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December 5, 2017 Live Admissions Chat

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Chat Guest: Hello, My question is - I have a score of 600 (Quant 45 (55%), Verbal 29 (45%) - What are my chances of getting accepted in the Weekend/Evening MBA program? I do understand there are other aspects of acceptance process as well. But what is the probability of getting admission with this score?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  80% of our enrolling students score between a 610-730. We read applications holistically, so each part of the application is weighted equally.  When making a decision on a candidate’s admissibility, we look at academics (GMAT + transcripts), work experience, reasons for an MBA and fit for Booth.

Chat Guest: Hello! I am an employee of the University of Chicago in a fundraising/communications role. Am I eligible for the Civic Scholars Program? And if so, does being a university employee hurt my candidacy for the program?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: Generally speaking, being a University of Chicago employee is in no way a disadvantage when applying to Booth’s Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Program. However, regarding the Civic Scholars Program, we are looking for candidates whose jobs are having a broader impact on the community. I, for example, also work for the University of Chicago, but would not consider my job as director of admissions and marketing to be the kind of professional we seek for Civic Scholars. You can check out our student profiles to learn more about those currently in the Civic Scholars Program- https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program/student-profiles.

Chat Guest: If you have already applied to the Booth Full Time program and were denied, will that hurt your chances of getting into the evening program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  While all Booth MBA programs yield the same degree, we do have separate application processes and our student body profiles differ a bit.  You are considered a re-applicant if you have applied to any Booth program within the last 2 years.  You can review the requirements for re-applicants here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/decisions.

Chat Guest: Is there any advantage with respect to getting accepted by applying earlier than the deadline?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Applying earlier does not provide any advantage as far as acceptance into the program. However, the earlier you apply, the sooner you should receive your decision.

Chat Guest: Hi - if I have under 3 years of full-time, post undergraduate work experience, am I still able to apply for the weekend & evening, non-CBF MBA programs?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  It is to your advantage to apply for CBF if you are under the 3 year mark, as your application will be reviewed among other early career candidates, rather than compared against someone with much more work experience than you have.  Keep in mind CBF yields the same degree, and all of your required courses will still be with the traditional Evening or Weekend MBA students.  The only difference with CBF is the non credit bearing professional development seminar you take during your first quarter.

Chat Guest: Hello, good afternoon! Weekend MBA students who are looking for a career switch may not be able to take up internships. What are the other opportunities these students can use to convey their aspirations to prospective employers?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: Career changing is probably more common that you think for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Program. According to our recent employment report, of those seeking a change in their career, 62% got a job at a new firm. Of this group, 71% changed industries, 72% changed function and 35% changed geographies (not mutually exclusive). Having said that, it takes a lot of effort on your part, and you would want to work closely with Career Services to determine the best tactics to achieve the career change you are seeking- career coaching, the job posting database, and campus recruiting for full-time jobs are examples of such tactics. If you really feel an internship would be vital to your goals, you should heavily consider full-time MBA programs as well.

Chat Guest: Do you take learning disabilities into account when looking at applications?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  Applications are reviewed holistically and we look at many factors before making an admissions decision. If you have learning disability, make sure it is documented somewhere in your application. The optional essay is a good space for this type of information.

Chat Guest: Thanks for hosting the Q&A. In the application process, particularly in the essay section, what are the characteristics which applicants should draw out or highlight in his/her responses given the limited space?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: For your admission essay, you will want to address unique qualities and characteristics you have that you feel will add value to the classroom/community at Booth, while completely answering each question. The questions may be vague, but that is intentionally to allow applicants a chance to take the essay in the unique direction they wish.

Chat Guest: Hello! I'm wondering how integrated Weekend/Evening MBA students are into student life? Do you tend to find full-time MBA students take advantage of events/networking/socialization more?
* Eric Suh | Weekend Student: Hi, great question. It all really depends on your availability and your willingness to attend Booth-related activities. There are quite a number of activities that take place during the week and especially on weekends, so you can pick and choose which ones work best for you. Personally, I have been involved with Finance Club, so I try to attend all of that club's activities. Full-time students certainly have more time, but the part-time program has its own clubs and activities that I have found to be really great.

