December 11, 2018 Live Admissions Chat
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Chat Participant: Thanks for hosting this chat! My question is about career changers - Do many individuals in the Weekend Program utilize career services to switch careers while they're a student at Booth? Or does this primarily occur after graduation?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We have a significant percentage of weekend students who are looking to change careers and utilize career services to obtain them. I recommend looking into the following link about our career data to help illustrate our recent graduate career changers and advancers: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact.
Chat Participant: Can we transfer from Evening to Weekend and vice-versa once getting into either programs?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Yes, you are allowed to do a one-time transfer between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Chat Participant: Is there a link to course descriptions/usual times for class by concentration?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can learn more about the concentrations and some of the courses that apply to each here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum. Class times vary throughout the year based on which quarters each course is offered, but Evening classes are always 6-9pm Monday-Friday at the Gleacher Center. Weekend classes take place each Saturday- there is a morning section from 9-noon and an afternoon section from 1:30-4:30pm.
Chat Participant: I have many questions, but one of them is what sort of work experience is considered for the evening MBA and Weekend MBA?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs are designed for full-time working professionals who want to continue working while getting their MBA. The average amount of work experience is 6-7 years, but the range is wide. Students work in a wide variety of industries and functions, which adds great value to the classroom and community. You can view the industry breakdown on the main program pages under Industries Represented: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening and https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend
Chat Participant: Hello! What is the admissions rate for the Weekend MBA program? And, how many people typically apply for the Weekend MBA program?
Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Since we're on rolling admissions, it varies from quarter to quarter, therefore we do not share acceptance rates for the Evening or Weekend MBA Programs. However, the number of applications in any application cycle has no bearing on an individual's consideration for the program. We consider all applications holistically.
Chat Participant: What's the biggest challenge with commuting from out of state for the weekend program?
Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: 70% of our weekend students are from outside of Illinois and manage their commute to Chicago in various ways. We offer a shuttle to and from both airports on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. It's not easy but we see it being done all over the country. There is a really great blog post on this here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2018/the-road-to-booth.
Chat Participant: Hi! Thank you so much for making time for this chat today. I found out about the Civic Scholars program on your visit to Dallas a few months ago, and I'm excited to visit. Is there a particular weekend in January or February that would be best for visiting CS? (Or weekends, like midterms, that wouldn't be ideal?)
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program: We'll be having a Lunch & Learn for Civic Scholars prospects on January 19. You can register for that and also class visits that day. Check out our website to register for the Lunch & Learn https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program.
Chat Participant: Hello! Is there on campus housing available for graduate students?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not have housing options within the part-time program as our students tend to have their living situation set in conjunction with their job – or with family. There is assistance with housing if you were interested in the full-time program and would like to speak to the Full-Time admission office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chat Participant: Does the mentor program apply to Civic Scholars as well?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program : All students have mentors during LAUNCH.
Chat Participant: Is there a separate application for the Civic Scholars Program?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program : The Civic Scholars Program uses the same Weekend MBA application When you are filling out the application there will be a place where you indicate you are applying for the Civic Scholars Program. It will then auto-populate one additional essay that is specific for Civic Scholars. Other than that one essay, it is the same application.
Chat Participant: Is there any precedence in which a part-time student transferred to full-time program, due to reasons such as Visa issue?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Students are not able to transfer between the Full-Time and Evening/Weekend programs Something to note as an international applicant- since an F1 visa holder is not permitted to work full time in the United States, an individual with an F1 visa does not meet our admissions criteria. If you are seeking an F1 visa to study as an international student in the United States, we encourage you to look into our full time MBA program at https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time. International students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program are typically in the US on an H1B or similar work visa.
Chat Participant: Is there a threshold for years of work experience expected from candidates applying?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager : The average amount of years of work experience for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students is about 6-7 years. But we certainly have students with as little as 1-3 years of work experience as well as 10+ years.
