September 18, 2018 Live Admission Chat
Answered Questions (145)
Chat Guest: I was wondering about the MBA program tuitions and what some of the financial options available?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The total cost of the degree is just under 140k. You will be able to seek out federal or private student loans depending on your citizenship situation once you’ve been admitted. We have dedicated Financial Aid advisors that you can work with once admitted. Check out this link for more details: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid..
Chat Guest: I am actually not living the Chicago area, but I am very interested in the weekend MBA program. Can you introduce some experiences/stories regarding taking the weekend MBA program for remote students? Is it normal?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: While I live locally, the majority of Weekend MBA students come from outside of IL. Thus, yes, it is completely normal for students to travel to Chicago each week for class.
Chat Guest: Can you describe the career networking opportunities for the Weekend MBA program?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Many of our networking events take place on Saturdays in order for Evening and Weekend students to join. Our career services office and our professional student groups work to provide networking opportunities for both Evening and Weekend students.
Chat Guest: hi I have a question- Can I apply to this program but decide later which semester I want to get start?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We encourage you to apply to the quarter you actually plan to begin classes. Since we have rolling admissions, we admit 4 classes of Evening MBA students each year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), and 2 classes of Weekend MBA students per year (Fall and Spring). If you are admitted to a particular quarter, you do have the option of deferring your admission one matriculation round for a $1000 fee in addition to your $1000 enrollment deposit.
Chat Guest: what are the differences between weekend and executive mba programs?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Both the Weekend and Executive MBA Programs yield the same degree (as do all our MBA programs). The difference is the format. Weekend classes take place in the morning and afternoon on Saturdays, while the Executive MBA Program meets on alternating weekends and weeklong residencies at our London and Hong Kong campuses, both of which are required.
Chat Guest: In regards to the GMAT, how important is the Integrated Reasoning score for Booth's consideration?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We look to all portions of the GMAT and weigh all parts of your application equally. Having skipped a section is more of a red flag.
Chat Guest: How long does it take for a weekend MBA program generally takes to get a degree?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: The program is 20 classes long, so the time to complete depends on how many classes you take at a time. 2 classes per quarter is typical, so a bit more than 2.5 years is common.
Chat Guest: For evening and weekend programs, how many of students travel from west coast. Also, in order to accommodate students across state, do Booth arrange travel/hotel or any logistics?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: 70% of students in the Weekend MBA program come from outside of the state of Illinois. We offer a free shuttle service that picks students up from the airports on Saturday morning and vice versa Saturday afternoon.
Chat Guest: I am a full-time working engineer. How would Booth help me in transitioning from technical field to a non-technical field (More towards Product Management) through Weekend program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 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: Can you start the weekend MBA program during any quarter? Or is there a preferred starting quarter?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The Weekend MBA only intakes classes in the autumn and spring, unlike the Evening Program which intakes all four quarters. You must apply for either an autumn or spring start if you wish to do the Weekend program.
Chat Guest: What is the minimum time period this program can be completed, weekend MBA ?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Every student must take 20 courses to complete their MBA and students set their own pace. That said, on average students take 2 classes per quarter and complete the degree in 2.5 years without a break. If you pace yourself at 3 classes per quarter you could complete the degree in closer to 2 years. This pace would be very difficult to keep up with while working full-time. Please keep in mind you have 5 years to complete the degree.
Chat Guest: Does the evening/weekend programs publish post-MBA employment data for its graduates?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do! You can find that information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact
Chat Guest: Hello, Can you provide details on what sort of career help is available towards the end of the weekend MBA? Are the same resources available as the FT MBA?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: There are many resources available to weekend students. It is possible as a weekend student to go through on-campus recruiting. However, there are other resources to change jobs, which can be found here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/career/impact
Chat Guest: I understand there is discounted airfare available for the Weekend program, can you please describe how that works?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: There is no discounted airfare for any of our programs.
Chat Guest: What would be the key things to consider when deciding between a weekend or evening MBA? Is there a certain profile that fits one better than the other?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: From a student experience point of view, the main difference is priority for registering for Saturday vs. weeknight classes. Weekend students get priority on Saturday and Evening students get priority on M-Th evenings with equal priority given for Fri evenings.
Chat Guest: How do students typically fund their MBA? Are most sponsored by employers or are most taking out loans?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: It varies widely. However, the majority of students receive some type of employer sponsorship. Most students utilize student loans as a means of financing their MBA. We also have a limited number of merit based scholarships that we award.
Chat Guest: Should I include a cover letter in my resume when I submit the application?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is no need to submit a cover letter -- we only require your resume along with the other components mentioned with your application
Chat Guest: For the short term goals short answer question on the application, what time horizon would you suggest using? I was thinking 1 - 3 years.
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: 1-3 years is a good time frame to use for the short term goals question.
