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November 11, 2017 Live Admissions Chat

Chat Transcript from November 11th 2017
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Chat Guest: If I applied to the full time program in the previous round, can you roll the application into the part time program? Or will I have to reapply from scratch?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: If you have applied to any other Booth program in the past, you're considered a reapplicant. The application for Full Time is different than the application for Evening and Weekend, so you will need to start a new application. You will see many things from your previous application auto-populate, including test scores and transcripts, but you will still need to complete the Evening or Weekend app in its entirety.

Chat Guest: What sets Booth apart (academically and culturally) from the other top MBA programs? Thank you!
* Becca Smith | Evening MBA Student: The flexibility at Booth is like nothing else. There are only three required courses, Financial Accounting, Statistics and Microeconomics. You have to take 6 out of 7 functions classes and have 11 electives you take. That is in addition to our incredible teachers. Culturally, you start your Booth career completing LEAD, which includes LAUNCH and re-LAUNCH. It was an amazing three day learning experience on how to become a better leader.

Chat Guest: I am debating between the full time and evening program. Besides being able to keep a full time work schedule, what would you say is the main difference between the evening and full time program. Are there aspects of the full time program that are not available to evening students?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Generally speaking, full-time students are seeking a significant career change and want to fully immerse in school and participate in an internship to aid in the career change. If you prefer to keep working and advancing in your career while getting your MBA, then the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA would be the best fit. If you are unsure, I suggest attending information sessions and class visits for both programs. This will help you determine which is the best fit. At Booth, all MBA programs yield the exact same degree, so you cannot go wrong either way.

Chat Guest: How do I know the progress of the recommendations that I have sent out to my 'recommenders'?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You can see the status of your letters of recommendation via your status page here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/apply/status.

Chat Guest: I have started an application and sent out some recommendation requests via the application.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: For recommenders you have used, you may email the admissions hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we will reach out to them as a reminder to complete the recommendation
Chat Guest: For reapplicants, do you need new recommendations as well?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We require one new letter of rec for reapplicants. You can review the requirements for reapplicants here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/decisions.

Chat Guest: If I am admitted to the part time program, and I have to miss class due to travel for work, do you see flexibility on making up classes? I understand this may be relative to the teacher, but I travel quite a bit for work and I am worried about missing classes.
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: if you travel frequently for work, you may want to consider the Weekend MBA. The process for making up a class is left to the faculty member. Most faculty - assuming there is space - will allow a student to attend their other section to make up for a missed class.

Chat Guest: is there a score limit for GRE?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: No. We convert GRE scores to GMAT scores when evaluating a candidate's admissibility. For the GMAT, the middle 80% of enrolling students score between a 610-730. This is a good range to shoot for.

Chat Guest: How soon after the application is submitted do I have to schedule my interview? Is there a date by which I must have the interviews done for the Spring 2018 start?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Once you have submitted your online application you will be prompted to schedule your interview within two weeks of your submission. You will receive an email with a calendar of days/times and you may select the one that works best for you

Chat Guest: Is application for weekend MBA rolling or based on deadlines?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have rolling admissions, but there are deadlines to submit your application by. The Spring 2018 application deadline for the Weekend MBA program is January 12, 2018 and for Autumn 2018 application deadline for the Weekend MBA program is May 11, 2018. Decisions are then made on a rolling basis. You can learn about the application process and deadlines here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process.

Chat Guest: How does admissions weigh GMAT test scores vs. undergraduate transcripts? More specifically, can strong GMAT scores help make up for a "not so strong" undergraduate transcript?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Our review process is holistic, so no one thing is weighted more heavily than another. A strong GMAT or GRE score can help to balance out a lower undergraduate GPA, or you could consider taking a Booth class as a Graduate Student at Large. If you choose to take a class, we recommend taking Business Statistics or Financial Accounting, and the Admissions Committee looks for grades of B+ or higher as a positive indicator of your academic ability. Learn more about GSAL here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business.

