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Academics

Graduate & Professional School Courses

Students in the College may enroll in graduate courses with instructor consent. Some professional school courses are open by petition only. In all cases, the registration, class schedules, and exam policies for these courses are those of the graduate or professional school: students are expected to follow the rules, procedures, and deadlines of the divisions or schools in which they are registered.

Students who plan to take graduate or professional school courses should first consult their College Adviser and are limited to six professional school course registrations (whether or not the courses are completed), and only four hundred units may count toward a student's degree. 

First-year students may not register for professional school courses.

Graduate & Professional Schools

Students in the College may register for courses offered by the Chicago Booth School of Business. Students who wish to enroll in these courses must follow the Chicago Booth rules, procedures, and deadlines, which in some cases will differ significantly from the College. For further information, refer to the Booth School of Business Student Handbook for more information on its policies.

College students may not take MBA-level Booth classes in their graduating quarter, unless the course is not needed for graduation. Early final grades for BUSN 2XXXX-level courses will be allowed for students who need them for graduation. For additional information, students may consult the FAQ or contact the Booth Registrar's Office.

New Business Economics Courses (BUSN 2XXXX)

2XXXX. Courses will be taught by Booth faculty in the classrooms on the Hyde Park campus.

Registration for College-level Booth courses (BUSN 2XXXX-level) can be done through the usual Course Request process (“bidding”), which occurs during Week 8 of a standard quarter, or during the Add/Drop process. These courses will be subject to a combination of College and Booth policies, so it is imperative that students ask their adviser or the Booth Registrar for clarification on any unclear information.

College students may request enrollment in MBA-level courses (BUSN 3XXXX-level and above) via the Booth online registration request poll. MBA-level courses follow Booth policies for the Academic calendar, exam schedule, and registration. 

The Dougan Scholars Certificate Program

The Dougan Scholars Certificate Program is designed for University of Chicago students who wish to complement their undergraduate curriculum with a deep understanding of the economic disciplines driving business today. Through study in six Chicago Booth courses taken alongside MBA candidates, Dougan Scholars develop their aptitude for analysis and problem-solving skills and see firsthand how these tools can be translated to real-life scenarios. Ongoing mentorship from upperclassmen and Booth students, networking opportunities, and programming further support Dougan Scholars as they complete their undergraduate studies. Applications are open exclusively to all second-year students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing developing business acumen, regardless of major.

Sufficiently advanced undergraduates may enroll in graduate courses. Graduate-level courses may be identified by the course number, beginning at 30000. Many graduate school courses are cross-listed with College courses. If a course also has a number that begins with 10000 or 20000, students in the College are expected to enroll in that College course number. Students who are considering graduate-level course work should consult their College Adviser.

Registration is by instructor consent only. Registration cannot be done online, and consent forms must be delivered to the Registrar’s Office by the end of Week 3.

Students in the College may register for courses offered by the University of Chicago Law School. Students who wish to enroll in these courses must follow Law School rules, procedures, and deadlines, which in some cases will differ significantly from the College. Consult the Law School Student Handbook for more details.

Students who wish to enroll in Law School courses should begin the process early in the quarter prior to the planned registration. After consulting a College Adviser, students should submit the Professional School Petition Form to Brent Fergusson, Senior Adviser in the Office of the Dean of Students in the College. You may email the form to brentfg@uchicago.eduor turn it in to the front desk of the Advising Office.

The petition should provide detailed reasons for taking a Law School course. The student must also refer to the Law School calendar to determine when the registration period starts and complete a Non-Law School Student Permission to Register form. The student will need to obtain consent (and a signature on this permission form) from the course instructor. Both the signed Law School and College petitions must be delivered to the Registrar in the Press Building, 1427 East 60th Street, by Friday of Week 1.

Students in the College are not allowed to register for courses at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Fortunately, a small number of medical school courses are cross-listed in the graduate division. Undergraduates may, in some cases, be allowed to register for those courses, with the approval of the instructor and with appropriate preparation. Students should consult their College Adviser for more information.

Students in the College may register for courses offered by the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies with permission of the College Dean of Students Office and the professor. Interested students should first check the prerequisites for the Harris School course in question and consult their College Adviser in the quarter prior to enrollment.

