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Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers its students an opportunity to build and develop skills to become leaders in today's organizations. The program fosters enhanced group dynamics, development of important support systems, and valuable team experiences.

The Illinois State MBA also enables students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Courses requiring group projects, presentations and reports provide opportunities for students to enhance their learning experience by collaborating with peers coming from a diverse range of academic, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Class sizes are kept small giving ample opportunity for interaction of peers as well as the faculty members teaching each course, further enhancing the individualized attention students have come to expect at Illinois State University.

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 official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying for this program must:

  • have 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
  • submit names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application
  • submit a current resume, describing your professional experience
  • submit an essay addressing the following topics:
    • explain your professional goals and how the MBA degree will help you achieve them
    • write a paragraph or two describing what you gained professionally and/or personally from the experiences detailed on your resume
  • submit official GMAT scores
  • choose one of the following options:
    • Traditional MBA Program (regular full-time or part-time on-campus program)
    • Corporate MBA Program (non-traditional weekend program) Prior to selecting this option, visit the MBA website for program details and dates for the new cohort enrollment.

The minimum score for the iBT TOEFL (or its equivalent) is 80 or above, though the program recommends a score of 90 or better. The IELTS will be considered in place of the TOEFL.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Spring  December 1 
Summer  April 1 
Fall  July 1 

Graduate Assistantship Information

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

Cost & Funding

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 continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Timothy Longfellow  State Farm Hall of Business 201  (309) 438-8388 
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