Evening MBA

November 8, 2016 Admissions Live Chat

Chat Transcripts

1. Chat Guest: Hello! Will you be addressing important dates in this webinar? I.E. application deadlines, Spring vs. Fall, etc.? Thank you.

* Marcus Wordlaw: Erin thanks for starting us off. Yes, and you can find a list of the application dates for the upcoming quarters at the following link: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions

2. Chat Guest: Hi. How does this session work? Do I just post a question here about admissions?

* Erik Halloway: You are correct. Please post any questions you have about admissions, Booth, student life, etc. and our team will answer!

3. Chat Guest:  Hello, What is the criteria Chicago Booth uses to select an MBA candidate?

* Holly Shearer: Hi - Thank you for your question. Chicago Booth uses a holistic approach – evaluating every aspect of a candidate’s application. This website outlines the materials needed for submission - https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply . Candidates are also interviewed by a member of Booth’s Admissions Committee.

4. Chat Guest: Good Morning, I am a USA permanent resident but got my Engineering degree in Cote d’Ivoire Africa. Is it Mandatory to pass a TOEFL?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. You are not required to take the TOEFL if you have earned an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction or if you are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language.

5. Chat Guest: I have a total of 9 years full-time work experience, within my chosen field, including 1.5 years of progressive, professional management experience in a medium sized company (from individual contributor, to supervisor, to manager).  However, I am just about to finish up my undergrad in the spring.  I recently quit my job to finish my undergrad, but will begin looking for a new position shortly before I graduate.  I will be applying to Booth to begin in the Autumn Quarter.  Do I qualify for the early career program?  Or do I qualify for the standard weekend program?  As additional information, I did receive a professional certification in my field 10 months before leaving my job.

* Kara Northcutt: You appear to have a nontraditional path, as you have been working full time while getting your degree. Since you have over 10 years of full time work experience, you should apply to the traditional Evening MBA or Weekend MBA (EW) program. Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) is for those with 0-3 year of work experience, and for most this experience following their undergraduate degree.
Keep in mind we seek full time working professionals for our EW programs. It will be best if you are working again at the time you apply. If you are not, be sure to explain your plans in detail in your application. The optional essay is a great place to do this. If one is not working, we may wonder why they are not pursuing a full time MBA program. Explaining your plans & reasons why EW is your top choice will help us understand. Thanks!

 

6. Chat Guest: Currently I am debating on whether to apply or retake the GMAT. Is it possible to get some help on making this decision?

* Erik Halloway: The GMAT is a required piece of the application. The middle 80% of admitted students score between 630 and 720. Our average is 680. If a student score falls in our range or higher, then I would recommend submitting your application assuming you have the rest of the application in order.  If your score is below our middle 80%, there are a few other options for students to strengthen their application.  Please keep in mind, the application review is holistic and the GMAT/GRE is just one data point.

7. Chat Guest: Hi, I'm very interested in U of C's Civic Scholars program. I currently am an audit manager at Metra and I was wondering what type of candidates you look for in the program and how many are accepted each year.

* Molly O'Donnell: Hi. We will be giving 8 scholarships each year.  The Civic Scholars will all start the program in the fall quarter.
Take a look at our website for more information on the details of admission. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program

The admissions requirements to Booth are the same for Civic Scholars applicants as all the other students. When looking specifically at the Civic Scholars candidates we are looking for people who have shown a commitment to the government or nonprofits sectors and plan on continuing to work in those sectors.

We don't have a specific requirement for age or numbers of years of work experience, but we anticipate that our candidates will have about 5 -13 years of experience.

8. Chat Guest: How heavily is the GMAT score weighed? What is the range for incoming students?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. There is no specific weight assigned to the GMAT as Booth takes a holistic approach to evaluating a candidate’s entire application. Currently, our mid-80% GMAT for incoming students is 620-730.

9. Chat Guest: Hello all! I am planning to apply for the Civic Scholars Program and am currently based at a nonprofit in Chicago, but am also applying to positions outside of the city. I see on the website that it is common for people to commute, but does this mean actually flying in 44 weekends per year?

