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January 15, 2019 Live Admissions Chat

Answered Questions (75)

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Chat Participant: Can PT students take courses from other U Chicago schools during their PT MBA? Can they apply for a joint degree?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Thank you for the messages. Ultimately the Booth MBA yields the same degree as the full-time, Evening, and Weekend MBA program. Aside from a formalized internship opportunity the full-time program provides, students in the Evening and Weekend program would have the same career services resources as Full-Time students. This also includes class selection. Up to 6 courses may be taken as electives within the University of Chicago in programs outside of Booth. Lab classes are options for Evening and Weekend students as well. However they tend to be less popular among this group given the time commitment outside of class during the day – as Evening and Weekend students are working.

Chat Participant: What is Booth’s greatest asset; what is the strength of the program that distinguishes it from other top-tier business schools?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: That’s a great question to ask our students and alumni, if you’re able to visit a class with us soon! I would say the thing that sets us apart is the flexibility of our programs. We have the most flexible curriculum of any b-school, which allows students to carve their own path, and tailor the MBA experience to their unique background and goals. Our collaborative community also provides you with immense support as you navigate the flexibility!

Chat Participant: I have heard there are no set concentrations for students and they are able to take any classes they see fit for their degree, is this true?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: That is correct, you are able to choose the classes and concentrations that best fit your individual MBA goals.

 Chat Participant: Are there any planned changes to the foundation courses or 13 areas of concentration; such as new class offerings in specific concentrations or as part of the foundation? If so, what is the strategic initiative supporting the changes?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Not that we have been made aware of on the admissions team. That said, our curriculum is continuously monitored and adapted to meet new demands and industry trends. The foundational areas are rooted in the Chicago Approach and our belief that a multi-disciplined business education provides our students with the analytical toolkit they need to become problem solvers regardless of function or industry.

Chat Participant: As a part-time student what services will the Booth Career Services team provide to those of us looking to pivot to a new industry? If we have the capacity for an internship will they provide assistance and/or guidance? If not, what resources will be available for internship?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Part-time students receive the same lifelong career services resources as our full-time students. If you source an internship, the Career Services team will provide guidance and resources along the way.

Chat Participant: Thank you for hosting. I’m excited for this opportunity. Wondering if there is a max allowable credit limit per semester for the weekend program?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: The typical course load for an Evening or Weekend MBA student is 1 to 2 courses per quarter.

Chat Participant: where can I find the course catalog -> how many and what courses I have to take?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can find more information about our curriculum and courses here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics

Chat Participant: What are the typical class times for the evening program?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: The Evening home program comprises of classes Monday-Friday evening from 6-9pm at the Gleacher Center. Classes meet once a week for 3 hours. Evening students have the flexibility to also take classes across programs and are not just limited to weeknights.

Chat Participant: Fees & Times to finish the course?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: On average, our students take 2.5 to 3 years to complete the program. You can find our current tuition and fees here https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Participant: Do you offer international immersion experiences to work with other companies?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We offer a number of international experiences for Evening/Weekend students, including study abroad opportunities, which you can read more about here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international/ibep. We also take groups of students to London and Hong Kong each September to visit our global campuses, and interact with Booth alumni at major companies in those regions.

Chat Participant: Do Part time students get a chance to take lab courses?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: While some lab courses are only held during the day, there are also some lab courses held in the evenings and weekends. Our course search tool indicates which ones are available for either or both programs.

Chat Participant: One of the reasons why Booth is my top choice is because of the research centers associated with the program, particularly the Center for Decision Research, the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the Initiative on Global Markets. Are Weekend MBA students able to attend events put on by the research centers, or does the weekend schedule limit students' ability to engage with the centers' researchers and faculty?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics:

Yes the centers have a myriad of events that students may attend, including many that are held during the Weekend. You can find out more information on these events here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/research-learning-centers.

