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, August 11, 2015 - Noon CST

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Aug 11, 11:53:05Moderator -> 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.
Aug 11, 12:00:07Jay J -> Everyone< >Hi all! Thanks for joining us today. My name is Jay Jacobs and I'm an Asst. Director of Admissions and oversee the application process for our Chicago Business Fellows programs for students with 3 years or less of experience. I look forward to answering your questions.
Aug 11, 12:00:09Kara -> Everyone< >Welcome to today's chat! I am Kara Northcutt, director of admissions. We look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. Booth offers a flexible format and curriculum, which allows you to tailor your experience. You will also join a dynamic & supportive community.
Aug 11, 12:00:12Lindsay -> Everyone< >Hi everyone and thanks for joining us today! I am Lindsay Badeaux, Admissions Manager for the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs. I look forward to answering your questions today!
Aug 11, 12:00:13Beth -> Everyone< >Thank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, associate director and I'm available to answer your application-related questions.
Aug 11, 12:00:19Marcus -> Everyone< >Hi, I'm Marcus Wordlaw on the admissions team, excited to answer questions you have about Booth Evening/Weekend MBA!
Aug 11, 12:00:55Nico -> Everyone< >Thank 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!
Aug 11, 12:01:36kapil -> Jay J< >I also want to know about schedule of weekend MBA and how many vacations do we need to plan ahead for any events or travel related to the course work ?
Jay J -> kapil< >kapil, all classes are on Saturdays for the Weekend program. We have two class sessions from 9a - 12p and 1:30p - 4:30p for the duration of the quarter. You're more than welcome to take week day courses too (from 6p - 9p), but it isn't required.
Aug 11, 12:01:38kapil -> Nico< >I wanted know about the GMAT cutoff ( min.) for weekend program
Nico -> kapil< >Hi Kapil! Thank you for joining us. We do not have a minimum GMAT score for the Weekend MBA program. The average is about 680 with the mid 80% ranging from 640-710.
Aug 11, 12:01:46Jen S -> Everyone< >I'm Jen Schroeder, a current Evening & Weekend student. I look forward to answering your questions!
Aug 11, 12:05:19Michelle_F -> Beth< >How often do people that do the weekend program end up switching careers and/or industries during or recently after completing their MBA?
Beth -> Michelle_F< >Great question. Over 50% of students changed jobs upon graduation. Of those, 30% landed jobs with new employers and 75% changed functions
Aug 11, 12:05:33Jeanne -> Marcus< >Is there a minimum score for the evening MBA program?
Marcus -> Jeanne< >Great question, no there is not a minimum score for the GMAT/GRE. The middle 80% of enrolled students score between a 640-710 on the GMAT
Aug 11, 12:05:56Nikhita -> Lindsay< >Hi all! I was curious as to whether you accept GREs? What kind of scores are acceptable? And if you've taken both the GMAT and the GRE, do you consider both?
Lindsay -> Nikhita< >Hi Nikhita! We do accept GRE scores, and if you have taken both the GMAT and GRE, you can submit both scores, but you can also feel free to simply submit your highest score. We do not have an average for GRE because we have only accepted those scores for a few years, so the data set is not large enough to have an average to report.
Aug 11, 12:06:27Matt -> Nico< >Are there any types of financial aid available for part time students?
Nico -> Matt< >Hi Matt. Financial aid is available to part-time students in the form of government and private loans. Please find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Aug 11, 12:06:34$ldo -> Jay J< >Are their travel opportunitities/ requirements as part of the Weekend program ?
Jay J -> $ldo< >$Ido, there are travel opportunities through our short term (2-4 week) abroad programs (IBEPs) and other opportunities through different student ran groups. No travel is required with the program, however.
Aug 11, 12:07:16Jeff -> Jay J< >For Chicago Business fellows, is it a hard cutoff for three years of experience? I graduated in three years and would be right on the borderline because of it.
