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Master of Business Administration, iMBA

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  • 24 months
The Master of Business Administration (iMBA) offered by Coursera in partnership with the University of Illinois features live global classrooms via web conferencing, team projects, and personal interaction with professors during virtual office hours.


Students in the Master of Business Administration (iMBA) offered by Coursera in partnership with the University of Illinois earn the same high-quality MBA degree that on-campus students have been earning for decades--but without needing to put career or family life on hold. Students achieve business mastery, gain lifelong leadership skills, and build a global network as they work alongside fellow students and faculty.


The iMBA helps prepare students for an even more successful career. Below are a few highlights that help capture how the iMBA program can improve and expand your career.

A Massive Global Network

Graduates of the iMBA become one of over 425k global alumni in the Illinois network. The iMBA program itself has students from over 90 countries and 46 U.S. states. You will connect with these students in the high-engagement portion of the iMBA program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Strategic Leadership and Management
  • Managerial Economics and Business Analysis
  • Value Chain Management
  • Financial Management 
  • Global Challenges in Business
  • Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Program cohorts begin in January and August of each year. Open courses are available to start throughout the year.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      24-36 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or US equivalent: You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution in a foreign country.
  • You must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of undergraduate study.
  • 3 years professional work experience: All students are expected to have at least three or more years of rich, valuable operational or managerial experience.
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation: Each applicant is required to submit three letters of recommendation. 

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21384 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21384 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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