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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 Weekend MBA Program allows students to build their skills without interrupting their careers. Courses meet every Saturday at Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. 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.
SPECIFIC AREAS OF FOCUS
Econometrics and Statistics
Human Resource Management
Managerial and Organizational Behavior
Through 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 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.
TThere are four major components that make up the flexible curriculum with only one required course, Effective Leadership. You choose what you take and when based on your experience, education, and goals. The Weekend MBA Program consists of 20 courses plus Effective Leadership. Courses are distributed as follows:
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).
Functions, Management, and Business Environment coursescover basic 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).
Electives (11 courses) cover 14 concentrations, offering students the chance to explore a topic more deeply. Students are also able to take courses from other university departments including the University of Chicago Law School and Harris School of Public Policy.
Leadership training 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.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTSA completed application with required personal background informationCompleted responses to essaysA professional resumeTwo letters of recommendationTranscripts from all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended from which you have earned a degree, either official documents or a self-reported transcriptGMAT or GRE score (GMAT code is H9X-9F-34; GRE code is 8852)TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)An application feeInterviews are required of all applicants to the Weekend MBA Program and are held at Gleacher Center, our downtown campus. You will be interviewed by one of our trained Admissions Committee members, which include alumni, current students, and the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA team members. All interviews, regardless of who conducts them, receive equal weight in the evaluation process.You will be invited to Chicago Booth for a required admissions interview once your application has been submitted, as evidenced by receipt and inclusion of the items listed above in your application. The interview may be conducted in the weeks following the application deadline. Our office will contact you to schedule an interview.ADMISSIONS DECISIONSDecisions are communicated via the online application system. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100
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 Weekend MBA students.
STUDENT LOANS FOR US CITIZENS AND US PERMANENT RESIDENTS
There are three loan programs available to Weekend MBA students.
Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan: - The Federal Direct Stafford loan is available to US citizens and US permanent residents who enroll in two or more courses each quarter. The Stafford loan, which is not credit-based, carries a fixed interest rate of 6.8 percent and an annual borrowing limit of $20,500.
Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan: - The Federal Direct GradPLUS loan is available to US citizens and US permanent residents who enroll in two or more courses each quarter. The Federal Direct GradPLUS loan is a credit-based federal loan that can be used to supplement the Federal Direct Stafford loan. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9 percent and there is a 4 percent origination fee. Students can borrow up to the full cost of attendance (set by the financial aid office) minus all other financial assistance.
Private, credit-based alternative loan: - All students can apply for a private, credit-based alternative loan. Students can borrow up to the full cost of attendance (set by the financial aid office) minus all other financial assistance. The terms of private loans are set by the lender.
Chicago Booth is committed to providing financing opportunities for all students regardless of citizenship status and offers a loan program to international students with no US cosigners. International students who have US cosigners have multiple private loan options. More detailed information regarding these programs will be made available via the admitted students website upon admission to the program.
Please Note (OFAC Sanctions): In accordance with regulatory guidelines, applicants from Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC)-sanctioned countries are NOT eligible for Chicago Booths loan program for international students with no US cosigner. Sanctioned countries include Belarus, Western Balkans (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, and FYR of Macedonia), Myanmar, Cote dIvoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, DR Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.