November 6, 2018 Live Admissions Chat
Chat Participant: Hi there. Thank you for arranging this information session. I have a question regarding the schedule. I am based out of Toronto and will have to travel to Chicago for the Weekend Program so just want to confirm if the classes are conducted every weekend?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: Hello and thank you for joining. Yes that is correct, classes are held on Saturdays during each quarter.
Chat Participant: What do you view as the key differentiator(s) from Kellogg's program? What makes Booth unique?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth and Kellogg are great schools, and I recommend you engage both schools to better determine which may be the best fit for you. Students who I’ve worked with that have applied to Both (and ultimately chose Booth) have consistently said that the community feel, collaboration, and engagement of other Booth students/alumni resonated with them, and the rigor of the curriculum best fit with their drive for their career. Additionally, they were pleasantly surprised at the resources Booth pours into leadership development throughout the program. Again I recommend considering the factors most important to you in an MBA and determining which schools best fit your requirements.
Chat Participant: When are classes held for the weekend program? Every Saturday or every other Saturday?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Weekend MBA classes meet every Saturday at our downtown Gleacher Center campus. There is a morning session from 9-noon and afternoon session from 1:30-4:30 each Saturday.
Chat Participant: Other than the GMAT, essay, and undergrad grades, what are some the key areas, admissions look for in candidates?
* 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 Participant: What percentage of GPA is counted towards the MBA application?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We review our applications holistically, taking into account academic background, professional background, and overall program fit. So, there is not an exact percentage for any of the application requirements.
Chat Participant: How would you say the "Chicago Approach" is applied across each of the MBA programs at Booth?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The Chicago Approach is taught the same across all four of Booth's MBA Programs. There is no differentiation between programs and teaching styles.
Chat Participant: Hello, what are the deadlines to apply for each term?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: Hello and thank you for joining! Upcoming Evening deadlines can be found here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions
And upcoming Weekend MBA deadlines can be found here:
Chat Participant: Can we take both the sessions? Morning and afternoon. Or they are the same?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, you can take both the morning and afternoon session classes on a Saturday. Every class meets weekly for three hours. So for example, you may have a Financial Accounting course each Saturday morning from 9-noon, and a Microeconomics class each Saturday afternoon from 1:30-4:30. Most Weekend MBA students take 2 classes per quarter, and that is how they're able to accomplish this.
Chat Participant: What can I expect from the Chicago Business Fellows program?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Students in the Chicago Business Fellows will take part in a series of seminars in their first quarter that are geared towards networking, professional development, and soft skills. This allows our early career candidate to develop a strong early network with their fellow CBF peers.
Chat Participant: Who is a strong candidate for evening programs and what the key things MBA committee looks at is?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We definitely look at the entire application, but a strong GMAT is helpful. We review Evening and Weekend candidates in the same way. That said, 70% of our weekend students are from outside of Illinois. 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 Participant: I live outside of the Chicagoland area as well, could you talk a little more about the travel discounts and what those entail? Also what are the typical attendance requirements for courses?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: : There are no travel discounts offered by Booth, however, you can take advantage of special rates at nearby hotels (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/student-experience/city-life).
Attendance is expected at each class, and all classes take place in-person at our downtown Chicago campus.
Chat Participant: When considering candidates from STEM backgrounds to the weekend MBA program, how does admissions view time spent in graduate studies? i.e. is this considered work experience given the teaching and research involved?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: I would say it depends on the individual, but I would say teaching and research is more appropriate to place under work experience given a STEM background.
Chat Participant: Are there classes exclusively for Full-Time students that Evening (or Weekend) MBAs are not able to take?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: No. Most classes are offered in multiple sections (Evening, Weekend, and Full Time). For any classes that are only offered once, students from across the Evening, Weekend, and Full Time MBA program are able to all bid on those classes with equal priority.
Chat Participant: For someone exploring the Booth MBA after only two/three years of working in investment banking, what are the top characteristics or "resume builders" Booth is looking for?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Given that you are early in your career, you may want to consider the Chicago Business Fellows Program. The Chicago Business Fellows program is a subset of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs for those with 3 years or less of experience, and offers additional professional development programming during the first quarter via a required weekly seminar. It yields the exact same degree and 95% of your classes will be with the traditional MBA students, but that additional programming helps to build some of the softer skills that can be important early in a career. Beyond the first quarter seminar, there are no further requirements for CBF. For those early in their career, we are certainly looking for leadership or the potential for leadership.
