Evening MBA

August 9, 2016 Admissions Live Chat

Chat Transcripts

Guest Question: When is the next or upcoming on campus MBA informational session / event?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi! Thank you for joining us today. We hold info sessions at the Gleacher Center once a month. You can find the upcoming dates here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago

Guest Question: What is the profile of the ideal candidate for the Executive MBA program?  How about the evening MBA program?  How does the student profile differ between the two programs?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Thanks for your questions. The Executive MBA program is a 21 month lock-step cohort program for students with an average of 14 years of corporate working experience with some of those being higher management level roles. The program is very structured in terms of the classes you would take, and involves a week in our campuses in London and Hong Kong respectively. Classes meet every other week, all day on Friday and Saturday. For the Evening MBA program, the average student age is 30, with 7 years average working experience, but we also have students in the programs well into their 40’s. The program is quite flexible, allowing you to take classes across the evening and weekend programs, and possibly full-time program if your schedule permits. There is also a great amount of flexibility in the types of classes you can take, depending on your experience and preference.

Guest Question: What is the admission schedule for 2017?

* Kara Northcutt: Thanks for joining the chat! The Evening MBA Winter 2017 application deadline is October 7, 2016 and the quarter begins January 3, 2017. Spring 2017 deadline for both Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is January 13, 2017. Spring quarter begins March 24, 2017. See this link for more details about the academic calendar: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics    

Guest Question: what is the GMAT score range for strong weekend program candidates?

* Marcus Wordlaw: The middle 80% of our enrolled weekend students score between 640-710 on the GMAT.

Guest Question: Thanks for hosting this chat! I am curious about the opportunity for part-time students to take electives during the day across the University. Would I still be able to take regular classes at Harris or the Law School, for example?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Thank you for joining us today. As long as your schedule permits and the course is 100-units of credit (standard Booth courses are 100-units), you can take up to six classes across the university. These six courses will count towards your 20 Booth courses.

Guest Question: Hi Admissions Team Thanks a lot for hosting this event. My question - What kind of Career Guidance and Support does Chicago Booth provide for its Part Time MBA students? How is this different from that given to Full timers?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Great question. The Evening/Weekend program offers full career service options from scheduled appointments with advisors which can include anything from career advice and industry information, resume and cover letter assistance, collaboration with specific alums, access to a job database, and campus recruitment. This is no difference between the career services for full time and part time, other than a specific internship component to the full-time campus recruitment, there is no difference in the services

Guest Question: What do you look for in Weekend MBA grads apart from GMAT score?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Our review process is holistic, which means no one part of your application is weighted more heavily than another.  We will look at your academic ability (transcripts and test scores), work experience, leadership potential, community involvement, letters of recommendation, and essays.  All of these pieces work together to let us know if you're the right fit for Booth's Weekend program, and whether we're the right fit for you!

Guest Question: I plan to move on to Strategic management post MBA. IS this considered as a career shift given that my experience is more in Business Intelligence Domain?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Yes, this would be considered a career shift.  About 2/3 of students in the Evening and Weekend programs make some sort of significant career change, whether it is advancing in their current field, or pivoting into a new industry or function area.

Guest Question: Is it absolutely too late to enroll for classes beginning September 22nd?  I imagine so, but have known some programs to have a bit of flexibility

* Kara Northcutt: Yes, it is too late at this point. Our next deadline is October 7, so not too far off. 
You are able to take Booth classes as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) before you apply. This is one way you get started this fall. We strongly suggest taking foundational classes such as financial accounting or business statistics and we look for grades of B+ or higher. See here for more details about this option, https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/credit/graduate-student-at-large/business

Guest Question: Does a weekend student have access to a course that may take place on a Monday or Friday evening?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Weekend MBA students have priority in registering for classes for on Friday nights and both Saturday sessions. That being said, Weekend MBA students have access to registering for other days of the week during the later phases of the registration process.

Guest Question: is there a preferred professional background/experience?

