March 8, 2018 Live Admissions Chat
Chat Guest: Hello! Program website states that 450 evening students matriculate every year. While reading the chat transcripts from previous months- I read the count was 350. Can you please clarify? Also- what is the # of admits during the summer quarter?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Our matric numbers change year to year and quarter by quarter. We typically matriculate ~460 total Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students each year (Autumn quarter-Summer quarter). Of those ~170 are Weekend MBA students and ~290 are Evening MBA students. For Summer quarter, we only matriculate an Evening MBA class, and it typically has 35-40 students.
Chat Guest: Hello, what are some of key differences between Weekend MBA and executive MBA programs? Which would be more relevant for mid-level manager?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Executive MBA program is a 21 month lock-step cohort program for students with an average of 14 years of corporate working experience with some of those being higher management level roles. The program is very structured in terms of the classes you would take, and involves a week in our campuses in London and Hong Kong respectively. Classes meet every other week, all day on Friday and Saturday. For the Evening and Weekend MBA programs, the average student age is 30, with 7 years average working experience, but we also have students in the programs well into their 40’s. The program is quite flexible, allowing you to take classes across programs. There is also a great amount of flexibility in the types of classes you can take, depending on your experience and preference. If you are on the verge between the Executive program and the Evening or Weekend programs, your choice will come down to what you’re specifically looking to gain from your MBA experience.
Chat Guest: hello, what is the acceptance rate for weekend MBA?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: 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: Dear all, thank you for this chat. I would like to know about requirements for students that English is not the first language
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: All international students whose native language is not English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam unless they:
• Have earned an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction
• Are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language
• Have been living and working full-time in the United States for two or more years
Applicants should note this exemption where indicated in the application.
Chat Guest: Are there students in the weekend program who commute every week from West-coast?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing:We actually have a good number of students commuting from the west coast each weekend! Like other Weekend MBA students, they fly in either Friday night or Saturday morning and leave Saturday or Sunday, depending on their schedules. For those arriving and leaving on Saturday, we have a shuttle bus that will pick up and drop off students at each airport in Chicago. I recommend connecting with a student or alum from the west coast to get a better idea of making the commute work. Here's the link to connect with a student or alum: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Chat Guest: What is the class strength for Weekend MBA program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions If you are referring to the profile of our Weekend students from an industry and function perspective, we have data you may reference. You may find Industry and class statistics at the following link (you will need to scroll down on the page a bit): https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend
Chat Guest: For applicants who live and work in Chicago, what would you say are reasons people enroll in weekend v. weekend and vice-versa? What are the advantages of each, as far as classes, community, etc.
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: Hi, the primary reason people choose between the Evening and weekend are work/travel requirements. Both sets of groups have similar classes offered each quarter and you can register for both sets as class selection progresses. The same professors teach both the evening and weekend classes.
Chat Guest: Hi! Thanks for hosting this session. I just had a quick question about travel for the weekend program. Does Booth have special rate programs with airlines and/or hotels to help reduce the cost of travel for the program?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We are glad you plan to apply to Booth’s Weekend MBA Program! We have a free shuttle to and from Midway and O’Hare airports Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. Many students from MN fly in and out on Saturdays. We also have a large list of hotels near Gleacher Center that offer student discounts. A few airlines also have small student discounts. Many students also share hotels/apartments when they stay in Chicago to reduce costs. We do our best to make the travel aspect of the program as manageable as possible. You can check out the discounts here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/student-experience/city-life
Chat Guest: What does a strong application look like?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We have a holistic review and look at academics ability, professional background, professional accomplishments, career goals with an MBA, and interests/community involvement outside of work. In short, we are looking for well-rounded individuals who have a high level of intellectual curiosity. Our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA incoming classes for 2017 had: 3.4 undergraduate GPA (average), 7 years of work experience (average), and the mid-80% GMAT range is 620-740. Hopefully this help you get an idea of our student profile and what we are looking for in candidates.
Chat Guest: I saw on the website that most Weekend MBA students take 2 courses per quarter. Can you give an example of how a typical Weekend MBA student structures their program? Is it possible to take more than 2 courses per quarter?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: There is a morning class section from 9-noon and an afternoon class from 1:30-4:30 that meet weekly on Saturdays, so most Weekend MBA students take 2 courses per quarter and finish the degree in 2.5-3 years. That said, you have the ability to take classes across the Evening and Weekend MBA programs, so if you were able to come to Chicago on Fridays and take a Friday evening class, you could potentially take 3 classes per quarter sometimes. The program is very flexible and allows you to set your own pace.
