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  • What Does Flexible Curriculum Really Mean?

    If you are just starting to research MBA programs, it may be hard to imagine interviewing for your first post-MBA job.  However, prospective MBA students should be thinking about the skills and experiences they would like to be able to convey to employers from day one.  That is why we offer students a flexible curriculum.  But what does this really mean?

    Most top MBA programs do a great job of teaching the fundamentals of business, and Illinois is no exception.  As a first-year student at Illinois, you will explore core subjects including Marketing, Accounting, Data Analysis, Leadership & Ethics, Organizational Theory & Design and others in collaborative and team-oriented environment.   While the top-rated faculty and small class size are advantages of the Illinois MBA program, the real differentiator is in your second year.

    Second year MBA students at Illinois can take up to four graduate-level elective classes anywhere within the University of Illinois.  Imagine the possibilities.  Want to work in China after graduation?  Take a Chinese language class in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  Interested in working at technology startup after graduation?  Why not take a patent law class at the College of Law, a Top 25 program.  Want to be a brand manager?  Why not augment your marketing classes with some Advertising or Consumer Psychology studies.  If Information Technology is your game, you can take classes in Computer Science, a program consistently ranked in the Top 5 nationally.

    Earning an MBA is a personal journey and we want you to customize your experience, thus maximizing the possibility of landing your dream job. If you choose to earn your MBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you will be able to leverage all the resources at the campus level to customize your story. That is what we mean by a flexible curriculum.