The Illinois MBA offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting Science (MAS), Master of Science in Taxation (MST), Master of Science in Policy Economics (MSPE), Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA), Master of Science in International Finance (MSF), Master of Science in International Accountancy (MSAcc), and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) as well as a doctoral program in business administration, accountancy, economics, and finance, and a joint degree in architecture (MArch/MBA), civil engineering (MSCE/MBA), electrical engineering (MSEE/MBA), general engineering (MSGE/MBA), industrial engineering (MSIE/MBA), mechanical engineering (MSME/MBA), computer science (MCS/MBA), education (MEd/MBA), journalism (MSJ/MBA), law (JD/MBA), medicine (MD/MBA), and human resources and industrial relations (MHRIR/MBA). Other programs include cooperative programs through study abroad, cross-registration, and summer internships. The strongest areas of study are accounting, finance, marketing, technology, information management, and operations. The most popular courses are Finance, Accountancy, Marketing, and Operations. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Executive-in-Residence program brings corporate executives to campus to lecture in classes and at informal lunches. Each department of the college has visiting and speaker programs. Also offered is Conversation with Leaders, a speaker series for business leaders to interact and speak with current students.
Seventy-two total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 16 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Foundations of Business l
- Foundatins of Business ll
- Topics in Management (choose 4 from approximately 13 courses)
- Principles and Process of Management Issues in Business
- Global Strategy
- Decision Risk Analysis
- Leadership, Ethics, and Change
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 1/2 years; maximum, 5 years.
There are 95 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 44 part-time faculty, of whom 85% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 28.