Chat Participant: What is the size of evening MBA classes?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: The size differs per quarter, depending on the number of applicants, however we have roughly 1050 Evening Students and 375 Weekend students
Chat Participant: Is there an advantage of applying summer session?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is no advantage/disadvantage in applying to the summer quarter (or any quarter) so consider when the best time for you would be to apply
Chat Participant: Are there options for concentrations? How many credits is the core curriculum without a concentration, and how many with a concentration?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Yes, there are 13 concentrations to pursue as a student. Evening and Weekend students often secure 3-4 concentrations. There is no core curriculum, so you can use your 20 classes to obtain these concentrations.
Chat Participant: Are evening MBA students eligible to take weekend courses as well?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, you can take classes across all Booth programs. However, students enrolled in the Weekend Program as their home program will have priority for bidding on all Weekend classes.
Chat Participant: Do the successful completion of GSALB courses or the professional development certificate programs have any positive influence on the candidate's chances of being accepted?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Some applicants take a GSALB class simply to test out the program to see if Booth is the right fit for them and if they can handle the work/life balance. Others take a class to balance out a perceived weakness on their application, such as a lower undergraduate GPA or GMAT score. If you take a class for the latter reason, it’s important that you take one of the foundation courses, Business Statistics and/or Financial Accounting, and focus on earning a B+ or higher. Doing so will serve as a positive indicator of your academic ability for the admissions committee.
Chat Participant: How do students who are separated geographically work on group projects? Is there a common area in Gleacher or perhaps a preferred hotel that provides a good space to collaborate?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Yes, there are study rooms and meeting spaces in the Gleacher Center that students can use to meet for project groups. We often hear from our students that skype/web conference meetings are a popular option as well to collaborate if in-person meetings are not possible for one or multiple group members.
Chat Participant: If we score higher on the GMAT after the application is submitted, how do we notify the admissions committee?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: You can email our admissions hotline email@example.com
Chat Participant: What is the average class size?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The largest class size is around 60, but most classes are smaller than that.
Chat Participant: Do you accept candidates with in CBF program with 4 years of experience?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not a hard cutoff at 3 years for the Chicago Business Fellows program- we typically tell applicants if you’d be under the 4 year mark of full time work experience by the time you’d be starting Booth classes, go ahead and apply CBF. If we review your application and determine you’d be a better fit for the traditional Evening or Weekend programs, we’d simply have that conversation with you.
Chat Participant: I'm looking at the Business Analytics concentration. Can you tell me more about the sequence of courses? Also, what sets Booth apart from other programs in analytics?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: Course information can be found here for the business analytics concentration: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum/business-analytics#tabContent2
Chat Participant: Is there way to accelerate by taking morning and afternoon sessions and/or Friday classes as well?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The part-time Evening/Weekend program can be accelerated by taking 3 classes in a given quarter (the average is 2 classes per quarter). Evening students could for example take Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night course, while weekend students could for example take a Friday night course and two Saturday classes (morning and afternoon).
Chat Participant: How many years of experience are recommended before applying to the Weekend MBA program? I am an entry level analyst with 1-2 years of experience, but wish to pursue my MBA at an earlier time.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The Chicago Business Fellows early career candidate program is something Booth offers within both the Evening and Weekend MBA programs for those with 3 years or less of experience. It is recommended that every candidate have at least 1 year of experience, but we do not have a limit on this. This program is ideal for those looking to pursue their MBA early – and it yields the same degree as a traditional Booth Evening or Weekend MBA (with the same classes, faculty, and student life experience) while additionally having required professional development seminars the first quarter only of your program to build professional skills. You may find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates
Chat Participant: I am considering between the Weekend and Executive MBA program. Is it possible to have an individual call to explain my situation a bit more in terms of work / personal limitations on travel?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Absolutely! We are happy to speak with you individually to discuss your background and help you determine which program will be the best fit for you. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set something up.
Chat Participant: Do you have people from the West coast attending this program? Is there any option other than every weekend?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Yes, we have students that commute from the West coast to attend the Weekend MBA program. Attendance is required every week when you are enrolled in a course.
Chat Participant: How does the recruitment work for the Weekend MBA, will i get the same guidance from the counselors if I want to make it into a consulting firm like Mckinsey?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: As the Admissions team, we do not provide guidance or guarantees on specific career aspirations. Once enrolled, the Career Services and Academic Services teams provide such guidance, but again, does not make guarantees.In Admissions, we do nurture each of our applicants equally between programs. The only difference in recruiting for the Weekend Program is we will travel across the country for various recruiting events.
