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July 14, 2016 Admissions Live Chat

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Guest Question: Good Afternoon everyone, my question is themed towards those whom are applying sooner than later from their respective undergraduate institutions. As a soon to be graduate from my bachelors program focusing on International Relations and Defense Studies, I would like to pursue a more business related realm of career opportunities and I feel that an MBA would be an appropriate means of refining my education and introducing me to an array of opportunities more aligned with my passion. What advice, both career related and educational would you posit for a student at this stage in their life. Should one pursue jobs and then consider applying for the program, or in my case refine their education and then pursue a career which welcomes both my IR background and my business interests? 

* Kara Northcutt: Nate, each school has a different perspective on this. At Booth, it is important to have some work experience before applying. On average, our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have 6 years of work experience. However, we do have Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) which is for students with less than 3 years of work experience. CBF is the exact same MBA. The difference is that we require some additional professional development for CBF students. It is required to be working full time to be eligible for CBF. Once you graduate and land your first job, I suggest you look into CBF-

Guest Question: Hello Good Afternoon! I am working at BlueCross BlueShield Association. I have 14 years of experience in IT.  I am interested in Weekend MBA or Executive MBA

What questions can we answer for you?

Guest Question: Are there any upcoming events for prospects?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi Kelsey, thanks for joining us today. You can find a full list of upcoming admissions events here:

Guest Question: I want to know more about admission process and cost.

* Lindsay Badeaux: Venkata, the admissions process for the Evening and Weekend programs is the same, and you can look at the details here:  We do interview all of our applicants, and employ a holistic review process, looking at academic ability, work experience, and Booth fit.  For info on tuition and financial aid, check out this page:

Guest Question: I am in my GMAT class now and I am horrid at standard test taking. What is the minimum score you will accept?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi, thanks for joining us today. We do not have a minimum score, but the mid 80% falls between 620-730.

Guest Question: I own my business and I have for 4 years so do you waive the GMAT qualification for some?

* Elizabeth  Randgaard: Our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs require everyone to take the GMAT or GRE. Both tests have websites and great preparation materials that help your prepare.

Guest Question: Hi, how many students are accepted into the CBF program each year?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Hi Kyle!  We take in about 30 CBF students for each class.  There are two Evening CBF intakes per year, each fall and spring, and one Weekend CBF intake per year, each fall.

Guest Question: Hi I am interested in applying for weekend MBA for spring 2017 class. Can you please let me know the complete duration for the course and total tuition fee?

* Nico Ricchiuto: The Weekend MBA is 20 courses long, and you have up to 5 years to complete it. Most part-time students finish in 2.5 to 3 years. Tuition is charged per course and is currently set at $6590. You can find more information on tuition and fees here:

Guest Question: what are the resources or opportunities available for candidates looking to switch/transition the career path?

* Lindsay Badeaux: As an Evening or Weekend student, you have access to Career Services, and they have a suite right here in the Gleacher Center specifically to serve the part time student populations.  They offer everything from 1 on 1 career coaching to access to the Booth job board, and you will also be able to network with alumni and your fellow students, who are all full-time working professionals.  For more info on the resources offered by Career Services, look here:

Guest Question: Does it hurt your chances if you have less than three years of work experience and apply to the standard evening/pt MBA program as opposed to the CBF?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Spencer, we utilize a holistic review process, so we would consider your entire application, and it is ultimately up to you which program you decide to apply to.  That being said, the typical Evening or Weekend MBA student has 7 years of work experience on average.  If you have 0-3 years of experience, CBF might be the best fit for you.  The CBF program yields the exact same degree; the only difference is that you'll have an additional professional development seminar you attend during your first quarter at Booth, which will help develop some of those softer skills that are important early in your career.  Hope this helps!

Guest Question: Can one complete his/her  Weekend MBA program in less than 2yrs? By taking an accelerated path perhaps?

* Elizabeth  Randgaard: Excellent question. A typical student taking 2 classes a quarter can complete the MBA Program in 2.5 years. Since our programs are fully flexible, you can take more or fewer classes each quarter based on what works with your schedule.  It is possible to take 3 classes a quarter and speed up your MBA if you wish to accelerate your experience. One thing to consider is that your MBA experience also includes building out your network so you may find that you want to have that extra time to get involved in our many student activities.

