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Corporate MBA

UIC Business Corporate MBA (CMBA) programs are designed to meet the needs of professionals looking to further their careers by earning an MBA degree from an AACSB-accredited program in one year.

Building on our strengths as a major research university and our location near the heart of Chicago’s business district, the CMBA program at the University of Illinois Chicago provides the opportunity to learn the latest business theories in an environment where the application and practice of business are closely integrated into studies.

Areas of Focus Heading link

Strategic and International Business Management

The Strategic and International Business Management (SIM) track shapes future global business leaders by equipping them with the advanced strategic knowledge and skills they need to operate effectively in today’s competitive global business environment. Advanced course curriculum in global business and strategy engages students through case studies, simulations, and discussions, preparing students for successful international careers.

Financial Markets and Asset Management

The Financial Markets and Asset Management (FMAM) track furthers careers of current and aspiring financial professionals by enhancing their understanding of financial markets, asset management, and the operation of financial institutions in the dynamic global economy. Drawing on the resources of Chicago’s world renowned financial hub, the program provides up-to-date knowledge in the theory and practice of financial markets and asset management.

Management of Healthcare

Leveraging the ideal location of UIC in the center of Illinois Medical District and its established resources in public health education, the Management of Healthcare (MOH) track trains executives and managers to be effective in the pivotal healthcare industry. Insightful class discussions and field trips to local hospitals not only develop students’ core competencies in leadership and management, but also enhances their understanding of healthcare services, policies and administration.

Commodities, Exchanges and Derivatives

The Commodities, Exchanges and Derivatives (CED) track benefits from the location of UIC in the city of Chicago, the origin and center of financial derivatives—including commodities markets.  The program provides rigorous theoretical training, industry exposure and the most advanced technology in the field. It equips students with a depth and breadth of knowledge and skill sets within the area of commodities, exchanges and derivatives.

Business Analytics

A focus in Business Analytics equips students with the business knowledge and analytics skills required for evidence-based and data-driven decisions to achieve efficient business operations, superior organizational performance, and effective management in industry. The cutting-edge curriculum seamlessly integrates core courses in functional areas of business with advanced courses in data visualization, statistical modeling, data mining, and analytics strategies and practices.

Degree Requirements Heading link

The CMBA program is completed with a minimum of 54 credit hours in length composed of 26 credits of core courses and at least 28 credits of advanced courses. Core courses introduce the fundamental concepts needed to understand the many facets of a complex business or organization and lays a foundation for advanced study. Advanced coursework includes at least 12 credits in cohort’s area of focus.

Passing and Grades

Passing is confirmed with at least a C. D is not a passing grade in the UIC Business graduate programs.

Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.0/4.0.

Core Courses

  • ACTG 500: Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • FIN 500: Corporate Finance (4 credits)
  • MKTG 500: Marketing (4 credits)
  • ECON 520: Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • IDS 532: Operations Management (4 credits)
  • MGMT 541: Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MBA 570: Enterprise Strategy (capstone course, 2 credits)

CMBA Breaks and Holidays Heading link

CMBA Programs are based on an expectation of 12 months of continuous on-campus enrollment leading to the completion of the MBA degree. To protect program quality and guarantee learning outcomes, breaks are limited to (1) a spring vacation at the end of March and (2) a winter vacation around Christmas and New Year.

U.S. national holidays observed in the CMBA program include:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day

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Assistant Dean of Partnership Programs

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