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February 6, 2018 Live Admissions Chat

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Chat Guest: Please highlight score ranges for Executive Assessment.

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: For Executive Assessment questions and average scores, please contact the Executive Program Admission office directly at xp@ChicagoBooth.edu

Chat Guest: Good afternoon! Can you please tell a little bit about the joint degree with a certificate in health administration and policy? How many additional classes are required and what is the cost? Thank you!

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: You will find more about the program below. For Booth students, you would apply to the certificate once you are a student. There are no additional courses per se; instead you use some of your electives (you have a total of 11) to earn the certificate.  There is no additional cost to earn the certificate. http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/gphap/

Chat Guest: If we were to decide to take a quarter off during the program would we still need to pay the non-tuition fees for that quarter?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Since students have 5 years to complete the MBA Program, you are welcome to go on inactive status when you need to take quarters off. You simply fill out an inactive request form and send to our Academic Services team. You will not be charged any tuition or fees when on inactive status. It is a very simple process.

Chat Guest: How can one strengthen their candidacy if they have a low GPA or are weak in another criteria that is unchangeable at this point in time?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: It’s tough to advise prospective students on these types of questions, since we employ a holistic review process and consider all parts of your application equally.  That being said, you could aim for a strong score on the GMAT or GRE to offset a lower undergraduate GPA and strengthen the academic piece of your application.  You can also reach out to our team at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu  and we’d be happy to discuss your specific background and application strategy with you.

Chat Guest: Thank you so much for hosting this chat! How are the Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing portions of the GMAT considered in the admissions process?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We look at your entire GMAT score, but will certainly look at the different section breakdowns. When analyzing a candidate’s academic preparedness to succeed in the rigor of a Booth classroom we look at all of the sections, and of course the quantitative section. You should strive to get the best score possible. Our average GMAT is a 680. This is only one piece of the application and we take a holistic approach to reviewing your entire file.

Chat Guest: My question is about the visa status for the weekend MBA program. I am interested in the Weekend CBF program. Currently, I am on F1 visa and will be applying for the H1B visa this year. Are there any specific visa requirements for this program? Do I need to move back to the F1 visa or can I pursue the weekend MBA on H1B visa?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Since the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs are designed for full-time working professionals, we seek students who are working full-time at the time they apply. Therefore, you should wait to apply until you have employment and a work visa secured. Again, because our students are working full-time, we do not have F1 student visa holders in the program. 

Chat Guest: What's the deadline for Evening MBA Fall 2018?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Autumn Deadline for the Evening MBA is June 22, 2018

Chat Guest: If for any reason during the part-time program you feel that you may be better served in a full-time MBA, does Booth offer the ability to switch into the full-time program?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: You cannot transfer between the Evening MBA/Weekend MBA programs and the Full Time MBA program, as we have different application processes. Keep in mind our curriculum is very flexible, allowing you to take classes across these three programs, and speed up or slow down the pace of your program, so it is possible as a part time MBA student to still take a full course load, if your schedule allows.

Chat Guest: Hi, I would like to know why there isn’t a summer admission for the weekend MBA stream.

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: There are a variety of reasons, and one main reason is how we plan our curriculum each year. We put much time and effort into having robust course offerings on Friday nights and Saturdays, which is when the majority of Weekend MBA students take courses. By having an Autumn and Spring intake for Weekend students, we can plan accordingly to ensure the typical courses that Weekend MBA students take during their first quarter are available. This process is a benefit to Weekend MBA students. If you happen to be in the Chicago-land area, you could apply to the Evening MBA format for Summer 2018, then you can apply to transfer into the Weekend MBA Program during your 2nd quarter or later. The transfers are effective the quarter after you submit the transfer request.       

Chat Guest: Where do out-of-area students in the Weekend MBA program stay when in Chicago for classes? Does the university provide assistance with hotels, shuttle from the airport, etc.?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: This link shows some of the airline and hotel discounts available in the area for our students: https://finserv.uchicago.edu/purchasing/travel/uchicagodiscountprograms.shtml. There are a few links on this page you will be unable to view without a UChicago login, but it should give you a general idea, if you’re curious about travel costs should you become a student here. We do provide free shuttles to/from both Chicago airports on Saturdays for Weekend MBA students flying in.

Chat Guest: Once in the MBA program, are there opportunities to audit (sit0in as observing, un-enrolled participant) classes that we're not enrolled in? Also, is this limited to a specific campus (Hyde Park/Gleacher Center)?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Yes, students may audit courses at Chicago Booth. The per-course tuition rate applies to officially audited courses, though they do not count toward degree requirements. Classes are offered at Gleacher (Evening & Weekend Format) and Hyde Park (Weekday during regular business hours).

