Weekend MBA

Live Chat with Admissions directors for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs

Curious about applying to Chicago Booth's Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs? Join us for a live chat with George Andrews, associate dean of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs at Chicago Booth and other Admissions directors. We will answer questions about the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - Noon CST

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Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, associate director and I'm available to answer your questions.
Katie -> EveryoneWelcome to the Live Chat! I'm Katie Coogan and I can answer any admissions questions you have. I also work with the Chicago Business Fellow candidates. Those are applicants with 3 or less years of work experience.
George -> EveryoneSo excited to be here! Love these chats. Looking forward to spending the next hour with you!!
Krista -> EveryoneWelcome to the live chat! I'm Krista McNamara, and I can answer all questions regarding the application process. We're looking forward to answering your questions today.
Kara -> EveryoneWelcome to our chat!!! I am Kara Northcutt, director of admissions. We look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and the application process.
srisri -> KristaAlso what is the class frequency for evening classes and weekend classes
Krista -> srisriHi Srisri, The classes meet once a week for the part-time program. Most students take two classes per quarter so they have class twice a week.
Novo -> KristaIf my job allows me the flexibility to allocate more time into my MBA, could I take extra classes and finish my part time MBA in two years?
Krista -> NovoHi Novo, If you have the flexibility to do so, yes you can take more classes per quarter and finish the degree in a shorter amount of time. We suggest meeting with an academic advisor to make sure that the classes you're taking will work with your schedule.
Novo -> GeorgeHello Mr. Andrews
George -> NovoNovo, glad to have you here!
Moderator -> EveryoneThanks for joining our chat! We are getting great questions already!
Bhavesh -> GeorgeI am interested to Participate in MBA Program
George -> BhaveshBhavesh, great news, you came to the right chat!!!
Mo -> KristaI have been admitted into the GSAL business program Spring session. I will be taking the courses that do not have a pre-req. So wanted to know if those credits are transferable to the evening MBA program
Krista -> MoHi Mo, Yes, you can transfer up to 3 classes to the MBA degree at Booth. I would reach out to the Graham School to make sure that the classes you're taking will transfer.
Bhavesh -> GeorgeHello Sir, I am interested to participate for the MBA Weekend Program
George -> BhaveshWe are here to provide you whatever information you need.
Mehdi -> KristaPlease tell me which of require it ? IELTS or TOFEL ?
Krista -> MehdiHi Mehdi, We accept either the IELTS or TOFEL.
EJohnson -> KaraDoes the admissions committee see any disadvantage to an applicant who has only had one employer during their professional years?
Kara -> EJohnsonGood question, this is not a concern. We look for progression in your career. As long as you have shown progress, promotions, taking on new responsibilities, etc. having one employer will not hurt you.
srisri -> BethAnd what is the estimated tuition for parttime/weekend mba for chicagoland residents
Beth -> srisriThe cost per course is currently $5,798. 20 courses are required for the Weekend MBA, so total tuition cost is $115,960. There are some other one-time costs which can be found here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
srisri -> Katiewhat are recruitment opportunities for evening/weekend mba
Katie -> srisriHi Srisri - You have full access to Career Services as an Evening MBA or Weekend MBA student. There are over 5,500 job postings annually. You can also take advantage of career coaching, tons of events, and on campus recruiting.
Dave -> KristaWhat should we think about in terms of being the most important aspects of prior work experience as it relates to the application? Field, experience, performance....
Krista -> DaveHi Dave, All aspects of your work experience are important. Concisely describing your job in your resume and during the interview will help us understand your career. Also, your letter's of recommendation are important since they validate these experiences and your performance as well.
Agarwal -> Karawow very cool to have the whole team here. Does Booth accept credit from other MBA programs for those considering a transfer
Kara -> AgarwalAgarwal, no, Booth does not accept transfer credit from other schools. You are required to take 20 courses at Booth. Our curriculum is extremely flexible, which allows you to pick and choose courses most interesting and appropriate for your level of knowledge. Booth offers over 150 courses to choose from.
EJohnson -> GeorgeIs the "optional essay" truly solely used for including any additional necessary information or can this be used as a personal statement of sorts? Do most applicants include this optional portion?
George -> EJohnsonI have never looked at the option essay and done an analysis of the proportion that use it, sorry. But, the way you are thinking of it is the right way. If you were able to tell your story without using it, great, if there is something else that you want to say or address, then it is the perfect place to do so.
Mehdi -> BethWhich document to require to MBA ?
Beth -> MehdiMehdi, to apply to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program, you will need to have a work visa (H1-B, for example), if you are not a US citizen or permanent resident. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international
Fcosta -> KaraA foreigner with a PhD in an international institution needs to do the GRE tests?
Kara -> FcostaAll applicants are required to take the GRE or GMAT.
Aaron -> KristaHi everyone. Can someone please tell me if the IBEP short-term program locations are generally the same from quarter to quarter?
