The Illinois MBA curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates for the competitive global workplace. It is a unique blend of classroom discussion and case studies as well as real-world projects and simulations.

Lockstep approach

The Illinois Professional MBA is a lockstep program with eighteen, four-credit courses for a total of 72 credit hours. Modules (semesters) range from five to ten weeks long and students will be registered for their core curriculum courses.

Team based learning

The cohort class structure will allow members of each class to begin the program at the same time and advance through the curriculum together. Study teams are created to draw upon the diverse academic and professional backgrounds of the class.

General management focus

The curriculum has a general management focus, and it is structured so that students learn a substantial amount of material in a challenging, yet manageable time frame.

Tentative Schedule

First Year

Spring 2019- 12 Hours BADM 508 Leadership & Teams

ECON 528 Microeconomics

BADM 520 Marketing Management

January 14- May 10 
Summer 2019- 12 Hours ACCY 500 Accounting Measurement, Reporting & Control

Specialization Elective*

Specialization Elective*

May 13- August 3
Fall 2019- 12 Hours BADM 572 Statistics

BADM 567 Process Management

BADM 590 Analytics

August 26-December 20

Second Year

Spring 2020- 12 Hours BADM 521 Marketing Strategy

BADM 573 Decision Analytics

BADM 593 Marketing Insights Using Survey Research

January 21-May 15
Summer 2020- 12 Hours MBA 531 Action Learning

ACCY 503 Managerial Accounting

Specialization Elective*

May 18-August 8
Fall 2020- 12 Hours BADM 544 Strategy

BADM 509 Managing Organizations

FIN 520 Financial Management

August 24-December 18

Course schedule and sequence are subject to change, due to faculty availability. For course descriptions please see the Course Catalog.

Each course is worth four hours adding up to 72 hours to complete the degree. 56 of the hours come from MBA core classes and 16 come from electives.

* Electives: Select from a large number of graduate-level courses offered on campus and through the online MBA program. Online course specializations require 3 courses specific to one of the following topics: Innovation, Digital Marketing, and Global Challenges in Business.

Experiential Learning

The Illinois MBA provides students with multitudes of opportunities to apply their knowledge from the classroom to real-world situations. Students who engage in experiential learning opportunities have a competitive advantage by developing and applying current business skills, and therefore, increasing their employability. We realize that as working professionals and part-time students, your availability is limited. However, we strongly encourage all Professional MBA students to engage in at least one experiential learning opportunity listed below.

Students in the Illinois MBA program are strongly encouraged to exercise hands-on leadership skills. We offer several student organizations based around relevant professional interests to give you the opportunity to develop these skills.
As a student, you’ll gain experience in entrepreneurship through a number of possible opportunities:

Put your skills to work by solving real business problems for real businesses. Illinois Business Consulting is a student organization that provides consulting services to external clients, including Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits. You participate by helping to deliver solutions for these companies, and get hands-on experience in managing a consulting firm by serving on the IBC’s Student Leadership Team.

For more information, visit the Illinois Business Consulting website.

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