Chat Guest: Could you please describe what a typical schedule for program completion looks like? For example, do students have the flexibility to take time off if needed? Or does everyone finish in a set amount of time?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Schedules can vary for evening and weekend students. However, typically an evening student will take two classes per quarter (each class meets once per week during the weeknight) and weekend students would take two classes per quarter as well (each class meets on Saturday in the morning and afternoon). Each quarter is 10-11 weeks long, and students who stick to this schedule year around would graduate in 2.5 years. However, you can speed up (take 3 or even 4 classes per quarter) or slow down (one class or entire quarters off) per your schedule – so long as you graduate within 5 years of your start.
Chat Guest: Are the same specialization/focus options available for the evening MBA program as the full time program?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Yes, the same concentrations are available to Full Time and Evening/Weekend students.
Chat Guest: 1) How long is the process till you hear back once you submit the application? 2) How much time do accepted students have to accept or decline acceptance?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We offer rolling admission and provide decisions 4-6 weeks from the date you submit your completed application so long as you have come in to interview during that time. Depending on when you apply the turnaround could be 4 weeks or closer to 1 week.
Chat Guest: Can you please let me know if Booth has an incubator or something of the sort for entrepreneurs?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: The University of Chicago has an excellent entrepreneurship and innovation center:
Chat Guest: Can you describe the career networking opportunities for the Weekend MBA program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There are networking opportunities throughout the program. Booth has 40+ different student clubs that typically hold events (panel discussions, fireside chats, networking events, and workshops) on Saturday afternoon or evening to allow evening and weekend students the chance to participate.
Chat Guest: How common is it for students to switch employers during the part-time program (versus the individuals that seek other employment closer to graduation)? Thanks!
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Of those who are seeking a change, about 60% of our students move to a new organization. You can dig into more specifics about our career data here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact
Chat Guest: As it is understandable that some faculties who would like to teach on weekdays might not want to teach on weekends, is this common? Will this affect student’s choices in terms of selecting courses?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Our faculty teach across all 4 of our programs and are required to rotate among them. You can actually take a look at all of the courses offered in the weekend program using the course search feature here: https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch. You can select the Program "weekend" and view the class schedule from last year and this year.
Chat Guest: Hi, does the evening program require to be available all the evenings? How to balance with family life?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: In the evening program, you will be taking classes on evenings that work best for you. There average amount of classes a student takes in a quarter is two, but you can decide how many classes you want to take each quarter.
Chat Guest: As Part-time MBA students do have the opportunity to do Summer internships, does the school offer any other arrangement using which Students can work with companies
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Part-time students manage their own internship activities.
Chat Guest: Is it possible to reapply for the Evening MBA if I first apply to the Full Time MBA and get accepted? My employer is studying the possibility of a reallocation to Chicago but I don't want to risk a negative response after R2 deadline.
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: To reapply to any Booth program you must wait six months in between applications. You can only have one application open at a time.
Chat Guest: Hello, I am wondering how different the career help is for Full time vs Weekend students - Is it the same level of attention and are PT students allowed the same amount of events and employer meetings as the FT? I am looking to do a Weekend mba and perhaps switching careers.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The Career Services students receive in the Evening/Weekend program are the same as the Full-Time program with the only exception being a formalized internship process that the Full-Time students are able to utilize their first year. Evening/Weekend students can attain internships if they wish from leveraging their own network, working with career services to identify alumni and companies they would like to work with in an effort to be invited to networking events and ultimately extended an internship. This process is only for those seeking an internship – all other career services (including campus recruitment, networking with Booth Alumni, resume review and specific industry prep) are the same across all programs.
Chat Guest: How many years of experience is ideal for a weekend MBA enrollment?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not a minimum number of work experience required nor an ideal number. We have a program that fulfills students early in their career and also more advanced. We will look at what you've achieved in your career; your skills and direction of your progression in our admission review
Chat Guest: What is the criteria for choosing an applicant for the weekend MBA program? Is it different from the criteria you look for in full-time MBA applicants? Is there a minimum GMAT score requirement?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We do not have a minimum GMAT score. 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: Can you take more classes to accelerate completion?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Yes, I believe that you can take up to 4 classes per quarter.
Chat Guest: is their internship included in coursework, more like real life experience?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Unfortunately, an internship is not a part of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA experience. The Full-Time program has an internship component integrated in their student experience.
Chat Guest: Weekend mba classes - Are they every single weekend for 3 years? or is there a way to fast track?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: : If you only take classes on Saturdays, then 2 per quarter is the max. You would need to take evening classes as well to go faster.
Chat Guest: does weekend MBA program offer overseas study experiences with schools outside of US?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The Weekend and Evening program has an International Business Exchange Program, or study abroad for its students. This is an optional opportunity to partner with schools in select locations across the country and receive Booth class credit. You may find more information on this here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international.
Chat Guest: What specializations are possible for Weekend mba students?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: All of our MBA Programs offer 13 concentrations from which to choose, and many students end up with 3-4 concentrations by the time they graduate. You can learn more about our concentrations here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum.
