MBA/Masters Program in Computer Science (MPCS)
The Masters Program in Computer Science and MBA joint program offers students the opportunity to combine a business education with technology skills and become leaders within entrepreneurship, fintech, and technology management.
The leadership and management skills acquired through Booth’s MBA program are complemented by rigorous theory, programming, and applications knowledge learned through the University of Chicago’s Department of Computer Science and its Masters Program in Computer Science.
A hybrid of business and technology, the MBA/MPCS joint degree experience has given Yun the tools to analyze any business situation from its technical roots to business strategies.
In order to earn a dual MBA and computer science degree, students complete 14 Booth-only courses (+LEAD) and seven to nine MPCS-only courses. This program can be completed in two years if the student passes placement exams and avoids having to take the two immersion classes; however, if the two immersion classes need to be taken, the student should realistically budget 2.5 years to complete the program to avoid heavy course loads each quarter.
Tuition for the joint MBA/MPCS program is assessed through Chicago Booth at a flat rate for Full-Time students and a per course rate for Evening and Weekend students. If a student in either program takes more than 2200 units, they will be assessed the per course rate for any additional units.
This course is required of all Full-Time and Part-Time MBA students and is completed during the Autumn Quarter of their first year of residency in the program. The course is designed to enhance students’ self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by providing them with an opportunity to benchmark themselves with respect to critical aspects of leadership—working in teams, influencing others, conflict management, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, etc. The course also helps students create a personalized plan to guide their continued development at Booth and beyond.
Basic Courses: Financial Accounting
Advanced Alternatives: Accounting & Financial Analysis 1, Accounting & Financial Analysis II, Financial Statement Analysis
Basic Courses: Microeconomics, Advanced Microeconomic Analysis, Accelerated Microeconomics
Advanced Alternatives: Topics in Microeconomics Theory
Basic Courses: Business Statistics, Applied Regression Analysis
Advanced Alternatives: Analysis of Financial Time Series; Financial Econometrics; Statistical Insight into Marketing, Consulting, and Entrepreneurship; Data Mining; or any PhD-level statistics
700 (of 800) Functions, Leadership & Management, and Business Environment
The MS in computer science degree has two prerequisite (immersion) courses (100 units). A student must fulfill either through course completion or placement exams. Offered in both Autumn and Winter Quarters, they are: MPCS 50101 Concepts of Programming and MPCS 50103 Mathematics for Computer Science (Discrete Math).
200 units of credit in MPCS prerequisite classes (programming and math), if needed
400 units of credit in MPCS core courses (including one programming, one algorithms, and two systems classes)
300 units of credit in MPCS electives
Interested applicants must apply to both programs separately according to published deadlines. Current Booth students please read Eligibility Requirements below. Admissions decisions for each program are made independently and the applications have separate requirements. Additional information can be found on the Joint MBA/MPCS Program page on the MPCS website. Inquiries regarding the admissions process for the MPCS should be directed to the Masters Program in Computer Science.
Eligibility Requirements: Students admitted to Booth’s Full-Time MBA program who wish to undertake the joint degree with MPCS must be admitted to and begin both programs in the same academic year. Full-Time Booth students who have started their MBA are not eligible for the joint degree*. Students in Booth’s Evening and Weekend MBA programs who wish to undertake the joint degree with MPCS must be admitted to and begin that program before surpassing the halfway point of the Booth program. No more than 1000 units of Chicago Booth credit may be completed prior to admission and enrollment in the joint program (which includes enrollment in computer science immersion coursework, if applicable). A Booth Evening or Weekend student who has completed more than 1000 units is not eligible for the joint degree. MPCS students who wish to undertake the joint degree with Booth must be admitted to and begin the MBA portion of the joint degree before completing 400 units of MPCS course credit. (MPCS immersion courses are prerequisite courses and are not included in the 400 units of MPCS course credit.) An MPCS student registered in 500 units or more is not eligible for the joint degree. MPCS students are eligible for the Booth Evening or Weekend program only.
*Full-time students who entered Booth in Autumn 2021 are eligible to apply for the joint degree in their second year, and should follow the unit requirement stated above.
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