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Moderator -> Everyone Hello everyone! We are excited for our live chat today. We will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Please feel free to begin submitting your questions.
George -> Everyone So excited to be here. Thanks for joining us. Gretchen Cooper, Director of Admissions, who is joining us says that this is going to be an amazing chat!
Kara -> Everyone Welcome to our chat! My name is Kara Northcutt, and I look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and the application process.
Gretchen -> Everyone Thank you for joining us for the chat! We have the full admissions team here to share as much as we can about Chicago Booth with you and to answer your questions. As we are nearing the end of 2011, we encourage you to think about our MBA plans.
Humberto -> Everyone Welcome to our live chat! My name is Humberto Freda and I'm the Assistant Director of Admissions here at Booth. I'm looking forward to answering your questions about the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs!
Katie -> Everyone Welcome to our Live Chat! My name is Katie Coogan, if you have been to one of our Information Sessions you probably heard from me. It is cold here in Chicago so we are happy to be staying inside and spending our lunch with all of you.
Altamash -> George Given the fact that employers pay very little to cover the tuition costs and as per Booth's policy no evening/weekend MBA candidate gets a financial aid; in that case what other options does a candidate have given the high cost of the entire program. Thanks.
George -> Altamash Altamash, I might be reading your message wrong, but it seems that you are getting incorrect information. Everyone in the evening and weekend program is eligible for financial aid. Almost 100% of the students take at least some kind of financial aid. Aid also can include cost of books and living expenses.
kevin -> Humberto Hi, I am a resident physician at University of Chicago medical center. As such, I am a paid employee of U of Chicago. Would I receive a tuition discount if I am enrolled at Booth?
Humberto -> kevin Kevin - great question! All benefits eligible University of Chicago employees receive a 50% tuition remission for University of Chicago courses, including the Booth MBA programs.
Robert_W -> Gretchen Can you give an idea of the acceptance rate for the weekend MBA program?
Gretchen -> Robert_W Robert-thank you for your interest in the Weekend MBA Program. We bring in between 100 and 110 students in the fall and only in the fall for the Weekend MBA Program. As we are on rolling admissions you can submit the application at any time between now and May 4th. The acceptance rate is not shared as the number of applicants vary each quarter.
jonassau -> Kara Hello, I have several questions, I graduated from college with a 2.3 GPA . I took the GMAT and got a 710 and I have taken 3 MBA classes at Devry, my current GPA is 3.8. What are my possibilites of getting into the Booth program ?
Kara -> jonassau Hi, I hope all is well. While I cannot speak to your chances of getting in, I can share with you our averages. The average GMAT for the Evening MBA is 680 and for the Weekend MBA is 700. The average undergraduate GPA is around 3.3. Since you have been doing well in the MBA classes are Devry, that GPA will enhance the academic portion of your application. Please keep in mind that your classes from Devry will not transfer into Booth. If you would like to talk further about your candidacy, feel free to email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Kay -> Gretchen Hi There. I am interested in the Weekend MBA Part Time program starting Fall 2012
Gretchen -> Kay Kay-Great news that you are interested in the Weekend MBA Program. Are you coming from Illinois or out of state. Our Weekend Program is well established at having been in existence for 25 years!
Andrew_S -> George I plan to apply to Booth. My dilemma is whether to apply for full time or part time. I would prefer part time so I can continue working and earning an income. However, I am very hesitant to give up an internship opportunity. I believe I would really benefit from that. Is the internship worth everything I would have to give up to go full time?
George -> Andrew_S Tough question because many of the part-time students do get internships. It is just more work on the pt students. They have to network on their own to get them. In full-time you are part of an internship recruiting process. You are struggling with the same thing that most students struggle with. In the end, if you are thinking you want to go investment banking, or you want to go marketing and have no marketing experience, going full-time can be very beneficial. Since this is such a personal decision, feel free to call us or come in so we can chat about your situation.
Raghav -> Gretchen I am Healthcare Compliance professional working in Milwaukee and was looking at the Weekend program for Fall 2012; So, trying to get my paperwork and GMAT set at this stage
Gretchen -> Raghav Raghav-You are well on your way to applying. We will look for your application between now and May 4th. You may want to read more about our Chicago Booth Health Care Group: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/beyondacad/PTstudentgroups.aspx
Satya -> George When I was working full time, I wanted to join the executive MBA or weekend/part time program. I have been laid off..can I still join any program
George -> Satya Yes. We do not have a employment requirement.
