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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Master of Business Administration (iMBA)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


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 features live global classrooms via web conferencing, team projects, and personal interaction with professors during virtual office hours. The nearly 2,000 students in the iMBA family represent more than 90 countries and 48 states across the United States. The program was hailed as a “breakthrough” by Poets & Quants, a leading authority on management education. The iMBA is from Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, a historical land-grant public research institution founded in 1867.

Build a Global Network
iMBA students are 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 $22,000, the cost of the iMBA is by far the lowest of any major university’s online MBA.


Successful MBA candidates are lateral thinkers who apply a creative and abstract approaches to solving business problems.

Career-First Course Design

Courses are grouped into Specializations that include readings, lectures, hands-on projects, and more. The program culminates in a capstone project that simulates a real-world business scenario. The courses are designed to help students apply new skills directly to their careers.

Future-Forward Leadership Capacity

Gain leadership skills as you learn to improve existing processes. Learn to develop and implement a vision for the future. Choose courses from two out of three advanced-leadership pathways: innovation, digitalization, and globalization.

Global Online Classrooms & Projects

iMBA live classroom sessions unite students from as many as 90 different countries. Students bring real-time perspectives from the front lines of the business world. Faculty work with students via interactive classes, projects, and office hours.


These are the courses you can start today as you consider whether to apply to the iMBA.

Digital Marketing

This Specialization explores several aspects of the digital marketing environment, including topics such as digital marketing analytics, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and 3D Printing. The Digital Marketing Specialization gives you a richer understanding of the new digital marketing landscape and the skills and tools to used to digitally create, distribute, promote, and price products or services.

Learn about this Specialization Strategic Leadership & Management

Gain leadership and business skills that make an immediate impact. Practice everyday leadership and learn to manage people effectively. Learn to implement management strategies in the real world. Make businesses more efficient by applying principles of organizational design.

Learn more about this Specialization Managerial Economics & Business Analysis

In order to effectively manage and operate a business, managers and leaders need to understand the market characteristics and economic environment. In this Specialization, build a solid understanding of market operation and the macro-economic environment by studying real-world examples. Identify economic factors that impact business decisions and develop an analytical framework using statistical tools.

Learn more about this Specialization Value Chain Management

Learn to produce and deliver goods and services that customers value while generating a surplus for owners. Value chain management focuses on understanding what customers want, measuring inputs and outputs to assess value, and generating higher value for customers and greater surplus for businesses.

Learn more about this Specialization Financial Management

This Specialization covers the fundamentals of strategic financial management, including financial accounting, investments, and corporate finance. Evaluate major strategic decisions, understand capital markets, and develop an integrated framework for value-based financial management and decision-making.

Learn More about this Specialization Global Challenges in Business

This Specialization teaches you to understand how businesses function in the global marketplace and how ethical decision making is essential for every responsible business. Learn how businesses can play a helpful role in helping to address challenges like poverty and pollution.

Learn more about this Specialization Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship

In a marketplace characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, innovative skills are necessary for today’s industry leaders. Agile thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset are critical to thriving in uncertain business environments. This Specialization addresses how to recognize and question assumptions and constraints, as well as ways to identify and capitalize on opportunities. Learn to change the rules of the game by creating innovative value propositions and discovering new market positions that leverage sustainable competitive advantages.

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