Chat Guest: Is there an upper limit on the number of classes you can take?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: On average Evening and Weekend students take 2 classes per quarter and graduate in 2.5 years. Some students manage 3 classes per quarter while working full-time. If you plan to take more than 3classes per quarter you would need approval from your academic advisor.
Chat Guest: For Evening students, how accessible are the professors? Are office hours offered at night during the week as well?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Booth professors will often hold office hours prior to class. They are also accessible over email.
Chat Guest: Is it possible to transfer from a weekend schedule to an evening schedule in the middle of the degree and vice-versa?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, you can switch one time between the Evening and Weekend MBA programs once you become a student. Please note that if you are local to Chicago, it is fairly easy to take classes across these two programs. The advantage of perhaps switching would only be if you want to have priority registration for classes in the other Part Time MBA program. You cannot switch into the Full Time MBA or Executive MBA programs, as their application processes are separate.
Chat Guest: Any advice for the interview process?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Be yourself. Talk about your interest in leadership and how the MBA helps you move closer to your goals.
Chat Guest: For experienced professionals (ie. 15 years+), what is best MBA option for career switching: an Evening/Weekend MBA or an Executive MBA?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Any of these programs can be great for switching careers. The Evening/Weekend format is more flexible, which can help when switching jobs.
Chat Guest: Do you know if professors structure assignments differently for evening classes? Fewer group projects, etc. due to different work schedules?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: No, the assignments vary by professor, not by program.
Chat Guest: Are there any campus resources: clubs, organizations, career fairs that are restricted to students in the weekend or Evening programs?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We tend to separate student clubs to the Evening/Weekend program, and Full-Time program respectively due to the schedules of the students. There are times that some Evening/Weekend clubs will partner with a similar club in the Full-Time program but typically these will be separate. In career services there is a formalized internship process that the Full-Time students are able to utilize their first year. Evening/Weekend students can attain internships if they wish from leveraging their own network, working with career services to identify alumni and companies they would like to work with in an effort to be invited to networking events and ultimately extended an internship.
Chat Guest: Not sure if my question has been posted. I am actually not living the Chicago area, but I am very interested in the weekend MBA program. Can you introduce some experiences/stories regarding taking the weekend MBA program for remote students?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: The majority of students travel to class from outside of IL, so it is totally normal. I'll add that I live in Chicago, but folks I know who travel talk about how there is that much more to manage in terms of time. With that said, we do A LOT of remote meetings, so living out of town is typically not a big deal for group assignments.
Chat Guest: if you are not accepted in the quarter that you apply, are you rolled into the application base of the next quarter, or do you need to reapply?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Your application does not automatically roll over. If denied, you must wait six months before reapplying to any of our MBA programs.
Chat Guest: What is the criteria for choosing an applicant for the weekend MBA program? Is it different from the criteria you look for in full-time MBA applicants? Is there a minimum GMAT score requirement?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Just like the Full Time program, we seek well-rounded individuals who are intellectually curious, willing to go above and beyond and challenge themselves, and who can handle the academic rigor of a Booth classroom. We also seek those who have given some thought to how a Booth MBA can help them advance their careers, and who will fit in within our active community. Our review process is holistic and there is no minimum GMAT required to apply. However, you can see our student profile, including GMAT range here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend.
Chat Guest: are there major and minors to choose from? Or it’s predefined
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: There are 13 concentrations from which to choose, each requiring 3-6 classes.
Chat Guest: What are some of the biggest mistakes prospective students make in their applications that you would caution against?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: I would say rushing through the application, not filling it out completely, or not taking their time to write thoughtful essay responses. Kara, our Director of Admissions and Marketing, actually recently wrote a blog post that I think covers a lot of what you’re asking about (do’s and don’ts, etc): https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2017/5-admissions-tips
Chat Guest: What are Chicago Booth's plans for the future? How is Chicago Booth trying to evolve?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Booth is committed to continually improving educational and research excellence.
Chat Guest: The recommendation letter for the Evening MBA has no specified questions, should it be assumed the letters are open ended are open ended or use the same ones as in the FT MBA?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Your recommender will see the specific questions that are asked of him/her when he/she completes the evaluation form. We do not use the FT letter of recommendation template, but are looking for the same type of feedback. We are looking for objectivity and ask about strengths and weaknesses, areas of improvement, team work, etc...
Chat Guest: Can evening students take classes during the day with FT MBA students?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Any student can bid for classes in any program. What differs is priority: home-program students get the first crack at bidding for a seat.
Chat Guest: What does Chicago Booth look for in leaders?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth looks for leadership skills throughout your career – through management experience to teamwork and the ability to provide a unique perspective in class. We look for those who strive to improve as leaders, and as a leader better understand those who you would need to lead from both a behavioral and analytical perspective.
Chat Guest: Does the school allow student's spouse to audit any courses?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Ultimately it is up to the professor, but as a program we do not allow a student's spouse to audit Booth courses.
Chat Guest: On average how many students attend one class? For example Saturday class
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Our largest classes are capped at 65 students, many are much smaller than that! It depends on the course and how many sections are offered during a given quarter.