Chat Guest: 1.    Do the Evening/Weekend students get to participate in the same networking events and social clubs (Random Walk, etc.) as the full time MBA students (assuming that your work schedule permits the flexibility to participate)?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening and Weekend students have their own social and industry clubs, which for the most part are run separately from Full-time clubs. This is due to the availability of Evening and Weekend students, and cautiously scheduling events that allow for the best opportunity for part time students to be involved. The Random Walk is specific to the Full time program only, however there are other events and treks that Evening and Weekend students can attend such as a trek to London and/or Hong Kong for 4 days each autumn, or other international treks

Chat Guest: Hello - I am interested in the CBF program and planning to apply to the Weekend MBA for 2019. As such, am I only eligible for Fall 2019 admission? Or is there any way to be considered for Spring admission and join the CBF cohort in the Fall (given this is the only CBF Weekend intake)? Thank you!

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: For the Evening CBF program, we have two admissions intakes per year (Fall and Spring), and for the Weekend CBF program, we have only one per year (Fall).  Admissions are rolling, so if you apply early and are admitted early, you could potentially take some courses as a Graduate Student at Large, but you would not begin as a Booth Weekend CBF student until the Fall quarter.  Learn more about GSAL here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business

Chat Guest: When applying, do my recommenders need to complete their portion by the deadline?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Recommenders should complete their letters of support before the deadline. However, we understand that is not always possible. Therefore, we do provide a 1 week grace period for supplemental material such as letters of recommendation.

Chat Guest: For the Evening Chicago Business Fellows program, are you able to register for Interview day at any time prior to the June 16th deadline?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, though registration may fill up sooner than that, so I encourage you to register for the interview day ASAP if you plan to attend!

Chat Guest: Is there a minimum verbal/quant percentile score that is preferred or does the overall GMAT score have more significance in the application? Should we be concerned if one percentile is much lower than the other?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not a minimum GMAT verbal/quant score that Booth requires. The average Booth student scores about a 680 on the GMAT (total score). It is important to show competency in the verbal and quant sections, but the overall score provides a more conclusive idea of your academic ability

Chat Guest: Hello! Are there group projects and other team-oriented assignments for Evening and Weekend MBA students? Curious to know how such activities are designed for full-time working professionals. 

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: The courses in the Evening/Weekend Program are no different than those in the Full-Time program.  Often times there are a mix of students from each of the programs in any given classroom. 

Chat Guest: Thanks for taking the questions. My understanding is that weekend MBA requires taking classes on every Saturday and that it will take 2.5 to 3 years to earn the degree. Is there a way to expedite the process?

* Fawwaz Qayyum| Weekend MBA Student: Weekend students can also register for Evening and Full-Time classes.  If your schedule allows it, you can take more than just two Saturday classes and finish the program quicker.

Chat Guest: Is there a limit on the number of quarters that can be taken off?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: You have 5 years to complete your MBA. Most students pace themselves at 2 classes per quarter and complete their MBA in 2.5-3 years. Many students do take a quarter off and there is no limit to the number of quarters you can take off (consecutively or otherwise) so long as you complete the degree requirements within 5 years.

Chat Guest: How Important is GMAT in an application. Is it a hard requirement from 620+?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The GMAT is one component of the application, not necessarily more important than any other as we take a holistic view of the applicant The average Booth student scores about a 680 on the GMAT (total score). There is not a minimum requirement to apply.

Chat Guest: Could you touch more on LEAD? How is the course structured? How does it work for Evening/Weekend?

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: LEAD is structured around the orientation process and is a part of the entire LAUNCH program for new students.

Chat Guest: How does admissions views students coming from a business vs. non-business background? Is it preferred to have undergraduate coursework in business?

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: The student body is pretty diverse coming from all kinds of disciplines and functions.  There are many students with no formal business education prior to their MBA.

Chat Guest: What’s the average age /experience level of students in the evening /weekend MBA?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The middle 80% of admitted students have between 2-10 years of work experience, with an average of 6-7. We are less concerned with the number of years and more about what you can contribute to a classroom discussion.  For individuals with less than 3 years, we have the Chicago Business Fellows programs. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates

Chat Guest: What’s the average Undergraduate GPA expected?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The middle 80% of admitted students have an undergraduate GPA range of 3.0-3.9. Please keep in mind, our review process is holistic, and will measure academic readiness beyond an undergraduate transcript. We take a holistic review when deciding a candidate’s admissibility, weighing each part of the application evenly.