John2012 -> Humberto Can a part time or weekend MBA student be admitted for an MBA/ JD duo degree? If so, how would that work and how long does that usually take to complete?
Humberto -> John2012 John - yes, part-time (Evening or Weekend) MBA students at Booth can apply for the joint MBA/JD program. Both degrees can be earned in as little at four calendar years. However, the balance of a full-time job and a joint degree can be challenging. I would encourage you to read into the joint degree options in more detail and contact a member of the Law School admissions staff via the University of Chicago website http://www.law.uchicago.edu/joint-degrees.
Jason -> Gretchen Is volunteer / charity work important to the school when it comes to admissions?
Gretchen -> Jason Jason-volunteer/charity work is only important to us if it is important to you! Chicago Booth is looking for candidates who will become involved in our community in some way; however we are not looking for one specific activity. Some our incoming students spend lots of time with family and that is great as well.
John2012 -> Katie How well do younger MBA graduates compete against older (more experienced) graduates when it comes to attaining a job offer before graduation?
Katie -> John2012 John2012 - All MBA degrees at Chicago Booth are created equal. Employers are generally less concerned with your number of years of work experience as long as you have the transferable skills needed for the position. We have a program for applicants with 0-3 years of full-time work experience - Chicago Business Fellows, a subset of the Evening MBA Program. If you fit that description I recommend you take a look at a more detailed description here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/cbf.aspx
karthik -> George By financial aid for weekend students, do you mean student loans offered by Booth? If we are not permanent/residents or citizens, would it require citizen co-signer?
George -> karthik we have options for co-signer loans and we have those without. We are one of the few schools with options that don't require co-signers. All of our international students get loans by working through our financial aid office.
Matt_H. -> Kara Whoops, I hadn't completed my thought for my first question...can you please elaborate on the best way to frame the recommendation letter for a recommender? Of course they will discuss strengths and weaknesses, but is there any other information that is helpful to include. Thanks!
Kara -> Matt_H. Hi Matt, thanks for joining our chat! The letter of recommendation format is fairly open. The recommenders will be sent a form and asked to rate you on a variety of characteristics, leadership, working in groups, communication skills, etc. They can use this form to guide what they write in the letter. If you or your recommenders have any questions, feel free to email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu
Touv -> Humberto Thanks for organizing this chat. Can you explain how does work the 6 additional courses that student/alum can take?
Humberto -> Touv Touv - good to hear from you again! Students can take up to three classes for free prior to graduation, concurrent to or in the quarter after completing their degree requirements (graduation can be postponed for up to one quarter). These courses would count toward both the student's GPA and concentrations. Alumni can also take up to three classes for free any time after graduation. These classes do not count toward their GPA or concentrations, but will appear on the alum's academic transcript.
Altamash -> George George - I think I stated my question incorrectly. I mean't scholarships/grants...
George -> Altamash Altamash, that is different. you are correct we do not have sponsorship for pt students, so then my answer about financial aid still stands. our students who want can cover the program completely with loans.
Kay -> Kara Is GMAT mandatory? Will you consider a 10 year old GRE score for GMAT waiver, considering I have a 3.7+ CGPA in Under Grad and Grad engineering programs?
Kara -> Kay Kay, I hope your day is going well! Yes, the GMAT is required. We are unable to accept expired GRE or GMAT scores. We strongly prefer that applicants take the GMAT, but the GRE is also an option.
kevin -> Humberto Thanks for answering my question Humberto, Can you tell me does that 50% tuition remission apply to evening and weekend students as well as full time?
Humberto -> kevin Kevin - yes, the 50% applies to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
BRes -> Humberto Hello, I have not attended any of the information sessions (yet) but is there a difference with the kind of help that is received by Booth career services?
Humberto -> BRes Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students have access to all Career Services offerings, including On-Campus Recruiting for full-time job opportunities and our job postings database. The only component not available to part-time students is the On-Campus Recruiting process for internships.
karthik -> Kara Question reg. Recommendation: My direct supervisor has already submitted his recommendation. My second is from an acquaintance from my volunteer work. Is that fine, or is another professional reference preferred?
