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, July 16, 2014 - Noon CST

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Moderator -> EveryoneHello everyone! Thank you for joining us today. Our chat will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Feel free to begin submitting your questions now so we can start providing answers at noon.
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, associate director and I'm available to answer your application-related questions.
Krista -> EveryoneHi everyone! Thanks for joining today's chat. I look forward to answering your questions about all things Booth!
Nico -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I am Nico Ricchiuto, admissions manager. I manage Information Sessions and the Class Visit program. Please feel free to ask me any application related questions!
Jay J -> EveryoneHi everyone! Thanks for coming, I'm looking forward to answering your questions about Booth today.
Mj -> KristaHi Everyone!! I am Mukul and a bright prospective student for Weekend MBA 2015. Do you start the program in just fall or spring as well?
Krista -> MjHi MJ: The weekend MBA program admits every spring and autumn. The application deadlines can be found here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions
Kara -> EveryoneGreetings from Chicago Booth! Thank you for joining today's chat. I am Kara Northcutt, director of admission. We look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and the application process.
Jill -> Jay JWhen I was visiting a few weeks ago, it was mentioned that I can touch base with admissions before I submit my application to see if there are areas I would need to strengthen before submitting. Can you provide any more information on how this would work and anyone in particular I should contact before submitting my application?
Jay J -> JillJill, you can email our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we can set up an in-person meeting and/or a phone call to help you!
David_F -> KristaI am planning to apply by the 10-3-14 deadline. Do my chances of getting an acceptance letter diminish the longer I wait to apply? In other words should I apply just before the 10-3 deadline or apply just after 10-3 and hope to get in on the next round?
Krista -> David_FHi David: Applications are due on October 3rd at 11:59pm. You are welcome to apply earlier if you like! We have rolling admissions and it's not a disadvantage to wait to apply closer to the deadline. About 80% of applicants apply the week of the deadline.
CharmaineManilay -> BethHi! I'm Charmaine from the Philippines. My family is migrating to Chicago in September or October. We're permanent residents. I am interested to apply for an evening MBA. Do I still have to take IELTS/TOEFL and is it possible to get financial aid? Thank you!
Beth -> CharmaineManilayUS permanent residents do not need to submit TOEFL scores. In terms of financial aid, yes there are options available for permanent residents. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Tim_Schulte -> Jay JGenerally speaking, do the evening/weekend programs look for more applicants with more work experience than the full-time?
Jay J -> Tim_SchulteTim_Schulte, the average E/W student has about 6-7 years of work experience. The average FT student has about 5 years of experience. Each program values work experience during the admission process and in the classroom.
Abbie -> KaraDo you offer GMAT prep resources?
Kara -> AbbieAbbie, thank you for joining our chat! Booth does not offer GMAT prep courses or officially support any one company. However, we hear good feedback about Kaplan, Manhattan, and Princeton Review. Booth does offer a GMAT prep tool you can use to try out the exam, http://gmat.chicagobooth.edu/. Best of luck!
TK -> KristaDoes Booth admit students without an Undergraduate Degree?
Krista -> TKHi TK: Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent to apply. A list of the application criteria can be found here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/criteria
Raman -> Jay Jhello i have 18 years of experience. does that put me at a disadvatnage ?
Jay J -> RamanRaman, it definitely doesn't put you at a disadvantage. You might, however, want to check out our Executive MBA program at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba to see which program would be the best fit for you.
Sean -> KristaWith rolling admissions, are the interviews on a rolling schedule as well? That is--will an earlier submission lead to an earlier interview? Or all all interviews typically scheduled around the same time period?
Krista -> SeanHi Sean: You schedule your interview after you submit your application. We have interview spots available throughout the week and a few Saturdays as well. We encourage applicants schedule their interview shortly after submitting.
Abbie -> BethWhat type of social impact courses are available?
Beth -> AbbieAbbie, we do have the New Social Venture Challenge class, student group involved in social impact (http://groups.chicagobooth.edu/social/prospective-students/) , we also have a Social Entrepreneurship Initiative recently started (http://research.chicagobooth.edu/sei/)
Abbie -> NicoCan you talk about career services and how they can help job switchers into a new career?