Jay J -> Jeff< >Jeff, it is not a hard and fast rule. We have students who have just under 4 years of experience who have been through the CBF program. On average, students have just under 3 years.
Aug 11, 12:08:48Mike_S. -> Jay J< >How is the curriculum of the Weekend MBA different from the full time MBA in terms of the instructors and workload? Will weekend students receive an MBA that has the same "reputation" that a student who completes the full time program will have?
Jay J -> Mike_S.< >Mike_S, this is the best part about Booth's part time programs. The same faculty, teach the same courses and same curriculum across our programs. The degree requirements for the EW and the FT programs are the exact same. Your diploma will say "Chicago Booth MBA," not "Part Time MBA" or "Full Time MBA."
Aug 11, 12:08:50S -> Lindsay< >Can students switch from weekend program to full time program
Lindsay -> S< >Hi there, good question. Students are not able to switch from the Evening or Weekend MBA programs to the Full Time Program.
Aug 11, 12:08:52Kane -> Marcus< >Does Booth count work experience at the time of applying or entire work experience prior to start of the class?
Marcus -> Kane< >Good question. Booth Evening/Weekend counts work experience until the beginning of the start of class
Aug 11, 12:09:55S -> Marcus< >I have a graduate degree in that case would the undergraduate degree still be valued more than the graduate degree?
Marcus -> S< >Great job on the degrees. Undergrad and Grad degree will both be counted and valued in the review of your application -- with transcripts from both needed
Aug 11, 12:09:57Allie -> Beth< >Hi, I'm Allie. I'm wondering what type of professional experience is preferred, if any, for the part-time programs. i.e., Would it be preferable to currently be employed in a particular field?
Beth -> Allie< >Hi Allie. There is no preferred industry or function we are looking for from our applicants. We are looking to understand how an MBA will help you in your career goals.
Aug 11, 12:10:00Chris -> Jay J< >Is it looked down upon to re-apply after retaking the GMAT if you don't get in the first time? Or is it better to take it multiple times before applying?
Jay J -> Chris< >Chris, it doesn't effect your chances whatsoever. We have had many students who apply, aren't admitted, and re test and re apply and find success. Many of our students take the exam more than once.
Aug 11, 12:10:50$ldo -> Nico< >Are the abroad programs (IBEPs) self funded or aided by school ?
Nico -> $ldo< >Hi $ido. The IBEP programs are self funded, but you are able to apply any loan money you take out from financial aid.
Aug 11, 12:11:00Kane -> Jay J< >What's the acceptance rate for part time programs?
Jay J -> Kane< >Kane, we don't publish acceptance rates for the part time programs. We start about 220-250 students (evening and weekend combined) each autumn and somewhere between 80 - 150 each of the other three quarters.
Aug 11, 12:11:01Jon -> Jen S< >Thank you for hosting this session. I was hoping to learn more about the program culture and what you feel is distinctly different about U-Chicago versus other programs.
Jen S -> Jon< >Jon, one of my favorite things about Booth is that students are able to pick the classes that interests them, with very few core curriculum requirements. In the classroom, I am required to think in a different way, and students are encouraged to challenge others' ideas. Visiting a class is a great way to get a feel for the classroom culture as well, and I'd definitely recommend it.
Aug 11, 12:11:21$ldo -> Kara< >I was wondering if you have any info sessions planned somewhere in Wsiconsin .?
Kara -> $ldo< >We are hosting a dinner with students and alumni in Milwaukee on 10/27/2015. You can RSVP here, https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=f1fab0ac-7be7-45a6-8be4-0bfbe84fad1b. Pardon the long link. If you are unable to attend this dinner, we suggest you attend an event in Chicago, which also allows you to see campus firsthand. See here for our Chicago area Info Sessions- https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events
Aug 11, 12:11:57Subi -> Jay J< >How flexible is the program? For instance, if my work dictates that I have to be outside the country for a couple of months, can I take a few quarters off? If so, what is the maximum threshold? Thanks.
