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Live Chat with Weekend MBA Program Admissions

Join us for a live chat with George Andrews, associate dean of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs at Chicago Booth. George and the admissions team will answer questions about the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Noon CDT

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Moderator -> Everyone Hello everyone! Thank you for joining us today. Our chat will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Feel free to begin submitting your questions now so we can start providing answers at noon.
George -> Everyone So excited to be holding this chat. I could not sleep last night just thinking about the answers that I could craft! I am the associate dean of our program and hope that we can answer all of your questions.
Moderator -> Everyone Hello everyone. Welcome to our live chat! Thank you for joining us today. We are eager to answer all your questions, so please begin submitting them now. Please note that Gretchen Cooper will not be able to join us today; however, other admissions directors are available to answer your questions.
Katie -> Everyone Hello and welcome to the Live Chat! I'm here to answer questions about Chicago Business Fellows and anything else.
Kara -> Everyone Greetings from Chicago Booth! I am Kara Northcutt, associate director of admissions. I look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs.
Beth -> Everyone Thanks for joining us today. My name is Beth and I'm the associate director of admissions, operations. Please ask all of your application related questions - I'm here to help!
Humberto -> Everyone Welcome to our chat! My name is Humberto Freda and I'm the Associate Director of Admissions for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. I'm looking forward to answering all of your questions!
DRB_-_MBA -> George Thank you for hosting this chat - I was curious what is the biggest regret among recent graduates regarding the full-time or part-time program at Booth?
George -> DRB_-_MBA When I ask alumni what is one thing they would change or regret about the program the answer is almost always the same. They say they wish they would have started earlier in their career so they could have been applying the information sooner. They say that their career took off afterwards. The other answer is that they wish they had taken more classes that were applicable for their career 10 years out and not just focused on classes that for the "next job".
Justina -> Kara What are the main points you take in consideration when you evaluating applicants?What should we focus on more in order to be sure we are accepted?
Kara -> Justina Justina, That is a great question. We take a holistic approach when evaluating applicants. We look at your academic background, professional background/future goals, and your community involvement/extracurricular activities. You will also interview after you submit your application. All aspects of the application and interview are important.
Sam_L -> Beth Hi Gretchen, how long after submitting their application should Weekend MBA applicants expect to hear back about interviews?
Beth -> Sam_L Hi Sam_L, once you submit your application, you will hear from our office within a couple days to schedule your admissions interview. You can also reach out to us after submitting to schedule by sending an email to eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Branden -> Humberto How common is it for people outside of the Chicago area to commute to the weekend program? I'm in Seattle and was wondering if I'd be the only one or if others were also flying in for class.
Humberto -> Branden Great question, Braden. Over 80% of the students in the Weekend MBA program travel to Chicago for class from outside of the state of Illinois. This includes every geographic area of the country - Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Midwest, etc. You most certainly would not be the only one!
CBA -> Katie Is it possible to apply to the full-time program, but after you are accepted, switch to the part-time program due to job or personal reasons?
Katie -> CBA Hello CBA - You are not able to transfer between the MBA programs. We will work with you on the front end to find the program that best fits your needs. If you are planning to work while you are pursuing your MBA, then, you should apply to the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA. If you want to talk in more detail, send me an email and we can set up a time. katie.coogan@chicagobooth.edu.
Alex -> Kara I am located in Kansas City and for me the best option is the Weekend MBA. Do you anticipate that I would need accommodation considering that classes will be held only on Sat? I was thinking of flying in early in the morning / afternoon depending on the class schedule and leaving that same day.
Kara -> Alex Hi Alex, I am pleased to read of your interest in the Weekend MBA! Many Weekend students fly in Saturday morning and fly home Saturday evening. We offer a free shuttle to and from both Midway and O'Hare airports. Some students arrive of Friday evening and often share hotel rooms to lessen the cost.
Michael -> Beth Can I gain employment prior to enrolling in the Weekend Program?
Beth -> Michael Michael, thank you for your interest in our Weekend MBA Program. The majority of our students are employed full-time at the time they apply. I hope this helps to answer your question.
Branden -> Beth Are the interviews in-person only or is there a chance to interview with an alum locally or via skype/phone?
Beth -> Branden Branden - all interviews are conducted in person here at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. We do offer Saturday interviews if the week times do not work with your schedule.
B -> George How does the evening and weekend program differ from the executive program?
