The Best Chicago Metro Executive MBA Programs

by John A. Byrne on

The Basics At A Glance

School Cost Start Date Months Format GMAT
Chicago (Booth) $148,000 June 21 Alternate weekends with occasional week-long residencies Yes
DePaul University $64,800 September 24 Alternating Saturday sessions No
Northwestern (Kellogg) $159,000 January & September 22 Alternate weekends with occasional week-long residencies No
Loyola University $80,000 August 18 Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with three residencies including one in Rome, Italy No
Northern Illinois University $47,000 August 18 Meets every Saturday in Naperville, with 3-day weekend residency & 9-day global trip No
Purdue University-Calumet $50,000 September 18 Meets Saturdays in Hammond, Ind., with elective business study abroad trip No
St. Xavier University NA August 24+ Saturday classes No
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) $94,000 September 20 Alternating Friday-Saturdays, with two residential weeks and an international trip No
University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) $90,000 January 17 Alternating Friday-Saturdays in downtown Chicago, with three residential weeks on South Bend campus No


Source: School websites

The Basics At A Glance

School Age Salary Work Exp.(months) Adv.Degree Intl Female
Chicago (Booth) 36 NA 152 20% 8% 22%
Northwestern (Kellogg) 38 $97,465 168 38% 32% 24%
Loyola University 37 NA 168 NA NA 31%
Northern Illinois University 38 NA 180 NA 4% 25%
Purdue University-Calumet 39 NA 179 NA 17% 21%
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) 37 NA 156 NA NA NA
University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) 37 $140,000 169 24% 2% 18%

 Source: School websites


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  • thunderdan

    Can you correct that Chicago Booth mandates GMAT from year 2012 incoming class(they may give waiver for highly capable candidates along the lines of C suite employees, but very rare as told by ad-com this year)

  • Patty Keegan

    Thunderdan is correct. Our Chicago Booth EMBA program requires the GMAT, but we consider waivers for candidates with certain backgrounds, credentials and experiences (more information is on our website) . Studying for the GMAT allows our candidates to prepare for the challenging coursework they will face in our program. The GMAT score is just one piece of information used to assess a candidate’s suitability for the program. We also consider previous education, previous management experience, leadership potential, letters of recommendation, and the results of a personal interview to decide if a candidate is the right fit for the program.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the clarification Patty.

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