Jay J -> Subi< >Subi, yes! You have 5 years to complete the degree after you start. We have students who take 2 years off for international assignments at work, come back and finish their degree when back in the States.
Aug 11, 12:12:07Rishi -> Beth< >Will there be any negative impact on my application if I sent both recommendations from my previous employer ? I am not sure whether my current employer will support my decision to pursue an MBA.
Beth -> Rishi< >While we do look for a recommendation from your current employer, we also look at your explanation for why you chose the people to write your letters. It may be helpful to have a conversation with your current employer to make sure you are both on the same page.
Aug 11, 12:12:13S -> Marcus< >Can I apply in one application for both the weekend MBA and a full time MBA or they have to be separate applications?
Marcus -> S< >No, you should take time to decide which program will fit your needs best, and apply for that specific program, as each has different requirements, along with the weekend MBA being part-time
Aug 11, 12:12:27Ankita -> Jen S< >Hi is it possible to make enough alumni connections in the evening program? Are there events where full time students as well as part time students get facetime and get to network with each other. Do they both get invited to same recruiting events/info sessions.
Jen S -> Ankita< >Ankita, I have reached out to alumni on my own via LinkedIn, and most have been receptive to chatting with me. There are formal networking events for part-time events that alumni attend as well.
Aug 11, 12:13:08DG -> Nico< >I work for a small startup and my two bosses are the partners of the company. One has supervised me directly and other has not. Do you suggest any other person I could ask for a recommendation to avoid repetition of thoughts?
Nico -> DG< >Hi DG. You can submit another rec letter that is professional in nature or from an organization, club, or volunteer project that you are associated with. These letters give us a different perspective on your skillsets outside of your professional environment. There is no preference in regard to who supplies your second letter of recommendation; our only guideline is that it should add new and valuable insights to your application.
Aug 11, 12:13:12Matt -> Jay J< >Does having your CPA help admission chances?
Jay J -> Matt< >Matt, it is certainly considered. We will factor that in both your experience and your academic past. We will look at the whole application holistically.
Aug 11, 12:13:42Nikhita -> Beth< >At some point in the program, is it possible to switch from weekend MBA to full-time?
Beth -> Nikhita< >Since the degree earned, faculty who teach in the programs, and curriculum are the same between the programs, it is not possible to switch from the part-time to the full-time program. You can take more classes as a part-time student but cannot officially transfer between the programs. I would encourage you to do campus visits for both programs to determine which program is the right for you.
Aug 11, 12:13:45Tim -> Lindsay< >I live on the UChicago main campus as a Resident Head. Will I be able to take weekend or evening classes on this campus, or only downtown?
Lindsay -> Tim< >Tim, weekend and evening classes take place exclusively at the Gleacher Center downtown. However, as a Part Time MBA student, you do have the option of taking Full Time classes in Hyde Park should your schedule allow for it (those classes typically meet during the day).
Aug 11, 12:14:19SpecialKay -> Jen S< >Are Weekend MBA students able to take advantage of the same alumni base as the full-time program?
Jen S -> SpecialKay< >Yes, we have access to a Community Directory, which lists alumni and current students. In addition, I have also had success with reaching out to alumni through LinkedIn.
Aug 11, 12:14:34Lauren_C -> Jay J< >Hi all. For the Chicago Business Fellows program are the same opportunities to travel abroad and obtain a joint degree available like the other evening programs?
Jay J -> Lauren_C< >Lauren_C, our CBF students have the same exact resources and classes as the general Eve and Weekend students, including study abroad. The joint degree programs that Booth offers are ran through our full time programs office (more bluntly, these are really difficult for part time students to obtain).
Aug 11, 12:15:28Max -> Beth< >Hi All, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. For an applicant that has 2-3 career goals/aspirations (i.e. Consulting or Corporate Finance) post MBA would you recommend to focus on one of them in the application process or mention all of them? Thank you very much.
