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December 6, 2016 Live Admissions Chat

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Chat Guest: If I am accepted I will be commuting to Booth from Iowa.  Surprisingly, flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago can be quite pricey.  I remember reading there were discount flights available.  How does that work?

* Erik Halloway: There is a discount provided on American Airline, Southwest, and United. The discount varies per airline. Here is some general information for Southwest:

•15% Discount on Business Select Fares "K"
•14% Discount on Anytime Fares "Y"
•10% Discount on Select Public Wanna to Get Away Fares (0-7 days advance purchase only). Select fares include the following codes: L, B, Q, H, W, R, O, M, S, N, or T •0% Discount on Public Wanna Get Away Fares (8 days and above advance purchase)

Chat Guest: Hello. I need to know about the weekend program, the total duration of the program and how many semesters for the program

* Nico Ricchiuto: To complete the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program, you must complete 20 courses. On average, our students take two classes per quarter and complete the MBA within 2.5 - 3 years. You have up to 5 years to complete your MBA.

Chat Guest: I will be in the IL in January. Can I drop in for a class visit during that weekend?

* Erik Halloway: Class visits will begin the second week of each quarter. For Winter Quarter, class visits will start on January 14th. More information will be posted to our website in the coming weeks, including registration. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit

Chat Guest: Hello. I was wondering if it were possible to waive the GRE and GMAT requirement for individuals who have a masters already and 10+ years of experience?

* Erik Halloway: No. We do not waive the GMAT or GRE option for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.

Chat Guest: How many month before applying do you recommend someone take their GMAT?

* Kara Northcutt: This varies from person to person. MBA.com offers great information about preparation- http://www.mba.com/us.

I expect you’ll find data on how many hours of prep they recommend.
I suggest you focus on the GMAT first & get a score you are happy with. Scores are valid for 5 years. Once you are past the exam, the remainder of the application process is not too demanding.

Chat Guest: I work and live in Downtown (Loop/Streeterville). If I participate on the weekend or evening MBA program, all classes will be in the Loop location (I believe Gleacher Center)?

* Arnaud Berube: Pretty much all classes are available at the Downtown campus (Gleacher Center). However, the program has flexibility to choose classes in Hyde Park as well, if you'd like, but those are daytime classes.

Chat Guest: For the current students, did your career goals change while you were at Booth?  If so, how drastically?

* Arnaud Berube: My career goals didn't so much change as they did develop. I did not know a ton about the options available to me for my future career, but I knew the kinds of things I was interested in and I knew that I wanted to pivot out of the space I was in. So Booth and Career Services helped me hone in on what worked for me.

Chat Guest: For evening/weekend MBA program, can you please provide the GMAT score range?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Currently, our mid-80% GMAT falls between 620-730.

Chat Guest: What tips can you share for the essay portion of the application?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Great question!  The essays give us a chance to get to know a little bit more about you.  I always recommend having a family member or friend read over them for you, to help you ensure you're answering our prompt, and that you're being as specific as possible.  Be honest and be yourself!

Chat Guest: I had a quick question, is there a preference for the GMAT or the GRE exam?

* Nico Ricchiuto: There is no preference for GMAT or GRE as far as admissions into the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA.

Chat Guest: How is evening program different from the weekend program? In terms of curriculum, faculty, involvement in clubs, career services etc.

* Arnaud Berube: The two programs are very similar. In fact, when we get emails for events or clubs it's very often for both evening and weekend program. The only slight difference is in classes, which sometimes are not offered on weekends or vice versa, but you have the flexibility to enroll in those classes if they don't fill up for the program that they are intended.

Chat Guest: How much emphasis is given to a person's work experience during the admission process vs. GMAT score?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Our review process is holistic, so no one part of your application is weighted more heavily than another.  All parts are equally important, from your work experience, to your academic ability, to your fit within the Booth community.  We seek to bring in well-rounded individuals who are willing to go above and beyond and make the most out of this transformative experience!

Chat Guest: I would to be a guest in one of the classes, just to see if it is what I am looking for, can do this?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Class visits for the Winter quarter will begin Monday, January 9. Once posted, you can register for a class visit here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
Chat Guest: What are some of the common attributes amongst the successful applications?