Chat Guest: Is there a concentration in Real Estate available?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Booth does not currently offer a concentration in real estate. However, Booth does offer a few real estate focused courses. You can read more about concentrations and see the full list of course offerings here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum.

Chat Guest: Does it matter which round I apply for the program? Are there any drawbacks to applying on the third round?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  For the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, we do not have rounds.  For the Evening program, we admit students all 4 quarters throughout the y ear, and for the Weekend program we bring in 2 classes per year (Fall and Spring).  It is not more advantageous to apply one quarter over another, but it's about what timing is right for you! You can review deadlines here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening.

Chat Guest: Hello! Thank you for having me. I currently work in Indianapolis, IN and am very interested in Booth in either the full-time or weekend format. Could you please offer some perspective on the value each of these formats and highlight any significant differences in the student bodies of each program?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: While all MBA Programs at Booth yield the exact same degree, there are some differences between Booth’s Full-Time (FT) and Weekend (WKN) MBA Programs. FT has a more global student body, as many students come to the US for their MBA. For WKN, around 70% of students live outside of IL. Around 30% are in the US on work visas, so you’ll also see international diversity in the WKN Program. If you are seeking a major career change that you think an internship would be vital for, a full-time MBA may be a better fit. I suggest you visit both programs/campuses, as this will help you determine which program is the best fit. Class visits for the WKN Program resume January 10, 2018. We’d love to have you visit and help you get to know the WKN student population.

Chat Guest: If I take part in the part-time MBA, will it be unlikely for me to change my career significantly?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: Career changing is probably more common that you think for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Program. According to our recent employment report, of those seeking a change in their career, 62% got a job at a new firm. Of this group, 71% changed industries, 72% changed function and 35% changed geographies (not mutually exclusive). Having said that, it takes a lot of effort on your part, and you would want to work closely with Career Services to determine the best tactics to achieve the career change you are seeking- career coaching, the job posting database, and campus recruiting for full-time jobs are examples of such tactics. If you really feel an internship would be vital to your goals, you should heavily consider full-time MBA programs as well.

Chat Guest: I understand it is possible to take full time classes even if you are a weekend or evening student.  What is the process for signing up for full time classes as an evening student?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Students in the Evening or Weekend Booth program may take full time classes at the Hyde Park main campus during any quarter (aside from the summer). As a student, you will bid on classes, beginning only with the classes in your program (ex. Evening students bidding on evening classes, weekend student on weekend classes, full time students in full time classes). During Phase 3 of bidding, students may bid on any Booth class in the Evening, Weekend, or Full-Time program. At this point with the Full-Time courses available, you would be able to bid and select the class you’d like to take.

Chat Guest: I am from Boston area and am considering weekend program. Do students come from such distances?
* Eric Suh | Weekend Student: Hi, Yes - I have colleagues who travel from all across the U.S. to attend the Booth weekend program. If you email me separately, I can connect you with a couple of them so that they can discuss their travel experiences with you. esuh0@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: Hi! Thank you for hosting this chat. My question is about the Chicago Business Fellows program. As a young person interested in Chicago's unique MBA program and appreciative of the fact that, unlike many business schools of its caliber, Chicago is interested in investing in young people getting a formal business education. What are some of the best aspects/advantages of getting an MBA early in one's career that you have seen from prior students?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  Great question.  One of the advantages that we hear from our CBF students is the ability to fully engage in the extracurricular and networking opportunities (since many of them are younger and are not necessarily balancing the demands of family or children just yet), and also the connections you build with your unique cohort of other early career candidates!  Check out this blog post to learn more: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2017/cbf-part-1.

 

Chat Guest: Is there a difference in cohort feeling between the weekend and evening program?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  Booth’s Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time programs do not have cohorts. The class profiles of each program does vary, but there are also many similarities! Between Evening and Weekend specifically, the Weekend population has more geographical diversity and tends to have 1-2 more years of experience, on average.

Chat Guest: During the CBF interview day, what does the admissions team looks for in a candidate?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  The interview process for CBF applicants is unique, and applicants are required to attend a CBF interview day, which includes your individual interview, a group interview, and programming to give you more information about the CBF program.  We are seeking ambitious, self-aware candidates who interact well with their peers, have demonstrated leadership potential, and who would fit in well within the Booth community.