Beth -> Max< >You are more than welcome to focus on all of your career goals in your essays. We do ask for your intended post-MBA industry, so for that question you would need to only select one but that does not lock you into a choice.
Aug 11, 12:17:00Ankita -> Nico< >What can be the minimum gpa required for the admission application.
Nico -> Ankita< >Hi Ankita. There is not minimum GPA requirement for admission. The mid 80% ranges from about 3.1 - 3.8.
Aug 11, 12:18:20SpecialKay -> Beth< >Can you briefly describe any academic advisor services available? Are they able to assist in academic planning to align coursework they should be taken to best prepare for the position I am looking to obtain post MBA?
Beth -> SpecialKay< >Yes! We have dedicated academic advisors who are here to assist our students in their curriculum planning and progression. They offer in person and phone academic advising sessions where you can look at the courses you've taken, courses you'd like to take, and how to plan when to take these courses.
Aug 11, 12:19:57Ankita -> Jay J< >Do fulltime and part time students get invited to the same recruiting events and info sessions.
Jay J -> Ankita< >Ankita, Booth students are able to go to all events. There will be some events that are part time or full time specific. It will depend on the club/group sponsoring the event, time, and location.
Aug 11, 12:20:06SpecialKay -> Jen S< >Can any of the current students speak to student collaboration and engagement? Since the program has students coming in from all over, how are group based projects accomplished and is it effective?
Jen S -> SpecialKay< >SpecialKay, some classes do require group work, while others do not. We have the ability to see the class syllabus before selecting a class, which has helped me plan better for my quarters. When group work has been required, I find that most of the evening students live near Chicago, so we are able to meet in person or conduct group work over email or Skype. The weekend students tend to live across the country, so Skype and email are even more important. In all my classes, I have been able to choose my group, and this has allowed me to be sure to select group members that have schedules similar to mine. I haven't run into any major issues when collaborating with other students, and I find that the resources available (meeting rooms at Gleacher, email, and Skype) allow groups to be effective.
Aug 11, 12:20:20Mike_S. -> Nico< >Given the program takes place outside of the normal workweek, how important is it to obtain support from your employer? And what is the best way to make the case?
Nico -> Mike_S.< >Hi Mike_S. I'll point you to one of our recent Blog posts. It has some great information: http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/blog/EW_Admissions/Seal_the_Deal_How_to_Get_Buyin_from_your_boss/ewadmissions/121?nav=entry
Aug 11, 12:20:37Vik -> Marcus< >my supervisor has moved to other company. and new supervisor doesn't know me much. Will it be looked down to take recommendation from my previous supervisor even if he works for other company.
Marcus -> Vik< >Vik, no it would not be looked down, in fact I would recommend one of your recommendations come from your previous supervisor as he/she can speak specifically to your skills. However, you should have a recommendation from your current supervisor as well
Aug 11, 12:20:46Michelle_F -> Kara< >How many of your students work in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) careers after going to Booth? How large is your alumni network in that space and does the career center have connections with businesses that work in that space?
Kara -> Michelle_F< >Michelle, i do not have this at my fingertip,s however, I can tell you it is a very low number. See this link, scroll down to bottom of webpage, to view more details about industries represented. This is also very granular data that does not appear in our employment report. However, our students are certainly interested in this space, as we have student groups focusing on social impact, and the University has a the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). Check out the SIE website to view their initiatives, http://research.chicagobooth.edu/sei/. The school is committed to growing our presence in this space.
Aug 11, 12:20:53Matt -> Lindsay< >are post-undergraduate courses considered? I have undergraduate courses I took post undergrad to fulfill the Illinois CPA requirements
Lindsay -> Matt< >Matt, while credits will not transfer, we will absolutely consider any coursework you've completed as part of your application.
Aug 11, 12:20:55Rishi -> Beth< >I have an undergrad degree from India and a graduate degree from US. I have official transcripts signed by the school in India. But I do not have it in a sealed envelope. Does it matter?