* Kara Northcutt: We look for people who are intellectually curious and motivated to continue advancing in your career. Since the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs are designed for full time working professionals, we seek candidates who want to keep working while getting their MBA. We also look for people who will be an active part of the Booth community, and also have interest in giving back to the greater community. Finally, we want to feel confident you can manage the academic rigor of Booth’s curriculum.

Chat Guest: Hello, I have already prepared all my documents, but my GMAT score is a little below the 80% range. How much possibility do I have to get admitted? Do I need to retake the GMAT?

* Lindsay Badeaux: The middle 80% of our admitted students score between 620-730 on the GMAT, so that’s a great range to shoot for.  Keep in mind our review process is holistic, and your GMAT is just one part of your overall application and story, so there are certainly students who fall above and below that range who are admitted as well.  Many applicants take the GMAT more than once to try to improve their score, so if you feel you can score a bit higher, there’s no harm in retaking it.

Chat Guest: Good afternoon.  I have a complicated educational history so far in that I attended a State University after high school then took a break to spend time in the military and to work.  I'm now nearly finished with my bachelor’s degree.  On my CV should I include all of my university level coursework or only my diploma and transcripts from that University?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Please include all course work/institutions you received or are receiving a degree from. It is up to you if you would like to list other coursework on your CV. You will also be asked to list your coursework within the application.

Chat Guest: If the average classes are 2 per quarter for either Evening or Weekend students, assuming 2.5-3 years, what might a higher-intensity Evening program look like? Or would that necessarily imply Evenings and Weekend in combination? Or merely only an option for Evening students?

* Kara Northcutt: The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs are designed for full time working professionals. Therefore, taking 2 courses per quarter is the norm & manageable while also working. You are able to take more than 2 courses but we advise doing so with caution- we want you to have a good experience and be able to get as much as possible out of our courses & extracurricular activities.  It is easy to take courses across programs. For example, we often see Evening students taking courses on Saturday.    

Chat Guest: On average, what proportion of EW MBA candidates manage to change careers, say from engineering to management consulting?
* Erik Halloway: I do not have the specific data on engineering to management consulting, but approximately 2/3 of students will make a career change by graduation. Of those making a change, approximately 50% of them were making a change in industry.

Chat Guest: Is it permissible to simultaneously apply for the full time and evening / weekend (Civic Scholars) MBA program?

* Molly O'Donnell: You will have to choose either one or the other.  You would not be able to apply to more than one program at the same time.

Chat Guest: Can I easily switch between Evening and Weekend programs?

* Lindsay Badeaux: You can switch officially from the Evening MBA program to the Weekend MBA program (or vice versa) one time during your tenure as a student here.  You are not able to switch into the Full Time program, as their application process differs a bit from ours.  Keep in mind since the curriculum is exactly the same between the Evening, Weekend, and Full Time MBA programs at Booth, you’re able to easily take courses across programs as well.

Chat Guest: Hello I am interested in the Weekend MBA program and plan to apply however I am concerned about the constant travel. I live on the east coast (Boston) and wanted to get a sense of what I should expect regarding travel costs and whether or not Chicago Booth provided resources to assist with these travel costs. Also because the weekend MBA is primarily targeted towards individuals whom are working professionals what can I expect in terms of course workload? Are 2 courses a semester a pretty manageable course load?

* Kara Northcutt: Taking 2 courses per quarter is the norm for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students & they find it a manageable pace. The University does have airline discounts with Southwest, United & American for students. The discounts vary. We also have a free shuttle to & from both airports Saturday morning & afternoon. We understand the travel is demanding. Keep in mind around 75% of our Weekend MBA students live and work outside of IL and make it work. I suggest you connect with a Weekend MBA student to learn from their experiences- https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer     

Chat Guest: I work at Freelancers Union in NYC and I'm interested in the Civic Scholars program. It sounds great, but the idea of commuting from NYC to do an MBA sounds logistically daunting and potentially expensive, is there anyone here who can tell me about how their experience?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We certainly understand that commuting to Chicago each weekend can seem daunting, but about 75% of our Weekend MBA students do so and they are able to make it work!  Many learn how to take advantage of airline deals and point systems, and the bond they form with their fellow weekenders is quite strong, since they are experiencing that commute together and can relate to the work-life balance challenges that go along with that.  If you email our admissions hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu, we can try to connect you with a Weekend ambassador who can speak more specifically to that experience!

