Liautaud Graduate School of Business Admissions

New Master of Science in Finance Program Starting Fall 2014

The past several years have been a time of exciting change and transformation for UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business, including a new dean, Michael Mikhail, the new Douglas Hall, the hiring of many additional faculty and career staff, and the start of our new Weekend MBA program. This year, we plan to continue this momentum as we launch a brand new program — the Master of Science in Finance degree (MSF) beginning Fall 2014. Professional opportunities in finance are changing dramatically as... read more

Is Career Advancement at the Top of Your New Year's Resolutions List?

A new year is here---Learn more about UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business programs by attending one of our exciting admissions events in January to fast track your goals.    UIC LIAUTAUD INFO SESSION – 1/15   This event will be a great opportunity to meet our admissions staff and learn about our four master’s degree offerings including our Weekend MBA program and the new MS Finance we are getting ready to launch!  Current student ambassadors will also be there to share their... read more

My Interview with a Kaplan GMAT Expert

Each day, I receive many questions about the GMAT from our applicants. Questions range from what types of math questions does the GMAT cover to what is the new IR section and how should I prepare? I recently sat down with expert Kaplan GMAT Instructor, Alyson Fitch, to answer all of your burning questions about this exam:  ----------------------------------------------------- CAROLINE: A common question I receive from prospective students I meet with is “How much time should I give myself to... read more

What Everybody Ought to Know About UIC Liautaud Admissions

This fall has been a very successful recruiting season. We are already starting to receive 2014 applications from across the United States and from all over the world. As I talk to applicants, one question that comes up often is: "What are some things I can do to be successful in the admissions process?" Here are my thoughts on this: 1) Do come to information sessions on campus or online. Information session attendees gain inside information about what we are looking for in the admissions... read more

Exciting Changes in the UIC Business Career Center!

I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and successes of my colleagues in career services. This is an exciting time of growth in career services for b-school students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is clear that Dean Michael Mikhail has made the expansion of career services as one of his major initiatives since taking over his role as the new Dean of the College of Business Administration within the past year. Whether you're already a student or just starting... read more

Why Wait to Take Control of Your Career in 2014? Start Now!

As New Year 2014 approaches, a lot of early career professionals will use this time to reflect and take stock of where their career is and where they would like to go professionally, moving forward. Much of this reflection often leads prospective students to the realization that if they want to move up in their careers or make a change, they will need an advanced business degree to help them maneuver this transition. If you find yourself in this same place, you don't need to put off these goals... read more

If You Struggle with Writing Your Statement of Purpose, Then Read This

I receive a lot of questions from applicants about what we are looking for when we review a Statement of Purpose, also known as the application essay. As we approach the 2014 Admissions cycles, I thought I would give you a few tips to consider as you start the process. 1) The essay questions and word count guidelines are listed in the online application, itself. The word count limits for the essays are guidelines established so we can see how well you can communicate your points concisely and... read more

Take the First Step! This Fall's Admissions Event Lineup

With our incoming Fall 2013 class getting ready for new student orientation this Saturday, always with an eye toward the future, the admissions team will hit the ground running with a full lineup of events designed to build the future Spring and Fall 2014 classes!  Whether you are just learning about our professional master degree programs or are about to embark on the application process, I highly recommend that you join us on campus or out around town this fall. These events are a great way... read more

Three Reasons UIC Liautaud Finance Concentration Should Be On Your Radar

UIC Liautaud is doing some very cutting edge work in the fields of futures, derivatives and financial markets. Our International Center for Futures and Derivatives brings to campus the who's who of financial trading and engineering from across the US and abroad to exchange ideas. Our faculty are creating new ways of thinking about how financial markets work, market structures, models of price discovery; limit order model, liquidity and price impact, time effects; and, how electronic traders use... read more

How to Use an MBA to Advance Your Career

The biggest piece of advice I give to prospective students who are applying to MBA programs is that the degree itself is only half the battle. If you graduate from business school without really leveraging the school's network, you are really missing a tremendous opportunity. You should leave the program with not only a great education, but also with a fantastic network of your peers who will be in key leadership positions in the future. The best way to build a network of your fellow students is... read more

If You Are an International Applicant, Read This Before Applying!

