iMSA Non-Degree Students

As a new or continuing non-degree student, everything you need to know will be located on this page. Please check back often.  If you’re newly admitted, make sure you work your way through the Quick Start Checklist first (directly below).  This will make sure you’re off to a great start.  This page will contain several links to our Current Students pages, so feel free to look over those as well.

Do you still need to apply? You can find more information on the Non-Degree Admission page.

Once you’ve been admitted and accepted your offer to be an iMSA Non-Degree student, follow these quick steps:

1. Claim your NetID, Password, and 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 consult@illinois.edu.

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.

2. 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.

Office 365 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 consult@illinois.edu.

3. Verify Personal Information in Student Self-Service

Once you have established your Net ID, use it to log into Student Self-Service and verify your personal information, such as your contact information. Keeping this information up-to-date is extremely important and ensures proper delivery of important documents.

4. Setup Zoom

Zoom Pro is the way you will participate in your live sessions (lectures). It is important you setup your Zoom Pro account by following the instructions on our iMSA Communication Tools page.

There are many reasons students pursue taking non-degree courses in our program.  Whether you’re here to pursue gaining admission to the degree program, have already been admitted and are taking coursework early, or simply take some continuing education courses, we are here to support you.

We suggest new non-degree students start in one or both of the following Core Accountancy Courses:
  • ACCY 501 — Accounting Analysis I
  • (Fall) ACCY 505 — Federal Taxation
  • (Spring) ACCY 503 — Managerial Accounting

ACCY 501 lays a good foundation for the rest of the courses in our program. If you’d like to take 2 courses, we suggest you take both ACCY 501 and ACCY 505 if you’re beginning in the fall semester, or ACCY 501 and ACCY 503 if you’re beginning in the spring semester.  Taking 2 Accountancy courses may also qualify you for a GMAT Waiver.  If we are past the deadline to sign up for an iMSA Accoutancy course, you may consider taking an iMBA Elective.

You can find more information about courses and planning on the Academic Planning and Advising.  We have included course plans and resources for you to make course selections. If you’re ready to register for courses, you can move on to the information below.

You can find step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for courses, as well as course offerings, using the Course Registration page.  Please make sure you follow these instructions carefully so you do not incur any errors.

Keep in mind that course content is not automatically made available to you once you register.  You will be able to see your course content a week before the course begins (called a “soft launch”).  Please visit “Access Course Platforms” below for more information on your course platforms.

Spring 2020 Deadlines/Information:

  • November 25 — Registration begins
  • January 3 – Deadline to register for iMSA Accountancy & first 8 week iMBA Elective courses
  • January 15 – First day of instruction for first 8 week iMBA Elective Courses
  • January 12 – Tuition charges are assessed for Spring 2020
  • January 21 – First day of instruction for iMSA Accountancy
  • February 28 – Spring 2020 tuition is due
  • March 6 – Deadline to register for second 8 week iMBA Elective Courses
  • March 18 – First day of instruction for second 8 week iMBA Elective Courses

iMSA Courses use two platforms — Compass and Coursera.  You will complete high engagement course activities through Compass — exams, group work, live lectures, etc.  You will complete foundational content through Coursera — think of this as your electronic textbook.

You can login to Compass with your Illinois credentials.  In order for the University of Illinois to push you Coursera content, you must link your Coursera account with us.  Please complete these two steps:

Complete Coursera Linking & Sign up for Coursera for Illinois

Once you are admitted as a non-degree student, Coursera will send an email to your Illinois email address with information on how to link your Coursera account with the University of Illinois.  This email can take 2-3 days, so keep checking your Illinois email address consistently.  It is imperative you complete this linking process as soon as you receive the linking email.  The iMSA Program is heavily integrated into Coursera, and you will not be able to be successful in our program without completing this linking process.

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 4).  You then need to follow these step-by-step instructions.

Complete Onboarding Courses

After you link your Coursera account to the degree program you will be provided automatic access to the iMSA Onboarding Course which will help prepare you to start your for credit course. In the onboarding course you will learn how to use both platforms that you will use in your course (Coursera and Compass) and will be able to learn more information about the program such as expectations and university policies. You should complete the iMSA Onboarding Course prior to the start of your for credit course.

Please reference the Current Students Tuition & Fees page for specific information on how course tuition is assessed.  Please keep in mind that non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

If you need to remove yourself from a course or the entire semester, please visit the Drop Courses & Refunds page for policies and instructions.

If you have questions, please email our iMSA Student Support email address — imsa-support@illinois.edu.

If you’ve taken a few non-degree courses and have not yet applied to the program, right now may be a great time to do so!  Visit our Admissions page to learn more about admissions and how to apply.

Please note that the Current Students pages are also helpful for non-degree students.  Feel free to check those pages out and use them as a resource.