Chat Participant: If one starts the MBA program at Booth as a part-time student, can he or she later continue the program as full time student?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: No. You cannot transfer between part-time and full-time. You can, however, transfer once between Evening and Weekend. It's important at the time you apply to select the program that makes the most sense for you and that will help you accomplish your professional and personal goals. The part-time program is designed for working professionals who plan to continue working while in the program.

Chat Participant: Hi! Can you share some insights on how an out-of-state student can manage the Weekend MBA program at Booth?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: If you are considering traveling in for the Weekend MBA Program, I highly recommend that you utilize our Connect with a Student tool. You can request to be matched with someone who commutes in for the program each week, and possibly someone who lives near you, if available. Students are always happy to share their experiences an advice! Our Weekend students get creative with their travel, such as negotiating flight fares with the airline, or sharing hotel rooms should they decide to stay overnight. You can request to connect with a student here https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer.

Chat Participant: How does one go about setting up a visit and tour of the campus?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can either register for an event or a class visit here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events or email EveningWeekend-Admissions to set up an in-person appointment with a member of the admissions team.

Chat Participant: is there an online mba courses I can register

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: All Chicago Booth classes are taught in person at one of our campuses. We do not have any online options. 

Chat Participant: The evening MBA program is accepted on a rolling basis. The same is not true for the Civic Scholars program. What happens if you enroll in the Fall but are interested in the Civic Scholars Program? Are there multiple deadlines?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You would need to select Civic Scholars on your application before applying for Fall. Admission to the Weekend MBA program is still rolling (if you apply for CSP you will find out whether or not you are admitted to Booth within 4-6 weeks), but the scholarship decision is not rolling, and comes later, after certain CSP applicants have been invited to interview. You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program/admissions.

Chat Participant: Do you need a strong background in Finance, Accounting, and Marketing etc. to be successful at Booth?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Our students come from very diverse backgrounds, including well over 20 industries for the 2017 year (2018 data available soon). You can explore each program's industries breakdown on the program's home page, scroll down, and click on Class Stats, then Industries. For the Evening program: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening and for the Weekend program: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend

Chat Participant: Do weekend or evening students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships? If so, do they also qualify in the event they were able to receive some kind of assistance from their organization?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Yes, merit based scholarships are available for Evening and Weekend students. All applicants (whether they are receiving company assistance or not) are taken into considerations for these scholarships.

Chat Participant: Are there any major disadvantages to living outside of Chicago and participating in the weekend MBA? How does this work for group projects / work?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Not at all. 74% of our weekend students are from outside of Illinois and Weekend students make up a significant portion of our part-time student population. They are integrated into the school community in every way possible. The over 40+ student groups for Evening and Weekend students host the majority of events on Saturday during the lunch hour where Weekend students can join in. In terms of group projects, even the local students tend to rely on google hangouts, WebEx or Skype to conduct group work. It's a wonderful community. You can learn more about the Weekend Student experience here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/student-experience.

Chat Participant: It does not seem like the multi-round admissions process (for the Full-time program) applies to the part-time program. How do you manage the application pool and admissions process given the rolling admissions?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: That is correct, the Evening and Weekend programs are on rolling admissions. Given the rolling admissions, the quality of the applicant pool will vary quarter to quarter, and we are flexible regarding our incoming class sizes. We suggest you don’t get too caught up in this and focus on making your application as strong as can be.

Chat Participant: Is it possible to get into Booth if you have a poor GPA in undergrad?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We take a holistic approach to each applicant, meaning we consider you from multiple facets including your work experience, GMAT/GRE score, essays, letters of recommendation, and resume, in addition to your undergrad GPA. If your GPA is on the weaker end, consider focusing more on the other aspects of your application.

Chat Participant: What are the typical times for weekend MBA courses? I would be flying in to Chicago from out of state, and am wondering if it's typical to take Fridays off to attend courses?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Weekend Saturday morning classes begin at 9am, and Saturday afternoon courses begin at 1:30. Depending on the student’s schedule and commute, many students do choose to use Friday as a travel day.  

Chat Participant: If an active duty member of the military is participating in the Weekend MBA program and gets deployed, can they take the Spring and Summer quarters off, and pick back up at a later quarter? If so, are they allowed to carry a heavier course load when they get back to make up for the lost time?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Yes, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students can take one or multiple quarters off. Students are required to complete their MBA in 5 years. When enrolled, you can choose how many courses you taken in a quarter (usually 1-4).

Chat Participant: For the weekend format, are classes every weekend?

* Stephanie Gunn: Classes are offered every Saturday during the quarter from 9am-12pm and again from 1:30-4:30pm. Fall, Winter and Spring quarters are 11 weeks in duration and Summer is 10 weeks. So, a Weekend student going to class year round can anticipate 43 weekends out of the year to be taking classes. That said, you dictate the pace at which you take classes so you can take a quarter off if you need!

Chat Participant: can you share information on cohorts or study groups? How often do students work on teams?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:: The program is not officially co-horted, as our flexible curriculum allows students to take courses in whatever order they choose, but our community is very collaborative, and students form study groups all the time!  Most classes have a group work component as well.  We encourage you to come visit a class and experience it for yourself!

Chat Participant: Given the flexibility of the curriculum, is there a formal cohort for the weekend or evening programs?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Evening/Weekend students do not have a specific cohort as people take different times to complete the program. With that said, there is amble opportunity to create/join groups of student groups. You can find more information on the available student groups here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups

Chat Participant: Is it possible for Evening and Weekend students to take elective courses from other graduate schools at the University of Chicago on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Up to 6 courses may be taken as electives within the University of Chicago in programs outside of Booth. Lab classes are options for Evening and Weekend students as well. You would be restricted to the schedule of the class offerings in the other program. Booth is the only University of Chicago program that consistently offers classes on the Evenings and Weekends.

Chat Participant: Are evening and weekend MBA two separate programs?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The Evening and Weekend Programs are separate programs, however they both fall under the umbrella of Part-time and students frequently take classes in both programs.

Chat Participant: can I take more classes on the weekend for MBA to get done faster or is there a set number of classes I have to take

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Most of our Weekend MBA students take 2 classes per quarter, and finish in roughly 2.5 to 3 years by doing so. While you can take more than two courses per quarter, we caution against it given the course load requirements and balancing your work/personal life on top of it.

Chat Participant: what is the estimated cost of completing the MBA program?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The total cost for the MBA degree at Booth will be a little over $140,000. You can see the full breakdown of tuitions and fees here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.

Chat Participant: Can you provide insight regarding what information will be covered / provided during the Evening MBA Information Session on Feb 1?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The admissions team will first give a broad overview of the programs for about 30-45 minutes. Then, we have a panel of current students and alumni answer questions from the audience for about another 45 minutes. There are opportunities for general networking before and after the event.

Chat Participant: If you are applying to the Evening MBA program and CBF, do you have any flexibility in when you would need to complete interviews?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 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. As you get closer to submitting your application, you can keep an eye on the CBF webpage for information about upcoming interview days. Should you submit your app early and there is not a CBF Day coming up, we can help you arrange an alternate interview?

Chat Participant: Where can I find more information on the total cost of the program?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There are 20 required courses to graduate, and you may find a tuition breakdown per class (and other costs) here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.

Chat Participant: Can you share more about affinity groups or business groups outside of class?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may find a list of the student-led groups outside of the classroom (specific to the Evening and Weekend program) here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups.

Chat Participant: What is the estimated cost of completing the MBA program?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: You can find our current tuition and fee breakdown here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.

Chat Participant: Are there required core classes and if you were a business undergrad, can you skip some of them?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: There are not required courses, however there are foundational areas in Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, and Statistics that you will need to choose courses from. If you have a strong background in Statistics for example, you could choose to take a slightly more advanced course than the entry level statistics course. You can find out more information regarding these course offerings and the curriculum here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum.