Chat Participant: What is the acceptance rate across these MBA programs?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: We do not publicly share our acceptance rate, but you can get an idea of the profiles of our admitted students (including average GMAT, GPA, years of work experience, etc.) here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening
Chat Participant: What’s the acceptance rate for the evening program?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: 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 Participant: Are scholarships are offered? Do they require a separate application or is it automatic with the application to Booth?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: All applicants are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship, although they are highly competitive. There is no additional application to fill out. You can learn more about our merit-based scholarships here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Chat Participant: On average how many years of work experience is required after under grad, to apply for a weekend program?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is no one typical background for a Booth students, and Evening and Weekend MBA students tend to have anywhere from 2-10 years of work experience, so it's quite a large range. You can see more of our student profile here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend
Chat Participant: Will the transcript for this chat be available? I can't scroll up.
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: Yes it will be available here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats
Chat Participant: What are some major differences between the weekend and night courses?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Main difference between Evening and Weekend courses are the days you would take classes (weeknights vs. Saturdays) and the geographical diversity of the class (most evening students are local to Chicago whereas 70% of weekend students commute outside of Illinois). The class options, faculty, student groups, and resources are all the same.
Chat Participant: How much does the program cost?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: Tuition information for the program can be found here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Chat Participant: Do you offer resume reviews and do you recommend this prior to submitting the application?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do offer resume reviews as an opportunity to start a conversation with the admissions team, and talk high level about your background and fit at Booth. It's certainly not required! If you would like to submit a resume review, you can do so on our website.
Chat Participant: Do evening/weekend students have the same access to recruiting opportunities and career services (compared to full-time students)?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate 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. However, they can participate in On campus recruiting for full-time jobs.
Chat Participant: What does the group interview look like for those who are applying for the evening MBA program? Is the purpose to see how well we can work as a team?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The only applicants who get a group interview are those with 0-3 years of professional work experience who are applying to our Chicago Business Fellows Program. We conduct an additional group interview with these applicants to gage how the handle various situations and conversations.
Chat Participant: Good afternoon. How much is the entire MBA program?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The total cost for the degree is a little above $140,000. You can find the full breakdown of tuition and fees here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Chat Participant: I have a degree in master of finance. Does booth waive certain business credits?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth does not waive credits for professional experience or prior academics unless you’ve taken a course within University of Chicago’s Graduate Student At Large Business program which are actual Booth business classes taken prior to being a student at Booth.
Chat Participant: In regards to the study abroad opportunities, does the short (2-3 week) courses count as a full credit? And do you need to apply for those programs/what is the process for getting into those opportunities?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Correct! Each of our short term study abroad programs count as one of your 20 classes required to graduate. Requirements for the short term program include completing two Booth courses prior to applying, completing six Booth courses prior to studying abroad, and enroll in a minimum of three consecutive Booth quarters prior to studying abroad.
Chat Participant: How does Booth support their MBA students who are balancing full time jobs, as well as families on top of the program? This is important to me considering competing programs take a proactive approach by offering every other weekend classes for traveling MBAs.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The flexibility in the program is the greatest why Booth provides support to those balancing these important factors. Although in a quarter classes are every week, you can take quarters off if needed. You could also take a lesser load of classes at once (one instead of two). You can be extremely calculated in the classes you take regarding the rigor and balance that with your life at the moment. Students can also contact faculty about sitting on other sections of their class if you miss one in a given week. We also have clubs and events that allow students’ family to be completely engaged in the program (partners club, diversity inclusion clubs) and events open and encouraging of family attendance.
Chat Participant: What is the minimum number of courses one must take in a semester?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The Evening and Weekend MBA programs are very flexible. On average, Weekend and Evening students take 2 classes per quarter and complete the MBA in around 2.5 years. Some speed it up, some slow it down, and you are able to set your own pace as long as you finish within 5 years. You’re able to drop down and take 1 class per quarter or even take quarters off if need be. You also have the flexibility to take classes across the evening and weekend programs, and possibly full-time program if your schedule permits. The programs are designed to support full-time working professionals and your busy schedules.
Chat Participant: Is there a deadline for application for the weekend MBA program?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may see the two Weekend deadlines in 2019 here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions
Chat Participant: Is it possible to schedule one on one via phone with an admissions counselor?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Absolutely! I encourage you to email email@example.com your availability for the upcoming week and we will get back to you with a confirmed appointment time.
