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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, May 05, 2015 - Noon CST

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May 05, 09:57:03Moderator -> 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.
May 05, 10:00:06Kara -> EveryoneWelcome to our chat! I am Kara Northcutt, director of admissions. We look forward to answer all your questions about Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, our dynamic community and the application process.
May 05, 10:00:07Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, associate director and I'm available to answer your application-related questions.
May 05, 10:00:07Nico -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I am Nico Ricchiuto, admissions manager. I manage Information Sessions and assist with the Class Visit program. Please feel free to ask me any application related questions!
May 05, 10:00:08Jay J -> EveryoneWelcome everyone. We're looking forward to answering your questions. I'm Jay Jacobs, an Asst. Director of Admissions and work with our current student and alumni volunteers around the country!
May 05, 10:00:11Jen S -> EveryoneHi everyone. I am a current Evening student at Booth, currently working in institutional sales for a mutual fund company. I look forward to answering your questions!
May 05, 10:00:14Krista -> EveryoneHi everyone! Thanks for joining today. I'm Krista McNamara, assistant director of admissions, We're excited to talk to you about the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
May 05, 10:00:14Chase C -> EveryoneHi everyone - I'm Chase Carpenter, a student in the Evening Program. I've been in the program for about a year and will concentrate in marketing, finance, and operations. I work at RSG, a boutique consulting company specializing in marketing strategy and product development. I'm excited to be here today and am happy to answer any questions you have about the program!
May 05, 10:02:14Vicky -> Jay JI live out-of-state and plan to move to Chicago in the next year. My current employer doesn't know that I'm pursuing my MBA nor that I plan to move. I am not sure I should request a recommendation from one of my supervisors at my current job, will two past supervisors suffice for my professional recommendations?
Jay J -> VickyVicky, yes two former supervisors would suffice. We encourage a current supervisor but it isn't required. We've also seen colleagues, clients, etc. As long as the recommendors know you in the work place, you are all set!
May 05, 10:03:11Megan_C. -> Chase CThank you for your time hosting this session. My question is for current students. I am interested to hear about something that surprised you about Booth that was different from your expectations or perceptions. Thank you.
Chase C -> Megan_C.One of my biggest fears about a part-time program was not being able to take advantage of the social aspects of an MBA. However, the school does a great job providing both formal and informal venues (based on career interests, geography, etc.) for people to connect. More importantly, most students at Booth seem to be happy to get to know other students on a personal level, which has made the experience very enjoyable so far.
May 05, 10:03:56Moderator -> EveryonePlease start submitting your questions- we look forward helping you get to know more about Booth.
May 05, 10:06:10AStark -> Jen STo the students joining the chat, what student groups are you involved in?
Jen S -> AStarkThere are a number of professional groups and also interests groups available to students. I am a part of Graduate Women in Business, Booth Marketing Club, and Wine Club.
May 05, 10:07:35AStark -> NicoWhen is the next information session? Will I hear from current students?
Nico -> AStarkHi AStark! Thanks for joining us today. You can find our Information Session dates and registration links here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago. We hold a panel made up of current students and alumni at each information session.
May 05, 10:07:35Tim -> KristaHello everyone. Just one question regarding admissions process. My undergraduate grades represent a period in my life that is much different from present day. If everything else in my application is strong (essays, recs, GMAT, etc.), could this be enough to offset low GPA? I fear that the adcom will worry about my GPA "polluting" the overall school statistic.
Krista -> TimHi Tim: Thank you for joining! We do take a holistic approach when reviewing applications.The average GPA for incoming students is a 3.4 If you believe that your GPA will offset your application, feel free to use the optional essay to provide more background for the admissions committee.
May 05, 10:08:08Ram -> Jay JHi everyone - Good Afternoon! For the Weekend MBA essays, is there an option to use powerpoint presentations ? I noticed there were specific guidelines related to that for the full time MBA but not part-time.
Jay J -> RamRam, there isn't an option to use powerpoint presentations. Our essay questions can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process/essay
May 05, 10:08:10MK -> KaraHi, Thanks for hosting this session. I understand that the average time for completion of the program is around 3 years, but one can take the entire 5 if necessary, correct?