* Nico Ricchiuto: There is no preferred background or experience when applying to the program. You can see a quick snapshot of the background of our last class at the bottom of the page here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening#simple2

Guest Question: Are there certain classes that best represent Booth or certain times during the quarter that are best to take into account if a prospective wants to sit in on a class? How far in advance should we try to schedule if we want to sit in on a class?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Typically the beginning of a quarter is the best time to visit a class, although I would err on the side of your schedule flexibility first. Earlier in the quarter allows you to get a better grasp of the class material as you visit.

Guest Question:
How supportive is the Booth entrepreneurship development center towards Weekend MBA students?

* Lindsay Badeaux: The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a great resource for all Booth students interested in the entrepreneurship space.  You can check out their resources here: https://research.chicagobooth.edu/polsky/

We also have incredible faculty who teach our entrepreneurship curriculum.  https://research.chicagobooth.edu/polsky/faculty

Guest Question: How flexible is the evening MBA around work travel? 

* Marcus Wordlaw: The Evening MBA program is flexible from the standpoint that if you have to miss a class due to travel, that professor likely teaches a full-time course and weekend course as well in the same quarter, which with his/her discretion you can sit in on his/her other section class. If you feel you would be traveling significantly during the week you would have one opportunity as a student to change from evening to weekend, and vice versa. You may also register for weekend classes even as an evening student.

Guest Question: I presently work in the USA on H1 visa. My worry is that given the current political climate there may be an unforeseen scenario in which candidates like us may lose our work visa. If we qualify for full time then is there any possibility of moving from Part time to full time?

* Lindsay Badeaux: While it is possible to transfer between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs one time during your time at Booth, it is not possible to transfer from a Part Time to the Full Time program or vice versa.  We are unable to issue student visas as a Part Time program.  We do have a process in place to assist students in the rare case that they lose their work visa, but there are no guarantees.

Guest Question: Is it possible to submit more than 2 letters of rec?

* Nico Ricchiuto: It is possible to submit more than two letters of recommendation, but make sure that they are still providing value. I would not recommend submitting more than four letters.

Guest Question: Are the professors different for the Evening/Weekend program than the full-time program?

* Kara Northcutt: The same faculty teaches across all of Booth’s MBA programs. Furthermore, the curricular requirements are exactly the same for the Full Time, Evening and Weekend programs and they all yield the exact same degree.      

Guest Question: Good morning!  What kind of options exist if you enter the evening/weekend program with a full time job, but things change in regard to employment during the program.  What sort of impact does that have on the evening/weekend program, if any?

* Nico Ricchiuto: As a Part-time MBA student you have access to all of Booth’s career services options for finding full-time positions including job coaching, access to all of our job postings, the formalized campus recruiting process, etc.

Guest Question: I have been reading blogs from authors who are current students of both Fulltime and part time MBA programs at prestigious schools. Few blogs suggest that Employers do not value Part time as valuable as Full Time. Can you please share your opinion on the same?

* Lindsay Badeaux: One thing that sets Booth apart from other schools is that we offer 4 paths to the same degree, and our world renowned faculty teach across all our programs, so our recruiters recognize that part time Booth graduates receive the same education and training as their full time counterparts.

Guest Question: Do the majority of applicants take the GMAT over the GRE?  I've read that both are accepted - but is there any preference for the GMAT?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Great question. We do not have a preference at all. We would convert your GRE score into a GMAT score if you took that exam, but it does not hurt your chances of enrollment in any way

Guest Question: I know part-time students have the ability to register in full-time classes if their schedule permits but how does this play out, given the priority given to students in their "home program"? Do weekend students have a hard time getting into evening courses? Do evening students have a hard time getting a seat in courses in Hyde Park?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Good question. It really depends on the class, but you will have access to the course price history prior to bidding. This will give you a great idea on whether or not a course outside of your home program will be available during the later stages of bidding.

Guest Question: Hi Admissions team, Thanks for the chat:  Can share information on Global/Short-Term Study Abroad Opportunities for Weekend Students?

