Evening 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 admissions directors from the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. We will answer questions about the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

Tuesday, November 11, 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. We have 2 current students joining our chat today- please send your student life questions as well!
Jay J -> EveryoneHi everyone, my name is Jay Jacobs and coordinate the City Ambassador program for Booth's Evening and Weekend MBA Programs. If you want to chat with a current student or alumni about Booth, be in touch with me! I look forward to answering your questions.
Carolyn -> EveryoneHi, everyone! I'm a current Booth student, and co-President of our Evening and Weekend Student Advisory Council. Looking forward to chatting with you today!
Nico -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I am Nico Ricchiuto, admissions manager. I manage Information Sessions and assist with the Class Visit program. Please feel free to ask me any application related questions!
Krista -> EveryoneHello! Thanks for joining today. My name is Krista McNamara, assistant director of admissions, and I look forward to chatting with you about all aspects of Booth which distinguishes us from other programs.
Mary Lou -> EveryoneHi Everyone. I'm in the evening program and am the current PR Officer of the SAC Board. I'll be wrapped up with class 17 by the end of the Fall quarter. Looking forward to your questions! :-)
Dharaa -> Jay JI wanted to know what are your policies are
Jay J -> DharaaDharaa, thanks for joining us today. I assume you are asking about transfer policies... We don't accept any transfer credits. All 20 courses must be taken at Booth to earn a Booth MBA.
Kara -> EveryoneWelcome to our online chat! I am Kara Northcutt, director of admissions. We look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend MBA's flexible curriculum, dynamic community and application process.
DJ -> KristaHi, what kind of civic activities are applicants a part of before they apply and what type of non-work experiences does the program seek?
Krista -> DJHi DJ: We don't require any specific extra-curricular activities to apply to the program. We ask for you to elaborate if you are involved so we can learn more about your experiences both in and outside of work.
Bharat -> CarolynI have a question about the weekend MBA program, students who travel from outside of Chicago. How do they plan their stay for the weekend ? Does booth help with some weekend housing options ?
Carolyn -> BharatHi Bharat! Thanks for your question. Around 80% of our weekend students travel into Chicago to attend classes, and they utilize a myriad of options to cover housing. For example, some students get a hotel room, some share hotel rooms, some book a bed in a hostel, and others have collaborated to rent an apartment together. Booth has a list of negotiated rates with area hotels to help our students to minimize their costs.
Lisa -> Mary LouI am interested in the evening MBA program and would love to hear about students' experiences juggling full-time jobs with coursework and other activities. Thanks!
Mary Lou -> LisaHi Lisa, taking on a MBA while working at your full-time job simultaneously will definitely require a lot of discipline on your part. A lot of my classmate peers (myself included) will intentionally fit in some fun time into our schedules to hang out with friends or enjoy our hobbies, but we also have to make sure that we allocate time to assignments and study groups on the weekday evenings as well as the weekends.
Lisa -> KristaFor the evening MBA program, are admissions done on a rolling basis? In other words, is there an advantage to applying early?
Krista -> LisaHi Lisa: Yes, admissions is on a rolling basis for Evening and Weekend. You can apply whenever you like! There is no disadvantage to wait until closer to the deadline.
Trevor -> CarolynHello, can you please confirm how the OCR bid points system works for part-time students? Are PT students permitted the same opportunities to bid on OCI as Full Time students, if not please explain any differences.
Carolyn -> TrevorHi Trever- great question! Part-time students are not allocated bid points in the OCR process- that is the only real difference between going through OCR as a part-time versus full-time student. That said, a majority (I'd estimate 75%) of employers who seek Booth talent via the OCR process do not permit bidding on interview slots, and none of the 'highly desirable' (MBB, IB firms, etc.) offer bid slots.
vijayramnath -> Jay J1) Does Booth Weekend MBA look positively to people who are applying from outside IL planning to move to Chicago area in 2015? 2) Also, this questions is perhaps particular to me, my employer my prefer me to do full-time program at a later date, so can I transfer to FT program at a later time?
Jay J -> vijayramnathvijayramnath, a lot of our weekend students will commute to Chicago from outside of IL (about 80%). We look to diversify the classroom in all senses of the word, including geography.

Students cannot transfer between the Evening/Weekend program to the Full Time program, and vice versa. Though EW students can take FT courses and take a FT load if you feel like you can handle the work load!
ecohen -> NicoIs it possible to take one class per semester in order to balance a work schedule?