Kara -> MKMK, that is correct, the program offers the flexibility to both accelerate and slow down the program. You are more than welcome to take courses at a slower pace and complete the program in 5 years.
May 05, 10:08:47AStark -> Jen SJen - what is your favorite class?
Jen S -> AStarkMy favorite class so far has been Strategies and Processes of Negotiations. The class is set up to be part lecture and part negotiations practice with classmates. The class taught me a number of valuable skills that have been helpful in both my professional and personal life.
May 05, 10:10:02Hamid -> KristaI am looking for all courses that are relevant to social venture. can you help me with that>
Krista -> HamidHi Hamid: I would recommend taking a look at our Social Enterprise Initiative Research Center to see the courses and other opportunities to get involved in this space at Booth. Also, the Evening and Weekend program has a student group called Built at Booth which is a great opportunity for you engage in the social enterprise industry in Chicago. http://research.chicagobooth.edu/sei/
http://groups.chicagobooth.edu/built/home/
May 05, 10:12:03Nichole -> BethHi Everyone. I am planning on applying for the Evening program but travel often for work. Because of my schedule I am wondering if I should consider the weekend program. Could you provide some insight on the differences between the programs?
Beth -> NicholeGreat question. You should apply to the program in which you want to take the majority of your classes. If the Weekend schedule (classes Friday night 6-9 and Saturday 9am-noon and/or 1:30-4:30pm) work better, I would encourage you to apply to the Weekend program. That being said, you do have the flexibility to take Weekend classes as an Evening student. You also have the option for a one-time switch between Evening and Weekend.
May 05, 10:12:26Brad_O -> Jay JFrom a conversation with a recent grad, I was told that you do not get the same cohort experience in the weekend MBA program as you would in Evening or Full Time program. Can someone speak to the types of events or mechanisms that help build the network of students in the weekend MBA.
Jay J -> Brad_OBrad_O, both the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA are NOT cohort experiences. We put on a lot of events, both informal and formal, to help our students network. We have 40+ student ran clubs and organizations that will hold events, meetings, panels, guest lectures, etc. that you can choose to participate in. These will run from everything from the Running Club, Golf Club, etc. to our Booth Consulting Club and Booth Marketing Club. More informal networking events will include our Midweeks at the Midway or SQA's, where we provide drink tickets and no scheduled agenda. There are many ways to grow your network!
May 05, 10:12:55Camille -> KristaHi everyone, I currently live and work in the San Francisco bay area. I have a few questions. Have you seen candidates in the program traveling from out-of-state for the weekend classes? Can you describe their experience? I am planning on applying for the Weekend MBA in the Fall. If let say I don't get in, when would I be eligible to re-apply? Thank you.
Krista -> CamilleHi Camille: Thanks for your interest in our Weekend program! About 80% of our Weekend students do not live in Illinois so you would be a part of a robust community of students who commute to Chicago each weekend! We have shuttles who pick up students and drop them off at both Chicago airports on Saturdays. We host events in San Francisco twice a year and our next one will take place this Fall so stay tuned for more information. You are eligible to reapply to a subsequent quarter and the process is outlined here.
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/decisions
May 05, 10:13:41QC_EveCBF -> KristaHi Krista. Following up on the social venture question, is it possible to connect with current students involved in the two groups you just mentioned?
Krista -> QC_EveCBFYes, feel free to email eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we can work to connect you with co-chairs from student groups.
May 05, 10:13:50Hamid -> KaraI am still confused about how to get all the curriculum of Booth?
Kara -> HamidHamid, see this link to view details, http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum/. Twenty courses plus a leadership development program (LEAD) are required to complete your degree. We offer a very flexible curriculum that allows you to pick and choose the courses and faculty you are most interested in. You can also view our online course guide here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum/
May 05, 10:14:23SH -> BethHi, I am wondering if there is any discount of tuition fee if you are an employee or staff in UChicago. Thanks.
Beth -> SHIn general, staff do receive a 50% discount on tuition. I would encourage you to speak with your HR rep to confirm this. http://humanresources.uchicago.edu/
May 05, 10:15:12Gurmi -> NicoGood Afternoon - I recently graduated with an MS in Marketing from Boston University. I’ve been an Independent SAP Consultant for the most part of my life; however, the projects I worked on have lacked longevity. I feel I don’t have recommendations from people who have known me for longer periods of time, though I’ve solid recommendations for the work I did. Would this be a problem?
