Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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The Accelerated M.B.A. program at Stuart School of Business is the first program to be offered in Chicago with a strong focus on teaching business innovation to prepare experienced, mid-career professionals for management positions.

With a rigorous, integrative curriculum that is infused with hands-on learning, the program is designed to develop an innovation mindset and the intellectual agility to succeed at complex business challenges. Stuart faculty are practitioners as well as scholars and take a relevant, application-oriented approach to business education.

Students take classes alongside a group of peer professionals who bring diverse perspectives and career experiences to class discussions and group projects. Through the program’s partnership with Chicago Innovation, students have direct access to the city’s dynamic innovation community and opportunities to put their learning into practice. Students are also eligible for Chicago Innovation Scholarships of up to $14,000.

Accelerated to meet the pace of working professionals, the program features a two-year, part-time schedule with Saturday classes at Illinois Tech’s convenient Conviser Law Center in downtown Chicago.  

Program Overview

Through rigorous, innovation-focused academics and hands-on learning, Stuart School of Business’s unique accelerated M.B.A. program prepares busy mid-career professionals to advance their careers, especially in organizations where technology is a key source of competitiveness. The program offers convenient Saturday classes in downtown Chicago.

Career Opportunities

Networking events and activities hosted by Stuart School of Business’s partner, Chicago Innovation, give students opportunities to engage with entrepreneurs and professionals from industries across the city’s innovation-focused business community.

Companies that have hired Stuart M.B.A. graduates include:

  • Bank of America
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Kraft Inc.
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • HSBC Bank
  • Merrill Lynch
  • PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Accelerated but not abridged, the Accelerated M.B.A. program provides the solid background to thrive in an innovative business environment, including marketing, finance, business analytics, economic principles as applied to business, operations and organizational design, ethics, and leadership.

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  • Five or more years of professional work experience
  • Undergraduate transcripts showing a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • GMAT or GRE score within five years of testing date. Requirement may be waived based on professional background. Apply for a waiver with résumé and transcripts.
  • Professional statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score, if required

Chicago Innovation Scholarships of up to $14,000 are available for students in the Accelerated M.B.A. program who demonstrate a continuing commitment to innovation in the Chicago region. In addition to the scholarship, each student will be a member of Chicago Innovation and will receive free admission to attend the organization’s events.

“The partnership with Chicago Innovation provides the networking benefits of a larger school while allowing me to be part of a more intimate classroom setting. I hope to leverage the connections I make through Chicago Innovation as I advance further into my career.”

—Christopher Hoffmann (M.B.A. ’19), Lead Rotating Equipment Engineer, Honeywell

Featured Faculty

M Krishna Erramilli
Associate Dean Director, Master of Business Administration Director, M.S. in Marketing Analytics Professor of Marketing
Elizabeth Durango Cohen
Associate Professor of Operations Management M. Zia Hassan Endowed Professor Assistant Director, M.S. in Marketing Analytics Director, Center for Advancing Corporate Performance
Liad Wagman
Professor of Economics
Smriti Anand
Associate Professor of Management
Professor of Operations and Technology Management
Michael Rybak
Senior Lecturer of Finance
Nik Rokop
Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Director, Master of Technological Entrepreneurship

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