Nico -> AbbieHi Abbie, thanks for joining us. Our career services consists of a comprehensive Employer Development team that provide career Management and skill building programs. We also have a program called OnCampus Recruiting (OCR), which is a structured recruiting process for new jobs available to both Full-time and Part-time students. We also posted about 5,500 new jobs via our jobs database every year. Please find more info here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/advancement
Raman -> KaraHi Kara, am i able to switch between the weekend and evening programs
Kara -> RamanRaman, yes, we allow you to transfer from the Weekend MBA to the Evening MBA and vice versa. It is a very simple process. During your second quarter (or later) you can petition to transfer, and you will officially be changed by the following quarter.
Peter_Jebson -> KristaDo you know yet when you expect to have the Weekend MBA Application for Fall 2015 available, as well as the dates for the Chicago Business Fellows interview dates?
Krista -> Peter_JebsonHi Peter: Thanks for your interest in CBF! The application deadlines for the Weekend CBF program will be posted today on our website. The early deadline is January 23, 2015 and the final deadline in May 15, 2015. There is no advantage to applying earlier, besides that you hear a decision from us earlier!
Tim_Schulte -> KristaHow is the experience for students in the Chicago Business Fellows program different from other part-time students?
Krista -> Tim_SchulteHi Tim: During your first quarter at Booth you complete a non-credit professional development seminar with a cohort of CBF students. You also will be taking possibly one or two traditional part-time classes during that quarter as well. It’s a great way to have a cohort within a community and boost your skills early in your time here!
Uday -> NicoThanks for the opportunity to know more about Booth. I am a Mechanical Engineer and have 7 years experience in the same and am looking to switch careers to finance or consulting. Would an evening or weekend MBA help me achieve my goal if I am willing to put in extra effort?
Nico -> UdayHi Uday! Most certainly! Hi Abbie, thanks for joining us. You will have access to our Our career services which consists of a comprehensive employer development team that provide career Management and skill building programs. We also have a program called OnCampus Recruiting (OCR), which is a structured recruiting process for new jobs available to both Full-time and Part-time students. OCR is a great opportunity to take advantage of for those looking to switch industries. We also posted about 5,500 new jobs via our jobs database every year. Please find more info here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/advancement
David_F -> BethMajority of my work experience is pre-college (I am c/o 2013) in the US military, does that count towards my total work experience? It seems like most MBA programs only count post-college work experience. Including my military experience, I have about 5 years. Is my work experience going to make me less competitive?
Beth -> David_FDavid, thank you for joining us. We ask for your total months of post-undergraduate work experience, so your college experience would not factor into that number. That being said, I would encourage you to talk about your experience on your resume. If you graduated in 2013, have you considered our Chicago Business Fellows program, which is designed for professionals with less than 3 years of work experience. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates
Jill -> KaraHow does Booth look at the recently added Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAT? And the Analytical Writing? Are they given equal weight relative to the Quant/Verbal sections?
Kara -> JillJill, we look at all aspects of the GMAT, total score, percentiles, IR and AWA. I will say, however, that your total score and your quant/verbal are weighted more heavily than AWA and IR.
Mj -> KristaHow does the class schedule looks for the weekend MBAs? How do they interact for group projects and etc?
Krista -> MjHi MJ: There are classes on Saturday from 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm. You are also eligible to take Friday evening classes from 6-9pm. Most people take two classes per quarter and finish the degree in 2.5 years. A lot of group work takes place while they are on campus and also virtually throughout the week.
Mj -> NicoMy GPA is just below 3.0/4 and I am counting on my essays, GMAt scores and Work ex. to get in. Would the later 3 still counts when compared to GPA? How much weightage does GPA accounts for in an overall application?
Nico -> MjHi Mj, thanks for joining us today. We take a holistic approach when reviewing applications. There is no defined weight for any component of the application.
TimRevelle -> Jay JAs it pertains to the Evening MBA program - when will you begin accepting applications for Fall 2015 admission? I understand admission decisions are on a rolling basis, but assuming I submit an application this November, could you explain the time frame for interviews and receiving a decision? All things being equal, is it better to apply early?
Jay J -> TimRevelleTimRevelle, we expect the Autumn 2015 Evening application to be live beginning of Sept. Upon submission of your application, you can sign up for an interview. Your decision would come to you 4-6 weeks after your interview. We always love to see early applications, but as long as your application is in (and complete) by the deadline, the chances of admission are the same no matter when you submit.