Nico -> GurmiHi Gurmi. We do not have strict recommendation letter requirements. Generally we prefer that applicants follow the instructions here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/letters-of-recommendation, but we are basically asking for recommendations from individuals who can can offer specific examples of your performance and contributions to your organization.
May 05, 10:16:28Jerrold -> Jen SFor the current students - can you talk about Gleacher and any pros/cons of at classes Gleacher vs. Harper Center? Are there things you get at one that you might not get at the other?
Jen S -> JerroldBoth Gleacher and Harper are great buildings with a lot of energy. Gleacher is more centrally located in the city and easy for me to get to after work. There are a number of meeting rooms at Gleacher and also across the street, which makes group meetings easy to coordinate. I haven't spent as much time at Harper, as the classes are during the day, but I have been to Harper to make up sessions I missed while travelling for work. Harper is more difficult to get to because it is south of downtown Chicago.
May 05, 10:16:39AStark -> Chase CChase - does Booth have marketing courses? Do you have any experience in Marketing?
Chase C -> AStarkMy background is in marketing strategy (pricing, product development, customer segmentation, etc.). Booth has built out a very strong group of faculty in the marketing department, housed under the Kilts Center. I've been able to take advantage of some faculty expertise to work on real projects at my job. Gaining access to those faculty has been a big blessing!
May 05, 10:16:56Megan_C. -> KristaWhat are the key differences between the part-time and executive MBA programs?
Krista -> Megan_C.Hi Megan: The main differences are the structure of the programs and the demographics of the programs. The Executive MBA students have on average 13 years of work experience and Evening and Weekend students have 7 years, on average. The structure for Exec MBA is a 21 month lock-step cohorted program and classes take place every other Friday and Saturday. The Exec MBA also has a required international component built into the program where you spend a week at our London and Hong Kong campuses. For more questions regarding the details of the Exec MBA program, please email XP@chicagobooth.edu.

The Evening and Weekend program meets every week and most students take 2 classes a quarter, however, you can take the classes at your own pace meaning you can take more or less classes or take quarters off if needed. Most people take 2.5 years to complete the degree, but you have up to 5 years to complete it.
May 05, 10:18:00Hamid -> KristaHow can contact a current student especialized in social entrepreneurship?
Krista -> HamidHi Hamid: Please email our hotline and request to be put in touch with a current student: eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
May 05, 10:18:12fernie00 -> Bethregarding essays, are there any tips from the students and staff for the essays?
Beth -> fernie00Answer the questions as authentically as you can. The essays are a way for us to get to know you and to understand why you are pursing an MBA at Chicago Booth. Also, and this sounds obvious, but review your essays prior to submitting for any spelling/grammatical errors.
May 05, 10:18:29Kate -> NicoIf you are taking the weekend program, will it be possible to take all the courses within the concentrations during three years? Or are certain classes offered less frequently on the weekend causing you to extend your stay or pick a more popular concentration?
Nico -> KateHi Kate. Thank you for joining us. Certain classes and faculty members are offered less frequently, but it should not affect completing a concentration within three years.
May 05, 10:19:38Mike -> Jay JFor the Business Fellows Program, are there any considerable differences from the normal part-time MBA program?
Jay J -> MikeMike, the only difference is during your first quarter where you would take a non-credit professional development seminar with the rest of the Fellows that start with you. Other than that, its the same MBA. (During that first quarter, you would also still take an academic course or two which will be with the rest of the Evening and Weekend students.)
May 05, 10:20:18Megan_C. -> Chase CHi Jen and Chase,What is your most memorable experience at Booth thus far?
Chase C -> Megan_C.In the classroom - I'm currently in the Healthcare Analytics Lab, working on operational challenges in healthcare. We had the opportunity to present our initial findings to our project sponsor, the CMO of a major healthcare system here in Chicago. Seeing the genuine surprise & joy at our results was incredibly rewarding. For all practical purposes, the Lab classes are structured as mini-consulting assignments...real projects, real data, real clients, and real meaningful results! Outside the classroom - I went on the Spring Ski Trip. Spending a week with 70+ of your newest and closest friends was an unforgettable experience and can't wait to repeat it next year!
May 05, 10:20:57Jen S -> EveryoneLAUNCH, the orientation program, was very memorable for me. The sessions challenged me to grow personally, and I was able to get to know a number of students starting in the same quarter as me. I have a core group of friends that I initially connected with at LAUNCH. We go out for a couple social activities per quarter in order to connect and take a break from our class and work schedules.
May 05, 10:21:06Sahil.B -> KaraHello. I am applying for the weekend program. Do the recommenders also need to submit their recommendations by the 15th May application deadline?
Kara -> Sahil.BSahil, Ideally, yes. However, we allow a week long grace period after the deadline allow for materials to be submitted. You need to submit on the deadline, but your recommenders are able to submit letters after you submit. You will receive a notification once the letters are in.
May 05, 10:22:46Gino_R -> Jay JHi, Are accepted part-time students required to be employed full-time while attending classes at Booth?
Jay J -> Gino_RGino_R, no we don't have any employment requirement. The vast majority of our students, however, are employed.
May 05, 10:25:04AStark -> NicoDoes the Weekend MBA program only have one deadline a year? I would really like to start in the Spring quarter.
Nico -> AStarkHello again, AStark! The Weekend MBA program admits twice a year in both the Autumn and Spring quarter. Our Spring 2016 deadline is January 8th.
May 05, 10:25:40SH -> KaraFor the admission, is the TOFEL score necessary to provide if you work in US but not US citizen? I knew GMAT score is sufficient.
Kara -> SHSH, If you have been working in the US for at least 2 years, you are exempt from the TOFEL.
May 05, 10:26:48Brad_O -> BethI currently live and work in Seattle, and would not expect to change locations while pursuing a weekend MBA. While I will have some financial support from my firm, I will likely have to pay travel costs out of pocket. Are these costs eligible for student loans, or will I have to find another way to fund this portion?
Beth -> Brad_OBrad, if you take out more than you need, you will receive those funds to your account. You can learn more about the financial aid options online at https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. You can also reach out to financial aid at financial.aid@chicagobooth.edu
May 05, 10:27:08Larry_Cao -> Jen SI don't have the academia business education background. Is there any recommendation about the class taking order for MBA? e.g., starting from Accounting, then ...
Jen S -> Larry_CaoLarry, I would recommend pairing one Foundations courses (Accounting, Microeconomics, Statistics) with a qualitative course to start out. This helped me balance my course load and adjust to being back in school. In some of the classes, you will have the opportunity to work in groups, which I found to be helpful to get me up to speed on some of the concepts I had forgotten since my high school and undergrad years.
May 05, 10:27:44QC_EveCBF -> Chase CBesides the more traditional consulting career path, how does the program support other industry options?
Chase C -> QC_EveCBFThere's support at multiple levels (let me know if you want more specific details on anything). At the recruiting level, there are plenty of finance, marketing, non-profit, etc. companies that work with and recruit from Booth. There are also plenty of resources for research, including alumni databases, for just about any industry you're interested in. At the student level, there are Student Groups for almost everything.
May 05, 10:29:41Bruno_Barbosa -> NicoHi is there any possibility to change the program to full time after joining the program?
Nico -> Bruno_BarbosaHi Bruno_Barbosa! Thank you for joining us. Part-time MBA students are not able to transfer to the Full-time MBA program. We encourage anyone interested in studying full-time to apply to the Full-time MBA program her at Booth.
May 05, 10:31:00AStark -> Jay JI only have 2 years of work experience. is it too early to apply for an MBA?
Jay J -> AStarkAStark, of course not! We have a program specifically designed for students with less than three years of experience called the Chicago Business Fellows. More information on this program can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates. (Apply soon! Winter is coming...)
May 05, 10:32:34Megan_C. -> Jen SI'm impressed by the flexibility of the part-time programs. I'm interested in learning more about the process to switch between Weekend and Evening programs and if there are specific requirements that must be met. Thank you.
Jen S -> Megan_C.Students do have the ability to take classes in a different section, without switching programs, if they would like. Priority bidding is given to the program you are registered in, so if you are an Evening student that would like to take a Weekend class, you can, but you would have to wait for Weekend students to pick their classes first. I have not switched between programs, but you can petition to officially switch between programs one time throughout your Booth career.
May 05, 10:33:30QC_EveCBF -> Chase CChase, yes it'd be great if you could describe the levels of support
Chase C -> QC_EveCBFAt the recruiting level - Booth has a formal "On Campus Recruiting" (OCR) cycle (I haven't participated). From what I've seen, there are pretty intensive resume review, interview prep, case study exercises, alumni interviews, etc. tailored to each specific industry. Beyond OCR, there are job listings for Booth students only as well as career services support for students on an ad-hoc basis. Each student group has it's own personality - but the Marketing Group for example has hosted two day events to go visit major Chicagoland CPG companies. Other groups put on career focused events and bring in speakers, etc. as appropriate.
May 05, 10:34:16Bruno_Barbosa -> KristaHi again, I am from Brazil and currently working in Miami Florida. I am not sure if the company I am working at would grant me a transfer to Chicago. Do you support the students to look for jobs during the MBA period?
Krista -> Bruno_BarbosaHi Bruno: We highly recommend staying employed during the program to get the most value out of the part-time experience. However, we do not require that you stay employed during the program. Since you are from Brazil, it would be required that you have an eligible work visa to study at Booth. We do not offer student visas for international students.
May 05, 10:34:18SH -> NicoIs there any difference in degree description between Full-time and part-time MBA program?
Nico -> SHHi SH! Both programs issue the same the same degree: Chicago Booth MBA. Your diploma does not specify between programs.
May 05, 10:34:42Moderator -> EveryoneDid you know that as part time student you can study abroad in 6 countries??
May 05, 10:35:07AStark -> Jen STo the students - have you participated in any of the career services events? If so, which ones?
Jen S -> AStarkI have participated in a number of career services events, and they have all been helpful. There are a number of weekday lunch time webinars available throughout the year that provide tips on cover letters, resumes, etc. I have also met one-on-one with Career Services to discuss my personal career goals, and the staff provided a lot of great suggestions on how I can effectively work to my goals.
May 05, 10:35:24Jerrold -> BethDo a lot of students apply to both the full-time program and the Evening/Weekend program? Does acceptance or rejection by one impact acceptance/rejection from the other?
Beth -> JerroldYou cannot apply to Evening/Weekend MBA program and the Full-Time MBA program at the same time. You can only apply to one MBA program at a time. We have had applicants apply to our program who have applied to the Full-Time program. Your decision from other programs is viewed but we focus on the application to our program. If you first apply to Full-Time and then decide to apply to Evening or Weekend, you will need to explain why the switch.
May 05, 10:36:42Bruno_Barbosa -> NicoHi again. At what time the evening classes take place?
Nico -> Bruno_BarbosaHi Bruno_Barbosa. Evening MBA classes are held from 6-9pm.
May 05, 10:36:58AStark -> KaraI'd love to come visit a class but can only get to Chicago on the weekends. Are there any options for me?
Kara -> AStarkAbsolutely! We offer class visits on Saturday. See the class visit website to view your options and register. We pair you with a current student who hosts your visit. Class visits are a great way to experience Booth firsthand, and you are free to visit more than one course--http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
May 05, 10:37:01Vivek -> Jay JHi everyone, I am applying for the Evening MBA Program (Autumn 2015). What is the typical timeline for the interviews once applicants submit their application? Thanks.
Jay J -> VivekVivek, as soon as you submit your application you can schedule your interview. We interview Monday through Fridays and a few Saturdays at the end of May/beginning of June. All interview slots are first come first serve, and your application must be submitted in order to schedule this.
May 05, 10:37:27Ram -> Jen SCan you please share some information on the mentoring program for incoming part-time students ?
Jen S -> RamRam, during the LAUNCH orientation, students are divided into groups of approximately 10 students and assigned 2-3 mentors per group. The mentors help answer questions regarding student life, class suggestions, etc. during LAUNCH, but also are available throughout your time at Booth to help answer ongoing questions you may have.
May 05, 10:37:39QC_EveCBF -> Chase CAccording to your experience, what's the pros and cons of not having a core curriculum?
Chase C -> QC_EveCBFGood question. All students are required to take a class in accounting, statistics, and econ. Beyond that, there are six functional areas. If you take those 9 classes together, I think it forms a decent core curriculum. To me, the main pro is that you have flexibility to choose classes within those areas to fit your background and expertise (i.e. I had a very strong stats background before Booth so took a more advanced class instead of the standard "business statistics"). The challenge is that you need to take more ownership of your class schedule to make sure you take classes that fit your background. I personally find that liberating, but it is a little more work compared to other programs.
May 05, 10:38:22Hamid -> Bethwhen will you update MBA full time application for the next year?
Beth -> HamidI'm not sure when the Full-Time Admissions office is planning to publish their application for 2016. They typically publish their application during the summer. You could always email them at admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu to see if they have a firm date.
May 05, 10:39:21Brad_O -> Chase CAre there any significant differences between the career sources available to full time students versus those enrolled in a part time program?
Chase C -> Brad_OThe only major difference is that the full time program has access to a formal internship recruiting program between first and second year. Both programs have access to the post-MBA recruiting opportunities. Beyond that, the differences are minimal / non-existant.
May 05, 10:40:03Bruno_Barbosa -> KristaAre there many foreigners?
Krista -> Bruno_BarbosaHi Bruno: 13% of our students are international students. Take a look here for a snapshot of our class demographics: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening#simple2
May 05, 10:41:38QC_EveCBF -> Jen SDo you find the eve/weekend MBA alum community friendly and supportive? For example, some might say that not having a cohort experience makes alum less inclined to give back.
Jen S -> QC_EveCBFGood question. I have been reaching out to alumni in order to network for future career opportunities. I have found most to be receptive to speaking to me on a phone call or meeting in person, if they are local. Those that I have reached out to are Evening/Weekend as well as Full-Time alums, and both groups have both been willing to give back. I also find that Evening/Weekend current students are interested in building personal friendships/contacts, even though we haven't had the full cohort experience.
May 05, 10:43:59Moderator -> EveryoneDid you know faculty host 65 faculty connect events annually with students? Find out more >> http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/blog/EW_Admissions/Students_and_Professors_connect_beyond_the_classroom/ewadmissions/89?nav=entry
May 05, 10:44:15$ldo -> Jay Jfor weekend programs will there be classes scheduled on fridays ?
Jay J -> $ldo$Ido, our Friday classes are cross listed as both Evening and Weekend courses. Friday courses will be from 6p - 9p.
May 05, 10:44:34Chinta -> Chase CDoes Booth offer courses related Big Data management ?
Chase C -> ChintaBooth does offer a class on "Big Data" and machine learning, which really focuses on machine learning algorithms. Some of the other classes through the Operations, Finance, and Marketing tracks delve into the range of "big data", but more from a managerial level.
May 05, 10:44:48AStark -> Jen SDoes Booth offer any womens events? It would be great to connect with that network at Chicago Booth.
Jen S -> AStarkThere are a number of women's events that I have been a part of at Booth. The Graduate Women's in Business club is an active group that offers social and professional development events. In addition, there is a one day Booth Women's Connect conference offered in the fall that I have found to be a great way to connect with other female students.
May 05, 10:48:02Moderator -> EveryoneOur chat will be ending in approximately 13 minutes. Please submit your final questions so we can answer all of them.
May 05, 10:49:00AStark -> Jay JIf I apply to the Autumn quarter for the Evening MBA program on the deadline, when will I be interviewed?
Jay J -> AStarkAStark, Assuming Winter doesn't come first, you can schedule your interview as soon as you submit your application. If that's today, you can interview tomorrow!
May 05, 10:49:10Steve -> NicoI see that I cannot switch from the part time to the full time. Would I be able to start with the weekend program, and then switch to weeknight classes once I am able to move to Chicago?
Nico -> SteveHi Steve! Great question. You are able to transfer from the Weekend MBA to the Evening MBA (and vice versa) once throughout you time at Booth.
May 05, 10:50:30Bruno_Barbosa -> Chase Care there any joint activities with Full-time MBA candidates?
Chase C -> Bruno_BarbosaMost events that include speakers coming to campus are cross-listed for both programs. There are also a few large events that are available to both including the Emerging Markets Summit and Energy Forward 2015. At the Student Group Level, there's a mix of joint programs, but others that are specific to each program. At the pure social level, there is less infrastructure for making relationships...but on a practical level - it's a small world and you'll likely know a few full-time students and will organically build those relationships.
