Full-Time MBA

Essay Questions
Letters of Recommendation


Program Prerequisites

For your application to be considered complete and reviewed for admission, you must meet the following prerequisites.

  • All candidates must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or university or its equivalent in another country. Documentation of your education will be required as part of the application for admission.
  • All candidates must take and submit results from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We do not have a minimum required GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission.
  • International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). An exception from this requirement is possible. (See International Applicants for more information.)

Evaluation Criteria

The Admissions Committee considers a candidate’s potential for success both while in school and beyond. We evaluate candidates using a holistic process that incorporates every component of the application. More broadly, the application can be categorized into three broad themes.

  • Curriculum
  • Community
  • Career

What the Admissions Committee Looks For - Curriculum

Applicants should have both the ability and the desire to thrive within a demanding and stimulating environment. Qualities sought include: 

  • Academic preparedness
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Communications skills

Some of the ways the Admissions Committee looks for evidence of academic preparedness, intellectual curiosity, and communications skills include the following:

  • GPA, GMAT, or GRE, and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (if applicable)
  • Academic recognition
  • Merit-based scholarships
  • Professional certifications
  • Mastery of oral and written communication
  • Listening skills
  • Indications of being well-read
  • An interest in current affairs
  • An interest in areas outside of one’s immediate environment
  • A level of willingness to engage in debate or to ask questions

What the Admissions Committee Looks For - Community

We look to see how a student’s unique personal and professional experience will add to a strong, congenial community that constantly supports and pushes its members to be the best they can be. Qualities sought include: 

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Respect for others
  • Philanthropic tendencies
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Fit with Chicago
  • A unique perspective

Some of the things the Admissions Committee considers evidence of a candidate’s ability to fit in and to make a contribution to the school’s culture and community include:

  • Responses to essay questions
  • Interview
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A history of long-term involvement in activities and community service
  • Contributions of personal time to an organization
  • Continued involvement with undergraduate or other post-graduate institutions
  • Evidence of a sense of passion regarding social, community, or political issues

What the Admissions Committee Looks For - Career

The qualities that contribute to the success of our graduates can be found early in their careers. Qualities sought include:

  • A track record of success
  • Resourcefulness
  • Sense of personal direction
  • Time-management skills
  • Realistic expectations for the MBA

What The Committee Looks At

Some of the things the Admissions Committee considers evidence of a track record of success, resourcefulness, a sense of personal direction, time-management skills, and realistic expectations for the MBA include:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resumé
  • Professional recognition or certifications
  • Responses to essays
  • Communication skills demonstrated in the interview