The UIS MBA is the only U of I on-campus MBA program in the heart of the state. The in-person format allows students to tap into local networking opportunities and forge strong relationships with colleagues and faculty through experiential learning. The program’s 8-week course format allows students to finish a degree in as little as one year, or longer if desired.

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The MBA is a blended format that consists of 10 courses–7 core courses and 3 electives. Most core courses meet weeknights on the UIS campus. Electives are offered in various ways, including online MBA programs, blended, and on-campus–weeknights and weekends. Flexibility allows students to be full or part-time. You can find details about the courses, degree requirements, and more on the MBA catalog page.

Add a Certificate

With no extra coursework, an on-campus MBA student can add a Graduate Certificate.  (Apply for the graduate certificate in the MBA application or add a certificate later with a Change of Curriculum Form.)

Graduate Intern Programs

Lionel Harden with his GPSI supervisor
Lionel Harden with his GPSI supervisor at the
Illinois Dept. of Central Management Services,
Office of Rapid Results.

On-campus MBA students may apply to the Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) and Graduate Assistantship programs. (Please note that online MBA students are NOT eligible to participate in these programs). These programs provide tuition and stipends while students work 20 hours per week and enroll as full-time students. Read about MBA students who are currently participating.

What can you do with an MBA degree? You decide!

Cathy Strukely
Cathy Strukely, Manager,
Communications and Digital Services,
Memorial Health Systems, MBA, 2018

The MBA is perhaps the most versatile graduate degree in the world. Recent UIS alumni are currently building successful careers at:

  • Ameren
  • Archer Daniels Midland Co.
  • Bank of Springfield
  • City of Springfield
  • Hickory Point Bank
  • Horace Mann
  • Memorial Health System
  • Reynolds
  • State Farm Insurance
  • SIU School of Medicine
  • State of Illinois

The UIS Career Development Center has many resources including specific MBA information.

MBA Program Learning Outcomes

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