From Chicago to the World

The world’s first executive MBA program began at the University of Chicago in 1943, with a group of 52 dedicated students. Then, as now, they sought a transformative education that would propel them to lead in a rapidly changing world, while balancing school with their careers and families. Today, we bring The Chicago Approach to more than 240 Executive MBA Program students in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong.

75 Years at the Forefront of Change

Trace our history through more than seven decades of pathbreaking education and discover how Booth’s Executive MBA Program accelerated the value of the MBA.

A Milestone Anniversary

Over the course of 2018, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the program and its unique impact on the industry. Notable highlights can be found below.

Raised for Executive MBA Scholarships (in USD)

Candidates Referred to the program by Alumni

Social Media Impressions

Executive MBA through the Years

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Our History, by the Numbers

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Percentage that the program grew in its first five years

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Industries represented among our students, who represent 48 nationalities

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First and only US business school with permanent campuses on three continents


In the News: Our 75th Anniversary


“One of the impacts of the Executive MBA Program is that it fast-forwarded the study of business to a larger audience, who were able to make use of the techniques in more serious managerial and leadership roles. I think, in fact, it accelerated the value of the MBA.”

—Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management