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 New Student 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.

I'm New Here

Do you still need to apply to be a Non-Degree student?  If so, make sure you visit our Non-Degree Admission page where you can learn more about how to apply to become a Non-Degree Student. Please note that you don’t need to submit a non-degree application if you previously submitted an application for the degree program and selected to have your non-degree application submitted on your behalf.

Have you already been accepted as a Non-Degree student?  Great!  Make sure you work on the Non-Degree Checklist in the next link and then register for courses!

Non-Degree Student Checklist

1. 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 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. Setup 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. Link Your Coursera Account to the iMSA Program

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 iMBA Program is heavily integrated into Coursera, and you will not be able to be successful in our program without completing this linking process.

4. Setup 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.

5. Complete Onboarding Course

In Coursera, you will be onboarded to both Coursera and Compass (the two platforms our program use), while giving you more information about the program (expectations, university policies, etc). It contains a lot of helpful program information so we highly recommend students complete it.

6. Register for Courses

Registration begins and ends at varying times throughout the year.  Please visit the “Register for Courses” section below this checklist.

7. 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.

Registering for Courses

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.

Fall 2019 Deadlines/Information:

  • July 15 — Registration begins
  • August 2 – Deadline to register for iMSA Accountancy & first 8 week iMBA Elective courses
  • August 14 — First day of instruction for first 8 week iMBA Elective Courses
  • August 17 – Tuition charges are assessed for Fall 2019
  • August 26 – First day of instruction for iMSA Accountancy
  • September 28 – Fall 2019 tuition is due
  • October 4 — Deadline to register for second 8 week iMBA Elective Courses
  • October 16 — First day of instruction for second 8 week iMBA Elective Courses

We typically suggest students start out in ACCY 501.  If you’d like to take 2 courses, we suggest you take both ACCY 501 and ACCY 505 in the Fall 2019 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.

Spring 2020 Deadlines/Information:

  • November 25 — Registration begins
  • December 27 – Deadline to register for iMSA Accountancy & first 8 week iMBA Elective courses
  • January 8 – First day of instruction for first 8 week iMBA Elective Courses
  • January 12 – Tuition charges are assessed for Fall 2019
  • January 21 – First day of instruction for iMSA Accountancy
  • February 28 – Fall 2019 tuition is due
  • February 28 – Deadline to register for second 8 week iMBA Elective Courses
  • March 11 – First day of instruction for second 8 week iMBA Elective Courses

We typically suggest students start out in ACCY 501.  If you’d like to take 2 courses, we suggest you take both ACCY 501 and ACCY 503 in the Spring 2020 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.

Tuition

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.

Dropping Courses & Refunds

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

Need Help?

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

Applying to the Degree Program

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.