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Live Chat with Admissions directors for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs

Curious about applying to Chicago Booth's Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs? Join us for a live chat with admissions directors from the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. We will answer questions about the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - Noon CST

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Moderator -> EveryoneHello everyone! Thank you for joining us today. Our chat will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Feel free to begin submitting your questions now so we can start providing answers at noon.
Krista -> EveryoneHi everyone! Thanks for joining today. I'm Krista McNamara, assistant director of admissions. I'm looking forward to answering your questions!
Carolyn -> EveryoneHi, everyone! I'm a current Boothie, and co-President of our Evening and Weekend Student Advisory Council. Looking forward to chatting with you today!
Jay J -> EveryoneHi everyone! My name is Jay Jacobs and am an Asst. Director of Admissions. I'm looking forward to answering your questions today!
Holly -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. My name is Holly Shearer and I am the Director of Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Student Services. I'm looking forward to answering your questions today.
Will -> KristaWhat is the most important part of the application process? Gmat, essay, academic background, letters of rec. etc.?
Krista -> WillHi Will, We review the application holistically! Each component is important in it's own way.
rbruce -> Jay JCan I apply now to be considered/accepted for the September 2015 classes?
Jay J -> rbrucerbruce, Yes! The application is live and ready to go. All live applications can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/
Humberto -> EveryoneHello, everyone, my name is Humberto Freda and I've worked for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs for 8 years. I'm also a student 50% complete with my MBA...looking forward to answering your questions!
Will -> KristaI have an eclectic background in terms of everything from my undergrad degree in Spanish to being a professional background dancer in Puerto Rico..how does that size up to someone with a solid business background? What do you really look for in a candidate? What is something that really grabs your attention on an application?
Krista -> WillHi Will, We have an extremely diverse student body at Booth. A majority of students did not study business during undergrad. Take a look here for a snapshot of our class.
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening#simple2
We are looking for applicants who are intellectually curious and are looking to make an impact in some way. We appreciate authenticity throughout the application process!
Luis -> Jay JHi everyone, first and foremost thank you for the chance to make some questions. If my job position changes to a location closer to chicago, can I transfer to the evening program?
Jay J -> LuisLuis, yes. You can transfer between the Evening and Weekend programs once during your Booth career.
Anirudh -> KristaIs there any kind of limitation in the classes offered for the weekend program vs the evening program ?
Krista -> AnirudhHi Anirudh, Classes are offered equally in each program. Weekend students are more strategic with their planning in order to take the classes they are most interested in.
Tim -> HumbertoHello regarding the second recommendation letter, is a letter from a peer acceptable if it offers new insight or should only supervisors submit a LOR?
Humberto -> TimGreat question, Tim. Yes, a recommendation letter from a peer is perfectly acceptable, in addition to the one from your supervisor. Other acceptable avenues for letters are mentors and clients. You can also chose to submit a third letter, should you want to have an additional person provide feedback on your candidacy.
jenicamj -> CarolynAlso, is it possible to participate in an in-classroom visit?
Carolyn -> jenicamjHi JeniCamj- Absolutely! We have a number of current students who happily host prospective students in classes. You can find details and the process for scheduling a visit here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
jenicamj -> KristaGood Afternoon! My name is Jenica James. What is the projected completion time for the Evening and Weekend MBA Students?
Krista -> jenicamjHi Jenicamj, Most students take two classes per quarter and at that pace the program takes 2.5 years to complete. You have up to 5 years to complete the program, which means you can speed up or down.
Sandip -> HollyI have a few questions about the Weekend MBA program.For students travelling from Out of State, are there any scholarships or travel allowances?
Holly -> SandipHi Sandip - Thank you for your question. Students travelling to Chicago for the MBA cover their own expenses. We do offer an airport shuttle from both Midway and O'Hare on Saturday mornings and afternoons. There are many stories of students carpooling or sharing hotels and we'd be happy to connect you to that network of Weekend students.
gvhall -> Kristaif im interested in applying for full time with fall 15 start by the phase 2 deadline (1/6/15) and the weekend mba for spring 15 start (1/9/15 deadline), should i submit the same application? do the review committees overlap?
Krista -> gvhallHi Gvhall, You can only submit one application to Booth. You are not able to have two applications submitting simultaneously.
rbruce -> Jay JAre there opportunites to take classes outside of Booth without much additional cost? I'm interested in International Business and would love to take classes to pick up another language.
