University of Illinois Executive MBA students are a diverse group of seasoned executives. There is no single demographic that describes a typical student. On average though, our students are in their mid- to late-30s although some students choose to start our program in their 50s. Their educational backgrounds are extremely diverse. Nearly all students have a four-year US-equivalent baccalaureate spanning a range of disciplines from anthropology to business to engineering to zoology. On occasion, those with exceptional potential that can be demonstrated in other ways but without an undergraduate degree are considered for admission. All students are expected to have years of rich, valuable managerial or operational experience in their respective firms. That experience is critical when we consider a candidate for admission for that background enriches the learning experience for all students and faculty in the classroom.

After the various application checklist items are submitted, your materials are reviewed by our admissions staff. If your case is advanced for further consideration, the next step is to complete a personal interview. Hopefully your interview will coincide with a class weekend, an important opportunity for you to see the Program in action as you weigh whether the University of Illinois Executive MBA is the right fit for you.


The following is required of prospective students:

  • A minimum 7 years of business experience (the typical student has about 12-15 years of post-baccalaureate experience)
  • Company sponsorship letter
  • Completed application and three letters of recommendation
  • A successful personal interview
  • A commitment to pursue The Executive MBA with a high level of motivation and to set aside at least 15-20 hours per week for study time

Decision Dates

Admittance into the Executive MBA Program is very competitive and we encourage you to submit your application early. The Admissions Committee meets on the 15th of each month to review completed applications. The Program uses a "rolling admissions" process. This means the earlier your application is considered the greater opportunity the admissions committee has to consider your case.