Curriculum and Concentrations
There are four major components that make up the flexible curriculum with only one required course, LEAD. You choose what you take and when based on your experience, education, and goals.
Search the Chicago Booth portal for course descriptions and course schedules by course number, quarter, program, and other course criteria via the course search feature.
- Foundation courses focus on developing analytical tools and knowledge that support the rest of the curriculum.
- Functions, Management, and Business Environment cover basic business functions (finance, marketing, and operations); management (decisions, people, and strategy); as well as the business environment in which firms operate.
- Electives cover 13 concentrations, offering students the chance to explore a topic more deeply. Concentrations will help you develop additional frameworks that enhance or complement your experience.
- Leadership training is seen as so critical that it's the only required component. All students must participate in LEAD, where they'll work on key management skills such as interpersonal communication, relationship building, and conflict resolution.
Overview Of Program
The Weekend MBA Program consists of 20 classes plus LEAD. Courses are distributed as follows.
Foundations (3 Courses)
Choose one course from each category.
||Accounting & Financial Analysis I; Accounting & Financial Analysis II; Financial Statement Analysis
||Microeconomics; Accelerated Microeconomics; Advanced Microeconomic Analysis
Advanced Microeconomics Theory;
Price Theory I; Price Theory II; Advanced Alternatives
||Business Statistics; Applied Regression Analysis
||Analysis of Financial Time Series; Financial Econometrics; Statistical Insight into Marketing, Consulting & Entrepreneurship; Data Mining; Probability and Statistics; Statistical Inference; Applied Econometrics; Time-series Analysis for Forecasting and Model Building; Bayesian Econometrics; Multivariate Time Series Analysis; any PhD-level course
Functions, Management, And The Business Environment (6 Courses)
Choose six courses from six of the seven categories
||Introductory Finance; Investments; Corporation Finance
||Portfolio Management; Advanced Investments; Theory of Financial Decisions I; Theory of Financial Decisions II; Asset Pricing; Financial Instruments; Fixed Income Asset Pricing; Cases in Financial Management: Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity
||Consumer Behavior; Quantitative Marketing Research Methods; Data-Driven Marketing; Marketing Research; Developing New Products and Services; Pricing Strategies
||Supply Chain Strategy & Practice; Revenue Management; Managing Service Operations
||Managerial Decision Making; Managerial Accounting; Managerial Decision Modeling
||Managing in Organizations; Strategic Leadership; Power and Influence in Organizations; Managing the Workplace
||Competitive Strategy; Business Policy
||Macroeconomics; the Firm and the Non-Market Environment; Business, Politics, and Ethics
||The Legal Infrastructure of Business; Law, Economics & Business; Money and Banking; Understanding Central Banks; International Commercial Policy; International Financial Policy; the Wealth of Nations; Chinese Economy
Electives (11 Courses)
Define what areas of study you would like to pursue, or build toward completing your concentrations. You are also able to take courses from other university departments including the University of Chicago Law School and Harris School of Public Policy.
Effective Leadership (required Curriculum Component)
Incoming Weekend MBA students complete the Effective Leadership requirement by attending a three-day program (LAUNCH) and by participating in one additional class session during their first quarter called ReLAUNCH. LAUNCH is held before the academic quarter begins and includes a dynamic line-up of activities, from curriculum and research center overviews, to lunches with alumni and faculty. Students complete most of their Effective Leadership curriculum during LAUNCH, participating in workshops with a cohort to create strong bonds and build peer relationships.
Option To Take Courses Across Booth Programs
Because the faculty, courses, and degree requirements are the same for all Booth MBA programs, we are able to offer our students unparalleled amount of flexibility to their class schedules. Our students are able to tailor their academic experiences to achieve their goals. If your schedule permits, you also have the option to take classes in the Evening MBA or Full-time MBA program.
Six Free Courses
- Chicago Booth believes learning is a lifelong endeavor and Chicago Booth has two programs that facilitate this by offering up to six free courses to our students and alumni.
- The Take 3 Program allows current students to take up to three free courses before they graduate. All graduation requirements must be complete. Students use this program to complete concentrations or prepare for a career transition.
- Alumni are also invited to take up to three free courses through the Alumni Post-Graduate Course Offerings. As alumni are promoted or change careers these courses provide an opportunity to brush up on a relevant topic.
Concentrations and Areas of Study
Unlike other Weekend MBA programs, Booth offers its complete curriculum to weekend students, including all 13 concentrations. These concentrations build on fundamentals that allow you to develop frameworks that complement your experience and fit your career goals.
While concentrations are not required, students typically fulfill two to four from the list above to signal deeper knowledge and assemble the tools and analytic skills relevant to areas of particular interest. At the same time, because they build on the fundamentals, the concentrations are valuable well beyond specific job titles and instead prepare you for multiple career paths.