Taking Courses at Booth

Business Economics Courses (BUSN 2XXXX)

Chicago Booth offers a selection of College-level courses as part of the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics 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 Business Economics courses a student may take. Note: the 6-course limit is still in place for Booth MBA-level courses (3XXXX).
  • First year students are not eligible to enroll in any Booth course.
  • Business Economics courses may not be audited.

Business Economics and MBA-level Courses

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.

Once you have completed a Business Economics course you cannot enroll in the comparable MBA-level course, and vice versa. For example, if you take BUSN 20100 Financial Accounting you cannot then enroll in BUSN 30000 Financial Accounting. Consult the list of Course Enrollment Restrictions.

Note that due to the variation in course structure, Business Economics courses cannot automatically be substituted for strict prerequisites for MBA-level sections. For example, if BUSN 30000 Financial Accounting is a strict prerequisite for BUSN 35200 Corporation Finance, you cannot assume that BUSN 20100 Financial Accounting will satisfy the prerequisite. Students will need to reach out to individual faculty on a case-by-case basis to ask for strict prerequisite waivers for MBA-level courses.

2019-2020 Course Offerings


  • College students use self-enrollment via My.UChicago.edu.
  • The last day to add or swap sections is Friday, week 1. There are no exceptions, even with faculty consent.
  • Waitlists are not created for Booth courses.
  • 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.
  • Pass/Fail grading is not guaranteed for Business Economics courses; check the syllabus or ask the instructor for their pass/fail policy, then fill out the pass/fail request form and send it to the Booth Registrar's Office by Friday, week 4.

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 are 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 who don't need the course for their degree requirement will not be eligible for an early final exam, but this will not impact graduation. These students will sit for the regularly scheduled final exam and the course grade will be added to the official transcript after graduation.

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 Final Exams

Students in spring quarter Business Economics courses who have non-flexible, non-negotiable summer internship start dates may be eligible for early final exams. Students must submit a petition for an early final exam (ideally before accepting your internship offer). The Booth Registrar's Office will work with eligible students to arrange for early 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 an MBA course to be counted towards the ECON 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

  • 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.