Weekend MBA

Live Chat with Weekend MBA Program Admissions

Are you planning to start your MBA studies in the 2010 year? If so, hear first hand from the admissions directors from the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs at Chicago Booth. The chat will cover the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:00 PM CDT

Moderator: Hello and welcome to our Admissions Live Chat! The chat will begin promptly at 12:00 pm CST, but please feel free to start submitting your questions now!

Caitlyn: Hello! Welcome to the chat. My name is Caitlyn. I'm happy to answer any questions you have about student life and academics at Chicago Booth.

Crystal: Hello, my name is Crystal Smith, I am part of the admissions team and also a student. Please feel free to ask me anything you'd like. I look forward to chatting with you!

Katie: Hello and welcome to the Chicago Booth Live Chat! My name is Katie Crossin and I am here to answer your questions about the admissions process.

George: Hi all, I am the associate dean of the program and we looking forward to today! Bring on the hard questions!

Beth: Thank you for joining us today! My name is Beth Daily and I am Assistant Director of Admissions. I look forward to answering your questions.

G-82465878: How do we communicate, through this forum? Does anyone talk? Explain the program?

Beth: Welcome to our chat, G-82465878! To ask a question, enter it into the chat box and our team will answer it. There is no voice aspect to our chat. We look forward to answering your questions!

G-82797127: Quick Question: Is it more competitive to apply in the fall quarter vs. spring/summer/winter, or is there no correlation between the quarter we are applying into and competitiveness?

Katie: Hello. No one quarter is more competitive than the next. We admit the largest class in the Autumn quarter, but that does not change the average GMAT. Across the board the average GMAT is 680 for the Evening MBA program.

MEDOZK: I'M WORKING NOW AS EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT, AND HAVE MANY STUDENT WILLING TO PURSUE THEIR POST-GRADUATE STUDIES AT YOU SCHOOL, SO I NEED SOMEONE TO FACILITATE THIS MATTER

Crystal: Medozk, I would be happy to discuss this with you further. You can reach me at crystal.smith@chicagobooth.edu.

Booth2010: Hi, Thanks for organising this chat. I had a question regarding career change prospects- I am an Engineer, and have an interest in Finance. How are the career prospects post evening MBA program? I am very interested in jobs that need Quant skills

George: You will not be in the minority. One of our biggest group of students are engineers, most of whom are hoping to make a switch to either finance or consulting. It is very doable. The only caveat is investment banking. We do not recommend you join a part-time program if you are interested in IB. IB firms only hire from their internships and you are not able to get an internship through the part-time programs.

kausar: does CGSB accept the experience gained while working as a freelancer ?

Crystal: We consider all relative work experience. You should tell the admissions committee about each of your professional experiences. We want to hear them as they make up your professional story. Any details you can add that will add color to you "who you are" we want to hear about it!

Anna: Hello. My first question is whether or not all classes must be taken at the Gleacher center or if any of the classes can be taken at the Hyde Park campus?

Caitlyn: Hi Anna! Great question. Students in the Evening, Weekend, and Full Time programs at Chicago Booth are able to take courses at both the Gleacher Center and the Harper Center in Hyde Park.

nan: Regarding the extracurricular activity and community involvement section on the application, how much detail are you expecting in the description? I would like to be as thorough as possible but I am not sure what the appropriate length would be

Katie: Hi Nan, that is great that you have lots of extra-curricular activities to share with us! You can include a fair amount of detail as it sounds like this is a key aspect of your application. I would suggest keeping it to one page, single spaced.

Zac: I am weighing the pros and cons of attending the part time versus full time MBA programs. I am currently working as an Associate Scientist at Abbott labs but I would like to transition out of the lab and into a more business/economic based position. Ultimately I would like to pursue an international business track. In your oppinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each program in regards to job placement after graduation, earning potential, and any stigmas that are associated with part time students.

George: Go full-time. There are no downsides to full-time with the exception of the loss of income (which I realize is not trivial). If you cannot quit work for any reason, then the part-time program is a great option. The trade-off as that you are juggling school with work. It can be done (over 1600 Booth Part-Time students do it every year), but it is harder than going full-time. BTW, there are no stigmas associated with the Booth part-time program as the students get the same faculty teaching the same course work. That is not the same with all part-time programs.

