The Full-Time MBA Program provides you with freedom: academic freedom, freedom to take risks, and freedom to define your impact in the world.
MBA Civic Scholars Program
Designed for impact-driven professionals dedicated to a career in social impact.
The Chicago Booth Civic Scholars Program offers substantial tuition awards up to 100 percent to MBA students who work in a 501(c) designated nonprofit organization or for the government.
The program, funded by a gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation, supports qualified professionals in Booth’s Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA Programs.
In addition to taking courses with other MBA students, as a Neubauer Civic Scholar you’ll be part of a cohorted experience and receive specialized programming, dedicated faculty directors, and unique opportunities to engage with industry leaders in the civic space. A partnership with Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation ensures that you’ll be equipped with business fundamentals, evidence-based research, and practical experience to bolster your social sector work.
The Evening MBA Program is ideal for professionals in the Chicagoland area who want to continue working full time while earning a top MBA.
With classes on Saturdays in downtown Chicago, the Weekend MBA Program attracts working, high-potential professionals from across the country.
|Program||Campus Location||Length of Program||Classes||Courses per Quarter|
|Full-Time MBA||Harper Center in Hyde Park||Average of 2 years||Weekly 8:30–11:30 a.m. and/or 1:30–4:30 p.m.||Average of 3–4 courses|
|Evening MBA||Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago||Average of 2.5–3 years||Evenings 6–9 p.m.||Average of 2 courses|
|Weekend MBA||Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago||Average of 2.5–3 years||Saturday 9 a.m.–Noon and/or 1:30–4:30 p.m.||Average of 2 courses|
“The Civic Scholars are diverse and highly accomplished. Despite this diversity of backgrounds (or perhaps through it), the scholars share a common passion for excellence in serving and improving lives.”
—Teddy Niedermaier, Current Weekend MBA Program Student and Neubauer Civic Scholar
Join an Influential Network
As a Neubauer Civic Scholar, you will join a close-knit group of fellow public and social sector professionals throughout your MBA journey. Together, you will form a supportive network of scholars who will help and encourage each other to grow personally and professionally.
Whether you choose the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, or Weekend MBA Program, you will broaden your network and meet professionals who work in different roles and fields. Beyond campus, you’ll also have access to our worldwide community of more than 54,000 Chicago Booth alumni.
Meet Our Current Neubauer Civic Scholars
Civic Scholar Aleena Agrawal talks about the value of an MBA for leaders in the nonprofit and government sectors.
Trillia Fidei-Bagwell never thought she’d pursue an MBA. That changed when she learned about the Civic Scholars Program at Booth.
For Troy Groenke, a Booth MBA offered the skills and professional network he needed to develop into a transformational, data-driven leader.
With nearly a decade of experience in fund-raising and advocacy, Cassy Horton says a Booth MBA is a direct investment in her development.
At Booth, Civic Scholar Matt McCabe hopes to build strategic skills to support his work with educational organizations.
Jason Quiara is eager to accelerate social change through public policy. That’s why he chose Booth’s Civic Scholars Program for his MBA.
Abdelnasser Rashid talks about how a Booth MBA will help him build a public service-oriented career in Cook County.
Our Partner: The Rustandy Center
As a Neubauer Civic Scholar, you’ll enjoy a special partnership with the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth’s destination for people committed to tackling complex social and environmental problems. The center offers hands-on learning opportunities, supports innovative courses, and pursues research—all with the goal of developing people and practices that have the potential to solve the world’s biggest issues.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RUSTANDY CENTER
Help us find the Next Generation of Civic Leaders
Tell us about your recommendations: Nominate individuals through our online form or let our team know about candidates and organizations you think we should talk to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share with your network: Reach out directly to individuals working in the nonprofit or public sectors in Chicago and beyond—or share the opportunity on your LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Download a shareable PDF about the program here.
Civic Scholars Program Stories
It didn’t take Kyle Johnson, ’19, long to work his way up the career ladder at one of his first jobs after college. He enjoyed working at Accion Chicago, knowing he was helping the nonprofit provide microloans to small business owners in need.
At age 26, Kady McFadden was managing a nonprofit staff, overseeing budgets, lobbying legislators, working with donors, engaging volunteers, building partnerships with corporations, and developing messaging campaigns.
With a background that includes social work, nonprofit organizations, and public schools, Gabriela Arismendi had always imagined that “MBA programs were for very specific people — type A, money-driven — the complete opposite of what I imagined myself doing.”
Begin Your Civic Scholars Journey
The first step in joining our transformational Civic Scholars Program is to apply for admission.