Taking Courses at Booth

Business Economics Courses (BUSN 2XXXX)

Chicago Booth now offers a selection of College-level courses as part of the Economics Department’s specialization in Business Economics. These Business Economics (BUSN 2XXXX-level) courses are subject to a combination of College and Booth policies, so it is imperative that students ask their advisor or the Booth Registrar for clarification on any unclear information.

  • Courses have the subject code BUSN (business) and the numbering format 2XXXX.
  • Courses are taught by Booth faculty in classrooms on the Hyde Park campus.
  • Some advanced courses (such as Corporate Finance) may have strict prerequisites, and the same course may have different prerequisites when taught by different faculty.
  • There is no limit to the number of College-level Booth courses a student may take. Note: the 6-course limit is still in place for MBA-level courses.
  • First year students are not eligible to enroll in any Booth course.

College students may still request enrollment in MBA-level courses (BUSN 3XXXX-level and higher) via the Booth online registration request poll. MBA-level courses follow Booth policies for the Academic calendar, exam schedule, and registration.

How to Enroll

  • College students use self-enrollment via My.UChicago.edu.
  • For Winter 2019, the last day to add a BUSN 2XXXX-level course is Friday, January 11 (week 1).
  • Waitlists are not created for Booth courses.
  • Booth courses cannot be added via a consent form or pink slip.
  • Seats cannot be added to an already-full course, even with instructor consent.
  • Do not reach out to Booth faculty about waitlists, consent forms, or adding seats to a course. Exceptions are not made.

Drops and Withdrawals

From Week 1 through the end of Week 3 of each quarter, College students can drop Business Economics courses via the self-service function on My.UChicago.edu.

At the beginning of Week 4, students who decide not to complete the work of the course will be given a grade of “W” (Withdrawn). Students must request a W from their adviser and notify the Booth Registrar’s office by the Friday of 10th week or the day before the final project/exam is due, whichever is earlier. When made before the deadline, a request for a withdrawal cannot be denied except in cases of academic dishonesty. A withdrawal may not be granted after completion of the course.

Note: this policy differs from withdrawals from MBA-level courses. For details, see the Drops and Grading page.

Graduating Students and Early Final Grades

Students who are graduating at the end of the quarter and who need their Business Economics course to count towards a degree requirement may be eligible to receive an early final grade. The Booth Registrar's Office works closely with the College Dean of Students to identify which graduating students need early final grades. Students with questions or who think they need an early final grade should not reach out to faculty directly; instead, email the Booth Registrar's Office for more information.

Summer Quarter Internships and Early or Remote Final Exams

Students in spring quarter Business Economics courses who have non-flexible, non-negotiable summer internship start dates may be eligible for early or remote final exams. Contact the Booth Registrar’s Office to determine your eligibility (ideally before accepting your internship offer) and for the required next steps to arrange for early or remote final exams.

Petitioning for ECON Equivalencies

Students should consult with their academic advisor or the Economics Department regarding MBA-level course equivalencies for the Business Economics specialization. To petition for a course to be counted to meet the elective requirement, use the online petition request form. Only Chicago Booth courses may be petitioned, and only one petition per course substitution is allowed.

More Information

  • Once you have taken a College-level Booth course the equivalent MBA-level course cannot be taken, and vice versa.

  • Students should consult with their College advisor to discuss how a Booth course fits into their degree plan.

  • View the Business Economics FAQ for more information.

  • For registration issues or questions, contact the Booth Registrar's Office.