Chat Participant: Where can I find scholarship information?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Participant: Do you offer waivers or the ability to test out of certain courses?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: It depends on the class and the faculty members, but most advanced courses have prerequisites that can be tested out of with written faculty consent.

Chat Participant: The evening program is during the week and the weekend exclusively on the weekend, correct? Is there any floating between those classes?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Technically yes! Evening students typically take classes Monday-Friday evening from 6-9pm and Weekend students typically take classes on Saturdays from 9-12 and 1:30-4:30. However, with our flexibility, you can take classes across programs and are not limited to your home program.

Chat Participant: For evening program, how do you recommend handling business travel? 

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: This is a good question and something many of our students have to manage. If you primarily travel during the week, I suggest you consider the Weekend MBA Program. As a Weekend MBA student, you can take two courses on Saturday, and some take advantage of Friday night courses as well. Keep in mind that there are often multiple sections of a course during the week, and the faculty teach the exact same material. Therefore, in one-off situations, you can work with the faculty to attend an alternative section. The flexibility of our programs make it very manageable for working professionals who also travel for work. 

Chat Participant: Hello, is there a minimum years of work experience the program expects for applicants?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not have a minimum requirement on work experience for candidates. Our Chicago Business Fellow’s program provides a platform for students with 3 years or less of working experience. Usually these students tend to have at least 6 months -1 year of professional experience, although this is not a requirement. Those who have more than 3 years of experience are invited to apply to the traditional Weekend or Evening program. If you are curious about the Chicago Business Fellows program for early career candidates you can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/early-career-candidates.

Chat Participant: Are the same classes offered during the week vs. the weekend? For example, if I miss a Wednesday class can I sit in on the Saturday section of that class?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: This is not the case for all classes, but there are many foundation courses that are often held across both programs in the same quarter. For these classes, students can work with their faculty member to attend another section that week.

Chat Participant: Can you explain how Booth on campus recruiting assists part time students in making a career change?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students can participate in On Campus Recruitment for full-time jobs. Students must meet eligibility and attend required preparation sessions to participate. Campus recruiting takes place in the Autumn Quarter. It's important to note, however, that OCR is not the only way in which part-time students facilitate a career change. You can view the data here including the employment source for those that did have a career change: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact.

Chat Participant: Are there any asynchronous components to the weekend program or is 100% of instruction done in person?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: All instruction is done in person at the Gleacher Center, our downtown Chicago campus. Weekend classes take place weekly. There is a morning section from 9-noon, and an afternoon section from 1:30-4:30pm each Saturday.

Chat Participant: Can you provide any information on the average amount of merit scholarship awarded to students? 

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: We don’t have an average to share at this time, as merit-based scholarships are relatively new and awards have varied widely in amount and number of recipients. All applicants are consider for merit scholarships- there is no additional application. Generally speaking, recipients have been candidates with test scores and GPAs above our averages, have had very strong career progression, and strong rationale for why Booth’s Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is the right fit. 

Chat Participant: Is there a specific deadline date before which we have to submit application for consideration for that specific quarter?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Yes that is correct, deadlines for the Evening program can be found here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions for Evening and here for Weekend https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions

Chat Participant: How does class registration work? Is it a bidding system?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: That's correct! Think of it as a Dutch style auction. You are assigned bid points when you start the program and then you earn more for each class you complete.

Chat Participant: What stands out about the “wow” candidates and any recommendations for how to standout in our application?

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: Being able to express why Booth and specifically why the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA (EW) Program is your top choice can help you stand out from others with more generic applications. Since the EW Programs are designed for full-time working professionals, we seek candidates who want to keep working while earning their MBA, so keep that in mind as you craft your essays and career goals. Tell us what it is that attracts you to Booth- certain courses, faculty, the community, flexibility, etc.

Chat Participant: Will you be sending out the summary of this Q&A to the participants?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Thank you for joining today, the transcript will be posted here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats

Chat Participant: Are there other costs and fees we should anticipate outside of those listed on the admissions site (outside of anticipating travel and accommodations for those of us who would be traveling for the Weekend MBA program)?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The costs and fees on the website are the required fees for the program. Any other fees or costs are optional, such as student group memberships, events, and so on.