Jay J -> rbrucerbruce, up to 6 of your electives can be taking at other University of Chicago schools/programs and count toward completion of your MBA. The cost would be the same as any other Booth course.
Hunter -> HollyHi everyone! I see that the applications for part time MBA has 4 deadlines for what i am guessing are 4 start classes per year?
Holly -> HunterHi Hunter - That's right - we bring in new students to the Evening program four times a year - autumn, winter, spring, and summer. We admit students to the Weekend program twice a year - autumn and spring.
DJ -> HumbertoHow is GRE treated differently than the GMAT, if at all?
Humberto -> DJThanks for the question, DJ. We do not give preferential treatment to scores from one exam over the other, and we evaluate both with equal weight in the admissions process. Since we've only recently started accepting the GRE, we do not yet have score averages or ranges like we do for the GMAT, which you can find in the "Class Snapshot" section on this page of our website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening.
Luis -> HollyMy previous experience has only been in manufacturing and engineering positions, is there some material I should review or complete before classes if accepted?
Holly -> LuisHi Luis - we offer optional MBA prep on the admitted student portal which you'll have access to upon admittance.
Rosh -> HumbertoHow much does GMAT scores weigh in compare to work experience and GPA?
Humberto -> RoshGood question, Rosh. We do not "weight" specific portions of the application (i.e. GMAT/GRE 50%, letters of recommendation 25%, etc.). We treat the review process as one that is "holistic," meaning that we evaluate all components of an application and provide a decision based on the overall quality of the application. It's more of an art than a science!
Dilip -> KristaWhat is the min duration we have to wait to reapply if denied admission...
Krista -> DilipHi Dilip, You are required to wait 6 months to reapply to the program. Our reapplication process is listed at the bottom of this website:
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/decisions
Luis -> HollyDo Weekend & Evening MBA students have the same access to the career placement resources that Booth has to offer for the full time students?
Holly -> LuisHi Luis - you have full access to career services as soon as you begin the program. The only program not offered to Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students (EW) is internship recruiting. We have a team of career services professionals at Gleacher Center in the evening and on Saturday who specifically work with EW students. Furthermore, it is a life-long service.
DJ -> KristaWhat are some of the distinguishing features of the Chicago Business Fellow program compared to a traditional part-time MBA at Booth?
Krista -> DJHi DJ: Students in the CBF program receive an extra boost of professional development during the required seminar in your first quarter at Booth! It's also great for younger professionals to have a community within Booth who they can relate to.
Will -> KristaWhat is the max number of courses that can be taken in the evening program? 3?
Krista -> WillHi Will, You can take up to 4 classes; however, this isn't recommended with a full-time job as well. The most I have seen full-time professionals take is 3 classes per quarter.
Jedi -> Jay JI guess part-time/weekend students cannot participate in job interviews on campus
Jay J -> JediJedi, About 30% of each graduating EW class participates in OCR, so it is possible to participate. Many of our students, however, find jobs through networking with classmate and utilizing other career services resources.
Ani_Mukho -> HollyHi Can the GMAT be waived for candidates with highly analytical and quantitative work experience (in my case I have 17 years) and under graduate degree?
Holly -> Ani_MukhoHi Ani - We do require applicants to take the GMAT or GRE regardless of their work experience or prior degrees.
Tim -> Jay JI read that interviews can be scheduled upon completion of the application, are interviews only on campus or are Alumni interviews offered in other cities?
Jay J -> TimTim, we interview every applicant here at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. We offer many interview slots on weekdays and on weekends!
Alberto -> Humbertois there a chance to switch between the evening and the full time program?
Humberto -> AlbertoThanks for the question, Alberto. There is no process for transferring between the part-time (Evening MBA and Weekend MBA) programs and the Full Time MBA program. However, part-time students are able to take a more aggressive course-load, should they find availability in their schedules to take more than the two courses that part-time students take per quarter on average. If you would like to gain a better understanding of the differences between the part-time and Full Time programs, feel free to contact us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu, and we can work to set up an individual conversation with you about your interests.
Dilip -> Kristaare there ways to compensate for low GMAT score? (low 600s) to increase your chances of getting admitted?
Krista -> DilipHi Dilip, We recommend that applicants with a lower GMAT score try taking the test again. It's common for applicants to improve their score on the second try. We only look at the highest score when reviewing your application but it does help to know that you have taken it more than once. If you don't want to take the test again, then taking a Booth class before you apply is also an option. https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/credit/graduate-student-at-large/business
rbruce -> KristaIf I were to apply today to start in Autumn 2015, when should I expect to receive a decision?
Krista -> rbruceHi rbruce: The decision timeframe is 4-6 weeks from whenever you submit your application.
tlyamaya -> HumbertoDo you find that students who start in the Weekend or Evening program and later decide to switch to the Full-time program are able to? Is this common?
Humberto -> tlyamayaThanks for the question. Referencing my previous response to Alberto:
There is no process for transferring between the part-time (Evening MBA and Weekend MBA) programs and the Full Time MBA program. However, part-time students are able to take a more aggressive course-load, should they find availability in their schedules to take more than the two courses that part-time students take per quarter on average. If you would like to gain a better understanding of the differences between the part-time and Full Time programs, feel free to contact us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu, and we can work to set up an individual conversation with you about your interests.
Will -> Jay JIf I'm interested in applying for the spr.15 what is the suggested time frame to take the GRE/GMAT?
Jay J -> WillWill, you can take the GMAT/GRE whenever you feel is ready. As long as your application is complete and submitted by the deadline (mid May for Weekend, early July for Evening)
Tim -> CarolynWhat differentiates MBA candidates at Booth to other top programs' students and how would you describe the resulting culture at Booth?
Carolyn -> TimHi, Tim! Great question. Similar to other top programs, we have a diverse group of ambitious students who have a great academic record. We are differentiated by the size of our Evening and Weekend programs- at approximately 1,400 current students we are the second largest part-time program in the country, and the combination of our program office and 36 active Evening and Weekend student groups host 300+ student events a year. This is much more robust than the other schools our students often consider applying to.
That culture of involvement fosters very strong ties within the Evening and Weekend populations, the Full Time and Executive programs, and our alumni group.
DJ -> KristaIf I am concerned about having an at or below average GPA or GMAT score, what are ways I should highlight other work experience to ensure I have "holisticly" strong application
Krista -> DJHi DJ: If you are concerned about it, then the optional essay is a great place to explain your candidacy to the program! We see about 30% of applicants choose to write an optional essay. It's there for applicants to tell their story and any areas of concern.
Tim -> KristaWhat is the acceptance rate for the part time program?
Krista -> TimHi Tim, We do not publish our acceptance rates to the program. It's a competitive program and we recommend meeting with an admissions director to go over your application before you apply! To arrange this, feel free to email eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Sandip -> HumbertoThanks for the answer to my previous Q. As far as the resume is concerned, is there a recommended length in terms of number of pages? Am I required to submit a sponsorship Letter from my employer as part of my application?
Humberto -> SandipThanks for the follow up question, Sandip. There is no recommended length for the resume that you attach to the application. I've seen one-page resumes, and others that are as long as 10 pages (typically a CV from someone who does research in the medical or physical sciences). When you come for your interview after submitting your application, we will ask you to pare down the length to one page, so that it can be quickly reviewed by your interviewer prior to the conversation.

As to your sponsorship letter question, no, it is not required as part of the application. We will ask if your employer is providing financial support in one section, and typically the recommendation letter obtained from your supervisor will provide insight as to the extent to which he or she supports you going through the program.
Tim -> KristaThank you Krista, what is covered during the meeting with an Admissions Director and what would you recommend to prepare prior arranging this meeting?
Krista -> TimHi Tim, We will go over your background, academic experiences thus far and any areas of concern you might have. You do not need to prepare anything beforehand. If you would like to bring a resume, that's very helpful!
rbruce -> HollyCan the IMBA be completed in the Evening program?
Holly -> rbruceHi rbruce - Yes, the International MBA can be done as an Evening or Weekend student. There are some additional requirements - study abroad and language test - so I'd recommend that you connect with Elizabeth Reynders one of our academic advisors once you complete LAUNCH (our 3 day orientation program).
Karthik -> HumbertoDepending on the work schedule can I switch between weekend and evening classes?
Humberto -> KarthikGreat question, Karthik. Yes, students can take classes across the Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full Time MBA programs, as their schedules permit. Students are given preference to register for classes in their "home program" over students in the other two programs. Students are also able to transfer between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs one-time, should their situation change so that permanent preferential treatment to a different set of classes would be best for them.
Anastasia -> KristaWhat is the required TOEFL score now?
Krista -> AnastasiaHi Anastasia: The requirements for TOEFL and IELTS are located here:
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams
JDawson -> Jay JWhat kind of contribution (skill, experience, etc) to the program do you expect from applicates if they are admitted to the program?
Jay J -> JDawsonJDawson, it completely depends on the student. Some students get really involved and are in leadership positions (like Carolyn!) others just attend events that they are available for or are interested in. There is no real requirement beyond your classes, but there is value to get involved (networking skills, expansion, etc.)
Luis -> CarolynDo all applicants get a chance to have an interview with the admissions staff before receiving a decision?
Carolyn -> LuisHi Luis- yes! We interview all applicants to the program. You will most likely interview with a current student, program alum, or in some cases, with the admissions staff. We like to provide a robust admissions experience that allows you to interact not just with our awesome staff, but with students who will help you evaluate your fit with the Booth experience.
Hunter -> HumbertoHow much does the part time MBA cost? Does it cost exactly the same as a full time MBA?
Humberto -> HunterThanks for the question, Hunter. Currently, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students pay $6,076 per class in tuition (multiplied by 20 classes), plus other expenses (books, cases, materials, etc.). First-year and second-year Full Time MBA students pay a slightly different rate per course, but that it to accommodate for the fact that part-time students stay in the program longer and experience more tuition increases (which take place annually in the Summer quarter).
Sandip -> Hollywill a transcript of this session be available to the participants?
Holly -> SandipHi Sandip - Yes, the transcript will be posted online on Friday. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats
tlyamaya2 -> Jay JIs there any average amount of expected dedicated hours per week, including hours required to classwork outside of the classroom?
Jay J -> tlyamaya2tlyamaya2, it will really depend on the class and the faculty member teaching that class. Some will be 2 hours per week outside of class. Some can get up to 15-20 hours per week outside of class. We survey all exiting classes, so you will have that data as you register for your courses each quarter.
Jedi -> KristaBeing an international worker on a visa, it was impossible to get a loan. I seriously considered Booth when I was preparing my application. I had a good resume with 12 years of international experience in 3 countries, 700 and a 6.0(AWA) in GMAT and stellar recos from my bosses. But, due to financial constraints I had to settle for a lesser Program. I started a month back and enjoying the same though. Does Booth have phD programs ?
Krista -> JediHi Jedi: Yes, Booth has a PhD program! For more information about the program you can email their office at phd@chicagobooth.edu. Their admissions webpage is below: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/phd
Alberto -> HumbertoIf I took the GRE a few years back. Is there a cutoff on the number of years that have passed to remain valid?
Humberto -> AlbertoThanks, Alberto. Both GRE and GMAT exam scores are valid for five years from the date they are taken to the date the individual applies to any one of the Booth programs.
rbruce -> CarolynWhere can I find more information on MBA clubs and community service opportunities?
Carolyn -> rbruceHi rbruce- You can take a look at our active student groups at this link: http://groups.chicagobooth.edu/groups, and filter by the Evening and Weekend programs. Regarding community service opportunities- those are offered by a number of the student groups, and by the Student Advisory Council. Some examples of recent opportunities have included cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House, building with Habitat for Humanity, and working with the Big Shoulders Fund on some mentorship and school improvement projects. There are myriad ways to get involved!
Karthik -> Jay JWhat is the maximum time duration allowed to finish a part-time (either evening or weekend) program? Any penalties, for exceeding the time window?
Jay J -> KarthikKarthik, we give students 5 years to complete the program. If you ABSOLUTELY need more time, you can petition with our student services team as to why.
Anirudh -> Kristawhat are the list of courses in booth a GSALB student can take on the weekend ?
Krista -> AnirudhHi Anirudh: Some faculty have stipulations on who can register for their classes. You are able to see that in the syllabi before you register for the class.
Rahul -> Jay JI know there are no Round 1 or Round 2 deadlines. Will applying early has an advantage over applying near the final deadline date?
Jay J -> RahulRahul, you should apply when you're ready for the quarter of which you want to start. Applying early won't increase or decrease your chances of admission. We will always admit all admissible students regardless of time of application.
Anirudh -> HollyCan explain about the "bidding process" for GSALB?
Holly -> AnirudhHi Anirudh - Students taking Booth classes as part of the Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) program register separately from the bidding process. As I understand it you express your interest in courses in an online poll and those responses are then used, in the order in which they were received, to place you in classes with availability.
Meo -> HumbertoFor candidates who are looking to change careers, would you recommend a full-time or part-time program?
Humberto -> MeoThanks for the question, Meo. I think the answer to that question requires a more in-depth response than can be provided in a chat format, frankly. We would love to engage with you one-on-one regarding your interest in the Booth programs, so please send an email to eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu, and we will set up a conversation with one of our admissions directors.
gvhall -> Carolynive heard from a previous full time booth student that all classes are pass/fail. is that true? for weekend/part time as well?
Carolyn -> gvhallHi gvhall- ah, the pass/fail rumor mill is alive and well! Unfortunately, it is not true. Our classes are graded on a traditional 4.0 scale. I think this rumor often stems from our policy of grade non-disclosure, in which we decline to provide detailed transcripts inclusive of grades to employers. We believe that graduation from our rigorous program should be enough proof of academic performance for anyone!
ojey -> KristaWhat is your acceptance rate ?
Krista -> ojeyHi ojey: We do not publish our acceptance rates to the program. It's a competitive program and we recommend meeting with an admissions director to go over your application before you apply! To arrange this, feel free to email eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Mayowa -> HollyCan I start with the Evening MBA and switch over to the PhD program?
Holly -> MayowaHi Mayowa - The PdD program has a separate admissions process, so there isn't the ability to transfer. Additional information about their process is available online here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/phd/admissions
solo -> Jay Jhow soon can the evening program be completed?
Jay J -> solosolo, the average student will take 2 courses per quarter. At that pace, a student will graduate in 2.5 years. You can speed up the program by taking more classes per quarter. The pace is dictated by you and what you can handle per quarter.
Rahul -> HumbertoHello Admissions team, What is the cohort strength for each intake of weekend MBA? I am from India and I have heard that admission team scrutinizes more for applicants from india and china. Is that true?
Humberto -> RahulGood question, Rahul. Chicago Booth does not have a quota system for any personal characteristics of our applicants, including country of origin. Our evaluation of an application hinges solely on the quality of the various aspects of the application, including academic history, professional experience, letters of recommendation, admissions interview, and others.
Sandip -> Jay JAre there any scholarships available for the weekend MBA program?
Jay J -> SandipSandip, we don't offer any scholarships for the Evening or Weekend MBA programs. More information on tuition and financial aid can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Nirmal -> Jay JWhat is the last date for application submission for year 2015 Summer
Jay J -> NirmalNirmal, the application deadline for Summer 2015 is April 3, 2015. All the Evening deadlines can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply. Weekend deadlines are here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions
Rahul -> KristaI have participated in few community service events through my company but these are once in a quarter events. Can I mention about them in the application? I have heard that any community service should be done over a period of several years not just once a quarter or half yearly
Krista -> RahulHi Rahul - You are welcome to put these experiences in the community section of the application! It doesn't matter how frequent the events take place during the year.
rbruce -> HollyIs it correct that there are no core/required courses?
Holly -> rbruceHi rbruce - That is mostly correct. There is one required course - LEAD. The majority of your LEAD requirement is completed at LAUNCH (our three day orientation program). Beyond that you have 20 courses to complete. There are 9 courses to be completed in particular areas, but you select the course that's best suited to your interests/level of experience with course material. The next eleven courses are strictly elective - students usually use these courses to complete concentrations.
tlyamaya2 -> Jay JI apologize if this is redundant - to meet with an admissions director to evaluate candidate strengths/weaknesses and areas of concern, do we need to be completed with our application? Or, can we meet prior to even starting our application?
Jay J -> tlyamaya2tlyamaya2, you can meet with us at any point in the admissions process. Just be in touch with us at eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu to set something up!
ojey -> HumbertoDo you sometimes look at someones qualifications and credentials and give a preliminary response of their chances of success, before they formally apply ?