Chat Guest: Hi, I'm interested in pursuing a career in CSR and the intersection of the public and private sectors. Can you please share some information on how Booth’s EMBA program supports professionals seeking to pursue careers in these areas?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: By EMBA, are you referring to our Executive MBA program? If so, I encourage you to reach out to their team at xp@chicagobooth.edu for specific questions.  Booth has a top-notch career services team to assist our students in their career progression and job searches, regardless of industry or function!

Chat Guest: Good Afternoon. Can you tell me about the recruitment opportunities available for Weekend MBA program? Are the Campus recruitment drives held on weekends?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have the same access to career services and networking opportunities as their Full Time (FT) 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 can opt to go through formal on-campus recruiting as long as it is for full-time positions, but as a Weekend MBA student, you will need to have some flexibility in your schedule, since most of the recruiting events take place during the week on campus.

Chat Guest: Hi there, I have studied some Business Management courses at an international University. Does Booth consider that experience and offer an "accelerated" program where I would not have to repeat the courses?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: All Booth MBA students are required to complete 20 courses and Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD). You are able to speed up or slow down the program as you see fit.  You can accelerate by taking 3 courses. However, you should be very careful to not overload yourself. Taking 2 courses per quarter is the norm for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students. We offer the most flexible curriculum, and you have 130 courses to choose from. Therefore, you will not have to repeat courses you may have already taken in undergrad, or feel like you have very strong working knowledge of based on your professional experience. If you have strong knowledge of a particular area, you can take the more advanced course to fulfill that requirement.

Chat Guest: If I enroll in the evening or weekend MBA program, is there a possibility to transfer to the full time program?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: No, you are not able to transfer between the part time and full time MBA programs at Booth.

Chat Guest: Hi Booth Team - Greetings! What are some new and upcoming courses and specializations that are in the works for the Booth Evening Chicago Program?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: There are always exciting changes happening at Chicago Booth with our world class faculty and cutting edge curriculum. Check out some of the recent news here. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2018/year-in-review.

Chat Guest: When in the application process would be an appropriate time to meet with an admissions director to discuss a candidate’s application?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: You are able to meet with an admissions officer at any time through the process. Depending on our questions, it may be appropriate to meet early in the process. For others, it is later. I recommend reaching out whenever you questions!

Chat Guest: Does the Weekend/Evening MBA program have equal recruitment opportunity and hire (career fairs, networking events, etc.)?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Career Services access and offerings are almost exactly the same for Full-Time, Evening and Weekend MBA students, with the exception of school-facilitated internship recruiting. This is specifically designed for our Full-Time MBA students who have left their jobs to attend their MBA full-time.  If you feel an internship will be an important part of your career goals, we suggest you explore full-time programs. Some events and programming that are led by our full-time student clubs may be limited to full-time students only. This is especially common for events connected to internship recruiting.  

Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students are able to participate in the same school-facilitated Campus Recruiting program for full time jobs. Please keep in mind that campus recruiting is only one of many sources students use to find a new job (if that is their goal)- job posting database, student and alumni network, etc. Many EW students are not seeking a new job, rather are looking to advance in their current organization.

Chat Guest: Do you have a straight cut off on GMAT score? What if I have a low score, can we still apply and get accepted?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Our mid-80% GMAT range is 620-740. While we don’t technically have a minimum, the full range is typically mid-500s to 780. If you are concerned about your test score, you could also consider taking a Booth class as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL).  Up to 3 GSAL courses transfer into the MBA program if admitted. We strongly suggest taking foundational courses such as business statistics and/or financial accounting and look for grades of B+ and higher. GSAL is a great option, just be sure to keep in mind that your grades in these courses will be taken into consideration when evaluating your Booth application. To learn more, check out the GSAL website: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business.

Chat Guest: What would you recommend is the best way to prepare for the interview?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Our candidate’s interview with a member of our admissions committee (typically a current student or alumni in the evening or weekend program). The interview itself is very conversational in nature. I would encourage you to engage with us as much as possible leading up to the submission of your application. Attend an event, sit in on a class, and interact with our community. This will help you get a feel for what it means to be a student at Chicago Booth and add insight into your application and the interview itself. Please note that if you are a Chicago Business Fellow applicant, the interview process is slightly different.

Chat Guest: I am very new to the process.  Where do I apply to take the GMAT or GRE?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may start at the GMAT and GRE websites respectively. You will want to identify testing centers in your area, and their schedules. Then, you can begin studying for the exam including practice tests, potentially purchasing prep material, etc. You may also reference a blog I recently wrote on the GMAT and GRE exams from Booth's perspective along with studying tips: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2017/gmat-gre-preps.