Nico -> ecohenHi ecohen. Thank you for joining us. On average our students take two classes per quarter, but you are certainly able to reduce your course load to one class a quarter to accommodate your work schedule. All part-time classes are held downtown at the Gleacher Center.
VijayJayaraman -> KaraI've heard that Booth Weekend program is Chicago friendly. What tips and advice could the admission team provide to non-Illinois applicants to prepare a strong application?
Kara -> VijayJayaramanVijay, 80% of our Weekend MBA students live outside of IL, and they really enjoy spending their weekends in the wonderful city of Chicago while in the program. We evaluate all applicants the same, whether you are from IL or another state. My tips are to learn about Chicago Booth to help craft your "why Booth" story in your application. Also, tell us why the Weekend MBA program best fits your goals. We also look for a strong academic backgrouds and work experience in all of our candidates.
Shu -> KristaHi Krista, I am interested in the fellow program but wondered if the fellow program has a different criteria compared with the normal group?
Krista -> ShuHi Shu: The application for the CBF program is identical with the exception of a special Interview Day and a nomination form from your supervisor. Once your are admitted, CBF students must complete a CBF non-credit seminar during their first quarter (which is always during Autumn). To learn more about this experience, take a look here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates
Take a minute to watch the CBF student videos on that page as well.
Anthony_C -> Jay JDo the reduced hotel rates also apply to students who live out of town (boston) and need to fly in for interviews or to visit the school?
Jay J -> Anthony_CAnthony_C, you can call the hotel and see! (Hopefully they won't ask for proof that you are a student.)
Bharat -> KristaIncluding the GMAT what other variables does the admission to Booth rely upon ?
Krista -> BharatHi Bharat: We review applications using a holistic perspective so each component is very important. While the GMAT is a predictor of success in the program, it's not more heavily weighed during the application process.
Mike_Debre -> Mary LouTo the current students: how many hours did you devote to preparing for the GMAT? How much attention did you give to the integrated reasoning and writing sections, given that they are not part of the score? Thanks!
Mary Lou -> Mike_DebreHi Mike, every student will require different needs as to the number of hours they devote to the GMAT. If you are strong quantitatively then you might require fewer hours to review and test quantitative concepts, and the same could be said for the verbal section. I would suggest taking a practice test (if you have not already) to see the areas where you think you need to focus on. As far as the IR section goes, I took the GMAT before it was required, but for the writing section I did not focus heavily prep for that. The vast majority of my study time was focused toward quant and verbal.
Tony -> NicoDoes Booth help with parking for commuters from out-of-state?
Nico -> TonyHi Tony, we do have reduced parking rates for people commuting to the Gleacher Center. The parking lots usually cost about $5 - $10 during class time.
Moderator -> EveryoneDid you know there are 36 part time student groups at Chicago Booth- learn more here >> http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups
Nik_Panch -> KaraAre applicants that have company sponsorship for program costs evaluated any different than the ones that have limited or no sponsorship?
Kara -> Nik_PanchNo. This has no bearing on your chances of admission. We do ask such in the application, as it is good for us to know what companies are sponsoring and how much.
Tom_Pigozzi -> CarolynHello! My question is about non traditional students, specifically those who are married, who have children, and working full-time. Are there other students in the program who have these extra family challenges while attending Booth?
Carolyn -> Tom_PigozziHi Tom! Absolutely- we have a significant number of our students who fit that description. In addition, Booth has programming specifically aimed at that demographic. For example, our program office is hosting a viewing party for the Festival of Lights parade, complete with Santa visit! Approximately 300 members of the Booth community joined for that event last year. Our Partners' Club does a great job of making sure that spouses and our students' families feel welcome and included in the Booth experience.
Ben -> Jay JHello, could you pls contrast your Exec MBA with your wknd MBA?
Jay J -> BenBen, our Executive MBA program is very different than the Weekend program. The Exec program is a 21 month, lock-step, cohorted program designed for more experienced professionals. They will meet every other weekend at our campuses at either Chicago, London, or Hong Kong. More information can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba.

Our weekend program is much more flexible, will take 2.5 years to complete on average, and meets every weekend in Chicago. More information can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend.
Alex -> Jay JGood afternoon, I am interested in the weekend program. Is the weekend program viewed (from employers) the same way the full-time program is?