Krista -> AaronHi Aaron, Yes, the locations are in the same location. For more information please visit: http://programs.chicagobooth.edu/international/ibep/short-term-locations.aspx
EJohnson -> KatieHello! Do you accept CBFs for the Weekend MBA Program? Also, I would have JUST over 3 years of work experience upon entering the weekend program for Sept. 2014--would you recommend someone with exactly 3 years experience apply the traditional route or apply as a CBF?
Katie -> EJohnsonHi EJohnson - Yes! We recently started a CBF section for the Weekend MBA. The next deadline is May 16th for Weekend CBF. Applicants need to complete the Weekend Autumn application and select CBF. There is some wiggle room so you are okay being just over 3 years of work experience. Read more: http://chicagobooth.edu/cbf/weekend
srisri -> Katieand how long is the program
Katie -> srisriHi Srisri: Most students finish in 2.5-3 years and you have up to 5 years to complete the Booth MBA. If you take 2 classes a quarter you will be done in 2.5 years as it takes 20 classes to graduate.
aswamy -> KaraI would like to connect with alumni and ambassadors in my area. Who do I contact?
Kara -> aswamyPlease send me an email letting me know where you live, and I will connect you with an alumni or student in the area, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Lina -> KristaHi,can you tell me the deadline for 2014- Fall and 2015-Spring?
Krista -> LinaHi Lina, The deadline for the Weekend MBA program is located here:
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions
The deadline for the Evening MBA program is located here:
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions
Bhavesh -> BethOk I would like to know is there any Entrance Exam for joinning the MBA Program.
Beth -> BhaveshBhavesh, to apply to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA you will need to submit either GMAT or GRE scores. We cannot make a final decision without your test scores.
Peter_Jebson -> GeorgeIs it possible for students doing a Weekend MBA to participate in the New Venture Challenge? From what I can gather on the website, it seems like all of the presentations, etc. are held on weeknights, which would be difficult as I travel Monday-Thursday every week for work.
George -> Peter_JebsonWe have weekend students who are in the NVC, but you are right, they find ways to get here during that quarter, when needed, for events. It is difficult. To try and accommodate, we implemented a social new venture challenge in the weekend.
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/news/2011-06-27-SNVC.aspx
mdorazio -> KaraHi again team, can you please tell me what the restrictions are on skipping quarters if needed? For example, am I only able to skip one per year, or is it flexible as long as coursework is completed within 5 years?
Kara -> mdorazioYou are more than welcome to take quarters off, as you have 5 years to complete the program. If you take more than one quarter off consecutively, we have a short term leave of absence form for you to complete. It is a very simple process.
AS -> KristaHello, Can you please let me know the Start date for Weekend MBA Program and Admission Deadline, Can you also please comment if any Scholarships are available for this program and if the Application Cycle is on a Rolling basis ?
Krista -> ASHi AS, there are two deadlines for the Weekend MBA program:
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions
The application process is on a rolling basis. We are unable to offer scholarships since our students are working full-time. Students are eligible for financial aid, however.
Roman -> BethHi. I already have Master of Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and would like to join Booth MBA program. Can GMAT test requirement be waived for me?
Beth -> RomanRoman, good question. All applicants are required to submit either a GRE or GMAT score.We do not waive test scores for our applicants, regardless of your experience or academic background. In fact, around 25% of our applicants have advanced degrees.
Bhavesh -> GeorgeAs my difficulty is that I am Undergrate Student Passout in 1999. And have work experience of 15 years
George -> BhaveshWe have people with all kinds of backgrounds and work history, I don't think you would feel out of place.
Steve -> KaraWhat are the typical GMAT scores required in order to get accepted into the weekend program
Kara -> SteveSteve, the average Weekend MBA GMAT is 690 and our mid 80% range is 620-750. This is a good range to aim for. Good luck!
Dave -> KristaIs it possible to switch from part-time to full-time in any scenario?
Krista -> DaveHi Dave, You are not able to switch from part-time to full-time. In order to do so, you must become an inactive student and reapply to the full-time program since their application is different. Also, you're only able to transfer over 3 courses to the program if you did gain admission.
JerelK -> KristaFor the weekend MBA, are students required to attend classes on Friday and Saturday, or is it just Saturday?
Krista -> JerelKHi Jerel, The Weekend students are not required to attend classes on Fridays. Weekend students usually take Saturday classes and they'll take Evening classes if they have the flexibility to be in Chicago during the week.
Moderator -> EveryoneThank you everyone for these insightful questions. Please continue to submit!
Agarwal -> KristaI understand not everyone is required to take GMAT especially if you have previous graduate degree for example an MD
Krista -> AgarwalHi Agarwal, The GMAT or GRE is a required component of the application. We do not offer waivers to students with advanced degrees.
Kinjal_P -> BethHow many students are enrolled in weekend program?
Beth -> Kinjal_PWe currently have between 300-350 Weekend students.
JT2014 -> KristaI am interested in the undergraduate degree requirements. I graduate with an engineering degree and did not take some of the basic Business classes in college i.e. finance accounting. How will this affect my application/your decision?
Krista -> JT2014Hi JT, We do not require that you have pre-requisites to apply to the MBA program. It's common for people with non-business undergraduate degrees to apply.