Faraz -> KaraIs there flexibility in moving on a one-time basis from full time to part time or weekend MBA (and vice versa) if our situation in life changes or is this something that tends to rarely occur?
Kara -> FarazFaraz, we do not allow students to transfer into the Full Time MBA program. You would need to suspend your studies in the Part Time MBA program and reapply into the Full Time MBA. We do allow you to transfer from the Weekend MBA to the Evening MBA and vice versa. It is a very simple process. During your second quarter (or later) you can petition to transfer, and you will officially be changed by the following quarter.
danielle.fabrizio -> Jay JHi! My name is Danielle and I currently live in San Francisco. I'm interested in applying for the Evening MBA program that begins Spring 2015, and wanted to know if you have a rough estimate of how many of your enrolled Evening MBA students relocate to Chicago to attend Booth? Also is it seen as a disadvantage (or taken into consideration during the application process) that I'm applying for an Evening program from outside of Chicago?
Jay J -> danielle.fabrizioDanielle.Fabrizio, we do have a handful of students in each incoming class who relocate to Chicago in order to attend our Evening program. Usually, they are transferred through their employer or work remotely. It won't be a disadvantage, but you should explain your plans on how you will attend weekday evening courses if you are applying from outside of Chicago. You can do that in your optional essay.
Mj -> KristaHi Krista, I am looking to specialize more towards international business. How can Booth help me in my career change from Information technology to international business?
Krista -> MjHi MJ: We encourage career changers to take advantage of the career services and networking opportunities to find a new opportunity. There is an international business concentration and also there is the International MBA (IMBA) if you're interested. More information can be found here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international/imba
Tim_Schulte -> NicoThe 'pros' are clear, but what would you say are the 'cons' of doing a part-time program opposed to a full-time program?
Nico -> Tim_SchulteHi Tim. One 'con' would be work/school/life balance. As a part-time student you will have to juggle all of these aspects. Another may be if you are interested in On Campus Recruiting for internships. Part-time students are able to take advantage of OCR for full-time positions, but not internships. That being said all disadvantages can be overcome.
Raman -> KaraKara, would 720 be considered a good score for the evening/weekend/emba ?
Kara -> RamanRaman, yes, 720 is a competitive score. Our mid 80% range is 620-750.
Dave -> Jay JThank you for your time to answer questions! I took the GMAT and scored about average for the program. However I then re-took the exam and the score dropped significantly. I realize that only the highest score is considered, however the newer (and lower) score will be visible in my application package. Does that raise a red flag in the admissions process? I feel that I should re-take the exam and explain the lower score in the optional essay. Do you have any advice beyond this? Thank you.
Jay J -> DaveDave, we will ALWAYS look at your highest GMAT/GRE score and disregard the lower scores. If you feel like you left points "on the table" we always love to see people take it more than once and increase the score. If you feel like you need to explain any result, yes, the optional essay is a good space for that.
Mj -> KristaWhat has been the past success rate for students opting to pursue intl business as their career?
Krista -> MjHi MJ: We do not have specific statistics surrounding international business career projection. If you have further questions about it, feel free to email eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth and we'll do our best to find answers to your questions!
David_F -> NicoAre interviews only held in the Chicago area? I am in CA, can I interview here?
Nico -> David_FHi David. We hold all interviews on-site here in Chicago at our Gleacher Center Facility.
Agnes -> BethHello... Does every program require GMAT? What program would you recommend for someone with 15+ yr experience and heavy travel schedule?
Beth -> AgnesAgnes, all of the MBA programs do require either the GRE/GMAT. The Executive MBA program does offer the option of a GMAT waiver (for more information: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba/admissions/application/gmat). In terms of which program to apply to, it really depends on what you are looking to get out of the program. The Evening/Weekend MBA program requires 20 courses + LEAD and classes meet every week. The Executive MBA is a 21 month program, which meets every other Friday/Saturday. The Executive MBA has a general management curriculum and their students, on average, have 12-13 years of work experience. If you are looking to tailor your program, the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA lets you design your curriculum.
Brac_Webb -> Jay JHi, I am currently located in the DC area and may be relocating to Chicago at some point. As a result, I am interested in your weekend program. From your website I understand that some students commute from all over the country for the weekend program, but am curious: how feasible do students find this approach? Also, can travel expenses be covered through financial aid or some other form of assistance?