Chat Participant: I am interested in the CBF program but I don’t know through which application should I apply? I accidently once started the Full time MBA and the second time the Chicago Booth Scholars, How can I cancel those?
Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Hello and thank you for joining! You can apply for the Evening MBA in Spring or Autumn for the CBF program, or the Weekend Autumn application for CBF. You can reach out to email@example.com to have the other applications cancelled.
Chat Participant: Can you give a little more insight into the Civic Scholars program? How many are accepted each year?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program: We have been accepting about 6 or 7 Civic Scholars each year, although we do not have a set number.
Chat Participant: What is a typical class size for either weekend or evening classes?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: If you are asking about incoming class sizes, keep in mind we bring in classes all four quarters. We matriculate around 130 for Evening Autumn and 110 for Weekend Autumn quarter. For Evening Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters, incoming class sizes range from 40-65. For Weekend Spring, we bring in around 65. If you are asking about number of students in an actual class, the average is around 40, but there is a wide range. The vast majority of courses allow 65 students to register.
Chat Participant: Are there any opportunities for Weekend MBA students to make connections and open doors outside the United States?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: Yes! There are a variety of international opportunities to expand your education in the Part Time program. There are course offerings as part of an international program (IBEP), usually in Spring or Summer quarters for Part Time students. Additionally, certain student groups put on different treks, like Marketing Trek, that will focus on networking within a certain city.
Chat Participant: is EA score acceptable instead of gmat for student who has about 18 years of experience
Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: At this time the EA is only accepted for the executive MBA Program. Given that you have 18 years of work experience that might actually be a better fit in terms of overall program. You can learn for about the Executive MBA Program here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba.
Chat Participant: Can weekend students take evening classes or even daytime classes for the advanced alternatives to core courses?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, since the curriculum is the same between Booth's Evening, Weekend, and Full Time MBA programs, students are able to take classes across programs, provided their work schedules allow for that. You will always have priority registration over the classes in your home program. All students are able to take advantage of our flexible curriculum and pursue more advanced courses if they have strong backgrounds in certain academic areas.
Chat Participant: this is for week end mba program
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You are correct! We represent the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs at Booth.
Chat Participant: Are there particular courses that you recommend taking to show Quant background if business wasn't an undergraduate major?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: It depends on your undergraduate major. The quantitative sections of the GMAT or GRE are a great way to show Quant background. Additionally, there is the opportunity to take classes through the Graham School to take the foundational courses before applying or being accepted into the program (Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, and Business Statistics). These are also great options.
Chat Participant: Hello! Thank you for your time today. Is there a higher acceptance rate for the Weekend Program vs. the Evening Program?
Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We do not share acceptance rates for the Evening and MBA Programs, due to our rolling admissions and that application numbers vary quarter to quarter. But we evaluate applicants equally in both programs. The curriculum are faculty are the same.
Chat Participant: What is the general age range for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening and Weekend students' age ranges from 25-35 years
Chat Participant: If we aren't accepted at the first application (especially to the competitive Civic Scholars), would it be possible to speak with someone in Admissions about ways to improve the application and try again the following year?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program: We don't give specific feedback to applicants who are denied admission.
Chat Participant: Thanks for hosting us! Is there an interview as well before getting accepted to the evening MBA?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: When you submit an application, you will receive an email prompting you to register for an in-person interview at the Gleacher Center with a current student or alum of the program. This is required for all submitted applications in order to receive an admissions decision.
Chat Participant: Hello, I am also interested in CBF and have begun my Weekend Spring 2019 application. Is this a viable time to enter the CBF program?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: For the Evening CBF program, we have two admissions intakes per year (Fall and Spring), and for the Weekend CBF program, we have one per year (Fall). Admissions are rolling. The application process is the same, but the interview process is different. A requirement of the CBF application process is attending a CBF Interview Day, which we offer a few times per year. There is no Weekend CBF intake in the Spring. You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates
Chat Participant: How do part-time and weekend students handle club membership? Is there time for that? Do students spend an extra night and stay the whole weekend?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: It depends on the club and your level of involvement. There are many clubs available to Part Time students. Some clubs have quite a lot of activities that you are able to attend, while some only have a few events per quarter. There are a lot of clubs that focus on having events over the weekend so that weekend students can attend. There is definitely time! Many students are a part one or multiple clubs.