Kara -> karthik Hi Karthik, it is great that your supervisor has already submitted their letter. The second letter is really up to you. It can be a mentor, a colleague, or someone you have worked with outside of work. It is important to pick someone who knows you well and will be able to write in detail about your candidacy for the MBA program.
VV -> Humberto I am an international applicant currently employed on work visa with a Masters degree from the US. Do I need to take the TOEFL exam.
Humberto -> VV International applicants do not need to take the TOEFL exam if (1) they earned a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction or (2) they are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is the official language.
Raghav -> George I have a relative who is an Alum from Booth. He claimed there were differences between the Part time and the Full time course; which is understandable. What are these differences? Do we get the same companies on Career day etc? Do we have an equal opportunity as the Full time candidates? Are the professors the same?
George -> Raghav Everything about the classroom is the same. The same faculty, the same material, in-fact we have part-time students studying on campus with full-time students and full-time students who come up for evening and weekend classes. The only difference in the program is in recruiting. We do not provide internship recuiting for pt students. Our pt students get them on thier own by networking. When it comes to recruiting for full-time jobs all students have the same options. However, if you are a pt student and are getting financial aid we require you get approval from your company to go through full-time recruiting. Lastly, because of those limitations, we post over 5,000 jobs for part-time students. These jobs are one-off opportunities and therefor are eligible for all students regardless of your status or if you are getting tuition reimbursement. I know that can be confusing. Call us and we can explain the differences between companies who come to hire multiple positions of newly minted MBA jobs and those who value Booth talent and post jobs when the are open.
Bergin -> Gretchen Hi. How are you? I'm an attorney with several years of experience, looking to apply for the Summer start. Does the admission selection committee prefer to see people remain in their current field? How are those planning to make a career switch viewed?
Gretchen -> Bergin Bergin, The Booth MBA is valuable for those students who plan to change careers and job functions as well as those students who plan to stay on the same career path. Just over 50% of our students change jobs while in the program or expect to change employers soon after graduation. The selection committee is looking for your reasons for obtaining the MBA degree. The essays are a great place to explain an expected career change.
Robert_W -> Gretchen I'm considering applying for the Fall 2012 or Fall 2013. If i apply for 2012 but later decide to that 2013 would be a better time, can my application be deferred until 2013?
Gretchen -> Robert_W Robert-You can apply to the 2012 Weekend MBA Program and if you are admitted you can choose to defer to the 2013 Weekend MBA Program.
Satya -> Gretchen How much does work experience count towards admissions? Who can I talk to regarding the suitablility of program for my situation (whether I should go full time or part time or weekend)
Gretchen -> Satya Satya-you can talk to me about your decision to choose a full time or a part time program. The work experience count starts when you graduate from college. You can email me at gretchen.cooper@chicagobooth.edu to share more about your specific situation and we can discuss which Chicago Booth Program is best for you.
Tim_H_81 -> Humberto I am applying for Spring 2012. Are there any opportunities to audit a class before the deadline?
Humberto -> Tim_H_81 Tim - our class visits for this quarter will end next Wednesday, November 23rd. So, if you can make it in before then, you're welcome to visit a class. If you can't make it in by next week, you can come for a class visit next quarter, which will start on January 10th. You're also welcome to visit a class while your application is being reviewed after the deadline. Here's the website with our offerings, which is updated each quarter http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/visiting.aspx.
Chris -> George What sorts of 'career counseling' services do you offer to prospective students? Do I need to be accepted before I can talk to someone?
George -> Chris Yes, you have to be accepted before you can work with career services. After that you can work with them immediately. The career counseling spans the gamete of activities. I cannot think of any aspect that is not covered. Including things that you might not think of like asking your boss for a raise or speaking to HR about what is next in your career as you approach graduation.
Alex -> Katie Currently a DePaul student with a graduation date of June 2012, can I submit an application before graduation?
Katie -> Alex Alex - You sound like a great candidate for Chicago Business Fellows, which is a subset of our Evening MBA - http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/cbf.aspx. CBF is for early entry applicants with less that 3 years of full-time work experience. You receive special support in the beginning of your MBA program including a CBF Seminar focused on professional development and a CBF mentor. All this to say, I suggest applicants start working and get several months under their belt before applying. There is value to being in the work place while applying for your MBA.
