February 9, 2022 Live Admissions Chat
Admissions Live Chat
Chat Participant: Is there a recommended time frame for starting the Evening MBA Program (eg, Fall Quarter)?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! The good news is in the Part-Time MBA program, students can start in any quarter. The Autumn start is popular, but we encourage students to start the program when it makes the most sense for them; we are not a cohorted program, and our curriculum is very flexible - so any quarter start works great!
Chat Participant: Good afternoon. I have a question on scholarships. Are part-time MBA applicants eligible for scholarships? If yes, what is the process for that?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: Yes! We are pleased to offer merit based scholarships. Admitted students are automatically considered and there is no separate application required. Our scholarships are competitive and awarded to admitted students who have excelled academically and professionally. Successful candidates typically have above average test scores and GPA's, excellent letters of recommendation, and strong career progression.
Chat Participant: How is the part-time program made feasible for students not residing in Chicago to attend/enroll?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: We have both an Evening and Weekend Program. Students in the Evening program tend to live and work in Chicagoland and can get to class Monday-Friday in the evenings from 6-9pm. However, we also offer a Weekend Program with classes on Saturday. 76% of our Weekend students are from outside of Illinois including places such as San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Seattle, etc.
Chat Participant: Hello! What are best practices for the letter(s) of recommendation section of the application? (Is a letter from a current supervisor preferred? How many LOR should be submitted?)
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: We ask that you submit two letters of recommendation. It is requested that one letter of recommendation come from a direct supervisor or a manager at work. For the second letter of recommendation, it is more acceptable to request it from another supervisor or colleague at work. If you do not submit a recommendation letter from your current supervisor/manager you will be prompted to explain why in the application itself. There is also a question that asks you to explain why you chose the recommenders that you did so there is ample opportunity to provide reasoning and in fact you will be required to do so when you do not select your current supervisor/manager.
Chat Participant: Hello! Is there any benefit, from an admissions standpoint, to submitting an application significantly before the deadline?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! There is no benefit to submitting your application early and we encourage applicants to submit their app when it is at its best.
Chat Participant: What are the deadline admission dates? Do you do rolling admissions?
Mary Beth Lantzy | Associate Director of Global Outreach and Admissions: Yes, typically open an application nine months before that program were to begin. So at any given time you can usually choose between 2 or 3 start times. Whichever start time you decide to apply to, we will review once you have submitted, whether that is well before the deadline or at the last minute. Regardless of timing, everyone has the same opportunity and will receive a decision 4-6 weeks after their submission. To view our upcoming deadlines, please visit our application process page: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/part-time/admissions/how-to-apply
Chat Participant: Do you have any recommendations for the timeline to complete the application? For example, should I take the GMAT prior to engaging people for letters of recommendation?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: We publish our Evening and Weekend applications approximately 9 months prior to the deadline, so you have a very long runway to work with. There is no one way to approach the application process but I always recommend providing your recommenders with ample time to submit their recommendation letters and not waiting until the last minute to have the conversation or make the ask. In terms of the required test, some people like to give themselves time to re-test should they not be satisfied with their score. It's entirely up to you. Please keep in mind that we offer rolling admissions and in fact about 80% of our applicants tend to submit the week of the deadline.
Chat Participant: With regards to the start term, is there a term that starts on January? (Can we start the program in January?)
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: Each year, we offer 4 quarter start dates. This year classes begin March, May, September and January.
Chat Participant: Is there an accelerated offering for the weekend program/If an applicant has a degree in business, are they eligible to forego some credit hours?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! We do not offer an accelerated option, and we do not typically waive course requirements. That being said, there is a tremendous amount of flexibility in our program, and opportunities to take classes that are more advanced as opposed to repeating any courses you've already taken. I hope this helps!
Chat Participant: If I am admitted to the Weekend MBA program for Fall Quarter (for example), would I be able to defer my admission to a later quarter or switch to the Evening program before I start? Or am I bound to starting with the program and quarter I was admitted to?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: We bring in a class every single quarter and we really want people to submit an application to the quarter in which they are confident they could start if offered admission. We of course know that situations change and things happen that might prevent that from happening as planned. In those extraordinary circumstances, we have a deferral process wherein someone can submit a request to defer to a subsequent quarter. Deferral requests are evaluated on a case by case basis and not guaranteed and the student would need to show that something has significantly changed since the time they submitted their application.