Chat Guest: The admissions site suggests getting a letter from a current manager. If I recently switch roles, would it be better to get a letter from my previous manager who knows me better, or should I still prioritize my current manager?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may in this instance get the letter from your previous manager, and state why you've selected this person in your application
Chat Guest: Are transfers from FT MBA to Evening MBA allowed?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: You cannot transfer from Full-Time to Evening. However, as an Evening student you are welcome to take courses in the full-time sections if you schedule allows. The only time a program change is allowed is if you are switching between Evening and Weekend or vice versa, and that switch is only allowed once.
Chat Guest: How much estimated time per week does an evening MBA student spend towards classes, studying, networking and other related MBA activities?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: I suggest budgeting at least 10 hours per class per week for class and study. Networking and socializing adds to that.
Chat Guest: When do interviews need to be completed?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You will be able to sign up for your interview when you submit the application. Interviews can take place after the application deadline.
Chat Guest: How do you benchmark your program with the one from Kellogg’s
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Both Booth and Kellogg are great schools from an academic standpoint, and given our proximity we are able to both work together and push each other to help our students succeed. I strongly recommend visiting each school, attending an event and a class at each to determine which of the small different idiosyncrasies best fit what you desire from a school. For Booth, you may register for a class visit for anytime this fall here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/EWClassVisit.
Chat Guest: What time do classes typically start?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: : Evening classes run 6-9pm and Weekend classes run 9a-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm.
Chat Guest: Any guideline on no. of years of work experience for Weekend program? Min exp required etc.
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can see some stats about our Weekend student profile at the bottom of this page: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend. On average, students have 6-7 years of work experience, but there is no minimum experience required, as we also have a program for early career candidates with 0-3 years of work experience (called the Chicago Business Fellows program).
Chat Guest: Will I get opportunity for Resume review before I submit my application? Can booth help decide if weekend program is better option than executive MBA?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We can certainly go over your resume, but this question will be more appropriate for an appointment with one of our admission advisors. Please email us at: eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu for an appointment and we will work with you to find time to discuss this further
Chat Guest: So it takes about 4-6 weeks to hear back once you submit the application and complete the interview. If accepted, how much time do students have to respond back whether to enroll or not?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: It varies based on when you apply. The earlier you apply and are admitted, you will have more time to give us your decision. If it is near the deadline, the decision timeline allowed may be shorter.
Chat Guest: What do most out-of-town Weekend students do for accommodation? Hotel or rent an apartment?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Some people do hotels, others rent or share an apartment.
Chat Guest: My assumption is also you don't care about how many times applicants take GMAT or GRE, but care about only the highest score right?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You are correct, we will only consider the highest test score you report.
Chat Guest: There are many respectful professors from Booth from whom we want to learn from. I am wondering are there any Nobel winner professors teaching in weekend/evening MBA programs?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Booth has several Nobel prize winning professors who teach in the MBA program. The course evaluations and talking to students who have taken the class are your best source of information.
Chat Guest: Will there be a similar session held for Full time prospects?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, the Full-Time Program holds its own online chats. Learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/events/online-chats.
Chat Guest: Hi, Does VISA Status at the time of Application play a role in Application Decision? Let’s say I am an international student on F-1, but will soon get a work visa. Either way will my application be reviewed without bias on VISA status?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Visa status is non-evaluative in the admissions process. However, since the Evening MBA Program is designed for full-time working professionals, we are unable to issue F1 student visas. Our international students need to already be living and working in the US on a valid work visa at the time of admission and throughout the duration of their MBA Program. Additionally, for students who are on work visas, we want to make sure they are aware that if one's work visa were to expire while in the program, we are unable to sponsor an F1 visa. As such, you will need to be mindful of the pace of your program. Most students complete their degree in 2.5 to 3 years.
Chat Guest: Where are the night program and weekend programs located?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: The Evening/Weekend classes are held at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago: 450 City front Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611
Chat Guest: Can you give an example of Evening MBA schedule?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Sure! Evening MBA classes take place from 6-9pm Monday through Friday at our downtown Gleacher Center campus. Most Evening MBA students take 2 classes per quarter and finish the degree in 2.5-3 years, but you're able to set your own pace through the program easily. Classes meet weekly, so you might have one class on Mondays from 6-9pm, and another on Thursdays from 6-9pm each week, for example. It's also quite easy to take classes across the Evening and Weekend programs, so some students might opt to take 1 weeknight class and 1 Saturday class. It's very flexible and completely up to you!
Chat Guest: how many hours of work weekly does EACH class/course require?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student:: I suggest budgeting an average of 10 hours per class per week including class and study time. Some are less and some are much more. Look at the course evaluations to see past info.