Chris -> Kara I'm just starting the process of examining MBA programs. I've been away from academia for some time and I still have to take the GMAT... What sort of timeline should I set for myself for completing the application process? Should I be targeting Fall 2012? I would be looking at a part-time program, probably the Evening Program.
Kara -> Chris Chris, time line is an important factor and it really varies person to person. Once you get the GMAT out of the way, you can complete the application in a short amount of time. I know a student who took a month and others who took 6+ months to complete the process. If you have not already done so, I suggest you attend an Information Session to learn about the program details, then visit a class. These activities will help move you through the process. I would be happy to set a time to talk with you off line about your time line and the process. My email address is kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Kay -> Kara Are there any advantages in early application?
Kara -> Kay Kay, that is a good question. Since we have rolling admission, you are free to apply anywhere from 9 months before to the day of the deadline. Once you submit a complete application, you will have our decision in 4-6 weeks. If you would like to have a early decision, you should apply early. However, most applications are submitted the week of the deadline, so it will not hurt your chances if you apply closer to the deadline. The bottom line is to just make sure you apply!
BRes -> Gretchen It will be my first time taking the GMAT. For the Fall 2012 admissions, when does Booth need to have received the GMAT results?
Gretchen -> BRes Bres-Good luck on the GMAT test. As we only need the unofficial score, which you receive when you complete the test, you can take the GMAT the day of the deadline. I do however recommend that applicants take the GMAT test at least 30 days prior to the deadline as it is common for our applicants to take the test more than one time. Booth always takes the highest score. Good Luck!
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dbisanz -> Humberto I am a CPA who majored in accounting in college. I also obtained a masters in the same concentration. I practice at a Big 4 accounting firm and continually take continuing education as is required to maintain my certification. What is the chance I can be excused from accounting requirements assuming these exist?
Humberto -> dbisanz Financial Accounting is a required foundational area of study in our curriculum, so it's not possible to opt-out of taking an accounting course. However, there are some advanced-level MBA accounting courses, as well as PhD courses, so hopefully you would find something on a level that would still be a challenge for you. We also have academic advisors on staff to help students find the right course for them for each required area of the curriculum.
Matt -> Gretchen Gretchen, would the ability to defer apply to the evening program, for example if one was accepted into the Spring start but needed to defer until Summer or Fall?
Gretchen -> Matt Matt-for the Evening MBA Program, the admitted student can defer for one quarter, that would be from the spring to summer or the summer to the fall.
Alex -> Beth Katie, I should of been a bit clearer with my question. I am an adult student at DePaul. The work experience is already present. My question would be this, Would U of C Booth consider and application, or even give a condtional approval on an application, pending GMAT and diploma in hand?
Beth -> Alex Alex, thank you for the clarification. To apply to Booth, you would first need to complete your degree. You can submit your application without a GMAT score, but our office cannot review and cannot make a final decision without it.
BerginF -> Gretchen Hi. One last question. Does part-time legal clerking work (during law school) count toward the work experience count? Thanks.
Gretchen -> BerginF BerginF-The work experience is calculated from your graduation date from college. You can include the clerk experience in your essays however as these may have been a valuable work experience for you.
MG -> Katie I was considering a campus visit in the near future. Can you provide any advice on getting the most out of a one day visit?
Katie -> MG MG - Great question. Visiting a class is the most important thing you can do while researching MBA programs. We have class visit options on evenings (6-9pm) and Saturdays (am or pm). Sign up here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/visiting.aspx. Saturday is the most vibrant day on campus as most of our student groups hold their events so Evening and Weekend students can participate. If you have the flexibility, I recommend visiting on a Saturday.
Mike_Hennig -> Kara I am hoping to apply to the evening program begining in the spring of 2012. I am working on my application now, but am wondering how long the process takes once I turn in the application. Can you run through the process and timeline.
Kara -> Mike_Hennig Mike, I am happy to read you are applying for Spring 2012! Once you submit your application (assuming it is complete) you will have our decision in 4-6 weeks. You will be contacted to schedule your interview within 1-3 days of submitting your application. Feel free to email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu with further questions as you wrap up the application process.
Bergin -> Humberto What is the allotted number of slots, generally, for session summer applicants? Do spring transfers get first chance to transfer into summer, if they choose to?