Jay J -> Brac_WebbBrac_Webb, About 80% of our Weekend students are from outside of Illinois, so the majority of our Weekend students find the travel and classes feasible. We do not provide any financial travel assistance.
Mj -> KristaThank you Krista, Are intl students allowed to attend Weekend MBA on their work visa?
Krista -> MjHi MJ: Yes, international students are required to have a valid work visa to study as Weekend MBA student.
gaurav -> KaraHi, are there any differences in class offerings or how students schedule their MBA course work for those starting the weekend program in autumn vs spring intakes? Thanks!
Kara -> gauravGaurav, the course offerings will differ between for Autumn and Spring quarters, however the registration process is the same. We are sure to offer a variety of foundation courses each quarter for our incoming students to take.
gaurav -> BethHi, are the class sizes for the weekend program the same for spring and autumn intakes?
Beth -> gauravGaurav, we typically matriculate between 140-160 Weekend students each year, between the two quarters.
Anagendra -> NicoHi all, I'm Anitha. What's the maximum number of classes students in the evening program can take per semester?
Nico -> AnagendraHi Anitha. Part-time students are able to take up to 4 classes per quarter. However, this is not something we necessarily recommend. If you plan on taking a course load like that, we do recommend looking into the Full-time program. Most of our part-time students take 2 classes per quarter.
David_F -> KristaWhat is the difference between the CBF and the "normal" weekend/evening MBA program?
Krista -> David_FHi David: This program is tailored for applicants with less than three years of full-time work experience. During your first quarter at Booth you complete a non-credit professional development seminar with a cohort of CBF students. You also will be taking possibly one or two traditional part-time classes during that quarter as well. It’s a great way to have a cohort within a community and boost your skills early in your time here! If you're interested in learning more about CBF take a look here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates
Tim_Schulte -> Jay JDo most part-time students use their new MBAs to move up at their current employers or to change employers/careers?
Jay J -> Tim_SchulteTim_Schulte, we see our MBA students do all of the above; move up in their current companies, change employers, or change their career drastically. Everyone's path is very personal!
Steph -> BethHello! I would like to apply for the Fall 2015 session. When will be a good time to begin the application process?
Beth -> StephSteph, the application for the Autumn 2015 for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA will be available at the beginning of September.
Raman -> Nicohello i would like to discuss financing options for my mba. who shoud i reach out in Booth ?
Nico -> RamanHi Raman. You can find all of our financing options here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Uday -> BethThanks for your response. I am on a H1B visa and on my way to get permanent residency. In case I do not get my permanent residency by the time I graduate from Booth, will that put me at disadvantage when it comes to on campus recruiting being on a H1B?
Beth -> UdayUday, as you are familiar with the process the H1B process, you know you will need to find a company who can sponsor you and this may put you at a slight disadvantage for on campus recruiting. That being said, we have had students who are successful in this process.
donlucky -> Karalucky,can i apply without a gmat score my cgpa is 3.59
Kara -> donluckyWe are thrilled you plan to apply! The GMAT or GRE is required for all Evening MBA and Weekend MBA applicants.
Jill -> Jay JAm I correct in understanding that I can submit my application at anytime even if I am looking at the Spring or even Summer 2015 Evening MBA?
Jay J -> JillJill, you are correct! Let us know if you have any questions while filling out the application.
danielle.fabrizio -> KristaHi Krista! For the CBF, could you clarify if I could qualify for the program if I have 3.25 years full-time experience by September 2014? Thanks in advance!
Krista -> danielle.fabrizioHi Danielle: We encourage applicants in your situation to apply to CBF! If we review your application and decide you would be a better fit for the traditional Evening/Weekend MBA program instead then we would have a conversation with you about it. You would still be considered during the same application period!
Mj -> KristaDo you proved scholarships to any part time MBA students?
Krista -> MjHi MJ: We do not offer scholarships to part-time MBA student. Our students are eligible for federal or private loans. More information can be found here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
cici -> Jay JHey, if I am applying for the full-time program and later i decide the part-time would be a better fit, is there a time requirement between the two applications? could a FT student transfer to a PT program and and vice versa
Jay J -> cicicici, FT students can't transfer to PT. PT students can't transfer to FT. You would have to suspend your courses and re-apply to the other program.
Sai -> NicoWhat's the average age and experience of the students in weekend program?
Nico -> SaiHi Sai. Thanks for joining us. The average age is 30 years old and 80% of our students have 3-11 years of work experience in the Weekend program.
