"The emphasis on [students] learning the basics rather than some predigested goo" along with "an unbeatable faculty" are "what make The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business one of the best, especially in hard-core areas such as finance and accounting," students tell us. A "rigorous quantitative program that compels students to think critically and analytically" is the hallmark of a Chicago Booth MBA, although students hasten to add that Booth also "emphasizes persuasion, communication, and negotiation skills."
Chicago Booth offers a full-time, part-time evening, part-time weekend, and executive MBA program. All four tracks share "top-notch" faculty, wide-ranging academic options, and an approach that "doesn't chase new trends in business but instead relies on teaching sound fundamentals that can then be applied to any situation." The programs differ in some details; full-time students, for example, enjoy a student-enacted grade nondisclosure policy that creates a conducive environment for "teamwork and sharing of ideas." Students must also complete the Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) program, which "provides analytic frameworks for leadership that are very helpful in determining the best way to use [one's] strengths and where to improve." Parttimers enjoy "great flexibility," noting that "most classes have several sessions taught by the same professor during the same quarter, enabling students to make up class sessions if for some reason they cannot attend their normal session." Booth's weekend MBA and Executive MBAs have "students flying to Chicago from across the U.S. and world to attend classes," which "connects a much broader and more diverse group of people than other MBA programs can."
Chicago Booth's faculty includes Nobel laureates and cutting-edge researchers "who also excel in the classroom." One accounting student reports, "Both my corporate tax strategy professor and my M&A accounting professor consult for corporate and government clients, so they have intimate knowledge of how to apply what they teach in the real world." Booth is best known for its faculty in finance, economics, and accounting, but students note that the school should work to "increase awareness of its excellence in marketing, entrepreneurship, and general management disciplines." Many students also "do a one-term or full-year exchange program at a foreign business school," and "these international career development opportunities are a big part of the experience for many Booth students."