* Molly O'Donnell: Yes!  It may seem amazing, but over 70% of our weekend students come in from outside Chicago - some driving in, some flying in.

10. Chat Guest: Hello! Regarding essays, is it preferred to highlight career achievements over extracurricular/community service achievements? Thank you!

* Kara Northcutt: Since we seek full time working professionals for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs, content in most applications skews toward the professional. Our essay questions tend to be more focused on career goals & achievements as well. We have other short answer questions in the application about community involvement, extracurricular activities and hobbies. You’ll be able to highlight both areas in your application and interview.

11. Chat Guest: Hi, thank you for hosting this Q&A session. I have a question regarding the professional resume, do you prefer a one-pager or are you accepting resumes with two pages?

* Marcus Wordlaw: We would accept a 1-2 page resume, so yes your two pages would be fine.

12. Chat Guest:  Is GMAT mandatory for the admission process?
* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi.  We do require a valid GMAT or GRE score from all of our applicants for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.

13. Chat Guest: Hello and good afternoon, I am curious as to the essay part of the application process. What is the required subject and are there multiple possible prompts?

* Erik Halloway: Hello. There are not multiple prompts for each of the required essays. Each applicant to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs will answer the same questions. The essay prompts can be found on our website:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process/essay

14. Chat Guest:  Good afternoon. I would like to sit in on a class. Is that possible and there are certain classes prospective students are able to attend?

* Holly Shearer: Hi. Sitting in on a class is a great next step as you’re exploring MBA programs. Chicago Booth invites prospective students to sit in on classes throughout the quarter – all options are available online here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
This list is organized by academic area and is updated quarterly.

15. Chat Guest: I have a question about the company sponsorship.  Is the company sponsorship a strength considered during the application process?

* Erik Halloway: Hello. Company sponsorship is not a factor in the admission process.

16. Chat Guest: If interested in the Civic Scholars Program, do we follow the Autumn 2017 deadlines?

* Molly O'Donnell: Hi. The Civic Scholars applications are due April 21.  This is earlier than the regular Weekend application deadline.  The Civic Scholar applications are the same as the regular Weekend MBA applications, with the addition of one essay specifically related to Civic Scholars.

17. Chat Guest: With regards to the interview, will our application packet be reviewed/discussed at that point? Or is it a standalone portion of the application

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. Interviews are blind, so your interviewer will not have access to your application.

18. Chat Guest: Hello I am a retired veteran, wondering do you accept the Illinois Veterans Grant for admission?

* Kara Northcutt: I am unfamiliar with the IL Veterans grant. Booth does participate in Yellow Ribbon. Our military students take advantage of this and other GI Bill educational benefits. See this link for more detail about military benefits- https://registrar.uchicago.edu/vetservices. If you cannot find the answer, email us at EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we will investigate.  

19. Chat Guest: Hi there! Do most weekend MBA students attend the program to supplement their current career path, or are they looking to change industries/job functions?

* Holly Shearer:  Hi. Many Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students attend Booth to advance their current career, but there are also many students that make industry and function changes while a student or upon graduation.  Booth’s Career Services team is well-equipped to support students along the way – and for life!

20. Chat Guest: Hi, would there be some kind of financial support for people planning to travel to Chicago on weekends w.r.t travel expenses?

* Marcus Wordlaw: We do not have specific financial support for those traveling on the weekends. There are however discounts on various hotels around the city, along with a free shuttle that takes students from each airport (Midway/O’Hare). Feel free to reach out to us specifically after the chat if you would like to speak with a current student/alum from a certain area of the country with their experience on traveling to Chicago.

21. Chat Guest: No questions from me. I am to just gain more insight about the Booth School's Weekend MBA program!   Thank you.

* Erik Halloway: Great! Let us know if you any questions come up.

22. Chat Guest: Hey! How important is number of years of experience is for part-time MBA? The reason for question is that I have approx. 3 yrs.’ but, I feel I am ready for MBA.

