Students Say

With its “incredibly affordable tuition and access to a Tier One research university,” the MBA program at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business “provides the best value for the cost. It offers a top-quality education for a fraction of the cost of Northwestern or University of Chicago.” The MBA candidates at the school value “the flexibility of an evening” or weekend program since many of them are “currently employed and trying to balance it all.” They also rave about the business school’s “strong” entrepreneurship department which “will soon put Liautaud on the map.” Many highlight the “excellent programs like Technology Ventures Program on experience.”

Overview

Applicants
291
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.53
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT
530 - 630
GPA
3.08 - 3.70

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
June 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Overall

Students Say

With its “incredibly affordable tuition and access to a Tier One research university,” the MBA program at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business “provides the best value for the cost. It offers a top-quality education for a fraction of the cost of Northwestern or University of Chicago.” The MBA candidates at the school value “the flexibility of an evening” or weekend program since many of them are “currently employed and trying to balance it all.” They also rave about the business school’s “strong” entrepreneurship department which “will soon put Liautaud on the map.” Many highlight the “excellent programs like Technology Ventures Program on experience.” Liautaud’s many academic assets also include its Professional Topics courses, which are “two-hour courses that focus on current topics.” One student explains, “I took ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ last fall, and it has been a major springboard for me. We had real practitioners visit class and we engaged with them, solving a business ‘problem’ of theirs throughout the course. It changed the way I thought a business needs to run.”

Students across the board are quite satisfied with their professors who “are world-class researchers in their fields” and who “stand [out] for their passion for teaching and encouraging creativity.” These “professors effectively prompt feedback from students, who often engage in constructive debate.” Students consider themselves “lucky to have professors of diverse backgrounds.” One particularly impressed student shares, “It’s exciting when you turn on the TV and see your professor being interviewed about Al Capone’s finances right on the History Channel. It’s even more exciting when he integrates this topic into his classroom lecture.” Students generally feel that the learning experience at the school is supported and enhanced by their classmates because “many work full-time at large companies and provide great experience[s] to discuss in class.” One student notes, “I also appreciate that UIC requires prior work experience, so we are surrounded by other bright peers that can offer insight from their own experiences at work.” While overall satisfied with their course work, professors, and peers, the students at Liautaud are less enamored with their facilities. These concerns were addressed when Douglas Hall opened in 2011. This fully-renovated building is designed for business education with state of the art technology resources.


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
110

35
Female
31
Minority

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Interdisciplinary Product Development

Technology Ventures Program


Social Value Creation

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Sustainable Business Management - Aligning the elements of the Triple Bottom Line (profits, people and planet) to improve the sustainability of organizations. Focuses on identifying opportunities and obstacles and navigating through the external environment to make the most of an organization's assets.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview

Career Rating
86
Average Starting Salary
$74,335

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
54%
Graduate Facilitated
26%
School Facilitiated
20%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
54%
Graduate Facilitated
26%
School Facilitiated
20%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

31%
Marketing
29%
General Management
14%
Finance/Accounting
11%
Consulting
6%
Operations/Logistics
6%
Information Technology
3%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

71%
Midwest
9%
West
6%
South
6%
Southwest
3%
International
3%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 31% $75,000 $76,944 $60,000 $100,000
General Management 29% $65,000 $74,824 $40,000 $115,000
Finance / Accounting 14% $58,125 $58,601 $45,000 $73,152
Consulting 11% $100,000 $91,300 $65,000 $108,900
Information Technology 6%
Operations / Logistics 6%
Other 3%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 17% $72,500 $76,583 $65,000 $100,000
Financial Services 14% $84,450 $82,225 $45,000 $115,000
Manufacturing 14% $75,000 $75,600 $65,000 $93,000
Consumer Products 9%
Non-profit 9%
Technology 9% $65,000 $71,667 $60,000 $90,000
Government 6%
Media / Entertainment 6%
Petroleum / Energy 3%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 3%
Real Estate 3%

Prominent Alumni

Axel Strotbek
CFO, Audi AG

Kevin Tobin
CEO Marsh Private Client Services

Mary Szela
CEO, Melinta Therapeutics

James Hussey
President, Sagent Pharmaceuticals

Kay Schwichtenberg
President, Wellmark Intl., Inc.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 30

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$19,766
Tuition (Out-State)
$31,764
Fees (In-State)
$3,932
Fees (Out-State)
$3,932

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$831
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,331
Fees (In-State)
$211
Fees (Out-State)
$211

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$12,970
Academic Expenses
$1,499

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
248
Out of State
11%

In State
100%
Foreign Countries Represented
93

Demographics

23.00%
Minorities
31.00%
International

55% female
45% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The reputation of Liautaud’s MBA program along with the allure of Chicago attracts students ranging “from helicopter pilots to surgeons, and consultants to bankers.” The mix also includes “mid-career types [who] are attending classes part-time” and “students raised in India and China [who] are having their first U.S. experience at UIC.”

One student proclaims, “These are down-to-earth people who are future entrepreneurs and the people that keep Chicago’s small- to mid-size businesses going.” Described as “competitive, bright, caring, social, and heartwarmingly nerdy,” these students “group within their concentrations and have many opportunities to network outside of class.” “There several active student organizations, including Net Impact and the MBAA” on campus.

Despite the many opportunities to socialize and network, it can sometimes be a challenge for Liautaud sudents to meet up in person. “All classes are held in the evenings so students have to make a deliberate effort to schedule time to get involved,” observes one student. In addition, “most graduate students live off campus, and many have full-time jobs. This means that group collaboration occurs mostly online.” Given its high population of commuters, students are pleased that “the campus itself is in a great spot for commuters from around Chicago, just west of downtown. And there are great places to eat nearby.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Caroline La Torre
Director of Recruiting and Enrollment

Address
601 South Morgan
MC 077, University Hall 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone
312-996-4573

Email
lgsb@uic.edu