At Chicago, it's all about the idea. You'll focus on generating, analyzing, comparing and refining ideas. Making them better. And better yet. Why? Because there are no pat answers or simple rules to draw on in business.
You'll thrive in any career path you choose because you'll have learned how to:
-- Examine every idea.Whether presented by a classmate or a professor. You'll voice your support, your dissent, your suggestions. Here, there are no wrong questions except the ones that go unasked.
-- Evaluate problems and opportunities. Through the lenses of accounting, economics, psychology, sociology, and statistics. With a diversity of analytical tools and methods, you'll think in new ways.
-- Develop the confidence to lead. Learn to build relationships. Motivate people. Influence outcomes. By testing yourself in classroom discussions, in student groups and in competitions. Plus 125 hours of programming dedicated to leadership. You'll develop the skills to successfully take on any business challenge.
The Chicago experience will take you deeper into an issue, broaden your perspective and force you to question assumptions - including your own. You’ll learn to feel comfortable when there is no formula to guide you. No path to follow. Because it is ideas, not trends that shape the world of business.
The Chicago experience will prepare you to take your career to a new level. At Chicago Booth, you'll find 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. How to make things better. Be prepared for all possibilities. Because there are no clear-cut answers. You'll gain a powerful framework for making decisions throughout your career, in any business situation, in any industry.
-- a curriculum you can use now – Booth professors bring their real-world experience as consultants, expert witnesses, board members or even investment fund managers to the classroom. You’ll learn how to assess risk, approach clients, think more strategically and make better decisions along a range of outcomes. The tools you need today and in the future.
-- collaboration – Business is all about individuals with their own talents and abilities uniting to solving a problem, to making things better. You’ll find the same approach in the classroom. In study groups. Faculty who share insights, encourage debate, ask you to question your assumptions. Colleagues from three campuses, numerous industries and many job functions who create a broader perspective. All driven to maximize the learning experience.
-- community across continents, cultures, and customs – With students from 51 countries and classes in three international locations, there truly are no boundaries. You’ll meet a person who knows a materials supplier in Bolivia; who’s worked in Mongolia or Siberia; who’ll show you around Turin on your next business trip.
-- classroom discussion – Lecture is only part of the process of learning. At Chicago Booth, you’ll be pushed to ask questions – lots of them – by faculty and your classmates. “Why do you think that is so?” “How does that affect the budget?” “What makes that a good decision?” “What are your alternatives?” The fearless and freewheeling debate will give you the confidence to excel in any situation, anywhere, with anyone.
The format for the program is the same for all three campuses. During the 21-month program, you will take 15 of the 17 courses together with your colleagues. Each student then selects two electives to complete the course of study.
During four one week international sessions, students from all three campuses meet, take classes, work in study groups together, examine current regional issues, participate in field trips to local businesses and cultural sites. There are two sessions in Chicago and one each in London and Singapore.