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Graduate Student-at-Large: Business

Scott Rupnow

With a background in mechanical engineering and his seventh year in the Army approaching, Scott Rupnow had to decide whether he wanted to stay in for another twenty years or enter the private sector. It was not an easy decision, particularly since he wasn’t sure what he’d do outside the Army. Read more > Read more

Ashley Cornwell

“Having been out of school for a while, I was nervous about becoming a student again. [GSALB] seemed perfect that I’d have the chance to try some classes out without having to commit myself to a program." Read more

Lindsey Olmstead Battaglia

“The people at the Graham School are amazingly available to help you answer your questions,” Lindsey says. “At other universities where I’ve studied, they might give you a video or a brochure and leave it to you to figure it out. At the Graham School, they take you through every step of the way and make sure you know what your getting into.” Read more

Peter Mochel

“None of the other schools I was looking into had anything like the Chicago Business Fellows program,” Peter says. “That’s another benefit you get from the GSALB program, particularly if you’re interested in going to Booth: it really allows you to get the fullest sense possible for what Booth has to offer.” Read more

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Summer 2017
May 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM CT
(International Students Requiring Visas: April 15, 2017)

Autumn 2017
August 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM CT
(International Students Requiring Visas: July 25, 2017)


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Graduate Student-at-Large: Business (GSALB) students have the opportunity to deliberately explore the academic culture of the Chicago Booth School of Business, and participate in the rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education that consistently ranks Chicago Booth as the top MBA program in the World. GSALB can serve as a bridge to take exemplary students from their post-undergraduate studies in any diverse field of study, to, ultimately, either the MBA at the Chicago Booth School of Business or to any other MBA program across the nation, or to graduate or professional fields of study which might be a better professional fit.

One of the key values of taking a course at the Chicago Booth alongside full time and part time MBA students, through the GSALB program is to become well versed in the strong foundations of business education, and become prepared to compete and keep pace with top level graduate students from all over the world. GSALB students take courses alongside their MBA colleagues and have the opportunity to build professional relationships with Chicago Booth faculty members and Teaching Assistants.

GSALB students may take up to three Chicago Booth courses, which then can be transferred towards their 20 courses upon successful application and admission into the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Program at the Chicago Booth School of Business. They may also take advantage of active advising support from experienced GSALB academic advisors for the successful development and completion of their academic objectives, including selecting courses, building professional relationships with faculty, and applying to business school.