Chat Guest: During the application process, if you are accepted do you get into both the weekend and evening programs and pick which is best suited for you or is it one or the other based on capacity?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You must choose which program (Evening MBA or Weekend MBA) you are applying to before submitting an application, as they are separate applications. You are able to transfer between the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs up to one time during the MBA.

Chat Guest: Does employer reimbursement for part of MBA tuition restrict access to recruiting services offered by Booth?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  If a student is receives more than $8,000 annually in financial support from their employer, a student would need a letter from their employer giving them permission to take part in the formal on campus recruiting.

Chat Guest: Are the Weekend/Evening programs more selective than the Full-time program?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  The selectivity between Full-Time and Weekend is not the same and there are several reasons for this. However, since the curriculum, course content and faculty are the same, we are looking for the “types” of students. The main difference between the programs is whether you would like to continue working whilst earning your degree.

Chat Guest: Do you have weekend MBA students commuting from the west coast (Seattle/Bay Area)?
* Eric Suh: Hi, Yes - we have weekend MBA students traveling from the west coast. If you email me separately, I can connect you with a couple of them so that they can discuss their travel experiences with you. esuh0@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: What is the acceptance rate to the weekend program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not provide acceptance rates, but would be happy to discuss your candidacy with you individually to give you a better sense of the type of competitive applicant you'd be at Booth.

Chat Guest: Are there examples of students that have successfully change their career through the Evening and weekend MBA, or is that not the main focus of the program?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Program is designed for full-time working professionals who seek to keep working while getting their MBA, and their career goals vary widely. We survey our students at the time they graduate and one year post graduation. Our most recent survey (95% response rate) showed that, of the 91% who were seeking a change, 91% achieved such. Of them, 33% advanced or changed positions at their current company, 62% moved to a new organization, and 5% started their own venture. A career change is challenging, and we have a very strong support system of Career Services colleagues, current students and alumni who are all here to help. Since seeking a new job can be difficult to manage while you are in the program, many wait until after graduating to ramp up their efforts. You have access to Career Services for life.

Chat Guest: ^And to add to my above question, what are the recruitment services like for weekend students?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: Services include, but are not limited to, individual career coaching, career related events and programming, our job posting database, campus recruiting for full-time jobs, and alumni who serve as career advisors. We also see many get new jobs by leveraging Booth’s network of students and alumni. One big advantage of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs is that your classmates are also working and may be at companies you are interested in. Leveraging these contacts is a great way to get an “in” at an organization.

Chat Guest: If you are considering the weekend program, do you find that most people move to the Chicago area or are already living there or do most people commute?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  About 70% of our Weekend MBA students commute to Chicago from outside of Illinois each week!  Some may relocate, but many are willing to make the trip each Saturday, and the Weekend program is designed to support those students.  We even have shuttles that bring students to/from campus from both Chicago airports each Saturday!

Chat Guest: Is the degree awarded different between full time MBA and Weekend/par time MBA?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: The degree awarded is the same for all programs here at Booth: Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Executive MBA.

Chat Guest: Question for Eric - Have you had any surprises, either positive or negative, from joining the program?
* Eric Suh | Weekend Student: Hi, I don't want to sound too sales-y here, but all of my "surprises" have been positive. Once I first stepped foot into Gleacher Center on my first Saturday, there was great energy that permeated throughout the building and I still feel it to this day. The quality of people that you meet here (in terms of colleagues, professors, and staff) is second to none. Feel free to email me separately if you have further questions. esuh0@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: Are Exec. Assessment scores accepted for Weekend MBA?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: No, we require either the GMAT or GRE exam only for Evening, Weekend and Full-Time applicants.

Chat Guest: Are there any new classes added in the program every now and then and if so, how do you decide in what area they will be
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: New classes are added annually, depending on professor, topic, and demand of a certain class. Students are able to see course selections from a year out, and they can identify courses both new and old that they may want to take. There is data on each class from the professor to course content (including the syllabus) you are able to see to determine if the content fits your interest.

