Taking Courses at Booth

Prerequisites and Seat Availability

Courses are offered on a space-available basis after Booth students have had first priority for registration. Booth students have priority for all Booth courses, so popular courses may be closed due to space limitations.

Prerequisites and Instructor Consent

Many Booth courses have prerequisites. Some prerequisites are recommended, and others are required in order to enroll in the course. These are noted with the word "strict" in the "Prerequisites" section of the course description in the Booth Course Search tool. We also maintain a quarterly Strict Prereqs and Permissions List for easy reference.

If the course you are interested in has a strict prerequisite and you would like to ask for a waiver, email the faculty member to request permission to register. You may want to outline your relevant coursework or include a copy of your resume. If you receive permission to request enrollment, forward the email to prereq@lists.chicagobooth.edu before the close of the online registration request poll.

Faculty can designate whether their course is closed to non-Booth students, or whether non-Booth students first need permission in order to enroll. Check the Strict Prereqs and Permissions List for a list of these courses. Exceptions are not granted.


  • The same course may have different prerequisites or non-Booth enrollment restrictions when taught by different faculty
  • Waivers for strict prerequisites must be received by Prereq@lists.ChicagoBooth.edu before the close of the online poll for your student population
  • Seats are not held for students waiting for prerequisite waivers

First Class Assignments

Some Booth courses have an assignment due on the first day of class. The First Class Assignment list is updated quarterly.

Seat Availability

seat availability report is produced at the end of each phase of Booth registration to provide a snapshot of enrollment in Booth courses. NOTE: enrollment activity occurs during and following the production of the report, and seat availability information on the University Registrar's time schedules page does not necessarily reflect actual open seats.

Updates to the report for Autumn 2018 will be made on the following dates.

August 21, 24

September 12, 14, 19, 21, 24-28 (daily)

Note: updates are typically published between 3-5pm (CST). Click the "refresh" button on your browser to view the most current version.