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University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business


Location: UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business (MC 077) University Hall, 601 S. Morgan St. 11th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60607

Admissions Office: (312) 996-4573



The school delves heavily into experiential learning opportunities that provide students with the skills and knowledge to compete in global business. These experiences are the cornerstone of the curriculum, and students are encouraged to find out how theory meets practice. Social value creation, entrepreneurship, innovation, and financial markets are the core competencies that drive the Liautaud curriculum.

UIC Liautaud students have the option of earning their MBA through the full-time, part-time or weekend programs. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in two years, while part-time students spend three or four years finishing their requirements.  All students must complete 54 credit hours comprised of 24 core credit hours and 30 elective credit hours.  The wide array of elective offerings allows students to customize their curriculum.  Students can specialize in one or more of the following concentrations: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate or Self Directed (an independent study plan). 

Recently the school launched the Liautaud Accelerated MBA, which allows students with a clear career focus to complete their MBA in one calendar year. UIC is also introducing a 32-credit hour Master of Science in Finance degree that can be completed in one year of  full-time study (or more than one year of part-time study); the program prepares students for professional careers in finance. 

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2013): 44
BusinessWeek: NR
Forbes: NR
U.S. News & World Report: NR
Financial Times: NR
The Economist: NR

Tuition & Fees: $39,908 (resident)
Tuition & Fees: $63,904 (non-resident)
Median GMAT: 580
GMAT Range (mid-80%):400-740
Average GPA: 3.36
Acceptance Rate: 52%

Full-Time Enrollment: 80
International: 32%
Female: 40%
Minority –
African American: 7%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic or Latino American: 6%
Mean Age: 30

Average Base Salary: $71,679
Median Signing Bonus: NR
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: NR
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: NR

From UIC Liautaud:

UIC Liautaud prepares students for a business world marked by continuous change, with academic programs that focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and a multidisciplinary approach.

Housed inside a major research university in the heart of Chicago’s thriving business community, the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business is all about fresh ideas, entrepreneurial savvy, positive social impact, innovative leadership and a diverse and collaborative student body— one that forms a lifelong professional network.

The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business offers all the Masters and PhD programs within the UIC College of Business Administration.

The MSA program provides students preparing for professional careers in accounting with all the tools they need to complete professional certification:  CPA or CMA..

Business Administration 
The MBA program offers concentrations in Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Management, Management Information Systems, Real Estate, and a Self-Directed option. Full-time, part-time and weekend programs are available.

Management Information Systems
The MS in MIS is an advanced degree in the application of information technology to solve business problems. The program is designed to train future CIOs, project managers, and technology leaders. A student in the program may specialize in managerial, technical, or a combination of the two areas.

MBA Business graduate school core competencies:

UIC Liautaud’s nationally recognized entrepreneurship program prepares students for pioneering careers. Students develop an understanding of the skills and processes involved in venture development and how to foster their own business plans. Many participate in national competitions and start their own businesses as a result. The cornerstone Tech Ventures course series creates opportunities for students to partner with UIC scientists whose inventions have commercial potential. Working with inventors and mentors from the business community, students develop and pitch their plans in competitions judged by venture capitalists, angel investors and industry partners from across North America. UIC teams compete against teams from other top-ranked universities in regional, national and international business plan competitions, honing their skills, expanding their networks and learning well beyond a normal classroom experience.

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