Welcome MSBA Class of 2021

We are excited that you will join the MS in Business Analytics program at Gies College of Business here at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. You are now part of the Gies family, and we want to make sure you take advantage of all the support and resources available to you and that starts today!

New Student Checklist

Please review and complete the New Graduate Student Checklist. These are essential steps to help you get started with your graduate school experience

Claim Your NetID

Your NetID will give you access to campus services, including e-mail and file storage. New students should visit the Net ID claiming website.

Career Management Foundations Course

You will need to complete the Career Management Foundations Course prior to August 2. Please follow the instructions listed in the New Student Checklist.

Graduate Student Manual

Be sure to download the Graduate Student Manual and review it prior to orientation. It is important that you are aware of this content. Access the manual at this link.


The Career Management Foundations Module

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If you have any questions for our Career Services Team, please submit them at this link.


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Email 1: Career Preparation

Email 2: Meet the Team

Email 3: Explore the Community

Email 4: Time to Network

Email 5: Arrival Preparations

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 FAQ for international students

Orientation: Mark your calendar beginning August 9 for our mandatory orientation which will run the two weeks prior to classes starting. This is a required onboarding experience to prepare you to be successful in the program. It starts with virtual sessions beginning August 9 and continues in person on campus as of August 15. Orientation activities will be part of your Fall 2021 semester grades, so attendance (whether virtual or in-person) is important and required. Please make travel and accommodation plans accordingly. For those able to arrive on campus by August 9, the Gies Graduate Programs Office will host social events and option in-person activities the week of August 9 for an early opportunity to meet your Gies graduate student colleagues and program staff!

MS Business Analytics Bootcamp: In addition during the two-week orientation, there will be a bootcamp to cover topics of technology for analytics and business statistics to boost expertise if needed. There will be no cost for this. More details to come.


Get familiar with campus!

The University of Illinois has online touring videos. Check these out so you'll know the landscape when you set foot on campus.

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Upcoming Events

June 1 | 8:00 am

Get Ready for Gies: A Day in the Life of a Student

Are you wondering what life is like in Champaign? Do you want to hear what students do for fun on campus? Want to learn some great job search strategies? Answers to all of these questions and more are provided during this session. Recent alumni and program staff will share their experience in the program and answer your questions. A very special guest will also share a few words with the group, so you won’t want to miss it.

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June 17 | 8:00am

Get Ready for Gies: Getting Hands-On Experience

There are many opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience at Gies. During this session, you’ll hear more about ways you can get involved beyond the classroom to help you enhance your knowledge and skills in areas like consulting, startups, and emerging businesses. In addition, we will share information about leadership positions for students. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how Gies can help you be more prepared for success in your career after earning your graduate degree.

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June 28 | 8:00am

Get Ready for Gies: Get Familiar with Campus Through The Discovery Game

Our campus is rich in history and impact, and it is one of the original land-grant institutions in the nation. To help you get familiar with our campus, we have a great game to offer you in this session. You’ll have fun (and some laughs) working with your classmates to find answers to all of the clues, all while learning more about the world-class university you’re joining.

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July 13 | 8:00am

Get Ready for Gies: Get To Know Your Network

During this session, you’ll get to meet fellow graduate students from all over the globe in a fun and engaging way. We’ll use a “show and tell” format, with each student taking just one minute to share something meaningful about themselves using an object (flag of your home country, a picture, an award, etc...). It’s a great way for you to tell everyone something about yourself and for you to get to know your classmates on a more personal level. We will also have breakout rooms to find common characteristics between each other. You’ll enjoy this opportunity to start developing new friendships and your support network.

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July 20 | 8:30am

Career Insights: What can I do with a Master in Business Analytics degree?

Recruiting season begins this fall, and preparation begins now! As you embark on your graduate program, it is important that you focus on what you want to do with your career and work your plan while you are a student. Join us to learn more about careers that our MSBA students go into, important skills, industries, and job titles to consider. Start your career path education now so you are prepared and focused on activating your career plan on day one.

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July 29 | 8:00am

Get Ready for Gies: Experience our high engagement classroom with Professor Jeffrey Loewenstein

Gies Business faculty – renowned around the world by the business community – guide students to challenge assumptions, to be inventive, and to develop their own path. Our faculty lead classes that are both interactive and highly engaging. To give you an idea of how classes look, feel, and work, Associate Dean and Professor Jeffrey Loewenstein will provide an introduction to job negotiations. It is a window into his Negotiation elective course, which is available for you to take during your program. He was the 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Be sure to experience this dynamic classroom session.

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