May 8, 2018 Live Admissions Chat
Answered Questions (68)
Chat Guest: Hello Sir/Ma’m I am a senior software professional working in Chicago for an investment research firm and currently working on my GMAT. I am planning to apply for Winter 2019 class. I am just wondering how soon do I have to get my application in .
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The winter 2019 application deadline is October 5th 2018 with an intended start date of January 7th 2019. Your application would need to be submitted online by October 5th to meet that deadline.
Chat Guest: I also would like to know if there is section level minimum for IR and AWA sections in GMAT.
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We do not have a minimum score for the GMAT or its individual sections. Please keep in mind that the average GMAT score of the 2017 incoming classes is 680. The mid-80% range for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is 620-740.
Chat Guest: What kind of questions can I expect during the interview?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: A few good things to know about the interview- we interview all traditional Evening MBA and Weekend MBA applicants after one submits their application, and it is a blind interview. This means, in all likelihood, your interviewer will not have read your application in advance of your interview. The questions are similar to what you will answer in your application: Why MBA, why now, what is attractive about Booth. In addition, you will be asked behavioral questions about leadership, working in teams, etc. Completing the application is the best way to prepare for your interview.
Chat Guest: How do you feel strong undergraduate involvement and work developing your company can off-set a little lower academic record?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We definitely look at the entire application, but a strong GMAT is helpful. 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: Hi everyone! Thanks for setting this up. I have a question regarding the interview. I learn that it will be at the downtown campus, but the date and time concern me as I currently live in California. I need some time to prepare for my trip. When will the interview take place?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Typically, once you submit your application you will receive an email letting you know your app is complete, and it will prompt you to go ahead and schedule your interview with us here in Chicago. Then our decision timeline is 4-6 weeks from whenever you submit your app, provided we are not waiting on any materials from you, and that you complete your interview during that time. Feel free to reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss your particular situation and perhaps schedule your interview earlier.
Chat Guest: How would you describe the student experience in Booth's MBA Evening program in comparison to other part-time programs?
* Andrew Strong | Evening MBA Student: I have limited knowledge of other programs but the student experience at Booth is simply fun. The courses are taught by experts on the leading edges of their field, the clubs have a large presence, and the programs offers a lot of opportunities outside of school to grow and develop. There are opportunities for anything you want to work on from a personal or professional standpoint
Chat Guest: As a follow up from the information session last Friday, I was curious how/why the GMAT ranges differed between the evening program and weekend program
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The GMAT ranges and scores are based on the applicant pool each year, so those averages will change from year to year. There is no competition between the two programs.
Chat Guest: Is UChicago as repeatable as any other Business School nationwide if you're looking to be concentrated in the Chicago area?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Chicago Booth is highly reputable when it comes to business schools not only in Chicago but nationwide, ranking in the upper tier of schools for both the full-time and part-time programs in various business and higher education publications.
Chat Guest: What is the flexibility of the program? If I am an evening student, can I take weekend classes?
* Andrew Strong | Evening MBA Student: Most classes that are offered in one program (Full-time/part-time), have a corresponding section in the other programs. Most professors allow you to attend a different section (i.e. evening student attending weekend section) and form groups across section in the event you cannot make it to a class during the week
Chat Guest: I am planning to go to the weekend lunch and learn next week and will be available through the weekday. Is it possible to sign up for an in class audit, even though no class visits are available as listed?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We do have class visits available each evening from 6-9 PM, including some next Wednesday. You can register for one here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/EWClassVisit. Hope this helps!
Chat Guest: Can Andrew give a few thoughts about balancing work and the MBA?
* Andrew Strong | Evening MBA Student: I am in a unique situation in that I live in Lincoln Park (just north of downtown) and work a few blocks from Gleacher. I take between 2-3 classes a quarter during the evenings and find the balance pretty easy as I really enjoy the program, the people, and all the activities available. I spend almost every Saturday on campus attending talks, working on projects, or just networking with people.
Chat Guest: Is the 620-740 GMAT range and 680 average GMAT score typically the same for CBF applicants?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, our GMAT range and average are also reflective of the CBF student population.
Chat Guest: What is the acceptance rate for the evening MBA program and does it vary from the weekend program?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We do not 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: I also have a question about the interview. Will I get to interview with a student/alum or will it be with someone in admissions?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The admissions interview will be conducted by a current student or alum of the part-time program. Ideally these interviews happen on our campus downtown in person. You will be prompted to schedule your interview after you submit your online application.