Humberto -> Bergin Generally, we matriculate between 80-85 Evening MBA students in the summer quarter. Since we admit for the Evening MBA program in all four academic quarters, there is not a transfer program between quarters for applicants.
John2012 -> George In your opinion, what would be one unique thing about Booth that distinguishes it among other ivy leagues that have the recognition and reputation?
George -> John2012 Besides the fact that I work here :) We are the most flexible program in the country. There is no other program that you can tailor your education from the minute you walk in the door. You can take what classes you want, when you want (day, evening, weekend) and you can even take classes at the University and have them apply (Mandarin, law, medicine, etc.) other programs make you take a subset of courses in a cohort (or the whole thing together), we allow you to decide what class is best for achieving your goal, including taking PhD level classes if you choose!
RogelioADuran -> Kara Thanks all for being available for this chat. I had some difficulty finding information on the Summer 2012 application deadline online, where can I find that?
Kara -> RogelioADuran Hello Rogelio, the Summer application deadline is Friday, April 6th. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/index.aspx
VV -> Beth I live in Indiana, about an hour drive from the Gleacher center and just wanted to make sure that I am eligible to apply for the evening MBA program.
Beth -> VV You are certainly eligible for the Evening MBA program. Evening MBA classes meet from 6:00-9:00pm and we do have discounted parking around the Gleacher Center. You can also take the South Shore, if you are close by, as Millennium Station is only a short walk down Michigan Avenue.
karthik -> Gretchen Is there a way I can tentatively schedule my interview for December 3rd super saturday? I am almost done with my essays, my recommendations will be in by tomorrow. Alternatively, could you let me know if you have slots available still for December 3rd? If not, has the January Saturday date been determined?
Gretchen -> karthik Karthik, Yes, we can schedule you for the December 3rd Super Saturday. Please provide your email to me and we will talk with you about times on that day.
Altamash -> Katie Are weekend/evening MBA students allowed to take more than 2 courses/quarter in order to complete the entire coursework sooner?
Katie -> Altamash Altamash - Yes, you are welcome to take 3 classes in a quarter if your schedule allows. Students who have slower quarters at work or are transitioning often take advantage of this option. Any more than that and we recommend you meet with an academic advisor.
adegade -> George How strong are your recruiting ties with Management Consulting firms such as BCG, BA and McKinzie?
George -> adegade Of all the companies that come, they are some of the best. While they are dropping other schools from their list (due to the economy) they are talking more including than ever from Booth. They are some of the highest companies in terms of sheer numbers of students hired.
MG -> Beth I work in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, so I am about 1.5 hours from Booth. Is there a common time when evening classes start?
Beth -> MG MG, all Evening MBA classes are from 6:00-9:00pm. We do offer discounted parking rates at several lots around the Gleacher Center if you are driving.
Jason -> Gretchen I recently left my company of many years in order to focus on MBA research, GMAT studies, volunteer work, training etc. Will it be looked down upon if I had been out of work for a year come Autumn 2012?
Gretchen -> Jason Jason-the majority of the applicants for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs are working full time. However, if you do plan to apply for the 2012 year, you can use your essays as well as your interview to explain your specific situation and your career goals. You can view more about the joint degree programs: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/jointdual/index.aspx
karthik -> Kara Kara, first off Thank you for coming down to DC :) My questions is regarding the essays - while there is a maximum word limit, is there any expected word limit, for example at 75% of the limit must be reached?? Thank you!
Kara -> karthik Karthik, I always enjoy my time in DC! Thank you for attending the event! It is perfectly fine not to reach the word limit on the essays. Just be sure you are answering the questions. If it takes you fewer words to answer that is just fine.
TomIwin -> George I’m interested in the Weekend MBA, but, because I would be flying in from Toronto each weekend. I was wondering if there is an option to take 3-4 full-time classes within one quarter. I.e. switching between the Full time and the Weekend MBA depending on the quarter.
George -> TomIwin Yes, you can take full-time classes. But since we allow students to take classes whenever they want, we do not allow you to formally transfer into the full-time program. But taking full-time classes is not a problem. You could even mix classes during a quarter. For instance you could take full-time class during the day, and evening class at night and then weekend classes on Saturday. There are many ways to complete your degree at Booth.
WhitneyD -> Gretchen I graduated and have been working for an Advertising firm for almost a year now, what do you recommend applicants do in the meantime while they are building up their work experience?