Chat Guest: How should we prepare for the interviews?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Consider why you are applying to Booth, and think about the specific things Booth offers that excite you about building your leadership, career, and network. Be able to articulate why you are prepared to undertake this program now. I also recommend speaking with admissions and a current student who has recently been admitted to discuss their experience. For that you can reach out to us at eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu
Chat Guest: What are Letter of Recommendation options for an entrepreneur/someone who does not have a supervisor? Secondly, how important are LOR?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can read a little bit more about what we’re looking for with letters of rec here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/letters-of-recommendation. Ultimately it is up to you whom you ask to write you a letter of rec, but I recommend asking someone who knows you well and can speak to your ambition and ability, be it inside or outside of the workplace. We’ll ask your recommenders to compare you to your peer group and address topics such as your strengths, your areas of development, your team skills and leadership ability, and any other matters which they feel are important for the admissions committee to know. If you do not have a current supervisor, consider asking a former supervisor, a colleague, a client, or a mentor.
Chat Guest: I saw the stats on https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend. Thank you for the link. Do you also have stats on the students' backgrounds? Technical, management, etc.?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: If you look just below "Class Stats" on that page, you can also see an Industry breakdown of Weekend MBA students. Keep in mind there is no one typical background for a Booth student! We seek individuals from different industries and backgrounds to provide their unique perspectives to the Booth classroom experience.
Chat Guest: My employer offers education assistance as part of benefits. Is there any upper limit on the amount that employers are allowed to pay?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: There is no limit on how much your employer may contribute. Some employers pay 100% of the tuition, while some pay much less. However, if your employer is contributing $8,000 or more to your degree, we will need written permission from them if you wish to participate in on-campus recruiting.
Chat Guest: for weekend admissions, do you consider "Co-op" or Internship work experience? I have 2-3 years of internship at a specific industry and am wondering if that can be used towards the admission application?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Typically we count years of work experience as full-time professional experience beginning post-graduation. However, we would be happy to review your resume and chat more specifically about your background and experience. Feel free to email our team at email@example.com.
Chat Guest: does weekend program qualifies for I-20?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Weekend and Evening students will not be awarded any student visa. International students may be admitted most commonly on a work visa. If you have a different sort of visa we can provide you with feedback on your potential admission at: eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu
Chat Guest: how quickly do you hear back after your interview?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: : It depends on when you have your interview after submitting your application, but we do our best to have our decision sent out within 4 to 6 weeks after you submit your application.
Chat Guest: What share of evening program students are international?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 12% of Evening and 30% of weekend students are international
Chat Guest: if the applicant has a low GPA say around low 3's, how much approximate GMAT would they need to even be considered a strong candidate?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Your test scores can be a great way to outweigh a lower undergraduate GPA, so we strongly suggest focusing on striving for a GMAT score within our mid 80% range of 620-730. Our GMAT average is 680. 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. See the GSAL website for more details about this option.
Chat Guest: from an admissions perspective, can you provide insight on what you are looking for from potential students?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth looks for leadership skills throughout your career – through management experience to teamwork and the ability to provide a unique perspective in class. We look for those who strive to improve as leaders, and as a leader to better understand those who you would need to lead from both a behavioral and analytical perspective. We also just as equally look for significant academic ability through your test scores and transcripts to illustrate your potential to succeed in our classroom.
Chat Guest: can you provide information on how weekend students manage their cost (Tuition, boarding/Transportation). Do you provide tuition aid in second year?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: I recommend taking a look at our tuition and financial aid page to see the resources offered to evening and weekend students.
We do offer a free shuttle service that picks up students from the Chicago airports in the morning and drops students off in the late afternoon.
Chat Guest: How many rounds of interviews does Booth conduct?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: For the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs, each candidate receives one interview, which is required.
Chat Guest: Any of Capstone project or thesis required for graduation? Or the only requirements are completion of required courses and received all required credits?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Chicago Booth requires no capstone projects for graduation, just completion of all required courses.
Chat Guest: can I apply for part-time and full-time mba at the same time?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can start multiple applications, but you will need to choose just one to submit.
Chat Guest: How would you describe the Booth culture in your own words?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: The Booth culture is highly inclusive and open and frank discussion in class is the norm. People often feel comfortable sharing personal thoughts. In addition, Booth shares the larger University of Chicago culture of fierce protection of individual inquiry. That is, anyone is welcome to respectfully challenge anyone else on any idea.
Chat Guest: Can students drop a semester and cover the credits in the next semester? Can students cover all the credits before the degree timeline?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but students have the option of taking quarters off from time to time if needed, as well as speeding up or slowing down their coursework. As long as you finish the degree requirements within 5 years of starting, you are able to set your own pace through the program.
Chat Guest: how formal is the optional essay supposed to be, considering the applicant might be jumping from topic to topic to provide insight on their application?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We are very flexible with the format of the optional essay. Please feel free to use the format that is best for you.
Chat Guest: How does the class cohort experience differ between FT and EW MBAs?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: EW students tend to be older with more work experience on average.