Chat Guest: Does the interview need to be scheduled before application deadline?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: When you submit the application, you will receive an email directing you to our interview scheduler, where you can select an interview time that works best for you. The interview can take place after the deadline.
Chat Guest: is it easy to switch from weekend to evening, or vise versa, if needed? can they share class schedules?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Once you are registered as an Evening MBA or Weekend MBA student for two quarters, you then have the opportunity to do a one-time transfer to the other program. It is not uncommon for Evening students to enroll in Weekend classes and vice versa if their work/life schedules permit. When you register for courses every quarter, you will be given registration priority to your home program. After these priority registration phases pass, you will be able to enroll in classes in other programs if there are open seats.
Chat Guest: Hi, do you have a housing facility for students flying into Chicago for the weekend program or is finding housing the responsibility of each student?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We actually do not have a housing facility but we have a free shuttle to and from Midway and O’Hare airports Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. 70% of our weekend students commute from outside of IL and 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: Would it be advantageous to apply earlier since admissions is rolling?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: There is no decision advantage to submitting your application early (other than finding out earlier if you are admitted). Most of our applicants hit "submit" on the deadline day, and all applications are considered equally.
Chat Guest: Does a 4.0 GPA in Masters of Sciences, 4.0 in Ph.D. in Biological Sciences degrees remedy a 3.0 undergrad GPA. I also have 7 years industrial experience, 6 publications, 3 patents and numerous presentations.
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: While we cannot speculate on the likelihood of admission, we can provide you with an idea of the student profile and our review process. We definitely look at the entire application, but strong academics are helpful. We have a holistic review and look at academic 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. Your GPAs in your advanced degree will certainly be considered a strong indicator of success to handle the rigor of the Booth classroom. Hopefully this help you get an idea of our student profile and what we are looking for in candidates.
Chat Guest: I live in Michigan 1 hour 30 mins from Booth. Can I apply for evening program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: If you are able to explain within your application how you plan to attend Evening MBA classes from 6-9 PM throughout the week, yes, you can apply for the Evening MBA program. Some students have flexible work schedules which might allow this to be possible. Otherwise, the Weekend MBA program could be a good fit too! Keep in mind it's fairly easy to take classes across these two programs, so we recommend applying to whichever one you would be taking the majority of your classes within.
Chat Guest: Thanks for hosting the Q&A. Is there an option to transition from the Weekend/Evening program to Full-Time at any point after enrolled?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: While it is possible to do a one-time switch between the Evening MBA program and the Weekend MBA program, Evening/Weekend students are not allowed to switch into the Full-Time program. However, there are opportunities every quarter to enroll in Full-Time classes if your work/life schedule permits.
Chat Guest: How wide of a network will you have access to? Ie. Business professionals in Chicago area, business owners in our concentration? Beyond just preparing for a career afterwards how do you feel CBF or weekend MBA has facilitated your network and provided value to a future career in business?
* Andrew Strong | Evening MBA Student: For starters, I am in the evening program and did not go through CBF. Having said that, I have reached out to alumni on LinkedIn or via email and gotten either an immediate response or within 24 hours from people in the US and overseas. The network is very strong and the alumni love coming back to Chicago for Booth events. The school offers tremendous networking opportunities across all three programs and with the alumni.
Chat Guest: Given the approaching deadline for Fall Applicants, is there a limited number of available spots affecting the chances of acceptance into Fall 2018 evening program?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Even though we have rolling admission, most applicants submit the week of the deadline. Therefore, there are many spots available in the Autumn 2018 classes. No need to worry! Applying near or on the deadline has no negative impact on your chances of admission.
Chat Guest: Can the resume submitted have technical information or should it be concise?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: It should be clear from your resume to interpret where your expertise lies. However, I would strongly recommend a 1-2 page resume that includes 1-3 points about each relevant position. I would also caution you as to the use of industry specific jargon/lingo and technical terms that may be unfamiliar to a member of the admissions committee reviewing your application.
Chat Guest: What are the international opportunities for evening students if study abroad is not an option?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There are a number of other international opportunities for part-time specific students aside from the study abroad program. We have an international business concentration that allows students to dive deeply into international practices and affairs in business. The University organizes an annual trip to London and/or Hong Kong for students to take 5-7 days to network with business executives and progress through organized programming. There are also separate treks organized by some of the student organizations that take place internationally.