Bhavesh -> KaraCan i have your email ID so that i can rather send you across my questions by mail with enclosing my qualification documents, Mark Sheet & BioData
Kara -> BhaveshBhavesh, I am more than happy to answer your questions via email. However, we are unable to pre-review your materials in order to let you know your chances of admission. My email address is kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Marty -> GeorgeHI I am a 55 year old commodity floor trader that electronic trading has eliminated my opportunities' am interested in entering a graduate program that may be able to open up some doors to the world of algorithmic trading and other areas. Any advise on applying.
George -> MartyMarty, many people use the MBA as a stepping stone for a career switch. HOwever, for you, what will be most important is the network you will develop, as the jobs that come through our career office will be under your abilities.
You may want to consider two options, the evening program or the executive program.
Why don't you contact us and lets talk through your situation and provide you with the pro's and con's of each. Glad to help
Craig_F -> KristaHow much weight do you give the GMAT in an application?
Krista -> Craig_FHi Craig, The GMAT is one component of the application. We do not weight the sections differently when reviewing your application.
srisri -> Bethwhat is the average gmat for weekend / evening MBA
Beth -> srisriThe average GMAT for incoming students ranges between 620-750.
Pete -> KatieHi, this is the first I have heard of Chicago Business Fellow candidates. Can you provide a brief overview about what it offers?
Katie -> PeteHi Pete - Chicago Business Fellows (aka CBF) is an early entry program for applicants with 3 years or less of full time work experience. You receive special support in your first quarter which includes a professional development seminar, a CBF peer mentor, and social activities. CBF is great because you have a community within larger Booth community of people in the same boat as you. You can read more here for Weekend CBF: chicagobooth.edu/cbf/weekend. And, here for Evening CBF: http://chicagobooth.edu/cbf/evening
Sashi -> KaraAnother question about pre-req.I did a BS in Physics in India and transferred all credits to Rasmussen College and completed a BS in Business systems. Do I need to take additional pre-req courses to join MBA? To whom should I talk to?
Kara -> SashiSashi, no prerequisites courses are required for Booth's MBA.
srisri -> Kristawhat is evening MBA gmat score average
Krista -> srisriHi Srisri, The average GMAT is a 680. The mid-80% is a 620-750.
karteek -> KristaI am planning to apply for the Weekend MBA Program starting in Fall/Autumn 2014. Is there is any financial assistance in any form for the Weekend program applicants.
Krista -> karteekHi Karteek, Students are eligible for financial aid in the form of federal or private loans. For more information please visit: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Bhavesh -> GeorgeMr. George, request to have yout email address
George -> BhaveshBhavesh, since transcripts like this are used to elicit spamming, let me provide you with our hotline email. If you email it and ask for me it will get directed to me and once we start corresponding I will provide you with my direct line:
eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu
Peyman -> Katieis there any disadvantage in being interested in two different focus: like management and ibanking?
Katie -> PeymanHi Peyman - Not at all! You can use the MBA as a time to explore.
karteek -> KaraOn an average how soon and how long can an applicant take to complete the MBA program on weekends.
Kara -> karteekKarteek, if you take 2 courses each quarter consecutively, you complete the program in 2.5 years. The average time of completion is 3 years, as it is common for students to take a quarter off. You have 5 years to complete the program.
srisri -> BethThank you Beth, is it possible to switch from parttime to fulltime mba at booth after joining
Beth -> srisrisrisri, we encourage you to apply to the program which best suits your needs and therefore do not allow our students to transfer from the part-time MBA program to the full-time program (or vice versa). I highly recommend visiting a class for both programs to decide which program is right for you.
Ming -> KristaIs there any advantage/difference between CBF and normal weekend program? Thanks
Krista -> MingHi Ming, The advantage of CBF is that younger professionals receive an extra professional development seminar during the first quarter of school. If you have specific questions about the program, please feel free to email our admissions hotline and we can schedule a time to discuss: eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu
srisri -> Katieare parttime mba students provided any campus recruitment
Katie -> srisriSrisri - Evening and Weekend students can participate in on campus recruiting for full-time positions, not internships.
skeane -> GeorgeHi there. I'm Sabrina and I am looking to apply to the evening program. I've been working full time for over 10 years and want to make a career change. Does the evening MBA program help students to malke a career change or is it more for students who would like to progress in their current career?
George -> skeane54% of our students change careers while in the program and 64% are promoted while in the program. So, you can see that students use the program for both. Additionally, 11% of our students start companies while in the program.
Specifically, for you, we have over 5,000 jobs posted that are available to anyone in the Booth network.
srisri -> Kristawhat is the maximum courses allowed for a evening program per semester
Krista -> srisriHi Srisri, you are able to take up to 4 classes per quarter.
karteek -> KristaIs there any flexibility in the weekend program - in terms of travel disruptions due to weather
Krista -> karteekHi Karteek, If your flight is cancelled due to weather, you can request that the class be recorded because of the travel complications. With all the snow we've had in Chicago this winter, this has been happening frequently this quarter!
Agarwal -> BethDoes Booth offer scholarship for weekend or weeknight program?
