Chicago Booth Introduces Executive MBA Concentrations

Published on February 23, 2009

Chicago Booth Executive MBA students can now have the best of both worlds: a time-honored general management education and the ability to focus in a chosen field by earning a concentration in finance, marketing, or strategy.

“We’ve had a number of students say they’d like to delve deeper into specific areas to give them more background or prepare them for the next step in their careers,” explained Bill Kooser, ’81, associate dean for the Executive MBA Program, which has campuses in Chicago, London, and Singapore. “We’re excited that we can now offer that through concentrations.”

To earn a concentration, which is optional, students will attend an additional week of class at the end of their program. It will require some additional tuition, but for those who want the added knowledge and distinction, Kooser says it will be worth the investment. “The opportunity for some students to go deeper into a chosen area will be tremendously beneficial to them, but we like the fact that we have both the option to concentrate or simply continue with the general management program,” he said.

The introduction of concentrations is part of an expanded curriculum that will benefit all EMBA students regardless of what track they choose. Additional courses have been added in marketing, strategy, and leadership, and all students will now take two electives. These changes, effective for students entering this year, bring yet another innovation to the program, which was the first executive MBA program in the world and the first to have permanent campuses on three continents.

“The changes make the program even more appealing by providing a broader and deeper business education for our students,” said Edward Snyder, dean of Chicago Booth. “Particularly in the current economic climate, companies need managers who have both a solid grounding in fundamental disciplines of business and who are capable of making tough decisions in specific areas of business. That is where Chicago Booth graduates excel.”

                                                                                                                        — Anthony Ruth

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