* Molly O'Donnell: We take a very holistic approach to evaluating our candidates.  We will look at your GMAT score, essays, letters of recommendation and interview.  So, years of experience aren’t a singular quality that we would evaluate you on.  In addition, we have a program called Chicago Business Fellows that is specifically designed for people with 3 or fewer years of experience.  Take a look at the early career students on our website to see more about this.  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/early-career-candidates

 

23. Chat Guest: I have a high GPA, at 3.85, but will probably score low on the GMAT (around 620).  I am testing up in the 70-80 percentile in verbal, but my score is hurt by quant.  How will my GPA be weighted in this instance?  I earned this GPA while taking 18-24 units per semester at a big 10 school, while working full time, so I can definitely handle the rigors of an MBA program on top of work and life.

* Kara Northcutt: We look at all aspects of your application. Having a great GPA can certainly outweigh a lower GMAT score (assuming you’ve take quantitative courses & gotten good grades). Having said that, it is best to score within our mid-80% range of 620-730. We focused on your total score, but having a quant below the 40th percentile is a concern.  Again, good grades in quantitative courses alleviate our concern.

24. Chat Guest: Is there a program difference between the quarter/session you choose? Does anyone particular quarter have larger enrollment? If yes, why?

* Kara Northcutt: There is no difference in the experience- LAUNCH (our 3-day orientation) is the same for all and no quarter is more or less competitive for admissions. Our fall intake is largest, as this is when we receive the largest volume of applications. In the US, the common mindset is to start college in the fall. We suggest you apply to whichever quarter best fits your timeline. The process & experience is the same regardless.

25. Chat Guest: If an applicant is rejected, is an explanation offered to help candidates strengthen their application for subsequent re-application?

* Erik Halloway: Hello, Michelle. In general, we do not provide denial feedback.

26. Chat Guest:  What GMAT score can probably be enough to be enrolled in Chicago Booth?

* Erik Halloway: Hello.  Applications are read holistically, and the GMAT is just one of many data points in the review process. A high GMAT or GRE will help us better understand your academic capabilities, but there is not a score that will guarantee you admission. The middle 80% of admitted students score between 630-720. Our average GMAT score is 680.

27. Chat Guest:  Is there a minimum GMAT score required for weekend MBA?

* Holly Shearer: Hi. While there is no minimum GMAT score required, 80 percent of Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students score between 620 to 730.

28. Chat Guest:  Hello, I already have a GRE, MS and work experience of about 10 years. Currently I work in a manufacturing company and wanted to ask if I still need GMAT and what score do I require in GRE?

* Erik Halloway:  A valid GRE or GMAT score is required for admission. If you have taken the GRE within the last five years, you can use that score for your application. If you took the GRE longer than 5 years ago, it is no longer valid. You would need to retake the GRE or take the GMAT to complete your application to Booth. 

29. Chat Guest:  What is the most hired MBA concentration in Chicago Booth?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Great question and I would be happy to discuss with you after the chat. We may not have that specific data that you are requesting but can certainly discuss some of our career statistics with you.

30. Chat Guest: Also, do you know if it's possible to skip basic finance and accounting classes if I have already taken those in grad school, and my work experience can demonstrate that I have knowledge of those areas?

* Erik Halloway: Hi. We offer both basic and advance courses in many of the academic disciplines at Booth; including accounting and finance. More information on our course offerings can be found on our website: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum

31. Chat Guest:  Appreciate your answer. For weekend MBA, how easy is it to travel from outside of Chicago (Minnesota)? How often would I need to do that?

* Holly Shearer: Hi. We have many students from Minnesota that travel to Chicago weekly for the Weekend MBA Program – you would be in good company! Most Weekend students take two classes per quarter on Saturday – one course in the morning and one in the afternoon. Classes meet for 11 weeks per quarter. Chicago Booth will be in your area on November 16 – consider joining us for dinner to connect with some current students and alumni. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/receptions

32. Chat Guest: What is the range for GRE?

* Molly O'Donnell:  The mid-80% GMAT range for our Weekend MBA students is 640-740. 

33. Chat Guest: Is there a preference between GMAT and GRE?

* Erik Halloway: There is no preference for the GMAT or the GRE for admissions to Booth. If you are interested in management consulting or investment banking, I would encourage you to take the GMAT. The reason being, some employers have asked to see your GMAT score as part of the hiring process.

