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FAQ

Please see below for a list of the most frequently asked questions about the Civic Scholars Program.

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How can an MBA help me advance in my career compared to other graduate-level programs available?

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Public and nonprofit organizations are facing increasing pressures, changing the way professionals manage their organizations and measure success. An MBA from a top-tier business school will give public and social sector professionals the management and leadership skills, business knowledge, and network access to create long-term impact, financial stability, and scalability in their organizations.

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Can I apply for the Civic Scholars Program if I work for a for-profit organization that works with clients in the public or nonprofit sectors?

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No, you are not eligible for the Civic Scholars Program. The program is designed only for those who work directly for a public or social sector organization with a 501(c) designation or in government.

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Do I qualify to apply if I work for a foundation?

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Since the structure of foundations vary, please contact us to discuss your specifics. Professionals working in a 501(c) designated nonprofit or for the government are eligible to apply.

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Is there an online component to the Civic Scholars Program?

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No, all courses at Chicago Booth are offered only in-person at either the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago or Harper Center in Hyde Park on the University of Chicago campus.

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May I transfer between the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and/or Weekend MBA Programs and remain in the Civic Scholars Program?

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Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students can petition for a one-time transfer between programs. However, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students cannot transfer into the Full-Time MBA Program and vice versa.

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Why would I get an MBA from Booth and not a program that is specifically focused more on the public or social sector?

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Chicago Booth's curriculum is designed to offer a multidisciplinary approach to business and management education, which we have been teaching since 1898. The skills and knowledge you will learn at Booth are applicable to all industries and functions, and will offer you a foundation that you will use during your entire career. Additionally, the Civic Scholars Program is designed to create a close-knit group of peers with specialized programming, dedicated faculty, and networking opportunities focused on the nonprofit space.

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Do we offer a nonprofit concentration?

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No, but we do offer 13 concentrations that complement your experience and signal deeper knowledge and skills relevant to areas of particular interest. Booth's curriculum offers a multidisciplinary approach to business education and classes are designed to apply to those working in traditional for-profits, social ventures, nonprofits, and the public sector. With the creation of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the school has greatly expanded the number of courses, co-curricular programs, experiential learning opportunities, and events that have a specific focus on the public and social sectors.

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How will an MBA from Chicago Booth provide me with the skills I need to advance in my career and impact my organization?

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At Chicago Booth, you will experience The Chicago Approach to management education. You will learn how to evaluate problems and opportunities through fundamental disciplines that underlie how organizations function, how markets work, and how people make decisions. These tools and frameworks translate across domains, industries, and sectors, providing especially impactful solutions for leaders navigating challenges and changes in their organizations.

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What is the Civic Scholars Program academic curriculum like?

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The Civic Scholars Program follows the curricular flexibility of our Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, or Weekend MBA Program. You will have the option to select an MBA program of choice during the application process.

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Will I have the same access to Booth’s student life network and events?

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Yes, Civic Scholars will have access to Booth's student life staff, events, and resources. This includes access to student organizations for either the Full-Time MBA, or Evening and Weekend MBA Programs, and 300+ events annually. In addition, special events will be organized for Civic Scholars, such as speakers and alumni engagement opportunities.

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What application form do I use?

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All applicants to the Civic Scholars Program will select either the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, or Weekend MBA Civic Scholars Program application.

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If I do not get admitted to the Civic Scholars Program, can I still be considered for the general admission to Booth's MBA Programs (Full-Time, Evening, or Weekend MBA)?

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Yes, students who have been admitted to Booth but not admitted to the Civic Scholars Program retain their admission.

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If I am not selected for the Civic Scholars Program but enroll in a Booth MBA program, may I still be part of the Civic Scholars Program?

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Specific programming for the Neubauer Civic Scholars is reserved only for Civic Scholars. However, Booth has a multitude of resources for impact-driven individuals to which all students have access.

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What is the interview process for applicants to the Civic Scholars Program?

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After you submitting an application, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with a member of our Admissions committee as well as with faculty and directors of the Civic Scholars Program.

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Why is there only one intake per year for this program?

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Because of the cohort nature of the Civic Scholars Program, all Civic Scholar students (known as Neubauer Civic Scholars) will start the program at the same time.

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Does the Neubauer Civic Scholars award cover my commute to and from Chicago Booth?

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No. The award covers a substantial portion of tuition for the duration of your program. You are responsible for covering additional costs, including all fees, travel, living arrangement, and accommodations. There are different loan programs available to assist students in financing the cost of their Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, or Weekend MBA.

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What if I change jobs while in the program, but stay in the nonprofit or government sector?

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You will remain part of the Civic Scholars Program.

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What if I change jobs and move out of the nonprofit or government sectors either during the program or after I graduate?  

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You will no longer be part of the Civic Scholars Program. Additionally, all full tuition Neubauer Civic Scholar awards will be structured as a loan from the school for which you will sign a promissory note. The promissory note will obligate you to stay in either the public or social sector for three years after graduation. Scholars moving between or within these sectors will maintain their loan forgiveness eligibility. However, if you decide to leave your position in your organization and do not stay in the public or social sector either as a student or recent graduate, you will be responsible for paying back the loan to the school in accordance with the following schedule:.

If you leave the public or nonprofit sectors This % of your tuition loan will be forgiven* 
While in the program  0%
Within 1 year of graduation 25% 
Within 2 years of graduation 50% 
Within 3 years of graduation 100% 

*Under special circumstances, the school may forgive more of the loan even if you don't meet the terms.

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Do I have access to Career Services?

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You will have access to our world-class Career Services team. Access begins the day you start at Booth and will be available for life.

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Do I have access to Campus Recruiting?

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Yes, all students meeting eligibility requirements will have access to full-time positions. Please refer to the question above if you change sectors.

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Do I receive a special certificate by participating in the Civic Scholars Program?

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You will not receive a special certificate, but you will graduate with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. You are free to list your participation in the program on personal documents, such as a resume.

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Will the school verify my employment while in the program? If so, how often?

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Civic Scholars will sign an agreement before starting the program and will be obligated to report changes in employment.