Chat Guest: Good Afternoon! Are there any components of the application process that are more important than the others?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Each application receives a holistic view, meaning no one component is more important than the other. Remember, part of the application process is the in-person interview that each applicant receives, which is considered holistically as well. In any case, you want to make sure your application is as strong as possible in all areas.
Chat Guest: with your former campus in Singapore closure, how will Singapore student attend lesson in Singapore?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have campuses in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong with program options for the Full-Time, Evening, Weekend (Chicago campuses only) or Executive program (a combination of each campus). A student currently residing in Singapore would need to apply to one of the four programs and relocate to North America.
Chat Guest: What is an acceptable range for toefl?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: For TOEFL, the minimum score will differ depending on whether you took the computer, internet-based, or paper test. Applicants who score below the minimums may still apply, but admission would be contingent upon meeting the minimum scores or other language requirements. The TOEFL Computer Test Minimum Score (250), TOEFL Paper Test Minimum Score (600), TOEFL Internet Based Test Minimum Score (104); IELTS Minimum Score (7). You can access this information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams
Chat Guest: What requirements are there for Entrepreneurial Scholar Scholarship? What are the industries considered? Thanks.
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Entrepreneurial Scholars Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship, is available prospective Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Program students who have demonstrated success in entrepreneurial ventures. The scholarship is designed for those who are currently running entrepreneurial ventures and are committed to an entrepreneurial career path. The Scholars will continue developing their venture while applying learnings from the MBA Program in real time, and be actively engaged in Booth’s robust entrepreneurial community. There is nothing extra that you need to do in the application process. Any entrepreneur who submits an application is considered for the award.
Chat Guest: Hi, does the school offer scholarships?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: For the Evening and Weekend MBA programs, our scholarships are fairly limited, but I encourage you to learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. We have one for those working in nonprofits, some merit-based options, and one for entrepreneurs.
Chat Guest: Can you describe an ideal candidate? What are some of the things Booth is looking for?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: We are looking for people who are curious, are looking to challenge themselves and want to be part of a community of learners. There isn't an ideal candidate, but our students tend to have a strong academic background and have shown professional success. We look for well-rounded people who have a variety of interests.
Chat Guest: For the weekend program, what will be the general timings of classes?
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: Hi, weekend classes are offered Friday evening and Saturday. Typically students fly in Friday afternoon, and take classes on Saturday (morning/afternoon). Some also take a Friday class if they can arrive early enough. Most then depart Saturday afternoon to have Sunday off
Chat Guest: Confused about the civic scholars admission process, does it require a full application separate from the Weekend MBA application due April 2nd? Test scores, transcripts, recommendations and all?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The Civic Scholars Application is the Weekend MBA application. The only difference is that when you start the application there will be a place where you will indicate that you are applying for the Civic Scholars Program. The application will then auto-populate an addition essay that is specific for Civic Scholars. The entire application is due by April 2.
Chat Guest: When should you take the GMAT and how should you best prepare?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: I recommend giving yourself plenty of time to study for and take the GMAT, though the timeline differs depending on the applicant. Some applicants take a GMAT prep course, and others study on their own. It is really up to you what will work best for you! Keep in mind that if you take the test more than once to try to improve your score, we will always consider your highest score.
Chat Guest: What experiences or opportunities will students miss out on in the Weekend/Part Time program vs. Full Time? A PT Booth graduate recently shared with me that networking was more challenging for the PT student.
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: Hi, networking is as fulfilling as you make it. The Part time students I find are actually better to network with because they are all working and have their own professional networks that they continue to build. There is about a 50/50 split between Part time networking events and full time. If you want to attend any Full time networking events they are all open to you as a P/T student.
Chat Guest: From an admissions perspective, is any preference given to applicants living and working in the Chicago area?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: There is absolutely no decision preference based on where an applicant lives.
Chat Guest: How's GPA viewed vs. GMAT? Does high GMAT makes up for a low-ish undergrad GPA? Thanks.
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: We definitely look at the entire application, but a strong GMAT is helpful. If there is a particular reason why you feel you did not do your best as an undergrad, you will be able to explain that in your application.