Chat Guest: Every time I save the app and exit, is it getting 'submitted'?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Your application is not considered submitted until you click "Submit Application" at the end your application.

Chat Guest: Can you suggest the right MBA major for IT professionals?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We have many students with IT backgrounds, and we highly value their experience and expertise in the program. Many are seeking to advance into more of a product or general management role, and the MBA degree is a great way to build foundation business skills. In addition, you will also get exposed to a wide variety of industries and functions that you’ve not yet been exposed to. An MBA is a great degree to partner with an IT background.

Chat Guest: I understand that not all courses will be available during the weekend in any given quarter, but do all courses eventually make it into weekend scheduling over the ~2.5 years between commencement and graduation?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We try our best to offer courses throughout all of our MBA programs. Many times courses will cycle through each program at some point during a student's MBA. There are many factors we take into consideration when course scheduling, including past offerings and professor availability to name a few.

Chat Guest: The cost of MBA program for two years is advertised to be north of $206000. Q1 >What is the max percentage/amount one can receive in scholarships if found qualified? Q2> What percentage of incoming class is beneficiary of scholarships on average?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: I am unsure where you are seeing that number. Booth’s Evening MBA and Weekend MBA tuition is $6,854 per course, and 20 courses are required, which is $137,080. Scholarships are hard to come by for part-time MBA programs in general. Full-time MBA programs offer much more scholarships. See this link for more details about our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA tuition: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.

Chat Guest: Hi there! Do you accept the Executive Assessment in place of the GMAT?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Executive Assessment (EA) is only accepted in lieu of the GMAT (or GRE) for our Executive MBA. For our Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs, we accept the GMAT or GRE only.

Chat Guest: What's the mid-80% GRE Score range?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The middle 80% GMAT range is 610-730. Unfortunately we do not have similar data on the GRE. Since we have only been accepting it a few years and the sample size would not be very large, it’s harder to get good averages for that test. What we typically do for applicants who have questions about GRE scores is have them convert them to GMAT scores. You can use this conversion tool to get an idea about how your GRE score would convert and whether or not it would then fall into our middle 80% range: https://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool/.

Chat Guest: For the weekend program, what kind of accommodations do you have for students coming out of state?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: We do not provide any housing for our students but there are several hotels near the Gleacher Center that offer our students discounts. Many of our students come in Saturday morning and go back home Saturday night so they do not need any accommodations. We have a shuttle at both airports that brings students to campus in the morning and returns them to the airport in the afternoon.

Chat Guest: is this can be on line course, how about exam, must be taken in Chicago?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There are no online classes offered, all courses must be taken in person at one of our Chicago campuses.

Chat Guest: 1st) When will applications for Autumn 2018 be available? 2nd) Can I change the starting semester after having submitted application (and being accepted)?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Autumn application for the Evening MBA recently went live. If you log into the application portal, you will see it as an option. We do have a deferral process for admitted student, but requires approval of the Director of Admissions. If you know you will need to postpone your start date, then you should not apply to Autumn. You can access the online application here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/online-application.

Chat Guest: Finally a few details regarding the shuttle and parking for those who drive up to Chicago. Any idea how long the shuttle takes to reach the O'Hare airport after it leaves the Gleacher center at 4.40 pm?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Generally speaking, the shuttle budgets about an hour.

Chat Guest: For a Weekend MBA, how many credits/subjects are required per semester. And how many credits/subjects are required to complete the entire MBA program.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There are 20 total classes required to complete your Booth MBA for the Weekend, Evening, and Full-Time programs. We operate on quarter systems, and do not have a required number of classes you need to take per quarter. As long as you graduate within 5 years of when you begin (the average student finishes in 2.5 years by taking 2 classes per quarter) the pace at which you progress is up to you. Students vary from taking an entire quarter off to taking anywhere from 1-3 classes per quarter.

Chat Guest: I am am international student, I just finish my master degree in UIUC. Am I need to submit the TOFEL Score for application?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You do not need a TOEFL score if you have earned an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.

