How the Chicago Booth MBA empowers Chinese professionals to thrive in global markets
In a market as dynamic and expansionist as Shanghai, many professionals are looking for a post-graduate qualification that will boost their current skill set and enable their careers to thrive over the long-term.
An MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will do all this and more, by providing a practical grounding in the core principles – from financial accounting to marketing strategy – most critical to career success in Shanghai and globally.
Because jobs in finance and other sectors are becoming increasingly dependent on data, the Booth MBA is built upon a rigorous analytical framework that gives you the skills to scrutinize and decipher information on the path to confident decision-making.
As a Chicago Booth MBA student, you will develop evidence-based thinking, and you will learn how to marshal the best available data and research to make deeply informed business decisions.
The more you understand the data that underpins business, the better equipped you are to distinguish the risks worth taking from those best avoided.
Chicago Booth offers four MBA programmes tailored to suit your career needs and your stage in life, all taught by the same award-winning faculty: Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend (offered in Chicago), and the Executive MBA programme, which is available in Chicago and at our London and Hong Kong campuses.
All Chicago Booth MBA degree programs give you the freedom to create an experience to meet your unique career goals. In our Full-Time, Evening and Weekend programs, you can explore a range of ‘concentrations’ – from entrepreneurship to marketing analytics – to further deepen skills in the fields that interest you the most. In our Executive MBA program, geared toward senior executives with 10-plus years’ experience, you’ll get a more focused education on the general management skills needed to elevate your career to the next level.
Regardless of the program, location or electives you choose, the Booth MBA will give you a global and multidisciplinary perspective, which will broaden and deepen your understanding of management and business best practices.
Once enrolled at Booth, you’ll become part of a diverse and collaborative community. You’ll interact regularly with classmates from incredibly varied backgrounds and numerous job functions, working in industries as wide-ranging as finance and pharmaceuticals.
It’s also a community that extends far beyond Chicago and China – it transcends continents, cultures and customs. When put into case study groups, for example, you might be working alongside a banker from Argentina or someone who’s just been posted to Nigeria or India.
There truly are no boundaries at Chicago Booth. You’ll be surrounded by people who will give you new perspectives on business and on life, and who share your passion for learning. You’ll help one another to think differently and bring new insights to your work.
As a Chicago Booth student, you’ll be encouraged to be a visionary, and to blaze your own path to make the kind of impact you want in the world after you graduate.
Current alumnus David Han is one of those visionaries. He enrolled in our MBA degree program to get the grounding he needed to achieve his vision of setting up his own private equity shop.
After establishing a stellar investment track record at some of the world’s largest PE firms, Han cofounded Shanghai-based global sports private equity firm Yao Capital with Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.
Capitalizing on China’s booming sports market, David now leads the $300m company’s investment strategy. “Going to Booth was the best decision I made in my life,” says Han. “Without the Booth education, I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
The Chicago Booth MBA experience is not just about a diploma; at its heart it’s all about people with different individual talents coming together to solve problems in order to make things better for their companies, their customers, and the world at large.
You’ll find the same approach on our campuses. We have more than 200 faculty members (in a dozen research and learning centers), who bring real-world experience as consultants, expert witnesses, board members, entrepreneurs or even investment fund managers into their teaching.
But you won’t just be listening to our professors – don’t expect them to feed you information or give you rules to follow. They will support you throughout the program, share insights, encourage debate, champion intellectual freedom, and ask you to examine your own assumptions.
You’ll be asking yourself questions that will uncover ideas and facts, leading you to new solutions and even more importantly, leading you to uncover what values you want to stand for in your work and your life.
This type of free and open classroom debate will give you the confidence to excel in any situation, anywhere, with anyone, throughout your career. And it will help you on the job when it comes to analyzing problems, generating insights, and implementing creative solutions.
Your Chicago Booth experience will encompass so much more than what goes on in the classroom. Through dozens of student groups focused around a wide variety of professional and personal interests, at events, in daily conversations with professors, alumni, and students from all programs, you’ll constantly be establishing new relationships and building new networks as you explore your career, your interests, and your ideas about business management.
And when you graduate you become part of a welcoming global network of more than 51,000 passionate alumni, who you can to turn to for advice and support throughout your career.
Through its interconnected community of alumni, students and faculty, Chicago Booth brings together bold, inquisitive professionals across the world who are able to think more strategically, analyze business ideas more creatively, and position themselves to make a positive impact every day of their career.