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Everyone knows that an MBA is a considerable investment of time and money—and we want to make sure you are making the best possible decision when you embark on one.

Examine Your Motivations

You need a lot of motivation to take on an Executive MBA Program. You’ll be juggling work, family life, and a rigorous course of study. What is your primary reason for doing it all? Let’s do a simple exercise. Below are four common motivations for pursuing an MBA. While all may resonate with you, pick the one that aligns the best.

  1. Gain deeper business knowledge.
  2. Strengthen your professional network.
  3. Develop a new skill set.
  4. Create career impact for yourself—advance, change, or start a business.

Now let’s compare your answer with the data (this is Booth, after all). When we surveyed recent admitted students on this question, here’s what they said:

Chicago Booth Harper Center

36%

Business Knowledge

36%
Chicago Booth Harper Center

46%

Network

46%
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36%

Skills and Expertise

36%
Chicago Booth Harper Center

39%

Career Impact

39%

It’s useful to see how your reasons correspond with those of other Booth students. This can help you to gauge your unique “fit” with the Booth Executive MBA Program and really hone in on your motivations for wanting to attend.

Why Booth?

Now that you’ve thought about your motivation for pursuing an MBA, let’s look at four areas that make Chicago Booth distinct: our approach to business education, the EMBA curriculum, Booth’s career and leadership resources, and the collaborative, global Booth network. It’s important to develop a good understanding of our offerings so you can determine if Booth is the right school for you to achieve your goals.

Take the Next Step

If Booth is the right fit for you, why not take the next step toward joining our community? Attend an admissions event or apply today.

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Lisa Koengeter

Director of Admissions and Marketing, Chicago

Based in Chicago, Lisa writes about the Executive MBA community, the Chicago Booth women’s network, and admissions updates and advice.

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