Chat Guest: How can I overcome the possible weakness of my GMAT score in the overall application? What other factors would you consider which can outweigh my low score to strengthen my application?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  As you may know, our middle 80% range is 610-730, so that’s a great GMAT range to shoot for.  We will also consider your transcripts when assessing your academic ability.  If your score is slightly below our range, you could also consider taking a Booth class via our Graduate Student at Large program.  We suggest taking Business Stats or Financial Accounting, and look for grades of B+ of higher as a positive indicator of your academic ability.  Learn more here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business.

 

Chat Guest: Are there sections of the GRE that are weighted in regards to comparison to the GMAT that an MBA candidate should focus on?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  For the purposes of your application, we consider your overall score for either test, but it is not recommended to skip any sections of either test, as we will see the score breakdown as well.

Chat Guest: Is it possible to pursue the IMBA (International MBA) degree within the Evening program?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: It is possible to do so and is a question on our application, however it is very rare for an evening or weekend student to be able to do so. The International MBA is designed for students who want to gain a deeper understanding of global business issues, spend some time studying abroad, develop intercultural management skills, and to build cultural and linguistic fluency.
Requirements for the IMBA degree include:

  • Five completed international business courses
  • A study abroad term through the International Business Exchange Program (IBEP) -- This is the requirement that is difficult for a part-time student as it is for the duration of the quarter itself
  • A demonstrated oral proficiency in one non-native language

Chat Guest: How are the career services for weekend program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  EW students have the same access to career services and networking opportunities as their Full Time counterparts, with the main difference being that they typically do not go through formal recruiting for internships, since our student population is working full time.  You still have access to the Booth job board which has over 5k postings per year, one-on-one career coaching, and you can even opt to go through formal on-campus recruiting for full time positions.  Career Services are open on Saturdays to serve our Weekend student population as well!

Chat Guest: How many weekends does a student travel in a typical year?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: On average, Weekend MBA students take two classes per quarter for a total of 20 courses. Weekend classes meet every Saturday of the quarter. Each quarter is 11 weeks long with the exception of the 10 week summer quarter.

Chat Guest: with respect to the key differences between the EMBA and EW MBA programs, the help with career services is not available for EMBA students; is that right?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: Not exactly, Executive MBA Program (XP) students can work with career coaches and have access the job posting database. The main difference is that XP students cannot participate in school-facilitated campus recruiting for full-time jobs. Evening, Weekend and Full-Time students are able to participate in such. Keep in mind that campus recruiting is not the end all be all, as most students find new jobs through other sources such as the alumni network.

Chat Guest: What are some common pitfalls to be aware of for students who try to handle the evening/weekend program along with a full time job?
* Eric Suh | Weekend Student: Hi, I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot of other people working full  time and going to school. That should give you some comfort in knowing that you can handle it too. My advice would be to chip away at assignments and readings and try to take advantage of opportunities to have fun. It's important not to take work or school too seriously.

Chat Guest: How can I overcome the possible weakness of my GMAT score in the overall application? What other factors would you consider which can outweigh my low score to strengthen my application?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  See my previous response about the GSAL program, but also know that our review process is holistic.  Academic ability is important, but equally important is your work experience, career progression, motivations for pursuing an MBA, involvement in the community, and "Booth fit."

Chat Guest: Is it advantageous for the applicant to go above the specific application requirements (i.e, more than two letters of recommendation)
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: I would not say it is advantageous to go above the specific application requirements as far as materials. Two or three letters of recommendation are suggested, and I would not recommend any more than four letters.

Chat Guest: Are there any courses that could be taken online?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: None of the Booth courses are offered online. Evening classes meet Monday-Friday from 6-9pm at the Gleacher Center and weekend classes on Saturdays from 9:00-noon and 1:30-4:30pm at the Gleacher Center. If a student misses a class, there are potentially opportunities to make it up by sitting in another section of the course.

Chat Guest: Does the class profile between the Evening and Weekend program differ much?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  Not much, other than geography!  Evening students tend to be local to Chicago, while about 70% of our Weekend students commute from outside of Illinois.  Due to the geographic diversity, there will also be slight differences in industries represented, but we are not seeking different student profiles for Evening vs Weekend students.  Hope this helps!