* Kara Northcutt: We offer short term study abroad in 6 countries- Brazil, France, Germany, China, Austria, and Israel. They are generally 2 weeks in length and count as one of your 20 courses. See this site to learn more- http://programs.chicagobooth.edu/international/ibep/short-term-locations.aspx. Our students have a fantastic experience. Check out this blog to learn more from the student perspective- http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/blog/EW_Admissions/DBI_Doing_Business_in_Israel/ewadmissions/102?nav=entry

Guest Question: Hi everyone! Several schools tout impressive faculty, successful alumni and a diverse student body as key selling points for their program.  That said, in your opinion, what are the most compelling components of the evening program that make it unique?

* Kara Northcutt: For the Evening MBA specifically, the flexibility is second to none. You have ultimate choice to control your experience academically and with student life activities. Having said that, you also have a great deal of support to help guide you through all the options (academic advisors, career coaches, student mentors, etc.). We also have a much more active part time community than you may expect. We have over 40 student groups that are Evening MBA and Weekend MBA specific. We have over 300 events each year and our students are incredibly supportive of each other.    

Guest Question: Are there any age related restrictions for admission to the Part Time program? What is the median age of enrollment?

* Nico Ricchiuto: There are no age restrictions in regard to admission into the part-time MBA programs. Our mid 80% typically fall between 25-35 years old.

Guest Question: Is it okay if I am unable to submit my current Supervisors recommendation letter?  He is not in support of MBA

* Marcus Wordlaw: Regarding your recommendation question, you may choose another recommender instead. We would prefer to have your current supervisor's recommendation however understand that this may not always be possible.

Guest Question: SO for weekend MBA program, we travel to Booth on Friday night or Saturday early morning to take classes for 46 weeks in a year correct?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Weekend MBA classes take place every Saturday throughout the quarter (each quarter being 10-11 weeks long).  Saturday offerings include one class in the morning from 9-12, the other in the afternoon from 1:30-4:30, and most students take two classes per quarter.  That being said, the program is very flexible, so if you need to slow down and take 1 class per quarter, or even take quarters off, you can absolutely do that!  As long as you finish the degree within 5 years of starting, you have the flexibility to set your own pace as a part time student.

Guest Question: I have more than 10 years of experience in the IT field, but not a lot of progressive experience. Do you consider candidates with similar background?

* Nico Ricchiuto: We consider candidates from all backgrounds, and we have certainly seen individuals with IT backgrounds enter the program.

Guest Question: To be honest, I have pretty much decided that I will go to Booth. I don’t have any other questions but will watch and learn :-) The current students and alum give great reviews for the program.

* Lindsay Badeaux: So glad to hear that!  We look forward to you applying to Booth.

Guest Question: What kind of Financial Aid options are available to non-US citizens? Are there any scholarship opportunities?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Financial Aid is provided to international students in the form of private loans. You can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Guest Question: For students taking two classes a quarter...what is the average time spent on reading/homework, etc.  I have small kids and am wondering about time commitment.

* Lindsay Badeaux: Great question.  It really varies based on the class!  When students are registering for classes, they have access to the course history and reviews, and can see how many hours per week previous students spent on work outside of class.  Students use this information to strategically pair and plan their course load, and find the work/life balance that works well for them!  Many of our Evening and Weekend students are balancing work, school, and family, so I definitely encourage you to come to some of our events and ask them how they manage it all. :)

Guest Question: Awesome!!! One more question: How can I, a non US citizen, fund my MBA program? I know that the program cost around 130K$ and we may not have many grants. Does Booth help secure an education loan and do we need a US co-signer?

* Lindsay Badeaux: That's a great question for our Financial Aid team.  They have helped many of our international students secure private loans and funding that will work for them.  You can read more about financial aid here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Guest Question: Thanks, again! How would you describe the culture within the part time programs? (In general, but also curious how you might compare/contrast it with the student culture of the full time program at Booth).

* Nico Ricchiuto: The culture within the part-time MBA program is active, supportive, and diverse. Our students are very active outside of the classroom mailnly through our roubust student group population. See here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups. I would say the main difference between the full-time and part-time population is the full-time focus on career transition.