Beth -> Rishi< >That won't be a problem. Please upload your mark sheets and degree certificate into your application. If admitted, you would then need to bring in your official documents. Our office can photocopy and notarize them for your record.
Aug 11, 12:21:32DG -> Nico< >If I am admitted in to the program, can I postpone the program start date to the next year?
Nico -> DG< >Hi DG. Thank you for your email. Once admitted, you can defer up to one quarter. We always suggest applying to the quarter you intend on starting classes.
Aug 11, 12:22:38kapil -> Jen S< >during weekend program since one of us will be chicago i am assuming will there are opportunities to interact with other classmates/evening/full-time for group projects etc..
Jen S -> kapil< >Kapil, some classes do require group work, while others do not. I have met with classmates before and after class when completing group projects. I also sometimes meet on Saturdays and Sundays, or conduct meetings via Skype. There are study rooms available at the Gleacher Center.
Aug 11, 12:22:50Matt -> Jay J< >Are there any restrictions on part-time students in terms of career services, recruiting events, etc?
Jay J -> Matt< >Matt, career services resources are all the same. The formal On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) does have some limitations. OCR for internships are not available to part time students. You can still work with career services to find an internship in a different way if that is what you are looking for. OCR for full time positions is the same. The caveat here is that if your employer is sponsoring you $8k or more per year, then you need written consent from your employer to participate in OCR. $7999 or below, no written consent is needed.
Aug 11, 12:23:30Allie -> Marcus< >On average, what is the additional weekly time commitment for each class besides the 3 hour course? e.g, study time, group projects, etc.
Marcus -> Allie< >Allie, great question. It all depends on the class and professor. As a student prior to selecting classes you can see a portfolio of each class and prior student comments on workload, assignments, etc. On average, 4-5 hours each week outside of class is typical
Aug 11, 12:23:49Ankita -> Nico< >Is it necessary to have volunteering experience in the last 5 years?
Nico -> Ankita< >Hi Ankita. Volunteer experience could add value to you application, but it is not the most important piece. We understand that it is hard for working professionals to find the time.
Aug 11, 12:24:05Mike_S. -> Jay J< >Since I would have to travel from Orlando, what support does the University provide to assist with those who fly in every weekend?
Jay J -> Mike_S.< >Mike_S, we have some limited air fare discounts with specific airlines for our weekend students. We provide a free shuttle to and from both Chicago airports before and after classes. We do have partnerships with local hotels (from 2 star to 5 star) for discounted rates in the area.
Aug 11, 12:25:22SpecialKay -> Kara< >Hi All! Are there post mba employment statistics for the weekend MBA program?
Kara -> SpecialKay< >We have a report we are happy to walk you thorough over the phone or in person. Email our hotline to request a call or meeting, EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Aug 11, 12:25:35SpecialKay -> Nico< >Are the financial aid advisors able to assist in obtaining financial monetary resources beyond federal financial aid? Specifically, does the school "endorse" or "recommend" private loan resources?
Nico -> SpecialKay< >Hi SpecialKay. Yes, the financial aid office will provide guidance when choosing different loan resources.
Aug 11, 12:26:43Sai_R -> Lindsay< >HI Lindsay - Per your previous response - Is it possible to take classes at Hyde Park Campus along with Full time students - given that I could spare some time during the day! Will this help me complete the program in less than 2.5 yrs?
Lindsay -> Sai_R< >Hi Sai_R, it is certainly possible to complete the program in less than 2.5 years if you were to take 3 classes per quarter (whether or not the classes are held downtown or in Hyde Park). You have the flexibility to speed up or slow down the program as you see fit, as long as you complete all of your coursework in 5 years!
Aug 11, 12:26:44SpecialKay -> Jay J< >My employer fully supports me pursuing an MBA program (excluding financial support). With that being said, is career services available to help find internships?