George -> B The executive program is a cohort program. They all start at the same time and take all the same classes. The classes are given to them and they are selected to provide a broad based general MBA. The E/W program is built around flexibility. You get to choose what classes you take and when. It allows people to really tailor the education to meet the demands of their job or career search. In the E/W program you have the ability to take more classes or less depending on your time constraints. So you can finish faster than two years or take up to five. In the XP program you get on the bus and you don't stop until it pulls into the graduation station two and one half year later.
DRB_-_MBA -> Kara Is it possible to attain a list of active part-time students who are in the same field to ask questions regarding the program?
Kara -> DRB_-_MBA I would be happy to connect you with a current student in your field. Please send me an email kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu. Let me know what field you are in, and I will then have a student reach out to you via email.
Alex -> Beth Based on the class profile, your typical candidate has an average GMAT score of 690. If a candidate has a GMAT score of 650, would you advise him to make a second attempt at improving his/her score?
Beth -> Alex Alex - While our average is around 680, 80% of our admitted students have a GMAT score between 620 to 750. While it is your decision to retake the GMAT or submit with your current score, I can say many of our applicants do take the exam more than once.
Ben -> Kara Hi. How do you feel about re-applicants? Does Booth encourage denied applicants to reapply and are there instances when individuals are discouraged to reapply?
Kara -> Ben Ben, yes, we absolutely encourage applicants to reapply. It is important to look back at your past application to determine areas you feel may be weak and improve upon them. For example, if your GMAT was low, you should retake the exam. I would be happy to work with you through the reapplication process. Please email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu to set a time to chat.
Branden -> Humberto Are there any accommodations made if someone has to travel for work and must miss a class? I don't foresee it being a regular problem, but there's a chance I may have to go on an international trip, which would mean I'd have to miss a Saturday class.
Humberto -> Branden Another good question, Braden. Our faculty are understanding of the fact that Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students have a myriad of responsibilities outside of school, most notably work and family. Often times, if a faculty member is teaching multiple sections of the same course in a quarter, they will allow students to attend an alternate section when they have a schedule conflict, since the material is the same across the Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time sections. The most important step is to proactively communicate with the faculty when you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent you from attending class and they will work with you to make sure that you receive any missed information from that class.
psuscot -> Katie On the website I read that weekend students could take part-time student classes and vice versa, based on class availability. I know this would vary by demand for the particular class, but does this happen regularly or is it more of a rare opportunity?
Katie -> psuscot psuscot - Good question! Yes, Booth students are able to take classes across the Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full-Time MBA. Students successfully do this all the time. In case you are wondering how this works, I'll explain. Students get first dibs on classes within their home program. Then, in later rounds of registration you can bid on classes in other programs. This gives Weekend students access to Saturday classes first and so on.
Lindsey_Olmstead -> George Hi folks! Thanks for this opportunity. I've noticed that the full time MBA and weekend MBA are identical. Does the part time program attract the same potential employers as the full time?
George -> Lindsey_Olmstead For the most part yes. However, some companies value "risk" and they often feel the part-time students are more risk adverse by nature of the decision they made to stay employed while getting the MBA. These are often private equity firms. They are open to part-time students but you need to be prepared to explain why you had the decision to go part-time and show how you evaluate risk. We only had one company that only asked to see full-time students. During this last recruiting period they accidentally met with part-time students due to a scheduling snafu. However, because of the great experience they had with our part-time students they officially changed their recruiting requirements and are now open to part-time students as well!
B -> Beth Is GMAT mandatory for all you applicants even if they have advanced degrees.
Beth -> B B - Yes the GMAT is mandatory for all applicants, even if you have advanced degrees. We also recently started accepted the GRE so that is another option.
Jeff -> Beth what is the average age or age range of the evening and weekend MBA students?
Beth -> Jeff Jeff - the average age for our evening and weekend students is 30
Charlie -> Humberto If I am applying to the evening program from out-of-state, does Booth require a letter from my employer stating I will be a local employee before classes start as part of the admissions process?
Humberto -> Charlie Thanks for the question, Charlie. We do not require a letter from your employer, but we do encourage you to address your living/working situation in the application if you're applying to the Evening MBA program from out of state. You can do so in the "Optional Essay" section of the application.
Ify -> Beth I took the GRE about 2yrs ago. I scored 1450. Do you accept GRE? If yes, what is the average GRE score?
Beth -> Ify Ify - GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the test date, so yes you could submit those scores. Since we just started taking the GRE, we do not have any average score data at this time.
Dustin -> George Hello everyone and thanks for the chat - I will be applying to the evening program and was curious about the on-campus recruiting or placement services for part-time MBAs.