Chat Guest: what is the guidance to professors about the hours of homework given between classes?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: This varies from class to class and is influenced by your preexisting knowledge of the subject matter. The average is around 5 hours outside of class each week per class. You will have access to very detailed evaluations on everything from hours required, ratings of faculty, etc. to guide your decisions. We also have academic advisors to help you with course planning and selection. Teaching styles vary between class and faculty and include lecture, group discussion, projects, exams, and group work. This variety makes for a great learning environment and allows students to select course based on their preferred learning methods.
Chat Guest: is it possible to submit a new GMAT score a couple weeks after the application deadline in May?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Although not ideal, it is possible, but you would need to granted permission to do so by our Director of Admissions. If approved, we would allow someone a maximum of 8 days post-deadline to provide a GMAT score. To request this please email our hotline EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu. Keep in mind that for our evening program, we admit a class every quarter so there would be additional opportunities to apply and you would want to ensure you have the strongest application possible.
Chat Guest: I was looking to schedule a weekend class visit, but I saw the last one was this Saturday. When does the next session become available for a visit?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Our Winter quarter is coming to an end next week, with students taking final exams and then entering their week long Spring Break period. Class visits will resume in early April, so keep an eye on the website for registration to open around that time!
Chat Guest: For someone with a below par undergrad GPA and at par grad GPA , do you recommend focusing on the GMAT or taking Graham school courses to show academic proficiency?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: There are a few ways you can attack the application with a sub-par undergraduate GPA and solid graduate GPA. The most important being the GMAT or GRE exam, because that is a requirement regardless of what you decide to do with Graham School. Allowing for enough time to study, and being able to potentially take the exam multiple times are key. From there, you may discuss your score with admissions along with your candidacy to determine the next best step, which could potentially be Graham School.
Chat Guest: Do the Weekend MBA Program have the same access to Career Resource center? also are there any career events that happen over a weekend ?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The Evening and Weekend MBA Program has its own career services office located in the Gleacher Center that is open on weekends. It offers all the same career services as the full-time program.
Chat Guest: Hi Marcus, thanks for your reply...but any possibility we can look into online or virtual video delivery mode for classes?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions : There are no courses offered entirely online at this point, and Booth will not be adding an online program option in the near future, so unfortunately this would not be a possibility.
Chat Guest: How many students in the weekend program commute all the way from the bay area? Are there tie-ups with airlines and hotel that provide discounts to students on air travel and stay?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: I'm not sure on the exact number of Weekend MBA students who come from the Bay area, but we almost always have a strong representation from there. There are no airline discounts through Chicago Booth, but some students have been able to negotiate lower fares through the airlines by booking several flights at once. As far as hotels go, there are downtown Chicago hotels that offer special rates for Chicago Booth. Details are available here: https://finserv.uchicago.edu/purchasing/travel/chicagohotelsprograms.shtml
Chat Guest: thanks for the response! Currently I’m working as a software engineer with 8 years of exp, how hard it is for me to change the job profile than something that I’m currently doing with weekend MBA?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Our Career Services team offers a wide variety of resources from individual career coaching, alumni career advisors, formalized campus recruiting for full time jobs, job posting database, etc. You will be able to partner with them to determine your specific job change strategy. We have a number of engineers in the program who have made changes. You gain access to career services during your first quarter, and they are a resource for life.
Chat Guest: Is an employer's willingness to pay an applicant's tuition considered in the application process?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We ask about employer sponsorship in the application, but it is not factored into the evaluation. We ask for this data as a way for us keep up on trends in tuition reimbursement. Again, what you report in the application will have no bearing on your admissions decision.
Chat Guest: How accessible are the professors on weekends?
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: They are all extremely accessible! Phone and email are always welcome and almost all of them will meet one on one for office hours during the week or on the weekend. I have never had a problem getting in touch with a professor.
Chat Guest: If my work schedule permits, can I take courses from full time MBA curriculum as a weekend MBA student?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Yes - any student can take any course in any program is there are seats available. The full-time students will have priority in registering for day classes and the Weekend students will have priority in registering for weekend classes. However, if there are open seats, you can register for any class.
Chat Guest: Thanks for your time. I believe the entering class is not grouped into cohorts. Has that made a difference? Have you been able to get to know your classmates in spite of it not being a cohort?
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: Hi, the P/T program is not grouped into cohorts in the traditional sense, however during LAUNCH you are in a cohort that you spend the first 3 days with. This was great in breaking the ice of Booth and allowed us to make fast friends. Long term, however, the Booth community is so welcoming that getting to know people is as easy as introducing yourself. Everyone is very easy to meet and network with. I don't think that the lack of traditional cohorts made any difference in my ability to create my own Booth network.