Chat Guest: How does course scheduling work for students pursuing a joint-degree program at the University of Chicago, specifically for out-of-area students?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: It depends on the degree program, and I am not super familiar with all of them.  I know that the Computer Science program offers evening classes, and the law school does as well.  I believe many of the other graduate programs have daytime classes, so you would possibly need to have a flexible work situation if you’re planning to pursue those.  I recommend reaching out to the admissions teams for whichever specific degrees you’re considering to discuss in more detail.

Chat Guest: For candidates with Master’s degree, will the admissions consider undergraduate GPA or graduate GPA?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We will consider both, and require you to submit all transcripts from any previous degrees you've earned, including undergraduate and graduate education.  I hope this helps!

Chat Guest: How would the lab courses work with the evening program, for example the Venture Capital Lab Course?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Lab courses are available for Evening and Weekend MBA students, however there can at times be a significant time requirement during the day. You may apply for the lab class the quarter you are interested in taking the class. Applications differ per class, some requiring a statement of purpose and your resume. If your schedule allows for this sort of time during the day (working directly with a particular company) then this option would be available.

Chat Guest: Is admission into the Evening Chicago Business Fellows more competitive than the Evening MBA?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: No, it is not.  While each incoming CBF cohort is smaller than the overall incoming class, we also receive fewer applications for CBF, so the admissions rate is about the same.

Chat Guest: Are there global / study abroad courses and/or projects offered as a part of the Weekend MBA experience?

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: Yes!  There are quarter long study abroad opportunities as well as shorter term classes at institutions across the globe.

Chat Guest: Hello, high-level, what are your recommendations to prepare a strong application?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Think of your application in 3 buckets: academics, reasoning for an MBA, and fit for Booth. Spend the appropriate time prepping for the GMAT (or GRE) as it’s an important part of your academic profile. Engage with current student, alumni, and colleagues who hold MBAs to understand how an MBA will benefit you professional. Finally, invest in getting to know Booth through attending events and engaging with our community. Doing so will allow you assess if Booth is the “right” place for you.

Chat Guest: Obviously Booth is an outstanding MBA program for a multitude of reasons, but what would you say are key differentiators that Booth offers compared to other top tier programs?

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: There is a tremendous amount of flexibility in the program to pick which courses you want to take and which areas you want to concentrate in.  You are never required to declare a focus or anything like that during your studies, the direction you go is up to you.  Of course, there are many resources available to help you figure that direction out!

Chat Guest: Are career center services available to Evening MBA students? Is it different from what is available to Full-Time students?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Career Services access and offerings are almost exactly the same for Full-Time, Evening and Weekend MBA students, with the exception of school-facilitated internship recruiting. This is specifically designed for our Full-Time MBA students who have left their jobs to attend their MBA full-time.  If you feel an internship will be an important part of your career goals, we suggest you explore full-time programs.  

Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students are able to participate in the same school-facilitated Campus Recruiting program for full time jobs. Please keep in mind that campus recruiting is only one of many sources students use to find a new job (if that is their goal)- job posting database, student and alumni network, etc. Many EW students are not seeking a new job, rather are looking to advance in their current organization or industry.      

EW has a dedicated Career Service team at the Gleacher Center, and they are available during the evening before class and on Saturdays. This make is very easy

Chat Guest: Should applicants come into the admissions process with a clear sense of where they would like to take their careers after completing the MBA program?  Or do students use the program to determine the next steps in their career?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Some applicants know exactly (or thereabout) where they would like to take their career, while others are open to exploring options within Booth to find that answer. There is no right or wrong answer, but in either case it is important to be as clear as possible in your application.

Chat Guest: What areas do you focus on when reviewing the resume/what kind of areas should we highlight in the resume?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Your resume is our chance to review your work history and progression, and we seek candidates who have shown career success thus far, and who have given thought to how a Booth MBA can help them continue to advance.

Chat Guest: Is there an application fee waiver for veterans or for any other reasons?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Yes we do offer fee waivers for veterans. Chicago Booth does not grant fee waivers based on financial status or any other circumstance outside of the following:

1.            Chicago Business Fellows (Early career candidates)

2.            Military

3.            Teach for America

Chat Guest: Can you please elaborate on the differences of career services offered to weekend MBA student’s vs full-time MBA students?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening/Weekend MBA (EW) students have the same access to career services and networking opportunities as their Full Time (FT) counterparts, with the main difference being that they typically do not go through formal recruiting for internships, since our student population is typically working full time.  You 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 as long as it is for full-time positions instead of internships.  The only other caveat with formal on-campus recruiting is that as an EW student, if your employer is contributing 8k or more per year towards your tuition, you must have their permission to participate.  Everything else is the same, and there are numerous networking events per year geared towards EW students.  We have a Career Services team based out of the Gleacher center specifically to serve our EW student population, and they are available evenings and weekends to meet.