34. Chat Guest: In applying for the Civic Scholars Program, is it recommended to have both letters of recommendation come from colleagues, or does it help to have diversity in the sense of having a professor or a volunteer manager, etc. in addition to my current supervisor?

* Molly O'Donnell: When it comes to your second letter, you should find someone who knows you well and can speak about you in depth.  This might be a colleague, or a professor.  The key is that they know you well, not really what their title is.

35. Chat Guest:  Hello, could you tell me please, I would like to apply for MBA course, but also I have engineering bachelor, is it important to have financial degree?

* Kara Northcutt: Not at all! Many of our students have engineering backgrounds. Many students have never taken a business courses. With the flexibility of our program, you can start with the foundational courses. For those with more business experience, they start with more advance courses. We seek diversity in all forms- cultural, education and career.  No need to worry. Focus on sharing your reasons for pursuing and goals with a part time MBA.

36. Chat Guest:  Hello, I already have a GRE, MS and work experience of about 10 years. Currently I work in a manufacturing company and wanted to ask if I still need GMAT and what score do I require in GRE?

* Erik Halloway: A valid GRE or GMAT score is required for admission. If you have taken the GRE within the last five years, you can use that score for your application. If you took the GRE longer than 5 years ago, it is no longer valid. You would need to retake the GRE or take the GMAT to complete your application to Booth. 

37. Chat Guest:  How many Civic Scholars Program scholarships are awarded?

* Molly O'Donnell:  We will be awarding 8 Civic Scholars scholarships each year.

38. Chat Guest:  What is the best way to determine the financial support one would receive from Booth? Can that be determined prior to applying?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. Once admitted to Booth, an incoming student will work with our financial aid department to determine their financial support. Financial support comes in the form of both government and private loans.

39. Chat Guest:  How long it usual takes to student to reimburse the loan? Is the tuition really affordable?

* Erik Halloway:  There are many options to help students manage their loans/debt. I recommend reaching out to financial aid to better understand your options:  financial.aid@ChicagoBooth.edu

40. Chat Guest: Hello, could you tell me please, I would like to apply for MBA course, but also I have engineering bachelor, is it important to have financial degree?

* Erik Halloway: Hello.  We admit students from a wide-range of academic backgrounds. We do not preference certain undergraduate degrees. The curriculum is designed to accommodate students from a variety of backgrounds, offering basic and advance courses. We have a good number of engineers in our program looking to combine their engineer experience with an MBA.

41. Chat Guest: Hello! Considering the deadline for Spring 2017 application is January 13 for both programs, if I plan to apply for both weekend and evening programs, do I have to submit 2 separate applications?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. Thanks for joining us. You are only able to apply to one program at a time, so you must choose which program suits you best before submitting.

42. Chat Guest: How long does the application process take? If I start now, would I be able to apply for spring?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. The length of the application process really is specific to the individual, and also depends on if you have already taken either the GMAT or GRE. I have certainly seen individuals start and submit applications within two months of the deadline.

43. Chat Guest:  Hello! When taking the electives outside of Booth, is the same bid system applied to enrollment?

* Holly Shearer: Hi. Students can enroll in up to 6 University courses outside the business school to apply towards the MBA. To enroll, students complete a form and they are manually added as space is available. Some courses do require faculty permission before enrolling.

44. Chat Guest: If there is a current Booth student who I've previously worked with and would be able to attest to my candidacy, is it helpful to ask that person to write a letter of recommendation (in addition to the 2 required letters)? Or is there another route for recommendations from a current student?

* Kara Northcutt: You are welcome to have a 3rd letter in your application. However, if this is more of a causal relationship, I suggest having them email a note of support to the admission team. We receive them on a regular basis from students and alumni.  We add these into your application as a supplemental letter of recommendation. They can be sent to EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu or any of individual emails.

45. Chat Guest:  Hello I am a veteran do you accept the IL VETERANS GRANT Scholarship for entering the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA? This grant is use to pay for admission and tuition for executive booth program.

