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January 9, 2018 Live Admissions Chat

Chat Transcript from January 9, 2018
Answered Questions (82)
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Chat Guest: I am a U.S. Military Veteran, I utilized my Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to complete undergrad and I want to know what scholarships and financial assistance is available to vets other than the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help pay for the cost of education?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: For the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, there is little merit-based scholarships. Most students will fund their part-time MBA through a combination of personal savings and loans. A number of students also receive some support from their current employer. You can view more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Guest: Couple of years ago I transferred from studies in Europe and came to US. Since then a lot has changed but my biggest mistake was having a low GPA. Since I really like to get into the Weekend MBA program, what can I do to boost my GPA?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: One of the best ways to balance a lower undergraduate GPA is to aim for a competitive score on the GMAT or GRE.  Our middle 80% GMAT range is 620-740.  Something else you can consider is taking a Booth MBA class as a Graduate Student at Large through the University's Graham School to prove your academic ability.  We recommend taking Business Stats or Financial Accounting, and look for grades for B+ or higher.  Learn more here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business

Chat Guest: Is 680 a good score for weekend MBA program for Indian applicants?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 680 is what the average Booth Evening/Weekend student scores for the part time programs, so that would put you on par with the average Booth applicant, aside from race, gender or nationality.

Chat Guest: Hi team-my question is that I graduated out of UIC back in 2009 and been in the work force since. Do I have to take the GMATS or is there an exception process? Also with the evening/weekend classes what is the work load like?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We do require a GMAT or GRE score for every applicant, regardless of work or education experience. Evening classes are held Mon. - Fri. from 6-9 p.m. and Weekend classes are held on Saturdays in the morning and afternoon. All are taught at our downtown campus. Homework and project workloads vary by professor and course.

Chat Guest: Are there evening classes offered on the HP campus or just downtown?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  Evening classes take place at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago from 6-9pm Monday-Friday. Weekend classes take place at Gleacher as well on Saturday from 9:00-noon and 1:30-4:30pm.  Full-time classes take place at Harper Center in Hyde Park from 8:30-11:30 and 1:30-4:30. With the flexibility of our program, you can take classes across programs, but if working full-time, you would need to find a way to make yourself available during the day to take classes at the Hyde Park Campus.

Chat Guest: Hi there - I'm planning to pursue my MBA at Booth through Weekend MBA program. To give some background about me, I have completed my bachelors in India and Masters in the United States. I have been working in the IT industry since 10 years after completing my Masters. Now, I'm planning to pursue my MBA through Weekend MBA program. I attempted GMAT recently and got 430 score. Will it be a reasonable score that can be considered for my admission application for the Weekend MBA program?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We are glad you are considering Booth’s Weekend MBA Program. Our mid-80% GMAT range for admitted students is 620-740, and our average is around 680. We suggest you retake the exam and try to score within this range. It is viewed positively when candidates retake the exam, and we always consider your highest score. 

Chat Guest: I have graduated political science at Northeastern University. It will be great if someone can walk me through to see how can I get my evaluation at UC and boost my GPA score so I can sign for the MBA program

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: We are happy to meet with you to talk about the specifics of your application strategy!  Please email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu to set up a time.

Chat Guest: Are there evening classes offered on the HP campus or just downtown?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Chicago Booth Evening classes are only available at our downtown campus.

Chat Guest: What's the best way to approach selecting the night v. weekend program?
* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: With the flexibility of our programs, you can actually take classes across programs.  The evening program is great for people who are local and can get to Gleacher during the week for class from 6-9pm. However, an evening student is allowed to take classes in the Weekend format on Saturdays. The Weekend program is great for those traveling from outside of Illinois. In fact, 70% of our weekend students fly in from outside of Illinois. Weekend students can also take classes with the evening program so you really can dictate when you take classes. The programs are exactly the same curriculum and faculty. One of the differences is intake. We bring in an Evening MBA class every quarter and a Weekend MBA class twice a year (Autumn & Spring).

Chat Guest: If I take the GMAT more than once, will you only evaluate the highest score or do you look at all scores?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations We will look at your highest score when evaluating your application.

Chat Guest: Hi, thanks for this opportunity...my first question is do I need to take toefl again even when I have master’s degree for United States and work experience in US of more than two years.