Chat Participant: If pursuing the Civic Scholars Program, are those classes only available on Weekends, or would it be possible to take Evening classes as well?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program : The Civic Scholars Program is only part of the Weekend MBA. However, like all students, Civic Scholars have the flexibility to take courses other days of the week. There are no specific courses for the Civic Scholars.
Chat Participant: Can we transfer from the evening program to the full time program?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: No, students are not permitted to transfer into the Full Time MBA Programs
Chat Participant: Could you shed light on the average class size? And any notable members of the faculty?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The average class size is about 55 students, but this can vary and be a bit smaller in certain classes. Our classes implement the Chicago Approach to learning which involves a data driven approach to finding the facts and incorporates group discussion around this data from personal and professional backgrounds of the students. We have a number of notable faculty members, I recommend looking at our faculty list here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory
Chat Participant: If our GMAT quant score isn't extremely competitive, however, we work in a quant-heavy field (e.g., consulting) is this taken into consideration?
Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We review the application holistically and will look at your entire GMAT score. We will also look at the various sections and welcome information from your recommender regarding your quant abilities as they relate to your role in consulting. You can also use the optional essay to describe in detail your quant abilities if you feel they are not adequately reflected in your GMAT score.
Chat Participant: Hello, I am interested in CBF. If admitted in one semester (either Fall or Spring) is it possible to delay it afterwards and start later?
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. We 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: Thank you for taking the time to host this chat today! For Weekend MBA students, is there a list available to see what clubs and extra-curricular activities meet on Saturdays?
Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: While our student clubs do not share their event schedules on our public-facing website, they do host nearly all of their events on Saturdays so our Weekend students can participate. This includes social events, lunch and learns, club meetings, and more. You can see a list of our Evening-Weekend student clubs here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups.
Chat Participant: From a networking stand point how much different is it being a full time student and a weekend student. In relation to the opportunities you’re exposed to
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: I would say it is not that different. Rarely, some opportunities are available exclusively to either part time or full time students. Some are available at the different campuses (Hyde Park or Gleacher Center). Being a part time student, it is only an issue of being able to devote time to networking - there are definitely plenty of opportunities! Joining some of the student organizations are a great way to network.
Chat Participant: Thank you for hosting this Q&A session! As a prospective weekend MBA student commuting from NYC, are there any discounts for students who travel to Booth by plane? If so, what is the discounted rate for MBA students?
Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: 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).
Chat Participant: is EA test acceptable foe week end mba program for student who has 18 yrs of experience?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: No, we not accept the EA for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. Valid GMAT or GRE scores are required for all applicants. Booth’s Executive MBA Program is the only format that accepts the EA exam.
Chat Participant: Let's say the average evening student takes 2 classes per qtr, what does the average time commitment look like (not including class time)?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: It depends on what classes you are enrolled in. We provide students’ years of data on how many hours on average are required outside of class for each one. Some classes require more than others. For example, one class could require 2-3 hours and another class (likely more quant heavy) could require 5-7 hours.
Chat Participant: Can one apply to both full-time and weekend MBA?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: No -- you can start applications to both programs but would need to choose one program to apply to only. Take some time to consider between keeping your job and commuting versus leaving your job what would be the best option in the near future for you
Chat Participant: Are there any “early action” or “early decision” application types to indicate interest in either the evening or weekend programs?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: We have rolling admissions for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, which means you will have a decision 4-6 weeks from the date your application is complete. You are welcome to apply early. Having said that, most applicants submit the week of the deadline, and applying on the deadline puts you at no disadvantage. If you apply long before the deadline, there is an increased chance of being put on the waitlist, as we typically like to see the full applicant pool before making final decisions.