George -> Dustin Dustin, I just put our webpage with our career information. We have over 5000 jobs posted with almost as many companies. Additionally, about 1/3 of them are international opportunities. We are one of the most sought after schools from companies recruiting MBA talent.
Sam -> Kara Booth considers one a re-applicant if his/her previous application was submitted within the past two years. What is the advantage/disadvantage to apply as a re-applicant, as opposed to re-apply after the re-application period is over?
Kara -> Sam Sam, It really does not make a difference in the review process. The main differences are the application requirements. As a reapplicant, you are only required to submit one letter of recommendation. You also have to complete the replication essay, as well as the other three essays. I suggest you reapply when the time is right for you and not worry too much about whether or not you will technically be a reapplicant.
jim -> Humberto How long does application review typically take once the full application has been sent in?
Humberto -> jim Thanks for the question, Jim. Our typical turnaround time on an admissions decision is 4-6 weeks from the date we receive your completed application. You will also be invited to schedule your admissions interview once you submit the application, which can certainly take place after the admissions deadline date.
Michael -> Beth Thank you Beth, Sorry phrased my question incorrectly. Could I switch from my current Full Time position to new full time position after I enrolled. I live in Arkansas and we are not located in the Chicago area
Beth -> Michael Michael - sorry about that! Yes, you could certainly switch positions during the program. With the exception of our Chicago Business Fellows program, we do not have an employment requirement while you are enrolled during your time at Booth. I hope this helps to answer your question.
V.Patel -> George I am really impressed with the flexibility of courses offered at Booth and the ability to tailor classes as per ones needs. I would like to know if there are students who are currently in the joint MBA/MA program (weekend).
George -> V.Patel Yes we have several. The only hard part is that the other programs often do not offer classes during Saturday so some of them are coming in on Friday to take those classes.
lporto -> Katie Good Afternoon, I currently have 2.5 years of working experience. However, I am planning on going back to earn my MBA in the fall of 2013 in the part time/evening program. Is the part time MBA program the right fit for me given my work experience? Or would the Chicago Business Fellows be more appropriate? Thank you!
Katie -> lporto Hello lporto - Based on your 2.5 years of work experience, you would be a good fit for the Chicago Business Fellows. CBF students have less than 3 years of full-time work experience and apply to the Fall quarter which aligns with your timing. You can read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/chicago-business-fellows
Tony -> Beth I've submitted my admissions and am trying to schedule an interview, however all interview slots are until today and all filled. Will more interview slots open up for evenings/weekend MBA ?
Beth -> Tony Tony - we are working to open up more interview time slots. In the meantime, please send us 2-3 dates/times you would like to interview. You can email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Sam -> Beth Does needing financial aid have any effect on the admissions decision?
Beth -> Sam Sam - the need for financing does not impact your admissions decision.
Niti -> Kara There are various student led clubs mentioned on the booth website, like consulting, banking clubs. Do both part-time and full-time students are part of the same club or there are different clubs for each MBA program?
Kara -> Niti Niti, for the most part the clubs are separate. The main reason is due to the times when our students are able to host and attend events. Part time student events are in the evening and on Saturday, as this is when our population is available. Most full time events take place during the daytime. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs currently have 34 student groups. It is a very active community!
Justina -> Beth Part time MBA means how many days per week?
Beth -> Justina Justina - good question. If you are taking two evening classes, you will be in class two times a week. Classes meet from 6-9pm. The days per week you are in class depends on how many classes you are enrolled in.
Alex -> Humberto Thanks for hosting this and answering my earlier questions. I am really considering my options regarding Weekend MBA and Exec MBA from Booth. Is it OK for prospective students to contact the admissions committee in seeking their guidance as to which programs might be better suited for them? If so what is the best way to reach out and what information do you need?
Humberto -> Alex Thanks for your interest in the Booth MBA programs, Alex. for questions about the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, feel free to reach out to me directly and we can schedule a time to chat humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu. I can also provide contact information for one of my colleagues in the Executive MBA admissions office when we connect.
psuscot -> George I spoke to an alumnus at an information session and was intriqued by the 'market based' approach to class scheduling. Do you have more information on the topic you can provide (e.g. historical unit cost per class) to prospective students, or are only admitted students privy to such information? Thanks.
