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Graduate Student-at-Large: Business

Take for-credit classes at the Chicago Booth School of Business.

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At a Glance

Full-time, Part-time, Open Enrollment
Varies Open Enrollment
$7,492 per course


Summer Quarter 2022 (international)

Mar. 01, 2022

Spring Quarter 2022

Mar. 01, 2022

Summer Quarter 2022

May. 16, 2022

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The Graduate Student-at-Large: Business (GSALB) program prepares students for the MBA at the Chicago Booth School of Business—or any other MBA program across the nation. When you join GSALB, you join a vibrant academic culture united by the rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education that consistently ranks Chicago Booth as one of the top MBA programs in the world.

Designed For

Working professionals or students looking to gain experience in a top-tier business school and a competitive edge in their application to the Chicago Booth School of Business or other MBA program of their choice.

Test the MBA at Chicago Booth

More than just a business school prep program, GSALB enables students to deliberately explore the academic culture of the Chicago Booth School of Business. Graduate courses at Chicago Booth—taught by world-class faculty—will give you a strong foundation in the language of graduate business education and exposure to our distinctive approach toward business theory and its application.

The GSALB team works closely with Chicago Booth's registrar and admissions counselors to ensure that each student has access to the right courses. Our advisors will help you build a strong academic transcript, write a Statement of Purpose, receive commendable letters of recommendation from faculty members, and burnish your test scores, making you a competitive candidate for Chicago Booth and beyond.

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The GSALB program gave me a head start and helped ease my way into business school at Booth. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about business school to try the GSALB program as a way to experience both the culture and the rigor of Booth’s curriculum.

Edita Kuberka | GSALB participant

Student Profile

Students accepted to the GSALB program must have already completed their bachelor’s degrees, and international applicants must meet our English language requirements.

Some GSALB students come to the program with strong foundations in business education, while others have no business background. Some use GSALB to prepare for business school and are accepted into the MBA program at Chicago Booth, while others go on to attend business, professional, and PhD programs elsewhere. Many GSALB students are employed full-time and have between three and ten years of work experience. Most GSALB students take one course at Chicago Booth per quarter. All students may take evening or weekend courses at our downtown campus or during the day at our campus in Hyde Park.

International Students

International students in need of a J1 full-time student visa may take Booth classes as GSAL students. The GSAL program is able to issue I-20 documents for J1 international student visas for one, two, or three academic quarters at the University of Chicago. Current international GSAL students taking Chicago Booth courses come from Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. The GSALB team works closely with international students to ensure successful academic program completion and further graduate school application.

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Take the Next Step toward Your Future Today

Advance your career and explore the Chicago Booth School of Business by applying to become a Graduate Student-at-Large.


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