Chat Participant: Is a letter of recommendation acceptable from a supervisor I have worked 4 -5 years acceptable
Mary Beth Lantzy | Associate Director of Global Outreach and Admissions: Hello! It is requested that one letter of recommendation come from a direct supervisor or a manager at work. For the second letter of recommendation, it is more acceptable to request it from another supervisor or colleague at work. Yes, 4-5 years is more than acceptable!
Chat Participant: For international students that have a valid working visa, do you help them to find a place where to live?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: We do not have any such built in process since international students to the Evening and Weekend Program are already living and working in the United States on a valid visa. Additionally, relocating is not necessary since we have a Weekend Program for those that live outside of the state of Illinois.
Chat Participant: Do you offer F1 visa for the Weekend / part time students
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an F1 visa for students studying in the evening or weekend MBA programs. However, our full-time program is able to offer F1 visas for students interested in their program!
Chat Participant: Do you need to be working in order to be selected in the program?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Yes, for the Part-Time MBA program the expectation is that you will continue working full-time while you are in the program. The Full-Time program may be a better fit if you would like to go to school full-time. I hope this helps!
Chat Participant: Is the tuition same for in state vs out of state applicants? I did not find that information on the website.
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: Tuition is the same whether in-state, out-of state, or an international student. You can view the Evening and Weekend Tuition and Fees structure here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/part-time/admissions/cost
Chat Participant: Hello, I have been asked by both of my recommenders to clarify the audience for their letters. Is it admissions staff, alumni, professors?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! If you are applying to the general Part-Time MBA program, your letters of recommendation will only be reviewed by admissions staff members making admission recommendations. I hope this helps!
Chat Participant: Hello! I am currently self-employed and I haven't had an employer in 5 years. Will I still be required to have recommendation letters if I don't have a current employer?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! Yes, we would still require 2 recommendation letters as a part of your application. In a situation like yours, we often recommend having a client, mentor, colleague, or former supervisor provide your letters of recommendation.
Chat Participant: How far before the deadline do most applicants apply for the weekend and evening programs?
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: We recommend submitting your application whenever it is ready, whether that is well in advance of the deadline or on the deadline itself. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will receive a decision within 4-6 weeks, regardless of the timing of the application deadline.
Chat Participant: Do the part-time / full-time and weekend programs offer the same degree upon graduation?
Mary Beth Lantzy | Associate Director of Global Outreach and Admissions: Good question! Yes, All MBA Programs at Booth yield the exact same MBA degree.
Chat Participant: Hi, I'm interesting in starting in the January term - is it too early to apply? When is the date that application for the January term "opens"?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Thanks for your interest in applying to Booth! Our application for the Winter 2023 quarter is not open yet. Applications usually go live 9 months prior to the deadline - more information should be available soon!
Chat Participant: When selecting an industry for post-MBA interest, if I want to work in healthcare in the non-profit space, does it matter whether I select "Healthcare" or "Non-Profit" since they are both options?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: It does not matter as it is mostly for data purposes so select the industry you are looking to move into. Additionally, you would provide additional details about your plans in the short answer section regarding your short-term and long-term career goals
Chat Participant: Are the start dates (March, May Sept and Jan) same for both full time and part time applicants?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! The 4 starts dates per year are specific to the part-time MBA programs. For the full-time program, they offer one start date in the Autumn each year.
Chat Participant: Do you provide any scholarships for the Weekend/part-time courses. How can I apply for the same?
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: We do offer some merit-aid to competitive applicants. The scholarship range is $10,000 to 30,000, and is awarded after an applicant is admitted. There is no separate application process for scholarships - you will automatically be considered!
Chat Participant: Is there an interview part of the application process for the part time programs?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - There is an interview component. The interview itself typically lasts no more than one hour and is conducted by a member of the admissions committee.
Chat Participant: Is there a link to registration deadlines and MBA descriptions?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes! You can find more information on the programs and their deadlines through this link https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/part-time/admissions/how-to-apply
Chat Participant: How are applications viewed for the Weekend MBA if the applicant does not have support from his/her current employer?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: If by support you mean financial that is not evaluative. We ask for company sponsorship information for data collection purposes. If by support you mean supportive of your decision to attend school part-time are not writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf, you would provide an explanation of that in your application.
