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The low in-state tuition and access to the resources of a large university have made the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s MBA program a popular one. That means getting into popular courses can be difficult, especially highly desired electives seen as “much more interesting” than the sometimes “very elementary” basic business courses. These electives, which have “excellent professors and course material,” is where UI shines. Students at UI are encouraged to tailor their MBA to their own career goals. In year two, students take sixteen credits of electives and sixteen credits towards a concentration in fields like marketing, finance, information technology, or general management. The “relentless coursework” —one student referred to it as “a proving ground” —is balanced by a “terrific staff” who “care about students doing well and make themselves available to everyone for additional support.”

Developing not only your skills but also your ability to use those skills after school is a priority for many professors here. “Overall, the professors here take an interest in students beyond class work and will offer their support in a career search and personal learning and growth.” Indeed, “the school provides ample opportunities for students to get as involved as they’d like. There are several out of the classroom opportunities to gain experience (case competitions, leadership roles, work experience, consulting).” That experience is not limited to working with business leaders in the region, either. “The international opportunities here for MBAs are outstanding. Every student is given the opportunity to do at least one global consulting project that includes travel to a foreign country. Some students are able to travel to two or more countries related to their studies.”

Though professors here are almost universally praised, the administration “has a lot of room for improvement,” especially with regard to “inefficient” communication with students—though others note that the administration is clearly “concerned about student needs.” Overall, “in addition to peerless international immersion opportunities, the University of Illinois provides a close-knit, family-like atmosphere that is simply not matched by any other MBA program, public or private.”

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