Apply to the iMSA Program

The iMSA program welcomes students with a bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline, subject to certain business background prerequisites specified under Admissions Requirements.

Applications go through the University’s regular graduate admissions website, but admissions decisions are made by a dedicated iMSA team. Because of the expected strength of the entire applicant pool, the review process is likely to extend over a period of time, but admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. If you have not yet heard back from us, you should assume that your application is still under consideration. Applicants are notified in writing and through e-mail as soon as the admission decision is made.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Experience

Admission to the iMSA program requires a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or the international equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

In addition, applicants must have a minimum academic background in business. In general, we expect applicants to have completed a course in business management along with a one or two course sequence in principles of accounting. For these requirements, college course credit or a certificate of completion from a known online course provider is accepted.

GPA and Test Scores

The recommended undergraduate GPA is 3.0/4.0, or the U.S. equivalent, from the final two years of undergraduate study.

GMAT or GRE scores are required, but may be waived if you demonstrate sufficient, relevant work experience. In order to be considered for a waiver, you must have at least three years of full-time professional experience, with demonstrated career progression. To apply for a waiver please fill out and submit this form.

All applicants whose native language is not English must take the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. For information on the university English proficiency requirement, go to www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c.

English Proficiency Requirement

International applicants must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score to the Illinois iMSA. Some domestic applicants are also required to take the TOEFL or IELTS if they completed their post-secondary education in a country where English is not the primary language.

You may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if you meet one of the criteria listed here: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/exemptcountries