Chat Guest: What is the total class size of the Weekend MBA? And what is the average course size?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  We have approximately 340 active weekend students at any given time. As you may know, students are able to control the pace of their program, so not everyone is graduating at the same time, and students have the ability to take breaks as needed. The average class size is around 45, but class size can vary. Some courses are less than 20 and classes are typically capped at 65.

Chat Guest: For the weekend MBA, how do you go about picking classes and what is the weekend look like? Do you have a sample schedule?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: To graduate with your MBA you need to complete 20 classes. A typical weekend student takes 2 classes per quarter, usually on Saturday (9-12 and 1:30-4:30). However, because of the flexible nature of our program, weekend students are allowed to take classes in the evening and daytime programs as well.  Sticking with a traditional weekend schedule of 2 classes per Saturday, a weekend student would graduate in 2.5 years, but know that you have 5 years to complete your degree and many students take a break for a quarter. You work with our amazing academic advisors to pick the schedule and classes that are right for you.

Chat Guest: On average, how much time is spent on coursework throughout the work week?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  The amount of time spent on a course varies greatly. Each class completes a survey at the end of the quarter and one questions they answer is, “How many hours did you on this course outside the classroom?” This information then becomes available to other students during the course selection process. Most classes require about 3-4 hours, but again, this number varies based on the class, faculty, and students’ background.

Chat Guest: How often do companies come to visit and interact with students?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  All the time! Student groups bring organizations to campus for a variety of events throughout the year. Formalized on campus recruiting takes place in the fall.

Chat Guest: I understand that for Weekend MBA Grads who want to participate/be part of recruitment, we need to provide a letter stating that we did not get reimbursed for tuition. Is that letter necessary during time of application or can it be submitted later? Thanks.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You would only need a letter of permission from your employer if your employer is sponsoring you for $8,000 or more a year during your time at Booth. This is the only circumstance that would require you to receive a letter from your employer.

Chat Guest: I've been living in the US for 9+ years, have 7+ Full time experience in the US, do I still need to take TOEFL? I also have a master’s degree from US.
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: All international students whose native language is not English must take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam unless they have earned an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction; or are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language; or have been living and working full-time in the United States for two or more years. You would note this exemption where indicated in the application itself.

Chat Guest: Before students select classes each quarter, is there information available as to on average how much time outside of class is required for each course, so that students can balance a busy time at work with less time intensive classes?
* Eric Suh | Weekend Student: Hi, Yes - we have resources available to us that show the average amount of time spent per class (and based on who is teaching it) outside of the lecture period and how prior students rated the respective classes. The transparency is important, but the level of flexibility that you have in choosing your curriculum is what truly sets Booth apart.

Chat Guest: What kind of people do you recommend wrote letters of recommendations? Managers or personal references?
* Molly O'Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: We prefer letters of recommendation from people who know you well.  Usually there is at least one letter from a supervisor. If your current supervisor isn’t appropriate then you could ask a previous one.  You could also ask someone you have worked with or from someone at a community organization where you have been involved.  Most important is that the person be able to speak about your qualities.

Chat Guest: Can you place out of any classes, and if so, how?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:
No. At Booth all 20 courses are required, regardless of background. However, with over 130 classes to choose from and the flexible nature of our curriculum, you have full academic freedom to design the MBA that is right for you and your professional and personal goals. This flexibility means you can target the depth of knowledge and skills you need to enhance your career and you will never repeat coursework that you have already taken and will always find a class that it appropriately challenging. Although there is no accelerated option, you are in the driver's seat to dictate the pace of your MBA. A typical student takes 2 classes per quarter and graduates in 2.5 years, but you could potentially take 3 classes per quarter while working and lessen the amount of time it will take you to complete the 20 courses.

Chat Guest: In response to the answer around the acceptance rate question: If we would like to discuss our candidacy how do you suggest we go about that?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may do a few things -- I recommend a resume review to get a better sense of your background, and from there you can set up a call or meeting with one of our admissions counselors. You may submit your resume for review here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/resume.