* Erik Halloway: I believe Kara may have answered this question. More information about financial aid can be found on our website: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid .  For specific financial aid questions, I would reach out to them directly:  financial.aid@ChicagoBooth.edu .

46. Chat Guest:  I'm a former Airforce member. I was wondering if my military experience will be evaluated as part of my application process at Booth.

* Kara Northcutt: Absolutely! We highly value military experience. Leadership and teamwork are invaluable, and we see our military students excel in these areas. In general, our military students do very well in the program and add unique perspective and experience into the classroom & community. 

47. Chat Guest:  Will coming from Iowa considered out of state tuition?

* Holly Shearer: Hi.  Thank you for your question. Chicago Booth has the same tuition regardless of where you live. This website outlines all tuition and fees associated with the degree: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid .

48. Chat Guest:  Hello… What is the average time from submitting the application to having the admission decision?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. We operate on rolling admissions, so all Evening MBA and Weekend MBA candidates receive decisions between 4-6 weeks of submitting an application.

49. Chat Guest: Is there opportunity to connect with specific student groups currently at Booth?

Danny Berz: I am in the Evening Program, but I think my answer will apply to the Weekend Program as well.  Whereas when I started the program I expected everyone to be super competitive, etc.  The opposite is true.  At Booth there is a real sense of community, and that we are all in this together to help each other succeed.  In the classroom it is very true that Booth is all about sharing ideas, challenging thinking (politely), and learning together.  Outside of the classroom, there are several ways to be involved w/ the school and socially (clubs, etc.).

 

50. Chat Guest: How long does the application process take? If I start now, would I be able to apply for spring?

* Erik Halloway: The application to Booth is not a lengthy process. Once a student has taken the GMAT or GRE, the completion time will vary from candidate to candidate depending on much time they choose to spend on their essays. The spring deadline is in January, so you have about 2 months. This should be a sufficient amount of time.

51. Chat Guest: Hello, to clarify my earlier question about GMAT/GRE: I understand that either test is accepted. Of course, the GMAT has traditionally been used for MBA programs. I took the GRE years ago and might be more comfortable taking it again. Do you prefer that applicants take the GMAT over the GRE?

* Erik Halloway: I recommend you take the exam you will perform the best on. In the admission process, we do not preference one exam over the other.

52. Chat Guest:  It seems the GMAT scores for Evening and Weekend MBA is lower than for day time MBA. Is the degree perceived the same as full time MBA? Is there a difference in post MBA career options? I aim to transition into consulting but my current job is also decent. Is it a normal path to have career switch in Weekend MBA?

* Kara Northcutt: The degrees are identical. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) have the exact same curricular requirements as the Full Time MBA- same classes, same faculty, same degree. If you feel an internship will be a vital part of your transition into consulting, you should go full time. However, we see EW students make a wide variety of transitions from getting promotions at their current company to changing industries and functions. Consulting is the top industry and function post MBA for EW students. EW student have access to the same campus recruiting process for full time jobs as Full Time MBA students. The only career service program not open to EW students is formalized internship recruiting.  As for GMAT scores, full time programs generally receive a large volume of applications, as they have global applicant pool. This impacts the averages. Again, the degrees are exactly the same. You should think more about the experience you want- if you want to work & get your MBA at the same time, EW is best.

53. Chat Guest: Hi for the admission process what kind of letter you require from employers/managers?

* Marcus Wordlaw: We require 2 professional letters of recommendation, ideally with one of those being from a current supervisor.  Average years of experience are 3-9 years.

 

54. Chat Guest: Can you elaborate on the 70% of weekend students who commute from outside Chicago?  I'm working full-time in San Francisco, and plan on keeping my position.  Do students have to be on campus every weekend?

* Molly O'Donnell:  Yes, we have classes 4 quarters a year, with each quarter being 11 weeks.  Classes are held every Saturday during the quarter.  We do have students coming in from both coasts every weekend so although it seems amazing, we know it is possible.

55. Chat Guest: Hi. For the Big Idea essay, is it better to highlight something an applicant did recently or is it OK to mention something that was done 5-6 years back if it’s a strong one?

* Erik Halloway: Writing about something that took place 5-6 years ago, would be fine.

