Earn a master’s degree in management from the University of Illinois and build a strong foundation of fundamental business skills.
As a student in the iMSM, you will take a series of fundamental management classes covering subjects such as leadership and teams, marketing management, strategic management, process management, and more. You’ll also take foundational classes in accounting and finance. You will then have the opportunity to customize your degree by taking elective courses focused on global business and business challenges, as well as data driven decision-making and communications.
As an iMSM student, you’ll earn the same education and learn from the same top faculty as on-campus students. Achieve fundamental business knowledge, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as you work alongside fellow students and faculty.
The iMSM, which is open to students from any undergraduate major, continues the Gies Business tradition of building highly engaging, flexible online programs. The Gies approach offers innovations unique to online learning. Curriculum, content delivery, and engagement are tailored for maximum positive impact for students in ways that go well beyond simply moving an existing residential program online. The hallmarks of Gies’ online programs – including its popular iMBA – are highly engaging online classrooms and skilled, experienced faculty who deliver leading-edge course material. Gies Business is an acknowledged global leader in online education.
Students in the iMSM will take a series of fundamental management classes, including leadership and teams, marketing management, strategic management and process management, as well as foundational classes in accounting and finance. Students will then have the opportunity to customize their degree by taking elective courses focused on global business challenges as well as data driven decision-making and communications.
The curriculum includes business fundamentals such as marketing, leadership, strategy, process management, global business, communicating with data, and finance.
Introduces management accounting as part of a firm's information system, with a focus on modern cost accounting and budgetary systems for planning and controlling business operations
Leadership and Teams
Develops and integrates fundamental behavioral concepts and theory that have administrative applications. An initial focus on individual decision makers expands to ultimately include interpersonal, organizational, and social structures and influences, and is oriented toward developing strategies and methods of research as they pertain to behavioral applications in business.
Introduces concepts useful for understanding marketing systems and buyer behavior, and supports the development of skills for making marketing decisions. The orientation is primarily managerial and uses examples from both business and non-business contexts.
Addresses policy construction and planning of policy implementation at the executive level, and features case studies of company-wide situations from a management point of view. An additional focus is on the integration and application of material from previous courses.
Introduction to Finance
Provides an introduction to finance for students who have little or no background in the discipline, and details how managers and investors use key finance principles to make investment and financing decisions.
Offers an introduction to decision-making problems in production, with a focus on the theoretical foundations for production management and the applications of decision-making techniques to production problems in a firm. Production processes, plant layout, maintenance, scheduling, quality control, and production control in particular are all covered.
When you graduate, you'll be able to:
- Implement the knowledge, skills, and capabilities necessary for a successful career in management
- Speak with a chief financial officer, read a balance sheet, set up a marketing plan, and more
- Think critically about management and ethical issues as well as respond to new technologies, emerging global changes, and market trends
- Continue developing essential managerial skills such as leadership, innovation, teamwork, and professional communication
- Apply knowledge, problem-solving skills, and integrative thinking across areas such as finance, marketing, operations, management, and accounting