Chat Participant: what is great equivalent score for gnat 640-740
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: This question is difficult to determine because converting a GRE to a GMAT involves your verbal and quantitative scores together, which could combine in any variation of ways to equate to a 640 or 740 GMAT. You can view the same conversion tool we use for GRE scores here: https://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/admissions/interpretation_resources/mba_comparison_tool?WT.ac=40361_owt06_180820
Chat Participant: How much group or team-style learning occurs in the program?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: A lot! A majority of the courses are based off of learning in a group. Forming study groups to complete homework and projects is highly encouraged, if not required.
Chat Participant: I am a government employee interested in the Civic Scholars program. Is there a prescribed curriculum for Civic Scholars, or do they have the same level of flexibility as other weekend MBA students?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program: There is no specific curriculum for the Civic Scholars. They have the same flexibility in class choice as all other students.
Chat Participant: Can we submit more than two letters of recommendation? It is best to have one at least of the recommendations come from my current employer?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, we recommend one of your letters come from your current supervisor. We require 2 letters of rec, but you are allowed to submit a supplemental letter of rec if needed.
Chat Participant: is weekend MBA program has a opt or cpt opportunity to work throughout the week for international citizens?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager : The opportunity is more for F-1 visa holders, which is something the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs do not offer.
Chat Participant: Do you have students that commute from outside the Chicago area to the weekend program?
Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, we do! In fact, more than 70% of our Weekend MBA students commute from outside Illinois each week. They come from all over the US, including Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Boston, New York City and many other areas.
Chat Participant: Do we need any experience in management for application or is any experience pertaining to professional degree enough?
Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: No there is no specific requirement for management experience. We also have a program for early career candidates with fewer than 3 years of work experience. You can find more information regarding the Chicago Business Fellows program here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates.
Chat Participant: The fact that I have an engineering background, together with experiences in Finance (both investment management and corporate) would be taken into account to offset a somewhat noncompetitive quant result on the GMAT?
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: Question: 2 part question - Is it required for a student to be holding a job when joining the part-time (evening) program? Upon acceptance to the program, am I able to begin leveraging career services, before actually starting the program, to get a job asap?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs are designed for full-time working professionals who want to continue working while getting their MBA. Therefore, we seek candidates who are working full-time and continue to do so throughout the program. If you are seeking significant career change, you should consider full-time programs. Once you are enrolled in classes, you can start working with Career Services. Check out these webpages to read about the myriad of resources available to Evening MBA and Weekend students: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/job-tools-resources and https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/faq.
Chat Participant: Are there any common red flags you see on the essay portion of the application that we should avoid?
Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Absolutely! A few pieces of advice include: answering the actual question/prompt asked. I often find that people don't do enough Booth specific research and their essays are generic enough that they could be interchanged for another school. Please try to stick to the suggested word limit. Read it thoroughly for grammar and any simple mistakes (like inserting the wrong school name). Give it to people to read over before submitting.
Chat Participant: Is it useful, from an admissions perspective, to see more than 2 letters of recommendation or do you prefer 2?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We strongly prefer two, but if you have a contact who you believe would provide an additional insight on your background and your candidacy for Booth, please feel free to include them.
Chat Participant: What is the range of work experience among matriculated Civic Scholars?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program: The Civic Scholars range in work experience from 6-13 years
Chat Participant: In regards to taking the GRE, are there score benchmarks that admissions is looking for in the Verbal and Quant sections, or is the emphasis put on the combined score?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The emphasis is placed on the combined score. We would like to see a level of competency in each area, but ultimately for an average, our students score a 680 GMAT equivalent. This again is an average. You can find our conversion tool for GRE to GMAT scores here:
Chat Participant: what do you look at when admitting people into your program?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We look for individuals who show intellectual curiosity and are able to handle the academic rigor of Booth. We also look for individuals who display career progression and potential for leadership. Lastly, we look for individuals who align with Booth's values and specifically fit with the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs.