Chat Guest: what’s the average work experience level of students ? I have over 12 years of experience . Am I late in the game?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The average Evening/Weekend student has about 6 years of working experience. Having 12+ years is not a negative. There is a unique perspective you will bring to the classroom with that experience. You are able to apply with 12+ years of working experience and there will be students in the program with that amount as well

Chat Guest: How much coursework is allowed to be taken in other graduate schools? I am interested in computational analytics as it applies to policy at Harris and wondered if that option would exist under the MBA program?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth students have 11 electives as part of their MBA. 6 of those courses can come from outside of Booth, including the Harris School of Public Policy.

Chat Guest: Does Booth offer distance-MBA?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations:All Evening MBA and Weekend MBA classes are held in Chicago at the Gleacher Center. Approximately 70% of our Weekend MBA students commute in from outside of Illinois.

Chat Guest: Is any consideration given to the Essay or Integrated Reasoning portion of the GMAT?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions Yes. Whilst we focus primarily on the Verbal and Quantitative, we do look at all scores associated with the GMAT.

Chat Guest: Good afternoon. I’m interested to learn more about the bidding process involved when selecting courses. In particular, I’m interested to know how successful students are in gaining entry to their most desired classes and how much foresight is involved.

* Fawwaz Qayyum: There is always some degree of planning involved to build your schedule, but the bidding is really based on supply and demand.  For example, this quarter I'm taking a course that historically goes for a huge number of points, but I got in for free because demand was low in the first bid phase this go around.

Chat Guest: Than you for hosting this sessions. At the end of the session, are we going to have a summary of all those questions and the answers linked?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: The chat transcript should be posted on the website within 1-2 weeks! Please keep an eye out for it.

Chat Guest: I am planning to visit the campus in the summertime, is there any particular events I should look out for?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Class Visits are a must! As you get closer to your campus visit, I recommend you reach to our office. There might be a student activity - or two - you could also join as part of your visit. Class visits for summer quarter will be available to late May. 

Chat Guest: Hello, on average how many classes do the evening and weekend MBA students take? And, on average, how often to these classes meet?

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: Classes typically meet once a week for 3 hours.  The program is designed for students to take 2 classes per quarter.

Chat Guest: I already have a Masters in Science degree. What is the GPA requirement for graduate degree?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: I do not have that data available, since not all applicants hold a graduate degree, but typically the graduate GPAs are strong. When reviewing your academic ability, we will consider your undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA, and test scores (GMAT or GRE).

Chat Guest: Is there a limit on letters of recommendation? How about current manager and previous manager?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You are only required to submit two letters of recommendation, and I recommend submitting no more than three or four letters. You can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process/letters-of-recommendation

Chat Guest: Can you carry over undergraduate business credits towards mba requirements?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: No. Student make take 20 courses to earn their MBA from Booth. With our flexible curriculum, we would not ask you to repeat courses/material you masters in previous degrees.

Chat Guest: The press release about the recent gift from Mr. and Mrs Wallman of $75 million says they will also be used for scholarships for part-time students. Can we expect any scholarships announced for Weekend or Evening MBA applicants?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: It is still too soon to say, as the specifics of the gift are still being ironed out. This is often a lengthy process. We are hopefully some of the funds will be able to be used for scholarship for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students.

Chat Guest: If I enroll in the evening or weekend MBA program, is there a possibility to choose class from full time program?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes. Full-time courses meet in Hyde Park and would require you to have a flexible work schedule; full-time classes meet during the week in the morning and early afternoon.

Chat Guest: Can an applicant apply for both CBF and the Evening MBA simultaneously?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Chicago Business Fellows 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.  So you would still be an Evening MBA student, and also part of the CBF community.

Chat Guest: When you graduate from the Evening/Weekend Booth program, is the degree in any way considered different than the full-time MBA from Booth?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Each MBA program at Booth yields the same degree.

Chat Guest: What concentrations are available to Evening MBA students? Can you have more than one?

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: There are 14 concentrations available, and they are the same across programs.  They include everything from Entrepreneurship to Analytical Finance.  You can have as many as you can fit into your curriculum, and I'm pretty sure most people plan on getting more than 1.

