1. Pay Your Deposit
A $250 deposit is required to hold your spot in the program. It is imperative you pay this as soon as possible so you can continue moving through the rest of your checklist items. This $250 deposit will be applied to your student account after the 10th day of classes. The date for the 10th day of classes is listed in the Academic Calendar. The deposit will not be applied to your account if you are not registered on or after the 10th day of classes.
2. Claim Your NetID, Establish Your Password, and Setup 2FA
Your NetID will give you access to campus services, including e-mail and file storage. New students should visit the NetID claiming website. First, you will need to enter in your University ID Number (UIN) and Activation Code. The UIN and Activation Code are within your Official Notice of Admission letter from the Graduate College. Second, you will select two security questions to protect your Net ID account. Third, you will need to choose a password for your Net ID account (remember to pay attention to the requirements for all passwords).
Have you previously enrolled at the University of Illinois? If so, there is no need to claim your NetID again. You will need to reset your password. You can find more information on the Technology Services website. It is likely that your NetID has been disabled and must be reactivated. Please contact Technology Services directly at 217-244-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2FA is an extra layer of security the University adds to ensure your student information is protected. To enroll, visit the UI Verify website. Failure to setup your 2FA device will result in non-access to many of your University applications, including your email and course platforms.
3. Set Up Your Email
All correspondence from the iMSA program is sent to your Illinois email address, so it is imperative you set up your email and check it regularly.
Exchange is a service used for email, calendaring, and contact and task management at the University of Illinois and is vital for receiving emails and information from the University. Approximately one hour after claiming your Net ID and setting your password, you will be able to login to and start using your Office 365 email account. If you have questions about your email or your Exchange account, please visit the Technology Services website, or email email@example.com.
4. Complete Coursera Linking
The invitation to link your Coursera account to the iMSA program is sent to your Illinois email address. Once you are linked you will have access to the iMSA onboarding course. If you have taken courses as a non-degree student, you will not need to link your Coursera Account with the program since it has already been linked.
5. Set Up Zoom
Zoom Pro is the way you will participate in your live sessions (lectures) for each Accountancy course. It is important you setup your Zoom Pro account by following the instructions on our iMSA Communication Tools page.
6. Complete iMSA Onboarding Course
All iMSA courses are delivered on two platforms: Compass 2g and Coursera. Each iMSA course has two structural components.
- A foundational component that includes instructional videos, readings and basic quiz questions. You do assigned readings and check your progress by taking quizzes.
- A high-engagement component, for weekly live class sessions and exams. It is an expansion of the depth and the breath of the foundational materials. The live classrooms are interactive, and practice-oriented. You will practice and discuss what you learn. Other high-engagement content will come in the form of additional readings from a textbook, in depth exercises and assignments, and case studies.
To help students become familiar with the platform, we have created an Onboarding Course. As mentioned above, you will be enrolled in the course once you have linked your Coursera account. This will show up in your Coursera dashboard.
In the Onboarding Course, there is the opportunity to interact with iMSA staff during office hours in case you run into specific questions during your progress. More information is located in the Onboarding Course.
It is imperative you complete the Onboarding Course prior to scheduling an appointment with your advisor. This course will walk you through several important steps that will make your advising meeting much more productive.
7. Meet with Your Advisor
Your academic advisor will help you create a degree plan and answer any questions you have. Use the Advising Calendar to set up a time to meet with your advisor. It is most helpful to complete your Onboarding Course before you meet with your advisor.
8. Register for Your Courses
Registration for the Spring 2020 term begins on November 25, 2019 for new students. You will not be able to register before that date. Information on the Spring 2020 term will be made available in the Course Registration section of the iMSA Admitted Students page. There you will find:
- Information on the Student Self-Service portal that you will use to register for your courses and how to access the portal
- Direction on how to check your registration eligibility (time ticket)
- The Course Offerings List that contains the specific Course Registration Numbers (CRNs) you will need to use to register for your courses.
- Step-by-step directions on how to register for your courses
Registration emails will be sent from the program in a separate email, so please watch for those as well.
- August 2 – Deadline to register for Fall 2019 courses
- January 8- First day of instruction for first 8-week non-standard calendar courses
- January 12 – Spring tuition and fee charges first appear on student accounts
- January 21 – First day of instruction for iMSA Accountancy Courses
- February 28 – Full payment due for Spring 2020 charges unless on a payment plan. Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.
9. Enroll in Coursera for Illinois
Coursera for Illinois is a division of Coursera that will give you access to the iMSA Coursera course components ahead of time, if you wish to begin those early. In addition, you will receive access to all of the University of Illinois non-credit online courses and specializations offered on the Coursera platform. In order to receive access to the the Coursera course components ahead of time, you must first enroll in Coursera for Illinois. If you simply enroll in these course components through Coursera.org directly, you will be prompted to pay for the verified certificate, which we do not recommend.
In order to Enroll in Coursera for Illinois, you need to make sure you have already linked your Coursera account to the program (Step 3). You then need to follow these step-by-step instructions.
10. Send in Final Official Transcripts
Original transcripts need to be sent from your institution(s) if you have been admitted as a degree-seeking student in the iMSA program. Please note that the transcripts you provided in your application were “unofficial” unless they came directly from the granting institution and were sent to the University of Illinois.
Please start now and begin contacting your institution(s) and have those documents sent to the iMSA program.
For international students, it is imperative that you begin this process now, as it may take longer for these documents to be secured. If your international institution is unable to provide official transcripts, we will accept original or attested copies from a government agency (US Department of Education, Embassy, etc.). If your transcripts or degree certificate are not translated, we will need official translations of the documents as well. There are several companies (including ones online) which provide this service. If you choose to mail us your original documents we will return them using UPS (with tracking), however we can never guarantee delivery once given to UPS.
Failure to send these documents in a timely matter will result in a “transcript hold” being placed on your student record by Graduate Admissions. This hold will prevent any future term iMSA registration until cleared. Electronic transcripts may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Original printed transcripts from the institution may be mailed to the address below. If you are sending original transcripts you want returned, you must provide a prepaid shipping label with your transcripts. If you fail to provide us a prepaid shipping label, we will send your transcripts back via UPS and bill the cost to your student account:
Gies College of Business Online Programs
ATTN: iMSA Program
2019 Business Instructional Facility
515 E. Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
If you have questions or need support on this please contact us at imsa-support@Illinois.edu or call (217) 244-0009.
11. Miscellaneous Checklist Items
New Student Intake Form
This can be found in your Graduate College Admissions Website checklist and is only required of degree-seeking students.
Welcome Packet Form
Degree-seeking students, please fill out our Welcome Packet Form request. These will be mailed to newly enrolled students about a month after classes start.
Attend an Optional New Student Ambassador Live Session
Learn about the program from current students who will give you information on being a student in the iMSA program in terms of time management, course loads, tips on working in the Coursera platform, and helpful resources.
Ambassador Live Sessions will be posted here once it’s available
The iMSA Welcome Webinar takes place 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. The Welcome Webinar brings together new students, the program leadership team, staff, and a few current students. The purpose of the webinar is to welcome new students to the program and to come together to kick off the start of a new cohort. The webinar is informative and interactive. Links for the Welcome Webinar will be posted here, once available, and sent out via email.