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Welcome MSBA Class of 2021

We are excited that you will join the MS in Business Administration 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 NetID claiming website.

Career Management Foundations Course

You will need to complete the Career Management Foundations Course prior to June 1. 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


The Career Management Foundations Module completion deadline
is August 14.

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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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Get Ready for Gies Virtual Events

To help you prepare for your arrival on campus to start the MSBA program, we are excited to launch a series of virtual events. This series will help orient you to campus life in an informative, fun, and engaging way. Each session will provide valuable insights and useful tips that will help in your orientation process, so we encourage you to participate in as many of these events as possible.

Get to Know Your Classmates
Thursday, June 18, 9-10 am
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During this first session, you’ll get to know your classmates 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. You’ll enjoy this opportunity to start developing new friendships and your support network.

How to Get Hands-On Experience and Elevate Your Career
Wednesday, June 24, 9-10 am
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There are many opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience at Gies. During this session, you’ll hear about four innovative options available to help students enhance their knowledge and skills in areas like consulting, startups, and emerging businesses. 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.

A Day in the Life of a Student
Thursday, July 9, 9-10 am
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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 join us during this session, so you won’t want to miss this one.

See Campus Through The Discovery Game
Wednesday, July 15, 9-10 am
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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.

Insight into our High Engagement Classroom with Professor Jeffrey Loewenstein
Monday, July 27, 9-10:15 am
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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, Professor Jeff Loewenstein will present an informative and fun negotiation exercise that he uses in his Negotiation elective course, which is available for you to take during your program. Professor Loewenstein has a PhD in cognitive psychology and was the 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the Gies Business Alumni Association. Be sure to experience this dynamic classroom session.