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  • Big Ten Recruiting Chat

    Want to learn more about MBA program in the Big Ten.  Join the ILLINOIS MBA in an online event to hear from "eight" of the Big Ten MBA programs on February 26.

    • Iowa
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Michigan State
    • Minnesota
    • Nebraska
    • Penn State         


  • Virtual Admission Events Scheduled for 2013

    We hope that you will be able to join us for one of our upcoming virtual admission events!  Even if you are unable to make it campus virtual sessions are a great way to hear from admission representatives.  We have Program Overview sessions scheduled, which will go over curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and admissions.  There are also tailored sessions on application tips and interview tips.  During virtual sessions you’ll have the opportunity to type in questions and get them answered by an admissions representative.  On Wednesday, January 9 we have a virtual information session at 9:00 a.m. on Application Tips. To register for this session or another session please visit 


  • How to Compete in a Global Market

     In 2011, the Illinois MBA made a strategic move to better prepare our students to compete for jobs in a global market. No matter where you live and work, it is vital as a business leader to have awareness of the opportunities and challenges of conducting business globally. Of course, there is general awareness of some of the locations throughout the world where business is growing – India and China foremost among them. But simply knowing that opportunities exist is not enough. Reading about it in a textbook or hearing a professor lecture about it can’t prepare you for the complexities of cultural values, social behaviors, and legal challenges of conducting successful business in a foreign country.

    For years, MBA programs have taken the approach of providing study abroad experiences for their students, and most business schools still offer these opportunities in one form or another. At Illinois, we have completely done away with the traditional study abroad experience. We have decided that as a benchmark experience, our MBA students will have the chance to work on a real-world project for an actual client that is based in countries with emerging markets and ever-increasing business opportunities. We refer to this student experience as the “Global Consulting Program”, and through this program, we are now sending teams of MBA students to work on client projects in some of the world’s foremost emerging markets – India, China, Brazil, and South Africa.

    You might ask “Why?”, and so I’ve decided to address your likely questions in this post.

    •    Why have you moved away from the traditional study abroad experience?

    Very simply, the traditional experience wasn’t enough to prepare students for the challenges of doing business in foreign climates. These study abroad experiences are usually 5-10 days. There is little to prepare ahead of time. Generally, students show up and passively listen to a foreign professor and local business leaders talk about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in their home country. There may be a team project or examination to complete, but the experience is completely limited by the classroom dynamic. Little was asked of students to truly interact in business culture while they were there.

    •    Why do you view the project experience as an improvement over the study abroad experience?

    The “Global Consulting Program” is an improvement for several reasons.

    1.    Students have significant responsibility. While the length of the trip is about the same as the study abroad trips (7-10 days), students are assigned a real-life team project months before they actually visit that country. Students dedicate time over several months, meeting with the client by video- or teleconferencing, managing a real-life project from start to finish. This level of commitment means that students are more vested in having a tremendous learning experience once they do visit the client in person.

    2.    It’s a resume-builder. The goal of every MBA student is to find a great job after they graduate. This experience is something they can reference in a job interview, whether from the angle of being a successful project manager or from the angle of having a true awareness of how to successfully conduct business across international borders.

    3.    It builds greater camaraderie. This experience is something that builds relationships. Students truly depend on each other to deliver a great product to their client. It’s difficult to explain, but when you are presenting to a Board of Directors in unfamiliar territory, you learn to trust your teammates in a way that you’ve never had to before. After returning from these trips, our students always say that they will never forget the experience.

    To learn more about this unique opportunity, you can view the following video presentation of our students’ experience in Brazil last spring:

    To learn more details about the program, you can then visit our website at: I think you will see that what we are offering is unparalleled by other MBA programs throughout the U.S. and the world.

  • Professional MBA June Events

    The application for the Professional MBA is now available!  If you are interested in learning more about the program that meets two nights per week and is designed for working professionals, please join us at one of our events this summer. 

    MBA Happy Hour

    Date  |  Thursday, June 14
    Time  |  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Place  |  Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign
    Register |

    Join College of Business Alumni for an evening of networking this summer at Cowboy Monkey in Champaign, and learn more about the Professional MBA.  Admission is complimentary with registration and includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.                       

    PMBA Information Session

    Date  |  Monday, June 25
    Time  |  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Place  |  3007 Business Instructional Facility, Champaign
    Register  |

    This information session is specifically for working professionals who would like to learn about the Professional MBA curriculum, class schedule, Global Consulting Program, and tuition costs.  Come hear about exciting scholarship opportunities and admission requirements.

    We hope to see you soon!

  • Thinking about taking the GMAT or GRE

    Wondering what test you should take?  Read this article for some differences in the two tests:

    The ILLINOIS MBA accepts the GMAT or the GRE.  Many joint degree students (students receiving another masters degree) often take the GRE since they need it for their other program.  This allows us to have diverse backgrounds in our classes.  Students applying to many programs usually take the GMAT since it's more widely accepted in business schools. 

    For information on the GMAT please visit

    For information on the TOEFL please visit

  • Happy Holidays from the Illinois MBA

    The Illinois MBA would like to wish you a safe and happy Holiday Season! 2012 is going to be an exciting year, and we look forward to welcoming the best students from around the world to the Class of 2014 in August.

  • Virtual InfoSessions Provide Opportunity to Learn In-depth about the Illinois MBA

    For our international applicants, we realize that it is difficult to make the trip to Champaign-Urbana to campus and meet our students, faculty, and staff. Over the past several months, therefore, we have hosted a series of online information sessions where we talk about the unique opportunities available at Illinois as well as provide you with details on the admissions process at Illinois. I would like to post a series of recordings here for prospective students in case you have not had the opportunity to attend these sessions.

  • Only 1 Week Until the First Admissions Deadline!

    If you are thinking of applying to Illinois, the first admissions deadline is next Tuesday, November 15th. See below for 5 reasons why the Illinois MBA may be the right program for you. Remember, applying early is usually to a student's advantage, as greater scholarship consideration is usually given at the beginning of a recruiting cycle.

  • Top 3 Reasons to Apply to the Illinois Professional MBA

    The Illinois Professional MBA allows working professionals to earn an Illinois MBA in only 26 months. The program offers a comprehensive curriculum, opportunities for international experiences and exposure to a world class alumni network at a fantastic value. With only 3 days remaining until the application deadline, here are the top 3 reasons to apply to the Illinois Professional MBA:

  • Homecoming Weekend a Success

    Illinois MBA students and alumni had a lot to celebrate during Homecoming weekend.