Chat Participant: If a candidate has low test scores GMAT and GPA, but has had a successful career growth, what can this candidate do (other than taking a GSALB class) to improve her/his application?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Applicants should have both the ability and desire to thrive within a demanding and stimulating environment. We look for academic preparedness, intellectual curiosity and communication skills. Some of the ways the Admissions Committee looks for evidence of this is through the GPA and GMAT/GRE exams. If you have only taken the exam once and are outside of the range (620-740), we would recommend retaking. Other factors that we look at include: Academic recognition, Merit-based scholarships, and Professional certifications to name a few.
Chat Participant: What is the time limit (in years) to complete all credits required for the Weekend MBA?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations and Analytics: Great question! You are allotted five years to complete the degree requirements.
Chat Participant: Is there a TOEFL requirement for even if one is working full time in US for more than 10 years.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may find the TOEFL requirements here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/international/english-exams
Chat Participant: A response above stated the overall cost at ~$140,000 for the whole program. What is the average percentage covered by scholarships offered to Weekend MBA's through Booth?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations & Analytics: The only full tuition scholarship currently available for the Weekend MBA Program is for the Civic Scholars Program which is specifically for professionals working in the nonprofit and government. Our office awards a limited number of partial scholarships called 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.
Chat Participant: Could you speak to what makes Booth unique and why students most often say they chose Booth?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: In a nutshell it boils down to the Chicago Approach, which is our unique set of cores values that helps differentiate us from our peer institutions. Within that is the idea that this is arguably the most flexible part-time program of any in the world and it allows you to carve your own own academic experience to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. You can learn about the Chicago approach here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/chicago-approach
Chat Participant: Thank you! A follow-up - is it more common for Weekend MBA students to take 1 or 2 classes per Saturday?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: A typical student takes 2 classes per quarter and at that pace completes their required 20 courses in 2.5 years. Saturday classes are held 9-12 and 1:30-4:30 so if someone is commuting from outside of Illinois more often than not they are completing their 2 courses on Saturday. An Evening student might prefer to take 1 Saturday course and 1 weeknight class. It really depends and it’s completely up to you and your preferences/schedule. This can also change for you quarter to quarter and you have the flexibility for that reason.
Chat Participant: Are students who pursue a weekend/evening MBA at Booth put in a position where they will be able to transition to new careers, similar to those individuals in the full-time program, or is this hard to say?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have the same access to career services and networking opportunities as their Full Time (FT) counterparts, with the main difference being that they typically do not go through formal recruiting for internships, since our student population is working full time. You still have access to the Booth job board which has over 5k postings per year, one-on-one career coaching, and you can even opt to go through formal on-campus recruiting as long as it is for full-time positions instead of internships. You can learn more about the career changes EW students make here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/career
Chat Participant: Can you explain a little about the continuing education piece? I think you can take up to 6 courses after completing the MBA. Is this limited to the business school or can you take courses elsewhere at the University of Chicago to further enhance a concentration?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Correct, you can take up to 3 free classes as a student (before graduation) and up to 3 classes as an alum. These courses are limited to Booth-only courses.
Chat Participant: Hello. I am running my own venture. Is that considered as duly employed when enrolled in the weekend MBA program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, you are considered employed if you are running your own business/venture.
Chat Participant: Do Evening/Weekend MBA students have an opportunity to be involved with student organizations?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We are proud of our vibrant and diverse student life within the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs. There are more than 45 student groups exclusive to Evening-Weekend, and over 300 events are hosted each year. Our student groups cover a wide range of social and professional interests and are very active outside the classroom. You can take a look at some of our student groups here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups
Chat Participant: Firstly, thank you for this informative platform and your time! Is possessing an undergraduate degree essential in applying for Evening/Weekend MBA? I for one, have done 3 years of undergraduate study (Bachelor's) in STEM and have more than 5 years of work experience.
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations & Analytics: Hello and thank you for your question. You are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to applying.
Chat Participant: What tends to be the breakdown between career switchers vs. career accelerators within the Weekend program? Are there any notable examples of students who made a large pivot to another industry or profession?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Great question! We are happy to share some in depth data about the kinds of career changes Evening and Weekend MBA students make. I recommend checking out the following pages, and let us know if you have any additional questions:
Chat Participant: I have 15+ years of work experience, with around 8 years in IT program Management, is Booth Weekend MBA right.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Your profile initially sounds like the Weekend program or Executive program could be a fit, but much of that will require you to understand your work schedule flexibility/limits
Chat Participant: Can you please discuss financial aid and financing options to afford a Booth MBA? Thank you.
