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University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign College of Business Part Time MBA

Prepare yourself for the business world with a diverse curriculum. Pursue a traditional MBA. Combine business with your passion for another academic field. Consult abroad. Launch a business. Along with exceptional opportunities inside the classroom, the Illinois MBA gives you the flexibility to choose how best to put those opportunities to work for you. So you can tailor your curriculum to match your career objectives. Our goal is to connect our dynamic MBA students to the companies that will hire them, the cultures that will inspire them, and the friends and colleagues who will guide them to a fulfilling professional career.

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Program Type Part Time

Program Information

University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign College of Business Says

Prepare yourself for the business world with a diverse curriculum. Pursue a traditional MBA. Combine business with your passion for another academic field. Consult abroad. Launch a business.

Along with exceptional opportunities inside the classroom, the Illinois MBA gives you the flexibility to choose how best to put those opportunities to work for you. So you can tailor your curriculum to match your career objectives.

Our goal is to connect our dynamic MBA students to the companies that will hire them, the cultures that will inspire them, and the friends and colleagues who will guide them to a fulfilling professional career.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Midwest)
#7 Best Campus Environment

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 32% accepted out of 665 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Out of State Application Fee: $75
  • In State Application Fee: $75

Admission Considerations

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

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

If you want to learn more about the Illinois MBA, you can chat online with one of the school's admission's officers, or attend an admissions event in your area. There are no minimum GMAT scores required for entry to the program; however, recent classes had median GMAT score of 650, with an 80 percent range between 540 and 710. At least two years of...If you want to learn more about the Illinois MBA, you can chat online with one of the school's admission's officers, or attend an admissions event in your area. There are no minimum GMAT scores required for entry to the program; however, recent classes had median GMAT score of 650, with an 80 percent range between 540 and 710. At least two years of work experience are strongly recommended; the average student had about four years of professional experience before entering the full-time program.

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Important Dates

Round 1
October

1

Deadline
January

21

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 341
Percent International Students 43%
Total Full-Time Faculty 67
Full-Time Faculty 92%

Student Life

With peers who tend to be “young professionals who generally are more likely to spend a night in studying class material than go out socially or network,” and who represent a diverse range of places, ages and experiences—some 40 percent come from overseas—it may be surprising that students here are “are easy to engage, very involved and support­ive in each others' learning.” There is a high level of competition to do well, but students are not overly competitive with one another. “Students are more concerned about seeing success in everyone than putting others down so they can rise to the top.” One student noted, “I was pleasantly surprised that everyone has been really collaborative and not cut throat. Everyone wants to see one another succeed.”Students here stay busy. If not immersed in studies, they are involved with extracurricu­lar activities, networking, or simply enjoying what this college town has to offer. “It's been a great place to try new things, meet new people, and figure out what my strengths are.” It’s easy to find the time to wind down from the grind if you’re so inclined, such as on “Thursday nights for Mug Club, when the class goes out to a different bar every week and celebrates the survival of another seven days.” Clubs and students organizations are numerous. “I feel that Illinois strongly encourages students to take on new challenges,” one student notes, “and I've gained a lot from this.”

Career

The University of Illinois proves to be a draw in part because “it provides international opportunities that far exceed any other program” in the same price range. One student notes the school “gave me the chance to travel to five emerging economies and apply my media and consulting skill set to diverse clientele.” Responding to student suggestions that the school improve its corporate ties in big cities, the MBA Career Services Organization has become part of a new college wide Business Career Services Organization aimed at increasing visibility for MBA students to companies that recruit at the college.Prospects for graduates tend to be good. The media base salary for graduates of the Illinois MBA program is close to $90,000 annually, ranging from about $60,000 on the low end to $160,000 on the high end. General management and finance fields draw the high­est number of graduates, about half of them taking jobs in the Midwest. The top hiring companies included AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, Hewitt Associates, LG, Peabody Energy, Procter & Gamble, Robert Bosch Corporation, and Sears Holdings Corporation.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

The low in-state tuition and access to the resources of a large university have made the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s MBA program a popular one. That means getting into popular courses can be difficult, especially highly desired electives seen as “much more interesting” than the sometimes “very elementary” basic business courses. These electives, which have “excellent professors and course material,” is where UI shines. Students at UI are encouraged to tailor their MBA to their own career goals. In year two, students take sixteen credits of electives and sixteen credits towards a concentration in fields like marketing, finance, information technology, or general management. The “relentless coursework” —one student referred to it as “a proving ground” —is balanced by a “terrific staff” who “care about students doing well and make themselves available to everyone for additional support.” Developing not only your skills but also your ability to use those skills after school is a priority for many professors here. “Overall, the professors here take an interest in students beyond class work and will offer their support in a career search and personal learning and growth.” Indeed, “the school provides ample opportunities for students to get as involved as they'd like. There are several out of the classroom opportunities to gain expe­rience (case competitions, leadership roles, work experience, consulting).” That experi­ence is not limited to working with business leaders in the region, either. “The internation­al opportunities here for MBAs are outstanding. Every student is given the opportunity to do at least one global consulting project that includes travel to a foreign country. Some students are able to travel to two or more countries related to their studies.” Though professors here are almost universally praised, the administration “has a lot of room for improvement,” especially with regard to “inefficient” communication with stu­dents – though others note that the administration is clearly “concerned about student needs.” Overall, “in addition to peerless international immersion opportunities, the University of Illinois provides a close-knit, family-like atmosphere that is simply not matched by any other MBA program, public or private.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    NSCA , RTMO (technology transfer), OIM, LIS, CCSO, COMMERCE REFERENCE LIBRARY

  • International Student Support Groups:

    www.mba.uiuc.edu/M/Student+Life/Get+Involved/Clubs/ABS/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    www.mba.uiuc.edu/M/Student+Life/Get+Involved/Clubs/MBAC/ www.mba.uiuc.edu/M/Student+Life/Get+Involved/Clubs/LABS/

  • Research Facilities:

    NSCA , RTMO (technology transfer), OIM, LIS, CCSO, COMMERCE REFERENCE LIBRARY

  • Women Support Groups:

    www.mba.uiuc.edu/M/Student+Life/Get+Involved/Clubs/WIB/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign College of Business include:

Bruce Holecek - CEO, Hobbico

Alan Feldman - President & CEO, Midas, Inc.

Jan Valentic - Senior VP Marketing, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Tom Siebel - Founder, Chairman & CEO, Siebel Systems, Inc.

Mike Tokarz - Chairman, The Tokarz Group

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: AT&T, State Farm, Allstate Insurance Company, Cognizant, Cymer

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Consulting 25% $90,294
General Management 23% $91,083
Financial Services 22% $91,500
Consulting 17% $88,769
Finance / Accounting 16% $88,156
Marketing / Sales 14% $81,738
Manufacturing 9% $76,129
Operations / Logistics 8% $86,600

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 65%
Three Month Employment 77%
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