56. Chat Guest:  If I submitted my GMAT score to the Full Time program but am now applying to the Evening & Weekend program, do I need to resend my score directly to the Evening & Weekend program?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. We will have access to your official GMAT score, but please also self-report your score within the application.

57. Chat Guest: Is the GRE score converted to a GMAT score?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. We will convert GRE your scores when evaluating applications.

58. Chat Guest: Hi for the admission process what kind of letter you require from employers/managers?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. Outside of utilizing them for letters of recommendation, we do not require any letter from your employer or manager.

59. Chat Guest:  Are there any differences in enrolling in the Spring as opposed to the Fall?

* Erik Halloway: Starting in the fall or spring is your preference. There are no differences in curriculum, programming. Etc.

60. Chat Guest: Hello!  This question is for Marcus - Are there any differences in enrolling in the Spring as opposed to the Fall?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Thanks for the question! There is no difference in enrolling in the Spring as to the Fall regarding a competitive standpoint. We accept and enroll more students in the Fall quarter, as more students apply to that quarter than any other (in large part because it is more of the traditional time to start school). But neither quarter gives you a better/worse chance of enrolling as an applicant

61. Chat Guest: How large is each class (that is, the entire group of students, not specific courses) for the weekend program?

* Erik Halloway: Classes range in size from a few students to 60. Classes average around 45 students.

62. Chat Guest: Hi If I do not have professional leadership experience but I have it outside of my profession, is that counted?

* Kara Northcutt: We don’t require applicant have leadership experience. For those who’ve not yet had that opportunity, we look for leadership potential. We understand that certain companies, functions, etc. don’t lend themselves to leadership or management experience early in one’s career. Again, we are looking for the potential, which is reflected in your letters of rec, your essays, etc. Don’t let your lack of formal leadership experience in the workplace deter you! Getting this experience is often a goal of getting an MBA. 

63. Chat Guest: I had a question on the admission process as well... how long would it take to have the final decision, once the application is submitted?

* Kara Northcutt: 4-6 weeks from the date your application is complete (assuming you interview within a few weeks of submitting). You can schedule your interview as soon as you submit your application.

64. Chat Guest: Are information sessions (both in Chicago and outside) year round? Is there a way to see the 2017 information sessions to see if there are any near me?

* Marcus Wordlaw:  Yes, we have information sessions year around, however we have not completed our 2017 calendar at the time. You may find information sessions outside of Chicago here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/receptions  and information sessions in Chicago here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago

65.  Chat Guest: What do you consider a quantitative course in undergrad?  I received A's in Algebra, elementary statistics, and three accounting/finance classes.  I received a B in one finance class as well. 

* Kara Northcutt: Yes, those are quantitative courses.

66. Chat Guest: Hi, What are the typical intake numbers for Spring Quarter Evening and Weekend programs? Is the number of applicants more in summer compared to the number in spring cycle?

* Molly O'Donnell: Hi. We do have slightly more applications during the Spring than Summer and about 60-80 intakes each quarter.  However, the number of admissions varies depending on the number of qualified candidates in the applicant pool each quarter.  There isn't a specific number that we accept, so there isn't any competitive advantage to applying to one quarter over another.  You should think about what quarter works best for you for your decision on timing.

67. Chat Guest: For the Weekend MBA program, would the school be reviewing applications in phases/rounds or do we have a single deadline?

* Holly Shearer: Hi. Booth reviews applications when they are submitted and decisions are typically made in 4 to 6 weeks. The next deadline for the Weekend MBA is January 13.

68. Chat Guest: Hi If I do not have professional leadership experience but If I have leadership experience outside of my profession, is that counted?

* Erik Halloway: For the admission process, I would recommend you highlight all leadership experience.

69. Chat Guest: When is the admission process start for the evening and weekend MBA course?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. We operate on rolling admissions, so we always have multiple applications open. Please see our application deadlines here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply

70. Chat Guest: With 630 GMAT, 4.0 GPA and 10 years experience, do you suggest to retake GMAT for applying to weekend MBA program?