Chat Guest: I'm 30 years of age and will be 31 this year. How much does age play a factor in the application process? I always see the average age listed with schools and feel like this may be a uncontrollable weakness. How do you recommend I address this in the application?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: At Booth we value the individual and actively recruit a community of students with diverse experiences, backgrounds, perspectives, and goals. In fact, the age range for our Evening student body is 25-34. The age range for our Weekend student body is 26-34 with the average being 29 across both programs. As you can see, we value having a broad range! This is true of work experience as well. That ranges from 2-10 years with the average being 7 years. I would highlight what you will bring to the Booth classroom given your background and your experience. If someone had 13-15 years of work experience, they would likely be a better fit for our Executive MBA Program.

Chat Guest: Does Booth share admission rate data for either the weekend or evening MBA programs?(accepted vs applied)?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We cannot share our acceptance rate, as it varies by program and quarter. It is also impacted by the quality of the applicant pool. If we have a very strong applicant pool the acceptance rate will be higher, if not, it will be lower. We suggest you don’t get caught up in this and focus on making your application as strong as can be. We are flexible regarding our incoming class sizes. If you are a great applicant, we assure you there will be room in the class.    

Chat Guest: Are there any differentiating factors to the Evening MBA and the CBF Evening MBA besides the years of work experience?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: You would still be an Evening or Weekend MBA student, and also part of the CBF community.  It yields the same degree and all of your required courses will be with the traditional Evening or Weekend students.  The only difference is the non-credit-bearing professional development seminar that CBF students participate in during their first quarter. 

Chat Guest: Can you please elaborate on how the CBF interview is different from the Evening MBA interview?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: 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.

Chat Guest: can you tell me how to attend an event, sit in on a class, and interact with Booth community? I am very interested in taking that opportunity

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may do the following:

Visit a class: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/EWClassVisit

Attend an admission event: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events

Interact with the Booth community: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer

Chat Guest: Are admission decisions made on a rolling basis?  If so, what is the normal response time?  Or is there a hard date set for responses to candidates on the outcome of their application?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA admissions decisions operate on a rolling basis. Once you submit an application, you should receive a decision within 4-6 weeks.

Chat Guest: How many students get accepted into the Chicago Business Fellow program per application cycle?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Our goal is to admit around 30 students per CBF cohort, but that number certainly ranges based on the quality of the application pool.

Chat Guest: Thanks for taking questions! Could you please highlight different scholarship programs that are available, their requirements and the deadlines to apply?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: For the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs, we have scholarships for those in working in nonprofit or government sector via our Civic Scholars Program (Weekend Program only). We also have niche scholarships for Weekend MBA applicants in Detroit and for Entrepreneurs who are seeking to grow their businesses while getting there MBA. See this link for details: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

 

Chat Guest: If one is selected for CBF, must they take all courses with their cohort or are they allotted the same flexibility? If one is not required to take all courses, how does it differ than the traditional program? Thanks.

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The only requirement for the CBF cohort is participating in the professional development seminar during the first quarter, which is specifically designed to help you develop as young professionals.  For all of your other required MBA courses, you are allotted the same flexibility as a traditional Evening or Weekend student would have, and are able to take your classes in whatever order you choose.

Chat Guest: What is the standard class size?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The average class in Booth is about 50 students, with some classes being smaller from there.

Chat Guest: How many students attend the courses, on average?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: On average, class size is about 45 students, however, this varies from class to class.

Chat Guest:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process/letters-of-recommendation I check the link, it recommend: " A second letter that can be professional in nature or from an organization, club, or volunteer project", Is it fine get the letter from previous supervisor?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: A letter from a previous supervisor is certainly acceptable as your second letter of recommendation.

Chat Guest: How long is the interview portion of the application process on average?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The interview in the application process lasts from 45-50 minutes, where you will be speaking with a current student or alum of the Evening/Weekend program.

Chat Guest: If you have some flexibility in your work schedule, is it possible to enroll for a full-time MBA course instead of those specific sections intended for evening/weekend students?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: As an Evening, Weekend, or Full-time student, you are able to enroll in a class in any of those three programs throughout your time at Booth. Each program yields the same degree so the professors will be teaching across each program

Chat Guest: How accessible are the professors, especially for a weekend commuter student?

* Fawwaz Qayyum | Weekend MBA Student: Professors are very accessible.  They are usually pretty good about email, and on the weekends they teach they typically arrive early and spend some time after class to meet students.  There is also office space available for them to conduct office hours before or after class at Gleacher Center.

Chat Guest: Hello Booth Team, Thank you for taking questions. I wanted to understand that apart from getting an immediate opportunity, in the long term, in what ways would a Booth Weekend MBA be useful for me?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: There are many benefits to a Booth MBA.  Since our weekend program yields the same degree as our full-time and evening programs, you will learn from the same world-class faculty. Our evening/weekend student population is quite vibrant, with many social and professional activities taking place on Saturdays. Additionally, all students will have access to Career Services for the lifetime of their career. Our alumni network is also quite active around the world; you would be joining a community for life.

Chat Guest: For undergraduate GPA, do you look at the GPA for the candidate’s major only or overall? I have a much higher GPA specific to classes to my major.

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We will look at the overall undergraduate GPA, however we will specifically look at the classes you've taken and the grades earned within your major, and in key qualitative/quantitative areas

Chat Guest: Are you able to apply to the Evening MBA if you have less then, or at, 3 years work experience or are you required to apply to CBF at that point?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: If you are close to (or under) the 3-4 year mark, it is to your benefit to apply for CBF, since your application will be reviewed amongst those with similar years or work experience, rather than being reviewed amongst someone with 7-10 years of experience.

Chat Guest: Do you have any statistics as to number of EW students changing their jobs. if so, any break down of functions, industries, etc.?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: From our recent employment report, 9% of Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students were not seeking a career change. Of those who were seeking, 91% made a change: 33% advance at current company (promoted, changed function, changed geography, etc.); 62% moved to a new organization (72% changed function, 71% changed industry). These changes are not mutually exclusive. Finally, 5% started their own company. 

Chat Guest: There is one listed Interview day for the CBF program, June 16, will there be more posted as the deadline for application gets closer?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Hi Bailey, we do not have another CBF interview day planned for after June 16 for the Autumn 2018 deadline. With that being said, you do not have to submit your application prior to the interview day. If you have any more questions about the CBF interview day, I suggest emailing my colleague Lindsay at Lindsay.Badeaux@chicagobooth.edu.She manages admissions for the CBF program.

Chat Guest: How does the interview process work for EW applications?  Within the 4-6 week timeline from submitting an application, will you hear if you are invited for an interview?  Any further elaboration on this piece of the admissions process is appreciated!

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You will receive a link to schedule your admissions interview once you submit your application. You should complete your interview within the 4-6 week timeline, so we are able to make a final decision within the same timeframe.

Chat Guest: Are there merit scholarships available to EW students?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: There are very few opportunities for scholarships available to EW students. They are limited and very niche in their criteria. We have the Civic Scholars Program for weekend applicants working in non-profit or government sector, the Motor City Scholarship for individuals living and working in the Detroit Metro area, and the Entrepreneurial Scholars Scholarships for co-founders or founders looking to pursue their MBA while working on their startup.  About half of our students receive some type of funding from their employer and students are eligible for Federal Aid in the form of loans.

Chat Guest: Thank you for organizing the live chat. It is recommended to have the second letter of recommendation outside of professional environment. What impact one may have if it is within the same organization?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Thank you for attending. The second letter of recommendation can come from within your organization or outside -- much of that is determined by the relationship you have with your recommender and how they can speak to you. If a person outside of your organization can speak to different skills you may have, then that may be more valuable

Chat Guest: Hello Booth. I would like to know more about the diversity in a Weekend MBA cohort, in terms of industry background. 

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: On our Booth Weekend MBA page (toward the bottom) there is a section that breaks down the industries of our students for your reference: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend.

Chat Guest: Are interviews by invitation only?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: We feel interviews are essential when determining a candidate's admissibility to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. Therefore, we require an interview from all applicants.

Chat Guest: Does the accounting concentration offer enough courses to qualify to sit for a CPA exam upon completion of the program?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The accounting concentration does not offer enough courses to qualify to sit for the CPA. With 20 classes required to graduate, each of our 14 concentrations require 3-4 courses, with a few exceptions

Chat Guest: I'm currently targeting entry with the Autumn 2018 cohort. Is there such a thing as applying too early?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Not at all!  We have a rolling admissions model, so the earlier you apply, the earlier you will receive a decision from us.  Our decision timeline is typically 4-6 weeks from when you submit your application, provided it is complete, and that you interview during that time.

Chat Guest: Will the 2018 application process allow me to make a decision between Full Time and Part Time if I were to be accepted to both? I am currently torn between the advantages of both programs and would ideally like the decision to come down to my options I have. Thanks so much for answering  all my questions!

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Applicants cannot apply concurrently to multiple Booth programs. The biggest difference between full-time and part-time is whether or not you would like continuing working whilst earning your degree. I would encourage you think about which format best fits your goals. If you are looking to make a significant career change, you may want to explore our full-time option.

Chat Guest: As going global and global integration is a key part of business, how can Evening MBA students connect with London and Hong Kong campuses and students?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Great question! Our London and Hong Kong campuses are home to our Executive MBA programs, but there are still opportunities for you to engage with our worldwide community!  We offer non-academic trips to these areas that take place during our break between quarters, and allow Evening and Weekend MBA students to connect with alumni, do corporate visits, and engage with the cultural offerings of these great cities.

Chat Guest: What would you say is a length of a good essay?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: All of our essays are relatively short, so keeping them right around the word limits is ideal. See here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process/essay

Chat Guest: For someone below the average of 6-7 years’ experience, would it be beneficial to take Graduate Student-At-Large classes, until reaching 6-7 years of experience? Or is it just as well to apply now?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: the Graduate Student At Large program is not necessary for those with under 6 years of experience, however if you have concerns about your academic ability either through undergrad grades or testing, this option can help bolster your application from an academic standpoint. Or if you'd like to experience a Booth class prior to committing to the program, this option would be great also.

Chat Guest: If you took the GMAT a few times (and kept your score each time), are earlier, lower scores any cause for concern?  For example, if your first time you received a 550 but the third time you received a 680?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: We only consider your highest valid test score when evaluating your application.

Chat Guest: If you apply early and receive a decision early (hopefully of acceptance), are you required to confirm enrollment earlier?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We provide you with adequate time to accept or reject the offer of admission and in these situations have a bit of wiggle room to extend your decision deadline if need be.  If you accept the offer and something comes up, you can request a deferral and we review those on a case by case basis.

Chat Guest: Can you talk about the self-reported notarized undergraduate transcript option for international applicants? Is there a specific format one must follow for this?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You would not need to submit notarized transcripts until the time of admission. For the application process, please upload any transcripts, degree certificates, and mark sheets for any institution you received credit counting towards a degree.

Chat Guest: In one of the query you said that an applicant with 13-15 years is best fit for Executive MBA. Does that mean it is better apply for Executive MBA even when the applicant is a not an executive or managerial position?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Someone with 13-15 years of experience does fit the profile of an Executive MBA candidate; however it does not mean someone with similar years of experience could not gain acceptance into the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs. Since the format of the Executive MBA is different from that of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA, I encourage you to learn more about each of them to find the one that best fits your professional goals.

Chat Guest: How can first year Evening students be more active in integrating themselves with Hyde Park and Downtown Chicago campuses and their network?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: All students have access to the full Booth community directory, which give you access to current students and alumni from all MBA Program formats. You are able to reach out to them as you see fit. Also, our student clubs sometimes partner or events and conferences throughout the year- Emerging Markets Summit, for example. You are also able to take a course with the Full Time MBA students if your schedule allows you to take a daytime course on the main campus. Many full-time students live downtown, so are often at Gleacher during the daytime. Since we have different campuses, you may have to make some extra effort to engaging with full-time, but they are also part of your larger Booth network.

Chat Guest: How can we make an appointment to talk to an admissions representative?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: You can email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we will be happy to set something up.

 

Chat Guest: For GRE/GMAT scores, does admissions take into consideration the number of times the exam(s) have been taken? That is, is there a downside to retaking the exam several times?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: For admissions, we do look at the number of times an applicant has tested, but in no way is that a negative toward the applicant. It can be beneficial at times if we know an applicant with a gmat score below our middle 80% range (620-740) it indicates that the applicant has put forth significant effort in their attempt to raise their score

Chat Guest: hi, will the chat transcript be posted on the website later?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Yes you can expect it to be posted within 1-2 weeks from today. Please keep an eye out and you will receive an email with the link as well.

Chat Guest: Is three years of professional experience a hard cap for the CBF program? Can you have more?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not a hard cutoff at 3 years for CBF.  I would say if you would be under the 4 year mark by the time you’d be starting classes at Booth, go ahead and apply for CBF.  If we review your application and think you’d be a better fit for the traditional Evening or Weekend program, we’d simply have that conversation with you.

Chat Guest: Do you have any additional tips for writing an essay for the civic scholar program?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Nothing specific comes to mind. We are looking for evidence that you are dedicated to nonprofit and/or government positons and seek to have a long term impact on such during and post-MBA.

Chat Guest: Can I save this chat?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We will post the chat transcript on our website from today in about 1-2 weeks