David_F -> KristaI am currently looking for work, do I need to secure a job before I apply to the CBF program or can I apply and then secure a job by the time I start the program next fall?
Krista -> David_FHi David: Employment is required by the time that you enroll in classes at Booth if you're a part of CBF. For more information on CBF application criteria please take a look here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates
gaurav -> BethHi, are there any disadvantages of starting the weekend program in spring vs autumn maybe in terms of classes available, networking and other events? Thanks.
Beth -> gauravNo, there is no disadvantage to applying to spring over autumn. Submit your application when you are ready!
Uday -> BethHi Beth, thanks for the answer about prospects for students graduating on H1B visa. Do you have a list of employers that participate at Booth on campus recruiting that sponsor H1B visa? Just wanted to get a feel of percentage of employers that sponsor a visa.
Beth -> UdayUday, unfortunately I do not have data that granular.
Sai -> Jay JWould recommendation letters from (senior management) help in admissions process?
Jay J -> SaiSai, I'm not 100% sure what you mean. 80% of admitted students have between a 620-750 on their GMAT and a 3.4 undergrad GPA. On top of those, we will look at your professional experience, essays, letters of recommendations, and your interview notes. You need to apply by Jan. 9, 2015.

We want to see 2 letters of recommendations from people who know you at work and know how you work. It doesn't matter what their title is.
cici -> Kristawhat's the percentage of students who switched careers and what's the percentage of those who were sponsored by their employer (suppose they would go back to continue working for their sponsor employer upon graduation)
Krista -> ciciHi Cici: In a recent graduating survey we learned that 54% of graduating students changed jobs (not necessarily careers) while at Booth. Also, roughly 58% of students receive some sort of tuition assistance while in the program
Anagendra -> NicoAre there any classes available during the summer that prospective students can visit?
Nico -> AnagendraHi Anagendra. You can find a full list of available classes as well as register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
cici -> Bethas Uday has mentioned about the visa issue, can someone on H1B who had submitted green card application apply for Full time program? would they be able to get a student visa in this case? any solutions?
Beth -> ciciThat's a great question, I would recommend reaching out to the Full-Time Admissions team. You can reach them at admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Sai -> Jay JJay, I hold Master Degree in Information Systems from Alabama. Would you consider my Masters GPA ?
Jay J -> SaiSai, of course. About 20% of our applicants come in with a post-grad degree. We will consider your full academic profile.
Mj -> NicoHi Kara, Are there any info sessions for admissions outside chicago area coming up? I live in NC
Nico -> MjHi Mj. We will actually be holding an event in Charlotte on September 9th. The registration link is not available yet, but it will be posted this month here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/receptions
David_F -> KristaI am currently unemployed and looking to change my career path, who would you suggest I use to write my nomination letter (for the CBF) and 2 letters of recommendation?
Krista -> David_FHi David, We recommend having a previous employer or someone you know from an outside organization write your letter of recommendations. We're hoping to learn about how you work in a professional setting so have at least one person you know from a previous job. You can have the same person write your nomination form and one letter of recommendation.
Tim_Schulte -> BethI understand that it's easy to transfer between weekend and evening programs, but if I was enrolled in the evening program and wanted to take just a single class offered on a Saturday as part of the weekend program, would I be able to (without fully switching programs)? Or vice versa?
Beth -> Tim_SchulteTim, yes, you can certainly take Weekend classes as an Evening student without transferring. A lot of our students take advantage of this.
TimRevelle -> KaraDue to several reasons (which I will make clear in my optional essay), my undergrad quant scores were good (~3.0), but not great compared with the applicant pool. Since graduating, I've worked 5 years in investment banking and private equity and have been promoted several times. Without seeing my full application, do you think strong quant work experience is enough to mitigate my average undergrad? Obviously, doing well on the GMAT will help a ton, but would you recommend taking an extension class prior or during the application process to help bolster my app? Or wait for that in case I am waitlisted?
Kara -> TimRevelleTim, thanks for joining our chat! Doing well on the GMAT or GRE can offset your ug GPA. A lower than average GPA is certainly not a make or break. We look are your career progression, test scores, letters of rec, etc. These are more recent reflections of your strengths. You can also consider taking Booth MBA classes as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL). Up to 3 GSAL courses will transfer into the MBA if admitted. Doing well in GSAL courses (we like to see B+ and higher) can enhance your application. For more details about GSAL, email Chason Dailey at daileycr@uchicago.edu.
jeffjose -> Jay JHi there. Thanks so much for doing this. Are there any information sessions for Chicago Booth in India? Specifically Bangalore?