Jay J -> SpecialKay< >SpecialKay, career services resources are all the same. The formal On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) does have some limitations. OCR for internships are not available to part time students. You can still work with career services to find an internship in a different way if that is what you are looking for. OCR for full time positions is the same. The caveat here is that if your employer is sponsoring you $8k or more per year, then you need written consent from your employer to participate in OCR. $7999 or below, no written consent is needed.
Aug 11, 12:27:22Tim -> Marcus< >Do you prefer the GRE or the GMAT? I have already taken the GRE.
Marcus -> Tim< >Tim great question, we accept both. If you are comfortable with your GRE score, you can use that (valid for 5 years)
Aug 11, 12:28:29kapil -> Jay J< >Jay : as per your response we do not have any opportunities to look outside even if our current employer is paying for the MBA ?
Jay J -> kapil< >kapil, OCR is the only resources that requires permission from your company. You would have full access to other resources, events, career coaches and advisors, etc.
Aug 11, 12:31:15S -> Beth< >What is class size of both the evening and the full time program?
Beth -> S< >Both programs have around 1000 students. For most of your individual classes, you'll have about 65 students.
Aug 11, 12:32:48Stephanie -> Kara< >Are there any courses that you recommend taking prior to applying to the program? For example, higher levels of mathematics etc. (I have a biological sciences background and economics background.)
Kara -> Stephanie< >Stephanie, Booth does not have any prerequisite courses, so nothing is required. However, if you would like to brush up on some mathematics or business courses, you could look into auditing some math or business courses at nearby colleges. Booth does not allow courses to transfer in, which is why I suggest auditing rather than fully taking a course somewhere else and paying full tuition.
Aug 11, 12:33:06Ankita -> Nico< >Is it important to stick to one same job for the mba application for three years or so.
Nico -> Ankita< >Hi Ankita. It is not necessary to stay in the same job for three years or so. We suggest doing whatever you feel is best for your professional career.
Aug 11, 12:33:11Moderator -> EveryoneWe are half way through the chat and have had great questions so far. Please continue to submit your questions! We will try to answer all of them today.
Aug 11, 12:34:07SpecialKay -> Marcus< >When reviewing an applcation for an applicant's communiy involvement, are you looking for high ranked leadership positions such as President or is it more so the impact in any work performed?
Marcus -> SpecialKay< >SpecialKay, high ranked leadership positions certainly help, but any community involvement you have that you feel would be relevant in adding value regardless of the rank/position would be ideal
Aug 11, 12:35:28Tim -> Beth< >I have an engineering background, and so most of my recommendation letters will be from engineers. Do you recommend that I try to include people in finance or economics as well?
Beth -> Tim< >We recommend you select individuals who know you well and will write strong letters of recommendation. If you are concerned about it, then getting a third letter which would provide a different perspective is always welcome.
Aug 11, 12:38:04Vik -> Kara< >should someone, like me, with heavy manufacturing background look for Booth in terms of career path after Booth, if I want to pursue General Management in Manufacturing industry. Career website has limited information in regards to what position/roles candidates are selected within Manufacturing Industry given the perception among students that Booth is great/best in Finance industry
Kara -> Vik< >Vik, we have many students in the program with manufacturing backgrounds. The MBA would be a great way to help transition into management roles. While we are known for finance, the top 5 functions and industries are below:

Top Five Functions:
Investment Management/Research
Company Finance (Analysis/Treasury)
General Management

Top 5 industries are:
Investment Banking/Brokerage
Diversified Financial Services
Aug 11, 12:38:50S -> Jen S< >What will be the benefit of attending the full time program than a part time program if one have the flexibility?
Jen S -> S< >S, I find that the full-time students have more opportunities and time to interact with one another because they don't have a full-time job that is demanding 40+ hours per week. Also, full-time students are more likely to pursue summer internships, and part-time students usually do not because of their full-time jobs. That being said, as a student of the part-time program, I still get the opportunity to see classmates outside of the classroom, whether it be at organized Booth events or social gatherings.