Chat Guest: Hi everyone! I would like to hear more about the admissions criteria. What factors are given most weight? Do undergrad and graduate school GPAs carry the same weight?

* Molly O'Donnell: We take a very holistic approach to our admissions process.  One part of it does not necessarily have more weight than another.  Your essays and interview are also important, not only your academic background.

Chat Guest: Could you please talk little bit about the civic scholars program?

* Molly O'Donnell: You can find information about the Civic Scholars Program on our website:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program

Do you have specific questions we can answer for you?

Chat Guest: how long does it take to hear back from the admission team after you submit your application?

* Nico Ricchiuto: We operate on rolling admissions, so you will receive your response within 4-6 weeks of submitting your application.

Chat Guest: Can you please emphasize a little on what you mean by 'fit within the Booth community'?

* Erik Halloway: We review candidates holistically, including fit for the community. We look to see how a student’s unique personal and professional experience will add to a strong, congenial community that constantly supports and pushes its members to be the best they can be. Booth is a rigorous academic Institution with an engaged student body and alumni network and we are looking for individuals who will thrive in this environment.

Chat Guest: Are there any robust (e.g., full-ride) scholarship/funding programs? For the Civic Scholars program, do you have to work in the public sector while also studying? (For instance, could you be pursuing another degree/studies simultaneously?)

* Molly O'Donnell: To be eligible for the Civic Scholars Program you must be employed full time by a nonprofit organization or the government.

Chat Guest: I work at a small business (<100 employees) and I am going to be asking for recommendations from my CEO and my immediate supervisor. Working towards an MBA degree might appear taking time away from work, which might present a conflict of interest, especially in the investment management industry. How should I approach my supervisor and CME for the recommendation?

* Kara Northcutt: Since you are applying to a part time MBA, you can educate them so they understand you will be working and attending school concurrently. Best of both worlds- they keep a great employee & you get a Booth MBA that you’ll be able to use immediately at work. Hopefully this will ease their concerns. If you prefer to ask different people for letters, that is fine. We don’t technically require a letter from your direct supervisor. In the application explain why you chose your recommenders. This will help us understand your choices.

Chat Guest: Is the average GPA listed in your class profile include Master's GPA? If not then do you consider previous Masters Degree’s GPA while analyzing the applications?

* Lindsay Badeaux: The GPA listed in our class profile only includes undergraduate GPAs of admitted students.  If you hold a previous Master’s degree, we will consider the transcripts and GPA earned during that time as part of your admissions file as well.

 Chat Guest: What commitments must Civic Scholars make if selected to the program? (e.g. stay with their current employer, work in the public or non-profit sector for the duration of their scholarship)

* Molly O'Donnell: Civic Scholars participants must be working full time in the nonprofit sector or government when applying for the program, while in the program and for 3 years after graduation.

Chat Guest: In case you don’t get in during the Spring 2017, can you re-apply for Autumn 2017 or you have to wait for spring 2018?

* Erik Halloway: If you choose to reapply to any Chicago Booth MBA program (Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, Full-Time MBA, or Executive MBA), you must wait six months from the date you submitted your original application AND apply to a Chicago Booth MBA Program that begins in a subsequent quarter to your original application. For example, if you originally applied to the Full-Time MBA program for the fall quarter and would like to apply to the Evening MBA program as a reapplicant, you must wait a minimum of six months from your Full-Time MBA application submission date AND apply to the Evening MBA Program for the winter quarter (subsequent quarter to the fall quarter) to be considered an eligible reapplicant.

Chat Guest: Is there an expedited program for folks with more than 5 years of experience?

* Arnaud Berube: No there is no expedited program. You need to complete 20 classes which normally takes 10 quarters, regardless of where you are at. However, you have the flexibility to take more than 2 classes per quarter than you can finish faster.

Chat Guest: Is employer sponsorship of an applicant viewed favorably in the admissions process for the weekend program?

