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Liautaud MBA Programs

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UIC Liautaud offers MBA programs designed to support your academic and professional development. With classes offered in the daytime, evenings, and on weekends, you can find the option that best fits your needs. 

Full-time, Accelerated Cohort Program

  • On-campus, daytime classes
  • Finish in as little as one year
  • Build a strong career network

The Weekend MBA

  • Two-year cohorted program
  • Meets on Saturdays

The Flexible MBA Program

  • Set your own pace
  • Take classes at night, online or on Saturdays
  • Finish in as little as 18 months



Accelerate Your Career with a Liautaud MBA

Explore the flexibility and advantages of an MBA from UIC’s Liautaud Graduate School. UIC ranks in the Top 25% of business schools nationwide. Our MBA will set you apart. You’ll earn a proven, research-based MBA and gain hands-on experience and connections to Chicago’s living classroom.

Important Dates

International Applicants

Domestic Applicants

The MBA is a practical management degree that focuses on the core aspects of business and management. The program is 54 credits in length composed of 26 credits of core courses and 28 credits of electives. The core courses introduce the fundamental concepts needed to understand the many facets of a complex organization and provide a foundation for further, more in-depth functional business study. 

The core curriculum consists of the following seven courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Microeconomics
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Enterprise Strategy (capstone course)


UIC Business is a public research university, so tuition and fees vary by residency. Also, because our programs offer flexible options, our tuition varies based on the number of classes you are taking each semester. To calculate your tuition and fees, please visit the Tuition Information page.

Don't forget, UIC Liautaud offers graduate assistantships, scholarships and partial tuition waivers. Ask an admissions representative about the many options we offer to help you afford your education.

Program Faculty

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Sankarshan Acharya

Associate Professor of Finance
Clinical Associate Professor Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin

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Clinical Professor of Finance
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Christopher Barlow

Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Christian Guerrero, Creation Technologies LP

“The Liautaud experience has been phenomenal. As a part of the Accelerated Cohort MBA program, I appreciate the connections I'm developing with my classmates, laying down a solid foundation for my career network.”

Christian Guerrero, Creation Technologies LP
MBA '16


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Accounting is the language of business. With this concentration, you'll learn how to maintain the financial health of an organization.

Sample of courses:
Financial Accounting
Management Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Taxes and Business Policy

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Business Analytics

This concentration trains students in the use of data and models for business decisions, and how to leverage ‘big’ data and analytics for competitive advantage.  MBA students with the Business Analytics concentration are prepared to meet demand in one of the most rapidly expanding fields in business.

Sample of courses:
Business Data Mining
Data Visualization
Social Media and Network Analysis
Analytics Strategy and Practice
Statistical Models and Methods for Business Analytics


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Economics gives you an in-depth look at what drives businesses and consumers. This concetration focuses on applied economics with a focus on health, education and urban issues.

Sample of courses:
Managerial Economics
International Economics for Business
Labor Economics

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With this concentration, you'll learn how to evaluate the risks and rewards of a new venture, skills which can be applied to both new and existing businesses.

Sample of courses:
Social Entrepreneurship
Startup Launch
Entrepreneurial Electronic Commerce
Business Models for Technology Ventures

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Students will gain a better understanding of financial assets and how to manage risks and investments.

Sample of courses:
Corporate Finance
Portfolio Analysis
Financial Decision Making
Risk Management

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International Business

Get a closer look at the global business environment. If you are looking to work abroad or for a large multinational company, these courses will deepend your understanding of business on a global scale.

Sample of courses:
International Finance
International Management
International Business Operations
Global Innovation Management

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This concentration will equip the knowledge to lead people and organizations with an understanding of human resource management,  strategic management, leadership, managerial skills and logistics.

Sample of courses:
Competitive Strategy
Human Resource Management
Organizational Design

Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems

With a concentration in MIS, you'll learn how to design and manage information and IT systems in ways that have a direct impact on strategy and operational decisions.

Sample of courses:
Information Systems Strategy and Policy
Innovation and Technology Change
Enterprise Information Infrastructure and Security
Audit and Control of Information Systems
Enterprise Application Development


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Students in this concentration develop a strong understanding of the entire marketing process in business from research and product development to communications planning and measurement.

