Admission Requirements

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The iMSA program welcomes students with a bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline, subject to certain business background prerequisites specified under Admissions Requirements below. Take a moment to review our admission requirements below and begin your application.

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.  If you are missing any prerequisites please visit the Admissions FAQ page or contact us to request a list of recommended courses.

GPA and Test Scores

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admittance into the iMSA program.

New as of March 26, 2020:

The GMAT/GRE is no longer required for the iMSA. You may still choose to submit your GMAT/GRE to strengthen your application, but it is not required.

English Proficiency Requirement

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. 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

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