The caliber and drive of your fellow students are just as critical to your success as the top-notch faculty who teach in the program. While faculty set the stage, your classmates will propel your learning forward, especially because of the importance of study teams.
University of Illinois Executive MBA students are typically mid- to senior-level professionals from a variety of industry and service-sector backgrounds. Our students work in a wide range of industries and for a diverse set of organizations, including internationally recognized FORTUNE 500 firms, small- and medium-sized businesses, including new start-ups, non-profits, and government entities.
At ILLINOIS, you'll gain knowledge from the collective contributions of your impressive peers. In addition, from September through April both first- and second-year Executive MBA students attend classes on the same weekends, so you'll have the opportunity to learn from students one year ahead of as well as one year behind you. Naturally, you'll form friendships with many of your professors and fellow students, who will remain a vital network of support throughout your career.
We typically look for students with ten years or more of work experience; the class overall averages more than thirteen years of post-baccalaureate work. In exceptional cases, we may admit a less-experienced student with promise, but all students are required to have a minimum of at least seven years of professional experience.
When reviewing your application, we look carefully at your reasons for seeking this degree and the goals you have set for yourself. We evaluate your transcripts and letters of recommendation and from that assess your fit and potential. We place emphasis on your past work experiences and the diversity your experiences would bring to the classroom and your fellow students. Generally, we do not require a GMAT or other standardized test score. Our experience over the years with this type of seasoned professional is that the GMAT is not always an insightful measure of their true capability. For some applicants though, the GMAT may provide information important to a particular applicant. In these cases the admissions committee may ask a candidate to sit for this exam.