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Most of our students fund their degrees with a combination of loans, savings, and sometimes contributions from their employers. Once you are admitted, you can work with our knowledgeable Financial Aid team to determine the best package for you. You can read more about Financial Aid here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Chat Participant: Are the career services available even after we graduate?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing. Yes, you receive career services for life as an alum of any Chicago Booth MBA Program.
Chat Participant: Where can I find information about immigration? I have an H1B visa and I'd like to understand what the visa requirements are?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can find more information about international applicants here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international
If you would like to enroll in the Evening or Weekend MBA program, you will need to maintain your H1B visa status during your entire time in the program.
Chat Participant: If for some personal reason we have to defer the starting of the program after getting admit is that also possible?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth policy states that you have the option to defer one matriculation round. Students who end up choosing to defer enrollment will need to pay a deferment fee of $1000 (in addition to your $1000 enrollment deposit), both of which will be applied toward your tuition when you begin classes. Evening students can defer one quarter (Spring admits could defer to Summer quarter, for example), Weekend students have to defer to next matriculation quarter (so Spring admits could defer to Fall, since we only admit Weekend students 2x per year). I know timing can be tricky. I recommend applying for the quarter you think you’ll be able to begin classes, knowing that the deferral option above is available to you in the worst case scenario.
Chat Participant: How would you describe the Booth culture?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The student body at Booth is full of curious, bold, driven individuals who question the status quo. It's also a very supporting environment, where ideas compete and people collaborate. Our students have a diverse range of backgrounds and industries, so, for example, in one class you could have nonprofit, consulting, finance, engineering and many other professionals collaborating. We also have a robust student life within the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs with more than 40 student groups and 300+ events held each year.
Chat Participant: Roughly what percentage of students are making a career change or pivot? I'm thinking of shifting from communications to integrated brand marketing.
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: I am not certain of the actual percent making a career switch, but those who do have found success. I recommend browsing our Evening/Weekend specific career statistics and you can dive much more deeply into this: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact
Chat Participant: Do weekend students ever take part in student treks? (E.G. Wall Street, Finance scene in Chicago, Tech, etc.)?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, there are many industry treks, typically organized by the Evening/Weekend professional student groups! They are typically local, to accommodate our students' busy schedules. For example the EW Booth Marketing Club recently did a daylong trek where they visited McDonald's, Hillshire Brands, and Miller Coors. Here is a recent blog post about a healthcare trek on the West Coast: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2018/west-coast-trek
Chat Participant: Do you have any feedback from students in terms of how much time investment students make per week to Booth courses and programs?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You are able to move through the program at your pace, so our students are in control of how much time investment they make in general each quarter. Students also have access to data from past years on average how many hours are required outside of class for each course that is offered prior to enrollment.
Chat Participant: Can you share a bit on joint degree, such as MBA/JD at U Chicago? Do students have to apply together or student can choose to apply later, like 2nd year in MBA?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations & Analytics: For these programs, you would need to submit the regular Chicago Booth Evening or Weekend MBA application, as well as submit a separate application directly to the professional school you would like to attend. The requirements and feasibility should be carefully considered depending on the joint degree program. I would encourage you to reach out to our admissions email at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our directors of admission can talk through the specifics with you.
Chat Participant: Is there the option for Evening or Weekend MBA students to join UChicago's student health insurance?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can find information on opportunities for student health insurance within the University of Chicago here: https://wellness.uchicago.edu/student-insurance/u-ship/
Chat Participant: is it possible to switch/transfer credits between weekends to executive in the middle of the program if there is a personal need.
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: While it is possible to switch between Evening and Weekend programs, it is not possible to do so with the full-time and executive programs.
Chat Participant: What sort of networking opportunities does Booth Weekend offer besides class/group projects?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We have more than 40 student groups within the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs, many of which host their events on Saturdays so our Weekend students can participate. These events include professional networking events, lunch and learns, and social activities. There is always something going on at our downtown campus on Saturdays.
Chat Participant: Can we apply for weekend and executive programs or do we have to choose to apply to only 1 of them?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: You can only apply to one program at a time so it’s important to consider the one that is right for you.
