Admission Requirements

All applicants are expected to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.00) for the last two years of undergraduate study and a 3.0 for any previous graduate work completed. The applicant must have completed at least one college-level quantitative methods class. All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 103 (iBT), 254 (CBT), or 611 (PBT); or minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic exam scores of 7.0 overall and 6.0 in all subsections. For a PDF version of the application requirements and FAQ, please click here.

Application Instructions:

Applications are submitted online via the Graduate College website. You will need to create an account before you begin your application; their website has application instructions that you may find helpful.

Only complete applications are eligible for review. You will be able to save your application and return to it if necessary. A completed application includes the following documents to be entered and/or uploaded into the application:

  • Résumé
  • Statement of Interest Essay
    • What are your career aspirations upon graduation and how will the MSM degree help you achieve your professional goals?
    • How will your background benefit you in this program as well as the other students in the class?
    • Briefly detail past extracurricular/community involvement, the responsibilities you had and the benefit(s) you gained from each.
    • What are your three greatest strengths and how will you leverage these to support your learning outcomes and professional objectives?
    • What is one personal attribute or characteristic about yourself that you would like to improve?
    • Tell us something about yourself that isn’t on your resume that the admission committee will find interesting or entertaining about you as a person.
    • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY: For International students seeking employment in the US: Realizing that the U.S. job market is extremely competitive and challenging, if unable to secure employment in the U.S., what is your alternative plan?
  • Essay 2
    • How do you envision the business world will be 20 years from now? What will change and what will remain the same? You can make your answer as broad or as narrow as you would like. Limit your response to 400 words.
  • Optional Essay
    • If you feel you need to explain an area of your application or if you have something you would like to share that was not addressed elsewhere in the application, you may upload an optional essay as supporting documentation. Please note that no preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay. (400-word maximum, double-spaced)
  • Unofficial Transcripts. The unofficial transcripts must include a transcript legend, grade scale or grade criteria. If an offer of admission is made, Official Transcript(s) is/are required to be submitted upon arrival to campus.
  • Degree Certificate/Diploma If an offer of admission is made, the final Official Transcripts and the Official Degree Certificate(s)/Diploma are required to be submitted upon arrival to campus.
  • (3) Letters of Recommendation. Enter the name and email address of 3 recommenders. The application system will send emails to the Recommenders and request their electronic submission.
  • Online Application/ fee payment (you must use a credit card to pay on-line)

International Applicants must also include:

  • English Language Test Score TOEFL (from ETS) or IELTS score: You must have a score of 103 or higher on the TOEFL exam, or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS to be considered for the program. TOEFL scores must be sent to the U of I directly from ETS using Institution Code: 1836, Department Code: 00. For IELTS scores, you should upload a copy of your score card. All non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS for consideration into the program, regardless of work experience, institution attended for Bachelor’s degree or other exemptions.
  • Declaration & Certification of Finances form Print, complete and upload.
  • Instructions for
    • Bank statements
    • Financial affidavit or sponsorship letter (if applicable)
  • Copy of passport information and photo, including dependents if applicable.

Upload all application materials into the Graduate Application.

For additional information and/or questions:

Email: msm@business.illinois.edu
Telephone: +1-217-244-9202
Fax: +1-217-244-7969