Chat Guest: How is Weekend program valued against FT MBA? (From job offers, salaries and position in companies point of view)
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can compare the Weekend MBA program and Full-Time program using the following employment reports:
Chat Guest: Is their resume review or application review before I submit application?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We do offer a resume review! You can access it here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/resume
Chat Guest: Do you have a page that shows ur weekend alumni class? Just to see what jobs they got after graduation and their industries...
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Not specifically the Weekend class, but you can review our career data to see the kinds of changes our Evening and Weekend students are making, including industries, function, salary information, geography, employers, and employment sources here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/career/impact.
Chat Guest: As a student with a BA from an international institution that was taught in English, however scored on a 0-100 scale, will I need to have my transcripts or grades translated to a 4 point GPA scoring system
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You will be able to submit your transcripts without translating it. As long as it is in English, you will be able to add all of the necessary information using the institution's grading scale.
Chat Guest: what’s the average age difference of FT and PT students?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can see the student profile for Full Time here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-timeand Weekend here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend. Part Time MBA students tend to have a little more work experience on average (about 6-7 years), and Full Time MBA students have about 5 years of experience on average. I urge you not to get too caught up in the averages, however. It's more important to decide which program will be the best fit for your career goals, as average age is a flexible number.
Chat Guest: Are there networking/social events that mix FT students with EW students?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: There are different opportunities to interact with Full-Time students. Some part-time and full-time students groups share events on occasion, but the variable is if you, as an Evening or Weekend student, have the ability to attend the Full-Time events on your work schedule (assuming you work a full-time job). Many events for Full-Time students happen during the day at our Hyde Park campus, whereas Evening-Weekend student events happen at night and on the weekends to accommodate everyone's working schedules.
Chat Guest: Are there any career choices you see as being nearly impossible to enter if the age of the graduate is over 40?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Our Career Services team would be able to meet with you to discuss your background, the types of career goals you have, and help you find opportunities that are the right fit for you! You can learn more about the resources they offer here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/job-tools-resources.
Chat Guest: are the GI bill benefits same for WE vs FT candidate
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Yes! Chicago Booth participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program which is an additional enhancement of the Post-9/11 Veteran's Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Yellow Ribbon awards are available to all veterans at Chicago Booth who qualify under the VA guidelines. Beginning Autumn Quarter 2018, Chicago Booth will offer up to $30,000 per year in Yellow Ribbon scholarship support and the VA will provide up to $30,000 in additional funding. The Yellow Ribbon awards are in addition to other VA programs. You can find the application through the University Registrar.
Chat Guest: Are there any Booth Alumni Chapters in California (NorCal, SoCal)?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: There are Chicago Booth Alumni clubs all across North America and the world. If you are in California and are hoping to connect with an alum near you, you can always request to connect with a student or alum using our online form at https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer.
Chat Guest: Do booth have any events, where I can bring my spouse and take a class tour. I believe, this is huge investment and commitment which also involves support from my family
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Of course! You will find that Booth offers many events and opportunities for partners to attend as well. They can also visit classes.
Chat Guest: What is the fastest someone can complete a Weekend only program considering they would be commuting from out of state?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: If only taking classes on Saturday, then 2 classes per quarter is the max. This means 10 quarter or a bit more than 2.5 years is the fastest.
Chat Guest: what is your rate of foreign students?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: For 2017, in the Evening Program our international student population accounted for 12% of the class and 30% in the Weekend Program. Please note that the percentage of international students represents those attending on work visa.
Chat Guest: When you said your average gmat score is 680, is that for FT or PT?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: 680 is the average GMAT score for this year's incoming Evening and Weekend MBA students.
Chat Guest: As a non-Ivy League student, what are my chances of getting into Booth if I perform well in GMAT/GRE, have leadership skills, work for a top Software Company?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The majority of our students actually do not come from any Ivy league schools. We review our applications with a holistic approach, which will review all application requirements.
Chat Guest: do you look at the individual QUANT and Verbal scores of the GMAT, or just the general GMAT score?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: While we will see the breakdown of your GMAT scores, we consider your overall score for the application.
Chat Guest: I am an International, working in the US. I graduated with MS degree from the US, and I took TOEFL during MS application. Do I again need to take TOEFL for Booth application?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: If your master's degree was earned in the US, you will not need a TOEFEL score to apply to Booth. You would fall under one of the exceptions.
Chat Guest: 2 classes per term that would happen on only Saturdays, right? So I would arrive in the city Friday night and plan to leave Saturday night?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Weekend MBA students who want to take 2 courses per quarter can either take two classes on Saturday or fly in early and take a class on Friday night and one on Saturday. The flexibility is there.
Chat Guest: Follow up on the class cohort experience question... would you please describe how a class cohort is integrated at Booth and how long it stays together etc. (as compared to the FT class cohort that is typically a tight knit group of people that all have similar classes etc. for the term of the degree)
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: The Evening/Weekend students are not really cohorted since people take different times to complete the program. With that said, there is amble opportunity to create/join groups of students who share experiences.