Chat Guest: I am an applicant coming from the nonprofit sector. What are the strengths of Booth's program for those looking to lead at a nonprofit?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: General management skills are helpful in all sectors. Our courses do not focus on the nonprofit sector but you will find our classes are relevant to the sector. We also have the Civic Scholars Program specifically for professionals in the nonprofit and government sectors. This program includes a full-tuition scholarship and extra-curricular activities such as roundtable lunch discussions focused on the nonprofit and government sectors.

Chat Guest: What are the major's available for Weekend MBA program. I see in most colleges, Weekend and Evening MBA programs offer less choice of Majors when compared to full-time MBA. Also, where can I find these list of Majors on the website?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Great question! Chicago Booth offers 14 concentrations in all programs, so Evening-Weekend students have the same breadth of choices as Full-Time students. The curriculum, coursework, and concentrations are exactly the same no matter which program you are in. You can see all of our concentrations here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum.

Chat Guest: if I don’t have business background for bachelor. Can I apply that?
* Becca Smith | Evening MBA Student: You can definitely apply and you will still be successful at Booth. Many students and many of my friends had never taken a business class before and they are doing very well. It may take extra work, but it will be worth it.

Chat Guest: Is there any way to get a wavier for the GMAT or GRE?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: No. The GMAT or GRE is required.

Chat Guest: I stay in Seattle area. Does applying for weekend MBA impact the location, as traveling hours will be higher
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: All classes for the Weekend program take place at our downtown Chicago campus. 70% of Weekend students commute to Chicago to take classes with us on Saturdays, and many fly in from the west coast! We have a shuttle service that brings commuter students to/from campus from both airports each Saturday.

Chat Guest: What times does the shuttle run from the airport to campus on Saturdays?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The shuttle will arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. CST depending on the airport (O'Hare or Midway) and terminal. You may find more information at the shuttle website here: https://www.pontarelliischicago.com/Chicago_Booth.htm.

Chat Guest: Have you set the Fall '18 application deadline for the Evening program yet?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes. the deadline for Autumn’18 Evening applicants is June 22. The application recently went live on the application portal available here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/online-application

Chat Guest: Is the Civic Scholars Program applicable to the Executive MBA program?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: No. The Civic Scholars Program is part of our Weekend MBA Program only.

Chat Guest: Are classes only offered in the Spring/ Fall or are there also summer courses?
* Becca Smith | Evening MBA Student: There are summer courses, although the selection is more limited than the offerings for fall, winter and spring. There are some courses offered in specific quarters. I would recommend mapping out a schedule of classes you would be interested in taking in order to fit everything in.

Chat Guest: I read that Financial Accounting, Statistics and Microeconomics are the three core classes for any MBA program in Booth. If that is true, I am from IT background and have no background in financing or economics. How will I fit in?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: One difference is the curriculum- Booth offers more flexibility. We don’t have a core curriculum that everyone has to take. Instead, we have 3 foundational areas (financial accounting, business statistics and microeconomics) that you need to take one course within, but you get to choose from a variety of courses. We then have business function areas (finance, strategy, marketing, etc.) and electives. All students need to take 20 courses, and you have 14 concentrations to choose from.

Chat Guest: Is there counseling available to guide a new MBA entrant to the course possibilities and pathways to map them in order to get all the desired courses?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We have various counseling from Academic Advising appointments where you may discuss specific courses and content you are interested in with Student Services staff who have knowledge of the curriculum. You will also have a LAUNCH (student orientation) mentor who will serve as your initial guide to Booth. This will be a current student who can discuss classes and other Booth opportunities to explore.

Chat Guest: Is there a mid-80% GPA range?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes. 2.90-3.86 is the middle 80% of enrolling students.

Chat Guest: How many Saturdays/yr is the weekend MBA?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Weekend classes meet weekly, and each quarter is 11 weeks long (except summer quarter which is 10 weeks long), so if you took classes all 4 quarters without taking any time off, you'd have 43 weekends per year. Keep in mind there is flexibility with how you pace yourself through the program, so you can take quarters off if need be.