Jay J -> jeffjosejeffrose, the full time program will do info sessions in India. Evening/Weekend does not. For more info on the FT info sessions outside of the US, take a peek at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/asia-australia (I can't be sure its 100% up to date, be in touch with the FT staff for more info)
donlucky -> Bethdonlucky,is there no other option if i dont have gmat for a full time mba
Beth -> donluckyTo apply for the MBA programs here at Booth, you must submit either a GRE or GMAT score.
David_F -> KristaWhat is a competitive GRE score for this program? Do you care more about the verbal, quant, or essay or is it all important?
Krista -> David_FHi David: We don't have a large enough sample size to offer an average GRE score. We recommend using this converter from GRE to GMAT to see where you fall: http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool. We look at each individual score and then holistically the entire score.
Anagendra -> NicoThanks Nico. Can the letters of recommendation come from a manager/colleague at a previous employer, or a colleague who no longer works at the current firm?
Nico -> AnagendraHi Anagendra. We ask that one letter of recommendation be from your current supervisor, but the other can come from a manager or colleague from a current or former firm.
Steph -> NicoI have not been the perfect student and am finishing my degree at DeVry which many people turn their noses up at. Since I haven't been the perfect student and my cummulative GPA is not in the 3.0 range should I still apply?
Nico -> StephHi Steph. We take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, so GPA and prior institutions are not everything.
Sebastien -> Jay JI am PhD in CS with a MBA Finance and I am interested in an evening MBA for your quant part and also entrepreneurship courses. Do you have some credit transfers?
Jay J -> SebastienSebastien, all of our students must take 20 courses to complete a Booth MBA. No credits will transfer from other MBA programs.
Uday -> BethThanks Beth. It is encouraging that you had mentioned earlier that there were students who were successful in securing a job being on H1B visa. Is there a chance that you could email me what percentage of employers participating in OCR sponsor work visa whenever that kind of stat is available? I understand that you are not able to provide it now...I just wanted to make sure atleast some of them sponsor especially after investing substantially large amount of money and time. Please advice when you can...
Beth -> UdayAs our Career Services team is the one who would collect this data, I cannot guarantee if or when this data will be gathered. That being said, I will pass along the request for this type of information.
Adit -> KristaI am presently working as a Software Engineer for Caterpillar in Peoria. I am holding MS from Univ of Minnesota. Is GRE/GMAT is must to consider application for Weekend MBA? My GRE scores are still valid. But, my TOEFL scores are no longer valid. Is TOEFL mandatory? Thanks.
Krista -> AditHi Adit: Yes, the GRE/GMAT score is required to apply. Since you did a Master's program at an English speaking institution you are not required to take the TOEFL.
jeffjose -> Jay JHi Jay J. Thanks for responding. Following up on the information sessions in India question.
Jay J -> jeffjosejeffjose, not a problem!
Naaaa -> NicoReco Letters - I am in a dilemma with regard to the 2nd reco letter to be provided to Booth. I have 2 options (My supervisor at a non profit where I have worked for 2 years and my former supervisor at work. I believe both of them can offer a lot in terms of providing a reco letter. The Booth website states 'The second letter can be professional in nature or from an organization, club, or volunteer project with which you are associated.'
Nico -> NaaaaHello, Naaaa! You do have have the option to submit a third letter as well, so I would recommend you take advantage of that option if you are uncertain.
cici -> Bethwhile 80% of the gmat scores are between 620-750, do you think 620 would be a disadvantage at all?
Beth -> cicicici, while having a competitive GMAT score is to your advantage, we do admit within that entire range. If you are concerned about your GMAT score, you could always retake the exam or submit an optional essay discussing it.
Kitu -> Jay JMy undergraduate GPA is average but my masters GPA is good ~ 3.64. Will you consider this as an improvement or will the undergraduate score impact the admission negatively ?
Jay J -> KituKitu, we would consider this an improvement! We look very holistically at the entire application, including your academic portfolio.
danielle.fabrizio -> KaraWhat career services/on-campus recruiting does the Evening MBA program offer for roles in Marketing?
