

Roger Nulton - Sr. VP Producer and Product Development, CNA

Ricardo Estrada - President and CEO, Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: James Hardie, Combined Insurance, HUB International, AON Hewitt, Deloitte Consulting

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 65% $63,182
Other 44% $75,500
Other 24% $80,500
Consulting 22% $85,000
Marketing / Sales 22% $85,000
General Management 17% $72,333

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 10%
Three Month Employment 60%
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