* Erik Halloway: Students are evaluated holistically based on the required material. Sponsorship by an employer does not weigh into the admission process.

Chat Guest: What type of quantitative preparation do you recommend before applying to and starting the MBA program?  For applicants who cannot easily take an in-person course, are there online quantitative courses you recommend?  Thanks!

* Lindsay Badeaux: We do not have specific courses we recommend, as there are no prerequisite courses required to apply to Booth.  We do hear good things about Manhattan Prep from our students when it comes to preparing for the GMAT, but we have no official prep courses that we endorse.

Chat Guest: Is financial assistance available for the Weekend program?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Financial aid is available on the form of government and private loans. You can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid


Chat Guest: Are there certain GMAT thresholds by section that must be met beyond the Verbal and Quant Total?

* Erik Halloway: In regards to the GMAT, we are mostly concerned with the overall score. The middle 80% of admitted students score in the range of 620-730.

 Chat Guest: How would you justify ROI of the MBA to someone who started in a lucrative field?

* Kara Northcutt: ROI has different meaning for different people, and it often has little to do with money. I’ve seen many very successful people who already have MBA level salaries get an MBA to deepen their business acumen, enhance leadership skills and build their network. These are all outcomes of the Booth MBA.  

Chat Guest: Do students in the Civic Scholars programs frequently interact with students at the Harris School, SSA or other public service-oriented programs at the university?  What are these relationships like?

* Molly O'Donnell: Our Civic Scholars Program is new, so our first group of Civic Scholars has just begun their courses this quarter.  Since you are able to take up to 6 courses outside of Booth that will give you the opportunity to take courses in the other schools.  Harris and SSA students often take Booth courses as well. 

Chat Guest: Do part time students get access to apply to career opportunities that are open to full time students? Or is the recruiting different for part time students?

* Arnaud Berube: Great question. I just went through the yearly on-campus recruiting process (and landed a new job!), and for the most part the career opportunities are identical. However, there are a few companies that choose to only hire from the full time program. I did not find this to be limiting in my job hunt. Also, when it comes to internships these are mostly geared to full time students, as the vast majority of part-time students won't do an internship. When I applied for an internship, I chose to do so outside of the formal Booth process and was successful.

Chat Guest: What are you looking for in Recommendations? Also, what emphasis is on job related progression vs external activities?

* Kara Northcutt:  We look to see how others perceive you on a variety of characteristics (conflict management, leadership potential, etc.). When you add their information into your application, they will be sent a link with instructions & topics to cover.  Job related progression & goals are generally is more important, as we understand working professionals already have a lot to balance. Having little or a lot of community involvement will not break or make an application. We look at everything holistically.     

Chat Guest: For prospective students like myself who are making a dramatic career change/back to school after 15+ years...does Booth provide help with somewhat basic skills required in the workplace/school today, speaking to excel etc? How will that effect admission...and will Booth help to prepare me with those skills for eventual entry into a new career?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Great question.  We do offer opportunities for students to brush up on those kinds of skills.  All students also have access to Lynda for free, and are able to take advantage of those opportunities on their own.


Chat Guest: Hello. I do not currently live in Chicago, and I run my own small, but growing, business. If accepted to your part-time evening MBA program, I would relocate to Chicago. Do you offer any assistance or guidance to part-time students regarding housing?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Booth doesn’t offer anything official in that regard, but the University of Chicago does have resources that can help you figure out housing in Chicago: https://grad.uchicago.edu/life-community/housing
You are also always welcome to pick the brains of your fellow students to get recommendations on the best areas to live in, etc.

Chat Guest: Will this Q&A session be provided to us via email following the end of the session?

* Nico Ricchiuto: The transcript to this chat will be posted within the next week here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats

Chat Guest: Would professional designations like CFA/CFP be considered in your holistic evaluation of a candidate?

* Kara Northcutt: Yes. These add to your professional and educational experience aspect of your profile. They are of course not expected but do reflect well on those who have completed such charters.  

Chat Guest: For prospective students like myself who are making a dramatic career change/back to school after 15+ years...does Booth provide help with somewhat basic skills required in the workplace/school today, speaking to excel etc? How will that effect admission...and will Booth help to prepare me with those skills for eventual entry into a new career?