Aug 11, 12:38:54DG -> Marcus< >Will no community involvement at all tarnish your application and admission prospects?
Marcus -> DG< >DG, no it won't tarnish your application. Community involvement certainly helps, but we review each applicant holistically
Aug 11, 12:40:21$ldo -> Kara< >Could you share some career placement statistics from recent for part time MBA course.. ?
Kara -> $ldo< >Over 50% of students changed jobs or got a new job by the time they graduated. That's half of our student body doing this while they work and are a student. Of those, 30% landed roles with new employers and in that changed functions. 20% advanced in their current companies and in that 60% were promoted and 50% changed functions.
Aug 11, 12:41:43Sai_R -> Nico< >RE: Recommendation Letters- Is it required or advised that the recommendation comes from someone within the professional/volunteering network - who had overseen my work? or can I have someone who had known me for a long time (personally and semi professionally) - who could write a strong letter of recommendation.
Nico -> Sai_R< >Hi Sai_R. Your first letter of rec should be from a professional supervisor, and I would strongly advise your 2nd letter be either professional in nature or from an organization, club, or volunteer project that you are associated with. Keep in mind you are able to submit an additional (3rd letter) if you feel it would provide value.
Aug 11, 12:43:20S -> Marcus< >My background in in Engineering and research with very little management experience. Would that affect adversely on my application? But I have volunteered for a non profit professional society in leadership role. So would that leadership experience be helpful?
Marcus -> S< >Great question. Our student body is quite diverse, including those with engineering backgrounds. It would not adversely impact your application. I would recommend highlighting your leadership roles and volunteer work as that experience is helpful
Aug 11, 12:43:37SpecialKay -> Jen S< >If applicable, For the current students, what has been your experience with recruiters when you tell them you are in the Chicago Booth Weekend MBA program? I have performed a lot of research and there appears to be mixed feelings about a part-time MBA candidate. I have no doubt that it is a great program, however I don't want to find myself "proving" that my MBA is THE REAL DEAL!
Jen S -> SpecialKay< >SpecialKay, I have not received any negative feedback from recruiters. I think it's important to note that the same faculty teach the same courses and same curriculum across our programs. The degree requirements for the EW and the FT programs are the exact same. Your diploma will say "Chicago Booth MBA," not "Part Time MBA" or "Full Time MBA."
Aug 11, 12:44:53Kane -> Jay J< >Does MBA curriculum touch upon the trend of more graduates are attracted away from the financial services industry to an emerging tech sector?
Jay J -> Kane< >Kane, you will be hard pressed to find industry specific classes in our curriculum. We like to teach business acumen that spans industry. We do have a lot of students from the tech sector and MANY students who are interested in entrepreneurship. More information on our curriculum can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum.
Aug 11, 12:45:38SpecialKay -> Jen S< >For current students, thinking of your most demanding class, what was the subject and how many hours did you devote to it per week?
Jen S -> SpecialKay< >SpecialKay, my most demanding class was Pricing Strategies, a marketing class. I devoted around 10-12 hours per week. When selecting classes, students do have the ability to see past course evaluations, which also provide an estimate of the number of hours past students dedicated to the class each week. I've found these evaluations when planning my course load each quarter.
Aug 11, 12:46:08$ldo -> Kara< >Could you share some career placement statistics from recent for part time MBA course.. ?
Kara -> $ldo< >I just shared some stats when you asked this questions. Please refer to that response. Thanks!
Aug 11, 12:46:24Sai_R -> Nico< >Thanks Nico. I have more than 3 individuals lined up for writing recommendations - I have worked with all of them and they are very glad to write one for me - Whats the limit on # of recommendations? I assume its 3 ?!! Can you confirm?
Nico -> Sai_R< >Hi Sai_R. I would recommend limiting your official rec letters submitted to three. However, we can add supplemental letter to your application if you feel they would support your application further.