Chat Participant: Are there any formal programs or courses through The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: The Polsky Center does not have courses per se, rather a myriad of programs and resources that are available to all Booth MBA students. Having said that, if you are accepted to the New Venture Challenge, our annual new business competition, you will be enrolled in a seminar course during which you work on your new venture. Polsky has Entrepreneurs in Residence available to speak with and programming on a wide variety of topics: FinTech, pitch competitions, feasibility, etc. Check out the Polsky website to read about the full list of resources: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/
Chat Participant: Are evening/weekend students able to participate in on campus recruiting for internships?
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. EW students can seek internships on their own, but if an internship will be an integral part of the career change you hope to make, a Full Time MBA program may be a better fit.
Chat Participant: Follow up question to the commuting from outside Illinois: Is the team able to connect perspective commuter students with others in the area to learn about their experience?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Absolutely! I would recommend checking out our Connect with a Student tool: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer. If you're not able to find a Weekend MBA student who commutes using this tool, reach out to our team and we'd be happy to facilitate a connection for you.
Chat Participant: On average how long do students take to complete the weekend MBA versus evening MBA?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: It is about the same amount of time. Both weekend and evening students usually take 2 classes per quarter, and both curriculums require 20 classes to graduate. Typically, this is a little more than 2.5 years.
Chat Participant: The scholarships available for full time MBA, are those also available for CBF applicants once enrolled?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The Evening and Weekend office awards top candidates the Chicago Booth Merit-Based Scholarship in the weeks following admission. This applies to CBF students as well. 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 Participant: Do you have accelerated offerings for students who have an undergrad in business?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We do not offer an accelerated program, as all Booth students must complete 20 classes to complete the MBA program. However, any previous business classes taken can potentially serve as prerequisites to take more advanced or specialized MBA classes.
Chat Participant: What is the approximate weekly time commitment for a student who takes two courses per quarter?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: It depends on the class, but it is recommended to allocate about 10 hours per class per week outside of class time.
Chat Participant: Is it possible to take electives within other UChicago schools?
Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: Yes, up to 6 of your 20 courses can be taken elsewhere in the University of Chicago. Keep in mind that most non-Booth courses will be offered at the main University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, and most take place during the daytime. Therefore, you would need some flexibility in your schedule to take such courses. Students work closely with an academic advisor to explore these options
Chat Participant: How common is it to take quarters off from classes in case of life events?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: It is fairly common. The only requirement is to complete the degree requirements (20 classes) in 5 years. There are some extracurriculars that require you to have been enrolled in a past amount of quarters (for example, international programs may require you to be enrolled the past 3 quarters).
Chat Participant: Do you allow for transfer of MBA courses taken from elsewhere?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The only transfer credits we will accept for Booth are Graduate Student at Large Business classes from the University of Chicago Graham School. These are actual Booth classes – which are held with other Booth students. You may find more information on this here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business?gclid=Cj0KCQiA3b3gBRDAARIsAL6D-N8CRUbKZBsR5Jcyh73-mtK4CAWR3O1e5NF8EmUb0kBkn-gW_s9yVHsaAqfCEALw_wcB
Chat Participant: What characteristics do successful students at Booth seem to share?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: Students at Booth are really motivated and hard-working. I think they are also very friendly and helpful! Everyone has a very collaborative mindset - the Chicago Approach and bold Booth ideas are very prevalent.
Chat Participant: I want to start my MBA, but I have less than 3 years of experience. Should I wait, or will that work against me in the application process?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth has a special program for early career candidates with 0-3 years of work experience called the Chicago Business Fellows program. It yields the same MBA, but allows you to pursue your degree earlier in your career, and comes with additional professional development opportunities! You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2017/cbf-part-1
Chat Participant: Is we currently work in Government, and are still debating whether we'd like to stay within the public sector or go private, would it make sense to apply to the regular weekend MBA rather than civic scholars?
