Dougan Scholars Certificate Program Frequently Asked Questions
We’re delighted that you’re interested in the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program for UChicago undergraduates.
Below are answers to some of the questions we hear most often. If you still have questions, please email us or call 773.702.7369.
I am a first-year student in the College at the University of Chicago. Can I apply to Dougan Scholars?
The undergraduate business certificate application typically opens in early October, with applications due in early January. See the Dougan Scholars Application Process page for details about the application deadline.
We take students from all majors because we are committed to fostering a community that appreciates a diversity of perspectives and experiences. The Dougan Scholars Certificate Program allows you to choose courses that you have a vested interest in. In evaluating candidates, we look for individuals who show a strong desire for the educational experience, so be sure to articulate how the program will meet your needs.
The Dougan Scholars Certificate Program is highly selective, and a student who withdraws from the program is taking up a spot that could go to someone else. It is very important that you think carefully about the demands and requirements of the program before making a decision to apply. The program requires you to complete six Booth courses and participate in additional programming, so we encourage you to determine how it fits into your college experience. We recommend that you speak with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan prior to applying to the Dougan Scholars program.
Deferrals are not granted, so you should submit your application for the year in which you intend to enroll.
Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications, we are unable to offer feedback to denied applicants.
The Admissions Committee evaluates each application in a holistic manner, as we value the diverse experiences and accomplishments each student brings to the Dougan Scholars community. Hence, we do not have a minimum requirement for GPA scores.
Please upload an unencrypted PDF of your unofficial transcripts (including Autumn Quarter grades) to your application. We will not accept a screenshot of your coursework and grades, and we do not accept transcripts via email. When requesting your transcript through my.UChicago, be sure to download the Unofficial Transcript.
An unofficial transcript is any transcript that is not in an official, sealed envelope from your registrar, and any transcript that is scanned, copied, faxed, emailed, or sent directly from the applicant.
Your recommendation should come from a from a University of Chicago instructional faculty member. This may be a professor, TA, or another individual who has taught you in a classroom setting. Your recommender should be able to tell us about your intellectual ability, potential for success, and areas of development.
We will accept recommendations from former University of Chicago professors.
One recommendation is required for the application. Your recommender should know you well enough to tell us about your abilities and address the areas indicated on the reference form.
Dougan Scholars are required to take six Booth classes prior to graduation. Only Booth courses taken through the Booth School of Business will count toward the requirement. Dougan Scholars may count a maximum of two college-level sections toward their Dougan Scholars course requirements, if taken prior to enrollment in the program. If an MBA-level section is available, you should take it—many college-level sections may not count as prerequisites for higher-level Booth sections, thereby limiting the electives you may enroll in.
Students in the College are limited to six 300-level professional school course registrations (whether or not the courses are completed), and only four may be counted toward the 42 credits required in an undergraduate program. Therefore, Dougan Scholars can take a maximum of six unique MBA-level Booth courses: all six courses may be counted toward the credits required to graduate.
For more information, see Graduate & Professional School Courses and consult your academic advisor.
Dougan Scholars may count a maximum of two college-level sections toward their Dougan Scholars course requirements, if taken prior to enrollment in the program. If an MBA-level section is available, you should take it—many college-level sections may not count as prerequisites for higher-level Booth sections, thereby limiting the electives you may enroll in. For 200-level professional school courses, the Dean of Students Office no longer requires you to complete a Professional School Course Petition Form. These courses will be available for the normal online pre-registration and for add/drop, and they will not count toward the limit of six professional school courses.
While Dougan Scholars are not required to complete specific courses as part of their 6 class requirement for the certificate, the following are common foundational courses that they may find advantageous to take, especially as prerequisites for higher level coursework at Booth:
Financial Accounting. Students may choose to take Financial Accounting prior to applying to the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program, but may also choose to take it as a Dougan Scholar.
Microeconomics (or Competitive Strategy). Undergraduates most commonly meet this prerequisite through earning at least a B grade in Econ 20100.
Statistics. Undergraduates most commonly meet this prerequisite through earning at least a B grade in Stat 23400.
Dougan Scholars may count a maximum of two college-level sections toward their Dougan Scholars course requirements, if taken prior to enrollment in the program. If an MBA-level section is available, you should take it—many college-level sections may not count as prerequisites for higher-level Booth sections, thereby limiting the electives you may enroll in.
We recommend that Dougan Scholars take one Booth course per quarter to stay on track to complete the requirements prior to your graduating quarter, especially during their first quarter in the program. Dougan Scholars may petition to take more than one Booth course in a quarter, pending consultation with their College advisors and the Dougan Scholars program director to determine which Booth courses are appropriate for their academic plans.
Dougan Scholars must complete their 6 Booth courses before the quarter they intend to graduate, since the College does not accept Booth provisional grades for courses taken in the graduating quarter.
Yes, as a Dougan Scholar, you may study abroad for one quarter. You will need to assess your trajectory for the six courses you intend to take at Booth and determine how they tie in to your timeline for studying abroad.
As a Dougan Scholar, you’ll be matched with a second-year Booth student mentor and participate in cocurricular programming that complements your coursework. Programming is often offered in collaboration with Booth's research centers, with multiple opportunities to attend professional development events throughout the quarter. Dougan Scholars are expected to complete a minimum of three events each quarter.