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iMBA Specialization for CEE Students

The College of Engineering collaborates with the Gies College of Business to provide engineering students access to the iMBA program, the Illinois MBA program offered entirely online. Graduate students in CEE can apply for a limited number of available seats in a selected iMBA specialization for the academic year. Accepted students will be eligible to complete one of the core specializations in the iMBA program, Value Chain Management, with no additional tuition or fee costs.

Upon completion of the specialization, students will earn a certificate and 12 hours of credit that can be applied to an iMBA degree, which students can apply for and continue after their MS or PhD degree in CEE. The credit cannot be used toward their CEE degree.

The Value Chain Management specialization focuses on managerial accounting, process management, and marketing. Selected students should expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week on three 8-week classes, two in the fall semester and one in the spring semester, and the specialization also includes completion of a two-week capstone project in the spring semester. Courses are offered online, and students view course content via the Coursera platform and participate in live sessions with business school faculty. Courses in this specialization are transcriptable, and the certifiate awarded signifies completion of the specialization but is not shown on the transcript.

Program Details

  • Full-time graduate students in CEE are eligible (30 seats are available)*
  • Specialization can be completed with no additional tuition or fees; students are required to purchase course materials
  • iMBA courses are online
  • Applications are due June 15

For more information contact:

Meg C. Griffin
Assistant Director for Graduate Programs
Phone: (217) 333-3921

*If there are seats available, students who graduate in December will be considered for the program for the fall semester only. Students will have to complete the specialization at their own expense in the spring semester; see the iMBA website for tuition and fee information.