Chat Guest: Does the EW program have resume/pre-application evaluation options?
* Molly O'Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Yes - we have a resume review process. On the Admissions page of the Weekend MBA website you will see a box on the right side of the page that says "ask us to review your resume".  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions

Chat Guest: I have a GMAT score of 640 and I am aware that the 80% range for GSB is 610-730. Given the application deadlines, I want to understand if I need to give my GMAT again. How can I have my profile reviewed such that I can have insights on retaking the GMAT? I am pretty confident on my work experience, growth, GPA etc… Is there an informal evaluation I can take advantage of?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  You can set up a call or meeting with admissions to discuss the specifics of your profile and we can offer advice on your timeline and application strategy!  Please email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu to set up a time to talk in detail.

Chat Guest: Is it possible to finish either program in 21 months?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: With our flexible program, you dictate the pace of your MBA. You need 20 classes to graduate from Booth. On average an evening or weekend student will take 2 classes per quarter and graduate in 2.5 years. If you continue to work full-time you should not take more than 3 classes in any given quarter. Even pacing yourself at 3 classes per quarter, with a full-time job is challenging and not recommended. If you are looking to graduate within 21 months and flexibility is not an important factor, you should consider the full-time program instead.

Chat Guest: What is the GSAL program?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  The graduate student at large program (GSAL) is a program that allows an individual to take Booth courses without being a Booth student: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business.

 

Chat Guest: This question is for Lindsay. Re: "you can even opt to go through formal on-campus recruiting for full time positions." Is this conditional, and are these exclusive to part-time students or do full-time students attend them as well?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  No students are required to participate in on-campus recruiting (OCR), but it’s an option that is open to you should you decide it is the best path for your job search.  Many Full Time MBA students go through OCR, as they are all seeking new jobs post-graduation.  Evening and Weekend students, however, are not all seeking a job change since they are already working full time, or they may decide that OCR is not the right fit for their job search, depending on the kind of positions they are seeking.

Chat Guest: Can Evening students participate in on-campus recruiting?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: Yes, Evening MBA students can participate. To be eligible, you need to have 12 courses completed by the time Campus Recruiting begins (Autumn quarter). You must attend all required preparation sessions, which are offered on weeknights and Saturdays, and be enrolled in at least one course while participating in Campus Recruiting. If your company is paying $8,000 or more toward your MBA annually, you will need their written permission to participate in Campus Recruiting. Keep in mind this is the only Career Service resource that requires company permission.

Chat Guest: In terms of pursuing study abroad courses, do most partner Universities conduct classes in the evening?  Just curious in case there was an opportunity to continue working full time out of a corporate office that are close to the partner Universities.  
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  The short-term study abroad options are designed to be an immersive experience. I do not recommend trying to work whilst studying abroad. Classes will meet during the day, and typically, there is programming in the evening. 

Chat Guest: If you engage with the GSAL program prior to beginning your MBA program, do the courses transfer or can be applied towards your degree?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: For Graham School -- so long as courses you take are GSALB courses, they may be transferred (up to 3) to Booth. The 5 year clock for Booth and your ability to transfer the classes starts when you take your first GSALB course

Chat Guest: Does Booth offer any classes related to investment management?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Chicago Booth offers several courses focused on investments. You can find a full list of Chicago Booth course offerings here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum#c.

 

Chat Guest: With Executive MBA, is that going to be a full time program or can one still pursue an evening/weekend option for Executive MBA?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  The Executive MBA program (XP) is another part-time MBA program, separate from the Evening or Weekend MBA programs.  The Exec MBA students alternate between week long residencies, and alternating weekends when they attend class.  To learn more, I recommend reaching out to our XP colleagues at xp@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: Is on-campus recruiting (OCR), available for Exec. MBA Students?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: This live chat is for Evening and Weekend MBA questions, but I encourage you to contact our Executive MBA Program colleagues at xp@ChicagoBooth.edu.  They also offer online information sessions that you can register for at: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba/admissions/events/north-america/online-events.