Chat Guest: After Fall 2018, when is the next Weekend MBA entry and it's corresponding Civic Scholars program deadline?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The next intake for the Weekend MBA program will be Spring 2019, with a deadline of early January 2019. However, for the Civic Scholars Program, we only bring in one class per year, each Fall. So the next deadline for Civic Scholars will also be early April, much like it is this year.
Chat Guest: Is there a correlation between how early a candidate applies and acceptance rate?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: It is never too early to start your application. When it comes to submitting your application, we are rolling admissions based so you can submit anytime from when the application is released (9 months before the deadline) to the day of the deadline. I would recommend submitting your application when you feel most ready. Once you submit an application, you should receive a decision within 4-6 week. Good luck!
Chat Guest: For those with less than 5 years of work experience who did a lot of work in college that demonstrates leadership, do you recommend that we include all of it? I've heard that resumes should be no longer than 1 page.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Your resume for admission can be 1-2 pages, and if you feel that leadership experience is significant given your overall resume, you may certainly add that. What is significant is certainly subjective, but you can determine what may add additional layers to your resume.
Chat Guest: without GMAT but with strong reference letters and strategy personas essay about yourself...does it help in admission?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We require a current GMAT or GRE score for every applicant in every MBA program at Booth (Evening, Weekend, Full-Time, Executive). Regardless of your test score, we always recommend writing the strongest essays and getting the best references you can.
Chat Guest: Thank you for your answers, if I got a bad gmat score, should I wait a period of time? or Can I take like a pre-mba classes?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Taking a GMAT prep course or taking a course such as statistics could be a good way for you to improve your score. But, what specific class to take depends on the area where you feel you need to improve.
Chat Guest: For entrepreneur, is it ok to have a client write my letter of recommendation?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Yes, that seems like a great person to ask.
Chat Guest: How easy is to enroll in classes that you're interested in? Especially during the 2nd and 3rd year as you get closer to graduation.
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: It actually gets easier as you get further along in the program. Booth works on a bidding system for classes. You acquire more points, the more classes you complete, so the further along in the program you get the more points you have to bid and thus the easier it is to get into classes!
Chat Guest: Are all classes and events held at the downtown location or are classes also held at the hyde park campus?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA classes are held at our downtown campus, however, if your schedule permits, you can sign up for sections being taught at the Hyde Park campus. Keep in mind, though, that faculty give the same lecture for each course section each week. So a negotiations class section taught on Wednesday mornings in Hyde Park is exactly the same as the class section taught at the Gleacher Center on Thursday night, Saturday afternoon, etc.
Chat Guest: is the acceptance rate lower for spring quarter compared to autumn quarter?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The acceptance rate varies every quarter, so there is no one quarter that is better than another.
Chat Guest: If an applicant is not accepted, do they have the opportunity to re-apply in the following quarter?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: You are considered a reapplicant in the admissions decision process if you have submitted an application to any Chicago Booth MBA program within the last two years. If you choose to reapply to any Chicago Booth MBA program (Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, Full-Time MBA, or Executive MBA), you must wait six months from the date you submitted your original application AND apply to a Chicago Booth MBA Program that begins in a subsequent quarter to your original application. For example, if you originally applied to the Full-Time MBA program for the fall quarter and would like to apply to the Evening MBA program as a reapplicant, you must wait a minimum of six months from your Full-Time MBA application submission date AND apply to the Evening MBA Program for the winter quarter (subsequent quarter to the fall quarter) to be considered an eligible reapplicant.
CHAT GUEST: Can you apply to civic scholars program april 2nd 2018, and also enter a regular weekend mba application may 11th, 2018?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: No. If you are applying for the Civic Scholars Program you would need to apply to the Autumn 2018 quarter and enter that quarter.
Chat Guest: Thank you David. Besides time management, what has been the most challenging aspect of earning an MBA while working full time?
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: The hardest part for me has been scheduling travel for work against class schedules. I travel a lot for work, so managing that against my class schedule has been the hardest part for me
Chat Guest: any possibility of scholarship for overseas students?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: All scholarships for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs are merit-based, and one’s citizenship does not have any impact on scholarship decisions. Scholarships are limited for the EW, and you can learn more on our tuition and financial aid site: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Guest: When does Spring 2019 application start?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The Spring 2019 application should be available sometime this spring. Please check our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program pages for the latest application dates.