* Erik Halloway: A 630 is within our range, if you have taken the GMAT only once, and you think you can improve, I would recommend taking it again. We will always use the highest score when an applicant submits multiple GMAT or GRE scores.

71. Chat Guest:  I'm interested in the Civic Scholars program. You've said that there will be 8 people selected. You've also said that admissions are done on a rolling basis. Does that mean that applicants who get their applications in later might be at a disadvantage?

* Molly O'Donnell: There is no advantage to applying early in relation to the Civic Scholars Program in particular. If you apply early, you will get the answer about being admitted to Booth earlier, but the decision for Civic Scholars won't happen early.  As long as your application gets in by April 21, everyone gets the same consideration.

72. Chat Guest: Hi, Is it better to talk about recent achievements in the essays or is it OK to mention strong points even from a few (5-6) years back?

* Marcus Wordlaw: That is entirely up to you. If you feel there was a significant achievement from 5-6 years ago that relates to your Booth present, then it would be fine to speak on.

73. Chat Guest:  My Question is for Molly. I recently moved back to Chicago from DC working with corporate, nonprofits, startups and social services. I am interested in the Civic Scholars Program and wanted to know if class visits can be made for this program? With it being a new program, what has UC learned from it thus far? Lastly, what type of impact would Booth like to see this program have in areas in and outside of Chicago long-term? Thanks so much.

* Molly O'Donnell: There are no courses that are specific to the Civic Scholars.  They take all the same classes as everyone else.  You are welcome to do a class visit to help you decide if Booth is the right place for you to apply though.  Our Civic Scholars have only had 6 weeks of class so far, so not a lot of information to share on that front.  Programming specific to the Civic Scholars is on the extra-curricular side - roundtable discussions, mentors, etc. We do have the flexibility to adapt our programming as we move through the year so we can respond to the needs of the Civic Scholars. 

Overall, we hope to see the skillset that people acquire in an MBA be more common in the nonprofit and government sectors so organizations can have more impact on the communities they serve.

74. Chat Guest: What is the difference between the GRE and GMAT?
* Erik Halloway:  Hi.  The GRE and GMAT test differently. I recommend you work through a couple of sample problems from each exam to see which one is the better exam for you. Both exams are weighted equally in the admission process.

75. Chat Guest:  Hello, I participated in a class visit and dinner last year and enjoyed the interaction with the current students. I out my application efforts on hold last year due to some work circumstances but I am planning on submitting my application in the next month and a half. Do you think I should participate in another class visit or dinner beforehand?

* Danny Berz: It is certainly not required, but if it easy for you schedule wise / logistically, it might be good to attend another class and/or dinner to reconnect and confirm your decision.

76. Chat Guest: What are the possible companies near Booth School for Internship that could help in Investment Management?

* Erik Halloway: If you are interested in an internship, I would recommend you look into the Full-Time program. Internships are not a part of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs as the each one is geared towards working professionals

77. Chat Guest: Is evening/weekend MBA programs gets financial aid/scholarships?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. Scholarships are currently reserved for Full-time MBA students, but financial options are available for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students. Please find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

78. Chat Guest: Because there are only 8 spots in the Civic Scholars Program, will all decisions go out at the same time regardless of when you submitted your application?

* Molly O'Donnell:  When anyone applies to the Civic Scholars Program they first go through the general admission process for Booth.  After someone has been admitted to Booth, we can consider them for the Civic Scholars Program.  The general admissions decisions will go out before the Civic Scholars decisions.  From the pool of candidates that are admitted to Booth, we will choose a group of about 15 finalists to come back for a second round of interviews. That decision on who is invited for the final round of interviews will go out by the week of May 29.

79. Chat Guest: What is the applicants -> interview -> intake ratio?

* Erik Halloway: Each applicant who submits a completed application will be invited to interview. The number of applications varies from deadline to deadline. Our goal for the evening program is to enroll approximately 150 students for fall and 50-70 for each of the remaining 3 quarters.

80. Chat Guest: I applied to Booth a several years ago but withdrew my application to relocation. Are you keeping the transcripts that I submitted?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. Thanks for joining us. It depends on when your application was submitted. When you start a new application and we still have transcripts on file for you, they should automatically appear in your application.