Aug 11, 12:46:27Ankita -> Beth< >what are some of the future positions/ roles post – MBA for someone from an IT background
Beth -> Ankita< >Your options are limitless, so it really depends on what you are looking for. At Chicago Booth, the top 5 functions are Consulting, Marketing, Investment Management/Research, Company Finance (Analysis/Treasury), and General Management
Aug 11, 12:47:47$ldo -> Kara< >I was wondering if you had a more detailed placement infograph orstats.. Like which part of country they end up with work. What's the average pay and similar detailed insights. Also what functional roles they assume upon graduation
Kara -> $ldo< >We do have this data but cannot share in this forum. We are happy to set a time to talk over the phone or meet to discuss. Please send a note to our email hotline to request an appointment, EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Aug 11, 12:49:14S -> Beth< >Can I get the recommendation letter from my doctoral adviser? It has been 5 years since I graduated but I am in touch with him through the professional organization of our research field. Would you recommend getting a third letter from the organization to show the leadership skills since leadership is not really the part of my current job function.
Beth -> S< >If you think your doctoral advisor would provide a unique experience, then please feel free to include the additional recommendation with your application.
Aug 11, 12:51:14Matt -> Marcus< >Is it possible to transition to management consulting via the weekend or evening program? Specifically I'm interested in BCG, Bain, and Mckinsey.
Marcus -> Matt< >Matt, yes you are able to transition to management consulting, as consulting is one of the top 5 functions students pursue post graduation.
Aug 11, 12:51:15Moderator -> EveryoneOur chat will be ending in approximately 10 minutes. Please submit your final questions so we can answer all of them.
Aug 11, 12:51:47DG -> Jay J< >On average, what percentage of the students are placed immediately after graduation?
Jay J -> DG< >DG, that's more of a full time question. We have students graduating every quarter and most of our students are employed throughout the duration of the program. Here are some stats:

Over 50% of students changed jobs or got a new job by the time they graduated. That's half of our student body doing this while they work and are a student.

Of those, 30% landed roles with new employers and in that changed functions.

20% advanced in their current companies and in that 60% were promoted and 50% changed functions
Aug 11, 12:55:17S -> Beth< >Beth would the 5 years gap (recommendation letter from doctoral adviser) affect my application negatively. In these 5 years we have published research papers together and had kept in touch through the professional organization.
Beth -> S< >No it would not negatively impact your application. If you are concerned about it, you can mention it in your optional essay.
Aug 11, 12:59:22PipMinardi -> Nico< >Do you need to have one of your recommendations come from a current employer? What if your employer doesn't know you are applying to BSchool?
Nico -> PipMinardi< >Hi PipMinardi. We do not technically require your recommendation come from your current employer. You will be asked to explain why you chose the recommenders you listed. Please find more information on rec letters here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/letters-of-recommendation
Aug 11, 13:00:18Kara -> Everyone< >Thanks for joining today's chat! We hope you gained deeper insight into Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, our flexible curriculum and dynamic community. We look forward to working with you as you continue your research and move through the application process.
Aug 11, 13:00:20Jay J -> Everyone< >Thanks for all of the great questions! We will be hitting the road in the fall and attending and hosting events across North America. More information and registration can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/receptions.
Aug 11, 13:00:23Marcus -> Everyone< >Great questions, if there were any we were not able to answer feel free to email the evening/weekend hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu
Aug 11, 13:00:26Lindsay -> Everyone< >Thanks everyone for the great questions! Be sure to check out our Diversity Events, including the Booth Women Connect networking event this Saturday at the Gleacher Center, where prospective students, current students, and alumni get together to socialize and share their stories. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/diversity Hope to see you there!
Aug 11, 13:00:30Nico -> Everyone< >Thank you all for stopping by! We hope to see you at our next information session on September 2, you can register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago
Aug 11, 13:01:28Moderator -> EveryoneThanks for joining us today, our session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, August 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