Beth -> AgarwalChicago Booth does not offer any scholarships for the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program. For more on tuition and financial aid available to our students, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Moderator -> EveryoneWe are almost half-way through the chat and have had excellent questions so far. Please continue to submit and we will try to answer all of them today.
omarkhan -> KaraHi folks. A quick thank you for hosting these chat sessions, you have no idea how valuable they are for prospective students. I will be applying to the weekend program. My first question is somewhat specific to my application; for the resume portion of the application, if I played a professional sport while in college, would you recommend putting that on the resume?
Kara -> omarkhanIf you feel this fits on your resume, feel free to include. We also ask specifically about hobbies and other interests and achievements in the application. Feel free to include here as well or instead of on your resume.
Mo -> KaraHi Kara, is the MBA average and range the same for evening MBA as well?
Kara -> MoMo, yup, sure is. The mid 80% range is 620-750.
karteek -> KristaAre there any sessions offering mock online class for applicants?
Krista -> karteekHi Karteek, We do not offer online classes at Booth for applicants. If you would like to visit a class at Gleacher, we can arrange that! Email eveningweekend-classvisit@chicagobooth.edu
karteek -> GeorgeIs there any flexibility in the weekend program - in terms of travel disruptions due to weather since I will be driving from Columbus, IN to attend classes in Saturdays.
George -> karteekKarteek, most certainly yes. When, weather gets bad we tape classes. If weather gets really, really bad, we cancel classes. You are also welcome to attend another section of the class if you miss yours.
Roman -> KatieHi. I already have Master of Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management - DeVry, and would like to join Booth MBA program. Can GMAT test requirement be waived for me?
Katie -> RomanHi Roman - the GMAT is required for all applicants even those with a graduate degree. About 25% of applicants enter with a graduate degree.
Kinjal_P -> Karawhat is the intake number for weekend program every year?
Kara -> Kinjal_PKinjal, we typically matriculate 100-110 students into the Autumn quarter. We now also matriculate a Weekend MBA class Spring quarter, and we expect 40-50 student in this class.
Lina -> KristaI want to know what I can start doing before applying for 2015-Spring to increase my chances of being admitted
Krista -> LinaHi Lina, The first step is to take the GMAT and feel confident in your score. While working on the rest of your application we encourage applicants to visit a class and connect with current student's and alumni. These experiences and conversations will help inform your application.
Bhavesh_K -> BethHi Beth, Do i have to attend the colleage in Chicago
Beth -> Bhavesh_KBhavesh, to apply to the Evening MBA and Weekend you will need to have an undergraduate degree. If you have earned a degree from an institution outside of the US, it will need to be the equivalent of a US bachelor's. If you are asking if classes are held in Chicago, then the answer is yes. All Chicago Booth classes are held in person here at the Gleacher Center. I hope this helps to answer your question.
Peyman -> Georgedoes a good GMAT score (say 730+) can cover for less number of work experience (say 3+)? or they are completely independent factors
George -> PeymanNo, they are substitutable, in some sense. We are looking for what you are bringing to the program. If you have little work experience, then we would want you to bring a good GMAT or GPA.
Kris -> KatieWhat is the onus on the GMAT score in the overall application process? Needless to say, I have been seeing differing opinions online and I am at a stage of completing my application for the Fall 2014 weekend MBA program. But now, I am rethinking of taking the GMAT again as there is some time.
Katie -> KrisHi Kris - If you would like to talk in more detail about your GMAT score, I'm happy to have a conversation with you. Send me an email at katie.coogan@chicagobooth.edu.
Peyman -> Kristacan I visit a class while I am preparing my applications (but not submitted yet)?
Krista -> PeymanHi Peyman, Yes, you can certainly attend a class visit before you apply! Please take a look at the classes we're highlighting here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit and email eveningweekend-classvisit@chicagobooth.edu with your top three choices and dates.
Stephanie_Mount -> KristaTo follow up on GMAT questions, do you have mid-50% ranges rather than mid-80%? Just curious. Thank you!
Krista -> Stephanie_MountHi Stephanie, We do not have a mid-50% range. The average is a 680 and the mid-80% range is 620-750.
X -> KristaHi, my undergrad GPA is just above 3 but my MS and PhD GPA are good (3.9 & 3.7). Does admission committee pay more attention to undergrad GPA or look at all GPA holistically? Thank you!
Krista -> XHi X, We look at your GPA for each degree you have completed. We do not weigh undergraduate more than advanced degrees.
Moderator -> EveryoneWe are midway through today's chat session. We appreciate everyone's participation, please continue to submit your questions.
Aaron -> BethIn the evening program, do most classes meet Monday-Thursday nights, or are Friday night classes common? I am happy to attend class any night of the week, but I cannot say that my significant other would be thrilled if most of my classes are on Friday nights.
Beth -> AaronAaron, it varies each quarter. The beauty of this program is you can tailor the program to your schedule. If you (or your significant other) would prefer you not take classes on Friday, then by all means you can take Monday-Thursday classes. It would really depend on when the classes you are interested in are offered.