Jay J -> AlexAlex, it is! Our Weekend program has the same curriculum, same courses, and is taught by the same faculty as our full time program.
Erik_E. -> KristaDoes Booth have a part-time accelerated program?
Krista -> Erik_E.Hi Erik: Thanks for your question! While we do not have an accelerated program, we want to make sure that you are challenged in the program if you have a business background. Instead of taking the introductory level classes, you can take higher level courses instead. The faculty and deans believe strongly that by completing 20 courses in the program, you will receive a robust degree and have plenty of time to explore several concentrations.
Brad -> NicoI understand that you look to put individuals with very diverse backgrounds in the class room, are there any common traits you notice among successful applicants
Nico -> BradHi Brad. Thank you for joining us. We look for people with who we think can bring a unique perspective to the classroom and can handle the rigor of our academics. As far as common traits, we look at everyone individually, so it is hard to pinpoint.
DJ -> Mary LouA question for current weekend/evening MBA students: How often does classwork require you to meet with classmates on non-class days/nights to complete group coursework?
Mary Lou -> DJHi DJ, the vast majority of our classes will require homework to be completed in groups and keeping in mind that the students also work full-time jobs and take classes on other days of the week our study members need to keep open and ongoing communication with each other. I have had study groups where we would decide at the beginning of the quarter we would meet on a specific day of the week/time each week, and for other classes our meeting days and times would vary according to our outside obligations. So it really depends on your class and who is in your group.
Trevor -> KristaAre decisions able to expedited earlier than the 6-8weeks published dates, and if so what is the process for requesting this?
Krista -> TrevorHi Trevor: Decisions are given within 4-6 weeks after you submit your application. If you would like to request a quicker decision, please let an admissions staff member know during your interview.
Nik_Panch -> NicoI am local to Chicago area but live and work in suburbs. I read somewhere that switching between evening and weekend is possible. Can I switch from weekend to evening during the active quarter? Or, do I have to wait for the next quarter for switch?
Nico -> Nik_PanchHi Nik_Panch. Thank you for joining us. You are able to switch between the Weekend MBA and Evening MBA program once through out your career at Booth. You cannot swicth classes during the middle of the quarter, so you would have to wait for the next quarter.
Erik_E. -> NicoHow many concentrations does a typical Booth student graduate with?
Nico -> Erik_E.Hi Erik_E. Most students graduated with 3-4 concentrations.
DCLarry -> KaraHi, I'm interested in the weekend MBA program. I'm hesitant to get a LOR from my current Supervisors, as I was recently promoted and would not want to anger them. I do have other career goals that require me leaving my current employer, and the reason I'm interested in Weekend MBA program. I have been with the same organization, so would a LOR from a previous Supervisors be acceptable?
Kara -> DCLarryYes, this is just fine! We do not require a LOR from your current supervisor. In the application, we ask you to explain why you choose your recommenders, so you will have a chance to explain your selections. We look forward to you applying!
Trevor -> CarolynChicago Booth is not known for its collaborative culture as much as other programs, can you please outline how the school is working to encourage a collaborative atmosphere for its students outside of just the traditional student clubs?
Carolyn -> TrevorHi Trevor- if we're not known for being collaborative, it's just a lack of knowledge about our program driving that perception :-). Booth is a tremendously collaborative environment, and many aspects of the program are set up to foster that atmosphere. For example, a majority of our classes include group work, and our grade non-disclosure policy discourages competition in the classroom.
Mike_C. -> NicoI am in the process of deciding whether to take the GMAT or GRE, do you release the same statistics for GRE scores of the incoming class, and also, do you weight one test above the other? Thank you.
Nico -> Mike_C.Hi Mike_C. We do not weight one test over the other. We do not have GRE statistics because we only recently started accepting it.
NathanB -> KristaGood afternoon! It is my understanding that interviews are required of all applicants. Can you please confirm that this is the case? Many business schools only extend invitations to interviews to select applicants. Thanks.
Krista -> NathanBHi NathanB: You are correct, interviews are required for all applicants applying to the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program. You schedule your interview once you submit your application. The interview is conducted by an admissions committee member: current students, alumni, or admissions staff.
Lisa -> Jay JDo students typically enter the MBA program with a concentration (major?) already set or do they decide as they begin to take classes?
Jay J -> LisaLisa, its a little bit of both. Students usually come in with an idea of what they want and start working towards the concentration of interest. However, after a few classes, students end up taking courses they find interesting from faculty members that they want to learn from. A lot end up backing into concentrations with this method.
Nesto -> NicoGood afternoon everyone, on a scale of 1 to 10 how much is your respective GMAT valued in order to get into an MBA program?
Nico -> NestoHi Nesto. We look at your application holistically, so no component is weighted more than others.
vini -> Nicohi i am intrested in weekend mba , and i was just wondering how much waitage is given to gmat score , since i am already running a small company and i do not have much time to give on gmat. does there any provsion for waiving gmat score ????
Nico -> viniHi vini. We look at your application holistically, so no component is weighted more than others. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs do not provide GMAT waivers.
Sujan -> Jay JCan you please clarify the difference between full-time vs part-time MBA when it respect to courses taught, method of teaching and accreditation?
Jay J -> SujanSujan, there is no difference between the part time and full time MBA programs in respect to courses taught, methods of teaching, or accreditation. The same faculty members teach the same classes and the same curricula.
Avi_Naik -> Jay JWhere can I find the information related to the Tuition fees for the Evening MBA program?
Jay J -> Avi_NaikAvi_Naik, information on tuition, fees, and financial aid can be found http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Walt -> NicoKara: When an applicant comes in for a interview who will they interview with? (Current Student, admissions staff or other)
Nico -> WaltHi Walt. You will interview with a member of our admissions committee. Our admissions committee is made is made up of current students and alums of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Alex -> Mary LouHow are classes graded? Specifically, are classes graded on a forced curve?
Mary Lou -> AlexHi Alex! We are on a forced curve across the sections for a course taught by the same professor. So, for example if a professor teaches 3 classes across the programs in a single quarter (full-time, evening, and weekend) then our grade is forced onto a curve along with all the students in all 3 sections.
Erik_E. -> NicoIf interested in visiting a class and local to Chicago, what is the best way to go about it? Reach out to admission directly?
Nico -> Erik_E.Hi Erik_E. You can register for a class visit here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
Rchopra -> CarolynHello. Thank you for hosting this chat. What kinds of activities do you find weekend MBA students attending most frequently? And in what ways does the program allow for interaction between peers? Are activities split between FT and Weekend/PT programs?
Carolyn -> RchopraHi Rchopra- Our pleasure! The weekend MBA population has access to a significant number of activities, most of which are encouraging peer-to-peer interaction. All events hosted by the Evening and Weekend programs are open to both populations, and a majority are open to the full-time population as well. A few examples of upcoming events include Speed Networking (like speed dating, but for non-romantic purposes!) and Fusion (several hundred FT, PT, and alumni getting together to network on a Friday to allow for maximum Weekend population participation).
DJ -> KristaHow does the application committee take into consideration if I am currently taking, or planning to take, a Booth/University of Chicago course prior to entering the Weekend Program?
Krista -> DJHi DJ: Taking a class at Booth before applying is a great option! We encourage taking a quantitative course such as financial accounting or business statistics and aiming for a B+ or higher. These are an excellent way to try out the classroom and improve your application by demonstrating success in the classroom.
Moderator -> EveryoneDid you know complimentary coffee and shuttle service is available for weekend students to/from airports to Gleacher Campus
Anthony_C -> Jay JI noticed one of the Labs offered was a Real Estate lab. Is there a real estate concentration offered within one of the main concentrations listed on the site?
Jay J -> Anthony_CAnthony_C, we don't offer a real estate concentration. Industry specific courses like that are really rare at Booth, as we focus primarily on business fundamentals and first principles.
Tony -> ModeratorThe shuttle service is to/from Midway and O'Hare airports and Gleacher Center
Rchopra -> CarolynOut of the 20 courses required for the weekend program, how many are elective, or courses that a student can pick?
Carolyn -> RchopraHi Rchopra- 17 courses are technically electives! We have three foundational classes: microeconomics, statistics, and accounting; past that, you need to take classes in at least six of our seven areas of study, but the actual courses you take are entirely up to you! In my opinion, that flexibility is one of the big draws of the Booth MBA.
Mike_Debre -> Jay JDoes the admissions committee look negatively upon a candidate that plans to complete the part-time evening program in 4-5 years? Thanks!