Chat Guest: I am at the OPT status now, not have the H1b Visa. Can I apply the program?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: If your degree granting institution that sponsored your F-1 visa allows you to apply while on OPT status you are welcome to do so. However, if admitted, you must be working full-time and on a valid H1B visa by the time classes begin. Booth’s Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs do not have students on F1 visas. The Evening and Weekend Programs are designed for full time work professionals who work and get their MBA concurrently. Since an F1 student visa holder is not permitted to work full time in the US, they do not meet our admissions criteria. If you are seeking an F1 visa, we encourage you to look into full time MBA programs, but if you intend to have your H1B by the time our classes begin, you are welcome to apply.

Chat Guest: Are there any global study opportunities?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes! There are several ways to have an international experience both inside and outside the classroom. If you are looking to study abroad, we have short-term options designed for our working professionals: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international.

Chat Guest: Where can I find the list of 14 concentrations? And are these concentrations same for Full time and Weekend MBA program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth Concentrations are the same for Evening, Weekend and Full Time students. You may find a list here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum#c.

Chat Guest: I am interested in Healthcare Management, will Booth be a good fit for me?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: If you are looking to expand your business acumen and incorporate healthcare related issues into your experience then I think it would be a good fit. You can add to your experience with the Healthcare club, and even consider the joint degree with Booth and earning a certificate in Health Administration Policy. You can find more information on this joint degree here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/joint-degrees/certificate.

Chat Guest: Are applicants automatically considered for the Civic Scholars Program if coming from a nonprofit or do you need to apply for the program and if so what is the deadline?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Applicants to the Civic Scholars Program use the Weekend MBA application and in that application indicate they are applying for the Civic Scholars Program. There will be one additional essay for Civic Scholars applicants. The application for the Civic Scholars Program is due earlier than the regular application. Civic Scholars applications are due April 2 this year.

Chat Guest: For applicants intending to switch careers, when we submit resumes for the application, are we submitting resumes as we have them for our current careers or as we intend to have them for our new careers?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Please submit a professional resume that documents your current work experience to date. There will be a section of the application that asks about your short-term and long-term career goals, where you can address your career aspirations.

Chat Guest: I wish to gain entrepreneurship and technology/product management skills from my Business education. Will there be opportunities to gain these skills apart from classes such as networking, events, clubs? If yes will these opportunities be avail be to weekend MBA students
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There are many opportunities to gain entrepreneurship and technology/product mgmt. skills aside from classwork. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship offers extensive programing in the form of networking events, workshops, competitions, challenges, along with incubator space and work with other small business executives. We have a Booth Technology group run by students interested in everything Tech as well.

Chat Guest: I only have 6 month's work experience, can I apply the program? Or you will suggest me to apply it in 2 or 3 years?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We have a specific program for early career candidates called the Chicago Business Fellows program for applicants with less than three years of experience. CBF is a subset of the Evening and Weekend MBA programs and offers additional professional development during the first quarter. You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates.

Chat Guest: Is there a mid-80% GRE and GMAT range?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The mid-80% GMAT range for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs is 610-730, and we look for equivalent GRE scores. We have no preferred exam- take whichever you prefer.

Chat Guest: Will an IT professional with zero business, financial, economic background be able to cope up with the courses?
* Becca Smith | Evening MBA Student: Absolutely. The classes are highly diverse, with people coming from many different backgrounds. If you are taking a highly quantitative class like statistics, I would recommend pairing it with a qualitative class, in order to have more time to devote to your class. But you will be in good company with great professors.

Chat Guest: How is your Executive MBA program unique from other schools?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is an international component to the Executive program that allows students to study in our London and Hong Kong campuses. I recommend contacting the Executive MBA program office directly at xp@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: What is the average class size for the evening and weekend program?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: If you are asking about average number of students in each class, around 45 students is average. Class size ranges widely- 65 is typically the max, and I’ve seen niche classes have as few as 12. You will have plenty of opportunity to connect with faculty and your classmates. If you are asking about incoming class size- we matriculate 450-490 students a year; ~175 Weekend and ~280 Evening.

Chat Guest: Do we have to have a recommendation from the current supervisor? My supervisor changed in the last 4 months and my old manager is happy to give a recommendation
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: one of your recommendations needs to come from someone who currently (or has previously) supervises you. If you are applying in the near future, and you feel your previous supervisor is able to write a more detailed letter of support, ask that person. There is a spot in the application to explain why you chose your recommenders. If you plan on applying in the next 6-12 months, I would recommend using your current supervisor. Your previous supervisor could then serve as your second letter of recommendation.

Chat Guest: If, for some reason, you needed to take a semester off, would you be able to resume the following semester (as an evening/weekend student)?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes. Most Evening and Weekend students complete the degree in 2.5-3 years, but you have up to 5 years to complete the degree, so you are able to set your own pace through the program and take quarters off if need be.

Chat Guest: Where can I seek out more information with regards to clubs that are available to Weekend MBA students?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Great question! We have more than 40 student groups that offer leadership experience, career information, or social activities just for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students. This is a great way to get involved in the Booth community and there is something for everyone! You can view the different student-run groups here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups.

Chat Guest: What are the key differences between EMBA and this program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is an international component to the Executive program that allows students to study in our London and Hong Kong campuses, and the program is designed for students with roughly 13 years of experience. However the degree is the same. I recommend contacting the Executive MBA program office directly at xp@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: Are most classes project based, discussion-based, papers based, or test-based? What is the primary means through which a student's performance is evaluated?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Course structure varies depending on who is teaching- we give our faculty full control over their classrooms, so they decide what to teach and how to teach it. Some use the case study method, others prefer traditional lectures, but the majority of courses do tend to include some form of group work and collaborative discussion-based classroom methods.

Chat Guest: What's the difference between CBF and this program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The CBF program is a subset of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs for those with 3 years or less of experience, and offers additional professional development programming during the first quarter. It yields the exact same degree and 95% of your classes will be with the traditional MBA students, but that additional programming helps to build some of the softer skills that can be important early in a career. Beyond the first quarter seminar, there are no further requirements for CBF. Here is a recent blog post to learn more about CBF: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2017/cbf-part-1.

Chat Guest: if I am on H1b now and I joined the Weekend MBA program and later for other reasons, I am out of my H1b status, can I convert to a F1 vista and continue full time MBA?
* Stephanie Gun | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have a safeguard in place for these emergency situations such as when someone is fired. However, if you are already thinking about going to school full-time, you should look into the full-time MBA program since they sponsor the F1 visa.

Chat Guest: Would it also be possible to take a Monday course while enrolled in the weekend program? I see I could take a Friday night class.
* Becca Smith | Evening MBA Student: It is possible! You are allowed to take classes in any of the three programs (Full time, Evening and Weekend).

Chat Guest: Are there any student ambassadors with a technology/engineering background that prospective students can talk to? Most of the tech/engineering ambassadors I have seen only have undergrad degrees in those fields, but little to no past experience working in those fields.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We can find an ambassador with the background you are looking for, or something very similar. Feel free to email the hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu with your specific qualities you are looking for in an ambassador.

Chat Guest: if work experience less than 3 years, can I apply weekend MBA
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: You can apply for the Chicago Business Programs for early career candidates. We have one CBF Weekend intake per year, each fall. Learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/early-career-candidates.

Chat Guest: Currently I am not thinking about going into full time MBA program as I am working. But, if in future there are scenarios where if I am no longer on H1b vista, if I can shift to full time or can I also complete my course out of the country?
* Stephanie Gunn: We have| Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have an emergency safeguard in place for situations such as these in which an individual on an H1B loses their job. However, if someone is considering going to school full-time, they should look into full-time programs that sponsor the F1 student visa. You would need to complete all your coursework at Booth in person and could not complete any of it outside of the country.