Humberto -> ojeyThanks for the question. While we do not provide binding commitments on chances of success in the application process based on just a brief overview of ones credentials, we are more than happy to speak with applicants about any areas of their application for which they have concerns. If you'd like to set up a one-on-one conversation with a member of the admissions team about your application, feel free to contact us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Hunter -> KristaWhat is the percentage of the part time student body that uses the career center to find a job during the course of the MBA program or shortly after? Part time MBA students obviously have full time jobs coming into the program, I am trying to find the rate of job change during the program.
Krista -> HunterHi Hunter: In a recent graduating survey, 54% of students reported that they changed jobs during their time at Booth. These students find jobs through the career services office and also by networking within the Booth community!
Karthik -> HumbertoWhat are the chances in obtaining financial support (as fellowship, scholarship & assistance) for a candidate with permanent resident status?
Humberto -> KarthikThanks for the question, Karthik. Booth does not currently provide scholarships or fellowships to Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students. However, our students are able to pursue loan-based financial aid options with the help of our Financial Aid Office. If you would like more information about these options, please visit this page on our website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
krish -> Jay JI have one more query related to the quality of MBA that one would receive for eveining MBA as I see numerous students were enrolled for the evening and weekend MBA program compared to other elite schools as per US rankings..
Jay J -> krishkrish, yes, we have a large part time program. About 1400 students are currently enrolled.
solo -> Hollyany program appropriate for an older person +50 for better chance of acceptance?
Holly -> soloHi Solo - Thank you for your question. The average Evening MBA or Weekend MBA student has 7 years of work experience. The Executive MBA program may be better suited for someone with significantly more work experience. That being said, we've had students of all ages/experience levels in the E/W Programs.
Rahul -> Jay JI live in peoria il which is 2 hours from chicago. Can I apply for evening MBA and then change to weekend MBA based on my first quarter experience
Jay J -> RahulRahul, you can. You can transfer between the Evening and Weekend programs once in your Booth career. Most students who live in Peoria will be in our Weekend program, for what its worth.
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rbruce -> CarolynIn which part of the city do most students live? Do part-time students usually have difficulty in finding housing?
Carolyn -> rbruceHi rbruce- our students live all over Chicago, and across the country! Many of our weekend students commute in from the coasts; we even have some students fly in every week from Canada and Mexico. For those who do live in Chicago, they are sprinkled around the metropolitan area. Many of us who relocated to Chicago to attend Booth live in Streeterville/River North to be within walking distance of the Gleacher Center. Living downtown can be on the pricier side, but it is worth it to me, personally, to allow me to spend more time at Booth events. The Chicago market has plenty of rental availability!
Anastasia -> HumbertoI’ve got a strong background, but I had to take a break in my career. Can this affect my chances of admission? Will you accept letters of recommendation from my previous work despite of the gap?
Humberto -> AnastasiaGreat question, Anastasia. A break in employment will not necessarily have any specific impact on your application or chances of admission, and will simply become part of your personal story during the process. Since the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs are designed for individuals who are working full-time, a part of our focus in the admissions process is the professional accomplishments and plans for every applicant.

As to your second question, yes, we will certainly accept letters of recommendation from previous employers, but we do ask that you are cognizant of the amount of lag time between your relationship and the application, to ensure that the feedback is still relevant to who you are now.
Jedi -> HollyDo you accept transfer of credits from a well-known AACSB accredited MBA program and if so, what is the maximum transfer allowed ?
Holly -> JediHi Jedi - We are glad you are considering Booth! Booth does not allow transfer credit from other institutions. You would need to complete 20 courses at Booth. However, our curriculum is extremely flexible. Therefore, you would not need to repeat courses you have already completed. You could take a more advanced course.
Will -> HumbertoHow many class visits can I make?
Humberto -> WillThanks, Will. We encourage applicants to visit a maximum of two classes, but if there were a third you'd like to see, that would be fine, as well. You can see which classes are being highlighted this quarter on this page of our website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit.
Nirmal -> Jay JWhat is average GMAT required for weekend MBA program? Does it depend on number of years of experience?
Jay J -> NirmalNirmal, the middle 80% of admitted students have between a 620 - 750. We look at every part of every application while making our decisions. More information on the application process can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process/criteria
Chris -> Jay JDoes the Booth Alumni find easily a position in Europe? Or more specifically in Spain?
Jay J -> ChrisChris, there are Booth contacts all over the world! Our students and our alumni also have access to the career services job board, where about a third of the postings are for positions outside of the United States.
tlyamaya2 -> CarolynAre there opportunities to participate in assisting Faculty with current research projects if you are in the part-time program?
Carolyn -> tlyamaya2Hi tlyamaya2- great question! Many of the Booth faculty use PhD students for their research, as those students inherently have a heavy research focus. That said, some of the clinical professors use Evening and Weekend students as Teaching Assistants, and I know of at least one professor who has hired our program's students to assist in his lab. If you have a strong interest in such an opportunity, you are definitely welcome to build relationships with the faculty and pursue it!
Nirmal -> Jay JIs this chat stored some where on website?
Jay J -> NirmalNirmal, the transcript to our chat will be posted http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats in a week or two.
RB -> KristaOnce in to weekend program, is is possible to switch to evening program?
Krista -> RBHi RD: Yes, you are able to switch between the part-time programs once during your time at Booth!
Chris -> KristaMaybe the question has already been asked, but Is the TOEIC an acceptable english exam?
Krista -> ChrisHi Chris, We are able to accept the TOEFL and IELTS. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/international/english-exams
Sandip -> Jay Jthe website lists the last info session outside Chicago as 11/13, I was wondering if there will be some info sessions held in Southern California post that date?
Jay J -> SandipSandip, I'll be in SoCal tomorrow. More inforamtion can be found at https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=cf9145a5-283f-4e77-95fe-97a407fc8780
vik -> KristaI have a interest in business research...Can I join research labs as a weekend student?
Krista -> vikHi Vik: Yes, you are able to do research with professors or being a Teaching Assistant if you would like.
krish -> Humbertohii guys...I am planning to apply for spring 2015 for the evening mba program... to be frank few months back I rushed towards mba program, and tried to finish my gmat with in a month time frame. however, I got miserable result with gmat score.. my work options is so flexible that i can move to chicago for evening mba program as my company allows me to work from home... I already have MS from US, and I have strong technical background experience with cisco certs that includes cisco board expert certification... I just want to be realistic about my profile in getting into MBA program provided that what range of gmat score would help me to feel confidence ...
Humberto -> krishThanks for the post, Krish. Based on your comments, I would encourage you to set up some time to speak with a member of our admissions team one-on-one by emailing us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu. We can walk through your experiences, plans for your professional future, and goals for the admissions process. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
vik -> HollyAlso what's the average GMAT of weekend students?
Holly -> vikHi Vik - the GMAT range for the Weekend program is 620 to 750.
tlyamaya2 -> KristaIs there information about teaching assistants at Booth somewhere online?
Krista -> tlyamaya2Hi tlyamaya: Information regarding TA positions is not available online. Faculty ask students who are interested to approach them individually once they are current students in the program.
gvhall -> Humbertodo the same companies who come to a full time career fair or simply recruit full time students show the same interest in part time/weekend students? is there consistency between who comes to a full time career fair and who is on the job board that everyone can see?
Humberto -> gvhallThanks for the question. A vast majority of career-related resources are available to both Full Time and Evening MBA/Weekend MBA students, including some on-campus recruiting activities. However, there are some differences in what's offered between the programs, so you may want to reach out to schedule a time to speak with an admissions director about your specific questions at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Jay J -> EveryoneThanks for the questions, everyone! We will be hosting dinners/information sessions across the country throughout the Fall. For more information on dates and locations for events outside of Chicago, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/receptions. Talk to you all soon!
Krista -> EveryoneThanks for joining today! I hope you learned something new. As a next step, we encourage you to visit a class at Booth. To see the class options and register, take a look here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/visit
Holly -> EveryoneFor the women on today's chat, I invite you to join us at Friday's Booth Women Connect Conference. Registration closes today at midnight. View the agenda and register online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/bwcc.
Humberto -> EveryoneThanks for all of the great questions, and it was a pleasure engaging with each of you. Please do reach out with more questions to our admissions hotline email address at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Carolyn -> EveryoneLocal students- I would love to see you at an event geared for prospects sometime very soon!
Moderator -> EveryoneOur session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, October 10, on the following links: Evening MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats Weekend MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats