Business Administration (M.B.A.)
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.
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 Downtown Campus.
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.
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.
- 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 $12,000 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.
Savitha Chelladurai has a leading role in raising consciousness about sustainability and lowering environmental impacts at one of Chicago’s iconic tourist sites.Savitha Chelladurai (M.B.A. ’15)
A capstone project with Associate Professor Sang Baum Kang gave Trevor Wheeler the chance to build on his classroom learning and to show his understanding of investments and trading.Trevor Wheeler (M.B.A./M.S. FIN ’19)