MBA Admissions: Chicago Booth & Finance

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Chicago-BoothA quick glance at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business: Booth currently ranks in sixth place as one of the best business schools, according to US News & World Report (March 2013). It was ranked #2 for finance.

Chicago Booth Class of 2013 and Finance

4031 people applied to Chicago Booth in 2012; 23% were accepted and 62% enrolled.

The Booth class of 2014 has an average five years of work experience and an average GMAT score of 720. The mean age at the time of entering Booth was 28 years.

Booth Academics Related to Finance

Booth offers a highly flexible, analytic curriculum that focuses heavily on identifying problems and implementing creative solutions. Experiential learning and classroom dialogue are also important elements of the Booth experience.

Students are required to take three foundation courses (including finance courses Financial Accounting, Accounting & Financial Analysis, and Financial Statement Analysis), six courses from the Functions, Management, and Business Environment course listing (including Introductory Finance, Investments, Corporation Finance, Portfolio Management, Advanced Investments, Theory of Financial Decisions, Asset Pricing, Financial Instruments, Fixed Income Asset Pricing, Cases in Financial Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Private Equity), and eleven elective courses. Finance students would choose their electives from the finance-related concentrations such as Accounting, Analytic Finance, and Finance.

Students must also take a leadership course Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD).

Chicago Booth also offers a wide selection of “labs.” These hands-on courses allow students an opportunity take part in real-world business challenges. The most relevant lab for those interested in finance would be the Private/Equity/Venture Capital Lab.

Financial Research Centers at Chicago Booth

Accounting Research Center (ARC)
Center for Research in Security Prices
Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance
The Initiative on Global Markets

Chicago Booth Extracurricular Clubs and Competitions for Finance Students

Investment Banking Group
Investment Management Group
Corporate Finance Group
Credit Restructuring Distressed Investing and Turnaround Group
Hedge Fund Group
Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge
National IPO Challenge
Private Equity Group
Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)
Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge
Warren Buffet Group

Finance Employment Stats at Chicago Booth

In 2012, 34.8% of Chicago graduates accepted full-time jobs in the finance industry.

Industry % of Hires / # of Hires
Investment Banking/Brokerage 20.2%/94
Diversified Financial Services 7.3%/34
Investment Management/Research 7.3%/34


For internships for the class of 2013, 35.8% of students landed internships in financial services.

Industry % of Hires / # of Hires
Investment Banking/Brokerage 15.6%/88
Investment Management/Research 9.2%/52
Private Equity 5.5%/31


Top hirers include:

Name of Company
Number of
Full-Time Students
Hired, 2012
Number of Interns
Hired, 2012
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch . 14 6
Credit Suisse 14 16
Morgan Stanley 12 11
Goldman Sachs 9 8
Citigroup, Inc. 7 8
Deutsche Bank 7 9
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 7 10
UBS 6 7
Barclays 5 7
Wells Fargo Securities 5 4
M&T Bank Corporation 4 1


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