Stephanie_Mount -> GeorgeHi all: I live in DC and am hoping to move to Chicago in the next year and a half. When I apply to Booth's Evening program I will likely do so from DC. Is this something I will need to explain in my application/is living outside of Chicago somethingthat could negatively impact my candidacy?
George -> Stephanie_MountJust let us know what you are planning to do. It will not have a negative impact on your candidacy. You are even welcome to take weekend classes until such time as you transfer, at which point you can take evening classes. We are very flexible.
Mehdi -> Karado you require the work experience ?
Kara -> MehdiYes, on average Evening and Weekend MBA students have 7 years of experience. We offer an option for people with less than 3 years of work experience, Chicago Business Fellows (CBF). If you are within this range, see our CBF website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/chicago-business-fellows.
EJohnson -> BethAbout how many applications are received annually for the weekend program?
Beth -> EJohnsonEJohnson, we do not release our application numbers but I can say we bring in around 100 Weekend students each year.
EJohnson -> KatieThank you, Katie! What are the advantagtes/disadvantages to applying through CBF? Is the acceptance rate different?
Katie -> EJohnsonIt is advantageous to apply to CBF because you are compared to other applicants with less work experience.
Marty -> GeorgeThanks George Who should I contact to discuss my options and how do I do that? email, phone ?
George -> MartyMarty, write our hotline and ask for me, George Andrews. It would be my pleasure to work with you:
eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu
Agarwal -> KaraI am currently in an executive MBA program however would like to transfer to Booth Night/weekend MBA as I am realizing Booth would be better for my career goals. As a current MBA student (not at Booth) how do I best proceed considering I have not taken GMAT or GRE.
Kara -> AgarwalAgarwal, we do not allow transfers from other schools. You simply complete the same application process as all other applicants. You will need to take the GRE or GMAT, as we do not waive this for any applicants.
Lina -> KatieI will have two years of experience by Sep.2014, is that enough to be considered for the MBA program?
Katie -> LinaLina - If you have less than 3 years of full-time work experience, you should consider Chicago Business Fellows which is our early entry MBA program. You can read more here: chicagobooth.edu/cbf/evening
Dave -> BethMy understanding is that if you do the weekend program, you can also take a class during the week and vice versa. Is this the case, and if so, which one should you apply to?
Beth -> DaveDave, good question. I would recommend applying to the program in which you would like to take the majority of your classes, as you will be given priority in the bidding process. That being said, if you apply to the Evening program and decide after two quarters you would prefer to be in the Weekend program, you can do a one-time transfer.
Sashi -> KaraI can take as many GMAT as I want and pick the best score, correct? or it has to be the latest score?
Kara -> SashiWe always consider your highest GMAT score, regardless of whether it was your first or a later attempt. Also, we do not average scores.
Stephanie_Mount -> KristaThanks for the information, George and Krista. As a potential applicant from outside Chicago, I am hoping to be able to move to Chicago and work remotely with my current employer. I will be sure to explain this in my application.
Krista -> Stephanie_MountThanks, Stephanie! We look forward to reading your application!
Aaron -> KatieI was at the Booth Evening information session last Friday, and during the session, we were told that Booth students can receive six free courses (I believe three pre-graduation). Do the free courses need to be taken in addition to the 20 required courses, or can some required courses be taken for free? I am trying to get an idea of how much total tuition might cost.
Katie -> AaronAaron - You have to complete the 20 required courses before you can take the 3 free classes. The free ones will be classes 21, 22, and 23.
Mehdi -> BethIts so important to take VISA ? please tell about this
Beth -> MehdiMehdi, in order to be admitted and enroll in the part-time MBA program, you must have a valid visa status - so US citizen, US permanent resident, or have a work visa.
rshinde -> Kristawhat is the deadline for the weekend MBA for fall 2014?
Krista -> rshindeHi Rshinde, the deadline for Weekend Fall 2014 is May 16, 2014.
Shad_M -> GeorgeHi. Are interviews for admission held outside of Chicago at the applicant's local region or are all interviews held onsite? Also, how long is the interview usually, with whom and any other insight regarding the interview process? Other general tips that would be helpful in preparing our application?
George -> Shad_MWe try and hold all interviews here at Gleacher. We think that it is important that you, at least once before joining, travel to the building to experience what it will be like once you join.
With that said, if you really can't make it we will make other arrangements.
The interviews usually last 45 minutes, but we have had prospects keep asking questions for up to 1 and 1/2 hours. We have you paired with a student, so you are able to ask questions of what the program is like from a students perspective. If you also want to speak with an admissions manager, we are glad to meet with you before or after the interview.
We consider it more of a conversation and not an interview. We are there to listen to you, answer questions and learn more about you. It will not be a typical job interview.
Nafila -> KristaHi everyone, I am interested to apply for this Fall and I am wondering what the application deadline is for evening MBA?
Krista -> NafilaHi Nafile, The Autumn Evening MBA deadline is July 1, 2014. For more information please visit: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions
Agarwal -> KristaIn addition to job postings and alumni is there a career resource center we can work with to prepare for interviews?