Chat Participant: Hello, what are the specific requirements for the Civic Scholars program in relation to the MBA?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Thank you for your interest in the Civic Scholars program. Here is the link that will outline the specific application requirements: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/civic-scholars/admissions
Chat Participant: Hello, I hope you all are doing well and thank you for setting up this session. Is the application process for the evening Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) program distinct from the traditional evening MBA program? Are there any other additional requirements needed for a CBF application compared to an evening MBA program?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Thank you for your interest in Chicago Booth. The application is essentially the same; we just ask you to indicate your interest in CBF in the application. You can learn more about the application process by clicking this link: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/early-career-programs/chicago-business-fellows/application-process
Chat Participant: If I were assigned to overseas projects, could I stop for a couple quarters and come back later?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Yes, you can. You have 5 years to complete the program, which allows for flexibility if you have quarters where you need to take more or less courses (even if you need to take the quarter off).
Chat Participant: How long will it take to hear back once the application is submitted?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! We offer a decision within 4-6 weeks after your application has been submitted.
Chat Participant: How soon after application submission do applicants receive requests for interviews? Does the 4-6 week guideline for decisions include the interview process in that time?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! Once we receive all of your application materials, you will usually receive an update regarding your interview within that following week. The 4-6 week timeline starts from the submission of your application though!
Chat Participant: Do you have a format for the essay?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not have a specific format required for our essay questions. At the end of the day, the biggest thing we are looking for is he content of the essay and how effectively you were able to answer the questions being asked. It is a great opportunity for us to learn more about you, your values, and your motivations.
Chat Participant: Are interviews done online?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! Right now, we are offering our admissions interview virtually with our admissions committee members. We are hoping to offer an in-person option sometime this year, but we plan to continue offering virtual interviews for the foreseeable future.
Chat Participant: Do you have any information related to the % of admitted candidates that have applied multiple times? I wonder what % of re-applicants are later accepted to the program.
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi - we do have some candidates who are denied, and admitted to the program on a subsequent app. Successful reapplicants typically are able to demonstrate some change to their application that makes them a stronger candidate (ex. they have taken graduate Booth courses; updated test score; promotion at work; etc.). I do not have a specific acceptance rate of reapplicants available. I hope this helps!
Chat Participant: If denied acceptance into the program, how long do you have to wait until you reapply?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! Should you be denied from the program, we ask that you wait 6 months from the date of your application submission before you reapply
Chat Participant: Hi Admissions Team, I am an out of state applicant for the Booth Part Time MBA Program. Since I work remote, I will move to Chicago if necessary. In that case, do I apply to the Weekend or Evening program?
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: Weekend MBA Program accommodates those who live or work outside of Chicago, although some Chicago residents choose to take part in the Weekend program. It is ideal for those in the area whose schedules do not permit them to take classes on weeknights. The only real difference between Evening and Weekend students is what courses they have priority enrollment for. Evening students will first select from courses in their home program, which are courses offered Monday-Friday at 6-9pm. Weekend students will do the same for courses offered Fridays at 6-9pm (shared with Evening) and Saturdays sections at 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm. There is an open enrollment period before each quarter, so students will be able to enroll in any open course across the Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time programs. If you are trying to decide which program to apply for, primarily consider when during the week you will most commonly want to take classes.
Chat Participant: Do other degrees or designations get put into consideration in your application?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: Absolutely! This is a very holistic review application, but other advanced degrees or designations could help to demonstrate an aptitude for academic preparedness, which is crucial as look for students who have both the ability and desire to thrive within a challenging and rigorous environment. In fact, about 32% of our incoming students have an advanced degree.