Chat Guest: What type of weight do you hold on undergrad GPA? Is it more heavily weighted towards GMAT score, References, and interview?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: No one portion of the application process is weighted more heavily than another. We definitely look at the entire application and we have a holistic review process. We look at academic ability (test scores and GPAs), 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: Can you share more information about the merit scholarships being offered to evening students? How many will you give out each term?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We are unable to share the exact number or amounts awarded, as it varies based on the quality of the applicant pool. It is also influenced by the generous gifts from our alumni donors who have made these scholarships a reality for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA applicants. There is nothing extra you need to submit, we consider all applicants for scholarships based on their application. We look for candidates with stellar academic and professional profiles.
Chat Guest: When do the applications normally open for any given quarter?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: While the specific times slightly vary, the applications are typically posted about nine months prior to their respective deadlines.
Chat Guest: would a weekend / evening MBA student still have the opportunity to pursue a dual degree? ex. MBA / MPCS?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: To an extent yes. You are required to apply to both programs and be admitted separately. We do not coordinate on admissions decisions. If you are admitted and start Booth first, you need to be admitted to the Computer Science (CS) Program prior to beginning your 11th course as Booth. Please contact the CS team to learn more about their application process- https://www.cs.uchicago.edu/. Keep in mind you need to apply to Booth's Evening MBA Program. The MBA/MPCS is not a viable option for those living outside of IL and in the Weekend MBA Program as the Computer Science Program does not currently offer Saturday courses. That said, if someone has the flexibility in their schedule there is nothing precluding them from applying.
Chat Guest: do the part time students get to enroll in clubs that are shared by the full time students? what is the interactions with the full time and part time students like?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The Evening-Weekend Programs do have their own student clubs (more than 45 of them). The advantage is that they are able to meet and plan events around a part-time student's busy work and personal life. While part-time students are unable to join the full-time student groups, you may be able to attend one or two of their events on an off-chance, but that would be the extent of involvement.
Chat Guest: What does the cost structure look like for the evening MBA program? Is there a link that outlines this?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The following link will outline the tuition and financial aid information for the Evening MBA program: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Guest: Hi. I live in Houston and I happen to travel to Chicago sometime next week. Although I have registered myself for an audit class in the evening. Is it possible to meet someone in the admin department for more information.
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We’re happy to hear that you will be visiting a class with us! If you would like to set up an admissions appointment the day you are at the Gleacher Center, please email eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu with your availability and we will get an appointment scheduled for you.
Chat Guest: How strong do you feel the financial aid network is? Myself, like many, will be coming in very limited financially and having access to funding that can off-set some of the debt is one of the biggest decisions facing my me before I apply.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth’s financial aid office is available for prospective students to inquire about aid opportunities outside of the school, and further understand how students in the past have financed their Booth degree. Chicago Booth does not itself offer loan opportunities, but you may reference our tuition page for the financial aid office, along with the part-time scholarships offered: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Chat Guest: With a degree in business from undergrad, am I able to test out or waive certain core classes?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not offer the option to waive course requirements, as we want our students to complete all 20 courses for the MBA with us here at Booth. That being said, there is a lot of flexibility built in to our curriculum, which may allow for you to take upper level courses in certain areas so that you would not be repeating coursework.
Chat Guest: When will the admission result be available? Is there a certain date by which I need to make a decision if admitted?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: From the date you are admitted, we typically give 10-14 days to respond to our offer of admission. If you apply in advance of the deadline, the decision timeline may be longer. Having said that, we work with admits on a case-by-case basis when they need additional time to respond. If you are applying to other schools, we strongly suggest you submit your applications at the same time. This helps keep your decision timelines similar across schools.
Chat Guest: Based on financial need do you have any assumptions how much financial assistance would be available for someone coming from a low-income family?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Financial aid loan packages will vary from student to student, but if you are admitted you will start by filling out the FAFSA to evaluate your family's need. You can learn more about financial aid here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Chat Guest: Hello! Is there any harm applying closer to application deadline? Does it reduce my chances of getting admission?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: There is no penalty for when you submit your application as long as it is submitted before its respective deadline.
Chat Guest: Is information available about the variety of clubs? What percentage of part-time students would you say participate?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Chicago Booth offers more than 40 student-led groups, all designed specifically for evening and weekend students that cater to their schedules. This is arguably the most of any part-time program in the country. There are 300+ events yearly offered by these groups and the majority of our students participate in some capacity. You can be involved as much or as little as you would like to be. You can view the student led groups here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups.