CHAT GUEST: for civic scholar applicants, when are we notified of acceptance into weekend MBA and the scholarship award?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Applicants first go through the regular admissions process and will find out within 4-6 weeks of applying if you have been accepted to Booth. Then, once we have all the candidates who have been accepted to Booth, we will evaluate those applications for the Civic Scholars Program. You should find out by the end of May if you will be a finalist and invited back for a final round of interviews. The final round of interviews will be June 16. So, there are several points where you will get answers to your progress - first you will find out if you are accepted to Booth, then you will find out if you are a finalist for the Civic Scholars Program, then if you become a Civic Scholar. If you are accepted to Booth, that offer remains even if you are not accepted into the Civic Scholars Program
Chat Guest: The 4-6 week timeline for receiving acceptance decisions is guaranteed? I guess what I am asking is if a person was to submit an application as soon as it is released, will she be put on a waitlist until more students apply?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: I hesitate to say the 4-6 week decision timeframe is “guaranteed,” but it is rare we exceed this timeframe. Being put on the wait list is considered a decision. If someone applies months before the deadline, there is a better chance of them being put on the wait list, as we typically like to see the full applicant pool before making final admissions decisions. Most applicants apply the week of the deadline, and this is in no way a disadvantage.
Chat Guest: Is it possible to attend - enroll or audit - non-Booth University of Chicago classes? This might not be feasible for PT or Weekend students, but I am curious nonetheless.
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, part of the Booth curriculum allows students to take up to 6 of their 11 elective courses outside of Booth within the University of Chicago, as long as it is a 100 unit class. You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum. Please note that not all other graduate schools offer evening and weekend classes, so you may have to have some flexibility in your work schedule to pursue this option, but it is available to you!
Chat Guest: What do you recommend an applicant do to strengthen an application if their GMAT score is below the average?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: There are a few ways you can attack the application with a sub-par GMAT. The most important being re-testing the GMAT or GRE exam. You may have already tested a few times, and if you are still dissatisfied with your score, you may discuss your score with admissions along with your candidacy to determine the next best step, which could potentially be taking a class within our Graduate School At Large Business program GSALB) in the Graham School of continual learning. This is a program that allows you to take a Booth class before you are enrolled as a Booth student – which would transfer to Booth if you enroll and are admitted afterward. Earning a strong grade of a B+ or higher illustrates success with the content and will help supplement a lower test score. We can certainly discuss this further. You may also find information directly on their webpage: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business
Chat Guest: What do I need to do in order to have a concentration in say, finance. Are there a required number of finance courses I have to take?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, most concentrations take anywhere from 3-7 classes to earn. While something like Entrepreneurship only takes 3 classes to earn, something like Analytic Finance will require more. Most students graduate with 3-4 concentrations or more! You can read more about the specifics of each concentration here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum
Chat Guest: If you had to give a single piece of advice to applicants- what would that be?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Do your research and visit your shortlist of schools. While you can learn a lot from the website and online chats, an in-person visit is the best way to experience Booth firsthand. This will help you see what programs are really like in and outside the classroom. We strongly suggest visiting a class: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit. Class visits resume the week of April 2 for Spring 2018. Doing your research and visiting will make for stronger essays and interview, as you will be able to better articulate why Booth.
Chat Guest: The Chicago Business Fellows program takes in young professionals with three years or less of full-time work experience. The program information on the admissions site explains that the it's the same academic experience with additional professional development cohort programming. Would you be able to elaborate on this professional development programming?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Happy to! You’re correct that the CBF program is a subset of the Evening and Weekend MBA programs and yields the same degree, and the only difference is the additional non-credit-bearing seminar you take your first quarter. That additional programming helps to build some of the softer skills that can be important early in a career, and includes topics such as advanced public speaking, how to effectively network, and a business etiquette dinner. You can see some CBF student profiles here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/early-career-candidates/student-profiles/
Chat Guest: How are professional designations (such as CFA) viewed?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We take a holistic approach to evaluating a candidate for admission, but obtaining your CFA certification would be considered a positive indicator of your ability to succeed at Chicago Booth.
Chat Guest: For those with less than 3 years of work experience, are their applications still considered?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, we have a specific program for young professionals. 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: I've worked at multiple firms. Although I tried, I couldn't put all that down on one page. Is a 2-page resume ok?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: That is just fine! We know 1-2 pages can be difficult for some applicants. The application system will allow you to upload a 3-page resume. In the application itself, you may not be able to input your full list of jobs, and this is not a problem. Simply add your most recent 2-3 positions, and your resume will then show your full experience.
Chat Guest: In addition to doing class visits, coming to information sessions/meet and greets in person and online info sessions what other things should applicants do to get a feel for Booth?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: A great way to get a feel for Booth aside from the admission events would be to visit one of our student-led events with our Boothies outside of the classroom. We have different events every month, and the corresponding link will allow you to register for an event and see the different options for March, and this link will be updated for each following month: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentgroupevents
Chat Guest: Have you found that potential employers prefer full time grads vs weekend / evening grads? Can potential employers differentiate between the students within the programs?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have not found much difference from employers in general. There may be some employers that prefer to hire directly from students interning with their organization which might be a bit more challenging but not impossible for part-time students. Given our prorgram yields the same degree and professors teach across Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend this problem does not exist much as Boothies are gaining the same classroom experience -- but would ultimately come down to the individual company
Chat Guest: What is the best way to demonstrate aptitude and ability to succeed in the program with a poor undergraduate GPA?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: There are a few ways you can attack the application with a sub-par Undergraduate GPA. The most important being re-testing the GMAT or GRE exam. You may have already tested a few times, and if you are still dissatisfied with your score, you may discuss your score with admissions along with your candidacy to determine the next best step, which could potentially be taking a class within our Graduate School At Large Business program GSALB) in the Graham School of continual learning. This is a program that allows you to take a Booth class before you are enrolled as a Booth student – which would transfer to Booth if you enroll and are admitted afterward. Earning a strong grade of a B+ or higher illustrates success with the content and will help supplement a lower test score. We can certainly discuss this further. You may also find information directly on their webpage: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business
Chat Guest: Regarding professional designations, how about non business oriented accreditations like Professional Engineer? Are those also considered positive indicators?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: They would also be considered favorably as part of our holistic review process.
Chat Guest: What are the dates of the academic quarters for the next year?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing:
Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes 11/19-11/24/2018)
No classes 5/27 (Memorial Day)
No classes 7/4/2019 (4th of July)
Chat Guest: Besides taking classes and collaborating in clubs, what are the other facets of the program where students can gain leadership and team work experience?
* David Cronin | Evening MBA Student: Booth offers a number of clubs that do local work in the community! These groups work with local groups (typically non-profits) to solve problems and implement new strategies! Additionally, Booth has the New Venture Challenge where you start a new business, and compete for funding. The Polsky center provides additional avenues for help in getting business experience and contacts.
Chat Guest: Are there possibilities to get paired up with an alum within a student's current company after they begin the program for networking and professional growth purposes?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: All students and alumni have access to our Community Directory, which allows for great networking opportunities both within and outside of your current field or company! The Booth network is a powerful tool, and we certainly encourage our students to take advantage of those connections.
Chat Guest: Is there such as thing as too many class visits, in the eyes of admissions?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We are excited that you are interested in visiting a class. Class visit spots are very limited and in high demand, so to be fair to other prospective students wanting to visit classes, we can only allow two class visits. So to answer your question, yes there is such as a thing as "too many class visits" and trying to sign up for multiple class visits would be frowned upon.
Chat Guest: Who conduct interviews? I'm not based in Chicago, can I choose to fly in for in-person interview as opposed to with an alum from my city?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, we prefer all applicants interview with us in-person here in Chicago if at all possible. Most of our interviews are conducted by members of our Admissions Committee, which is comprised of students and alumni of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Chat Guest: If a decision is made not to admit an applicant will there be a detailed feedback be give so that the student can work on the shortcomings and reapply?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We do not provide feedback to applicants not admitted in the program, but do invite those not admitted to reapply if you see fit. Admissions can discuss the reapplication process but not the details of a prior application.
Chat Guest: Do Booth courses taken through GSAL (not GSALB) transfer as well?
* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Yes - up to 3 courses taken through GSALB can be transferred to Booth.
Chat Guest: Who is involved in the application reviewing process? If waitlisted- does a candidate still have to wait for 6 months to reapply?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Members of our Admissions Committee, which is comprised of students and alumni of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, help review applications and conduct interviews, in addition to staff of course. Waitlisted applicants are not the same as those who are Denied. You would not be considered a reapplicant unless you are apply and are not admitted, and choose to reapply. Learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/decisions