Chat Participant: I wonder what kind of applicants are typically successful in the application for the Weekend MBA programs. For example, is there a large percentage of admitted students that are already in management? Could you share normally how many years of management those applicants tend to have?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi - here is the link to see the Part-Time MBA class profile. This will give you more information on years of experience, academic profile, and the career profile of our Part-Time students: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/part-time/admissions/class-profile
Chat Participant: As someone working in the tech domain, do you recommend getting recommendations only from Managers? Do recommendations from senior non-managers work?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! Regardless of industry, we recommend having your current supervisor serve as one of your recommenders. The other recommender can be a former supervisor, a senior manager, a client - really what we are looking for is someone who can speak to you and your professional abilities
Chat Participant: Are there any well-known alumni from the Booth part time MBA program? A fortune 500 CEO, a Senator, etc? It would be interesting to know how they view Booth and how it helped them in their career
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes! Booth has an incredible group of alumni making a huge impact in the world. Some highlights are Matt Maloney, the founder of Grubhub, Satya Nadella, the current CEO of MIcrosoft, and many more exciting ventures! I'd recommend checking out our alumni pages like this one https://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni
Test Score Questions
Chat Participant: Does the online GMAT exam include the Writing portion? If not, is the writing portion optional?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! The online GMAT does include the writing portion, and we do ask that you complete that as well. Thanks!
Chat Participant: Do I have to take GMAT or GRE, even if I am in US for a long time?
Mary Beth Lantzy | Associate Director of Global Outreach and Admissions: Good question! You can take the GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment - all are accepted for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Chat Participant: Do international applicants need to take the TOEFL?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: If English is not your native language, you’ll need to submit proof of English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). However, this requirement can be waived if any of the following are true:
- Are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language
- Have earned an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction
- Have been living and working full time in the United States for two or more years
Chat Participant: Does the EA carry the same weight as the GMAT test?
Mary Beth Lantzy | Associate Director of Global Outreach and Admissions: Hello! Yes, we accept the Executive Assessment (EA), GMAT, and GRE. We have no preference for a specific exam, so take whichever test you prefer.
Chat Participant: Good afternoon. Can you please elaborate on Executive assessment? Is this an exam like GRE/GMAT?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes! This test is very similar to the GMAT/GRE. For more information on the executive assessment, go ahead and check out this link! https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/mba-life/gmat-gre-or-executive-assessment
Chat Participant: Hello. To follow up on the Test type previous question - is there a preference to GMAT over the GRE?
Bobby Ganzer | Assistant Director of Admissions: Hello! We do not have any preference which of the three tests you decide to take. For more information on the three tests, go ahead and check out this link! https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/mba-life/gmat-gre-or-executive-assessment
Chat Participant: Do you have waiver available for GRE GMAT? Or is it required to be considered for the program?
Mary Beth Lantzy | Associate Director of Global Outreach and Admissions: Hello! The GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment is required for application submission to be considered. You can read more about requirements here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/part-time/admissions/how-to-apply
Chat Participant: What is the GMAT score accepted for the Evening/Weekend MBA Program?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! The average GMAT score for the Part-Time program is a 677. That being said, that is the average - there are students admitted with scores above and below this number. I hope that helps!
Chat Participant: Good afternoon! For the GMAT, does Booth consider only the verbal/quant scores? Or is there significant emphasis placed on IR and writing?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: We look at the entire score. Equal emphasis and weight is placed on all portions of the GMAT examination.
Chat Participant: What is the average EA score?
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: Our average EA score is 153 but there are no minimum score requirements. Please see our profile page for more information: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/mba/part-time/admissions/class-profile
Chat Participant: What is the average GRE score of applicants?
Mary Beth Lantzy | Associate Director of Global Outreach and Admissions: Good question! While we have no minimum test requirements, the average GMAT was 677 and the average GRE was a 160 quantitative and a 159 Verbal
Chat Participant: Do most students take courses over the summer as well?
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: The way in which you pace yourself, and what classes you take will vary from your peers. Once you are a student it is very easy to set your own pace and take quarters off as needed. You have 5 years to complete the degree. Courses are offered in the summer but you can certainly take some quarters off as desired once you are in the program.
Chat Participant: Good afternoon all! Is there an option to take a class on Friday evening and another on Saturday morning? Would that fall under the weekend program or is it a combination of evening/weekend?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Good question... Saturday classes are part of the Weekend MBA program, and Friday evening courses are part of the Evening MBA program. You certainly can take a Friday evening class and a Saturday morning class, no matter which Part-time program you are enrolled in (Evening or Weekend). Many of our Weekend students go this route.
Chat Participant: Does the evening program have in-person classes?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - there are many in-person options for Evening students! Those classes would be held at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.
Chat Participant: Are there any courses that can be taken online as part of the MBA program?
Libby Smoler | Marketing Specialist, Admissions: Prior to COVID all of our classes were 100% in percent for both Evening and Weekend students. While we cannot predict what will happen post COVID, at this time Evening and Weekend classes are taking place in different modalities including a virtual option.
Chat Participant: Are the Booth school knowledge labs and facilities open to part time MBA student
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - You are able to get access to Booth facilities both at Gleacher and I believe at Harper as well. There are also quite a few lab courses that are open to part-time students, to the extent you are able to fit them into your schedule!
Chat Participant: In the weekend MBA, are classes every Saturday?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - You are correct. There are two class sessions on Saturday, one in the morning from 9:00am until noon, and the second session is from 1:30pm until 4:30pm. Each quarter runs 10 weeks, with at least one week off between when the prior quarter ends and the next begins.
Chat Participant: Can I work and also study in the full-time program? What are the program hours?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Yes, you can take courses in the full-time program if your schedule permits. Those courses are generally held M-F during the day.
Chat Participant: What are the "Strengths" of Booth's MBA program? - for example, I know from word of mouth that Michigan State's MBA program is very strong nationally in Supply Chain Management. Similarly, I heard from a colleague whom is an alumni that Finance is very strong at Booth? Is that true? What about corporate strategy?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - I would say your colleague is correct in that Booth offers a vast array of Finance related courses, with incredible professors who are experts in the field. The University also offers a strong strategy-related curriculum as well, and offers a Strategic Management concentration that you can earn should you take enough classes to satisfy the requirement. Overall I would say I enjoy the program as there is quite a bit of emphasis on quantitative techniques, with a healthy balance of qualitative learnings as well.
Chat Participant: What is the typical class size for the Evening/Weekend programs? Is there a limit to how large a certain quarter's class can be?
Stephanie Gunn | Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions: Because we do not have a co-hort model class size varies quarter to quarter and does not impact availability of seats when making admissions decisions. Therefore, applicants should apply to the quarter in which they want to start as there is no strategic advantage to applying to one quarter over another. In terms of class size, regardless of when you start the program you can anticipate a class size of about 45 students on average and likely no class larger than 60 students. The only experience that might feel different is LAUNCH (Mandatory Orientation). For example, Autumn quarter is our largest intake and you might go through LAUNCH with 100+ students whereas if you start in Summer, you might go through LAUNCH with 40 or so incoming students.
Chat Participant: Usually at what period of the year do the evening program classes start?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - There are four academic quarters (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall); Winter quarter typically begins the first week of January, Spring quarter begins in the middle of March, Summer quarter begins near the middle of June, and Fall quarter begins around the end of September. This would follow the same academic calendar as the full-time program. If also helpful, classes are held from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Student Life/Career Services Questions
Chat Participant: Are recruiting events open to part-time students?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - there are recruiting events that are open to part-time students, available through Career Services. You are also able to schedule one-on-one appointments with Career Services as well outside of recruitment events if you are looking for more personalized guidance!
Chat Participant: Did Covid affect students who travel from out of state?
Skyler Adams | Associate Director of Admissions: Hi! Unfortunately, Covid impacted all of our students. Went fully remote for a period of time. That being said, we are now back to offering in-person classes, and most of our Weekend students are back to commuting to Chicago for their classes. The plan is to continue moving back towards 100% in-person classes.
Chat Participant: Is there any placement assistance provided to the students? If yes, when it starts?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - as a student at Booth, you will have access to career services advisors who can help you with any career related inquiries. There are also recruitment events that you will be eligible to participate in as well!
Chat Participant: Can you tell me more about the career services availability for the part time students? I assume that there isn't as much of a need for internships and recruiting because we will be working full time, but as someone who also wants to explore different ways to apply my expertise, are there opportunities that are open to me?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi - Absolutely. You can schedule one-on-one appointments with an advisor in the career services department to discuss your specific career goals or interests beyond the field you are working in currently; these meetings provide great guidance as it relates to your specific career goals. There are also recruiting events that you will be eligible to participate in as a part-time student as well, so to the extent you decide to pivot during your tenure with the program, there are opportunities through Booth to help you engage with potential employers.
Chat Participant: For out of state travelers, is there a recommended place for students to stay?
Mary Donaldson | Weekend MBA Student: Hi Darren - the University has relationships with certain nearby hotels where you can (most times) get a discount on your hotel room. The majority of students I have interacted with utilized these partner hotels, and most are within relative walking distance to Gleacher!