Krista -> AgarwalHi Agarwal, Yes there is a Career Services office dedicated to the part-time students at Booth. They offer webinars, professional development seminars, resume review, workshops, career coaching and more!
Novo -> BethIs there any differences in the curriculum between the full time and part time? Does the part time program have the same opportunities/options of classes (electives)?
Beth -> NovoNovo, there are no differences between the full-time and part-time program. 20 courses + LEAD are required to graduate. We have student groups and student events in both programs. There are 150 electives to choose from. I would highly recommend visiting a class visit for both programs: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit?source=modules_engage_eve
omarkhan -> KaraIf all sections of the application are judged equally, how do you judge an application where the applicant has taken a couple of GSAL-Business courses compared to an application without? I guess my question is, how much weight is given to GSAL-Business courses? Can they make up for a low undergrad GPA?
Kara -> omarkhanGSAL courses enhance your application, assuming you grade well. We like to see B+ and higher. This can make up for a lower undergraduate GPA, as it shows the admissions committee you can handle Booth's academic rigor.
Craig_F -> GeorgeI recently decided to pursue my MBA. How should I prioritize the different components of the application process?
George -> Craig_Fit depends. What story will you tell? If you are saying that you will be the smartest persons in the classroom then you will need to focus on the GMAT, since your undergrad GPA is behind you. If you are saying you are a leader, you may want to work on getting letters of recommendation that will speak to that as well as your essays and your interview.
We look at them all equally, and you should probably too. use each part to tell your story.
Peyman -> Bethis it often for the weekend MBA students to switch their careers while studying at booth?
Beth -> Peyman54% of Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students changed employers, and 62% received a promotion while at Chicago Booth. So yes, it is possible!
Lina -> GeorgeBefore applying to the MBA, are there any activities/classes that i can take so I have a stronger candidacy?
George -> LinaYou may want to consider talking a GSAL class at Booth. This is a way to take a Booth class before you join the program. Up to three of these can count towards your MBA when you join. Getting a B+ or better in these classes can be a strong signal of your ability to compete in the classroom. Other than that, study hard for the GMAT and spend time on your essays.
https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/credit/graduate-student-at-large/index
skeane -> BethWhich entrance exam do you recommend taking GMAT or GRE? and are the test scores ever requested by potential employers?
Beth -> skeaneIf you haven't taken either, I would recommend taking the GMAT as it is slightly preferred by employers.
Nafila -> KristaIs the admission process any different between full time , part time or evening MBA?
Krista -> NafilaHi Nafila, Yes, the application process is different for full-time vs part-time. I would suggest looking at these two websites to see the different deadlines and processes. The full-time program has rounds and one deadline per year. The Evening MBA program has four deadlines and Weekend MBA has two deadlines. The part-time program also operates on a rolling admissions basis.
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time
Peter_Jebson -> KatieHow does applying as a Chicago Business Fellow impact the application process? If I would be entering the Weekend program at just over 3 years of employment, is applying through CBF required, recommended, or entirely up to me?
Katie -> Peter_JebsonHi Peter - Given your work experience, I recommend applying to CBF. It is advantageous as you are compared to other applicants with less work experience. The deans also consider you for the regular Weekend MBA so you kill two birds with one stone. As far as the process, CBF applicants complete the Autumn Evening or Autumn Weekend application and attend a CBF Interview Day where your admissions interview takes place.
Arvind -> KatieHi all! Thanks for hosting the chat. Is there a difference in average or mid-80% MBA scores for CBF vs non-CBF
Katie -> ArvindHi Arvind - The average GMAT for CBF is slightly higher at 700. The admitted range is still mid 600's to 800.
Stephanie_Mount -> KaraCan you all please chat briefly about student life outside of class at Booth's Evening/Weekend programs? What does Booth do to foster a sense of community for its students (though I understand that students are also busy with full-time jobs!)?
Kara -> Stephanie_MountStephanie, we have 34 Evening MBA & Weekend MBA student groups who host over 300 events each year. Most events take place on Saturday and some are on evenings to accommodate full time working professional's schedules. We have career specific, special interest and social clubs. We offer more events and activities than you could possible attend. We have a extremely active and engaged community.
Craig_F -> GeorgeIs there any overlap between evening/weekend students and full-time students?
George -> Craig_Fyes, due to our flexibility there are students from all three program in each class. 16% of the evening seats are typically filled with a full-time student. The weekend classes have many, many, evening and full-time students in them. Also, many of the groups overlap. At the last information session we had, one of the evening students commented how, in your last class, all four other people in her evening group were full-time students.
Finally, many of our students travel together on international trips, study abroads and random walks.
Moderator -> EveryoneOur chat will be ending in approximately 10 minutes. Please submit your final questions so we can answer all of them.
karteek -> KaraDoes Booth start evaluating applications before the deadline for a particular semester or start reviewing after the deadlines. And do they accept application submitted after the deadline in any circumstances?
Kara -> karteekKarteek, we have rolling admission, which means we review your application the day you submit (assuming it is complete) and you have our admissions decision in 4-6 weeks. Generally, we do not allow applicants to be submitted past the deadline. However, we offer a week long grace period after the deadline if you need additional time for letters, transcripts, etc.