Chat Guest: I noticed that the Executive MBA program has an early admit deadline of October 3, 2017 and a final deadline of April 3, 2018. Is it right to assume there are less spots for the program the later the deadline?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: For the Executive MBA program, they admit students based on the strength of the applicant pool. It's possible to have limited, or less spots available in the later rounds.

Chat Guest: How do you recommend to prepare for an informational session? Should we bring copies of our resumes?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Not much preparation is needed before an information session. The event will start with a presentation by our admissions team and end with a Q&A session with current students and alum. It is not recommended you bring copies of your resume, but be sure to bring any questions you may have!

Chat Guest: Do you publish an acceptance rate for the Evening/Weekend program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not share our acceptance rate publicly. It varies quarter to quarter depending on the strength of the application pool, but rest assured that there is no quarter that is more competitive to apply to than another. It's about whatever time is right for you!

Chat Guest: For the normal MBA and not the CBF program, is 3 years’ experience minimum?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: There is no minimum, but our traditional Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students have 6-7 years of work experience on average. If you are at the 3 year mark or below, it is to your advantage to apply for CBF so that your application will be reviewed among others with similar years of work experience. Also, please note that there is not a hard cutoff at 3 years. If you would be under the 4 year mark by the time you'd be starting classes at Booth, we encourage you to apply for CBF.

Chat Guest: what are internship opportunities like for evening MBA program?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: If you are seeking an MBA program with the intent of completing an internship, you should consider our full-time program. Whilst there are a small handful of Evening and Weekend students that complete internships each year, the support they receive is not the same as full-time.

Chat Guest: I am interested in pursuing a career in real-estate development. I did not see a specific concentration for real-estate on your website. Does Booth offer a concentration that would provide tangible classroom instruction that could be applied in that industry?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: There are a number a ways for our students to strengthen their portfolio for a career in real estate. There are classes, lab courses and student groups.

Chat Guest: How do students decide which classes to take? And how does the bidding system work for Evening students?
* Becca Smith | Evening MBA Student: I am a current student so I am quite familiar with deciding how to take classes! I reviewed the course offerings and determined the concentrations and classes I am interested in - I wanted to look at developing professionally and personally and I made a course outline. Booth students are required to take 20 classes, with 11 of those classes being electives, so you have a lot of flexibility to take courses you are truly interested in. Getting a concentration is not required for graduation, so if you wanted to take classes in multiple areas, you are welcome to do so. A high level explanation of the bidding system - In order to sign up for classes, each student receives 2k bid points after completing each class. Students bid on classes using points in a Dutch auction system, which creates a free market of registering. If you want to take a very popular class or professor, you will need to save your points for bidding or wait until you have completed more classes in order to accumulate more points. It is a fair system.

Chat Guest: Do you recommend someone with greater than 10 yrs of work experience to explore executive MBA vs the weekend/evening MBA options?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: I would strongly encourage you to explore both the Evening-Weekend and Executive MBA Programs. While both programs yield the exact same degree, the student make-up can vary between the two. The mid-80% range of work experience for Evening-Weekend students is two to seven years, while the average work experience for Executive MBA students is around 13 years. The Executive MBA also requires a week of study at the London campus and a week of study at our Hong Kong campus. In the end, it all boils down to what best fits your lifestyle and needs, since you would be earning the same MBA either way.

Chat Guest: On the question of Ambassadors, my question is twofold. 1. I am a lawyer in Toronto and am considering a switch in the real estate world, therefore, hoping to go to Booth, where I can meet like-minded professional in weekend program. My long term goal is to raise funds and start a fund. So, going to ambassadors, do you have any lawyers as ambassadors that I can talk to? And my second question is, does a weekend program make sense for me?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Your experience in law would certainly add perspective to a Booth classroom. We have a number of JDs in our program who are pursuing an MBA to take their careers to the next level. Please email me directly (stephanie.gunn@chicagobooth.edu) and I am happy to connect you with a current student or alumni with a law background.

