Booth's culture will prepare you to approach business and leadership at a new level in the public or nonprofit sectors. You'll learn valuable skills needed to run an organization, create new business and market strategies, plan for long-term financial growth, and operate at maximum efficiency - all to ensure the success of your organization today and into tomorrow. At Booth, you'll experience an academic program that features:

  • An emphasis on analyzing problems, generating key insights, and implementing creative solutions - We stress the importance of asking questions and examining ideas. You'll gain a superior ability and confidence to handle situations where there are no predetermined answers.

  • Flexible curriculum – As a Weekend student you have flexibility to take classes on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. With over 130 courses available yearly and 25 Weekend courses to choose from each quarter, you can design a program to meet your career goals. This flexibility means you can target the depth of knowledge and skills you need to enhance your career. Classes may be taken on Friday evenings as well.

  • Experiential learning – In addition to the traditional curriculum, Neubauer Civic Scholars will have the option to take experience-based social enterprise courses focusing on the nonprofit or public sector. Such courses will create opportunities to develop and refine leadership skills, apply newly-mastered knowledge, skills, and frameworks to practical and interdisciplinary problems. Scholars will dive deeply into critical policy, organizational, and strategic challenges while working on leadership and management skills. They will be supported throughout by faculty members, other subject-matter experts, and leadership coaches. 

  • The Classroom Experience - The Chicago Booth classroom experience is unlike any other. As a student, you will be in the midst of colleagues from all walks of life, engaged in open debate, called on to voice your opinion, and collaborate with classmates to determine which ideas stand up to the rigor of intellectual inquiry.

  • An academic connection with the University - Chicago Booth is part of one of the greatest research institutions in the world - the University of Chicago. The Civic Scholars Program will partner with other Chicago Booth research centers such as the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, Social Enterprise Initiative, the Harry Davis Leadership Center, as well as faculty of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.
Additionally, if your schedule permits, you are able to take up to 6 of your electives outside of the business school in other University of Chicago programs.