JillW: Are there differences between class composition for evening and Saturday cohorts?

Crystal: Hi Jill, there is a separate application process for each program (Evening and Weekend) but the classes are the same offering the same professors and content. Keep in mind that we don't have a "cohort" formatted program; our program is flexible in allowing you to connect with and take classes with whomever you please.

Amy: what are the requirements for applying to the MBA program? I'm guessing a GMAT any others?

Beth: Great question Amy. To apply to the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Program, you need to complete an online application, which includes essay questions, resume, two letters of recommendation, transcripts (if you earned an undergraduate degree from an institution outside of the US please include your degree certificate), and the GMAT. After you submit your application, you will also conduct an in person interview here at the Gleacher Center. For more information about the application process and to begin your application, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/apply.aspx.

Sammy12: Thank you for this Q&A forum. Does Chicago Booth offer concentrations in financial risk management?

Caitlyn: Hi Sammy. Chicago Booth offers 14 different concentrations for our students. Though we do not offer a concentration in Financial Risk Management, we do have a student group focused on Insurance and Risk Management. To find out more about the concentrations we offer please visit our Curriculum site at: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/curriculum/index.aspx.

Michelle: Do you have any data regarding how long it takes the average applicant to complete the full application process?

Crystal: Hi Michelle, thank you for your question. It depends on the person. On average, it takes about 6-9 months for a person to move through the application process. In some cases it can take up 2 years...again, it depends on the person. There is no "wrong place" to be on the timeline, just as long as you are on it. We will take your applicaiton when you are ready, we have 4 application periods a year.

nancy: hi i wanted to do my part mba with a concentration in finance. i want to enter the private equity field but i am unsure if with a part time it will be possible since i will not get an internship.. are there jobs in private equity without an intership. I am a career changer. I am currently a software engineer.

George: Yes. Students make that switch. It can be done, it is just harder to do than if you go full-time. So if you can go full-time, do so, it is just easier. If you need to work, you can make that switch in our program and I can put you in touch with many students who have done so.

Olivia: Hi, this may seem silly, but what do your students do in terms of parking? I understand most of the evening/weekend classes are at the Gleacher center, which is downtown.

Caitlyn: Hi Olivia, thats not a silly question at all. We have validated rates for 4 different lots around the Gleacher Center. The validation for most of these lots starts at 3:00 pm during the week and runs until midnight and then from 8am until midnight on Saturdays. The rates vary from $5-$9.

nan: Regarding the essays, is there a preferred format for the document that will be uploaded for each essay question?

Beth: Nan, please use whichever format works best for you. Our applicants can type the essay question right into the text box in the online application or upload either a Word document or a PDF. If you encounter any difficulties uploading, please feel free to contact our office at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

adi: What percentage of applicants get accepted to the part time program? what %age of seats are left for Fall 2010?

George: I don’t have the numbers at my figuretips (we do these chats from the Midway club at Gleacher in a big board room instead of at our desks, it makes it more fun?). However, I can tell you that it is a difficult place to get into. We get applications from all over the nation. This can be daunting when applying, but it means that you will be in a place full of diversity and interest if you join us. As far as the fall class, we get over 85% of our applications the last two days before the deadline, so I would say that we probably have 20% of the class admitted at this point.

Ash: How long does the application process take approximately?

Katie: Hi Ash. The length of the application process depends mostly on your timeline. The applications are available 8-9 months before the deadline. You can submit an application at any point before the deadline and we will review it and get you a decision in 4-6 weeks. You will also need to build in time to come to our downtown campus and interview with a current student or alum. You can apply here: https://admissions.chicagobooth.edu/admissions/AppHome.tap

Anna: If I were to apply to the joint degree program, synergistically earning an MA in International Relations, would I still be able to complete both degrees part time. I guess what I'm trying to understand is are all classes including joint degree program classes offered in the evening?

Caitlyn: Hi Anna, most, if not all of classes for the other program you would be earning a degree for are offered during the day time hours. For more information about Joint and Dual Degree Programs please visit our site at: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/curriculum/index.aspx.

G-82797127: Is it more competitive to apply in the fall quarter vs. spring/summer/winter, or is there no correlation between the quarter we are applying into and competitiveness?

Beth: Thank you for your question. While more applicants apply to the Fall quarter, we also admit more students. We encourage you to apply to the quarter which you would like to begin and when you feel your application is ready.

Mmann: Any tips on the essays? What is the admissions board looking for in terms of content?

Crystal: The admissions team wants to hear your voice in your essays. Tell us about your personal and professional story and how an MBA will help you achieve your goals. You should also talk about how you plan to add value to the classroom based on your professional experiences.

prakashp: for evening program is it necessary to have residence in chicago..i am from Ann Arbor MI

Katie: Hi Prakashp. We do not require that our Evening MBA students live in the Chicago area, however the majority do. If you are able to work out a travel plan that will allow you to be in class on weeknights then you are welcome to apply to the Evening MBA program.

TCiner: I have applied on-line for the evening MBA program, but I am confused about the dates for applications for 2010 (Fall admission). Can you please explain the deadlines for Fall?

Beth: The deadline for the Evening MBA for the Autumn 2010 quarter is Thursday, July 1. You will have a decision from our office within 4-6 weeks.

Caitlin: Can you please elaborate on the career services and recruitment offerings at Booth? If you receive tuition reimbursement from your current employer, are there any limitations to this service?

George: Caitlin, great question. No matter what, you get full access to career services with one important exception. If you receive tuition reimbursement from your employer, you need to get their approval to go through on campus recruiting. We don’t want you interviewing and have your employer in the next room and see you coming or going. Also, we have consulting companies who do not want to hire individuals who are working for their clients unless the client has given the approval. All other aspects of the career center is open to you, interview practice, resume building, etc.

Zac_1: I don't know what I'm doing wrong here but my questions are not making it through

Katie: Hi Zac. I can see your comments, but we have not received a question. Would you mind resending your question? Thank you!

Ash: What is a typical schedule of evening mba semester? Do people drop-out and/or switch to weekend/full-time program?

Crystal: Ash, most students take 2 classes a quarter. There is a 20 course requirement to complete the program. You can stop and start the MBA whenever you'd like and you have up to 5 years to complete the program. If you are a part-time student you can switch between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA, however, you cannot switch to the full-time program. You are more than welcome to take a full-time class load (3-4 classes) with full-time students during the day if you have the flexibility.

Kayla: Weekend program has classes on Friday and Saturday or just Saturday? Is there an added cost with airport transportation? Can I start with weekend program then switch to weekend program as I move into Chicago?

Caitlyn: Hi Kayla. The Weekend Program has Friday evening courses and Saturday courses in their home program. That said, students in the Weekend Program can take courses on any night if they have flexibility in their schedule. Yes, airport transportation is an added cost for students, but the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs Office currently offers a free shuttle to and from both Midway and O'Hare Airports before and after classes on Saturdays for students flying in for class. All students in the Weekend Program at Chicago Booth have the option to switch to the Evening Program, and vice versa, one time during the course of their MBA at Chicago Booth.

Caitlin: To expand on Nan's question - is there a general or preferred minimum when describing extra curriculars?

Beth: Caitlin, we do not have a minimum requirement for extra-curriculars. We are just interested in getting to know you and what you are involved in. We have seen answers in the format of bullet points and essay responses. Please feel free to use whatever format works best to convey this.

Amy: Sorry didn't see a response, can you please describe the requirements for applying to your evening/weekend mba program? For example, GMAT, anything else?

Crystal: Amy, we require the GMAT, transcripts, essays, 2 letters of recommendations, and interview. For information about our admissions criteria, please visit our website at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/criteria.aspx

Suhas: Please can you let me know the application deadline for the Winter semester for the Evening MBA program

Beth: Thank you for your question, Suhas. The deadline for the Evening MBA for the Winter 2011 quarter is Friday, October 8, 2010. The application is available online and you may submit whenever you are ready! We look forward to receiving your application.

G-82800356: As far as extra-curriculars go, how far back should we go? Are you only interested in activity from recent years (1-3 years back) or do you want to see activity over the course of say 10 years (or since our undergrad)?

Crystal: Feel free to touch on what you done in the past 5 years. We would like to know what you've done relatively recently.

G-82844579: Would Booth accept transfer credits for preliminary graduate requirements from Loyola or DePaul University or are they not accredited?

Beth: Great question. Unfortunately Chicago Booth does not accept transfer credits from other institutions. That being said, if you have taken an introductory level course at another institution, you can certainly take a higher level course at Booth to challenge yourself. However, all 21 courses must be taken at Booth.

Rhonda: Upon entering the evening MBA program, how long should it take me to complete the program?

Caitlyn: Hi Rhonda! If students take 2 courses every quarter it will take 2.5 years to complete the degree. Students are given 5 years to complete the degree so they have the flexibility to speed up or slow down if needed.

Sean_1: Hello, I am planning on applying before your July 1st deadline, my GMAT is scheduled on the 26th, is there an advantage in submitting my application with a projected GMAT score now, as oppose to waiting to have the actual score on the 26th and then submitting the application before the July 1st deadline?

Katie: Hi Sean. Happy to hear you are applying for the Evening MBA program for the Autumn quarter. We receive many applications the week of the deadline. You need to take the GMAT before your submit your application. If you are taking the GMAT on June 26th, you can self-report your scores. Later in the process we will require your official scores.

Ash: What % of your students have work experience less than 5 years?

Crystal: Ash, I don't have the data at my finger tips, but I can tell you that the average is 5 years, with a range of 1-15 years. We have a program called the Chicago Business Fellows program that is designed for students who have 0-3 years of business experience. It's a subset of the Evening MBA program. You can learn more at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/cbf.aspx

prakashp: for evening programs, do i need to reside in chicago... is it okay if i can travel from Ann Arbor MI

Crystal: You are more than welcome to travel in from where ever you live. As long as you can get to class on time.

Kayla: I read on the other chat session stating that part-time are down. What contributed to this decline?

George: Two things. Companies have significantly lowered their level of tuition reimbursement. Many of the companies that used to pay for 100% of their employees tuition have lowered it to as little as $5000/year. Secondly, when the economy downturns, prospects feel less secure about their job security and tend to shy away from making large financial commitments, and/or they lose their jobs and end up going full-time (full-time is up double digit in growth).

Olivia: How many individuals, on average, are admitted to the Chicago Business Fellows program per year?

Katie: Hi Olivia. The Chicago Business Fellows program is great for applicants with 0-3 years of work experience. We generally admit 20-30 students to the program each Autumn quarter. You can learn more at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/cbf.aspx

bkholy_1: Quick Question about waiving the right to see your recommendation. how is that looked upon? Whats the purpose of that question on the application?

George: All else held equal, it is better to waive the right to see your recommendations. We know that if a recommender knows that you can see their recommendations, they are less likely to say anything bad. Thus we discount those recommendations a bit more than we would if you had signed the waiver. We are legally bound to make the option available to you however. In my option, the best thing to do is ask your recommended up front if they are willing to give you a OUTSTANDING recommendation, and let them know that you would not be hurt if they do not want to do it and that you would only like them to make the recommendation if they are comfortable doing so. Then sign the release so we don’t discount what they have to say.

phdbrasil: I have worked in financial sales most of my life... is there a particular "professional profile" you look for when bringing in students (engineers, managers, analysts, etc...)? any particular professional experience you usually look for?

George: We try to be well rounded, meaning we bring in individuals from all aspects of life and work. We look for individuals who are different in all aspects. Just in the last class we brought in military, musicians, dancers, financiers, CMO’s and heart surgeons.

Ash: What is the range of GMAT scores for evening mba program?

Beth: Ash, the average GMAT for the Evening MBA Program is 680. However, we do have an admitted student range of upper 500s to 800.

Amy: As a follow up to Zac's question, is there advantage/disadvantage between the evening and weekend programs?

Crystal: Hi Amy, there are no differences between the program, the only difference is taking the class during the week vs. on the weekend. Therefore the advantages are the same across both programs.

Booth2010: Thanks George, also what about Private Equity? If one wants to pursue a career in that, would Full Time MBA be the way to go about it ?

George: Yes, while it is not as hard. Any time you are job shifting, full-time is a better option, all else held equal. It is always harder to transition in a part-time program. Over 60% of our students do it, but they do it through networking with others in the program and using our alumni directory. The full-time students are expected to do it and everything they do, while not in class, is about getting the next job.

Matt: Thanks in advance for taking my question. I took a couple of grad school classes at one university before transering those closes to another where I received my masters degree. My question is whether you would like to see them listed separately on the application or would you just want to see the university where I got the degree? The classes do show up on my transcript as being transferred. Thanks.

Katie: Hi Matt. Good question, we get this one all the time. We need transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended even if the credits are listed on the transcript from the institution from which you graduated. If you have other questions, please call our hotline at 312-464-8700.

prakashp: is there anything like Round 1 & Round 2 for evening programs...

Beth: prakashp, the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Program reviews applications on a rolling admissions basis but each quarter has one application deadline. Our next application deadline is for the Evening MBA Autumn 2010 quarter and it is Thursday, July 1. While the majority of applications are received during the week of the deadline, we do make decisions up to 9 months before the deadline.

Jay: Hello - Thanks for setting up the forum. My application is strong on all other aspects but not in current community work. Is that a showstopper?

Crystal: Jay, we are also interested in how you manage your time and how active you would be in the Chicago Booth community. You should focus on how you would get involved while moving through the MBA program.

Ash: Approx how many students are in the class for evening mba

George: 1300 evening students and 300 weekend students!

MEDOZK: I'm a holder of dual BA in Business Administration, Economics, from the Open University UK, and the Arab Open University-Egypt Branch, with overall grade Good plus, 2.71 on 4 scale, I have 8 years of full time of work experience, pre-graduation, would you waive the GMAT against my work experience

Katie: Hi Medozk. Good question. We require the GMAT of all of our applicants, regardless of work experience or other degrees. It sounds as if your work and academic experience will make you a strong candidate. We look forward to receiving your application!

Amy: What is the typical schedule for the weekend courses?

Caitlyn: Hi Amy. Weekend students are able to take courses on Friday evenings and during the day on Saturday as part of their home program. Saturday courses are held from 9am-12pm, and from 1:30-4:30pm.

gilbspen: Can we test out of some of the required courses if we have a background in the subject matter?

Beth: If you are interested in taking Booth courses before officially applying to our program, you take classes in our Graham School of General Studies as a Graduate Student-at-Large(GSAL). Up to three courses taken as a GSAL student can be applied toward your MBA. You would be taking the same Booth business courses as our MBA students. For more information about the GSAL Program, please visit https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/php/gsal/about-the-program.php.

gregg: When can I schedule an interview? Do I need to wait until after I've submitted my application?

Beth: gregg, interviews are scheduled once you submit your application. We conduct interviews during the week and on one Saturday a month, with our next Super Saturday interview date being July 10. If you submit your application on the day of the deadline, you will be brought in to interview during the weeks following. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

Kayla: My GMAT score is not very high. What can I do to submit a competitive application to obtain an admission?

George: Kayla, great question we get all the time. Two things. One, if you have not taken it more than once, do so. GMAT reports that the average increase between the first and second time is 40 points! So study hard and consider taking it again. If you have already done that, consider taking classes through the Graham School of Continuing Education . https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu

George: This is a way to take MBA classes at Booth without being yet accepted into the program. Up to three of these classes will count towards your MBA when you are accepted. This is a great way to show that you can compete at Booth and will overcome your lower GMAT score

Anna: I have been out of school for about 3 years and have had ample work experience but feel that my undergraduate professors have known me for far longer than any of my employers and could speak of my character and leadership skills far better than any employer can. Could letters from professors be accepted in lieu of another letter of recommendation.

Crystal: Anna you are more than welcome to submit 2-3 letters of recommendations. We ask that you still request one from your current manager. For the other recommendation, you can feel free to reach out to whomever you like.

adi: What is the traditional ROI of the part time MBA program?

George: Adi, 60% of our students are promoted, get new jobs or change careers while in the program. Outside studies show the average time to breakeven is two years after graduation

Vijay: can I start taking classes and then write my GMAT

Katie: Hi Vijay - The GMAT is a required portion of the application. You must take the test to be considered for admission to Chicago Booth. However, you are welcome to apply to the Graham School at the University of Chicago and take classes as a graduate student at large before taking the GMAT. Feel free to reach our to my contact Adam Greene at adam.greene@uchicago.edu with other questions.

gilbspen: What is the maximum number of credits one can take in a given term?

Caitlyn: Hello! Most students take 2 courses per quarter, but some students have the flexibility to take more than that. If you are planning to take 4 or more courses in a given quarter, you will want to set up a meeting with an Academic Advisor.

prakashp: if i want to apply for coming winter quarter, whats the latest/optimum i can apply

Katie: Hi again Prakashp. The deadline for the Evening MBA program for the Winter quarter is Friday, October 8th.

Suhas: Can the Evening program students make use of the career services offered for the full time program

George: We have a complete offering of career services offered right here at Gleacher. The only thing that is different is that part-time students do not have the opportunity to apply for internships. Beyond that it is the same offerings. If you want to attend an event on campus, assuming it is not for internship recruiting, you are able to do so as well.

Aaron: Is there any suggested sequence of course work for evening/weekend students? Specifically, do most students mix in their electives with their core courses, or do they try to take mostly core courses in the first year of school?

Caitlyn: Hi Aaron! That is a great question. Most students mix their classes up a bit. One thing you will want to keep in mind is prerequisites If you are planning to take a course that has strict prerequisites you will want to get those out of the way early on in your MBA program.

Sarna: Hi, I work in Los Angeles and I am interested to apply to chicago. I am wondering if you see other students who are far from chicago attending the program.Not sure if it would managable. Any comments?

Crystal: Hi Sarna, over 65% of our students travel into Chicago from outside of the city. We have a large subset of students who fly in from the west coast and east coast. So you would NOT be alone in your efforts. It can be done--people do it!

G-82800356: I noticed that on the application, you ask for electronic transcripts now, which means you will not require hard copies of the transcripts until after the acceptance of an application has been made. Do I have this correct?

Katie: Hi Guest. Yes, you are correct. Scanned, unofficial transcripts are preferred for the application. We only require official versions if you are admitted to Chicago Booth.

Melissa: I'm looking at applying for the weekend program for 2011. When does the application process start for this? The only option currently is the 2010 evening program.

Beth: Melissa, thank you for your interest in our Weekend MBA Program. The Weekend MBA Program only admits once a year. Applications are typically available online 9 months before the application deadline. The Weekend MBA application for 2011 will be available in August 2010. We anticipate the deadline to be early May 2011.

Chris: Between the major categories of: academic ability; professional potential & experience; and personal characteristics; what is weighted heaviest in the selection process for Booth Admission?

George: We weight them equally. If you are inadequate in any one it is a negative. Of course not everyone can be the best at all so we weigh them all together and see where you come up in the balance.

adi: What is the deadline for applications to the fall 2010 program?

Beth: Adi, the deadline for the Evening MBA Autumn 2010 quarter is Thursday, July 1. Please feel free to start submitting your supplemental materials to our office. We look forward to receiving your application.

Ash: Do you have to choose your concentration in mba program during application? or can you choose it after admission?

Caitlyn: Hi Ash! You do not need to declare concentrations prior to applying for your MBA at Chicago Booth. After taking courses you will be able to choose concentrations and work toward them throughout your degree.

G-82883926: what is the average GMAT score for students?

Katie: Hi Guest. The average GMAT for the Evening MBA Program is 680 and the average for the Weekend MBA program is 700. We admit from the upper 500s to 800 though.

Moderator: The chat will be ending in 5 minutes. We've had lots of great questions and unfortunately cannot answer them all! We'll do our best to get to as many of them as possible and we encourage you to read the transcripts.

Anna: In your opinion, does a full-time MBA have more value that a part-time MBA , will it matter to employers?

George: Employers tell us they don’t care. Recruiters want the best students so they prefer to see all students at Booth. Given that the full-time program gets internship recruiting, I think full-time has more value.

TCiner: I did not see a form on the Admission site for letters of recommendation. Do you have one? Sorry, I'm sure I missed it.

Beth: TCiner, you can download the recommendation PDF online, which is listed under "download materials". However, the majority of applicants send their recommenders a link for them to submit electronically. If you or your recommenders have any questions/difficulties, please feel free to contact our office at 312.464.8700.

Javilono: What is average class size in weekend program?

Caitlyn: Hi Javilono, we matriculate about 100 students each year into the Weekend Program. The individual classes for both Evening and Weekend have an average of around 65 people per classroom.