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  For those whose native language is not English, Chicago Booth requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). All international students whose native language is not English must take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam unless they:
•             Have earned an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction
•             Are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language
•             Have been living and working full-time in the United States for two or more years
It appears that based on your Master's degree and/or work experience you would qualify for the exemption. You should note this exemption where indicated in the application.

Chat Guest: Does the University offer any type of direct financing to students?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The University is not the lender on loans. Students typically will use a combination of federal and private loans.

Chat Guest: Hello! I have two questions regarding the Chicago Business Fellows program: (1) In addition to the professional development seminar that all CBF students take in their first quarter, in what ways does the CBF program uniquely support young professionals at Booth? (2) Booth's CBF website has not yet posted interview dates for the June 22nd application deadline. Might you have an idea of when these interviews will take place?  Thank you!

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: The professional development seminar is the main difference that sets CBF apart in Booth's support of young professionals.  However, the co-horted aspect of that experience also allows you to build a strong network of other young professionals to lean on for support throughout your time at Booth! There are many social CBF events that take place beyond that first quarter for you to continue to nurture that network. Upcoming CBF Interview Days are 5/5 and 6/16, if you are planning to apply for Fall 2018.  The website will be updated soon!

Chat Guest: What is considered an average undergraduate GPA for current Booth MBA students?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The average GPA for admitted Booth students is between a 3.2 and 3.4 out of a 4.0 scale. We do not have a minimum requirement for GPA's upon applying

Chat Guest: I understand that most lenders will lend up to the amount specified by the university including living expenses. As I am interested in the Weekend Program and would need to travel to get there, does Booth provide this type of living expense estimate?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  We do not provide that data as it varies widely and we have students commuting from all over the country through a variety of different ways. Feel free to email me directly (stephanie.gunn@chicagobooth.edu) and I can connect you with a current student from your geographic location to give you a realistic idea of travel expenses and costs associated with commuting to Chicago for the Weekend program.

Chat Guest: I am looking for some details on Evening MBA classes especially how flexible they are since I need to travel a bit for work.

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: If you travel frequently for work, you may want to consider the Weekend format. As a Weekend student, you would also be able to take weekday courses when they fit your schedule.

Chat Guest: Hello, thanks for hosting this session. I have a question pertaining to academics. I have a low undergrad GPA (below 80 percentile) and a Masters GPA ( that is withing  the Booth 80 percentile)  range. Both my degrees are in the same major from the same university (big 10). Does the admissions committee lay more emphasis on undergrad scores? Are there any options prospective students can pursue to boost their academic credentials prior to applying?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Generally speaking, we have a holistic review process and weight things evenly. However, on the individual level, this can vary. For example, a lower GPA can be made up for with a strong GMAT or GRE score. We also tend to weigh graduate-level work more heavily for those who’ve completed such. You could also consider taking a Booth class as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL).  Up to 3 GSAL courses transfer into the MBA program if admitted. We strongly suggest taking foundational courses such as business statistics and/or financial accounting and look for grades of B+ and higher. GSAL is a great option, just be sure to keep in mind that your grades in these courses will be taken into consideration when evaluating your Booth application. To learn more about this option, see this Graham School of General Studies website: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/academic-programs/graduate-student/graduate-student-at-large-business

Chat Guest: I know you mentioned the GRE score is equivalent to GMAT. Can you give the average scores for the GRE?
* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: We look for GRE scores that convert to GMAT scores within our range. Our mid-80% GMAT range is 620-740, and our average is around 680. You can use this GRE to GMAT comparison tool to see how your scores compare: https://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool

Chat Guest: I am interested in participating in one of lab courses offered at Booth, are there any limiting factors for Weekend participants? Is there an application process?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  We offer lab courses, where students will work with local companies in a consulting type capacity available for evening and weekend students. They range based on industry and function, and you can read more about them and other experiential learning opportunities here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/lab-courses. You can also view the lab courses that have been offered to weekend students through the course search feature available here: https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch

Chat Guest: I have 3.5 years of work experience, am I eligible for CBF program or should I choose weekend program after getting 5 years of experience?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not a hard cutoff at 3 years for CBF.  I would say if you would be under the 4 year mark by the time you’d be starting classes at Booth, go ahead and apply for CBF.  If we review your application and think you’d be a better fit for the traditional Evening or Weekend program, we’d simply have that conversation with you.