Sample of courses:
Marketing Communication and Promotional Strategy
Marketing Channels Management
Product Planning
Services Marketing

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Operations and Supply-Chain Management

MBA students in this concentration study the strategic management and operation of global supply chains, the flow of goods and services, and complex business processes.

Sample of Courses
Supply Chain Management
Global Sourcing and Logistics Managing Service Operations
Quality Control and Lean Process Management
Revenue Management


Real Estate

Combining economics, finance, and urban planning students gain a full perspective of the field of real estate with an emphasis in urban real estate markets using metropolitan Chicago as a working laboratory. 

Sample of Courses
Real Estate Finance
Urban Real Estate and Land Economics
Urban Economics

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If the other concentrations don't fit the career path you are building, work with an adviser to develop one.

Top Job Functions of MBA Grads

  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Logistics
  • Finance

Why an MBA?

  • Complement your career field
  • Change careers
  • Earn more money
  • Greater job security

MBA Joint Degrees

  • Other joint degree programs are in the works. Ask an admissions adviser.

Study Abroad Programs

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Doing Business in Brazil

Doing Business in Brazil is a two-week course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, considered one of the top business schools in South America. This English-language course covers Brazilian and South American business issues, the political and social climate, national culture, consumer marketing, and Mercosur. MBA students receive four elective credits for participating in the program.

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Know Europe

Know Europe is a four-week course, through the ESC Normandy. Study is organized in Brussels, Belgium; Haarlem, Amsterdam; Paris, Le Havre, and Caen, France; and Barcelona, Spain. Professors are drawn from Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The program includes meetings with local businesses, field visits to seats of European government, and presentations on major aspects of European administration and culture. MBA students receive six elective credits for participating in the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which semesters can I start?

The Weekend MBA program and the Accelerated MBA start in the fall semester only. Students in the flexible program can start in the summer, fall or spring.

What is the difference between online courses and traditional on-campus courses?

Online courses are often very different than traditional on-campus courses in terms of how the material is presented, the nature of the interaction among class members and the overall learning experience. However, the course load is at the same level as the face-to-face version; the only amount of time saved is your commute time to and from campus. Our online courses use the Blackboard software.

Should I apply even though I do not have any work experience?

We strongly recommend at least two years of work experience before applying to our MBA program. Our students have an average of five years of work experience before beginning the UIC Liautaud MBA program. Those without this experience should consider the Accelerated MBA program.

How do I apply for a joint degree program?

Joint degree applicants are required to apply separately to both programs, making sure to follow the application procedures/requirements for each program. We strongly encourage applicants to apply to one program at a time. We recommend applicants apply to their second program upon gaining admission and enrolling in their first program. 

When applying to the second degree program, applicants are also required to submit the Change of Graduate Program form, with Section I completed.

We recommend that joint degree applicants work closely with academic advisors in both programs to insure proper sequencing of coursework and to assist in transferring application documents to the second application to avoid double submission of application documents. 

Do I need an undergraduate degree in business to be accepted into the program?

An undergraduate degree in business administration is not required. In fact, our Accelerated MBA program is designed specifically for those with an undergraduate background in a non-business field.  Approximately 50 percent of our student body does not have an undergraduate business background. We do recommend that students have had a class in statistics. If they have not, they can take one during their first semester.

Can I take courses as a non-degree seeking student?

You may be admitted to the Liautaud MBA program on a non-degree basis only in the following two cases:

1. If you have already completed an MBA or other approved management degree from an AACSB accredited institution and wish to pursue further course work, you may enroll in Liautaud MBA classes on a space-available basis as long as you maintain good academic standing. The application for admission and proof of MBA degree (a photocopy of your transcript or diploma showing completed MBA degree) must be submitted by the application deadline for the desired term of study.

2. If you are currently enrolled in an MBA program at another AACSB institution and wish to take courses that will be accepted by your university as transfer courses. You may enroll in Liautaud MBA courses to the extent approved by your MBA program, and by the Liautaud MBA Program. The Liautaud MBA application for admission, application fee, proof of baccalaureate degree, and letter from the director of your MBA program indicating that you are in good academic standing and list the courses approved to be transferred must be submitted by the application deadline for the desired term of study. You may also be asked by the admissions committee to provide additional information regarding your academic credentials.