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A deeply engaging online MBA from a public university powerhouse.

Students in the iMBA program earn the same high-quality MBA degree that on-campus students have been earning for decades–but without needing to put career or family life on hold. Students achieve business mastery, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as they work alongside fellow students and faculty.

The iMBA program’s live global classrooms feature web conferencing, team projects, and personal interaction with professors during virtual office hours. The nearly 4,500 active students and 2,000+ alums in the iMBA family represent more than 90 countries and 48 states. The program was named the #1 Biggest B-School Innovation of the Decade by Poets&Quants, a leading authority on management education. The iMBA is from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a historical land-grant public research institution founded in 1867.

Build a Global Network
iMBA students have accomplished professionals from across the globe. You’ll work closely with classmates and join a global University of Illinois alumni network that’s 470,000 strong.

A Recognized and Respected Program
Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois is an AACSB accredited and competitively ranked college by Poets and Quants, US News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

A Top MBA for a Breakthrough Price
At less than $23,040, the cost of the iMBA is by far the lowest of any major university’s online MBA.

Who should pursue an MBA?

Successful applicants come from all walks of life, all over the world. We accept talented students looking to expand their knowledge base with applicable real-world experiences and can demonstrate why the iMBA from Illinois is crucial for personal and professional success. Ideal applicants are emerging leaders and innovative thinkers who contribute unique perspectives to class discussions.

Benefits of applying for a priority deadline:

No application fee
Apply for scholarship consideration
Priority registration for courses
Early access to Coursera for Illinois
Begin engaging with classmates via Illinois’ networking platforms
Program start dates:

Program cohorts begin each year in January, March, May, August, and October. Open courses are available to start throughout the year.