Gretchen -> WhitneyD WhitneyD: congratulations on your graduation and securing a job! If you are ready to start your MBA at this time while you are working, I would encourage you to look into the Chicago Business Fellows, a subset of the Evening MBA Program for those applicants who have 0-3 years of work experience. This may be a great fit for you! http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/CBF.aspx
John2012 -> Humberto I visited a weekend MBA conference last year and one thing that really caught by interest what the fact that students have the opportunity to study abroad while at Booth... given the short time an MBA degree allows, would you recommend going abroad or take advantage of everything Booth offers on campus?
Humberto -> John2012 Good question, John. It's difficult to make a general recommendation about studying abroad vs. studying in Chicago, since it's a very personal decision. There are two options for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students to study abroad: (1) Short-Term, which counts as one elective course, and (2) Full-Term, which counts as three elective courses. With 20 courses required for graduation, you would still have plenty of other opportunities to take classes here at Booth, including the possibility of taking up to three classes for free before graduation, and another three after graduation. If you would like to discuss the study abroad opportunities in more detail, please fee free to reach out to me at humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu.
Kay -> Beth will we have access to this chat transcript?
Beth -> Kay Kay, yes! The chat transcript should be available online by Monday, November 21. You view the transcript at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/chat/index.aspx.
-a. -> Katie I live in Minneapolis. Can I join the Evening MBA starting Spring 2012, take classes only on weekends, and possibly transfer to the Weekend MBA in Fall 2012? Would like not to have to wait until Fall next year to start.
Katie -> -a. a - I still recommend you wait to start with the Weekend class in the fall quarter. We set up the class schedule to offer lots of foundational courses on Saturdays in the Fall and Winter for our Weekend students. If you were able to take evening courses Monday-Friday, then it might be a possibility for you to start in the Evening MBA and transfer.
BerginF -> Gretchen If I were to apply for the Evening program, but decided that FT suited my goals better after having already started the program, would I have the ability to switch to FT?
Gretchen -> BerginF BerginF-there is not the option to officially transfer to the Full Time MBA Program. We can talk with you before you apply about which program is best for you and your career goals. You can reach me at 312 464 8703.
John2012 -> George What are some of the big fortune 500 companies that are known for recruiting Booth graduates?
George -> John2012 There are so many, let me send you a link. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/career/index.aspxThere is also one for companies recruiting for marketing http://www.chicagobooth.edu/macb/recruiters/list.aspx
Joe -> George My company does not pay for "Executive" MBA's, however, they will for an MBA earned part-time. Is that on option at Booth?
George -> Joe Yes. You could join the Evening or Weekend MBA program.
Andy -> Kara I have a PhD in Engineering + 4 years engineering work experience + 690 GMAT score...what are my chances of admission for weekend MBA? I don't want to put a lot of time in application if chances are slim.
Kara -> Andy Andy, I cannot speak specifically to your chances of admission, but based on what you said you seem like a good candidate and you certainly should apply. The average GMAT for the Weekend MBA is 700. Our mid 80% range is 620-750. On average, students have 5-6 years of work experience in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA. As I said, I encourage you to apply.
Andy -> Katie If I start a weekend MBA program, can I transfer to evening MBA in case I am later able to move to Chicago?
Katie -> Andy Andy - Yes. You are able to transfer once between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA. It is an easy process and students who relocate do so regularly.
Robert_W -> Gretchen Do you have the 80% range for GMAT scores of the Weekend program? I remember you saying the average was 700.
Gretchen -> Robert_W Robert_W: Yes, the average is 700 with the 80% admitted student range being 620-740.
RJBoyce -> Humberto As an out of state resident (CA), how feasible is it to attend the weekend MBA program? In particular, keeping up with group work/projects during the week.
Humberto -> RJBoyce Great question! Over 80% of our Weekend MBA program population travels to Chicago Booth from outside the state of Illinois, so it certainly is manageable. Much of the group work for class is done either in person on Saturdays or via email, Skype, or conference call during the week.
Bergin -> George Hi again. Are there restrictions on classes, programs, etc. for Evening MBA students? Are there any disadvantages as compared to the Full Time MBA?
George -> Bergin No restrictions on classes. Only differences are on internship recruiting. Internship recruiting is not offered for PT students.
Sara -> Katie On the timing of admission for the Chicago Business Fellows Program- I've been working for a little over 2 years (start July 2009). In terms of my eligibility for the CBF program, would I still be eligible for this program if I applied for the 2012 fall term? At that point I will have passed my 3-year mark.
Katie -> Sara Sara - If you have more than 3 years of experience by September 2012, then you are not eligible for CBF. The good news is you are able to apply for any of the 4 Evening MBA application deadlines - Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. You will also be in good company as we have many applicants with 3,4, and 5 years of experience.
Tovo -> Humberto What is the definition of "degree" earned in the US that waives the TOEFL requirements? Does course at Community College apply?
Humberto -> Tovo Tovo - one course at a community college would not meet the requirement of earning a degree. A full degree (bachelors, masters, etc.) must be earned at an institution where English is the language of instruction, which can be outside of the US. You can also be a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is the official language to waive the TOEFL requirement.
Tovo -> George Do you have any stats on ROI after attending Booth?
George -> Tovo Tovo, schools who report those numbers are giving squishy numbers. Let me explain why. While 71% of our students receive a promotion while in the program and 53% of students changed careers, it is hard to say how many of them would have been promoted or been able to get a better job on their own minus the MBA. But, most of our students say that the MBA pays for itself before they graduate. In fact the #1 thing we hear from alumni is that they wish they had started their MBA sooner in their career.
mohan -> Kara Could you plz throw some light on the type of amenities (hotel, air travel discounts etc) made available to weekend mba students who travel from other states to attend the program.
Kara -> mohan Mohan, good questions! We offer a free shuttle to and from both Chicago airports on Saturday morning and afternoon. You can get hotel discounts at many area hotels. However, many find better deals on Priceline or similar services. Lately I have talked to many Weekend students who come to Chicago and share hotel rooms with other students to cut down on cost. I also want to let you know that most student group events take place on Saturday at Gleacher Center so our Weekend students are able to get involved.
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jm -> Gretchen if not accepted for the quarter applied, what is the process to re-apply?
Gretchen -> jm jm-we do have a reapplication process. You can learn more: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/decisions.aspx
Sara -> Katie What are the advantages of applying early decision vs. regular decision for the CBF program?
Katie -> Sara Sara - The advantage to applying early for CBF is more time to get your professional life and personal life in order before going back to school. The two deadlines are equally competitive.
Sara -> Katie Are there any opportunities to speak with current Chicago Business Fellow members about the program?
Katie -> Sara Yes, once you attend an Information Session or speak with one of us, we can connect you with a current CBF student. My email is katie.coogan@chicagobooth.edu.
eyee01 -> Humberto Can Chicago Business Fellows apply to start Spring 2012?
Humberto -> eyee01 The Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) program starts only in the Autumn quarter each year. You could take advantage of the Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) program, which enrolls non-degree students into Booth classes. You can transfer up to three GSAL courses into your Booth degree program, if you're admitted. Here's the GSAL website https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/php/gsal/courses-business.php.
eyee01 -> Katie Are the majority of enrolled students with less than 3 years of work experience CBFs?
Katie -> eyee01 eyee01 - Yes, we recommend all folks with less than 3 years of work experience apply to CBF.
Kara -> Everyone I see there are some folks from Texas on the chant today. We will be hosting events in Houston (1/9/12), Dallas (1/10/12) and Austin (1/11/12). Please save the date. there will be admissions staff, current students and alumni at the receptions. We hope to see you there!The details will be posted online in the coming month http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/events/rshow.aspx
Aisha -> George I’m looking to transfer out of management consulting and into marketing (the area for which I received my undergraduate degree); however, I’m not able to attend full-time. Will I be at a disadvantage with the part-time program? Have others found success with a tailored curriculum that meets their specific needs for transferring industries?
George -> Aisha All of our marketing students who want one get paired with a mentor currently working in the industry. Additionally, our marketing classes are almost all experiential, meaning that you are working with real companies with real problems and presenting the solutions to their Sr. management. This allows our pt students the ability to be very successful in making the transition. However, it would be unfair of me to say that the FT students are not able to do more since they also go through internship recruiting., You would need to use our GTS system to find a posted internship or use your mentor or contacts to get an internship on your own. If you are interested I could put you in touch with someone who has made that transition.
