Questions about taking a Chicago Booth course? Review our FAQ for answers.
Enroll in an MBA Course
MBA-level courses at Chicago Booth are available to UChicago students and Chicago Booth alumni. Follow the steps on this page to review the process, then use the link at the bottom of the page to submit an enrollment request. The link is only active during registration periods.
1. Check Course Catalog
Browse our course catalog to view available courses, faculty, and schedules. The course schedule for the entire academic year is published each July. For academic year 2020-2021 all Booth courses may be accessed remotely, including those that faculty have designated as dual-modality.
2. Check Eligibility and Prerequisites
Some faculty members allow non-Booth students, but first you must email them to request permission (this includes Booth Alumni). Check the quarterly list of eligible courses for non-Booth students to see whether the professor allows non-Booth students. If a course is not listed on the eligible course list, then non-Booth students are not allowed to enroll. The eligible course list also contains links to faculty email addresses. Forward permission emails to Prereq@Lists.ChicagoBooth.edu so staff can log them.
Some faculty members may designate one or more strict prerequisites for their course. Courses with strict prerequisites are indicated on the eligible course PDF above, and also in the online course search tool with the designation "strict prerequisite" at the bottom of the course description. If a course has a strict prerequisite, you can’t take the class unless you’ve either taken the required course at Booth or received permission from the professor in the form of a waiver. To get a waiver:
Email the faculty member who teaches the course, describe your relevant experience, and ask for a waiver. Faculty emails can be found on the eligible course PDF linked above.
If granted, forward the email to email@example.com. Our staff will log the waiver and send you a confirmation. You still need to fill out the online request form to request enrollment. A seat will not be held while a waiver request is pending.
Details about strict versus recommended prerequisites are available here.
3. Check Available Seats
Courses are offered on a space-available basis after Booth students have had first priority for registration. To estimate your chances of getting in to the class of your choice, see our seat availability report. The report isn’t updated in real time, but it’s updated periodically throughout registration.Note that enrollment in a Booth course is not guaranteed. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis through the non-Booth online request process. Waitlists are not created for non-Booth students, and seat limits for full courses are not increased.
There are some important differences between Booth courses and college courses. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Booth follows a different academic calendar than the college.
- Courses typically meet once a week for three hours, and they are not videotaped. Missing even one class can have a significant impact on your course performance.
- First-year College students may not take any business course, including Business Economics sections.
- College students may not audit any business courses.
- College students (including Dougan Scholars) may not take 50-unit Booth courses.
- You can be enrolled in a maximum of three Booth courses per quarter. On the Request Enrollment Form you may indicate a preference for up to three courses with one alternate section per course.
- Not all Booth faculty offer a Pass/Fail option, and Booth’s Pass/Fail request deadline is earlier than the college’s (requests must be submitted to the Booth Registrar by Friday, Week 4).
- All students are expected to sit for exams as scheduled. Faculty are under no obligation to offer make-up exams or alternate exam times for students with conflicts.
- Most Booth faculty do not provide early final grades to graduating students, so we recommend that you not enroll in an MBA-level course in your graduating quarter.
- College policies about taking Booth classes are posted on the College advising website.
- Consult your College advisor to discuss what Booth courses are appropriate for your academic plan.
- For Booth registration issues, contact the Booth Registrar’s Office.
Booth alumni may take up to 300 tuition-free course units through the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, or Weekend MBA Programs. Tuition is not assessed for these classes, but you are responsible for the costs of course materials.
Registration and Grading
- Courses cannot be audited; they must be taken for a letter grade or Pass/Fail.
- Courses dropped after Week 3 will be assigned a "W" grade and will count against your three-course allotment.
- Courses and grades will appear on your official University of Chicago transcript but do not retroactively apply toward concentrations. Grades for Post-Grad Take 3 courses are included in your cumulative GPA.
- To register for 50-unit courses in the second half of the quarter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Week 3.
- You will need to recertify your UChicago CNet ID in order to gain access to online course materials. Your student ID number will be emailed as part of your registration confirmation, and you should call UChicago IT at 773.702.5800 (Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.) to ask them to reactivate your CNet ID.
- If you were a student before Autumn Quarter 2005, you will be assessed a $100 Lifetime Transcript Fee upon enrollment in your first Post-Grad Take 3 course. This one-time fee enables you to order an unlimited number of official transcripts at no additional charge. There is also an option for a $20 per-transcript order. Details are at the University Registrar's website.
- You are responsible for purchasing any textbooks needed for the course.
- There is a $25 materials fee for online course materials for each Booth course you take. This Booth Book Fee is nonrefundable for courses dropped after Friday, Week 2.
- Payment of fees is due by the end of week 10. Fees may be paid online through your My.UChicago.edu portal or by check.
- You may not be enrolled in any other University of Chicago degree or nondegree program while taking Post-Grad 3 courses at Booth.
- Only courses in the Booth Full-Time, Evening, or Weekend MBA Programs are eligible for Post-Grad enrollment. Executive MBA courses and other university courses are not eligible.
- If you are registering for courses in two successive quarters, you must proof of immunization compliance before you will be allowed to enroll in the second quarter.
- The Post-Grad Take 3 program does not provide student visa eligibility for non-US citizens.
- Booth reserves the right to withdraw alumni from a course at any time and, upon review, to adjust or cancel this program.
- After taking your Post-Grad 3 courses, you can register for classes at current tuition rates through the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. You can also enroll in non-Booth courses through the Graham School.
We advise you not to take a Booth course in your graduating quarter unless you don’t need the course to fulfill your degree requirements. Booth faculty are not required to issue provisional or early final grades for graduating students, so it may affect your ability to graduate. For more information, consult the For Graduating Students section of our FAQ.
Some courses have assignments due on the first day of class. We highly recommend that you complete the assignment even if you’re not sure you’re enrolled.
See the list of First Class Assignments
6. Submit an Enrollment Request
> Winter 2021 registration has ended.
> The Spring quarter registration link will open on March 22nd at 10am CST.
- Non-Booth enrollment is a manual process that takes place just before the start of the quarter in order to allow eligible non-Booth students to fill seats not taken by Booth students.
- Non-Booth students and Booth alumni use an online form to request enrollment.
- The form requires your full name, @UChicago email address, and 8-digit student ID number. You will use a drop-down list to select the course(s) you are requesting.
- Requests are collected and then manually processed in date/time stamp order. Notifications are sent by email, and Canvas activation typically occurs overnight for active students (Booth alumni may take a few days).
- If your request was not successful, you may submit another enrollment request up until the deadline. After that, no new enrollments are allowed, even with faculty permission.
- Many Booth faculty have a mandatory first class attendance policy, so if you miss the first session you may not be allowed to enroll. Check the Booth course search tool for details.