Chat Guest: The Executive MBA program says that they meet in Chicago in a combination of week long and weekend sessions. It also says there are 3 weeks in Chicago, 1 week in London and 1 in Hong Kong. Do you know how many weeks & weekends in Chicago the program is?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: I am not sure off the top of my head, but please feel free to reach out to our colleagues on the Executive MBA admissions team at xp@chicagobooth.edu and they will be happy to assist!

Chat Guest: What is the percentage of women in the Evening Weekend program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Based on 2016 incoming student data, our Evening MBA program had about 30% women last year. We are always striving to increase that number! You can learn more about our class stats here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening.

Chat Guest: How many students get admitted per semester through the CBF program? What are the likelihood of getting in?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We bring in three classes of CBF students per year (2 Evening classes in Spring and Fall, and 1 Weekend class in Fall). We strive to bring in 30 per class, but that number varies depending on the quality of the application pool for each round. Please note that we also receive fewer applications for CBF, so it is not any more competitive to apply for CBF than the traditional program.

Chat Guest: Will you send a copy of today's Q &A to us?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, around the middle of next week we will have this chat's transcript posted on our Online Events website: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats.

Chat Guest: if we would like to review our resume with someone from the admission staff how can we go about doing that? What can I expect from that process?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: You can submit your resume through our resume review took here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/resume. The purpose of our resume review it look at a candidate's background and goals to see if an MBA makes sense. if there are any "red flags" we will have a conversation about how to address them before applying.

Chat Guest: Thanks! How many classes do part-time students take at one time, on average? And about how much out-of-class time can I expect?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: On average, students take 2 courses per quarter. The out of class work depends on the course. It can range from an hour or two to 10+ hours. I good "rule of thumb" is: for each you should expect 3 hours of in class time and about 3 hours of time out of class. Students also have access to previous course evaluations, so they know how much time to expect in homework before registering for classes.

Chat Guest: You mentioned that if you have under 4 years of experience you would recommend that candidates apply to CBF. What would you recommend for potential candidates that would have slightly over 4 years of experience upon matriculation?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Feel free to email your resume to us and we can let you know which program we think would be the right fit for you! You can email me directly, or email our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: As this is in the work hours, would this chat still be browsable when I have some time in the evening? There are some very good questions here for me to read through in more time.
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: This chat's transcript will be posted online in the middle of next week. Until then, you can browse our previous chat transcripts: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats.

Chat Guest: is there a bidding system for classes? I've heard this is the case at some schools. How likely is a student to get into the classes they're interested in each semester?
* Becca Smith | Evening MBA Student: There is a bidding system! Chicago Booth currently uses a Dutch auction system in order to create a free market of class registration. We are given points after every completed class and use those points to sign up for classes. There are many classes that do not cost any points. As long as you do some bid point management, you should be able to take the classes you are interested in. If you want a very popular class/professor, you probably won't be able to take them in your first couple of quarters, as you will need to accumulate more points. But during the second half of the program, you should be fine.

Chat Guest: How soon after completing the interview are students notified of admission decisions?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Students receive their admission decisions 4-6 weeks from when they submit their application; assuming they interview within 4 weeks of submitting.

Chat Guest: Is there have live chat or info session for CBF?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We have a CBF info session coming up on January 19th, which you can register for here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=a4c5f840-022b-488c-b0db-1ff71111113c.

Chat Guest: Is the CBF interview day different than a traditional EWMBA applicant interview?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes. The application process is the same for CBF, but the interview process is different. A requirement of the CBF application process is attending a CBF interview day, which we offer a few times per year. The day consists of a program overview and panel discussion, your required one-on-one admissions interview, a group interview, and lunch with current students. Your application does not need to be submitted by the interview day, only by the application deadline. As you get closer to submitting your application, you can keep an eye on the CBF webpage for information about upcoming interview days.