Jay J -> Mike_DebreMike_Debre, we don't! We give you the flexibility to speed the program up and slow it down. We expect some students will take advantage of this!
Shu -> KristaDoes CBF only accept students for Fall quarter? I am thinking about summer if possible. Thanks
Krista -> ShuHi Shu: Yes, the CBF program admits every Autumn. We do not offer the program during other quarters. If you would like to apply earlier, you are not required to apply to CBF if you have less than 3 years of work experience. It's a personal decision if you would like to apply earlier or wait until Autumn to apply.
Tom_Pigozzi -> KaraRegarding admissions, what advice would you give for students that didn't have stellar undergraduate grades? Would it be worth the time (and money) to take a few pre-MBA courses or just focus on work experience and/or GMAT score?
Kara -> Tom_PigozziTom, there are a few ways to make up for this. Doing well on the GMAT or GRE can help. The average GMAT for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is 680 and the mid 80% range is 620-750. Instead of a pre-MBA course, I suggest taking a Booth MBA course as a graduate student at large (GSAL) before you apply. Up to 3 GSAL courses transfer into the MBA. Doing well in a course (we like to see B+ or higher) can greatly strengthen your application. We suggest taking Financial Accounting and/or Business Statistics. For more information, email Eric Woelker at ewoelker@uchicago.edu. Eric works for the Graham School who oversees the GSAL process for Booth courses.
Sujan -> NicoHow does Booth look at the Integrated Reasoning score?
Nico -> SujanHi Sujan. We look at all components of your GMAT score including the Integrated Reasoning section.
PierreWesley -> KristaCan someone explain to me where the weekend MBA program is held compared to the Full-time MBA?
Krista -> PierreWesleyHi PierreWesley: The Weekend MBA and Evening MBA programs are located on our Gleacher Center campus which is in the heart of downtown Chicago. The Full-Time MBA program is on the University of Chicago's main campus in Hyde Park. Take a look here to see the location of the Gleacher Center: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/campuses/gleacher
Sujan -> Mary LouTwo questions:Do the part time students get same exposure to alumni network and career building services as the full timers?
Mary Lou -> SujanHi Sujan! Great questions! Yes, we have exposure to the alumni network across the Booth programs. Our Career Services programs are separate as our career needs are typically different between the full-timers and the evening/weekenders, but if you have unique career needs or are looking to make a transition then our Career Services directors are very happy and willing to help and assist us in any way possible. I definitely give them a big thumbs up!
NathanB -> Jay JAt some point, I believe that I came across information that stated that Friday evening classes are considered a part of the weekend MBA program (for priority biddign)
Jay J -> NathanBNathanB, Friday night classes are considered both weekend and evening courses for bidding purposes!
MattM -> KaraI'm exploring several executive MBA programs. What makes Booth's program different/better than other top programs?
Kara -> MattMMatt, I suggest you also connect with our Executive MBA Program (XP) admissions team at xp@chicagobooth.edu. Our XP program offers more electives than other executive program. Also, we require you to study abroad in London and Hong Kong early in the program, which is a great way to expand your global network. Again, connect with the XP team to learn more.
Nik_Panch -> CarolynWhere can I find more information on LAUNCH? What can current students share from their experience of going through LAUNCH?
Carolyn -> Nik_PanchHi Nik_Panch- LAUNCH information is kept pretty closely guarded, as we like to (pleasantly!) surprise our new students. I can tell you that is not a typical orientation event- we have activities centered around effective communication, building effective teams, and building self-awareness, all to help our students get prepared for the Booth MBA experience. I think you'll hear very positive feedback from everyone who has experienced LAUNCH- I had a great time at mine, and enjoy staying involved as a mentor to incoming students now that I'm in the program!
Usman -> NicoHi, do you have a resume format for the Weekend MBA applicants, is there a page limit?
Nico -> UsmanHi Usman. Thank you for joining us. We do not have a strict resume format policy, but we ask for 1 - 2 pages.
Harish -> Jay JGood Afternoon Admissions team,I am applying for Evening MBA program, starting Spring 2015. I plan to submit my application next week. Once i submit it, can i chose an interview slot the following week(Week of the 24th November)?
Jay J -> HarishHarish, as soon as you submit your application, you will receive an email in order to schedule your admissions interview. We will interview the week of Nov. 24. All interview slots are first come, first serve.