Guest Question: Also does Prof.Rajan teach any course work for Weekend MBA grads? I know that he would be returing to Booth shortly.

* Lindsay Badeaux: I don't have access to that information just yet but we're looking forward to Professor Rajan's return!

Guest Question: How well does the curriculum stay with, or ahead of, advancements in tech and digital strategy? And how do the faculty and staff accomplish this?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Great question. The curriculum that teachers create runs parallel with the differences and advancements in technology in the workforce. New classes have been developed, such as Digital and Algorithmic Marketing taught by professor Sanjog Misra. In general our curriculum tends to match the trends in the market relative to technology and business development

Guest Question: Can you provide the average cost of the Evening, Weekend and Executive MBA programs?

* Kara Northcutt: See this link for Executive MBA details- https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

See here for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA details- https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Guest Question:  I understand that this chat session is more so geared towards the Weekend and Evening MBA Programs, but if possible could you share some insight on the average age of students within the EMBA Program?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Students in the XP program tend to have more work experience on average, and an average age of 39 or so.  If you have more questions about the Executive MBA I encourage you to reach out to their team at xp@chicagobooth.edu and they'll be happy to assist!

Guest Question: Many I've spoken to say the community of students/alumni is one of the key benefits of an MBA program, especially a prestigious one.  From an objective standpoint, are Part-Time MBA’ers historically less well-connected than their Full-Time MBA counterparts? Are there any events/courses to make up for that if so?

* Nico Ricchiuto: I would not say that Part-time MBA students are less well-connected than their full-time counterparts. The Part-time population is slightly larger than the full-time population at Booth, and the part-time community hosts over 300 events a year specific to the part-time population.

Guest Question: Hello! Thank you for having this chat. Is having a high GMAT score prior to applying to the Weekend MBA program more favorable than getting a conditional offer first and doing GMAT afterwards?

* Marcus Wordlaw: The GMAT or GRE is required prior to submitting your application, so we must have that from all applicants prior to providing prospective students with any sort of offer for admittance

Guest Question: what are some great facts about that evening and weekend program that I cannot find from reading the website?

* Kara Northcutt: While this is on the website, it is worth restating- the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) programs have the exact same curricular requirements as our Full Time MBA- same faculty, same classes and you earn the same degree. This is not the case for part time programs at other schools. It is also hard to tell from our website how active and supportive our EW community is. We strongly suggest you visit a class, attend events and connect with students so you can experience this for yourself. Check out our ask a student tool to connect with some students- https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer

Guest Question: Is it possible to set up a time to speak one-on-one with someone in admissions?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Feel free to reach out to our admissions hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we'll be happy to set that up with you.

Guest Question: hi, I’m curious about the Chicago Business Fellows Program for early career candidates. What exactly is requirement for employment at enrollment? Is it employment throughout the program?

* Lindsay Badeaux: The Chicago Business Fellows program for early career candidates does have a few requirements.  There are two requirements for Chicago Business Fellows. First, you must have full-time employment upon enrollment at Chicago Booth and we highly encourage maintaining a full-time job while in the program, and second, you must agree to attend the non-credit CBF Seminar during your first quarter at Chicago Booth.  Evening CBF students have their seminars on Friday evenings, and Weekend CBF students typically have their seminars on Sunday mornings.

Guest Question: Can we submit our profiles for evaluation or improvement suggestions before submitting the application? Also, how can I schedule a school visit?

* Nico Ricchiuto: You can find a list of our events as well as class visit options here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events. We are able to talk through the process with you via appointment, but we are unable to provide an evaluation before submitting an application. If you would like to suggest an appointment, please email our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu

Guest Question: Do we need GMAT Scores for Evening / Weekend MBA. In which case/conditions GMAT could be waived off?

* Kara Northcutt: GMAT or GRE is required for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA without exception. Our mid-80% GMAT range is 620-730, and the average is typically 680. 