* Arnaud Berube:  There are lots of resources to help gain whatever skills you might need help with. However, as is the case with most of the program, it is in your hands to go to specific events or reach out for support. There are also a few classes that are focused on Excel skills, as well as the "Training the Street" program which I found to be extremely helpful.

Chat Guest: How much accommodation is there for students who need to travel for their job and might need to miss a weekend?

* Lindsay Badeaux: If students need to miss one class occasionally, they typically work directly with their professors to arrange this.  Many professors teach multiple sections of their course each week, so if you are able to attend their Thursday evening course that week, rather than your Saturday morning section (for example), they are often willing to allow you to sit in on the other section.  It’s a case-by-case basis, but most professors are understanding of the occasional work commitment, since our students are full time working professionals.

Chat Guest: Hello Recruitment Team- In this conversation it was mentioned that admissions are rolling.  Is there any advantage in rushing to submit all documents earlier then the deadline date?  (I was planning on applying for the January 13th deadline, and told the people who will be writing recommendations that they can wait until after the holidays).   

* Kara Northcutt: Applying early or on the deadline has no impact on your chances of admission. Even though we have rolling admission, most submit on the deadline. No need to worry!

Chat Guest: How about opportunities for international students after graduation?

* Lindsay Badeaux: International students have the same access to Career Services as domestic students, and you can work closely with the Career Services team to seek whatever work opportunities best fit your future location and goals.

Chat Guest: How many courses are taught over weekend? Incase I enroll for more than 2 courses, will I have to attend weekday classes?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Good question.  Each Saturday offers a morning class section from 9-noon and an afternoon class section from 1:30-4:30.  If you wanted to take more than 2 classes per quarter, you’d need to be able to take an Evening class.  Weekend students who are not local to Chicago have done this in the past typically by taking a Friday evening course in addition to their Saturday courses.

Chat Guest: For the civics scholars program can the six classes that students can take outside of Booth be at another institution entirely or does it have to be at the University of Chicago?

* Molly O'Donnell: All of the courses must be at the University of Chicago

Chat Guest: In case you are admitted but due to some personal or work-related (stationed overseas etc.) reason you cannot start that particular quarter. Can the admitted applicant defer his admissions to subsequent quarters?

* Nico Ricchiuto: You can defer starting the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program for up to one intake quarter, however, we recommend applying for the quarter you intend to start taking classes.

Chat Guest: You mention students have access to Lynda...can you please explain this in more detail?

* Lindsay Badeaux: You can learn more about the student access to Lynda here: https://lynda.uchicago.edu/

Chat Guest: Do you accept students in my age bracket?

* Molly O'Donnell: We accept students of any age. 

Chat Guest: Does Evening / Weekend MBA allow dual degrees with any other departments? Something like MBA+Law, MBA+Public Policy?

* Erik Halloway: Whilst is possible for students to do a dual degree, it is difficult for a working professional to balance. Typically, if a student is interested in a dual degree, the full-time MBA tends to be a better fit.

Chat Guest: On average, how many hours must be dedicated to classroom and homework?

* Arnaud Berube: Most people take 2 classes per quarter and each class you take is 3 hours of classwork and 4-5 hours of homework. However, there is large variance on homework and can range from 2-10+ hours each week. When you are signing up for classes there is a resource to see how much homework you can anticipate for that class. Also, you have the flexibility to only take 1 class, or take 3+ classes if you prefer. You can even take a quarter off, as long as you finish the whole program in 5 years.

Chat Guest: Or rather, how many hours a week do you recommend for classroom and homework?

* Arnaud Berube: See my response to your other question, and let me know if that answers it.

Chat Guest: At what point in your career is the evening/weekend program appropriate versus the Executive program?

* Lindsay Badeaux: There is no minimum or hard cut off for either the Evening/Weekend or Executive MBA programs, so it depends what you’re looking for in terms of fit.  The Executive MBA program is essentially a 21 month lock-step cohort program for students with more corporate working experience (on average) 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. For the Evening and Weekend MBA programs, 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.