As we prepare for 2014 admissions, this article should be required reading for all international applicants before beginning the application process. I am including tips below to help applicants avoid common mistakes during the admissions process. 1) Getting the correct documentation together is essential. For a listing of requirements specific to applicants from your home country, please find the following web link where you can select your country from the drop down bar/listing of countries at... read more

Fall 2013 Admissions: Our Final Push!

I am excited to tell you that our Fall 2013 class is shaping up to be quite a diverse group with extremely interesting backgrounds for all of our three master degree programs. I think I can speak for the staff and faculty when I say how excited we are about this! Some highlights of the developing class include: - We have students joining us from as far away as China, India, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. - 34% of incoming... read more

UIC Liautaud MIS Program Gains STEM Approval

We are pleased to announce that the UIC Liautaud Master and PhD level Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) programs have been approved as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - Designated Degree Programs. Under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months. Students... read more

UIC Liautaud Welcomes US Military Veterans

Each year, the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business is proud to welcome a diverse pool of talented candidates to our programs, including veterans of the US Military. Hear what James Brendel, 2008 MBA alumnus and former Black Hawk pilot for the U.S. Army, has to say about his experience with UIC Liautaud and watch this brief video clip. As a military-friendly university, we participate in a number of programs, benefits, and scholarships designed specifically for military personnel including:... read more

Five Ways You Will Benefit from UIC Liautaud's New Weekend MBA

Many of you have heard that we are launching a new Weekend MBA program starting this fall. If you are considering working while pursuing your MBA degree, here are a few reasons why I feel the weekend option makes a lot of sense. 1) You can complete the program in just two years. Yes. You read correctly! Not many part-time options allow you to complete an MBA in such a short amount of time. Our program is a great way to quickly fast track your degree without sacrificing your current profession.... read more

GMAT Practice Exam with Kaplan & UIC Liautaud | Feb. 2

The GMAT is one of the most accurate predictors of how well you will perform in a graduate level business program. As a result, this is one of the primary data points that an Admissions Committee will use to assess your candidacy.  It's safe to say that most people are extremely nervous about taking a standardized exam. My recommendation for anyone falling into this category is do not go into the GMAT exam blind without the proper practice. Your preparation should definitely include... read more

UIC Liautaud Admissions: Winter Break Closure

As you may be aware, the holiday season is just around the corner.  During this time, a vast majority of the University will be closed along with many of the faculty and staff taking time off.  Due to this, we are notifying applicants that all Summer and Fall 2013 applicants will not receive any decisions on their application, and we will not be processing application documents until after the holidays.  Please anticipate application processing to resume after January 2, 2013. To check... read more

A Simple Guide to the Student Visa Process

Many of our international applicants have questions regarding the student visa process. Please note that all documents are processed by and must be submitted directly to the Office of International Services (OIS). This post will help answer basic questions about how to submit the proper documents.  When do I submit the International Student Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and supporting financial documents? UIC Liautaud does not require students to submit evidence of financial... read more

PhD Prospective Student Event: Over 20 Business Schools Attending

UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business proudly hosts the annual DocNet Forum. Join us for this Doctorate Recruiting Forum and discover how your degree in Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, or the Social or Natural sciences could lead to an academic career in business. Gain insights into a career in business academia and hear from business school faculty and current Ph.D students.    Take the opportunity to meet representatives from the following schools:
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College,...
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MBA Admissions Interview Tips

As part of the admissions process, all qualified candidates will be invited by email for an interview by the Admissions Committee. Applicants are given the option of interviewing on-campus, by telephone and by Skype. Skype is strongly preferred for international applicants. All interviews are conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee on a one-on-one basis. The interview is meant to provide the Admissions Committee with more information on your qualifications, career goals, and potential... read more