Weekend MBA


For your application to be considered complete, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • All candidates must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or university, or its equivalent in another country. Documentation of your education will be required as part of the application for admission.
  • All candidates are required to take and submit results from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We do not have a minimum required GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission. As a reminder, GMAT scores are valid for five years from the date of the exam.
  • International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An exception from this requirement is possible. (See International Applicants for more information.)

Evaluation Criteria

The Admissions Committee considers a candidate’s potential for success both while in school and beyond. Three broad themes are used to evaluate an applicant:

  • Curriculum
  • Community
  • Career

What the Admissions Committee Looks For - Curriculum

Applicants should have both the ability and desire to thrive within a demanding and stimulating environment. Qualities sought include:

  • Academic preparedness
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Communication skills

Some of the ways the Admissions Committee looks for evidence of academic preparedness, intellectual curiosity, and communication skills include the following:

  • GPA, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)
  • Academic recognition
  • Merit-based scholarships
  • Professional certifications
  • Mastery of oral and written communication
  • Listening skills
  • Applicant appears well-read
  • Applicant is interested in current affairs
  • Applicant has an interest in areas outside of his or her immediate environment
  • Applicant displays a level of willingness to engage in debate or to ask questions

What the Admissions Committee Looks For - Community

We look to see how a student’s unique personal and professional experience will add to a strong, congenial community that constantly supports and pushes its members to be the best they can be. Qualities sought include:

  • Leadership Team-building skills
  • Respect for others
  • Philanthropic tendencies
  • Fit with Chicago Booth
  • A unique perspective

Some of the things the Admissions Committee considers as evidence of a candidate’s ability to fit in, as well as make a contribution to Chicago Booth’s culture and community include:

  • Responses to essay questions
  • Interview
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A history of long-term community service
  • Contributions of personal time to an organization
  • Continued involvement with undergraduate or other post-graduate institutions
  • Evidence of a sense of passion regarding social, community, or political issues

What the Admissions Committee Looks For - Career

The qualities that contribute to the success of our graduates can be found early in their careers. Qualities sought include:

  • A track record of success
  • Resourcefulness
  • A sense of personal direction
  • Time-management skills
  • Realistic expectations for the MBA

Some of the things the Admissions Committee considers as evidence of a track record of success, resourcefulness, a sense of personal direction, time-management skills, and realistic expectations for the MBA include:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resumé
  • Professional recognition or certifications
  • Responses to essays
  • Communication skills demonstrated in the interview