Chat Guest: Apart from class visits, does Booth also have any preview days (class visit, meeting current students, interviews if application in the process) for prospective out of state students?

* Erik Halloway: Each applicant will be granted an interview as part of the admission process. At each of our events, you will be able to connect with both the admissions team and current students/alumni. You can find our admissions events here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events

Chat Guest: How old is the oldest student you have accepted?

* Molly O'Donnell: We aren't able to share that information but we have students that are getting MBAs for a variety of reasons and who are from a wide range in age.  While the average age tends to be around 30, there are certainly students much older than that in the program.

64. Chat Guest: What percentage of students submit GRE vs GMAT scores?

* Lindsay Badeaux: I don’t have access to that number at the moment, but while we still receive a higher number of GMAT scores than GRE scores, we’ve seen the number of GRE scores submitted growing in recent years.  For the purposes of your application, we have no preference between the two, so we recommend taking whichever tests plays best to your strengths.

Chat Guest: Hello, I have two questions. My first que is that, Do we need TOEFL score when I am applying for admission (I did my bachelors outside US and did my MS in USA)? My second question is about the on campus recruiting. Will the students studying under Weekend MBA program be eligible to participate for on-campus recruiting at Booth?

* Nico Ricchiuto: You do not need to submit a TOEFL score if you have completed a degree within the US. Weekend MBA students are eligible to participate in campus recruiting for full-time positions.

Chat Guest: I have a low college GPA. I believe my abilities have matured since then. What is the best way to demonstrate that I am a better student than I was in college, and ready to challenge myself at Booth?

* Lindsay Badeaux: For applicants with a lower undergraduate GPA, there are a few options we’d recommend.  First, a higher GMAT or GRE score can help to balance that lower GPA.  Second, you can use the Optional Essay portion of the application to explain any failing grades or anything you believe needs further explanation.  Finally, you could consider taking a Booth course via the Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) program offered by UChicago’s Graham School. The GSAL program allows students to take Booth MBA course to balance a perceived weakness on their application, and provide additional proof you can handle the academic rigor of Booth. Up to three GSAL courses can be transferred into the MBA program should you be admitted.  We recommend taking one of the foundation courses, Business Statistics or Financial Accounting, and prefer to see grades of B+ or higher.

Chat Guest: Can you support my career objective from going from a pharmaceutical consulting career to an equity side analyst at a bank or hedge fund?

* Molly O'Donnell: With significant career changes such as that, you may be better off looking at our full-time MBA program.  The full-time program has internships which would be beneficial.  The part-time programs do not have an internship component.

Chat Guest: Does Chicago Booth offer informational interviews with Admissions Director / Faculty member?

* Erik Halloway: For the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, interviews are conducted here at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Interviews are conducted with a current student or an alumni.

Chat Guest: I am interested to apply for evening MBA, done with my GMAT and have 2 years of work-ex. Do you recommend to apply immediately or waiting for another one or two years of experience might increase my chances of getting an admit? Do you have some work-experience brackets that have equal weightage like 0-2, 2-5, 5-8years etc.?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We do not have brackets for work experience, as our review process is holistic.  We do offer a specific program for those with less work experience. The Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) program, a subset of our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, is for individuals with 3 years or less of full-time work experience.  This offers additional professional development programming during the first quarter.  It yields the same degree and the majority of your classes will be with the traditional MBA students, but that additional seminar helps to build some of the softer skills that can be important early in a career.  You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates  .

Chat Guest: Thanks.  How about getting involved in the student run groups...can anyone interested join, specifically the Investment Management Group?

* Arnaud Berube: Yes, any group is available to join, you just need to show interest and pay the dues (lifetime membership for all groups, and usually $25 - $50)

Chat Guest: Does Chicago use the official ETS score converter for GRE to GMAT or does it use its own method?

* Molly O'Donnell: Yes, that is what we would use.

Chat Guest: What is the required minimum work experience for weekend MBA?

* Nico Ricchiuto: There is no minimum work experience required for the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program. Our average usually falls around 6-7 years depending on the quarter. We also offer an early career subset program for those who have 0-3 years of work experience. You can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/early-career-candidates  .

