Unpredictable and volatile times require flexibility when it comes to your education. Gies College of Business, part of the University of Illinois, offers fully online Master’s programs. If this is what you are looking for then this webinar will give you valuable information to help guide your decision.
Kacie Jones is an associate director of admissions and recruiting at Gies College of Business and she will shed more light on the school’s online programs and give tips for submitting a successful application.
Why consider the University of Illinois?
The University of Illinois is a pioneer in innovative research. It currently has more than 33,500 undergraduate students and 17,800 graduate students. It is #15 in the Top Public Colleges and Universities in the US ranking by the U.S. News & World Report.
Enrolling in one of their online programs will allow you to collaborate with peers and become part of a massive global network of more than 470,000 alumni. Faculty and students have received numerous awards including 26 Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Nobel Prizes.
Online programs at Gies College of Business
As Kacie points out, Gies College of Business is a continuation of the University’s mission and vision, offering quality, access and flexibility, not to mention more affordable tuition fees. Their first online program, the iMBA, was launched in 2016 with an initial cohort of 114 students. It is the #5 public business school according to Poets&Quants.
The fully online programs offer the same quality education as their on-campus programs.
Master of Science in Management (iMSM)
The iMSM helps develop essential business management skills. According to Kacie this program is perfect for individuals who are new in their career, or professionals who are looking to add business management to their skill set. She points out that the curriculum is designed for immediate impact and practical application, offering insight that you can take from the classroom and apply to your job.
The program is quickly growing with 400 current students representing 36 US states and 30 countries and, as Kacie emphasizes, these numbers are just for this program, they are much bigger for all three of the programs. 42 Fortune 500 companies are represented in the program.
Master of Business Administration (iMBA)
The iMBA is the oldest online degree out of the three. One of its benefits is the size of the program – about 4500 students, which as Kacie points out is due to the high student satisfaction which is 98%. 53% of students have received a promotion, job offer, or have accepted a new position during their iMBA studies as Gies. 20% is the average pay increase for students in the program.
Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA)
According to Kacie, the University of Illinois is known as an accounting powerhouse. They have the number one ranked accounting faculty in the US and are consistently ranked as a top three graduate accounting program by U.S. News & World Report. If you are planning to take the CPA exam, they also have a very high first-time pass rate of 75%.
If you want to find out more about application requirements, tuition fees, curricula, specializations and anything else about the online programs, watch the full webinar.
Gies College of Business has intentionally designed these programs for online studying so every aspect is thought of. They have accomplished that by partnering with Coursera – a top global online learning platform. They offer videos, self-assessed quizzes, assignments, and peer evaluations.
Gies also has a high-engagement component that provides live weekly lectures, group projects, advanced case studies and exams, peer-driven discussions and tutoring, and faculty office hours. You can catch the lectures in real-time or watch them at a more convenient time. You will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with students from all around the globe, in the virtual classroom.
Watch the entire webinar to find out more about each program, scholarships, tuition fees, application requirements and deadlines, and all other important information.