Executive MBA

Hong Kong

A Typical Day - Chicago

Executive MBA class sessions are held on Fridays and Saturdays, every other week, in Chicago. Students expertly balance class sessions with demanding jobs, family life, and personal interests. Many add a commute to that schedule, flying in on Thursday night from several states away. Whether they live in the suburbs, a downtown condo, or several states away, a student's typical experience on a class day might be something like this:


7:42 a.m. - Arrive at Gleacher with time to grab coffee and a bagel, and to chat with classmates in the lounge before an 8 a.m. review session

9 a.m. - Attend class, and become totally engaged in a fascinating debate when classmates offer viewpoints drawn from their own experiences that both support and contradict the professor's point. The discussion is so lively that class runs into the break period, but there is still time during the break to check email or to make a quick call to your spouse or partner.

Noon - Grab lunch with your study group. Return to Gleacher and make a quick stop in the lobby bookstore for a book a classmate recommended. Head upstairs to meet with the teaching assistant to go over a quick question.

1:30 p.m. - Attend class until 4:30 p.m.

4:35 p.m. - Check work voice mail at work and cell phone messages, then meet briefly with your study group. 

5 p.m. - Attend review sessions focusing on today’s class lectures. 

7 p.m. - Working dinner with your study group. 

9 p.m. - Head back to the hotel or home. Check your work email and respond to the three urgent ones. Prepare for the next day’s classes. 

Midnight - Sleep.


The schedule repeats. After the last class, stop by the Midway Club for a quick drink with classmates and faculty before heading home.