Chat Guest: Is it an issue if both recommendation letters come from work colleagues (one supervisor)?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: No. Most candidates will choose recommenders from their current (or past) employer.

Chat Guest: Is the evening classes recorded in case you miss any of the classes due to business trips?

* Neeta Upadhyay | Weekend MBA Student: Class recordings are at professor's discretion. We have had few occasions where majority of the people had to miss the class due to major flight cancellations due to weather and professor was kind enough to record the class

Chat Guest: Hi, I know this session is geared towards the Weekend/Evening MBA; however would like to know if GMAT is required for the Executive MBA program?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, the Executive MBA Program just started requiring either the GMAT or the EA (Executive Assessment) exam for all applicants.

Chat Guest:  Can I switch between Weekend and Evening program after enrolling?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: You can switch between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs one time after becoming a student and completing a certain number of classes.  Keep in mind it is relatively easy to take classes across programs.  The main reason someone might switch is to get priority registration access for classes in the other program (so, for example, maybe you begin as a Weekend MBA student located outside of IL, but end up moving to Chicago and switching into the Evening MBA program to have first priority on the Evening MBA classes).

Chat Guest: Can I complete my MBA degree in less than 2 years?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The MBA requires 20 courses.  Most people take 2 classes per quarter, but that is not required.  You can take more or fewer depending on what your schedule allows.  It is possible to complete it in less than 2 years but not typical.

Chat Guest: Weekend classes take place only on Saturdays, is that right?

* Neeta Upadhyay | Weekend MBA Student: Weekend classes are held on Saturdays and some are on Friday evenings. You have the flexibility to choose based on your schedule. I am a current weekend student and take Friday classes as well.

Chat Guest: Is it possible to gain any waivers on course requirements based on undergraduate degree (business) or work experience?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth does not waive classes based on work experience or previous academic ability. There are higher level classes students may take if they have an expertise in a certain area (ex. an accountant taking a more advanced class than the basic required foundational accounting class) so that you aren't taking a class that is repeating knowledge you already know.

Chat Guest: How competitive is it to be accepted for the evening v. the weekend program, if different?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The acceptance rate varies from quarter to quarter, but one program or quarter is no more or less competitive than the other.

Chat Guest: How many credit hours are 'core courses' and how many are 'elective'?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: 11 of the 20 courses required to graduate are electives. The other 9 courses fall under the foundations and Functions, Management, And the Business Environment. Please see here for more information: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum

Chat Guest: Hello! Are a majority of the students in the Evening/Weekend MBA program people looking to make a vertical move in their company,  people looking to make a move within their industry or make a move to a new industry altogether?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: The majority of students entering the program (~65%) intend to stay within their current company or industry and continue to advance. However, goals often change while in the program. From our recent employment report that gathers career information one year prior and one year post graduation, of those seeking to make a career change, 91% did so. Of those who changed, 62% moved to a new organization, 33% advanced at their current company, and 5% started their own company.

Chat Guest: Do most of the Evening MBA classes meet once per week for 3 hours? Or do some meet on multiple days within the week?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Each class in the Evening MBA Program meets one night per week.

Chat Guest: Roughly how many courses are to be taken and the cost of a evening MBA program?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: A student will take the equivalent of 20 courses to earn their MBA in the Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full-Time MBA programs.  The cost of the program can be found here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Guest: What is the deadline for Fall this year?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The Weekend MBA Autumn Quarter deadline is May 11, 2018 and the Evening MBA Autumn Quarter deadline is June 22, 2018. Deadlines are posted on each program's home page.

Chat Guest: Neeta-what program are you in? Can you tell me what your week and workload looks like?

* Neeta Upadhyay | Weekend MBA Student: I am in weekend program and work full-time. I have a pretty heavy work week. The best part about Booth is you get to choose your own school load. I have had quarters where I just took one course due to heavy work load, while currently I am taking 3 courses. I fly out of Cincinnati every Friday and I am back on Saturdays. Sunday is when I relax and start to plan for the week. Week day evenings is when I get to attend group calls and complete my assignments.

