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Chicago Booth - Full-time MBA

Division: Chicago Booth
Degree Type: MBA (Full-Time)

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 of 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.

With a highly flexible curriculum and lively campus life, the Full-Time MBA Program is a two-year program that offers endless opportunities to tailor your learning experience. The program is housed in the Charles M. Harper Center, a state-of-the-art building on the Hyde Park campus.

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Specific Areas of Focus



Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


  1. Round 1: October 3, 2013
  2. Round 2: January 8, 2014
  3. Round 3: April 3, 2014

Campus Visits

We welcome prospective MBA students to visit Chicago Booth and experience our unique and vibrant community. We offer several visit programs to give you a glimpse of academic and student life on campus. You can either spend a day at Chicago Booth or you can participate in the extended visit program.

  • Daily Campus Visit Program: An informal half-day program. Sit in on a class, attend an admissions information session, get a tour of Charles M. Harper Center, and have lunch with current students.
  • Chicago Booth Live: Special Friday full-day events that are designed to give you a more in-depth perspective of life as a Chicago Booth student. You will have the opportunity to interact with students in various settings, engage with our faculty in the classroom, and unwind with new friends at our informal reception called the "Liquidity Preference Function."

Degree Objective

An MBA is offered.

Application Requirements

  1. Application for admission
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official GMAT or GRE scores
  4. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants only)
  5. Official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school
  6. 2 letters of reference
  7. Resume
  8. Essays
  9. Interviews only by invitation, after review of completed application

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are released in mid-December for Round 1, mid-March for Round 2, and early May for Round 3. No decisions are given by phone or email.

Program Requirements

To complete the MBA program, students must complete 20 classes plus LEAD. 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 courses coverbasic 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 (1 course) training is so critical that it is the only required class. All students must take Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD), where they work on such key management skills as negotiation, team-building, and giving feedback.

Costs & Financial Aid

Visit the Chicago Booth website to learn more about tuition rates and financial aid

Financing Your MBA

Chicago Booth is committed to assisting all admitted students in financing their MBA, regardless of citizenship. Financing is available for all admitted students in the form of student loans and merit-based scholarships and fellowships only. All students who are admitted to the MBA Program are automatically considered for all merit-based scholarships. Chicago Booth does not offer need-based financial aid.

Loans are calculated based on a standardized cost of attendance including room and board, books, and other expenses for three academic quarters (nine months).

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

There are four loan programs available to U.S. citizen and U.S. permanent resident full-time 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 Perkins Loan: The Federal Perkins loan is limited to full-time second-year campus students only.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 financing opportunities for all students regardless of their citizenship and has loan programs available for students without U.S. cosigners. More specific information regarding these programs will be made available via the admitted students' website upon admission to the program.