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Fall semester and your start in the Illinois PSM are just around the corner. This page has important information and steps you must take to begin your graduate school experience.
Welcome to Illinois and to the Illinois PSM!
Congratulations on your admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! You are joining a select group.
We have important information about your fall 2017 enrollment and your orientation on Thursday, August 24, 2017.
The information on this page supplements the information in your admissions letter from the Graduate College's Graduate and Professional Admissions. Carefully review all of the information in your letter and on this page. Then begin working through the necessary action steps to join one of the most unique master's degree programs in the world.
There's information on this page about:
- Basics - your Illinois computer accounts, ID card, etc.
- Advising - consulting with your program advisor about fall courses
- Business - your PSM business courses for fall
- Registration - registering online for fall semester
- Orientation - your program kickoff
- Connections - directory and social media connections with your new peers, and
- Resources - information and links for transportation, housing, community information, and more.
Do you have questions or need more information? We're here to help. Contact Natalie Bosecker, Illinois PSM director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 265-5363.
FIRST, have you accepted our offer of admissions? If you have, terrific! If you haven't, do that now. In your admissions letter, you'll see "To submit your official admission acceptance decision to the Graduate College, please click here." Follow that link to let us know you're coming. Access your admissions letter by signing-in with the user name and password you created to submit your application.
SECOND, your admissions letter has information that specifically applies to you, including your 9-digit University ID Number (UIN) and Admit ID. It will also note any special admissions conditions. Make sure you read and understand all of the information in your letter.
THIRD, there are several easy yet crucial steps you need to take now and when you arrive on campus. The Graduate College has prepared a step-by-step Quick Guide to Graduate Life for
- setting up your NetID and Enterprise ID,
- creating your student email account,
- getting your i-card, your official University photo ID card, and
- submitting your final undergraduate transcripts,
- and more.
Each Illinois PSM program is headed by a major advisor who serves as your principal academic advisor and mentor for your graduate school experience. Your major advisor will guide your selection of fall semester science courses and on other academic and professional matters. Initial advising for fall semester can be done by email or by telephone as many of you are not near the Illinois campus this summer. Contact your major advisor to schedule a time to plan your program of study:
- Agricultural Production
Dr. Robert Knox
email@example.com - (217) 244-5177
- Bioprocessing and Bioenergy
Dr. Vijay Singh
firstname.lastname@example.org - (217) 333-9510
- Food Science and Human Nutrition
Dr. Nicki Engeseth
email@example.com - (217) 244-6788
- Geographic Information Science
Dr. Shakil Kashem
firstname.lastname@example.org - (217) 333-1880
- Technical Systems Management
Dr. Joe Harper
email@example.com - (217) 333-2738
International students: You will register for courses after you arrive on campus and check-in through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Once checked-in, you will have access to the online course registration system. Check-in dates, times, and locations are available on the ISSS website.
This fall, you will complete four hours of business courses and the PSM industry seminar. Register for these courses online along with your science courses (see "Registration" section below). Note the class days and times of the business courses as you are planning your science curriculum courses with your major advisor. Each of the required business courses is offered only once during your 16-month program, so take them in sequence with your cohort.
All PSM students will take:
Summary: This course examines business from marketing perspectives. You will learn about developing a coherent and comprehensive marketing strategy for a product or service. You will explore creating superior customer value, capturing value through pricing, persuasively communicating and profitably delivering value, and sustaining value and the performance in the face of ever-changing customer needs and competition.
You will also select one of the following four options: BADM 509, BADM 566, BADM 567, or TE 567.
Summary: This course will help you better understand work organizations as a social system and the impact of its various components on work attitudes and behavior. You will understand the development of organizational structure, organizational effectiveness, decision making, policy formulation, leadership, and change.
If you have a scheduling conflict that prevents you from taking any of the BADM courses, you may opt to take the following technology entrepreneurship / engineering (TE/ENG) courses. The TE/ENG courses are with students from engineering and other programs.
TE 567 – Venture Funded Startups
Very limited seats are available for this option
Summary: Concepts, tools, and language used by venture capitalists (VCs). Venture-scale opportunity assessment and articulation; venture capital financing and valuation; deal structure; term sheets; financial plans for startups; customer development and marketing; product iterations; sales execution.
If you need guidance on which option is best for you, contact us (PSMdegree@illinois.edu) for advising.
BEFORE YOU REGISTER: After you have selected an option, contact us in the Illinois PSM office at PSMdegree@illinois.edu and let us know your choice. We will confirm your choice by email. Have a second option selected in case your first option isn't available.
You will also take the first course in the PSM industry seminar series:
Summary: The first-semester industry seminar provides opportunities for you to refine your career objectives, plan and execute your internship search, learn professional skills and knowledge, and connect with people from industry.
1. BADM 595 and PSM 501 are PSM students only and all PSM students take these courses. The other business course may be with students in other graduate degree programs in the College of Business or in the College of Engineering.
2. For the industry seminar series (PSM 501, 502, and 503) and for the internship (PSM 555), you have the option of 0 or 1 credit hours. The zero credit hour option does not impact your grade point average; the final course grade is either 'S' or 'U' (satisfactory or unsatisfactory). If you choose the one credit hour option, a letter grade is assigned ('A', 'B', 'C', etc.) and is included in calculating your grade point average. The course requirements are identical, regardless of credit hours. The credit hours earned in these courses do not satisfy any other degree hour requirement (i.e., the 32 science hours, the 10 business hours, or the 42 total program hours). You must complete these courses regardless of the hours elected.
After you and your major advisor have decided on fall semester courses, you may register online. Log in to UI-Integrate Self-Service to register. To log in, you will use your EnterpriseID and password. A step-by-step instructions page is available to help you navigate through the system. Register for your science courses and for the business courses listed above.
Meet with your advisor and register as early as possible. Some courses may be filled, so allow time to find alternative courses if necessary. You do not have to register for all of your courses at one time, and you can exit and login to the registration system as often as necessary.
The Office of the Registrar provides important services that you will use during your enrollment at Illinois. You should familiarize yourself with academic deadlines, course registration, tuition, grades, graduation, transcripts, and other important information and services provided by the Office of the Registrar.
International students: You will register for courses after you arrive on campus and check-in through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Once checked-in, you will have access to the online course registration system. International student check-in dates, times, and locations are available on the ISSS web site.
Fall payments are due on September 28. For payment options, including international payments by wire transfer, visit the Making Payments webpage.
Kickoff for your Illinois PSM experience begins with Orientation. You'll meet with your peers, faculty members, and others. Orientation is informative and social -- the principal goals are for you to meet and begin working with your Illinois PSM colleagues, to understand the necessary transition to graduate-level study, learn about internship options and processes, and to start exploring the wealth of learning opportunities available to you at Illinois.
Lunch will be provided, as well as a light breakfast. Attire: Business casual preferred.
Strong English skills are highly encouraged for the Illinois PSM. There are many resources once you arrive on campus. Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services English resource page. You may also wish to consider the Intensive English Institute (IEI) or Transitions to Illinois Program for summer 2017. The application deadline for the Intensive English Institute will be posted soon, the deadline for Transitions to Illinois have not been listed. Please contact the Intensive English Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Start connecting with your new peers and colleagues:
- Directory: We'll create a directory of students and alumni to help you get to know everyone. This is an ideal way to begin networking with other new students, the returning second-year students, and with Illinois PSM graduates. Take a few minutes to tell us about yourself using this online form. If you have questions, or if you do not want your information shared, please let us know.
- LinkedIn: It's never too soon to network. Join the Illinois PSM LinkedIn group, exclusively for Illinois PSM students, alumni, and associates.
- Facebook: See pictures, announcements, and events on the Illinois PSM Facebook page.
- Quad Day - The U of I has more than 1,000 student organizations. On Sunday, August 21st, representatives from many of these organizations will be available to talk about their clubs and encourage you to participate.
- Twitter: Timely info nuggets on career fairs, events, program news, and other PSM-relevant information are available on Twitter.
- Central Illinois Regional Airport [BMI] - Airport in Bloomington, Ill., approximately 50 miles northwest of Champaign
- Chicago Midway Airport [MDW] - Terminal map, airline information, getting to & from
- O’Hare International Airport – Chicago [ORD] - Terminal map, airline information, getting to & from
- Willard Airport - Champaign [CMI] - Limited service to Chicago/O'Hare and Dallas-Ft. Worth
- Express Air Coach - Servicing Chicago/O'Hare airport and West Lafayette, Ind. (Purdue University)
- Illini Shuttle - Servicing Chicago/O'Hare airport, downtown Chicago, and select Chicago suburbs
- Peoria Charter Coach - Servicing Chicago/O'Hare airport, Chicago/Midway airport, Chicago's Union Station, other Chicago suburbs, Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington [BMI], Normal/Illinois State University, and Peoria, Ill.
- Suburban Express - Servicing the Chicago area with direct weekend service
Train + Bus Transport
International Students: International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) has arranged a shuttle schedule for incoming international students. You can find details regarding the shuttle service here: http://isss.illinois.edu/students/incoming/pre_arrival/shuttle_reg.html
- Amtrak - National rail service with many Midwest connections
- Burlington Trailways - Regional bus service from Wyoming to Indiana
- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) - Bus and train service in and around Chicago
- Greyhound Bus Lines - National bus service with many Midwest connections
- Megabus - Limited bus service to Chicago, Memphis, and other cities
- Campus Bike Center - information on bike parking, maps, safety, registration, etc.
- Campus Parking - information about University owned parking lots, metered parking and parking passes. Parts of campus area parking are controlled by the city of Champaign or city of Urbana
- Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) - public bus transportation system serving Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy. Use mobile apps to help you navigate.
- Zipcar - car sharing program with car locations on campus, reserve cars by the hour or day
Guides + Media
- Daily Illini – Student-run newspaper
- The Graduate College Guide to Student Life
- The News-Gazette – Champaign-Urbana community newspaper
- A-Z Index – An alphabetical index of departments and services
- Bookstore – Official university bookstore textbooks and supplies
- Compass – Illinois’ Blackboard online learning management system
- Financial Aid – Office of Student Financial Aid
- Financial Wellness, Cultivating Currency - a financial resource for students at Illinois
- Graduate and Professional Admissions – The official admitting office for Illinois graduate students
- Health Care and Wellness - information on insurance, McKinley Health center, counseling and wellness centers
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) - The campus office devoted to international students, scholars, faculty, and staff
- International Student Orientation Videos (note: created for Undergraduate Students - Graduate Students have different housing options):
- Library – Portal to one of the world’s largest public university collections
- Registrar – Office of the Registrar
- Student Affairs - A wealth of information on student organizations, cultural centers, health and wellness, cultural centers and diversity, and much more
- Tenant Union – U of I Tenant Union offers free assistance to locate housing, review leases and help with landlord disputes (You may wish to try ABODO for a local apartment search. The University of Illinois nor the Illinois PSM endorses this website nor the companies who advertise on the site.)
- University Housing at Illinois - University-owned residence halls and apartments
- 40 North | 88 West - An arts and creativity organization for Champaign county
- Arts & Entertainment - Information on art galleries, cultural centers, theaters and performance groups in Champaign County.
- Champaign Center Partnership - Information on the campustown, midtown, and downtown Champaign districts
- Champaign Parks District - Parks + recreation, events, and recreational activities
- Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) - Campus and community bus transit system
- UP Center - An LGBT and ally community organization of Champaign county
- Urbana Business Association - Nightlife + bars, restaurants + cafes, grocery + markets, and other Urbana businesses
- Urbana Parks District - Twenty-two parks, 600 acres, and hundreds of recreational activities
- Virginia Theatre - Movies, community events, live music, and comedy performances
- Visitors Guide to Champaign County - information on things to do around Champaign County including farmers markets, festivals, and other activities
Campus & Surrounding Area Events
- Sporting Events - Illinois is home to 21 Big Ten, Division 1 Sports teams including Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis (men are ranked #1 in Big Ten) and the 2015 Big Ten Champion Baseball Team.
- Taste of Champaign-Urbana - The area's premiere outdoor summer festival featuring food from area restaurants, diverse arts and crafts from local artists, and music and entertainment. August 18th and 19th.
- Urbana Sweetcorn Festival - A festival featuring local sweetcorn, live music and more on August 25th & 26th
- Farm Progress Show - Every other year, Illinois hosts this three-day showcase. Attendees will see products from manufacturers and suppliers or fertilizers, seeds, farm equipment, livestock equipment and more. This year, it will be held on August 29th, 30th & 31st in Decatur, Illinois, just 45 minutes from campus.