Admissions Requirements

Fall 2019 PMBA Application Deadlines:

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2019 cohort. Applications are reviewed as they are received.  The earlier you apply, the earlier your application will be reviewed for admission.  Apply Now!

Early application deadline – Saturday, March 30* 
First round deadline- Wednesday, May 1
Second round deadline- Saturday, June 1
Final deadline- Monday, July 1

*Early application is recommended for Community Leader Scholarship applicants

All applicants to the Professional MBA must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have earned 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. If you are concerned that your degree may not meet the requirements for admission, we encourage you to call our office at (217) 244-7602 to discuss your situation.
  • We do not require a standardized test score for admission to the Professional MBA, but each applicant has the option of submitting a GMAT or GRE score for a test taken within five years of the proposed date of enrollment.

    For applicants choosing to submit a GMAT score, the score should be forwarded by Pearson Vue to the Illinois Gies MBA School Code VKRTK76. The GRE score should be sent by ETS to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School Code 1836.

  • English Proficiency Requirement: A TOEFL or IELTS SCORE may be required if you completed your post-secondary education in a country where English is not the primary language. However you may qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver, Please contact our office at (217) 244-7602 to discuss your situation and to see if you qualify for an exemption.
  • The TOEFL score should be forwarded by ETS to the Illinois MBA – School Code 1836; Department Code: 02.
  • The IELTS score should be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Applicants to the Professional MBA program are expected to be full-time working professionals. Please contact the admissions office at (217) 244-7602 if you are not fully employed but would still like to be considered for admission to the Professional MBA.

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

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Tuition & Fees

You know the value of a good education, and you know the value of your dollar—two of the many reasons to choose the Professional MBA. For Illinois state residents, the Professional MBA is one of the best bargains around. Nonresidents also benefit by getting an excellent education at a reasonable cost.

Tuition/Fee Breakdown by Semester

Tuition and fees are subject to change. The tuition figures found here are based on 2019-2020 tuition rates. Ongoing tuition could increase as much as 10%. The living allowance, books/supplies, and other expenses are only estimates. Please note that financial aid may not be approved for the total expense level, especially those exceeding the non-resident levels.

Tuition/Fees Spring 2019 Start

Scholarships & Financial Aid

An MBA is an investment in both career and future success. We are happy to offer scholarship opportunities to help alleviate cost. We also encourage students to contact their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available. Students still needing funding often qualify for loans and financial aid.


Community Leader Scholarships

The Illinois Gies PMBA program will be offering ten $10,000 Community Leader Scholarships to the August 2019 cohort. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply in the first round for consideration and upload an optional essay explaining your involvement in your community. Merit-based scholarships are also available for candidates based on academics, work experience, and other unique experience.

Merit Scholarships

All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards ranging from $2,500 to full tuition.

Corporate Match Scholarship

We will match company sponsorships up to $2,500 per year. If you are interested in the company match sponsorship program, please submit a letter from your company stating the amount or percentage it is willing to sponsor in your application.

Student loans

There are a number of sources for student loans:

Federal Student Loans are available to citizens and permanent residents of the United States. The annual amount available from FAFSA is $18,500. The FAFSA application can be completed online.

MBA Loans is a private program offered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The program is available to all students. International students must have a co-signer who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Get more information online or call 888-440-4MBA.

Personal Loans are available through CitiAssist® Loans and other private companies.

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Helpful Links

Here are some additional useful links to help you find other sources of funding for your graduate degree:

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