Chat Guest: I have been out of school for a while.  Would you suggest doing a post bacc or taking some classes to get back into the study habit and if I wanted to shore up my UG GPA?

* Kara Northcutt: We have this great option to take Booth MBA courses as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) through the Graham School of General Studies. Up to 3 courses can transfer into the MBA. Taking one of these is a great way to get back into school mode. We prefer GSAL students take Financial Accounting or Business Statistics and we look for grade of B+ or higher. For more details about this, email our GSAL contact Eileen- efleming9@uchicago.edu

Chat Guest: You mention the full time program may be better suited to significant career changes...what if that is not possible with financial/family considerations, what would I be missing besides access to internships? Would evening program still be a good fit?

* Erik Halloway: The internship can be an important part of the MBA experience, especially for career changers. It gives them exposure and experience in the field they are hoping to move into. That said, we have career changers in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, but depending on the industry, Full-Time MBA is sometimes a better fit. I am happy to talk offline to gain a better understanding of your professional goals and help guide you to the right program.

Chat Guest: Re. ROI - exactly; is there someone who can speak to "Is it worth it to take on this amount of debt" if the margin of payoff is quite low.

* Kara Northcutt: Feel free to submit this request to our admissions hotline and we will try to find someone to connect you with- EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu

Chat Guest: How many units/courses are needed for a concentration/major?

* Nico Ricchiuto: It depends on the concentration but most can be completed with 3-4 courses. You can find a full list of Booth concentrations here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum#c

Chat Guest: Are students required to take the three foundation courses before taking any of the electives?  Or can they be taken anytime throughout your time at Booth?

* Kara Northcutt: No, but it is best if you take them within your first few quarters, as they will be prerequisites for more advanced courses. We see many students take one foundation along with a marketing or strategy course. This is a nice way to balance quantitative & qualitative courses.

Chat Guest: How do the AWA and IR portion of the GMAT play into the admissions decision? Is there an expected score for those sections?

* Molly O'Donnell: We look for a strong overall score but we do look at the separate sections scores. However, low scores in these areas would be a cause for concern.

Chat Guest: I have a PhD with 6 years of experience as a Teaching Fellow (part-time). After that, I am working full-time for about half a year now. Will I fall into regular program or an early career subset program in such a case?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Given your experience and advanced degree, I would recommend the traditional Evening or Weekend MBA program. 

Chat Guest: I have a small business. Can one of the recommendations come from my business partner?

* Kara Northcutt: Absolutely, his/her feedback would be very valuable.

Chat Guest: I could not find the employment statistics for the EW program. Is that available anywhere?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Our employment report is not public, but we do have a great amount of data in this area.  Feel free to email eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu with your specific employment related questions and we'd be glad to share more.

Chat Guest: I've attended 5 colleges and universities on my way to my bachelor’s degree.  Must I submit all of my transcripts or would the transcript of the University issuing my Bachelor’s Degree where my last two years of study took place suffice? 

* Erik Halloway: We need to see each course taken and grade earned. If all grades and courses are not listed on the transcript where you earned your bachelor’s degree, you must submit all 5 transcripts.

Chat Guest: I was going over your latest employment reports. I cannot see employers from government/nonprofit sector listed in that spreadsheet. Can you name a few such employers where students typically go?

* Lindsay Badeaux: You might be looking at the employment report for the Full Time MBA program, as ours is not published publically. Our alumni who work in the government/nonprofit sectors work in all sorts of organizations.  We have alumni at the Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and a number of museums around the country, just to name a few.

Chat Guest: Is the CBF program a separate admissions? Would that be beneficial for those with dramatic career changes?

* Lindsay Badeaux: The application is the same, with the one exception being the interview piece.  A requirement of the Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) application process is attending a CBF Interview Day.  The day consists of a program overview, panel discussion, your required one-on-one admissions interview, a group interview, and lunch with current students.

Chat Guest: For the Civic Scholars Program, what would be some differentiating factors that set applicants apart in your mind that you look for in the application?

* Molly O'Donnell: Everyone is very different, but we would hope you would be interested in being involved here at Booth, committed to the nonprofit or government sectors, and intellectually curious. Wanting to engage as an active participant in classes is important.