George -> psuscot Psuscot, yes we believe in the market approach. so all students are given a currency with which they use to bid for classes. the thought being that the individual who desires the class will pay more and thus when the market clears those willing to be higher up the cost curve will get the class they desire. To make sure this is efficient we have 6 rounds of bidding. Only 16% of our classes close and only if the class close do you end up paying anything for the class, so for the most part every student gets the class that they wanted and this market clearing process is only needed for the rare class. Does that make sense?
Lily -> Beth Since applications are accepted on a rolling basis, is it more advantageous to apply early?
Beth -> Lily Lily - since the majority of applications are submitted in the week of the deadline, please apply when your application is ready. Once you submit, our office will have a final decision to you within 4-6 weeks.
Ify -> Beth Are there funding opportunites for the evening/weekend MBA program?
Beth -> Ify There are several loans available to our students. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
NYCKate -> Humberto Thanks for hosting the chat! Humberto - does your last answer mean that everyone gets an interview or is there some assessment made before you receive an invite?
Humberto -> NYCKate Thanks for joining us and for your question, Kate. Yes, all applicants to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs participate in an admissions interview. The only requirement is that you first submit your completed application.
Mike_G -> Kara If you have currently accepted a new role with a new firm is it advisable to delay the application process until you have established a foundation ?
Kara -> Mike_G Mike, assuming you have previous work experience, it is no problem that you just started a new position. In this situation, it may make more sense for you to ask your previous supervisor to write one of your letters of recommendation.
Lily -> Katie I'll have 3 years work experience Sep 2013, and I'm considering the Chicago Business Fellow program. What separates it from regular evening MBA?
Katie -> Lily Hi Lily - Chicago Business Fellows is a subset of the Evening MBA. CBF is the right choice for you given your 3 years of work experience. CBF has unique support for students who are pursuing an MBA early in their careers. This support includes a professional development seminar in your first quarter, a CBF mentor, and social events throughout the year. You also have all the Evening MBA resources at your disposal including Career Services and Student Groups.
Moderator -> Everyone For those of you interested in marketing - Check out our Marketing at Chicago Booth website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/macb/ . Learn about the Chicago approach to marketing, our faculty, Booth alumni with successful marketing careers, top recruiters sourcing Chicago talent for marketing, and more!
Niti -> Beth Do you take the latest GMAT score or an average?
Beth -> Niti Niti, we review your application based on the GMAT score you submit. We do not average your scores together.
Alex -> Beth You Application due date for Weekend MBA Autumn 2013 is May 10. Are candidates at a disadvantage if they submit their application for Weekend MBA closer to the deadline as opposed to someone who submitted their application earlier?
Beth -> Alex Alex - since the majority of applications are received the week of the deadline, there is no disadvantage to applying near or on the day of the deadline. Please apply when your application is the strongest.
Bharat -> Humberto Can I get a list of alumns or current students that are employed at my current workplace?
Humberto -> Bharat Thanks for your question, Bharat. Please reach out to me directly via email and I can work with you to connect with Booth students and alumni at your current employer humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu.
Lily -> Beth Is it recommended to also take the GRE in addition to GMAT?
Beth -> Lily Lily, while the GMAT is preferred, we have started also accepting the GRE. Both tests are not required to apply. So you only need to submit one score.
Sujkar -> Kara Hello thanks for the chat invite... what is your approach with candidates who already have a Masters in Business from a foreign institution.
Kara -> Sujkar Sujkar, this is not a problem. In the application, please be sure to explain why you are now pursuing your MBA at Booth. Approximately 30% of our students have an advanced degree, and some of these are MBAs.
Charlie -> Beth I recently applied for Winter 2013 part time, and although the email confirming receipt of my application said "if admitted, you must submit official documents, including transcripts and GMAT scores" but my online application said "Awaiting GMAT Report", am I missing something? What should I do?
Beth -> Charlie Charlie, thank you for submitting. We hope to have a final decision for you soon. If you would like to email me, I can verify if we have your scores and then update your record. You can email me at Beth.Daily@chicagobooth.edu.
Adnan -> Katie Hi Gretchen, Is there an advantage to applying early?
Katie -> Adnan Hi Adnan - Gretchen is not on the chat today, but I can answer your question. We are on rolling admissions which means you can apply anytime from when the application is live until the day of the deadline at 11:59pm. We will get you a decision in 4-6 weeks. Applying early is a good idea if you need time to get your personal or professional life in order before starting at Booth. However, there is not an admissions advantage to doing so.
B -> Kara Do you have physicians in your program?
Kara -> B Yes, we do. I would be happy to connect you with one to learn about their experience in the program. Please email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu and I will connect you.