Chat Guest: can part-time applicants get access to same career counselling opportunities as that of full time applicants? OR are there any bias from school or more importantly hiring companies towards FT compared to PT applicants?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Career Services 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 tailor your career advancement strategy based on what resource will best help you achieve your goals. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have access to the same resources at Full Time MBA (FT) students, with the exception of internships. The level of career services resources for internships differs between FT and EW Programs, as most EW students are not interested in an internships. I suggest you view our very detailed career specific websites to learn more about services offered and how EW students leverage such:
Chat Guest: I would like to make a career change - specifically to a different industry. Are there resources to help Evening students do this or should I consider applying to the full time program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Our career services center is a great resource to assist in career changing where you can schedule appointment with career experts to analyze and assist with new career pursuits including resume review, mock interviews, salary negotiation sessions, and identifying events/alumni worth engaging. Part-time students have the ability to participate in campus recruitment for full-time jobs, as well as utilize a job board database to apply for jobs while they are students.
Chat Guest: Hello, thank you for hosting the info session. I have a quick question about application fee, do you offer application fee waiver?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We waive the application fee for individuals applying for the Chicago Business Fellows Program (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates) and individuals in the military.
Chat Guest: Is there any employment report or stats available for the Weekend/Evening MBA?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, you can find our current employment report for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students and alumni here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact
Chat Guest: Greetings, thanks for hosting this helpful Q&A. If a student gets accepted into the part-time MBA program and decides to do a concentration in economics, would they have access to graduate-level classes in the Economics Department? And if so, could that count towards their MBA credits?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: You can take 6 of your 20 course anywhere in the University of Chicago. Keep in mind non-Booth courses will be on Hyde Park campus and likely during the daytime. If you can make that work, it is a great way to explore different academic areas during your MBA. You’d work closely with an academic advisor to explore non-Booth courses.
Chat Guest: Are evening/weekend students eligible to graduate with the two honors designations? If so, are they grouped in the same pool as full time students?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, the two honors distinction awards apply to all Chicago Booth students upon graduation, and are based on the GPAs from all MBA graduates from the preceding academic year.
Chat Guest: there are a few professors that I would like to takes classes with specifically. Do all of the faculty teach in the weekend program? If not, can we take the class in the evening or day program?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: While the schedules of Booth faculty do vary, most of our active faculty members will teach a Weekend section at least once a year. Weekend students have the opportunity to enroll in Evening and Full-Time classes if their work/life schedule permits.
Chat Guest: Do you seek any prior proofs of income from the applicants to support their program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not need prior proof of income for your application. We will ask for your current salary from your position, but this has no bearing on admission to Booth. Your visa status (if applicable) will be asked on your application
Chat Guest: Hello! Are you allowed to apply multiple times if you do not get accepted for one session?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, but you must wait at least six months before reapplying to any Chicago Booth MBA program.
Chat Guest: How many students are in the evening program v.s the Saturday?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: The number of students we bring in at a given intake point varies by program and quarter. However, that does not have any effect on the class experience or class size. This also does not mean that one program is more competitive than another. Average class sizes are 45 and you should not have a class larger than 65. Autumn is typically our largest intake period. We usually expect 130 evening students and 120 weekend students. Spring is our next largest intake period. We typically see 60 weekend students and 60 evening students. Winter and Summer are our smallest intake periods and we only bring in an evening class. We see around 35 in the summer and 60 in winter. I hope this helps, but again these numbers don't have an impact on admissions or selectivity.
Chat Guest: Now that I understand cost/course, how many courses does a typical student take to graduate?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: All Booth students must complete 20 classes to graduate.
Chat Guest: Hello, I am looking for switching my current career to Investment banking industry. Will weekend program be helpful to make this career change?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The weekend program can be effective in helping students transition careers, however given the nature of investment banking – which relies heavily on the internship of candidates working within the company prior to providing offers – it may be best to look closely at Booth’s full-time program which incorporates an internship process into the student’s first year of study. Connecting with students and alumni in both programs would be helpful as well. We can help facilitate these conversations with evening and weekend alumni
Chat Guest: I am submitting application to Weekend program this fall today. Do I also have to submit another application for Evening program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: You can only apply to one Booth MBA Program per quarter, and you must wait six months before reapplying to another Booth MBA program.
Chat Guest: How difficult it is for an engineer to move to finance after Booth Weekend MBA?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We have a number of engineers in our program who are seeking to expand business knowledge and advance their careers by earning the MBA. I encourage you to learn more about our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA employment data, including specifics about career/industry changes, here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career.
