Full-Time MBA

Chicago Booth Scholars Program

Fourth-year undergraduates at the University of Chicago can apply for admission to Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program through the unique Chicago Booth Scholars Program (PDF). Booth Scholars will complete the application for the Full-Time MBA Program. Those who are selected for participation will be provisionally admitted and granted an automatic three-year deferment. During the deferment period, Booth Scholars are expected to seek substantive work experience that will position them to succeed at Chicago Booth and beyond.

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Candidates for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Quality work experience (internships, part-time jobs, and/or entrepreneurial spirit)
  • Competitive GPA
  • Competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • Student leadership role(s) throughout college
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Demonstration of the ability to question the status quo, engage in the process of learning, and thrive in an academically rigorous environment
  • Personal maturity
  • Ability to talk about the need for an MBA in the near future and articulate a possible career path

Chicago Booth recognizes and values the diversity of backgrounds of all applicants. Therefore, all University of Chicago fourth-year students are welcome to apply to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, regardless of major. Here's an overview of the application process:

1. Application – Please use our online application system. [Select: 2018 Full-Time MBA Program » 2018 Chicago Booth Scholars]

2. Interviews – An interview will be granted on an invitation-only basis after evaluation of a submitted application. A candidate who receives an invitation will have only one interview.

3. Decisions – All candidates are informed of admission decisions through the online system according to the schedule listed below.

Chicago Booth Scholars Timeline
Academic Year Application Opens Application Due Decision Notification
2017 – 2018  September 29, 2017 April 3, 2018
11:59pm CST
May 17, 2018 

Complete an Application

Application Checklist

A complete submission will consist of the following items:

  • Completed application with required personal background
  • Completed essay questions 
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional) addressing the following questions:
    •  How does the applicant's performance, potential, background or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?  Please provide specific examples.
    • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant.  Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.
  • Unofficial (scanned) transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Note: Official transcripts are requested from admitted students only.
  • GMAT or GRE score (GMAT code: H9X-9F-34; GRE code: 0685). Note: self-reported scores are required at the time of submission, official scores are required from admitted students only.
  • The application fee will be waived for University of Chicago fourth-year students applying to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program. You may disregard the payment message.

Submitting Your Application

Submitting your application and materials can be done electronically through our online application system. (Select: Full-Time MBA Program » Chicago Booth Scholars.) The system includes step-by-step instructions for completing the application, including the process for submitting transcripts, essays, and letters of recommendation. You may make changes and edits to an application at any time prior to submission. Registration and creation of a username and password are required to begin the online application.

Admissions Interview

Interviews will be granted on an invitation-only basis after evaluation of a submitted application. Candidates invited to interview will be contacted by the mid-decision date with instructions on how to schedule an interview.

A candidate who receives an invitation will have only one interview. Interviews are conducted by admissions staff, students, or alumni. They are held on campus or in a location convenient for the prospective student. All interviews, regardless of who conducts them, receive equal weight in the evaluation process. 

An interview is required for admission. However, completing an interview does not guarantee admission.

Submission Deadline

Your application must be submitted on the day of the deadline in order to be considered for a particular application round. This includes receipt of all required online and mailed-in materials.

Learn more about Chicago Booth and how a Chicago MBA will transform you by attending one of our informational events. We host receptions, participate in MBA forums and campus fairs, and offer campus visit programs so you can gain insight into our distinct MBA program and our diverse community.

Throughout the year, you will have multiple opportunities to engage with Booth Admissions staff, alumni, and current students. Our informational events will give you a comprehensive look at our Full-Time MBA Program and help you understand how a Booth MBA will impact your career. You will learn about the Booth experience and what it’s like to be a member of our community. We are adding events on a regular basis, so we encourage you to visit this page often.

Below are descriptions of our informational events:

  • Chicago Booth Scholars Information Sessions – Our information sessions will provide you with an in-depth overview of the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, as well as offer insight into the Booth admissions process. Hosted by Admissions staff, these sessions consist of a presentation and a panel discussion with our current Booth Scholars. These events are held throughout the year. Learn more and register here »
  • Chicago Booth Scholars Student-Hosted Event – At our student-hosted events you will have the unique opportunity to engage with our current students in a relaxed and informal environment. Held throughout the year, these gatherings are a great way to learn more about the Booth community and student experience.
  • Online Chats – Through our online chats, you will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion with Booth Admissions staff, alumni, and current students. Learn more and register for online chats »
  • Campus Fairs – We participate in several campus fairs throughout the year. Sponsored by campus partners like the Center for Leadership and Involvement and Career Advancement, these events will provide you with the opportunity to meet Booth Admissions staff. 
  • Campus Visit Program - Our campus visit program will introduce you to The Chicago Approach and Booth’s unique community and culture. Experience a day in the life of a Booth student with faculty discussions, panels, and social events designed specifically to introduce you to life at Booth. Conveniently located at the Charles M. Harper Center on campus, this program is offered throughout the academic year. Learn more and register for a visit »

We receive many questions about applying to the Booth Scholars Program and have provided answers to several frequently asked questions about the program and application process.

Follow The Booth Scholars MBA Path

Attend Final Year of Undergraduate Study

Jump-start your future. Take the GMAT/GRE and prep for Booth's MBA application.


Submit Booth Scholars Application

Apply to Booth's Full-Time MBA Program early and get into this special deferment program.


Graduate and Start Your Job

Your MBA path is set. Now go experience work and life for three years.

personal growth

Work for Three Years

Take time to discover your career passions, build professional skills, and develop leadership potential while on the job.


Engage with Booth

Take the initiative to connect with current students and alumni, subscribe to newsletters, and attend Booth events.


Explore Your Community

Choose to venture outside your office walls and get involved with your community.


See the world

Seek out opportunities to experience new places and cultures.


Further personal growth

Don't forget to nurture your own personal passions and interests outside of work.


Begin Booth's Full-Time MBA Program

Now that you have real-world work experience, breeze back into school to get your Booth MBA. (No application. You're already in!)



Email or call 773.702.7369 with questions regarding the Booth Scholars Program.