Chat Guest: would you suggest saving up for MBA tuition well in advance? OR do most of your students typically get financial aid/ student loans and see them paid off after graduation??
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: That depends on your individual plans. Some students save up, some pay out of pocket, some take loans, and some do all three.
Chat Guest: What are the Acceptance Rates for FT MBA, W/E MBA and EMBA, respectively?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: I cannot speak for Full-Time and EMBA, but Evening/Weekend does not publish their acceptance rate. This is due to multiple admissions deadlines taking place during the year.
Chat Guest: Will W/E MBA students eligible for scholarships?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Our office awards top candidates the Chicago Booth Merit-Based Scholarship in the weeks following admission. This is a highly competitive award given in the weeks following admission. The Admissions Committee and Deans work to identify applicants who have excelled both academically and professionally. The overall strength of the applicant pool also factors into scholarship decisions. We let candidates know as soon as these scholarships are awarded.
Chat Guest: you said the following: Many events for Full-Time students happen during the day at our Hyde Park campus, whereas Evening-Weekend student events happen at night and on the weekends to accommodate everyone's working schedules. Question: So, if our work is flexible and allows us to attend during morning/FT hours (as a weekend student), Booth would be okay with having Weekend students attend Full time career events? Wouldn't that be enraging for other FT students that Weekend folks are taking up their chances to find a valuable job?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: If your work is flexible and allows you free time during the day, you can enroll in Full-Time classes. Most career events for the full-time program are intended only for those students.
Chat Guest: How many typical applications do you receive on average in the past few years for Weekend mba? And what is the acceptance rate?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Given that we have deadlines for the Weekend program twice a year, it is difficult to describe the typical number of applicants. Evening/Weekend does not publish their acceptance rate.
Chat Guest: I have both BS and MS both, does that increases chances to get into MBA program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Having a master's degree doesn't not guarantee a stronger application. We take a holistic approach to the application process, where we give equal weight to your interview, application, test scores, work experience, essays, and letters of recommendation. No one factor is weighed more heavily than the other.
Chat Guest: what is the average gmat score for FT only students at your school?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can find the average GMAT score for Full-time students on the following page:https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time
Chat Guest: Are there networking groups or clubs available for evening MBA students?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Yes, there are dozens of Booth student groups for a wide array of interests.
Chat Guest: When are the two-three rounds for admission for Weekend mba? And when does a student officially start after being accepted? Say case in point, for 2019…
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The Evening and Weekend Programs do not use rounds. We are rolling admissions, meaning we intake classes year-round. Evening classes intake all four quarters (winter, spring, summer, fall) and Weekend classes intake in fall and spring only. Current deadlines and class start dates can be found on our websites.
Chat Guest: do you still need undergrad transcripts if you completed a master degree?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, you must submit transcripts for any degree you have earned, including undergraduate.
Chat Guest: What is the process for being able to make up a class due to unexpected work travel?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Each professor sets the process for that depending on the nature of the class.
Chat Guest: how do you compare your Weekend MBA program with Ross's ? What i am getting out of Booth which I wont from Ross?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Both Booth and Ross are great schools from an academic standpoint. I cannot speak for Ross -- I much rather you form your opinion of the school through interaction with their students/alumni and events. Booth is unique because of the collaboration among its students, diversity from which students’ originate (we don't require nor place emphasis on a certain industry, background, career path, or set of experiences). Booth is also the only business school in the country with three Nobel laureates currently as faculty. I strongly recommend visiting each school, attending an event and a class at each to determine which of the small different idiosyncrasies best fit what you desire from a school. For Booth, you may register for a class visit for anytime this fall here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/EWClassVisit.
Chat Guest: What % of evening/weekend students do not finish within 5 years or drop out during the program?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We do not publish that data but it is a very small percentage of students who do not successfully complete the MBA within the degree deadline timeframe
Chat Guest: What is the total tuition cost of the weekend program, considering it gets completed in 2.5 years?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can find the total breakdown for tuition and fees here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Guest: do you have online lectures if you miss a weekend class?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: No, there are no video options for class. You must attend in person.
Chat Guest: For students coming for weekend classes from west coast i.e California, do they arrive on Saturday morning?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Some do, and some may opt to travel in on Friday evening. It depends on the student! We do have shuttle buses from each airport on Saturday mornings to bring our students to/from Gleacher Center. You can also check out this Connect with a Student tool to reach out to West Coast Weekend MBA students, to ask how they manage the travel: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer.
Chat Guest: What is the typical length of resumes, and what type of information would you like to see in the resume?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 1-2 pages for resume's and career progression, leadership skills, academic achievements and really a sense of where you are looking to take your career post MBA.