* Andrew Strong | Evening MBA Student: I am an engineer as well and have found the finance side of the program fascinating. If you made it through an engineering program, you have had more than enough math courses than needed for finance!
Chat Guest: will the transcript from this session be available after?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Yes, you will be able to find the transcript here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats.
Chat Guest: During the course of the program, if a student decides to leave their job for whatever reason, will they still be allowed to stay enrolled in the weekend/evening program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes. However, something to note for international applicants- since an F1 visa holder is not permitted to work full time in the United States, an individual with an F1 visa does not meet our admissions criteria. If you are seeking an F1 visa to study as an international student in the United States, we encourage you to look into our full time MBA program at https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time. International students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program are typically in the US on an H1B or similar work visa. We cannot issue student visas as a Part Time program.
Chat Guest: For a graduate from outside USA, where the undergrad university does not support sending academic transcripts, what are my options?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: All we require at the time of application are scanned copies of your mark sheets/transcripts and a degree certificate. They need to be in English and must include course titles, grades revived and verification that your degree was conferred (we need to see degree type and date conferred). If admitted, you can then bring your official documents into our office. We will copy, notarize, and return the original documents to you. The notarized copies count as official.
Chat Guest: I am currently attending a local part-time MBA and I am half-way through the program. Will that be counted against me if I apply to Booth Weekend MBA?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Not at all, but you should know that none of the credits will transfer into Booth. However, with our flexible curriculum, you are never going to repeat coursework that you've previously completed and will always be challenged. You should be prepared to explain your application as well as your interview why you've made the decision to stop pursuing your current MBA.
Chat Guest: Hi all! Thanks for hosting the session. I was wondering how many CBF students are admitted in Fall for Evening and Weekend programs? Is there a certain ratio for CBF students to regular students?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We aim to admit around 30 CBF students per incoming cohort, however that number can range a bit depending on the quality of the application pool.
Chat Guest: How would your own entrepreneurial venture weigh into the admissions decision? If I am dedicating more time to this than a prescripted career path how would this affect me?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: A candidate's entrepreneurial venture will weigh into the admissions decision similarly to a candidate's primary job. We have a number of resources for students to expand their ventures. Gaining a better understanding of your short term and long term goals relative to your venture and how you ultimately feel Booth will help this transition will be beneficial. The optional essay would be good to use in your application in explaining how your venture impacted your grades.
Chat Guest: I understand there are robust student associations and professional organizations at Booth. Are new students able to be involved in these across the Hyde Park and downtown campuses as their schedules allow? I'm interested in leadership roles within these organizations.
* Andrew Strong | Evening MBA Student: There is a club for just about any interest, personal or professional, at Booth. I am involved with many (Energy, Consulting, Tennis) and I am a co-chair for the Private Equity and Outdoor clubs. There is coordination for large events and conferences between the part-time and full-time clubs and students can be as involved as they like from day one. Events are open to all students across the programs. I am still working full-time but do my best to make it to events in the full-time program in Hyde Park.
* Andrew Strong | Evening MBA Student: Also, if there isn't a club for your interest, you can start one!
Chat Guest: how default it is for a supply chain professional to data science /analytics after weekend MBA?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have students seeking to advance in their company/industry, change careers, and entrepreneurs in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs. Generally speaking, 2/3 of EW student made a career change while in or within one year of graduating. Of those seeking to change employers, 52% changed industries and 70% changed function. This is from our recent graduate student survey. Having said this, if you are seeking a dramatic career change and feel an internship will be an important part of your career goals, we suggest you explore full time programs, as they are designed for career changers. It does not sound like your current career aspirations would require that. You can also view our career data here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/career/impact.
Chat Guest: Do you have a rough estimate of how many people apply for the CBF program/
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: I do not have those numbers in front of me. Keep in mind that while we admit fewer students for CBF (about 30 per cohort), we receive far fewer applications for CBF. So it is not more competitive to be admitted to CBF than it is to be admitted to the traditional Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Chat Guest: will it be easier to transfer in to data science areas with a data science master rather than MBA?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: I am not familiar with the resources of any specific graduate programs beyond the MBA, so I encourage you to do some research to decide what program will be the right fit for your goals! You can learn more about the kinds of career transitions our students make here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career.
Chat Guest: pardon my ignorance, what is CBF?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: CBF stands for Chicago Business Fellows, it is a subset of the Evening/Weekend programs for early career candidates (3 years or less of full-time work experience). You can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates.