Why Chicago Booth Scholars

What Is a Deferred MBA Program?

A deferred MBA program gives you the chance to get admitted to business school while you’re still in college and before you have the work experience most schools require. Once you’ve gained your acceptance, you defer your admission while you work for up to five years. During the deferment period, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that you already have a spot in a top MBA program.

The deferred admission MBA program at Booth is known as the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, and it’s open to students who plan to pursue either the Full-Time MBA Program or the Part-Time MBA Program.

Benefits of a Deferred MBA Application

Our MBA deferred admission program gives you the freedom to explore careers after college. Once you’ve received your admittance to our deferred MBA program in your final year of college, you can focus on what interests you instead of worrying about business school applications and GMAT prep.

  • As soon as you’re accepted, you’ll gain access to Booth’s incredible network of business leaders through events, programs, and other opportunities.
  • Your acceptance to Booth expands your professional options and gives you power in negotiating with prospective employers.
  • You’ll be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, leadership awards, and other funding support.
  • The $250 application fee is waived for Chicago Booth Scholars candidates.

Criteria for Deferred Enrollment

Booth’s MBA deferred admission program welcomes applicants who are in their final year of undergraduate work (including joint bachelor's/master's degree programs) at any institution, with any major, and with a wide array of backgrounds and interests.

Successful applicants demonstrate intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, competitive scores, and leadership. They also have a history of substantive internships or part-time jobs and/or an entrepreneurial spirit.


Student Profile 2020

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Common Undergraduate Majors 

Biology Computer Science Economics Engineering Science History
Mathematics Political Science Psychology Public Policy Statistics

Common Pre-Booth Industries

Consulting Education Government Health Care
Investment Banking Nonprofits Sports/Recreation Technology

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