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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Degree with Honors

Chicago Booth offers two honors designations, High Honors and Honors. The High Honors designation is assigned to the top five 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 2015. 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 both the Booth Diploma and Hooding Ceremony and at the University‚Äôs 523rd Convocation Ceremony. 

Honor Cords Pickup

Honor cords will be distributed as you pick up your MBA hood at the Grad Fair in Harper Center 104 per the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 2:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Post-Graduation Honors

The Chicago Booth Registrar will notify alumni who qualify for honors designation post graduation.

Last Updated 12/15/15