Kara -> danielle.fabrizioDanielle, Evening MBA students can participate in on campus recruiting (OCR) for full time jobs. Part Time MBA students do not have access to internship recruiting. See this link for a list of companies hiring from Booth, http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/career/employers. The OCR process is the same regardless of industry, you would focus your efforts on marketing roles and companies. Please keep in mind OCR is one of many services available to you in your career transition.
Agnes -> Jay Jhow does Booth compare to Kellogg in your opinion?
Jay J -> AgnesAgnes, both programs are very reputable, but are different in terms of classroom experience, curriculum, and faculty. You should do your research and find the best fit for you!
donlucky -> Bethcan i take any foundation mba course as an option to gmat
Beth -> donluckyAll MBA programs here at Chicago Booth require you to submit a GRE or GMAT score. If you do not submit test scores, your application will not be reviewed.
donlucky -> Karadonlucky,are there programs that does not require a gmat score
Kara -> donluckyBooth's Executive MBA program allows you to petition for a GMAT waiver. You can connect with their admissions team at xp@chicagobooth.edu. I am unsure what criteria they use and what percentage of applicant's waiver requests are approved.
jeffjose -> Jay J(bleh, sent it out before I could finish) @Jay J - Yes, I'm looking for information on MBA FT at Chicago Booth. You mentioned that I could get in touch FT staff for more info. Whats the best place to find information on FT staff. Also, is there a place where I can find Booth Alumni in India? Thanks!
Jay J -> jeffjosejeffjose, be in touch with FT via their website at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time or their email hotline at admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu. I don't have any alums in India to put you in touch with, FT might though!
Frank -> NicoHello Nico, A follow up question regarding the letter of recommendation from your current supervisor. If you were applying for the fall in August 2015, and your current supervisor had left in May 2014, would you still be able to use this supervisor as your current supervisor?
Nico -> FrankHi Frank. We like to see your most current supervisor that knows you best and is able to attest to your work. If this is true in your case, that is completely acceptable.
Sebastien -> Jay JAs you accept the GRE, do you have a range for admission (like you are presenting for the GMAT)?
Jay J -> SebastienSebastien, we don't have a range, as we've just started accepting the GRE. Just not enough data yet. You can convert scores at https://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool
cici -> Karawhere can i see the class profile of weekend mba program?
Kara -> ciciCici, see this link http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Thanks for joining today's chat!
Sanal_Kwatra -> KristaWhat are the options for studying entreprenuership at Booth in the weekend program?
Krista -> Sanal_KwatraHi Sanal, You're welcome to concentrate in entrepreneurship and also take advantage of the student clubs which focus on entrepreneurship! I encourage you to visit a class and see what Booth has to offer: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/visit
Sebastien -> KaraWhy the ranking between Evening/Weekend MBA is so different from the Full Time MBA?
Kara -> SebastienSebastien, ranking bodies all have different criteria and methodologies. Therefore, it is difficult to compare. Since Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and Full Time MBA all yield the exact same degree, we do not focus too much on the ranking variations.
cici -> Karathanks!! following up with the class profile, is there any salary related information available in the class profile?
Kara -> ciciCici, we do not post this publicly. The median salary for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is around 113K. However, there is a very wide range from industry to industry.
Frank -> NicoThanks Nico. Also, I have heard different opinions on using a client as a recommendation. Do you typically not like to see a client as a recommendation and/or would you prefer an applicant to use this recommendation as the third "optional" recommendation?
Nico -> FrankHi Frank. Client recommendations are completely acceptable. We ask that you use them as a second or third letter.
Kara -> EveryoneThanks for joinging today's chat! We look forward to working with you as you continue your research and move through the application. Cheers, Kara
Jay J -> EveryoneThanks for the great chat, everyone! Be sure to follow us on twitter @BoothEveWknd for updates on Booth news, events, and deadlines!
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. The deadline for the Evening MBA program starting in the Winter 2015 deadline is Friday, October 3. Start your application today: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/
Nico -> EveryoneThank you all for stopping by! If you are interested in visiting a class, please check out our schedule here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
Krista -> EveryoneThanks for joining today! For all the women out there, we hope to see you at our upcoming Booth Women Connect event on Saturday, July 19th! Register here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=78eed7df-6ae2-407c-8065-c6cb2555e9c2
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