At a Glance - June 28

Jul 9, 2021
Online Programs Announcements
Join us for iMSA Coffee Chats
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month to connect with other iMSA students and with the Academic Director, Oktay Urcan! Ask Oktay questions about the field of Accountancy, or just come for a great chat. No prior registration is necessary. Our next coffee chat will be on Wednesday, July 7, at 6 PM CTJoin here. 
Deadline to Drop without a W
July 6: The deadline to drop MBA 563 without a W on your transcript
July 9: The deadline to drop BADM 403 and ACCY 516 without a W on your transcript.

Please review therefund guideto understand how this will impact your tuition.
Graduating in August?
The deadline for Summer graduates to apply to graduate is July 2.  Instructions can be found on our Degree Conferral webpage.  
Upcoming MOOC Revision Reminder
Because we strive to deliver innovative and exceptional course content, several MOOCs will have significant changes for the upcoming fall semester. It is strongly recommended to not complete the following MOOCs until a new version has been launched:
BADM 520- MOOCs 1 and 2MBA 564 A and B - MOOCs 1 and 2
MBA 543 - MOOC 2     MBA 544 - MOOC 1
MBA 553 - MOOCs 1 and 2       BADM 567 - MOOCs 1 and 2
The revised versions of each MOOC will be shared here in our At a Glance weekly newsletter. If you have previously completed old versions of these MOOCs and have received the certificate, it will still be recognized. However, you should plan to watch any new video content in order to be successful in your accompanying high-engagement courses.
Looking for a new job?
Vlad Dolgopolov, Adjunct Lecturer for Gies Online, shares his expert advice for job seekers who are looking to relocate in Moneygeeks' Top U.S. Cities for Job Seekers in 2021. Explore best and worst cities to explore in the current job market, explore individual job growth indicator rankings, and compare wages to rent by checking out the article.
Fall Schedule - Now is a great time to register!
Have you selected your fall courses? Now is the time to log in to your Degree Portal and identify which courses you'll be taking in order to progress with your program! If you want to review all of the courses available this fall, you can view our course offerings page. Be sure to review your fall time ticket, which can be found in self-service. Time tickets vary, so be sure to check when you are eligible for fall registration. Courses may fill up, so be sure to register as close to your time ticket as possible. Registering for courses past the registration deadline of July 21 will result in a delay in access to your courses, and class extensions will not be given.

Over the Rainbow: Tools to Be an Authentic LGBTQ+ Ally
Thirty-one percent of Centennials and 20 percent of Millennials are identifying as LGBTQ+, yet the “alphabet soup” of letters confuses many well-meaning colleagues. In this program, we define key terms, dig into policies that affect the LGBTQ+ community, and share tools to build allies — and be an ally. Please join the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Tuesday, June 29, from 12-1 pm for this practical and humorous session led by the Equality Institute that will inspire you to become an advocate and ally of LGBTQ+ colleagues and clients. Register to attend.

Launch of Mergers & Acquisitions Specialization
Gies Online Programs is committed to expanding course offerings, and in April 2021, we shared with you the development of a new Mergers & Acquisitions specialization, launching in March 2022. It is with great excitement that we share course details with you about this specialization.

Finance of Mergers & Acquisitions 
Heitor Almeida, Stanley C and Joan J Golder Chair in Corporate Finance and Academic Director of iMBA  
4 credit hours, launching March 2022  
Subsequent course offering: each October term, starting October 2022 

In this course, you will learn to value and price M&A deals and how to choose the optimal financing mix for an M&A deal. The course will also deepen your understanding of financial modeling and capital structure, both in theory and practice. It is important to have a basic notion of Statistics and be comfortable with quantitatively focused work before beginning this course. 

Accounting for Mergers & Acquisitions and Other Complex Transactions 
Oktay Urcan, Associate Professor of Accountancy and Fred & Virginia Roedgers Faculty Fellow in Accountancy and Academic Director of iMSA 
4 credit hours, launching May 2022 
Subsequent course offering: each January, starting January 2023 

This course focuses on the use of financial accounting to express the economic realities of complex organizations, as well as the deal structures and transactions that shape the design of these organizations. It is strongly recommended to complete Finance of Mergers & Acquisitions before beginning this course. 

Application of Investment Banking Concepts  
Rob Metzger, Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance  
4 credit hours, launching August 2022 
Subsequent course offering: each March, starting March 2023 

The third course in the M&A specialization, this course is focused on the world of Mergers & Acquisitions. In this course, you will be working on a real-life investment banking case assignment, and create a pitch book that simulates the work product that a Wall Street investment banking firm. Prior to beginning this course, you must complete Finance of Mergers & Acquisitions and Finances of Mergers & Acquisitions; a formal pre-requisite will be enforced.  
It is strongly recommended to complete Finance of Mergers & Acquisitions before completing Accounting for Mergers & Acquisitions and Other Complex Transactions. Both courses must be completed before completing Application of Investment Banking Concepts; a formal pre-requisite will be enforced. To be successful in this specialization, it is critical to have the appropriate basic knowledge of statistics, corporate finance, and financial accounting. Completing FIN 584 and ACCY 501 before beginning this specialization will set you up for the best path to success.

iMSA Coffee Chats
July 7, August 4 at 6 PM CT.Join here. 
Independence Day Observation
July 5
University holiday.