Chat Guest: Is it possible to gain any waivers on course requirements based on undergraduate degree (business) or work experience?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not want students to repeat courses they may have taken in their undergraduate and or graduate studies. Whilst every student must complete the equivalent of 20 course to earn their MBA, students have the ability to choose the courses that match their background and professional goals.

Chat Guest: Will I get advice on what courses to choose if we have difficulty selecting.

* Neeta Upadhyay | Weekend MBA Student: Absolutely. We have very supportive Academic Advisors who can help you plan your courses based on what your career goals are and what you want to get out of Booth

Chat Guest: I'm interested in the Weekend MBA and would be travelling. I've looked into student loans and the private lenders will lend up to the estimate cost of attendance, including living and travel expenses, as specified by the university. I see Booth provides this for the Full Time MBA, but do you provide it for the Weekend MBA as well?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: You can read details about financial aid offerings on this site: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. The costs beyond fees and tuition varies widely for Weekend MBA students- they come from cities all across the US, so travel costs vary. Also, some have tuition assistance from their company. Tuition is currently $6854 per class, and you are required to take 20 courses. Therefore, you can expect around $137,000 for tuition. During your first quarter, you will pay around $1675 in one-time fees. Tuition increases 3-4% each fall. Hopefully this will help you estimate the cost of the program.

Chat Guest: Hello, How many students are admitted in each of the 4 quarters for the evening program?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  It varies, but for evening you can generally expect around 140 incoming for Autumn Quarter and typically between 50-70 incoming for Spring, Winter and Summer quarters. You can expect an average class size of 45 students and should expect no more than 65 students per class.

Chat Guest: Hi! Thanks for putting this chat together. I work in real estate finance for the City of New York and have a master’s degree in urban planning with a specialization in economic development. I am interested in hearing more about the civil scholars program's selection criteria as well as its specialized programming: how different is it to the ordinary weekend MBA track?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The Civic Scholars Program is academically the same and has the same requirements for admission to Booth.  After being admitted to Booth then you can be considered for the Civic Scholars Program. In addition to a strong academic background and test scores, we look for people who have already shown a commitment to public service and intend to remain in the nonprofit or government sectors as their career.  The extracurricular programming includes roundtable discussions with leaders in the fields, networking events and an annual trip.

Chat Guest: Does Booth have a career center to assist current students?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth has a career center specific for Evening & Weekend students in the Gleacher Center -- the building where Evening and Weekend classes are held. You have access to these resources as soon as you are a student and those continue through your Booth career and as an alum

Chat Guest: Can you take more than the required 20 courses and remain enrolled?  For example if you wanted to complete courses for 2 concentrations?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: You can take advantage of our Take 3 program, which allows students to take up to 3 courses for free, after completing the 20 requires courses, but prior to graduating.  Those classes would count towards any concentrations you are pursuing!  Learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum

 

Chat Guest: Do we select any specialization during admission or it is based on course selection?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Our application does ask you to indicate your intended concentration areas, but you will not be held to them, should you change your mind after enrolling.  We ask that question mostly for data collection!

Chat Guest: Is it possible to shadow a current weekend MBA student or sit in on a class?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes! We always encourage prospective students to come for a Class Visit. It's the best way to get a feel for our programs. Class Visits are offered for both Evening and Weekend classes. You can get started here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit

 

Chat Guest: It's my understanding that two you ask for two letters of recommendation. Should both be professional recommendations or would you prefer to see one from another source (college, programs we're involved with outside school/work, etc.)?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: One letter should come from your supervisor. The other is your choice. Most candidates will choose a person who they know professionally.  We recommend choosing a person who will add value to your application and not repeat the same information of your supervisor.

Chat Guest: Can you please describe what to expect from the in person interview?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations:  Interviews are required of all applicants to the Evening MBA Program and are held at Gleacher Center, our downtown campus. You will be interviewed by one of our trained Admissions Committee members, who include alumni, current students, and the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA team members. All interviews, regardless of who conducts them, receive equal weight in the evaluation process. The conversation generally lasts about 45-60 minutes. Questions during the interview will generally cover your past experience, motivations for an MBA, and why you are applying to Booth.You will be invited to Chicago Booth for a required admissions interview once your application has been submitted, as evidenced by receipt and inclusion of the items listed above in your application.

