Read Emily’s insights on the application process, deferment period, and overall MBA experience.
- February 09, 2023
- Full-Time MBA Blog
I’m a current second year Full-Time MBA and Masters of Computer Science student at Booth. I grew up in the suburbs and did my undergrad at UChicago in Economics. Before Booth, I worked at Kin+Carta as a product consultant, helping Fortune 500 companies build software.
During undergrad at UChicago, I had the opportunity to take some Booth courses and thoroughly enjoyed them! The professors were engaging and brilliant, the curriculum fed my appetite for figuring out how the world worked, and the flexibility and density of the quarter system allowed me to choose my own path. The can-do but grounded nature of the MBA students also impressed me deeply. The Booth Scholars Program was a risk-free way for me to lock down Booth as a potential option as soon as possible, before I graduated.
Studying for the GMAT and writing essays are much easier when you are still in school mode. In addition, thinking through the what and why’s of an MBA years before attending made me draft out how I would use my deferment period much farther in advance than average.
The application process was similar to the normal MBA application and required a transcript, rec letters, essays, the GMAT, and an interview, so the advice is similar to any other Booth applicant:
Lastly, unlike other MBA applications, you will not have work experience to ground your career goals, and that’s okay. This means you may have to be more abstract about your professional ambitions and growth path. It helps to answer not just what you are hoping to do but why.
If you are interested in becoming a future Boothie, we encourage you to learn more about our Chicago Booth Scholars Program and apply to be considered for deferred enrollment. Booth Scholars also receive the added benefit of having the $250 application fee waived. We welcome undergraduate students with any major, background, and interests to apply for this life-changing opportunity. For consideration, submit your application by the deadline of April 11.