Chat Guest: Question about career outcome post MBA, was looking at the Booth Employment Report for 2017 - Seems that Amazon has been hiring a lot Booth graduates (as top #2 employer), top 1, 3, 4 are MBB. Is there any particular reason that Amazon favors Booth graduates?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You would have to ask Amazon! :) Really though, I think all of the top employers who come to recruit our amazing students are seeking similar qualities in their employees. At Booth we stress discipline-based knowledge, demand facts, question assumptions, and attack problems from all angles. These values shape all of our programs and transform the way our students think. Our goals is to give our students the tools to speak the language of business, wherever their careers might take them. They emerge as thought leaders equipped with analytical toolkits that enable them to think differently, and I am sure companies like Amazon are seeking talented individuals who are able to tackle complex business problems and provide innovative solutions.
Chat Guest: would you consider the fact that an applicant has a higher gpa for the last 2 years of undergrad as a positive thing for the application? Considering their gpa was not as good in the first two years. (Engineering degree)
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We look into all factors in your transcripts -- overall GPA, trends, specific classes, how you did your last few years as opposed to your initial years, and also the program of study
Chat Guest: Do we need to provide financial supporting documents before the admission, for the weekend program? If yes, what exactly would you need for this?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We do not require documentation for the purpose of the application.
Chat Guest: If my employer is reimbursing my travel cost to and from Chicago for the Weekend program, do you know if that reimbursement amount is taxable income to me?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Unfortunately I can't speak to that and would advise you to speak with your tax accountant.
Chat Guest: so there are separate career events for FT and PT students then? And are the number of employers that show up roughly the same? Or do Weekend students end up getting jobs much later than FT ones?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The only separate career events are those related to Full Time students pursuing an internship during their first year. This is more of a "process" than an event. Weekend students typically land jobs or promotions at or around the same point full-time students do. You can see our evening and weekend specific care.r data here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact
Chat Guest: does booth have an online option for the mba program
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: No, Chicago Booth does not offer any of its courses online. All classes in all programs must be taken in-person and on campus, whether downtown or Hyde Park.
Chat Guest: once graduated, will the transcript will say that i did a weekend mba ? Or will the course code says weekend mba ?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Your degree upon graduation will say Booth alum Class of __. We make no distinction between program from evening, weekend, full-time or executive.
Chat Guest: Speaking of Nobel laureates as faculty, I saw that Professor Thaler does not have a course for 2018-2019. Do you have any insight on whether it will be updated later or if he is not teaching for the foreseeable future?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: He should be teaching in Summer 2019 for Managerial Decision Making. It is unclear at this time what sections he will teach in.
Chat Guest: You mentioned there are no online classes, but what if weather is bad in Chicago or there are delays in flight which caused me to miss my lecture. How those instance are handled?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: Each professor handles it as they see fit. In the case of weather, or some other uncontrollable event, professors/TAs will often provide additional materials and/or meet individually with affected students.
Chat Guest: are there any sample admission resume or application files available to reference?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: No, but we would be happy to go over your resume with you and speak directly to you about application questions as you progress to submitting
Chat Guest: what’s the tuition for the weekend mba program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The Evening and Weekend MBA Programs have the same tuition, which is currently $7,130 per course. You can read more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Guest: How can I get the entire question/answer listing without copying/pasting one item at a time?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We will post this chat's transcript within the next week here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats.
Chat Guest: Is there a "halflife" to the significance of academic record relative to professional record for candidates as their undergrad career becomes more distant in the past (regardless of whether undergrad achievements are weaker or stronger than professional)?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Our review process is holistic, meaning no one part of your application is weighted more heavily than another. Your undergraduate transcripts are equally important as your professional achievements, your GMAT score, your reasons for pursuing an MBA, and your fit within the Booth community.
Chat Guest: on the same topic , do employers prefer FT over PT/weekend, have you come across employers looking only for FT over PT
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Very few employers look specifically for Full-Time students. Some companies look to hire students from their company internship (such as Investment Banks) but typically there is not much different between them looking for Booth grads
Chat Guest: Does Weekend program have Thesis option? Can I be an RA under a professor?
* Joe Bernstein | Weekend MBA Student: I am not aware of a thesis option. However, MBA students have had teaching assistantships for MBA classes. I am not sure about RAs.
Chat Guest: What is class strength for weekend classes?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can see the student profile and class statistics for our Weekend MBA program here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend.
Chat Guest: Is there dinner available at the Gleacher Center prior to classes starting? What do most students that come to class straight from work do for dinner?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We have a cafe that students can purchase dinner from before class. We also have many events during the quarter that provides students with food before class, including Boothies Breaking Bread and Welcome Week. Visiting a class is a great opportunity to see what it's like to be a student for an evening.
Chat Guest: is there translation calculator between %ge to gpa?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not such a calculator that we use, but we are familiar with many mark sheets and international transcripts and will look specifically at the classes you took and what you earned in each class.
Chat Guest: Is there a provision to attend classes during alternate weekends and do more hours when we attend, instead of attending fewer hours every weekend? Just curious since I live in Seattle and this would reduce my travel significantly.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Unfortunately not at this time, but weekend students in your position can maximize their time to Chicago by taking one Friday Evening course, and two Saturday courses in the same quarter if you wish to ultimately graduate sooner, and therefore reduce some cost of travel.