JamesMcelherne -> BethCan you explain if applicants have an advantage if applying to the weekend fall program earlier in the cycle than late applicants?
Beth -> JamesMcelherneJames, good question. As the majority of our applicants submit the final week before the deadline, I would encourage you to apply when you feel your application is the strongest. If you do apply "early" (so 7-14 days before the deadline), you will be able to get your interview scheduled and completed earlier.
Agarwal -> KristaWhat percentage of students are paying 100% out of pocket vs employer reimbursement
Krista -> AgarwalHi Agarwal, Currently, 58% of students are receiving some form of tuition reimbursement from their employer.
PRASHANT -> GeorgeI already have a MBA in Management track along with a master 's degree in IT ... I need to do a MBA here for concentration into a different field called corporate finance.I have about 16 years of Professional experience in IT .Do you think i still need to go through a GMAT ?
George -> PRASHANTDo you have a GRE score that is still valid (taken in the last 5 years)? If so, we are glad to take it. If not, yes, to uphold the highest standards, we ask that all students have a valid GMAT or GRE score, regardless of background. With that said, someone like yourself with so much work experience, we would require a much lower GMAT score than we would with someone with three years of experience.
skeane -> GeorgeWill you consider an out of state applicant for the evening program? I have been a chicago resident most of my life but my consulting career has taken me to San Francisco for the last two years. I would like to return to chicago for the evening program, and can transfer easily, but I may submit the application while living in CA. Are there any disadvantages to this? Should I explain this in an optional essay?
George -> skeaneWe will, it happens all the time, but yes, mention in the application that you are applying to the evening with the plans of relocating, otherwise we will contact you and ask if you meant to apply to the weekend program. It will have absolutely no ill affect on your candacey.
mdorazio -> KaraI currently live in LA and would be traveling to Booth on weekends. If I wanted to spend the night in Chicago on Saturdays, what would be the best way to go - does Booth offer any kind of partnerships with hotels or housing in the area?
Kara -> mdorazioWe have student discounts at many hotels near Gleacher. However, you can often find even better deals on Priceline, Hotels.com, Orbitz and other similar sites. Many students share hotel rooms to cut down on cost. At LAUNCH, your 3-day orientation, you will meet many other Weekend MBA students who may be interested in sharing rooms.
PRASHANT -> BethHi Beth - Is it there any way to decide between EMBA and weekend MBA, as i am a experienced person with more than 15 years of professional IT and also have a MBA.
Beth -> PRASHANTPrashant, it really depends on what you are looking for in your MBA program. The Executive MBA program is a 21 month program with a general management curriculum. You take all of your classes with the same classmates (so a cohort program). You are also required to study abroad in your first quarter. Classes meet every other weekend, Friday and Saturday. The average work experience for the EMBA program is 12-13 years. The Weekend MBA program is much more flexible - allowing you to choose between 150 different courses, taking them either during the week or on Saturday. You take your classes with other students who may be at different points in the program. The average work experience for the Weekend program is 6-7 years. I would highly recommend visiting a class for both programs, as this will help you decide which program is best.
EJohnson -> KatieHi all! Thanks for answering these questions--extremely helpful! Can you explain a bit about the CBF interview day? What is the 'group interview'?
Katie -> EJohnsonCBF Day consists of your 1 on 1 admissions interview, a group interview, and an admissions/student life overview. Plus, a panel of current CBF students and alumni. We also feed you breakfast and lunch. The group interview is with one third of the attendees and an admissions director throws questions out for discussion. No prep is needed.
karteek -> KatieAs an applicant do I have to request to schedule an interviwe with Booth during applciation process like some other schools or does Booth select teh applicants a and call for interviews?
Katie -> karteekKarteek - Booth's admissions interviews take place after your application is submitted. All applicants with complete applications are interviewed.
Erildo -> BethHello, if an applicant applies to the full time program and then decides part time would be a better fit, can the full time application be carried over to the part time application or the applicant has to apply again for the specific part time program? Thanks
Beth -> ErildoAs this really is a case-by-case basis, please email me directly at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and I would be happy to answer your. .
omarkhan -> KatieIs there a study abroad program available to weekend students?
Katie -> omarkhanYes, Weekend students can study abroad through the short term or full term programs. You can read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international
Nafila -> GeorgeK I have been working full time since 2009 and now planning to switch careers paths and I would like to pursue a part time MBA or perhaps switch to full time as I get closer to graduation, do you think Booth will allow me to switch to full time? What's the required undergraduate GPA?
George -> NafilaNo. We do not allow formal transfers. Because of our flexibility students in the part-time program can take as many or few classes as they wish, thus, being able to take a full-time load of classes. They are also welcome to take classes where they wish, meaning they can also take classes at Harper without full-time students.]
So, you can be a full-time student, but you do not formally join the full-time program.
X -> GeorgeHi, I have a PhD in Engineering, published articles in prestigious journals in my filed, and am granted several US patents. Are these worth mentioning in my application? Thanks!