To begin the registration process, students should submit the Professional School Petition Form to Brent Fergusson, Senior Adviser in the Office of the Dean of Students in the College. You may email the form or turn it in to the front desk of the Advising office. The petition should describe the reasons for taking the course and list other relevant course work or experience. Once the petition is approved, the student must then get consent of the course instructor. Registration cannot be done online, and consent forms must be delivered to the Registrar's Office by the end of Week 3.

Students in the College may register for SSA courses. Students should consult with their College Adviser in the quarter prior to registration.

Before beginning the registration process, students should check the prerequisites for the SSA course in question and consult with their College Adviser. To begin the registration process, students should submit the Professional School Petition Form to Brent Fergusson, Senior Adviser in the Office of the Dean of Students in the College. You may email the form to brentfg@uchicago.edu or turn it in to the front desk of the Advising Office. The petition should describe the reasons for taking the course and list other relevant course work or experience. Once the petition is approved, the student must then get consent of the SSA Dean of Students, as well as the course instructor.

Registration is by instructor consent only. Registration cannot be done online, and consent forms must be delivered to the Registrar’s Office by the end of Week 1. Students who wish to audit SSA courses need only to ask the instructors permission to sit in on the course.

Policies & Procedures

Graduate courses, Harris courses, and SSA courses may be dropped before the usual College deadline of Friday of Week 3. Students may also withdraw from graduate courses, per the standard policies.

Students can drop Law School courses through Friday of Week 3; however, after Week 1, they must obtain consent from the Law School Registrar. Documentation of this consent must then be delivered to the University Registrar by the end of Week 3. Students may also withdraw from Law School courses per the standard College policies.

Chicago Booth has different administrative rules. Be sure to check the Non-Booth Student Registration page to find information about drops and withdrawals. Also note: Students in the College who wish to withdraw from a Booth course must request a W from their adviser by the Friday of 10th week or the day before the final project/exam is due, whichever is earlier. They must also notify the Booth Registrar.

Many graduate-level, Harris courses, and SSA courses differ significantly from College courses; students enrolling in these courses should carefully read the course syllabus and consult the instructor at the beginning of the course to note any division-specific grading policies as well as the final examination schedule.

In Law School courses, quality grades are offered by default, and the grading scales in the Law School differ from those in the College. Students may request pass/fail grading from the instructor before Friday of Week 5. The instructor will give consent in writing. Undergraduate students are expected follow the Law School exam schedule and policies.

Students in Booth courses should review the Chicago Booth schedules/procedures. Some things to note include:

  • Some final exams in Spring Quarter at Chicago Booth are given on the same day and time as College Convocation. College students should not plan on receiving permission to take the final exam at an alternate date or time. 
  • Online course descriptions indicate whether Pass/Fail grading is available. No exceptions will be granted. Students must submit the Pass/Fail request form and email it to the Booth Registrar's Office by Friday of Week 4. To request Pass/Fail grading, complete a Pass/Fail form and email it to the Booth Registrar's Office by Friday, week 4. A Pass/Fail request may be rescinded within this period, but after this deadline, no changes may be made.
  • Students in spring quarter Business Economics courses with non-flexible, non-negotiable summer internship start dates may be eligible for early or remote final exams. Contact the Booth Registrar’s Office to determine your eligibility (ideally before accepting your internship offer) and for the required next steps to arrange for early or remote final exams.

Graduate courses may be used in the College degree program as free electives. With written consent of the student’s undergraduate chair, graduate courses may also be used in the major.

Note: Graduate courses are not indicated as such on the transcript.

Students in the College are limited to six professional school course registrations (whether or not the courses are completed), and only four may be counted toward the 42 credits required in an undergraduate program. Professional school courses rarely count towards a major, but students may petition their undergraduate program chair before taking the course if they wish to use it towards the major.

College students pay at the College rate when taking graduate or professional school courses.

Courses taken in graduate/professional school courses are not notated as such on the official transcript, although the transcript includes a key to understanding course codes. Grades awarded for professional school classes will be considered by admissions committees in any subsequent application to graduate or professional school.