Full-Time MBA

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Program Prerequisites

For your application to be considered complete and evaluated 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 require a minimum GMAT or GRE score for any applicant 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 based on a holistic process that incorporates every component of the application. More broadly, the application can be categorized into three thematic focus areas:

  1. Curriculum
  2. Community
  3. Career

1. Curriculum - What the Admissions Committee Looks For:

  • Applicants should have both the ability and desire to thrive within a challenging and stimulating environment. Qualities sought include:
    • Academic preparedness
    • Intellectual curiosity
    • Communication skills
  • Some ways the Admissions Committee looks for evidence of these qualities:
    • 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
    • An interest in current affairs
    • An interest in areas outside of one’s immediate environment
    • Willingness to engage in debate or to ask questions

2. Community - What the Admissions Committee Looks For:

  • 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 Booth and contribution to school community/culture
    • A unique perspective
  • Some ways the Admissions Committee looks for evidence of these qualities:
    • Responses to application 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

3. Career - What the Admissions Committee Looks For:

  • The qualities that contribute to the future success of our graduates may 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
  • Some ways the Admissions Committee looks for evidence of these qualities include:
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Resumé
    • Professional recognition or certifications
    • Responses to application questions
    • Communication skills demonstrated in the interview