 

Chat Guest: I took the GRE prior to planning to apply to Booth's Evening program. For admissions, do you consider the both GRE verbal and quantitative scores, the sum as a total GRE score, or the GMAT equivalent of the score for applications?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: We take the GRE score and convert it to what it would be in a GMAT score.

Chat Guest: For the evening program, how many students are admitted in each quarter (spring, fall etc)? What is the biggest quarter in terms of class size?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations:  We do not publish our admitted student numbers, and incoming class size does vary by quarter. Autumn is typically our largest applicant quarter, therefore, it is our largest quarter in terms of class size. For the Evening MBA, we typically bring in 130-150 students in autumn and 50-80 students in the remaining quarters. I will note that as far as likelihood of admission, no quarter is more competitive than another.

Chat Guest: How difficult has it been for students to balance full time jobs while under the tenure of the weekend MBA? Especially for those not based in Chicago?

* Neeta Upadhyay | Weekend MBA Student: I am current weekend student with a full time job based out of Cincinnati.  For the most part, it depends on your individual needs and experience. If you are taking quant heavy courses and you understand the material well it might not be time consuming. It comes with some sacrifices but I can tell you it’s do-able. Did I also mention I have 2 kids :)

Chat Guest: I have my Juris Doctorate. Does my undergraduate or JD GPA hold more weight in the application process?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  We will look at your entire application, including your academics holistically.  This includes your GMAT or GRE score as well as your undergraduate GPA and any other advanced degrees you have earned. We want students who will succeed in the rigor of the Booth classroom.  For undergraduate work especially, we will also look to see how you performed in quantitative courses.

Chat Guest: Will we get a transcript of this chat?
* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes. We will have this chat transcript posted within a week. Check here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats

Chat Guest: Can we select two specialization for example I am interested in combination of Operation Management and Strategic Management courses

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, we have 14 different concentration areas you can choose to pursue.  Most students graduate with 3-4 concentrations based on the courses they choose to take.

Chat Guest: Given the quantitative emphasis at Booth, are there any foundational courses/programs in data science technologies (R, machine learning, etc.) that you offer or recommend? What level of knowledge in these kinds of tools is generally assumed for courses that utilize them?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Booth offers the upmost flexibility when it comes to the curriculum. We don’t have a core curriculum that everyone has to take. Instead, we have 3 foundational areas (financial accounting, business statistics and microeconomics) that you need to take one course within, but you get to choose from a variety of courses. We then have business function areas (finance, strategy, marketing, etc.) and electives. In the data science space, we’ve seen a variety of new courses added in recent years- Machine Learning, Data Driven Marketing, Managerial Decision Modeling, Application Development, etc. You are able to start with basic courses, then move to more advanced ones if you don’t already have a strong quantitative background. Our program allows you to take the courses you are most interested in and at the level most appropriate for you. We of course have academic advisors who can help you plan your course selection.

Chat Guest: Do you take into account the applicants industry to ensure a diversified class profile? Do you have an example of the evening MBA class profile?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: For a glance at our MBA class profile for evening students, you may click the following link: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening For weekend students, you may access the following link: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend. For each link, you may scroll to the bottom of the page and select either the "class stats" or "industries" icon for a breakdown of the profile. We do take into account the industry and specific roles you've had in trying to create a diverse class. We don't have prerequisite classes or industry experience needed (aside from a bachelor’s degree or equivalent)

Chat Guest: For the essay that ask for "big bold idea", what are Booth generally looking for to see from the candidates

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  At Chicago Booth we believe inquiry leads to big, bold ideas. We create a collaborative environment in which you will share, challenge, and support each other's ideas. In your big bold idea essay, we would like to know how you came up with the "big, bold idea" and how you put it into action.  While this is typically professional in nature, it doesn’t have to be. The question is intentionally open-ended and broad and so some applicants don’t write about a professional bold idea, but instead something personal. This can even be a failed attempt if it illustrates someone stepping outside of the box and demonstrating what you learned from it.

Chat Guest: I had another master degree in accounting from big 10 university, can those master level class credit be transferred?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Chicago Booth does not accept transfer credits from any other university or program.

Chat Guest: If your two letters of recommendation do not come from a current direct supervisor, do you recommend explaining this anywhere?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Yes.  You will have the opportunity in the application to explain why you chose the people you did for your letters of recommendation.