Chat Guest: Is there a similar resume review offered for the FT program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  I do not believe so, but feel free to reach out to their team at admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

Chat Guest: is it possible to take 3 courses all on Saturdays?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: It is not possible to take three courses on Saturday. Two classes on Saturday are the most you could take that day. If you would like to take three courses in a quarter, you could elect to take one Friday evening course, and two Saturday -- or two Saturday and one Monday class for example. Most weekend students looking to take three courses will take one on Friday night and two on Saturday.

Chat Guest: If life circumstances change, and you are admitted into Booth and you need to defer for a year, is that an option? Or would you accept and then take a semester off?
* Kara Northcutt| Director of Admissions and Marketing: No, a year deferral is not an option. For the Evening MBA, you can request a 1-quarter deferral. For the Weekend MBA, you can request to defer to the next start term. We bring in Weekend MBA classes autumn and spring. If the deferral request is approved, there is a $1000 deferral fee (in addition to the $1000 tuition deposit).  You need to take at least one course during your first quarter. However, while in the program, you are able to go on inactive status until you are ready to resume. Since students have 5 years to complete the program, it is not uncommon for students to take some quarters off from time to time. It is a very flexible program!

Chat Guest: If most Weekend students are in class from 9-4pm on Sat, what time is career services open on Sat for students?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: A typical Weekend student is in class on Saturdays from 9-12:00 and 1:30-4:30. Career Services has office hours in the evenings (weekdays until 6:30) and on Saturdays they are open from 8:30-5:00pm. This is a really great benefit for our part-time students.

Chat Guest: Is there any financial aid outside of loans available for part-time students?
* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations :Outside of federal and private student loans, the only scholarship available to part-time MBA students is the Civic Scholars Program, which is limited to people who work in a nonprofit organization or the government.

Chat Guest: How many classes can an evening student take per quarter?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening students who are employed Full-Time realistically would not take more than 3 classes per quarter. Students who eventually while in the program make a career transition and quit their jobs, students can take 4 classes per quarter without a full-time job.

Chat Guest: What scholarships do you offer, and are any specific to the weekend program?
* Molly O'Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The only scholarship available in the Evening and Weekend MBA programs is the Civic Scholars Program.  It is specifically for people who work in nonprofit organizations or the government.

Chat Guest: Does whether or not our company is sponsoring the MBA at all factored into the admissions process?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  No. Financial support from an employer does not play a factor in our admissions process.

Chat Guest: In addition to the recommendation letters from my supervisors, I would like to get a letter from one of my teachers who have been a very important person in my life. Unfortunately, he is not good in English. Do you accept recommendation letters in languages other than English?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  No. All letters of recommendations should be submitted in English. I recommend submitting 2 letters of recommendation and using a letter from a teacher as a third letter of support.

Chat Guest: If I am doing my part time at another school (Ross or Kellogg) and I wanted to transfer to GSB, will the school honor the move and if so, do credits transfer to GSB?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions:  Booth does not accept transfer credits from outside institutions.  You would have to begin the MBA with us from scratch.

Chat Guest: Do you recommend applicants take the GMAT more than once?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The GMAT or GRE are good exams to take more than once if you fall below our average of a 680 and/or you feel you could significantly improve your score with more time to study. Most applicants do tend to improve their scores the second time, so naturally it is something I recommend more times than not.

Chat Guest: Do all classes offered require you to be present or are there any hybrid options?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  You are expected to attend class in person. We do not offer a hybrid option at Booth.

Chat Guest: Are weekend students allowed access to the same organizations as full time/evening students for networking purposes, etc.?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Chicago Booth offers more than 40 student-led groups, all designed for evening and weekend schedules. Check out the various groups here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups,

Chat Guest: Are all evening classes held at the Gleacher center?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  Yes. Evening courses, which meet once a week from 6-9 PM, are held at the Gleacher Center. This is also true for Weekend courses, which meet at the Gleacher Center from 9-12 and 1:30-4:30 PM

Chat Guest: If you have already applied to Booth's Full Time Program and were denied, how do you recommend you improve/differentiate yourself before applying to the evening program?
* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions:  I recommend contacting our office to have a conversation with an admissions officer. We can discuss your re-application strategy more effectively over the phone or in-person. Email us at eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu.