Think Like an Executive

Our Daytime MBA program provides a unique experience tailored to the diverse needs of today's ambitious business professionals. The accelerated format gets you on the job market faster!  Students in the Daytime MBA Program typically are recent college graduates or younger professionals.

  • 12-month program
  • Daytime classes
  • Meets in-person, three times per week; Monday-Thursdays (days and times will vary)
  • Starts every August
  • The program is 40 credits, consisting of:
    • an intense bootcamp component to start the program
    • 7 core courses
    • a 3-course sequence in Project Management
  • Curriculum is divided into five 9-week units
  • Average cohorrt size is 15 students

Earn Your Green Belt Certification

Work with a Fortune 100 company (Caterpillar, Inc.) to earn internal Green Belt Lean Management Certification.  Students are then prepared to take the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification exam upon completion of the program.

Take an MBA Class During Your Senior Year!

Millikin University undergraduate students in the Tabor School of Business and/or with a Music Business major may take an MBA class during the senior year.  Get more information on Concurrent Enrollment or contact Jaclyn Cantwell, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, at jcantwell@millikin.edu217-424-3503, or stop by ADM-Scovill 105E.



Millikin's MBA program begins with an intensive review of topics (also known as MB501: Bootcamp- 1 credit) before beginning five units containing two or three courses each. Students move through the units and courses in teams, start to finish. The MBA Program is 40 total credit hours.

Unit 1: 

Setting a solid foundation for managing and leading requires a strong set of values and an understanding of the diversity of cultures and business practices around the world. This unit focuses on understanding the ethical frameworks through which we see the world and on understanding the fundamental forces at play in the global economy.

  • MB510 - Personal Values & Business Ethics (3 credits)
  • MB520 - Globalization & World Economics (3 credits)

Unit 2: 

It is the information age. The need for speed in information exchange and the conservation of time in business processes are driving forces for success. The organization, dissemination, and use of financial and marketing information both within the organization and among businesses, and their suppliers provide an essential competitive edge for organizations.

  • MB540 - Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • MB550 - Strategic Marketing Analysis (3 credits)
  • MG570 - Operations Management (3 credits)

Unit 3: 

Accounting and Finance provide the basic language of business. Operating in any business organization requires an understanding of what is happening in the operation, a knowledge that is predicated on understanding the language of business.

  • MB530 - Financial Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • MB580 - Strategic Resources Management (3 credits)
  • MG567 - Process Improvement (3 credits)

Unit 4: 

Peter Drucker describes the majority of today’s labor force as knowledge workers. Expanding levels of education, training, and income create a labor force much different from our industrial past. The emphasis on participation, balanced lives, and personal fulfillment elevates the role of leadership in organizations. Leading people and managing processes is a central theme of this unit.

  • MB560 - Cases in Financial Decision Making (3 credits)
  • MB590 - Business Strategy (3 credits)
  • MG575 - Project Management (3 credits)

Unit 5: 

Do you know a good business decision when you see one? While the principles of good decision-making are integral to the course throughout the MBA program, at this stage of development we step back from the individual areas of the business to examine how policies, strategies and decisions affect business performance. A more comprehensive view of business decisions, from the view of leaders, is the focus.

  • MB570 - Leading & Changing Organizations (3 credits)
  • MB600 - Capstone (3 credits)

View MBA Course Descriptions

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are made available each year in the Daytime MBA Program, providing much-needed experience for graduate students while increasing their future employment options.  Graduate assistants typically serve in a support role at Millikin while completing the Daytime MBA program.

Applications for 2020-2021 Graduate Assistantships closed on June 1.

Apply for a Graduate Assistantship


Graduate assistantships are offered in both academic and administrative areas.  Assistantships provided through academic departments typically involve teaching responsibilities.  Assistantships in administrative offices involve research and a variety of office-specific tasks.

Graduate assistantships may be available in the following Millikin campus departments (but not limited to):

  • Admissions
  • Alumni & Development
  • Athletics
  • Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Kirkland Fine Arts Center
  • Marketing & Media Relations
  • Student Development
  • Tabor School of Business

Selection and placement of graduate assistantships will be determined in April (prior to the August start date), based on enrollment of each Daytime MBA cohort.

Tuition Waiver

The graduate assistantship provides a student with a tuition waiver of up to 50% for courses in the student's current plan of study.


Graduate assistants earn a monthly stipend of $500 for the 12 months of the Daytime MBA program, as long as they are enrolled full-time.


Housing is available for Graduate assistants in the Woods at Millikin. The Woods is a privately-owned apartment complex that partners with Millikin for on-campus housing. The student is only responsible for paying the deposit and utilities.

Eligibility and requirements

  • To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, a student must be admitted to the Daytime MBA program and have at least a 3.0 grade point average on his/her most recent earned degree.
  • Students who receive an assistantship must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of graduate level course work during a regular semester.
  • Graduate assistants will not receive the Millikin Alumni Scholarship in conjunction with the GA tuition waiver.


  • Assistantships begin when classes begin in August and continue through graduation in the following August.
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week (schedules will be determined by the student and supervisor).
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout the Daytime MBA Program.


  • EXTENDED TO JUNE 1: GA applications due
  • EXTENDED TO MID-JUNE: Interviews
  • EXTENDED TO END OF JUNE: GAs selected and placed
  • First of August: GAs begin employment

More information

Contact Jaclyn Cantwell, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, at 217.424.3503 or

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Daytime program start and how long is it?

The Daytime MBA program begins in August of each year and ends 12 months later, in August of the following year.

What's the Daytime program like?

In August, you will go through a review session (referred to as Bootcamp) of core business topics to ensure that all graduate students have the same knowledge base at the start of the program. We then break the MBA program into 5 units:

Unit 1--Setting a Strong Foundation

Unit 2--Understanding the Language of Business 

Unit 3--Market and Financial Information 

Unit 4--Leading People, Managing Processes

Unit 5--Business Decisions

  • Each unit is 9 weeks and consists of two or three courses.
  • Classes meet (in-person) three days a week; Monday-Thursday (days and times will vary each unit)
  • Classes will not meet during the week of Thanksgiving, for two weeks from mid-December to early January, and for one week during March. 
  • The average cohort size is 15 students.

What if I have to miss a class?

You can attend class remotely when life happens!  Our MBA classroom, designed with high-tech equipment, allows MBA students the flexibility to attend class virtually, as well as watch the recording of class.

How many credit hours are required in the program?

40 Total Credit Hours.

How much does the program cost?

Click here and choose the "Graduate" tab for tuition information.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. A $6,000 scholarship will be awarded to Millikin alumni.  In addition, graduate students are eligible for the Federal Stafford Loan Program. To qualify for this loan, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Financial Aid Office.

What are the admission requirements?

Click here to see the MBA admission requirements

When is the deadline to apply for the Daytime program?

June 1 of each year.

How do I get an application for admission?

MBA Application for Admission


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