Yesterday the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business announced changes to the school’s curriculum to increase the program’s flexibility and to add a leadership development component to the evening program’s requirements.
The school’s graduation full-time MBA requirements remain unchanged: It still includes nine required courses, 11 electives and a leadership course. The important change is that more approved substitute classes have been added to satisfy the nine required courses. Chicago GSB continues to offer several hundred courses (across the GSB and the rest of the U. of Chicago) to satisfy the other 11 elective courses.
Dean Edward Snyder attributed the changes in part to the increasing quality of the students entering the class. “We have added a hybrid finance class containing five weeks of corporate finance and five weeks of investments that will allow all the standard corporate and investment classes to be taken up a notch in difficulty,” said Dean Snyder in a release on the school’s web site.
As for the evening students, the new leadership development course requirement means those students will take 21 courses, the same as the school’s full-time students. The faculty cited the importance of giving all Chicago GSB students tools for self assessment and opportunities to improve their interpersonal skills — no matter what Chicago GSB program they attend — as the reason for the change.
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