Degree with Honors
Chicago Booth offers two honors designations, high honors and honors. The high honors designation is assigned to the top 5 percent of the graduating class, while the honors designation is assigned to the next 15 percent, based on GPA averages of all MBA graduates from the previous academic year.
Chicago Booth does not release the specific GPA cutoff information to students. The honors and high honors distinctions are noted on a student's diploma and official transcript.
The GPA calculations to determine graduation distinctions of honors and high honors will begin Monday, Week 6 of the quarter. If you have any blank or incomplete grades on your record at that time, you will be ineligible for honors consideration. Any grade changes posted after Monday, Week 6 will not be included in honors determination. Students graduating with honors will be notified by letter during Week 6 of the quarter.
Additionally, students who graduate with high honors and honors are also nominated to the Beta Gamma Sigma society. These students are recognized for their academic excellence during an Honors Ceremony in Spring Quarter 2016. More information about this ceremony will be sent to eligible candidates via email.
Academic Attire - Honor Cords
Students achieving the distinction of high honors and honors wear an honor cord in addition to the academic attire of the cap, gown, and MBA hood.
- High honors achievement receives a double cord.
- Honors achievement receives a single cord.
Cords are to be worn at the convocation ceremony.
Honor Cords Pickup
Honor cords will be distributed at the Graduate Dinner. If you are unable to attend the Graduate Dinner, then you may pick up your honor cord during the final week of the quarter in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs office.
The Chicago Booth Registrar will notify alumni who qualify for honors designation postgraduation.