Guest Question: Online I've seen deadlines and launch dates for the various part-time programs but don't see decision dates. Are decisions rolling? When do applicants typically hear back, especially if interviews are involved?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Decisions are rolling, and candidates receive their decisions between 4-6 weeks of submitting their applications. Once an applicant submits, they will be prompted to schedule their interview.

Guest Question: How many different specializations are practically possible to complete?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We offer 13 different functional concentration areas that our students can choose from to pursue.  You can view the list at the bottom of this page: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum

Guest Question: While completing few concentrations. are we allowed to go beyond credits needed for graduation?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Thanks for joining us. Once you complete your 20th course, you can defer graduation up to one quarter to complete more courses. There is also an option to take six free courses at booth. You can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum

Guest Question: Is there a cost for additional courses completed as alumni?

* Marcus Wordlaw: As an alum you may take an additional 3 courses for free after graduating which is a part of a take three program.

Guest Question: Of the active student groups, what are some of the more traditional groups? And, possibly more importantly, what are some of the more unique-to-Chicago groups?

* Nico Ricchiuto: You can find a full list of our 40+ student groups here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups

Guest Question: If an application has a graduate degree from US, are undergraduate transcripts needed as well during application?

* Kara Northcutt: We require transcripts for all schools you’ve earned a degree from. At the time of application, all we require are unofficial copies which you can scan and upload yourself. Once you are admitted and accept our offer, you’ll then need to submit official transcripts.  

Guest Question: does the school host events and invite the full-time and part-time / executive students together?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We do have a variety of joint events.  The EW and FT admissions teams will be traveling for some joint sessions later this summer.  You can keep an eye on all of our events around the US here! http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/receptions

Guest Question: What would be the total cost? Are there any scholarships to working professionals?

* Marcus Wordlaw: The tuition cost for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs is $6,590 per course. There are no scholarships offered unless you have worked and currently work in the non-profit and government space. You can see the entire breakdown of additional costs at the the following link: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Guest Question: Thanks again, Nico. Quick follow up -- Does that mean you can only apply for the immediate upcoming term? For example to apply for Autumn 2017, one would need to wait until next April to submit an application?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Great question. Our applications open about 9 months before the application deadline. At that point, you are able to submit an application for that quarter and receive a decision 4-6 weeks after the submission date. The Autumn 2017 application will open sometime this September.

Guest Question: Hello, I have given my GMAT last month. While my overall V+Q GMAT is satisfactory, my IR score is low. How will you review the GMAT? The whole or just the V+Q?

* Nico Ricchiuto: We look at all portions of the GMAT score, but the overall score is most important.

Guest Question: Also, if I apply by November, 2016 for the program starting in March, 2017 (deadline is in Jan), when can I receive the outcome?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We operate under a rolling admissions model.  Our decision timeline is 4-6 weeks from the day you submit your application, provided it is complete, and that you interview with us during that time.

Guest Question: Can you provide some information regarding scholarships for those who work in NPOs? How competitive are these generally?

* Marcus Wordlaw: We have a Civic Scholars Program which allows for a select number of full scholarships for those working in the nonprofit or government sector -- and who plan to for the foreseeable future. You can find more information on this program at the following link: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program

Guest Question: What costs are included & not included within the budget?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi, you can find more information on costs here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Guest Question: Hi I meant to ask are student workshops / seminars open for both full-time and part time/executive students? I want to diversify my exposure to other program students since I'm a consultant during the week. Thanks!

* Kara Northcutt: You are able to take courses across the Evening, Weekend and Full Time MBA Programs. The Executive MBA is a very different structure which does not allow courses to be taken across this program. You will have priority registration over your home population, but it is typically easy to take courses across programs.  

Guest Question: If I took the GMAT and selected to send the scores to the Evening Program but might apply to the Weekend Program instead...can you tell me if the scores go to the same place?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Yes, we'll still have access to your scores.

Guest Question: At what point do we need to provide GMAT Scores? Could we submit an application now and can provide GMAT scores before final interview or admission?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We'll need your self-reported GMAT scores as part of your complete application, so I would recommend waiting to submit until you have a score to report to us.