Chat Participant: Would you please share an example timeline for completing part-time MBA in 2.5 to 3 years? How many classes in a quarter and what order student usually take classes?
* Patrick McHale |Admissions Manager: Evening/Weekend students on average take two classes per quarter. At this pace, you are completing your degree in 2.5 years.
Chat Participant: I believe Marcus mentioned Weekend students being able to also take Friday classes- what time are those Friday classes? And does that mean Weekend students could take Evening classes as well?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations & Analytics: Yes that is correct, Friday evening classes begin at 6pm and it is possible for Weekend students to take Evening courses.
Chat Participant: When you say it typically takes 2.5 years to finish the program - Does that include 10 quarters @ 2 subjects per quarter?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 2.5 years for graduation would mean taking two classes in each quarter (fall, winter, spring, summer) year around. This is fairly typical for Evening/Weekend students. There may come a quarter where students drop to one class, or zero classes entirely and on the flipside may take three classes in a given quarter as well.
Chat Participant: What is the approx. % of students who are from tech sector?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can see the industry breakdown of Evening MBA students here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening . You can see that there is a large range of industries represented, as we are committed to having diversity of perspective within our collaborative classrooms!
Chat Participant: Can weekend students join networking opportunities with full time clubs? I looked at the calendar of events (none or very few) networking events for weekend students.
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Student group events are mainly only visible to current students, so you are likely not seeing the full breadth of events available to Evening and Weekend MBA students. Very few full-time student group events are open to Evening-Weekend students, and are usually indicated as such when the event is created.
Chat Participant: What is the quarter system, i.e. are classes meant to be throughout the year - Is there any summer breaks in the weekend program?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations & Analytics: Yes that is correct! There are four quarter during the academic year that you are able to take classes in (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn). There is a break week between each quarter; a sample academic calendar can be viewed here to give you an idea of the schedule: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/taking-courses-at-booth/academic-calendar.
Chat Participant: Hi there! What is the process to take one of the foundation courses (say Financial accounting or business statistics). Can I register for the one course or do I have to go through the entire admissions process?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: If you are interested in trying out a Booth class, I encourage you to look into our Graduate Student at Large program: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business?gclid=Cj0KCQiAlIXfBRCpARIsAKvManxuwFny23ZozPwJ79tSbHWs2ae5rm3iy0hv7MPZ63bUqK1Ck_4gqQUaAmMMEALw_wcB
Chat Participant: Are there any international course opportunities during school breaks?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: It is possible for Evening and Weekend students to take part in study abroad opportunities during the quarters. In the past few years, we have offered students trips/treks to London and Hong Kong that are non-credit bearing.
Chat Participant: Is the Partners club open to all students or is this limited to the weekend and Evening Program?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The partners clubs for Evening-Weekend students is separate from the full-time partners club. But yes, each program offers a partners club.
Chat Participant: Is ORD the nearest airport?
* Molly O'Donnell: Director, Civic Scholars Program: Both O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) are convenient to downtown. Both have public transportation that will take you close to our downtown campus
Chat Participant: Do you allow for class visits?
* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We do! You can find registration info here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
Chat Participant: For core course, are there any options professional credential can be used to waive core requirement? For example, introduction to accounting, so students can take other courses of interest?
* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You are not able to completely waive an area requirement, as we want to ensure you take all 20 courses for the degree, and many students have a hard time narrowing down their Booth classes to just 20! That being said, our flexible curriculum does enable you to take upper level courses if you have strength in a particular subject area, so that you are not repeating coursework.
Chat Participant: Will Booth be hosting a preview day in some form prior to the March Application deadline?
* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We have monthly information sessions that can serve in the same manner which you speak of. In general we have a number of admission events that help to preview the upcoming quarter. I recommend looking into our admission events and from the description determine which might be best suited for you. We can also help with this: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events
Chat Participant: Hi there, sorry to ask a similar question but when you say 2 Classes per quarter, do you mean 2 Sessions (Let’s say 2 sessions on one Saturday) in a quarter or do you mean 2 Subjects / Topics to be completed in a quarter ?
* Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director, Admissions Operations & Analytics: Yes that is correct, the typical course load for an Evening or Weekend MBA student is 1 to 2 courses per quarter.
Chat Participant: Do you provide transportation for weekend students from/to the airport?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, we have a free shuttle bus service that picks up/drops off students at both Chicago airports (O'Hare and Midway).