7 Things You Didn't Know about Chicago Booth and the Executive MBA Program

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Chicago Booth is well known for being a finance and economics powerhouse. But we're also innovative, global, entrepreneurial, and intellectually curious. Here are seven things you may not have known about Chicago Booth and our Executive MBA Program:

1. Chicago Booth offered the first Executive MBA Program in the world

Hands holding the program directory from the first ever Booth EMBA class

In 1943, Chicago Booth enrolled its inaugural class of 52 students. It would be 20+ years before another university opened the second Executive MBA Program.

2. Chicago Booth is the only US business school to have permanent campuses on three continents

Chicago's Hancock Tower, London's Shard, and Hong Kong's Bank of China Tower

Booth opened its first international campus in Barcelona in 1994. Since then, we have expanded our global reach and grown to three campuses located in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong.

3. At Chicago Booth, the Executive MBA Program is taught by the same award-winning faculty as the Full-Time and Part-Time MBA programs

Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler

Since the Nobel Prize in Economics was established in 1968, nine Chicago Booth faculty members have won the award. Most recently, Richard Thaler received the honor for his contributions to the field of behavioral economics.

4. Many Booth Executive MBA students have already earned advanced degrees

Two Booth graduates embrace in graduation regalia

Over 50% of the incoming class started the program with Masters Degrees in other subjects. Their fields of study include medicine, law, foreign affairs, engineering, economics, computer science, and accounting.

5. Chicago Booth is home to one of the top startup accelerator programs in the United States and shares rankings with programs like Y Combinator and Techstars

Global New Venture Challege winners Paire Health celebrate with prize check

Now in its 22nd year, the New Venture Challenge has helped launch over 200 real companies with more than $8 billion in mergers and exits achieved by such alumni as Grubhub, Braintree, and Simple Mills. The Global New Venture Challenge is the Executive MBA branch of the competition where over 80 coaches, judges, panelists, and guest speakers participate on our Chicago, London, and Hong Kong campuses.

6. Executive MBA graduates return to Chicago Booth every year to take classes

Harper Center

Each August, over 100 Executive MBA alumni from around the world return to Chicago to take classes with current students during their Electives weeks. This lifelong learning opportunity provides the chance to pick up new skills and network with friends, old and new.

7. The University of Chicago is a research institution with $490 million in sponsored research annually

a collage of four images of faculty presenting at events and the hong kong campus

Booth students, faculty, and alumni have access to a robust network of over 160 research centers, institutes, and committees worldwide. This research fuels the enduring, multidisciplinary approach to business taught at Chicago Booth.