Lindsey_Olmstead -> Humberto When considering work/school management, how many hours a week do most students in the weekend program spend on schoolwork?
Humberto -> Lindsey_Olmstead Great question, Lindsey. There will be three hours of in-class time for each course per week, as each Evening MBA and Weekend MBA course meets one time per week for three hours. The amount of time spent on each course outside of class (homework, reading, etc.) can vary greatly, anywhere from 2 hours to 20 hours per week. However, we do release information on the amount of time per week that former students have indicated they spent on that class, based on their course evaluations. Also, the syllabus for each course is posted online and student have access to that information before they register, as well.
V.Patel -> Beth Is it possible to switch from part-time program to Weekend program and viceversa?
Beth -> V.Patel V. Patel - there is an option for a one time transfer between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program. You can apply to transfer after completing two quarters. Also, as an Evening student you can take classes in the Weekend (and Full-Time) MBA program, whichever time is conducive to your schedule.
Lindsey_Olmstead -> Kara I've seen in some of the online references that it would be possible for a prospective student to attend a class. Who would I need to communicate with to look into this possibility further?
Kara -> Lindsey_Olmstead Lindsey, yes, you should absolutely visit a class! See this link to view the visit options and to submit your request online http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit?source=modules_engage_eve

When you visit, we will pair you with a current student ambassador to take you to class. I am confident you will enjoy the experience!
Moderator -> Everyone We are almost half way through the chat and have had great questions so far. Please continue to submit your questions! We will try to answer all of them today.
Niti -> Kara What is the acceptance rate of the evening MBA program?
Kara -> Niti Niti, we do not publish our acceptance rate.
Sujkar -> Beth I have 7 years + of work experience and a advanced degree, does Booth have a concept of GMAT waiver?
Beth -> Sujkar Sujkar, thank you for your question. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program does not offer GMAT waivers. All applicants are required to submit GMAT scores.
MMcNally -> George Hello. Thank you for hosting this very informative event. Can you please discuss the advantages of completing the typical MBA program at Booth versus some of the accelerated MBA programs that some schools have begun offering? Thank you!
George -> MMcNally We pride our selves on the fact that a degree from Booth is a degree from Booth no matter what program you are in. This is the reason why recruiters are willing to see all students at Booth and not just full-time. Because of that we are not willing to offer something in one program that is not available in the others. All of our students can be confident knowing that they and all alumni took the same number of classes and had the same experience. We are happy to share with you our thoughts on why Booth has not taken the step of creating an abbreviated MBA Program. Our reasoning is rooted in the way we teach business education, what we call The Chicago Approach. Our approach is built around the necessity of a deep understanding of the foundational disciplines, such as economics, statistics, and accounting. These classes taught by world-renowned faculty are the basis for the advanced, discipline-based courses in areas such as marketing, operations, finance, and strategy. An abbreviated program eliminates the assurance that our students truly have the tools, frameworks and knowledge necessary to excel and succeed through the rest of their MBA degree. Your MBA experience is likely to be your last chance to make a substantial investment in your human capital, so we have designed a program that does not shortchange you.
Our program’s flexibility is another reason why Booth does not plan to create an abbreviated option. At Booth and you choose the classes that are best for your experience, knowledge, academic interests, and career goals. If you have a strong background in an area, you can bypass the introductory course and take an advanced applied course instead. Interestingly the commonly heard refrain from graduating students, even undergraduate business majors, is that there are many more classes they want to take. You are also in control of the pace of the program so you can accelerate or slow down relative to your peers.
We would be remiss not to mention how Booth’s incredibly strong student and alumni community benefits from the length of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. We all know it takes time to build strong relationships and rushing through an MBA program while working full time, may not allow for these relationships to develop. Booth offers over 34 student groups and over 300 social and professional events each year to build camaraderie; it is important to have the time to take advantage of the community and contribute to its strength.
Overall, we believe that an abbreviated MBA’s savings are illusory—the incremental time and monetary investments in our program create real and enduring value. We are confident the market will agree with our assessment and the signal of a Booth MBA will remain a distinguishing achievement rewarded in the marketplace.
Dustin -> Katie You noted that people cannot switching between E/W and full-time programs - as part of the flexibility, would I be able to take one class during the day or weekend as an evening student, if my schedule allowed?