G-82791684: Regarding the Chicago business fellows, is this an MBA granting program, or you must transfer to the part-time program at some point? Additionally what if you have 3-4 yrs of experience, does that disqualify your application in this program?

Crystal: It is a subset of the Evening MBA program The programs are exactly the same. The MBA requirements are virtually the same. The only difference in the CBF program is that you have to complete the Professional Development Seminar. You can learn more about the Chicago Business Fellows program via the link provided. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/cbf.aspx

Caitlin: Regarding Transcripts...I studied abroad in undergrad, but all my classes transfered and are represented on my undergrad transcript - is that sufficient?

Beth: Caitlin, as long as the course title and grade received appear on your degree granting institution, you do not need to request additional transcripts. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 312.464.8700.

JIT: How is your Financial Aid Program? Have they been more generous in this economy, the same, etc...

George: All part-time students who want financial aid can get it. That has not changed. Part-time programs at Booth do not have scholarships and that has not changed.

TinaZ: Thanks. Am I eligible to apply for evening program, if I am not in Chicago area, but I can make it to class on Friday evening?

Beth: TinaZ, you may certainly apply to the Evening MBA if you are not living in the Chicagoland area. In addition, Evening MBA students can take classes on Saturday. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

TCiner: If you submit an application for Fall, and are not accepted, what parts of the application can you use for resubmission? Are the letters of recommendation kept on file or do you have to resubmit?

Katie: Hi TCiner. If you are not accepted you are welcome to reapply. We generally ask for new letters of recommendation so that your managers can discuss how you have grown since the previous application.

Nicole: How long does it typically take a student to complete the weekend MBA program?

Caitlyn: Hi Nicole, if students in the Weekend Program take 2 courses every quarter they can complete the degree in 2.5 years. All students in the Evening and Weekend Programs have up to 5 years to complete the degree.

prakashp: on an average, how many hours do part-time students spend outside of classes & coursework in the campus.. with other activities...

Crystal: It really depends on the class...so it varies. Students have access to survey data before they register for class to get a sense of how much time they would spend if they decided to take it. It's a great tool that I use every quarter before registering for classes.

Catherine: We can schedule for the interview after the application deadline, right? Is this one-on-one? Or with a group of people? How can one prep for it? What questions should the applicant expect?

George: yes, they are 1-1 with a current student or alumni. If you know a student, ask them to practice with you. It is a conversation so you dont have to really memorize any answers. We just want to get to know you in a more personally way that is difficult via paper.

mike: How much does it cost to get my MBA

George: 20 classes @ $5045 each.

Aaron: Will there be additional opportunities to sit in on a class, and if so, how can I schedule one? The website only shows dates through the end of this week.

Caitlyn: Hi Aaron. Yes, there will be opportunities to visit a class starting the week of June 26th. We end class visits at the end of week 9 to allow students time for review sessions and final exams. Please e-mail eveningweekend-classvisits@chicagobooth.edu to inquire about when the schedule will be posted for Summer Quarter.

PReid: Would I be eligible for the Chicago Business Fellows program if I have worked for less than 3 years when I applied, but 3 years and a couple months at the start of the program?

George: Yes. No problem!

Crystal: It was great chatting with you! Please feel free to contact us at anytime to continue the conversation.

Vijay: Can we take upto 3 classes first and submit the GMAT scores

George: Yes. this can all be done before you apply or get done while applying

prakashp: is there any optimum no of years of experience that u consider... if someone has 10+ years, is part-time MBA good option ..?

George: no. we have individuals with less than three and more than 40.

G-82800356: As far as extracurriculars go, how far back should we go? Are you only interested in activity from recent years (1-3 years back) or do you want to see activity over the course of say 10 years (or since our undergrad)?

George: Use what works to tell your story. The more recent are better, but all are good!

Katie: Thanks for joining us for the Live Chat! If you have other questions, we are here to answer them. Give us a call at 312-464-8700 or email us at eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu.

Beth: Thank you for joining our chat. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 312.464.8700 or eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

Caitlyn: Thank you for joining us today! It was great chatting with you all.

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George: I am upset that we did not get to all the questions. we were inundated more so than usual. I am going to take the remaining questions and will blog about them in the coming week.