Chat Guest: what do you consider the strength of MBA program at Chicago Booth?

* Neeta Upadhyay | Weekend MBA Student: In my opinion, its quant focus and analytical approach to any problem not just finance, flexible program schedule for full time working professional and its vast alumni network. These were the crucial considerations for me to choose Booth

Chat Guest: Is CBF more selective than regular weekend/evening programs?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: While the CBF cohort is smaller than the incoming classes for the traditional Evening and Weekend MBA programs, it is not any more competitive to apply for CBF, as we also receive fewer applications for this program.  If you have under 3 years of experience, it is to your advantage to apply for CBF, as your application will be reviewed among other young professionals with similar years of work experience.

Chat Guest: What percentage of your courses made available on weekends (sorry if this was previously asked, I can’t see history on the mobile client)

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: On Saturdays, there are 2 times for class (9:00a and 1:30p). Typically there are 8-10 courses offered per time slot. Currently, we have 24 courses offered on Saturdays for winter quarter. Keep in mind, Weekend students also have access to Evening courses.

Chat Guest: What sets Booth apart from other prestigious universities? 

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: At Booth we focus on the Chicago Approach in teaching and learning. (https://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/chicago-approach) which focuses on a rigorous multidiscipline approach to problem solving. Students gain the tools and analytical frameworks to make sense of complex data and turn ideas into impact. Booth also offers a tremendous amount of flexibility in your coursework and timing for your degree completion. 

Chat Guest: what kind of career assist would Gleacher Center be providing? Would you give us some examples?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Career services provides appointments with career advisors for assistance with your career development, resume review, salary negotiation, seminars on different industries and careers, Campus Recruitment, Global Talent Solutions -- a job board, and most importantly connections with current students and alumni alongside career enhancement events and networking opportunities.

Chat Guest: For an applicants who started their own ventures, what's typically considered a "success" to be considered eligible for Entrepreneurial Scholars Scholarship?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Entrepreneurial Scholarship is a new to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. Once a student meets the admissions requirements for our program – and run their own venture, they will be considered for the scholarship. We are not looking for person who operates within a specific industry or function. Instead, our objective is offer the scholarship to someone who is past the very beginning stages and can utilize the resources of Booth to further the success of the venture. 

Chat Guest: Any recommendations for approaching the essays?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  More than anything we want you to answer the question asked completely. For the Chicago Booth question I would urge you to consider it from the perspective of Why an MBA? Why Chicago Booth? And why the Program you are applying for? The essays also serve as a writing sample to gauge your communication skills so make sure you effectively tell your story and that it is clear and easy to follow. Of course, you should do your research on Chicago Booth and the program you are applying to.

Chat Guest: I have worked in a few different industries and types of jobs. Would that reflect negatively or affect me as a candidate? Thanks

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: When assessing candidates, we look for authenticity and motivation for pursuing an MBA.  Regardless of your background and work experience, if you can craft a convincing story that addresses your motivations, and explain how your unique experience will help you contribute to the Booth community, you could still be a competitive applicant.

Chat Guest: Building on the strength of Booth question, given the small number of entrepreneurs that made up your class profile, would it be fair to ask what industries that Booth caters towards?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: For full comparison, the % reporting they started their own company is similar to that of our Full Time MBA graduates. Keep in mind that some students have already started their own company before joining Booth and use the degree to advance their company. The top 5 industries for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA graduates are consulting, technology, investment management/research, diversified financial services, and investment banking/brokerage.

Chat Guest: If I work in marketing at an investment management firm, what industry would I be considered?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Your industry would be investment management, and your function would be marketing.

Chat Guest: Do you provide any career support during and following the completion of the Booth MBA program? For example, negotiating your salary or position following the receipt of an MBA.

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Career services provides appointments with career advisors for assistance with your career development, resume review, salary negotiation, seminars on different industries and careers, Campus Recruitment, Global Talent Solutions -- a job board, and most importantly connections with current students and alumni alongside career enhancement events and networking opportunities. These opportunities are available for current students and alumni

Chat Guest: Are the students of Weekend program eligible for campus recruitments along with full time students?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students are able to participate in the same Campus Recruiting program for full time jobs. The one caveat is that if your company is paying 8K or more per year toward your MBA, you will need their written permission to participate. This is the only career services programming that requires such permission. Keep in mind that campus recruiting is only one of many sources students use to find a new job- job posting database, student and alumni network, etc. Campus recruiting is great for many students, and it really depends on what type of job you are seeking. You should start by meeting with a career coach to talk through your goals, and they can advise what resources will best help you achieve such.