Katie -> Dustin Hi Dustin - Yes, you can certainly take a daytime class with the Full-Time students. And you will see them in your Evening and/or Weekend classes as well. That is one of the best parts of the flexibility here at Booth. Our students grow their network by mixing across the different populations. This cross pollination among our students is fairly unique to Booth. You won't find it at many other schools.
V.Patel -> George George thank you for answering my question. Is it possible to connect to current joint degree program student when I visit?
George -> V.Patel Patel, please write eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we will connect you with someone. I don't know if you will be able to visit with them in person as they may either in class or at work, but we can connect you by phone.
Neel -> Beth Hello,for weekend program, is it required to be US citizen or person with qualifying visa could also apply? Also do you look into number of years a visa is valid and what is requisite duration of visa validity before applying?
Beth -> Neel Neel - to apply to our program you need to be a US citizen/permanent resident or a qualifying work visa. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program does not offer student visas. If you lose your visa, our office will work with you to explore options to enable you to finish the program.
Smajil -> Humberto Hello and thanks for this chat session. Do students who attend the part-time program have an option to attend a quarter at Chicago Booth's other campuses (London and/or Singapore)?
Humberto -> Smajil Thanks for the question, Smajil. The Booth campuses in London and Singapore host only our Executive MBA programs. So, unfortunately, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students do not study at those campuses. However, we do offer both Short-Term and Long-Term study abroad options across the world and you can read more about those options here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/international.
Ben -> Beth Have you started evaluating GMAT scores with the Integrated Reasoning Component?
Beth -> Ben Since the Integrated Reasoning component was just added in June of this year, we have seen a limited number of applicants apply with it. However, we accept both versions as long as the GMAT score is valid.
tim -> Kara Hi CBA, thanks for doing this. Have you had any students experience difficulty juggling their career with a weekend MBA? What course of action did they take? How do you as a committee determine if candidates are mature enough, both professionally and academically, to succeed in both?
Kara -> tim Tim, this is a great question. Most Weekend MBA students take two classes per quarter, work full time and live outside of IL. They are able to make it work due to the support of our community (advisers and classmates), the flexibility of the program, and the support of your personal network. The program allows you to slow down the program if needed, and you can also take quarters off if you need a break. I realize it may sound unrealistic, but we have approximately 450 Weekend MBA students making it work.
D-R -> Katie What is the typical profile of a Chicago Business Fellow? I remember reading that age was a criteria. Can you elaborate on that?
Katie -> D-R Hi D-R: CBF students have less than 3 years of full time work experience. That is the only eligibility criteria. Many come from rotational or leadership development programs within their companies, but it is certainly not required. Other characteristics include leadership potential, maturity, and a strong academic background.
Joanne -> Humberto Can one pursue the IMBA degree via weekend format? I understand that it requires student to participate in one term change program. If work schedule allows, can I pursue the IMBA?
Humberto -> Joanne Great question, Joanne. Yes, Weekend MBA students are able to participate in the IMBA (International MBA) degree program. The IMBA requires that you take 5 elective courses in International Business (of your 11 electives), study abroad via a Full-Term program (10-16 weeks abroad, depending on the partner school), and pass a foreign language proficiency exam (any language other than English). You can find more details about the IMBA program on our website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/international/imba.
Ify -> Kara In a situation where you can't meet up with the demands at work, Is it possible to switch from the evening MBA program to full time MBA program? If already enrolled in the evening program
Kara -> Ify You are not able to transfer into the full time program. However, you can remain a part time student and take a heavier workload. We expect part time students to be working full time, but this is not a requirement.
Mike_G -> Beth Regarding the interview, are applicants allowed to request a particular type of interviewer (staff, student, alumni) or is it assigned ? In that same vein, if you know Booth student/alums personally are you allowed to interview with them, or do they have to be designated by the school ?
Beth -> Mike_G Mike - at the time of your interview, you will find out if you are interviewing with a current student, alum or staff member. The majority of the interviews are done by current students or alums. Candidates request a time/date and our office pairs you with an interviewer - it is a blind interview process.
Dustin -> George I'm in my 30s with 10+ years of work experience, and not sure if I want to pursue PT or the Executive MBA. Is there any clear advantage I'm looking to switch careers upon graduation?
George -> Dustin Yes, the evening program is much better if you are looking to switch careers. The executive program is great if you trying to broaden your general management skills. Most of those who take that program are already functional experts but find themselves managing larger parts of the organization outside their function of expertise and they want to understand the language and knowledge of that area. They are not able to tailor their classes like the evening students. Evening students can take classes to help them get the expertise they need to jump into another functional role. