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Admissions Requirements

Before you begin the application process, be sure you meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution in a foreign country. For more information on comparable bachelor’s degree in the United States, visit For undergraduate degrees obtained at institutions outside the United States, please review the Graduate College’s “minimum admission requirements by country” site to determine if your degree would be accepted as a comparable bachelor's degree:

    German and Austrian applicants with an arts or science degree must attain a degree level of "Diplom" or "Magister."

    Indian applicants with a three-year arts, science, or commerce degree must present both a bachelor's and a master's degree.

    French applicants must complete a four-year "Licence," or a "Diplome" program, or a professional title beyond the "baccalaureat."

  • You must have taken the GMAT or the GRE within the last five years. For the GMAT or GRE score to be valid, you will need to gain admission before the test score expires. The GMAT score should be forwarded by Pearson Vue to the Illinois MBA (Program Code: VKRTK08). The GRE score should be forwarded to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by ETS (School Code: 1836).

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  • Work experience is weighted heavily in admissions decisions because it provides a framework for students to participate in class. At least two years of full-time, post-undergraduate experience are strongly recommended, although exceptions have been made in the cases of joint degree applicantslink: new joint degree section and applicants with compelling part-time experience. Military service may also be counted as work experience.

Non-degree applications are not accepted. Transfer courses are not accepted.

Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. To see if you qualify as a native English speaker or that you meet exemption requirements, check the University of Illinois graduate-level requirements.

The TOEFL score should be forwarded by ETS to the Illinois MBA (School Code: 1836; Program Code: 02). Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.

  • For Fall 2015 entrants, classes start on August 24, 2015, and English proficiency exams need to have been take on or after August 24, 2013.


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