Rchopra -> KristaWhat is the fastest time period one can complete their MBA in for the weekend program?
Krista -> RchopraHi Rchopra: Most students take 2 classes are quarter, meaning the program would take 2.5 years. A few Weekend students choose to take 3 classes a quarter: Friday PM, Saturday Am and Saturday PM. At that pace the program will take 7 quarters, or just under 2 years to complete.
Trevor -> KaraI understand students can defer up to one quarter (e.g. apply Spring and start in Summer) but can students start a quarter earlier (e.g. apply Summer and start Spring)?
Kara -> TrevorTrevor, if you want to start in Spring you should apply to the Spring quarter. Having said that, we look at everything on a case by case basis. There have been circumstance where someone applied a few quarters out, then we allowed to start sooner. Once admitted, we can discuss your options.
Rchopra -> NicoAre there any online courses available that would count towards the 20 courses needed to graduate?
Nico -> RchopraHi Rchopra. All of our courses are held in person at Gleacher Center.
DCLarry -> CarolynHi Carolyn or Mary Lou, have taken a short-term study abroad trip/course? If so, how was your experience?
Carolyn -> DCLarryHi DCLarry- Neither of us has personally participated in a short-term study abroad while at Booth, but we both know many students who have done so! I had friends study in London, Vienna, Paris, Brazil (I forget which city), and Beijing over the last two quarters. All of them had a great time! We also had a student guest blog about his experience in Israel. You can read that here: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/blog/EW_Admissions/DBI_Doing_Business_in_Israel/ewadmissions/102?nav=entry
DAntonacci -> KristaShould a student be denied admission to the evening/weekend program, will the transcripts and other paperwork remain on file should they wish to apply to the GSAL program immediately after?
Krista -> DAntonacciHi DAntonacci: Thanks for your question! Yes, if you were interested in taking a Booth class through the Graham School (GSAL), then we could send your transcripts to their office.
Shahid -> NicoIs Gmat a must ?
Nico -> ShahidHi Shahid. We do require a valid GMAT or GRE score.
RB -> Mary LouGoo Afternoon! How to make up for missed classes in weekend programs?
Mary Lou -> RBHello RB! Good afternoon to you as well! Making up for a missed weekend class might be a little more difficult if you don't live in Chicago, but if you do happen to live in Chicago (or are an evening student) then you can attend that same course taught by the professor in a different section. Some professors have strict requirements on their make up session attendance policy due to room capacity, but in general the professors will typically allow students to attend missed classes across sections.
Shahid -> NicoWhich program waives gmat or gre ?
Nico -> ShahidHi Shahid. The Executive MBA program provides test score waivers. Find more info here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba/admissions/application/gmat
Trevor -> KaraIs the Career Services’ Campus Recruiting Policies and Procedures published anywhere, when trying to visit the website it asks for a login?
Kara -> TrevorTrevor, the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA employment report is not public information. Send me an email, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu, and we can set up a time to discuss.
Sadia -> Jay JI don't see an option for healthcare (policy making and management) focus on the MBA description on the website and I am wondering have you had any MDs enrolled in the program?
Jay J -> SadiaSadia, we don't have a healthcare specific concentration. We do, however, offer a certificate program that can be completed with the MBA called Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP). More information can be found at http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/gphap/.

We definitely have MDs enrolled in our program! Many have been very successful too!
Walt -> Jay JWhen applying can the applicant submit parts of the application as they are they are prepared or do you prefer to receive the completed application package at once?
Jay J -> WaltWalt, you can complete the application piece by piece. We rarely see a full application completed at the same time.
Moderator -> EveryoneDid you know the Chicago Booth part-time student population is larger than the full-time population with more than 1400 enrolled students
Trevor -> KaraThanks Kara, is an alternative method to changing your start date taking non-credit courses initially and having them transfer into your degree progress once enrolled?
Kara -> TrevorYes, you can take up to 3 Booth MBA course as graduate student at large (GSAL) courses that can transfer into the MBA. For more information, email Eric Woelker at ewoelker@uchicago.edu. Eric works for the Graham School who oversees the GSAL process for Booth courses.
Trevor -> CarolynAre PT students able to take courses during the day, and if so are they given a lower priority to these courses to FT students?