Molly O’Donnell: Director of Civic Scholars Program: Yes. We are looking for people who plan on staying in the government or nonprofit sector as their career path. Civic Scholars are required to stay in nonprofit or government for at least 3 years after graduation.
Chat Participant: Thank you for answering my previous question. Do we get the same degree by doing Chicago Business fellows program? I am a practicing MD so is this something like evening MBA where I can continue working while I am enrolled in the program?
Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: CBF is a subset of our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs so you do get the same degree. The difference is the professional development seminars. CBF Is designed for early career candidates with 3 years of less of professional work experience. CBF students, like our Evening and Weekend students are expected to continue working while in the program.
Chat Participant: What is the common way to pay for tuition? Do students avail financial aid, or pay for it themselves?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Students typically use a combination of personal savings, tuition reimbursement (if available) and loans. You may see our financial breakdown and contact information for our Financial Aid office here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Chat Participant: Is it possible to connect with a student or alum who had a law degree prior to attending Booth? I am curious to hear how obtaining a Booth MBA has helped complement and advance their overall career.
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Feel free to email this request directly to our admission hotline and we will connect you with an alum who previously studied law: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chat Participant: Are CBF students eligible for other scholarships such as the Wallman Fellowship and Forté Foundation Fellowship?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Those particular scholarships are limited to our Full Time MBA program, however, you can read more about scholarships available for Evening and Weekend MBA students (including CBF) here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. All EW applicants are considered for merit-based aid when they submit an application.
Chat Participant: Are there still opportunities to join/lead clubs, women’s clubs, etc? Are there also still opportunities to do abroad programs? Will the content of the classes be geared toward furthering our careers vs for full time students are the classes more about switching careers?
Lauren Kidd | Chicago Booth MBA Student: There are plenty of opportunities to join and lead clubs. There are many part-time student led clubs. There are also plenty of opportunities to do abroad programs. Participating in the abroad programs that are the full length of the quarter is difficult with work, however there are some programs that are 2-3 weeks long that are tailored for part time students. Content of the classes and course offerings is the same for both full time and part time students. On campus recruiting is open to both full and part time students.
Chat Participant: Do you accept digital transcripts from university as official transcripts or only paper copies?
Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Yes, we can accept digital transcripts if they are official and are sent to us directly from the institution. Keep in mind we only need official transcripts after a student is admitted, unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application process.
Chat Participant: Is it common for applicants to take the GMAT more than once?
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager : It can be somewhat common, but we do only consider the highest score.
Chat Participant: If you were to say one thing that we should highlight on our application, what would it be?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: That's hard to advise, since our review process is holistic and no one part of your application is weighted more heavily than another. All parts are equally important to our understanding of who you are and how you will fit into the Booth community. We'll consider your academics, your career progression, your motivations for pursuing an MBA, and your fit within the Booth community, among other things.
Chat Participant: Is it feasible to enroll in CBF program for someone who is not from Chicago?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: It is feasible to enroll in CBF outside of Illinois. Our Weekend Program enrolls CBF students every spring. Many of these students (roughly 70%) are outside of Illinois, and would travel to Chicago similar to a traditional Weekend student for Booth Classes
Chat Participant: Does taking GMAT more than once hurt chances of getting admitted?, because I did notice it was asked in the application.
Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager : Not at all! We only consider the highest score when evaluating applicants.
Chat Participant: @Marcus You mean Weekend program enrolls CBF students every Autumn?
Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, my apologies, I meant every Autumn. Thank you.
Chat Participant: For foreign transcripts, does you have a specific company that evaluates the transcripts or do you advise applicants to submit already evaluated transcripts?
Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Hello, for official foreign transcripts we require that they be translated into English. You can find out more information regarding transcripts here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/transcripts
Chat Participant: Are weekend students able to transfer to evening program and vice versa?
Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Students can transfer one time between the Evening and Weekend MBA programs once they are enrolled. You will fill out a simple form with the Academic Services department to make this transfer.