Executive MBA

Evolving Human Capital

Few today would deny that a person’s skills and knowledge are another form of economic capital. But it was a radical concept 60 years ago, when University of Chicago economists pioneered research that revealed the links among education, individual welfare, and a thriving national economy. For 75 years, Booth’s Executive MBA Program has pushed senior leaders to further develop their skills and learn how they can inspire those they lead to do the same.

Human Capital By the Numbers



Year that BOOTH NOBEL Laureate Gary Becker’s landmark Book, Human Capital, was published



Percent of global human capital that remains untapped, as of 2017—World Economic Forum



Number of nations in 2017 that have tapped into 70% or more of their people’s human capital—World Economic Forum

A History of Human Capital

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Getting Personnel

How do you build a better workforce? Ask these alumni, including graduates from the Executive MBA Programs in Asia and Europe, who helped large, complex teams achieve ambitious goals.

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Research and Rescue

Three consultants, including an alumnus of the Executive MBA Program North America, share the biggest professional challenges they’ve faced in human capital.

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Women are Winning the Human Capital Race

As women outnumber men among university graduates, the gender difference in pay is narrowing, according to research from Booth faculty.

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Gary Becker’s Legacy

A pioneer in the field of human capital, Becker joined the Booth faculty in 2002, a decade after he won the Nobel Prize for extending the domain of microeconomic analysis to include a wide range of human behavior and interaction. His legacy lives on in the vital research happening every day at the Becker Friedman Institute.

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Booth Alumni: Who Is Your ONE?

The Executive MBA Program is a close-knit community. Alumni referrals are our number one source of applications each year. When you refer a student, you shape the future of the Executive MBA Program. To celebrate our anniversary, we’re challenging each of our graduates to refer one candidate and pass along Booth’s cutting-edge education to tomorrow’s leaders.

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Get to Know Our Program

Throughout our 75th anniversary year, we invite you to discover how The Chicago Approach continues to prepare senior leaders for the demands of a rapidly changing world. Attend an event, delve into cutting-edge research from our faculty, or explore stories from our students and alumni. Learn more about Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA Program and the lifelong impact it creates.

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From a Senior Leader’s Perspective

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The First Program of Its Kind

In 1943, during a time of global upheaval, the world’s first Executive MBA program was established at the University of Chicago. As we reflect on our 75th year, we invite you to explore where we’ve been and where we’re going.

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Forging a Unique Path in Leadership

Decades ago, the prevailing theory held that leaders were born, not made. Booth was among the first business schools to prove that wrong, and accelerated leadership education into the modern era.

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Change is in Our DNA

What do the first credit card, the first personal computer, and the first Japanese car sold in the United States have in common? Booth’s Executive MBA Program predates them all. Amid a century full of rapid advancements in business and culture, our program has always prepared students for what’s next.

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