Tovo -> Katie Does Booth have courses or Research Center on Real Estate Finance?
Katie -> Tovo Tovo - Booth does have several real estate courses, most notably Real Estate Investments with Professor Pagliari. Read more about him here - http://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/bio.aspx?person_id=12825473024
John2012 -> Beth Just to throw a few fun questions.... How well is the food on campus? Whats the most popular sports club? Are there any on campus parties the school sponsors? What would your favorite restaurant be around the new campus downtown? THANKS
Beth -> John2012 John, the campus food is provided by Wolfgang Puck. The sports clubs here at Booth are Tennis, Running, Golf, Flag Football, and we just added Skiing/Snowboarding. We have several social events hosted by various student groups throughout the quarter at Booth. As we are just steps away from Michigan Avenue, there are several great places to visit and eat around the Gleacher Center. You will definitely be busy if you are a Booth student!
ATO -> George Hello, what's the success rate of students graduating from the evening program?
George -> ATO 96% graduate. In my four years here I have not had someone who did not finish due to the academic ability to do so. The ones who do not finish are because they were expelled from school for academic dishonesty or violating the standards of conduct, or because they were promoted and decided that they no longer need the MBA or moved overseas and have taken a leave of absence. Lastly, we also use a one or two individuals due to family situations such as birth of triplets or the unfortunate loss of a loved one.
ATO -> Katie If not admitted, will I know why?
Katie -> ATO ATO - We do not provide deny feedback as we would have to make it available to everyone.
Matt -> Gretchen How much weighting is placed on the activities/interests section of the application? What types of activities are you looking for in this section?
Gretchen -> Matt Matt: We are looking for students who would be a valuable addition to our Booth community, this could be in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom as part of our engaging student community. All parts of the application are weighed equally.
Raj1 -> Beth Is there anything related to Technology Management - Like Technology Strategy?
Beth -> Raj1 Raj, we do have a class called Technology Strategy. You can read more about the course at http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_0_308_205_0_43/http%3B/bushjob01.chicagobooth.edu%3B80/Facultycourse08/CourseProfDetailEdit.aspx?selAcademicYear=2011&txtCrsTitle=technology&txtCrsNumber=&txtLastName=&txtFirstName=&selCurCurrent=&selCurPreSum2009=&selFields=&selQuarter=&selVenue=&selDay=&selStartTime=&checkFlag=&searchPage=CourseList.aspx&course_ns=39101§ion_id=all&ac_year=2011. We also have a Tech Club here at Booth.
Kara -> Everyone Great chat today! You all had great questions. Feel free to email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu to follow-up. Cheers, Kara
Humberto -> Everyone Thanks for chatting with us today! If you would like to visit a class here in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, please take a look at the website and send in your request http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/visiting.aspx. We're just about done with visits for this quarter, so you're also welcome to come back after the holidays in January. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Maheep -> George I have 680 GMAT score. I am interested in evening/weekend MBA program. My quant score is 50 and the verbal is only 36. I have Engineering Background. Do I need to retake the test. Can I demonstrate Verbal abilities in some other way? I have a Masters in Engineering degree from US with 3.9 GPA, does that help my case.
George -> Maheep I cannot tell you whether you should or should not, that is up to you, but, let me tell you somethings to consider. The average improvement to GMAT score when people take it a second time is 40 points. If you got the average you would be at a 720. If you don't, or score lower, we only take your highest score, so it is risk free to take again (although I realize it is not financially free and there is a cost to your time). However, if you studied very hard and think that there is no way that you could improve, then apply. 680 is just slightly lower than our average, so you are not in a terrible place with that. And for most schools that is a great score and would be very favorable!!
Gretchen -> Everyone Are you now one step closer to applying to Chicago Booth? We hope so. Keep Booth at the top of your list and have a great few holiday months.
Katie -> Everyone Thanks for spending an hour with us! If you can make it to Chicago, I highly encourage you to attend an Information Session. The next two are Friday, December 2nd and Friday, January 6th at 6:30pm. Register here - http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/events/
George -> Everyone Thank you so much for the time. If you are looking for a school that will provide you with the most flexible education available we are it! Take whatever classes you want, when you want and with whom you want. At Booth you truly are the CEO of your own education.
Moderator -> Everyone Thank you for joining us today. The chat has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Monday, November 21 at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/chat/index.aspx