Top business school revises its executive MBA curriculum

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The University of Chicago Booth School of business, today announced a revision of its executive MBA curriculum.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, one of the world's top business schools (, today announced a revision of its executive MBA curriculum. The new curriculum increases the number of required courses in the program, enhances its leadership offerings and provides students the option of earning a concentration in finance, marketing or strategy.

This new opportunity is available to students who enter the program beginning this year.

"Particularly in the current economic climate, companies need managers who have both a solid grounding in the fundamental disciplines of business and who are capable of making tough decisions in specific areas of business," said Edward Snyder, dean of Chicago Booth.

"These changes make our executive MBA program ( more rigorous and increase the diversity of course offerings," Snyder said. "They also make the program even more appealing by providing a broader and deeper business education for our students." The additional courses come in marketing, strategy and leadership, and are designed to give students the ability to go deeper in their chosen fields, he said.

The school currently has 270 students enrolled in its executive MBA program on campuses in Chicago, London and Singapore. Executive MBA students typically have more work experience than students enrolled in traditional daytime or evening MBA programs, and EMBA students continue working full-time while taking classes.

The new format for Chicago Booth's EMBA program provides students the option to focus their studies in the areas of finance or marketing or strategy, in addition to the core general management training. And Chicago's reputation for rigor certainly won't suffer with the addition of more required courses.

"Students will appreciate the exposure to deeper and more complex topics in their current career area, or in their future career path for those career changers in our mix," Snyder said. "Offering concentrations to EMBA students is an important product innovation and one more way our program stands out from the others," he said, adding "but innovation is nothing new for us."

In 1943, Chicago Booth became the first business school in the world to offer an executive MBA program. The program has since expanded to include permanent campuses in Europe and Asia, featuring the same faculty members that teach in Chicago.

Chicago Booth is one of the leading business schools in the world. The school's faculty includes many renowned scholars and its graduates include many business leaders across the U.S. and worldwide.

The Chicago Approach to Management Education is distinguished by how it leverages fundamental knowledge, its rigor, and its practical application to business challenges.

In addition to an executive MBA program, Chicago Booth offers a full-time MBA program, an evening MBA program, a weekend MBA program, a PhD program, open enrollment executive education and custom corporate education.

Allan Friedman
(773) 702-9232
allan.friedman (at)

Barara Backe
(773) 702-4282
barbara.backe (at)


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