Master of Business Administration

Accelerate your career with an MBA from the UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School.

An MBA from UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School offers you the flexibility to pursue your MBA in a format that best suits your needs. You’ll earn a degree that is tailored to your specific interests and gain the hard and soft skills that will set you apart. The program is ranked #65 by U.S. News & World Report.


Applicants to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program must submit a GMAT/GRE waiver request if they would like to waive the exam requirement. Applicants with two years or more of significant, full-time post-bachelor’s work experience and/or a master’s/terminal degree as evaluated by the UIC Business admissions review committee will be granted a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Each waiver request is granted on a case-by-case basis, and the MBA waiver request must be submitted one month before the application deadline. MBA applicants who would like to submit GRE/GMAT test scores with their application may still do so.

The UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School offers MBA programs designed to support your academic and professional development. With classes offered during the day, in the evening and online, you will find the option that best fits your needs.

Full-Time, Accelerated MBA

  • Fall start only
  • On-campus cohort program with daytime classes
  • Finish in three semesters (11 months) or 16 months with optional internship
  • Ideal for recent graduates looking to enhance their skills and career potential
  • Concentrations available in Business Analytics, Finance, Management and Marketing

Flexible MBA Program

Flexible MBA Program

  • Fall, spring or summer start
  • Set your own pace (full- or part-time)
  • Take classes at night or on Saturdays (some online courses available)
  • Finish in as little as 18 months full-time
  • All concentrations available

Online MBA

Online MBA

  • August, October, January, March and May start options
  • Set your own pace (full- or part-time)
  • Finish in as little as 14 months full-time, 28 months part-time
  • Concentrations available: Business Analytics, Finance, Human Resource Management and Management
  • A Full Cost Recovery program and is not eligible for tuition waivers by University of Illinois employees
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UIC Business MBA Program 


BA 520 Improv and Leadership

Using improvisational theatre techniques taught in workshop exercise of graduating difficulty, this course creates a safe laboratory for students to experiment with the elements of their own executive presence.

MBA 590 Web Analytics

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of web analytics, including metrics like web traffic and how long customers spend at pages. Students will learn to use Google’s online and offline software tools.

MBA 590 Social Entrepreneurs Leading Change

The aim of this course is to study “the triple bottom line.” Social enterprises utilize the business itself to serve as a vehicle for social change. As business leaders, social entrepreneurs want to improve the common good and solve a social problem.

In Their Own Words 

“Choosing UIC for my MBA has been one of the best professional and personal decisions I’ve made as I continue to advance my career. Flexibility and affordability met with superb advising, widespread course offerings, a diverse and knowledgeable student body, and fantastic professors made my MBA valuable. I cannot thank UIC enough!”

Emma Chapman  |  MBA ’21

Earning Your MBA 

Credits and Courses

The MBA program is 42 credits in length composed of 26 credits of core courses and 16 credits of electives. Your core courses introduce the fundamental concepts needed to understand the many facets of a complex organization and provide a foundation for further, more in-depth functional business study.

The core curriculum consists of the following seven courses:

  • Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (4 credits)
  • Marketing (4 credits)
  • Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • Operations Management (4 credits)
  • Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • Capstone Course: Enterprise Strategy (2 credits) OR Strategic Management (4 credits)


UIC Business is part of a public research university, so tuition and fees vary by residency. Also, because our programs offer flexible options, our tuition varies based on the number of classes you are taking each semester. To calculate your tuition and fees, please visit the Tuition Information page.

Don’t forget, UIC Business offers graduate assistantships, scholarships and partial tuition waivers. Ask an admissions representative about the many options we offer to help you afford your education.



Accounting is the language of business. With this concentration, you’ll learn how to maintain the financial health of an organization.

Sample of courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Taxes and Business Policy

Business Analytics

Students master the use of data and models for business decisions, and how to leverage ‘big’ data and analytics for competitive advantage. MBA students within the Business Analytics concentration are prepared to meet demand in one of the most rapidly expanding fields in business.

Sample of courses:

  • Business Data Mining
  • Data Visualization
  • Social Media and Network Analysis
  • Analytics Strategy and Practice
  • Statistical Models and Methods for Business Analytics


Economics gives you an in-depth look at what drives businesses and consumers. This concentration focuses on applied economics with a focus on health, education and urban issues.

Sample of courses:

  • Managerial Economics
  • International Economics for Business
  • Labor Economics
  • Econometrics


With this concentration, you’ll learn how to evaluate the risks and rewards of a new venture, skills which can be applied to both new and existing businesses.

Sample of courses:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Startup Launch
  • Entrepreneurial Electronic Commerce
  • Business Models for Technology Ventures


Students gain a better understanding of financial assets and how to manage risks and investments.

Sample of courses:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Risk Management

Human Resource Management

Aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), this concentration is geared toward students interested in managing the people side of an organization including recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, employment law, global human resource management and managing a diverse workforce.

International Business

Get a closer look at the global business environment. If you are looking to work abroad or for a large multinational company, these courses will deepen your understanding of business on a global scale.

Sample of courses:

  • International Finance
  • International Management
  • International Business Operations
  • Global Innovation Management


This concentration focuses on mastering the knowledge to lead people and organizations with an understanding of human resource management, strategic management, leadership, managerial skills and logistics.

Sample of courses:

  • Competitive Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Negotiations
  • Organizational Design