Early Career Candidates
Early career candidates are identified as those with three or fewer years of full-time, post-undergraduate work experience, including college seniors. If you are eager to enroll in an MBA program at an early stage of your career, Chicago Booth welcomes your application for admission.
All applicants are encouraged to apply for the year in which they intend to enroll; Chicago Booth does not offer deferred admission.
There is no separate program or admissions process for those who consider applying early on in their careers. Early career candidates must complete the full application for admission. However, the Admissions Committee will bear in mind the applicant’s proximity to the college experience when considering factors such as leadership, supervision experience, and academic success. In addition, the following criteria will be considered:
- Quality work experience - Summer internships, full- or part-time work experience, or an entrepreneurial spirit will all be considered.
- Competitive GPA - While there is no minimum GPA to be considered for admission to Chicago Booth, it is important for the Admissions Committee to know that you are prepared for the rigor of our classroom experience.
- Competitive standardized test score - Chicago Booth allows applicants to submit either the GMAT or the GRE. Booth doesn't have a minimum requirement for either, but does use the results of the exam to evaluate your potential for success in a graduate-level business program, especially with regard to your quantitative and verbal skills.
- Strong extracurricular involvement or student leadership role(s) during college - Chicago Booth values community involvement, as well as leadership skills. A past record of involvement is a good indication that you'll get involved as an MBA student, too.
- Intellectual curiosity as evidenced by courses taken in college - Our belief is that diversity of educational backgrounds makes for a richer classroom experience, and Chicago Booth welcomes students from all college or university majors. We're also interested in knowing if you ventured outside your "comfort zone" and challenged yourself by taking a rigorous and diverse course load.
- Strong professional letters of recommendation - These endorsements should demonstrate your ability to work well in a team setting, highlight your motivation and dedication, and provide information about your initial success within the context of your job setting.
- Personal maturity - We take a holistic view of your maturity, as evidenced by recommendations, essays, and the personal interview.
- Ability to talk about why you want to get an MBA now - As an early career candidate, it is important to articulate why the timing of entering the MBA program makes sense for your career and/or life plans. We also look for focus on what those plans might be.
If you are in your final year of college and thinking about starting a Full-Time MBA program shortly after graduation, you are welcome to apply to Chicago Booth. Applicants must complete the full application for admission. The application fee may be waived for applicants who are current students in an undergraduate or graduate program.
Chicago Booth highly values work experience, and will look for evidence of readiness and ability to contribute to an engaged community, both inside and outside the classroom, throughout the application. The Admissions Committee will also look for evidence of leadership and leadership potential. It is especially important for you to consider and discuss the timing of the MBA application.
The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) offers advice to college seniors on taking the GMAT, researching business schools, and enrolling in an MBA program on GMAC's "Direct Your Destiny" website.
If you are a part of an undergraduate student group (e.g., WIB, SWE, NOBE, etc.) and are interested in setting up a visit to Chicago Booth, or if you would like us to conduct an information session about the MBA to your undergraduate student group on your campus, please email us.
Summer Business Scholars Program
Chicago Booth offers the Summer Business Scholars Program, a three-week summer program for current and/or recent undergraduates who are interested in pursuing an MBA degree in the future. Through courses in finance, accounting, and marketing, liberal arts majors learn the language of business and access a whole new range of career options. Students who are already studying business gain a competitive advantage over their peers from the exhilarating Chicago approach to management education. To learn more about the Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars Program, please email us.
Chicago Booth Scholars Program
The Chicago Booth Scholars Program is a special opportunity for fourth-year students at the University of Chicago to apply to the Full-Time MBA program - prior to graduation - and defer enrollment for two to three years. This program is unique to the University of Chicago, and is currently not available to undergraduate students at other institutions.