May 05, 10:52:19QC_EveCBF -> Jen SFor current students, is it generally easy to coordinate group projects given that everyone has a full time job?
Jen S -> QC_EveCBFFor group projects, I typically have met with my teammates on Saturdays. If that doesn't work for the group, we have also done google hangouts and conference calls in order to get everyone together at the same time. It is hard to get everyone together on weeknight evenings because we typically have classes on different days, but after class or the weekends are an option.
May 05, 10:52:33fernie00 -> Jay JDoes the probability of being accepted decrease as the deadline approaches for the weekend program?
Jay J -> fernie00fernie00, No! We will admit all admissible students for all quarters. 80 - 90% of our applications are submitted the week prior to a deadline.
May 05, 10:52:41QC_EveCBF -> Chase CAre professors generally accessible? Responsive to emails? Stay to answer questions after class?
Chase C -> QC_EveCBFOverwhelmingly yes - I've had great success in reaching out and getting input from professors both via email and before / after class. One professor, Zvi Gilula even gave me his home phone number and let me call him about a work related problem that wasn't even remotely related to work, but was of interest to Zvi.
May 05, 10:54:57Brad_O -> Jen SIs there a substantial amount of group work associated with the part time programs? And specifically with the weekend program where most students do not live in the area, what are the expectations for coordinating and working group assignments during the weekdays?
Jen S -> Brad_OBrad, it depends on the classes you take. Before choosing classes, we are able to see the class syllabus and get an idea of how much group work is required. I will usually try to pair a class that requires group work with another class that does not, in order to balance my schedule. I am not a weekend student, however, I believe weekend students will coordinate with their groups through google hangouts or conference calls, as needed.
May 05, 10:56:02Ram -> Jay JI understand the course offerings are the same but do the full-time and part-time programs share the same faculty members ?
Jay J -> RamRam, yes all the faculty are required to teach across all of our programs.
May 05, 10:57:32Steve -> KaraHi! Does having the CPA, CFA, and/or other advanced degrees allow one to skip certain introductory classes?
Kara -> SteveSteve, yes, you are able to take more advanced courses. Many of our courses do not have strict prerequisites, making this process very simple. If you are unsure if you should take a more advanced course, you can connect with our academic advisors, student mentors and faculty members.
May 05, 10:58:15$ldo -> Jay JAre there any placement statistics for the Weekend/part time MBA programs that I could take a look at.. ?
Jay J -> $ldo$Ido, we have employment/placement data, however we don't publish it. Please reach out to me at jay.jacobs@chicagobooth.edu and we can schedule a call to talk through them.
May 05, 11:02:35SH -> KaraWhat is the major difference or specificity of UC part-time MBA program comparing to others i.e. Northwestern?
Kara -> SHSH, we offer the most flexible curriculum, which allows you to take the course and faculty you are most interested in, and you can take course at your preferred pace. We also have a multi-method and multidisciplinary approach, which is delivered through The Chicago Approach. See this link to learn more about The Chicago Approach, http://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/chicago-approach. Also, please visit some classes to experience Booth first hand, http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
May 05, 11:02:46Jay J -> EveryoneThanks for joining us today everyone! We will be having information sessions in Chicago monthly (http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago) and will be on the road in the fall (once the schedule is set it will be published at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/receptions)
May 05, 11:02:48Krista -> EveryoneThanks for joining everyone! If you're interested, we're hosting one of our Chicago Conversations events on May 21st at CME Group Headquarters. For more information, take a look here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/conversations/event-schedule/20152014/chicago-05212015
May 05, 11:02:48Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. We are looking forward to receiving your application. Our Weekend MBA application for the Autumn quarter is May 15 and the Evening MBA application for Autumn quarter is July 1. Once you submit your application, you will then be able to schedule your admissions interview. You can start your application today at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/
May 05, 11:02:57Nico -> EveryoneThanks for joining today's chat! As a next step, come visit a class to see what the program is like first-hand: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit?source=modules_engage_eve
May 05, 11:03:48Kara -> EveryoneThanks for joinging today's chat! We look forward to continuing to work with you as you research Booth and move through the application process.
May 05, 11:03:56Moderator -> EveryoneOur session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, May 8, 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