Imagine This: March 2018

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The 2016 Executive MBA Program application is available now and if you apply and are admitted sometime in the next 8 months you will graduate in March of 2018...so mark your calendar. And mark October 2, 2015, December 1, 2015, February 1, 2016 and April 1, 2016, too. These are our application deadlines for the coming year, and believe it or not - they approach pretty fast.

To that end, I wanted to highlight a few changes in our application. We are still asking for recommendation letters, essay(s), GMAT score (or waiver), and an interview but have also included a new section called "Career Goals" that aims to provide us with a better understanding of what you hope to gain from the program professionally.


The new Career Goals section asks 4 questions:

1.Define your current career objectives. What is your most important career objective? Options include advancing within your own company, making a change, growing your own business or starting a business. You can also choose "other" to explain your specific situation.

2.Rank some possible outcomes that you see coming out of your MBA experience. Are you looking to develop your skills as a leader, work across more diverse functions, or gain international mobility? These are more targeted goals that we are eager to know more about.

3. Tell us about your next career move. What do you see happening with your career once you’ve completed the program? This is an opportunity for you to describe your plans in your own (250) words.

4. How do you see us helping you with your career goals? Career Services offers a robust array of tools designed to help you navigate your next steps. In the application, you will be asked to select your preferences by choosing among resources such as one-on-one coaching, webinars and access to databases.

So what we are going to do with this information? Two things. First, we will use your responses to help us understand and shape our Career Services offerings when you are a student. We have an incredibly diverse student population with equally diverse career goals and we want to be able to meet you where you are. Second, we want to be sure that you have thoughtfully considered the impact that studying at Chicago Booth will have on your career trajectory. For example, if you are currently working as an accountant and you tell us your next desired career move is to become the first astronaut on Mars...well Houston, we have a problem.

As our global teams gear up to travel and meet with prospective students, I strongly encourage you to engage with us and our alumni for greater insights on what Chicago Booth can do for you and your career. We look forward to meeting you along the way to March 2018.

Toby