George -> XX, YES! By all means, tell us all the wonderful things about yourself. The application is not a time to be modest. Tell us about yourself, but do so in a way that is modest and humble, but don't hold back.
Najeeb -> BethHave you ever encountered a Part Time Weekend MBA Student with a full time job transition into a Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Associate role without having to do a Summer Associate Internship? Please shed some light on access to those recruiters to Weekend students and how often are they receptive to Part time students
Beth -> NajeebNajeeb, I have personally never encountered a student with this situation but am happy to inquire with our Career Services. Can you email me at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu so I can follow-up?
Matt_K. -> KaraI know that Part-time students have access to career services, and if my currenty employer isn't funding my program there are not limits to my participating in OCR. But I have heard many stories of weekend students not being treated equally by employers, and thus have a hard time using a weekend MBA as a way to change careers. Is this a typical experience?
Kara -> Matt_K.Matt, the OCR process for full times jobs is exactly the same for Weekend MBA students as it is for Full Time MBA students. Because FT students go through OCR for an internship, they are perceived as having an advantage, as they have had additional preparation.
omarkhan -> KristaFor letters of recommendation, do they have to be employer based or could I get one from one of my GSAL course professors?
Krista -> omarkhanHi Omarkhan, One of the letters should be from your current supervisor. The second letter could be from your GSAL professor.
Aaron -> GeorgeGeorge, just to confirm, so random walks are available to part-time students too? I was previously considering applying to the Booth full-time program, and I thought random walks were for full-time students only.
George -> AaronNope, many of our students go on random walks. In fact, a bunch of them just returned from Costa Rica.
Nafila -> KristaGiven I went to U of I for a bachelors in economics and minor in business,I have worked full time since 2009,and at this juncture, I would like to switch career paths, would you recommend I apply directly to the part time MBA or do you recommend I take the courses first?
Krista -> NafilaHi Nafila, Since you have a background in business, I would not suggest taking classes beforehand unless you would like to brush up on your skills. There are not pre-requisites required to apply.
Set -> KatieI know the answer to this question probably depends on the professor and the course, but in case you have some information: are students who travel to Chicago every weekend penalized for not attending class when they are faced with delayed or canceled flights? I imagine there were a lot of those with the recent weather, have professors been accommodating? Are there recordings of lectures that students can fall back on for when such a situation arises?
Katie -> SetSet - With really bad weather the classes can be recorded. This quarter we have certainly been taking advantage of this option for our students.
X -> KaraHi, could you point out the top-3 key qualities you are seeking in an applicant? Thank you.
Kara -> XI could answer this in many ways, these come to mind right now: Intellectual curiosity, goal driven and collaborative.
Joe_Betancourt -> KatieKatie- can you please provide a link where I can learn more about CBF day, and how to register?
Katie -> Joe_BetancourtJoe - you can register here for CBF Day: chicagobooth.edu/cbf/evening or http://chicagobooth.edu/cbf/weekend
Stephanie_Mount -> BethIf I apply for admission in a particular "quarter" and am accepted, could I push back my start date if a conflict were to arise?
Beth -> Stephanie_MountStephanie, we do have the option of deferring your start date by a quarter. We do require an additional $1000 deferral fee, which will also be applied to your first quarter or enrollment tuition. If admitted, you would want to work with Kara, our director of admissions.
Moderator -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. If you have more questions, please contact our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu
JerelK -> KaraAre GSAL courses also offered online?
Kara -> JerelKNo, they are not offered online. GSAL classes are taken at Gleacher or Harper.
Moderator -> EveryoneOur session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, April 12, on the following links: Evening MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats Weekend MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats
Krista -> EveryoneThanks everyone for attending! If you would like to visit a class please visit this website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit and email eveningweekend-classvisit@chicagobooth.edu with your top three choices and dates.
Kara -> EveryoneGreat questions today! We are hosting dinners with current students and alumni across the country, see here for more details and to RSVP http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/receptions
George -> EveryoneWow, I never got a chance to look up from the computer, you guys were prolific question askers. We are very glad to speak to anyone in person, via phone or email. Please dont hesitate to reach out to us. So many questions, while answered in this forum, are far better handled in person. Don't hesitate to reach out.
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. We hope you are staying warm. We look forward to receiving your application soon. Our upcoming deadlines are Evening MBA Summer - April 4; Weekend MBA - May 16; and Evening MBA Autumn - July 1. Start your application now!! http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/
Katie -> EveryoneThanks for spending some time with the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Admissions Team! We recently posted a blog with all the February upcoming events: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/blog/EW_Admissions/Connect_With_Us_in_February/ewadmissions/82?nav=entry
Moderator -> EveryoneThe chat transcript will be posted on Wednesday, February 12, on the following links: Evening MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats Weekend MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats
Peyman -> Georgeis there any accommodations provided for the students on the weekends as I am planning to fly from west coast only on the weekends?
George -> Peymanpeyman, no. But we have negotiated hotel accommodations with all the local hotels. It is something we like to invest in in the future, building a site of our own.