81. Chat Guest:  Hi, what are the criteria for making decision about admitting the student?

* Erik Halloway: Applications are evaluated holistically, and each part of the application is weighed evenly. More information on the required material can be found on our website: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process

82. Chat Guest: Are interviews supposed to be scheduled within a fixed amount of time (2 weeks or so)?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Your interview will be conducted after you complete your application, and typically within 2 weeks of submitting -- however we can be flexible with your schedule. You will be sent a calendar with links to select the day/time that works for you.

83. Chat Guest:  What are the aspects seen in a student while enrolling them?

* Erik Halloway: I am not sure what you are asking.

84. Chat Guest: What is ROI on weekend MBA program from Booth?

* Kara Northcutt: This is a complicated question. ROI means something different to everyone, and this chat format is not the best venue to discuss. I suggest you reach out to set up a meeting or call to discuss in detail. Email EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu to request a meeting.

85. Chat Guest: How many applications are rejected in a given year?

* Erik Halloway: Application numbers vary from year to year, as do the number of rejections.

86. Chat Guest:  Based on taking an average credit load each semester, how long does the Weekend Program take to complete typically?

* Danny Berz: The avg. path is two courses per quarter, which takes 2.5 years to complete.  

87. Chat Guest:   For the Civic Scholar Program, should one use the weekend MBA application?

* Molly O'Donnell: Yes, you can use the Weekend MBA application.  After you have started the application it will ask if you are applying for Civic Scholars.  Make sure to say yes and it will give you the application with the additional essay for Civic Scholars. 

88. Chat Guest: Does weekend MBA program have information systems specialization?

* Marcus Wordlaw: No, that is not one of the specific concentrations for the Evening/Weekend program. You may find a list of the concentrations here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum#c

89. Chat Guest:  How many applications you receive and what’s the percentage you take in spring and fall?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. We do not publish our application and acceptance rates.

90. Chat Guest: Do I need to IELTS if my bachelor is from Asian country?

* Erik Halloway: More information about the TOEFL and IELTS can be found on our website: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international

91. Chat Guest: What types of academic advising services are available to students? Would career services be able to provide input on which classes would be best for a transition to a certain job or industry?

* Holly Shearer: Hi. Booth provides one-on-one advising appointments to all students. The academic services team is also available for questions that don’t require full advising appointments. Similarly, students can schedule appointments with coaches in Career Services. While we don’t prescribe courses to students to meet career goals, the academic advising team is happy to share information they’ve collected from students and alumni throughout the years.

92. Chat Guest: Hello! My question to you is, how efficient is having a vast functional experience before joining MBA beneficial to having minimal experience? Would the course curriculum focus on management courses focus on business technicalities which would require in-depth technical knowledge? Thanks.

* Erik Halloway: The flexibility of the Booth MBA allows students to customize their own portfolio of coursework. Since over 50% of your courses are electives, you choose the areas to earn concentrations. Most students will earn 3-4 concentrations before they graduate. More information can be found on our website: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum.

93. Chat Guest: Will there be a transcript of this chat available after it ends?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. We will post the transcript of this chat within a week. You can find it here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats .

94. Chat Guest: I have 7 years of experience in Canada and 1 years of experience working in USA. My bachelor is from India. Do I need to give IELTS?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi. You can find all language requirements here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams

95. Chat Guest: What is usual return on investment for weekend MBA program?

* Marcus Wordlaw:  There is a significant ROI for the Weekend MBA program, depending on where you would like to go with your career. Weekend students have an extensive network of other students from across the country, and our career services center along with job databases to assist you throughout the rest of your life with your career.

96. Chat Guest:  What is the name of the program where you can enroll in one Booth class prior to enrollment in the Full-Time program? Would you consider it value-added to those that are interested in the Weekend program?

* Marcus Wordlaw:  Great question. That program is called Graduate Student at Large Business (GSALB) program. I certainly would consider it of value; however the class you take would likely be in the Evening, so as long as you are able to attend the class you take, that would be fine. For more information, please visit the following link: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/credit/graduate-student-at-large/business .