Guest Question: Hi -- are there any major differences between the Evening MBA Program and the Weekend MBA Program besides class schedule?  And if accepted into one program, is there flexibility to transfer to the other?

* Kara Northcutt: Brandon, you are correct, the programs are basically identical and have the exact same curricular requirements. The main difference is the student profile. Around 75% of Weekend students live outside of IL. It is very easy to take courses across programs.

Guest Question: Is it mandatory to take GMAT or GRE for Executive MBA program?

* Nico Ricchiuto: A valid GMAT or GRE score is mandatory for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. The Executive MBA program does provide test waivers if you meet certain criteria. If you have any further questions about the Executive MBA program, I suggest reaching out to

Guest Question: Is the seminar for CBF considered a separate course and is there a fee associated with it?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Irma, the seminar is non-credit bearing and it's a required addition to your required MBA coursework.  There is no additional fee associated with the seminar. 

Guest Question: how the classes are scheduled for weekends? Is it every Saturday throughout the year?

* Elizabeth  Randgaard: The Weekend classes are held every weekend of the quarter. There are two times for classes on weekends: morning classes from 9:00 to 12pm, and 1 to 4:30pm. Weekend students can also take Friday night classes or classes during the week if their schedule allows.

Guest Question: Someone with a GMAT score 620, with engineering back ground...working as a 6 sigma black belt...around 12 years of progressive work there a way to find out if my profile will fit in the 80% range...or should I have to apply for it to know

* Nico Ricchiuto: That GMAT score falls within our 80% of 620-730. As far as the other criteria, it is hard to say without seeing a full application. We have certainly seen candidates with similar backgrounds.

Guest Question:  Does the Weekend program accept year round or can you only begin the program in the fall?

* Elizabeth  Randgaard: The Weekend MBA Program has two times of year you can apply: spring and fall.  For exact details please visit this page:

Guest Question: Is it possible for me to apply to the weekend MBA August 2016 intake?

* Kara Northcutt: no, as the deadline was back in May. Our Evening MBA Autumn deadline has also passed. Our next Weekend MBA intake is spring 2017, and the deadline is January 13th.  The application is available online, so feel free to apply anytime. We have rolling admissions and will get back to you 4-6 weeks from the date your application is submitted and complete. You can access the application here-

Guest Question: What if someone loses their job after joining the evening/ weekend program...since the one of the eligibility is to have a job....can they still continue?

* Lindsay Badeaux: This does happen on occasion as students sometimes change jobs throughout the program.  While you're required to have a job when you apply, you're not required to remain employed for the duration of your time at Booth.  We recognize changes happen, but most of our students remain employed while they're here!

Guest Question:  How does the program look at GMAT scores? Are retests looked down on? Is highest score only reviewed?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi Tom! We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, so the GMAT score is just part of a candidate’s evaluation. Retests are not looked down upon, and we will only use your highest score.

Guest Question: If I have 2 years of FT work experience in operations, 3.7 undergrad GPA, would you think that a 620 GMAT score would be sufficient?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Spencer, the middle 80% of our admitted students score between 620-730 on the GMAT.  Since your score is at the lower end of that range, you might consider taking it again and trying for a higher score.  We will always consider your highest score.  That being said, because of our holistic review process, no one part of your application is weighed more heavily than another.  We will consider everything from work experience, to leadership potential, as well as your academics.  It is up to you whether or not to retake the exam.

Guest Question: How would you describe student life as a part of the Booth Part-Time program?

* Elizabeth  Randgaard: Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs have a very active and supportive student life. In addition to being dedicated working professionals and get to know classmates and professors through classes, students have the chance to join one of the over 40 student clubs. These student clubs range in interests from professional to social and there are over 300 student events each year. So there is a really active student community here at Booth.

Guest Question: What are the international opportunities available to evening or weekend students?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi Kelsey! There are quite a few international opportunities for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students; ranging from short-term study abroad options to full-term study abroad options to even an International MBA degree. Please find more information here:

Guest Question: What are typical course schedules for Evening class, meaning its M-F, do classes generally all start after a certain time? How frequently is a course held?