Carolyn -> TrevorHi Trevor- absolutely! All classes are protected for bidding in the first two phases- students can only bid on their home program during those phases. All students then have access to bid outside of their home programs in subsequent bidding rounds. For some popular professors, that means it would be difficult to take the FT section of their course offering, but since those professors also teach in Evening and Weekend programs, you will have equal access to their classes. I have both enrolled in weekday course offerings, and subbed out sections when I have had a conflict with my evening section and am able to flex to the daytime offering. I will caution you, however, that most professors ask you to attend the section of the course in which you are enrolled, so that's not a strategy to be used to try and sneak into an alternate section :-)
DAntonacci -> NicoOne more question, the online application for the evening program requires the student upload electronic copies of their transcripts from their previous institutions. Is this in addition to official copies of the transcripts being sent by the Registrars offices of the institutions themselves?
Nico -> DAntonacciHi DAntonacci. We only require official transcripts when/if you are admitted into the program. For the application process, only uploaded electronic copies are necessary.
Shu -> Mary LouIs it possible to take the evening class and the weekend class during the same quarter?
Mary Lou -> ShuHi Shu, yes it is possible! The Booth bidding section is unique in that there are 6 phases of class registration, and in the first two phases the students can only bid on classes in their respective programs. Evening students bid on evening classes, weekend students bid on weekend classes, and so on. Once phase 3 opens up then students are allowed to bid across the sections. I hope this answers your question.
Harish -> NicoFor the evening program, is the class held typically one day or 2 days a week?
Nico -> HarishHi Harish. Each class is scheduled to meet once a week from 6 - 9pm
Trevor -> KaraCan student enroll in a dual degree program as PT student or is that option only available to FT students?
Kara -> TrevorTechnically, yes. However, it is extremely rare for part time students to do joint degrees. The joint degrees are typically full time programs that require daytime courses on our main campus in Hyde Park. If you want to pursue a joint degree, a full time MBA program may be a better fit for you.
Brad -> CarolynFor a candidate wishing to switch industry post MBA, what resources are provided to facilitate this?
Carolyn -> BradHi Brad- great question! We have a number of formal resources available via the career services office, and many student-driven opportunities to gain exposure to new industries as well. For example, I'm currently considering OCR opportunities in the healthcare space- an industry I had limited familiarity with in my prior life as a consultant. I was able to attend the 13th Annual Chicago Booth Healthcare Conference last Friday- a student run event that brought students, alumni, healthcare providers, payors, and other industry participants for a full day of panels and networking.
Aniket -> Kristahi i have 2 years of experince and have comlpeted my masters. So which program should i apply ? or shall i take more experince and apply in few years ?
Krista -> AniketHi Aniket: You can consider applying to the CBF program or the traditional Evening or Weekend program. It's up to you! CBF offers an extra level of support during your first quarter. About 30% of our students have advanced degrees. We always encourage applicants to apply when they are ready instead of waiting too long!
Trevor -> CarolynAre the name badges at recruiting events physically different for FT and PT?
Carolyn -> TrevorHi Trevor- no, they are not.
Garret -> Jay JDoes the official GMAT score need to be posted by the application deadline or is the unofficial score given immediately after the test acceptable?
Jay J -> GarretGarret, the unofficial report will suffice. We will verify your scores during the review process.
Hunter -> Jay JWhat is the acceptance rate of the evening mba program?
Jay J -> HunterHunter, we don't publish our acceptance rates. We bring in a class of about 150 students for the Autumn quarter. The number of incoming students drops to 70-90 any given subsequent quarter.
Nik_Panch -> KristaIs it ok to have different personal statements for GSAL v. Booth applications? I am assuming it is, but just wanted to confirm.
Krista -> Nik_PanchHi Nik_Panch: Yes, that is fine. Your intentions for the two programs will be slightly different I assume. We do not ready the GSAL applications so you can be authentic regarding your strengths and ares of improvement.
Corey_Curnutte -> KaraI think the Executive MBA program's curriculum, schedule, and timeline is a better fit for my career goals and what I am looking for. However, I am 8 years younger and 5 years less experienced than Booth's class average. Is it realistic to apply to the executive program in lieu of part-time?
Kara -> Corey_CurnutteCorey, the Executive MBA Program (XP) has a wide range when it comes to age and work experience. I suggest you connect with the XP admissions team at xp@chicagobooth.edu. They will be happy to take a look at your resume and advise.
