The Booth School of Business at University of Chicago

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Students at the Booth School of Business live and learn in Hyde Park, Ill., a hub of arts and culture that is just blocks from downtown Chicago and the beaches of Lake Michigan. Students can earn an MBA in the traditional two-year program or can complete a part-time MBA degree through evening and weekend courses. Joint degrees are offered in conjunction with the University of Chicago Law School, Pritzker School of Medicine, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Service Administration. The Booth School of Business also has an executive MBA program, which is completed in 21 months in Chicago, London or Hong Kong.

From Booth School website:

“Booth’s culture will prepare you for business at a new level. You’ll experience an academic program that features:

  • An emphasis on analyzing problems, generating key insights, and implementing creative solutions  We stress the importance of asking questions and examining ideas. You’ll gain a superior ability and confidence to handle situations where there are no predetermined answers.
  • Flexible curriculum With only one required course, you can design a program to meet your career goals. Our flexible curriculum gives you the ability to target the depth of knowledge and skills a potential employer will value.
  • Experiential learning You’ll have the chance to strengthen the connection between theory and practice with experiential learning. Testing the skills and knowledge you’ve gained in a practical setting will stretch and prepare you for business leadership.
  • Dialogue in the classroom Don’t expect to be fed information or given rules to follow. Debate and discussion are the principal modes of learning at Chicago Booth. You’ll be asked by your professors and your peers to take an active role in uncovering the ideas and facts that will lead you to new solutions.
  • An academic connection with the University Chicago Booth is part of one of the greatest research institutions in the world – the University of Chicago. Through our joint degree programs, you can increase the value of your MBA by combining it with a degree from one of the University’s other world-renowned programs.
  • International programs In a global marketplace, having the chance to study in another country and learn about how business is conducted across borders broadens the perspective you bring to a position. We have international programs to fit your needs – including options that range from a few weeks to one term.
  • Innovation Learn how to build a new business, work with cutting-edge entrepreneurs, and intern with a venture capital or private equity firm through the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.”

Here are a couple of reviews from students:

Sara M., – Terre Haute, Indiana – “I was able to attend Start Up Networking Night. Lots of local start ups are in attendance and students get the opportunity to network. There were several healthcare companies in attendance, and I actually connected with one that I went on to work with in the winter quarter. I’m so appreciative that making that connection gave me the opportunity to incorporate more professional experience into my time at Booth”

Gilad A., –  Tel Aviv – “When I came to Booth, I was amazed by the ability I had to just walk up to a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or the biggest VC Investor in the West Coast, and just introduce myself. You can develop that into a coffee chat, and then have the opportunity to pick their brains in a one-on-one meeting. I think that ability to develop relationships with such connected, interesting people is very unique.”

Samantha S., – San Francisco – “I am a Technology Club co-chair and in the student government group on campus. Both roles have given me opportunities to plan events, work with groups, and take ownership of things going on around campus. Booth is known for very data-centric. Given my background in psychology, I wanted to focus on getting more familiar with that side of business and becoming a successful product marketer.”

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Chicago Booth School of Business offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, international business, marketing, management information systems, production/operations management, organizational behavior, public policy, and quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research. Its tuition is full-time: $69,200 per year; part-time: $6,854 per credit; and executive: $184,000 total program. At graduation, 88.0 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

Booth’s notable alumni include Scott Griffith, former chairman and CEO of Zipcar, Inc., a car-sharing service, and Bill Conway, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm. Bernie Sanders and Carl Sagan.


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