* Kara Northcutt: Philip, most students take 2 courses per quarter. Each course meets one time per week. Evening courses are from 6-9pm; Saturday courses are 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm. There are often optional review sessions around midterms and finals that are outside of the normal class schedule. These are often recorded in case you cannot. There is a ton of flexibility in the pace of the program.    

Guest Question: 1) Do you have to be working at a company while you are enrolled in the weekend/ evening MBA? 2) Does the weekend/evening MBA receive as many job offers as the full-time applicants?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Vik, you are required to be working at the time of your application, but students do make changes once they are enrolled.  Evening and Weekend students have the same access to Career Services as their Full Time counterparts- you will own your own job search but you'll have the full support of the Career Services team to help you through your job search process.  About 2/3 of our students make some sort of a career change near or upon graduation- everything from being promoted in their current fields, to changing industry or function.

Guest Question: Is it possible to for me to meet someone from admission counselor this week or next week?

* Nico Ricchiuto: If you would like to set up an appointment with someone on the admissions team, please email our hotline at Please include some days and times you are available.

Guest Question: Do you consider a part-time student who is a non-citizen of US as international student? If so, can the student qualify for any financial aid?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Chandra, yes, you would be considered an international student.  You can read more about the process for international applicants here:

International students are not eligible for federal loans, but often work with the financial aid department to secure private loans instead.

Guest Question: is there accommodation and transportation service offered by booth or university of Chicago for candidates outside of Illinois? If not what are the options and available?

* Elizabeth  Randgaard: Yes, Booth offers benefits for Weekend MBA students. Over 75% of our Weekend students travel in from outside IL. We offer complimentary shuttles to and from both Chicago airports, discounts on flights, and local hotels. We work hard to try and make the commute easier for our Weekend students.

Guest Question: Will there be a list or a way to set up a Carpool program for weekend students traveling from outside the state?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi Philip! We are certainly able to put you in touch with other students commuting from the same area. You will also have access to our community directory, where you can find other individuals living in your area.

Guest Question: When is the next deadline for the Evening MBA program and if accepted can the start date be delayed to another semester?

* Lindsay Badeaux: The next deadline for the Evening MBA program is October 7th for a Winter quarter start date, and you can review all of the deadlines here: Admitted students are able to defer their enrollment for one quarter, but must pay an additional $1000 deferment fee to hold their spot, which goes towards their tuition once they begin. 

Guest Question: Thanks for response to my last question - In looking at the due dates for admissions - is there a benefit to getting it in a month early? A day early? Also does that date include the interview or can the interview be done after the deadline date?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi Tim! The interview happens after you submit your application, and we generally ask that you interview within a couple weeks of submitting. There is no benefit to submitting from an admissions standpoint, but the earlier you submit, the earlier you will receive your decision.

Guest Question: I understand the Booth MBA requires 20 courses to graduate. Can I take proficiency tests in certain courses to waive this requirement and reduce the number of courses I actually take at Booth?

* Kara Northcutt: Rahul, 20 courses are required for all students. We do not waive courses. We feel it is very important not to abbreviate the MBA experience. You are, however, able to take more advanced courses in areas you already have a high level of experience/knowledge. For example, if one is an accountant they can take a more advanced accounting course to fulfill the accounting requirements. Our curriculum is incredibly flexible and there are around 130 courses to choose from

Guest Question: My Undergraduate GPA is 2.7, should I get a chance to Weekend MBA program. If not, what is your suggestion to boost my GPA?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Minh, the middle 80% of our admitted students for the Weekend program score have a GPA between 3.0-3.9.  Since your GPA falls below that range, I would focus on achieving a strong score on the GMAT or GRE, as it will help balance out your lower GPA.  Another option to consider is taking a Booth MBA course as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) through the Graham School of General Studies. Up to three GSAL courses can be transferred into the MBA program. We suggest the foundation courses, Business Statistics and/or Financial Accounting, and we prefer to see grades of B+ or higher.  If you're able to pull a good grade in one of these courses, it can help balance out a perceived academic weakness on your application. 

Guest Question what is your intake of part-time students each quarter? Does it vary per quarter?

* Kara Northcutt: Chandra, the numbers vary based on the quality of the applicant pool, but here are some norms.