Chat Guest: If you are not accepted into the original semester of your choice are you considered for future semesters?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: Not automatically, but you may decide to reapply for a future quarter.  You can review the requirements for reapplicants here:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/decisions.

Chat Guest: Can students take terms off?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Students can take multiple quarters off. You have five years to graduate, and students tend to on average take 2.5 years. Students in the past have at times taken multiple quarters off throughout their Booth Career.

Chat Guest: What are the different scholarship programs available for applicants?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  Outside of federal and private student loans, the main scholarship available to part-time MBA students is the Civic Scholars Program, which is limited to Weekend students who work in a nonprofit organization or the government. We also have some niche scholarships available for entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurial Scholars Scholarship) and Weekend students from the Detroit area (Motor City Scholarship). You can learn more about those scholarships and the criteria here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Guest: Do you recommend submitting a resume for review prior to applying?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Resume Review is a great tool for individuals who are thinking about business school and wonder if their background/goals are aligned with an MBA. If you already know that you want an MBA, you may not find the resume review helpful. Whilst we provide feedback on your resume, it’s not as though we provide suggestions on how to make your resume more competitive.

Chat Guest: For either the GMAT or the GRE, how much consideration is given to the analytical writing components (sections not included on the scoring)?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: While we focus more on your overall GMAT or GRE score, a low AWA and/or IR can be a red flag for the admissions committee.  We do not recommend skipping those sections of the tests.

Chat Guest: Are there any formalized programs that allow part-time students with an opportunity to study abroad?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  Absolutely! Part-time students seeking academic, cultural, and social experiences overseas can study abroad through the International Business Exchange Program (IBEP). Keeping our working Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students in mind, we offer short-term programs of two to three weeks in duration in seven countries including Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany Israel and South Korea. You can take up to two study abroad courses, and all courses count toward your degree completion.

Chat Guest: Is 9 years' working experience too much for the weekend MBA program?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Not at all! While the average years of work experience is 7 years for the Weekend MBA students, the range is a very wide. We value all levels of work experience.

Chat Guest: What sets a Booth MBA apart from any large state university’s MBA program?  I think another way of asking this question could be: Why is a Booth MBA so highly regarded among MBA program rankings? What is it that makes Booth great?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Assistant Director of Admissions: This is a great question and there is no short answer.  I also encourage you to engage with our students and alumni to get their take!  I believe the main things that set Booth apart from our peer schools are the flexibility of our program, which allows students to take risks and tailor the degree to their specific needs, as well as our world renowned faculty, who are some of the best and brightest in the world. Our admissions blog is a great place to read about specific examples of what makes unique!  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/

Chat Guest: What are the biggest mistakes people make on their applications?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Candidates not doing enough research during prior to submitting their application. Enrolling in an MBA program is a big commitment in both time and money. Before you hit “submit”, you should know why that program is best for you. This will help you write strong essays and perform better in the interview process.

Chat Guest: Are there common characteristics of students who have "wowed" the admissions committee?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Applicants who submit superb applications tend to have outstanding academic qualities (GMAT equivalent scores higher than our 680 average, GPA higher than our 3.4/4.0 average) and a defined purpose for applying, a fairly clear career path and reason why Booth is absolutely the best route to reach those goals.

Chat Guest: How soon is the interview scheduled after application submission? Also, how long does the decision process take?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions:  As soon as you submit the application you are invited to schedule your interview. We ask for 4-6 weeks from the time you submit a completed application to receive a decision so long as you interview within that timeline.

Chat Guest: What are the typical accommodations for traveling weekend MBA students? Where do they typically stay?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Weekend students are clever when it comes to their accommodations. I would say most Weekend students – those who stay overnight – usually stay with friends and/or family. Additionally, students will Airbnb, stay in hotels, or the nearby hostel.

Chat Guest: If rejected, is feedback provided on areas an applicant can improve upon to reapply at a later time?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We do not typically provide feedback for applicants not admitted, but are welcome to reapply after 6 months from the previous application.