iMSM Degree Requirements

Preparation is key to your success in this program. Your iMSM degree is designed to be completed in 1 to 2 years. In that time, you will complete 36 credit hours over 9 to 10 courses. For successful completion of this program, all iMSM students are required to:

  • Complete 36 Credit Hours
    Comprised of 24 credit hours of required courses and 12 credit hours of electives.
  • Complete Degree within 2 Years
    The clock starts with your first degree admission term (time spent as a non-degree and PAT student is not counted). Our program is designed to take 1 to 2 years to complete.
  • Earn a Cumulative GPA of 2.75
    This is the minimum GPA required to maintain good academic standing in each term and to graduate. Students who fall below this standard will be placed on academic probation. You will be dismissed by the Grad College if this happens in two consecutive terms.

Core and Specializations

As mentioned above, we break our courses down into required courses and electives.

Required Core Courses

ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting
BADM 508: Leadership and Teams
  • Illinois Component: Develops and integrates fundamental behavioral concepts and theory having administrative applications; initially focuses on the individual decision maker and ultimately includes interpersonal, organizational, and social structures and influences; and develops strategies and methods of research on behavioral applications in business. 
  • Coursera Components: Foundations of Everyday Leadership and Applications of Everyday Leadership.
  • 4 credit hours; 8 weeks length 
BADM 544: Strategic Management
  • Illinois Component: Introduces concepts useful in understanding marketing systems and buyer behavior in addition to developing skills in making marketing decisions; the orientation is primarily managerial and uses examples from both business and non-business contexts.  
  • Coursera Components: Business Strategy and Corporate Strategy.
  • 4 credit hours; 8 weeks length 
BADM 567: Process Management
  • Illinois Component: Introductory course in decision-making problems in production; includes the theoretical foundations for production management as well as the applications of decision-making techniques to production problems in the firm; and considers production processes, plant layout, maintenance, scheduling, quality control, and production control in particular.
  • Coursera Components: Operations Management and Process Improvement.
  • 4 credit hours; 8 weeks length 
BADM 520: Marketing Management
  • Illinois Component: Introduces concepts useful in understanding marketing systems and buyer behavior in addition to developing skills in making marketing decisions; the orientation is primarily managerial and uses examples from both business and non-business contexts.
  • Coursera Components: Marketing Management I and Marketing Management II.
  • 4 credit hours; 8 weeks length 
FIN 500: Introduction to Finance

Elective Options

With the remaining 12 credit hours, students can customize their degree by taking the following elective courses. Students need to be sure that they take a total of 12 credit hours. Note that the * next to a course indicates a 2 credit hour course instead of the standard 4 credit hour course.

  • ACCY 500:  Financial Accounting
  • BADM 509:  Managing Organizations
  • BADM 589:  Project Management
  • MBA 546:  Global Business Horizons
  • MBA 547:  Global Impact: Cultural Psychology & Business Ethics
  • MBA 548:  Global Strategy
  • MBA 562:  Introduction to Data: Communicating with Data*
  • MBA 561:  Introduction to Data: Data & the Firm*
  • MBA 565: Infonomics

Specialization Options

Instead of customizing your electives you can choose one of the three specialization options listed below. The courses are thematically paired together. Please note that these paths are only suggested course pairings—they are not transcriptable and will not appear on your degree as a concentration.

Option 1: Business Value and Project Management:

  • ACCY 500:  Accounting Measurement, Reporting, and Control (Financial Accounting)
  • BADM 509:  Managing Organizations
  • BADM 589:  Project Management

Option 2: Global Business Challenges:

  • MBA 546:  Global Business Horizons
  • MBA 547:  Global Impact: Cultural Psychology & Business Ethics
  • MBA 548:  Global Strategy

Option 3: Business Data Management and Communication:

  • ACCY 500: Financial Accounting
  • MBA 562:  Introduction to Data: Communicating with Data*
  • MBA 561:  Introduction to Data: Data & the Firm*
  • MBA 565: Infonomics

*Denotes a 2 credit hour course

iMSM Degree Planning Resources

Your degree plan is an important step that will give you a road map toward graduation. Our dedicated Student & Academic Success Specialists will work with you throughout your iMSM journey to help you plan a degree path that will meet your professional and personal needs. For this reason, it is always a good idea to submit your degree plan to a specialist for review.

Spring 2021 “How to Create Your Degree Plan” Live Sessions

Our team of specialists are excited to offer the March 2021 cohort of iMSM students the opportunity to attend one of our live sessions to learn how to access, use, and apply the degree planning tool. The live sessions will provide resources, course recommendations, and a step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate the degree planning tool to help you build a degree plan that works for you.

Register for the degree planning live session below.

iMSM March 2021 Cohort Live Session Registration

May 2021 iMSM student? We will be holding more live sessions for your cohort once courses begin in May. Dates and Registration will be forthcoming.

Not able to attend a live session? No worries! You can still use our helpful resources below, and if you have questions please email i-support@illinois.edu.

iMSM Degree Planning Resources

iMSM Sample Plans
These documents cover options for a 1-, 2-year plan.

Annual iMSM Course Offerings
For your convenience, we provide you with an Annual View of iMSM Course Offerings to give you a good idea of when our courses are offered throughout the year.

iMSM Degree Planner
Download this excel sheet to help plan your course schedule.