Evening MBA:  Autumn- 140, winter, spring and Summer- 60-80

Weekend MBA: Autumn- 100, Spring- 60-70 

Guest Question: Can I start with Evening MBA and move to Weekend MBA program?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Yes, you can officially transfer 1 time between the Evening and Weekend programs during your time as a student.  Keep in mind that it's also fairly easy to take classes across programs, since the curriculum for the Evening, Weekend, and Full Time program is the same and our faculty teach across programs.

Guest Question: My Master GPA is3.6 and my undergrad GPA is around 3.1....which will you consider and undergrad GPA always the one considered by default

* Nico Ricchiuto: We will take your most recent educational experiences into more consideration.

Guest Question: Is there any specific process booth recommends the international students to apply for converting their percentages to GPA?

* Kara Northcutt: We realize this is tricky, and you can feel free to leave the GPA blank in the application. As long as your transcripts note the courses you’ve taken and the grades/marks you received, we are able to get a solid understanding of your academic profile. We are very accustomed to international transcripts.  

Guest Question: And also the university I did my undergrad from used % and not do we tackle that conundrum

* Nico Ricchiuto: We have plenty of experience reviewing candidates with GPAs not on a 4.0 US scale, so no need to provide additional details in your application.

Guest Question: Can you provide insights on what to expect during the interview process? How can a candidate prepare well for the interview?

* Elizabeth  Randgaard: Hi Chandra. Booth's interview process for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs is conversational and typically done with a current student or recent alumni. The student or alumni is just finding out more about you, why you are interested in an MBA, and how an MBA from Booth can help you reach your career goals. You can prepare for the interview by being on time, professional, prepared, and comfortable. Remember the interview is a conversation so you'll get an opportunity to ask questions too. For more tips we have a great blog article on this at

Guest Question: Hi, I am planning to apply to evening MBA program. Thinking to write GMAT in December. To which quarter in 2017 should I target to apply - please advise. Also what is the average age of class profile for evening MBA?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We bring in students to the Evening program all 4 quarters per year, so when to apply is really up to you!  You can view all of the deadlines for the Evening program here:  the average age is 30, and we have students in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Guest Question:  Sorry, I mean to ask for weekend MBA, not evening.

* Lindsay Badeaux: Oh, okay.  The Weekend deadlines are here:

Guest Question: Also I had my GMAT scores sent 3 years ago, if I apply now, is there a need to send it again or will it be in your database?

* Nico Ricchiuto: All we ask is that your self-report your scores in your application.

Guest Question: I took some classes in order to get my 150 credits to take the CPA - do I need to submit those transcripts as well - would those grades matter more than my undergraduate even though I received no degree?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Hi Tim, the only transcripts we require is the degree-bearing ones (undergrad, as well as any graduate degrees you've earned).  If you want to submit your CPA transcripts as additional materials, that's up to you!  It's not required.

Guest Question: Yeah mention that over 75% of PT Weekend students travel from outside IL. Do you have any estimates for % that travel via flights? I'm located in NYC and considering the weekend MBA.

* Nico Ricchiuto: Hi John, I don't have an exact number of people who fly in, but I would say more than half of the 75% do.

Guest Question: If I have a MS in Computer Science. Can the GMAT be waived for Weekend MBA?

* Nico Ricchiuto: We do require a valid GMAT or GRE score from all candidates.

Guest Question: Thank you, Lindsay. If I submit my application for spring 2017(Jan 13, 2017), when could I expect an interview?

* Lindsay Badeaux: You'll be prompted to schedule your interview as soon as you submit your application, provided it's complete.  Our decision timeline is 4-6 weeks from when you submit, provided it's complete and that you interview during that time.

Guest Question: Can the participants get a transcript of this live chat.

* Megan  Marrs: Yes, the transcript will be posted at the end of the week on the following pages: and:

Guest Question: do we need to submit GMAT score through Gmail or do you consider GMAT score test-taker copy while applying till the GMAC can deliver score to booth?

* Kara Northcutt: All you need to do is self-report your scores into your application. As long as you selected Booth when you took the exam, we will have access to your official scores. If you have not yet released your scores to Booth, you can reach out to them anytime to request such.