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Chicago Booth - Evening/Weekend MBA

Division: Chicago Booth
Degree Type: MBA (Evening/Weekend)

Program Description

Chicago Booth offers a complete range of Full-Time, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA, and Executive MBA Programs. All programs offer the same powerful, effective business education that prepares you to solve the greatest business challenges. And each will transform the way you think about business.

All our programs offer the same degree, taught by the same world-class faculty, with the same peerless standard of quality. Only the format differs. You choose the one that meets your interests, goals, experience, and availability.

Featuring the same faculty flexible curriculum as the Full-Time Program, the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs allow students to build their skills without interrupting their careers. Courses are held at Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. The Evening MBA Program is an attractive option for individuals who are working full time in the Chicagoland area. The Weekend MBA Program is an attractive option for those who choose to take classes on the weekend, including those who live in another state. In fact, more than 86 percent of weekend students live outside of Illinois.

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Specific Areas of Focus


Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Quarter Application Due Classes Start
Autumn 2013 Monday, July 1, 2013 September 26, 2013
Winter 2014 Friday, October 4, 2013 January 6, 2014
Spring 2014 Friday, January 10, 2014 March 31, 2014

Campus Visits

Prospective students who have attended an admissions event are encouraged to visit a class. The Chicago Booth classroom experience is unlike any other. As a student, you will be in the midst of colleagues from all walks of life, engaged in vigorous debate, called on to voice your opinion, and collaborate with peers to determine which ideas stand up to the rigor of intellectual inquiry.

Submit your three top choices and the dates you can attend to the class visit coordinator.

Degree Objective

An MBA is offered.

Application Requirements

  1. Application for admission
  2. Non-refundable application fee: $175
  3. Official GMAT scores (GMAT code is H9X-9F-17)
  4. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants only)
  5. Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school
  6. 2 letters of reference
  7. Professional resume
  8. Essays
  9. Interviews are required of all applicants. Once your application has been submitted, you will be invited to Chicago Booth for a required admissions interview. Our office will contact you to schedule an interview, which may be conducted in the weeks following the application deadline.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are released on a rolling basis, depending upon quarter of application. All decisions are communicated by email.

Program Requirements

Whether you choose the Evening MBA Program or the Weekend MBA Program, students on average complete their degrees in 2.5 to 3 years. If a student takes two classes consistently every quarter, the program can be completed in 2.5 years. However, you have up to five years to complete the program. As a result, students are able to take time off due to a busy work or home schedule. As part of the Evening MBA Program or the Weekend MBA Program, you have the option to take classes in the evening, during the weekend, or during the day with full-time students; the only limitation is your schedule.

To complete the MBA program, students must complete 20 classes, plus Effective Leadership. Four major components make up the flexible curriculum. You choose what you take and when—based on your experience, education, and goals.

  1. Foundation courses focus on developing analytical tools and knowledge that support the rest of the curriculum. Students must choose one course from each category (Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, and Statistics).
  2. Functions, Management, and Business Environment coursescoverbasic business functions (finance, marketing and operations); management (decisions, people, and strategy); as well as the business environment in which firms operate. Students choose six courses from seven categories (Finance, Marketing, Operations, Decisions, People, Strategy, and Business Environment).
  3. Electives (11 courses) cover 14 concentrations, offering students the chance to explore a topic more deeply.
  4. Leadership training (1 course) is so critical that it is the only required class. All students must take Effective Leadership, where they work on such key leadership skills as self-awareness, effective communication, and leading teams.

Costs & Financial Aid

  1. Tuition: $5,524 per course (20 courses are required for graduation)
  2. Fees: $1,645 (includes charge for Effective Leadership, student activity fee, and transcript fee)
  3. Every student is eligible for financial aid. However, the options are different for U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and international students. Chicago Booth does not grant scholarships to Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students.

U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents

There are three loan programs available to Evening and Weekend MBA students.

  1. Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan: The Federal Direct Stafford loan is available to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who enroll in two or more courses each quarter.
  2. Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan: Graduate/professional students can apply for the Federal Direct GradPLUS loan. The Federal Direct GradPLUS loan is a credit-based loan and is subject to the same rules and regulations as all other federal financial aid programs. The Federal Direct GradPLUS loan is used in place of the private alternative loan.
  3. Private, credit-based alternative loan: All students can apply for a private, credit-based alternative loan. Students can borrow up to the cost of attendance (which is set by the financial aid office) minus any other financial assistance. The private alternative loan is used in place of the Federal Direct GradPLUS loan.

International Students

Chicago Booth is committed to providing funding/loans for our international students without a co-signer. More information will be available to students upon admission to the program.