Welcome MSM Class of 2022

We are excited that you will join the MS in Management 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. 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 student manual at this link.

The Career Management Foundations Module

GeT STarted

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


Gies Management Academy

Mark your calendar beginning August 9 for our mandatory Gies Management Academy. This onboarding experience will run the two weeks prior to classes starting. This is required to prepare you to be successful in the program. It starts August 9 and continues for two weeks through August 23. These orientation activities will be part of your Fall 2021 semester grades, so attendance is important and required. Please make travel and accommodation plans accordingly to attend in-person.

Gies Management Academy Tentative Agenda 7.16.21

Student Vaccine Verification Process for Fall 2021

New Student Information Form - Complete by July 23

Upcoming Virtual Events to Get Ready for Gies

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 | 8:00 am

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 22 | 8:30am

Career Insights: What can I do with a Master in Management 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 MSM 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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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 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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