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MBA in Chicago: Kellogg vs Booth

Located in Chicago, Illinois are two of the most prestigious MBA programs in America: Kellogg and Booth. Both of these programs should be considered by prospective MBA students who are looking to travel to the United States to pursue their MBA. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of each school to give Merchant GMAT students an inside look into MBA programs in Chicago.

Take a look at these American universities in the “Windy City” and decide if you want to earn your MBA in Chicago. 


Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Program Duration 1 or 2 years. 2 years.
Tuition (2020) 1 year: US$ 103,316

2 years: US$ 74,871

Total tuition for the 2-year program is $146,880
Locations Located on Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus, 30 minutes away from Chicago by car.  Booth School has 2 campuses in Chicago full time MBA is hosted at Charles M. Harper Center in Hyde Park. It also has campuses in London and Hong Kong, and students are allowed access to the University of Chicago’s facility in Beijing .
Class Size  Class of 2020

One-Year MBA students: 134

Two-Year MBA students: 481

621 Full-Time MBA Students
Gmat average score 727 mean GMAT 724 average 
Average age 28 years old. 28 years old.
Average work experience 5 years. 5 years.
Academic Information The core curriculum for the 2-Year Program consists of 9 courses in fundamental areas.

Majors include Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Strategy and Managing Organizations.

In addition to majors, Kellogg provides “pathways” to students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries. A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry. 

The trademark of the Booth experience is its flexible curriculum. School offers students a wide degree of choice. The entire program requires only one class, and that class is LEAD, a hands-on, experiential program designed to build skills in negotiation, team building, interpersonal communication, and other key management areas. LEAD is the only required component in Booth’s curriculum.
Average Post-MBA Salary US$ 144,410 average base salary. US$150,000 median salary. 
Employment Rate  93.9% of students received a job offer by 3 months post-graduation. 92.8% got job offers by 3 months post graduation



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