Chat Participant: Must I complete all classes on campus or is there way to attend class online?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: You will need to attend classes in person, there are not online course offerings.

Chat Participant: Are weekend program students assigned an academic advisor?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: All students from all programs have the same access to our Academic Services team. Our advisors serve all of our students and are not assigned a set group of students to advise.

Chat Participant: if I were admitted by the program, can I postpone my start date/enrollment?

Keenan Gannon | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Operations and Analytics: Hello and thank you for joining today. Our admissions directors will need to review requests to defer starting the program. In general, you should apply to the quarter that you intend to start the program.  

Chat Participant: Are there any metrics that we can use to gauge the value or success of the career services group?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: We do publish some key sets of data related to career services for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, which can be accessed here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career.

Chat Participant: Would the Civic Scholars Program be a good fit for someone interested in a job at an international financial institution, or is it only limited to those in government and at NGOs?

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: The Civic Scholars Program requires that you be working for a nonprofit or government organization at the time you apply, throughout your MBA, and at least three years post-MBA. This is part of the gift agreement with the Neubauer Family Foundation. If this does not fit your profile and goals, you should consider the traditional Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Program.

Chat Participant: Can you tell us more about LEAD? And is that the same thing or different from LAUNCH? From the curriculum page on the site I can't tell if it's just an intensive intro session or another class or something else entirely.

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:: Leadership is a fundamental piece of your learning experience, and is the baseline for everything you’ll do during your MBA experience and beyond. The intro to this takes place in the form of LEAD- Leadership Effectiveness and Development, which is the only required component of your MBA. LEAD takes place during LAUNCH (your 3 day orientation), and helps you gain self-awareness about who you are and how you lead. You emerge with a better understanding of yourself, and begin to develop your own leadership style. Because it takes place at the beginning of your Booth experience, you can begin to practice and test out those leadership skills in a safe environment.

Chat Participant:  What would be considered as a good GMAT score for someone with 6 years of work experience?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: The mid 80% of our students scored between a 610-730 GMAT with the average being a 680.

Chat Participant: Is the weekend/evening program mostly self-contained within the Gleacher Center or will there be any reason for a part time MBA student will have to attend class, info session, or  career resources at the Harper Center?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: As an Evening/Weekend student, all classes take place at our downtown campus (Gleacher Center). You are not required to take any courses at Harper Court, however, you are always welcome to sign up for a class on the main campus should you choose. Within the Gleacher Center we have a Career Services team dedicated just to our Evening/Weekend students, and they hold office hours in the evenings and on Saturdays when our students are here.

Chat Participant: Is Shuttle service available on Friday afternoons?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Unfortunately, airport shuttle service is only available at this time on Saturday’s (morning and afternoon).

Chat Participant: A follow up question on career support: I would imagine that it is atypical for a part-time student to do an internship, but if the student is able to do so, do part-time students have similar access to on-campus recruiting as full-time students?

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: Being an evening student- how difficult has it been for you from your experience in managing work-life balance? Also, I am considering the weekend program as I have a family- do any of your peers manage weekend program quite well or is it a struggle?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Work-life balance is made a bit easier with the flexibility of Booth classes. Most Booth students indicate they frequently look at the data from the courses they are looking to select prior to committing to bid on a class based on the hours required for class and their work schedule that quarter. The most common use of the flexibility is to drop down from 2 to 1 class, or even 2 to zero classes in a certain quarter. If you know different times of the year where you will be particularly busy, this may be beneficial. Taking a step down from a co-chair of a club could be a way to ease into a less stressful quarter.

Chat Participant: If somebody already have a master’s degree, does admission committee take account of master’s degree GPA in additional to bachelor’s degree GPA?

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: Absolutely. We value advanced degrees. On the individual level, that can often be more important than one’s undergrad, as it is more recent. Of course, we look at your full profile. Approximately 30% of Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students have an advanced degree. 

Chat Participant: What type of events are an additional cost?  What is the average cost of these events?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: In comparison to the required costs, these costs are insignificant. They typically range from $5-100.

Chat Participant: Do you see a significant amount of companies participating in OCR looking only for full time MBA students, or do they generally recruit from both programs?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Not a significant amount, no.  You can learn more about some of the differences on our FAQ page here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/faq#8ba3b477c8714969a2549f1cfe48efe1

Chat Participant: What is the best resource for getting information about the pros/cons/purpose of the executive MBA vs the evening or weekends?

Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: In this case the best resource would be to attend informational events within each program, and reach out with request to speak to students from each program to speak to their experiences and specific questions you may have.

Chat Participant: To be successful in this program, how many hours in average do I need to put down daily?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: It depends mainly on what classes you’re enrolled in and how many you are enrolled in. You are able to choose how many classes you take each quarter. Students also have access to years of data for each class on how many hours is required outside of class per week.

Chat Participant: How much guidance is offered to students to help them select the courses that will be best for them?

Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We have academic advisors that you would be able to meet with as needed. They are a great resource to help guide you through course selection. Other students also serve as an informal resource. Booth Books is also available to students when selecting courses which provides them with the information they need about each course including data collected from prior students in regards to the amount of out of class work that should be anticipated for each class. You will certainly have the necessary guidance to select the classes that are right for you.

Chat Participant: @Admissions Committee - after speaking with a few Booth Alumni- I am not sure of my post graduate trajectory but have a solid idea. When Completing my essays, I want to be as specific as possible to answer the questions of post graduate goals, but I am not sure if the outcome with be early state investing (VC) or later state investment (PE).  What do you suggest I do in my essays to approach this question of post graduate goals?

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: It is just fine if your long-term, post MBA goals are more general than your short-term goals. Since the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs are designed for full-time working professionals, we look for career goals that are congruent with the purpose of the programs. Again, feel free to be more general if you will be using the MBA to explore various career paths. You can work with Career Services throughout your MBA to help refine your career goals and strategy, and they will advise on programming and resource that you should take advantage of while in the program. 

Chat Participant: Is there an average GRE score?

Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We just began accepting the GRE recently, so we do not have an average score to share. We recommend using an online GRE to GMAT score conversion tool to see how your GRE score converts to our mid-80% range, which is 610-730.

Chat Participant: Are there any differences between admission standards for the CBF and regular EW MBA Programs?

Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: No, we are still seeking well-rounded applicants who will be academically successful here, and who have given thought to how the Booth MBA will help advance their careers. When reviewing CBF applicants, we are aware that they will have fewer years of work experience on average, so we do look closely at academic ability and leadership potential.

Chat Participant: How is the Civic Scholar Program different than the traditional Evening MBA?

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: The Civic Scholars Program requires that you be working for a nonprofit or government organization at the time you apply, throughout your MBA, and at least three years post-MBA. Scholars also receive a full-tuition scholarship and have to apply to the Weekend MBA format. The curriculum and degree earned are the same at the Evening MBA and Full Time MBA Programs. Civic Scholars do have specific events and activities outside of the classroom- guest speakers, short trips to cities in the US to visit various organizations, for example. It is safe to think about there being far more similarities than differences. 

Chat Participant: If I recently got a new Supervisor (one month ago), is it acceptable to get a letter of recommendation from my previous Supervisor in place of current Supervisor since they would be more familiar with my work habits/accomplishments?

Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Absolutely, we completely understand it would not be appropriate to use your current supervisor if you have only been working with them for a couple months.

Chat Participant: Thank you! Re: Civic Scholars. Is that only an option via the Weekend (and not Evening) MBA?

Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions & Marketing: Because we want students from all over the US in the program, and it is fairly easy for Chicago-area students to also be in the Weekend MBA Program. Keep in mind that it is possible and common to take course across programs.