Aniket -> Nicoi have given Gre 4 years ago and my score in 1050/1600. Could you tell me whether i can apply with gre 1070 for evening Mba? Am i eligible ?
Nico -> AniketHi Aniket. GRE scores are valid for 5 years, and we have no minimum required score.
NathanB -> Jay JWhile I understand that no binding promises can be made through the application process until the application is complete and submitted, how much personal insight/advice are the admissions team permitted to provide to each applicant during the application process regarding his/her personal application?
Jay J -> NathanBNathanB, we try to be pretty transparent with applicants during the admissions process. If you want to set up a meeting or phone call with a member of the admissions team, feel free to reach out to eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu.
Shahid -> Nicois there any full scholarships ?
Nico -> ShahidHi Shahid. As a part-time program, we do not offer any scholarships.
Jackie -> CarolynHello! What does a typical weekend class schedule entail?
Carolyn -> JackieHi Jackie- while our flexibility means that there isn't a 'typical' weekend student schedule, we often see students choose to take two classes a quarter. The Saturday courses are offered from 9:00 - 12:00, and then 1:30 - 4:30. Many student groups offer lunchtime meetings/panels/other activities over that mid-day break. Every Saturday we offer SASH: Saturday After-School Happenings, a social event starting at 5:00, which floats to various locations around the downtown Chicago area. Some students will choose to take a class on Friday evening, from 6:00 - 9:00, or may just come to Gleacher on a Friday to attend an event like Speed Networking.
Trevor -> Jay JCan interviews be scheduled immediately after submitting an application, and is there a waiting period from when the earliest interview date can be scheduled?
Jay J -> TrevorTrevor, as soon as you submit your application, you will receive an email in order to schedule your admissions interview. All interview slots are first come, first serve.
Rchopra -> CarolynAre there any travel opportunities for Weekend MBA students?
Carolyn -> RchopraHi Rchopra- absolutely! There are many opportunities for travel. Our Weekend MBA students have the ability to participate in short or long term study abroads, themed treks based around an industry like marketing or finance, or treks to specific destinations.
Trevor -> Jay JThanks Jay, are there a number of interview slots available for the upcoming weeks?
Jay J -> TrevorTrevor, There are! We interview Monday - Friday at the Gleacher Center.
utugsal -> Jay JIf we cannot be there in person for the interview, can we set it up via teleconference?
Jay J -> utugsalutugsal, we ask all of our interviews to be in person at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. If you have a specific circumstance that doesn't allow that to happen, we can work with you when the time comes.
Jerel -> CarolynWill OCR or Career Services become immediately available to part-time students, or will they have to wait a certain time period to use these services?
Carolyn -> JerelHi Jerel- you have access to Career Services immediately upon joining the Booth MBA community! You can meet with a personal career adviser, seek help with negotiations for a pay raise or promotion, or myriad other services. Our Career Services group is AWESOME! OCR is a little different, as it is a very specific process. You will need to complete 12 courses, and some very specific preparations in order to participate in OCR, which you can only go through once during your time at Booth. Career Services will ensure you're well prepared for that process, and be available to coach you throughout!
Rchopra -> Mary LouAre the treks mixed with FT and PT students or only PT?
Mary Lou -> RchopraHi Rchopra, the treks have open registration across the programs. It's definitely a great learning and fun experience to visit great companies while getting to know our fellow peers in the the different programs much better. Our conferences are also open across the programs even if it's hosted by a particular student group within another program. These are all open events.
Kara -> EveryoneGreat questions today! We look forward to continuing the conversation as you move through the application process. Our next application deadline for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Spring 2015 class is Friday, January 9th. Start your application today!
Jay J -> EveryoneThanks everyone! If you have any questions, feel free to email our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu.
Carolyn -> EveryoneThanks everyone! I hope to see you at an event geared for prospects sometime very soon!
Krista -> EveryoneThanks for joining today! For all of the women out there, you're welcome to attend our Booth Women Connect networking event this Saturday, November 15. For more information and to register, take a look here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/diversity
Nico -> EveryoneThank you all for stopping by! We hope to see you at our next information session on December 3, you can register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago
Mary Lou -> EveryoneThank you all for your great questions today! I hope we have provided some helpful answers to your questions.
Moderator -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! Our session has now ended and the chat transcript will be posted on Friday, November 14, on the following links: Evening MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats Weekend MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats