Master of Business Administration

Accelerate your career with an MBA from the UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School.

An MBA from UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School offers you the flexibility to pursue your MBA in a format that best suits your needs. You’ll earn a degree that is tailored to your specific interests and gain the hard and soft skills that will set you apart. The program is ranked #65 by U.S. News & World Report.

MBA Programs

The UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School offers MBA programs designed to support your academic and professional development. With classes offered in the daytime, evenings and on weekends, you can find the option that best fits your needs.
  • Full-Time, Accelerated MBA

    • On-campus cohort program with daytime classes
    • Finish in three semesters
    • Build a strong career network
  • Weekend MBA

    • Two-year cohort program
    • Meets on Saturdays
    • Ideal for working professionals
  • Flexible MBA Program

    • Set your own pace (full- or part-time)
    • Take classes at night, online or on Saturdays
    • Finish in as little as 18 months

Spring 2020 Admission Deadlines

Summer 2020 Admission Deadlines

BA 520 Improv and Leadership

Using improvisational theatre techniques taught in workshop exercise of graduating difficulty, this course creates a safe laboratory for students to experiment with the elements of their own executive presence.

MBA 590 Web Analytics

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of web analytics, including metrics like web traffic and how long customers spend at pages. Students will learn to use Google’s online and offline software tools.

MBA 590 Social Entrepreneurs Leading Change

The aim of this course is to study “the triple bottom line.” Social enterprises utilize the business itself to serve as a vehicle for social change. As business leaders, social entrepreneurs want to improve the common good and solve a social problem.

In Their Own Words

Christian Guerrero, UIC MBA 2016

“The Liautaud experience has been phenomenal. As a part of the Accelerated Cohort MBA program, I appreciate the connections I’m developing with my classmates, laying down a solid foundation for my career network.”

Christian Guerrero, American Medical Association  |  MBA '16

Earning Your MBA

Learn more about our MBA Program.

Credits and Courses

The MBA program is 54 credits in length composed of 26 credits of core courses and 28 credits of electives. Your core courses introduce the fundamental concepts needed to understand the many facets of a complex organization and provide a foundation for further, more in-depth functional business study.

The core curriculum consists of the following seven courses:

  • Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (4 credits)
  • Marketing (4 credits)
  • Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • Operations Management (4 credits)
  • Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • Enterprise Strategy (capstone course, 2 credits)

Tuition

UIC Business is a public research university, so tuition and fees vary by residency. Also, because our programs offer flexible options, our tuition varies based on the number of classes you are taking each semester. To calculate your tuition and fees, please visit the Tuition Information page.

Don’t forget, UIC Liautaud offers graduate assistantships, scholarships and partial tuition waivers. Ask an admissions representative about the many options we offer to help you afford your education.

Concentrations

Accounting

Accounting is the language of business. With this concentration, you’ll learn how to maintain the financial health of an organization.

Sample of courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Taxes and Business Policy

Business Analytics

This concentration trains students in the use of data and models for business decisions, and how to leverage ‘big’ data and analytics for competitive advantage. MBA students with the Business Analytics concentration are prepared to meet demand in one of the most rapidly expanding fields in business.

Sample of courses:

  • Business Data Mining
  • Data Visualization
  • Social Media and Network Analysis
  • Analytics Strategy and Practice
  • Statistical Models and Methods for Business Analytics

Economics

Economics gives you an in-depth look at what drives businesses and consumers. This concentration focuses on applied economics with a focus on health, education and urban issues.

Sample of courses:

  • Managerial Economics
  • International Economics for Business
  • Labor Economics
  • Econometrics

Entrepreneurship

With this concentration, you’ll learn how to evaluate the risks and rewards of a new venture, skills which can be applied to both new and existing businesses.

Sample of courses:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Startup Launch
  • Entrepreneurial Electronic Commerce
  • Business Models for Technology Ventures

Finance

Students will gain a better understanding of financial assets and how to manage risks and investments.

Sample of courses:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Risk Management

International Business

Get a closer look at the global business environment. If you are looking to work abroad or for a large multinational company, these courses will deepen your understanding of business on a global scale.

Sample of courses:

  • International Finance
  • International Management
  • International Business Operations
  • Global Innovation Management

Management

This concentration will equip the knowledge to lead people and organizations with an understanding of human resource management, strategic management, leadership, managerial skills and logistics.

Sample of courses:

  • Competitive Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Negotiations
  • Organizational Design

Management Information Systems

With a concentration in MIS, you’ll learn how to design and manage information and IT systems in ways that have a direct impact on strategy and operational decisions.

Sample of courses:

  • Information Systems Strategy and Policy
  • Innovation and Technology Change
  • Enterprise Information Infrastructure and Security
  • Audit and Control of Information Systems
  • Enterprise Application Development

Marketing

Students in this concentration develop a strong understanding of the entire marketing process in business from research and product development to communications planning and measurement.

Sample of courses:

  • Marketing Communication and Promotional Strategy
  • Marketing Channels Management
  • Product Planning
  • Services Marketing

Operations and Supply-Chain Management

MBA students in this concentration study the strategic management and operation of global supply chains, the flow of goods and services and complex business processes.

Sample of Courses

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Global Sourcing and Logistics Managing Service Operations
  • Quality Control and Lean Process Management
  • Revenue Management

Real Estate

Combining economics, finance, and urban planning students gain a full perspective of the field of real estate with an emphasis in urban real estate markets using metropolitan Chicago as a working laboratory.

Sample of Courses

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Urban Real Estate and Land Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Investments

Self-Directed

If the other concentrations don’t fit the career path you are building, work with an adviser to develop one.

Program Faculty

Study Abroad Programs

Interested in studying outside of the United States? UIC Business offers several opportunities to study abroad.

Doing Business in Brazil

Doing Business in Brazil is a two-week course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, considered one of the top business schools in South America. This English-language course covers Brazilian and South American business issues, the political and social climate, national culture, consumer marketing and Mercosur. MBA students receive four elective credits for participating in the program.

Know Europe

Know Europe is a four-week course, through the ESC Normandy. Study is organized in Brussels, Belgium; Haarlem, Amsterdam; Paris, Le Havre and Caen, France; and Barcelona, Spain. Professors are drawn from Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. The program includes meetings with local businesses, field visits to seats of European government and presentations on major aspects of European administration and culture. MBA students receive six elective credits for participating in the program.

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