PAT and 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 about the Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT) and on the Non-Degree General on their respective pages.

Once you’ve been admitted and accepted your offer to be an iMSA PAT or Non-Degree General 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

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

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.

If you have questions we encourage you to reach out to an academic advisor at  You can also attend our virtual office hours.  Simply enter the Zoom room during the times below and we will be there to assist you.  All times are U.S. Central Time.

Date Day of the Week Time
March 30 Monday 7:00 PM
April 13 Monday 7:00 PM
May 13 Wednesday 7:00 PM
May 23 Saturday 10:00 AM
June 4 Thursday 7:00 PM
June 15 Monday 7:00 PM
June 20 Saturday 10:00 AM
July 16 Thursday 7:00 PM
July 20 Monday 7:00 PM
July 29 Wednesday 7:00 PM
August 3 Monday 7:00 PM

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.

You were admitted to one of the following programs: Performance-based Admission Track (PAT) or General Non-Degree Student.

Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT)

As a student in the PAT Program, you will need to complete a set of two iMSA courses either concurrently or within two consecutive semesters.

Fall Start (choose 1 of the options below)

  • 501 & 505 concurrently
  • 501 in the Fall and 503 in the following Spring

Spring Start (choose 1 of the options below)

  • 501 & 503 concurrently
  • 501 in the Spring and 505 in the following Fall

You must complete these courses while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and you must receive a B or better in both courses. The completion of these two courses will also qualify you for a GMAT/GRE waiver. The credits earned in those two courses will be transferred toward your MSA degree if you meet the above-mentioned requirements.

Non-Degree General

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 Accountancy course, you may consider taking an iMBA (Non-Accountancy) 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.

Summer 2020 Dates and Deadlines:

May 11- Registration Begins
May 12 – Deadline to register for Summer courses that begin in May

  • ECON 529- Macroeconomics
  • FIN 580- Corporate Finance I and II
  • BADM 544- Strategic Management
  • MBA 542- Digital Marketing Analytics
  • MBA 546- Global Business Horizons
  • MBA 552- Fostering Creative Thinking
  • MBA 562- Intro to Bus Analytics: Communicating with Data
  • MBA 565- Infonomics

May 10 – Summer tuition and fee charges first appear on student accounts
May 29- Deadline to register for Summer course that begin in June

  • MBA 563- Data Toolkit: Business Data Modeling & Predictive Analytics
  • ACCY 516- Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Accounting
  • BADM 403- Corporate and Commercial Law

June 28- Summer 2020 tuition and fee payment due if not enrolled in a payment plan.

Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.

Fall 2020 Dates and Deadlines:

July 15 — Registration begins
July 31 – Deadline to register for first 8 week Non-Accountancy Courses

  • BADM 508- Leadership and Teams
  • BADM 572- Statistics Management Decision Making
  • BADM 520- Marketing Management
  • MBA 543- Digital Media & Marketing
  • MBA 548- Global Strategy
  • MBA 553- Entrepreneurship: From Startup to Growth
  • MBA 564- Applying Analytics Across Business Functions

August 14- Deadline to register for first 8 week Accountancy courses

  • ACCY 501- Accounting Analysis I
  • ACCY 502- Accounting Analysis II (Requires prior completion of ACCY 501)
  • ACCY 504- Auditing (Requires prior completion of ACCY 501)
  • ACCY 505- Federal Taxation
  • ACCY 506- Advanced Financial Reporting (Requires prior completion of ACCY 501 & ACCY 502)
  • ACCY 569- Data Driven Decisions in Accountancy

August 17 – Fall tuition and fee charges first appear on student accounts
September 25 – Deadline to register for second 8 week Non-Accountancy Courses

  • MBA 544- Marketing in an Analog World
  • BADM 509- Managing Organizations
  • ECON 528- Microeconomics for Business
  • BADM 567- Process Management
  • FIN 511- Investment Finance I & II
September 28 – Full payment due for Fall 2020 charges unless on a payment plan.

Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.

October 9 – Deadline to register for second 8 week Accountancy courses

  • ACCY 501- Accounting Analysis I
  • ACCY 502- Accounting Analysis II (Requires prior completion of ACCY 501)
  • ACCY 504- Auditing (Requires prior completion of ACCY 501)
  • ACCY 505- Federal Taxation
  • ACCY 550- Multistate Taxation (Requires prior completion of ACCY 507)
  • ACCY 578- Accountancy Analytics Application A & B (Recommended prior completion of ACCY 569)

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 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’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.