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Accelerated M.B.A.

The Stuart School offers the only Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program in Chicago within a technology-focused university, an environment that prepares you to excel in organizations where technology is a key source of competitiveness.

Stuart's unique Accelerated M.B.A. is designed for busy mid-career professionals and will prepare you to tackle global business challenges through innovation in the age of big data and technological transformation. Chicago Innovation Scholarships of up to $12,000 are available for students in the Accelerated M.B.A. program.

Classes are conveniently taught on Saturdays at Illinois Tech's Downtown Campus, located near Union Station.

Program Snapshot

  • 36 credit hours required
  • Students take two courses per semester (fall, spring, sumer) to complete the program in two years.
  • The program includes experiential learning opportunities, networking, and career-building events in partnership with Chicago Innovation.

Sample Curriculum

Year 1: Fall
BUS 510: Fundamentals of Innovative Business
MBA 504: Analytics for Decision Making

Year 1: Spring
MBA 505: Microeconomics and Game Theory
MBA 511: Marketing Strategy

Year 1: Summer
MBA 501: Financial Statement Applications
Elective 1

Year 2: Fall
MBA 506: Leadership and Organization Design
MBA 509: Financial Management

Year 2: Spring
BUS 550: Business Statistics
BUS 590: Business Strategy Capstone Project

Year 2: Summer
MBA 513: Operations and Technology Management
Elective 2

Application Requirements

  • Five years of professional work experience 
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE score within five years of testing date. The GRE or GMAT requirement may be waived for highly qualified applicants based on excellent professional background. 
  • Professional Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation 

Innovation Focus 

The Accelerated M.B.A. program offers a rigorous innovation-focused academic curriculum through the Stuart School coupled with real-world practical experiences through the program's partner, Chicago Innovation. Chicago Innovation will present a $12,000 scholarship for each M.B.A. student who demonstrates a continuing commitment to innovation in the Chicago region.

Chicago Innovation will provide students with a direct connection to Chicago’s innovation community through a set of activities and projects carried out over the course of the part-time M.B.A. program. In addition to the scholarship, each student will be a member of Chicago Innovation and will receive free admission to each of its events.

In addition to the application requirements and prior to submitting an application with Stuart, each prospective student applying for the scholarship will be asked to submit an additional 400 word statement describing their particular interest in engaging with the Chicago region’s innovation community. Eligible recipients for the CI Scholarship must be admitted and enroll in the Stuart Accelerated M.B.A. program as their primary program. Students in dual or other joint programs are not eligible to apply or be awarded the scholarship.

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Tuition for graduate programs is available via the Student Accounting website.