Graduate Pathway in MBA with Non-Business Degree-Plan B

INTO Illinois State University, United States
Graduate Pathway in MBA with Non-Business Degree-Plan B
Next enrollment cycle January 2024 See all cycles
Total Cost KES 4,155,180
Course Accredited By NA
1 Years On Campus Postgraduate Pathway Programme

Graduate Pathway program offering the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation to successfully move on to master’s degrees.
This INTO Illinois State University MBA Graduate Pathway program will prepare students who do not have a business background for their next semester of a master’s degree program at Illinois State University. The Pathway has two study plan options based on the student’s English proficiency. Students with a lower English proficiency are placed in Study Plan A, while those with a higher English proficiency are placed in Study Plan B.

  • Our MBA program is delivered by an exceptional group of dedicated faculty in a high-tech learning environment. The program's reputation, flexibility, and affordability define the Illinois State MBA as one of the best.
  • Consistently recognized as one of the best MBA programs by prestigious institutions such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Aspen Institute.
  • In particular, The Princeton Review recently ranked our program as one of the top in the country to earn an MBA for 2016.
  • Students are fully admitted to Illinois State provided successful completion of conditional admission criteria at the end of the Pathway and submission of all required admission credentials.
  • A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university.
  • Students will benefit from fully integrated classes with both domestic and other international students on campus while learning from highly trained university instructors and tutors.


  • Start dates January August
  • Program length 2 Semesters

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024
  • August 2024

Entry Requirements

StandardAge requirement

  • 17

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with 2.5 GPA out of 4.0. No work experience required.

English language entry requirements

  • 2 Semesters: TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5, PTEA 53, IELA 176, Password 7, or Duolingo 105.

Study Plan B

  • 36 credit hour program up to 8 Business Foundation Modules or courses
  • 9 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 27 credit hours remaining toward degree

Semester 1

  • IDS 401 Advanced Writing for Graduate Students 3 Credits
  • On-Campus Pre-Requisite 3 Credits
  • MBA 411 Fundamentals of Strategic Decision Making 3 Credits
  • Up to 4 Business Foundation Modules
  • Total 9 Credits

Semester 2

  • On-Campus Pre-Requisite 3 Credits
  • MBA 412 Contemporary Business Perspectives & Leadership Skills 3 Credits
  • MBA 421 or MBA 430 Analysis of Organizational Behavior or Advanced Marketing Management 3 Credits
  • Up to 3 Business Foundation Modules
  • Total 9 Credits

Notes * These courses are generally delivered through the INTO Center and are for Pathway students only.

  • Students without a business degree are required to complete up to 8 business foundation courses. These courses will be offered during the MBA Non-Business Background Pathway. Students will take a combination of on-campus undergraduate courses and online modules with required on-campus lab hours. Students who have some background in business may be eligible to take graduate level courses while they are completing any remaining business foundation courses.
  • The MBA non-business background Pathway is a 2-Semester Pathway. There are two study plan options based on the student’s English language proficiency: Study Plan A and Study Plan B. Students with higher English proficiency levels will be placed in Study Plan B, and will take one English course with a combination of graduate level business courses and business foundation courses.

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