Business Administration (MBA): Traditional Program
When you earn an MBA from Illinois State University, you’ll join a worldwide network of highly successful alumni. Whatever your career goals, we can help you take the next step forward.
We know how hard it is to balance work, family life, and school. That is why we format our courses to give you the best learning opportunity with the most flexibility possible.
In our traditional program, each class meets for 90 minutes in a live classroom setting on a weeknight. The HyFlex model allows you the option to participate face-to-face in a classroom or online. It's completely up to you. The rest is delivered online asynchronously. You do the work when it works best for you. You get ongoing live contact with your professors, but without having to be in class full-time. Balancing all the competing demands in your life just got easier.
Time to completion varies according to the course load you choose each semester.
Our student population includes working professionals, people coming straight out of undergraduate programs, and international students from around the world. This unique blend of perspectives gives you the breadth of experience you need to compete in an increasingly globalized business environment.
Simply put, nothing prepares you for your future better than an Illinois State University MBA.
Other MBA Options
STEM Program: Earn a STEM MBA as a full or part-time student with the freedom to choose your own electives.
Panama Program: We’ve partnered with Quality Leadership University to offer our MBA program to professionals working in Panama City, Panama.
Point of Pride
The College of Business is among the elite top 2 percent of business schools in the world to have both business and accounting accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program is preferred.
Reference Contact Information
Submit the names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application.
Upload your current resume that describes your professional experience.
Submit an essay that includes the following information:
- Your professional goals and how the MBA degree will help you achieve them
- An explanation of what you gained professionally and/or personally from the experiences detailed in your resume (1 -2 paragraphs)
GMAT or GRE scores are only required if your last 60 hour undergraduate GPA or graduate GPA (minimum of 9 hours) is less than 3.0.
The MBA program offers a Hyflex model. As an international student you will be asked how you plan to participate in the program:
- Fully on-campus, to maintain your immigration status, or
- Fully online, from your home country
Note: If you choose to take the program fully online, you will need to be available to attend courses synchronously during the evening hours in the Central Time zone. You will also need to agree to our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to online courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
English Proficiency Scores
The minimum score for the iBT TOEFL is 80. Alternatively, we accept an IELTS score of 6.5 or Duolingo of 105. Due to the nature of the courses, it's recommended to have a higher score to be successful.
- Spring Term — December 1
- Summer Term — April 1
- Fall Term — August 1; international students should apply no later than one month before the semester begins
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.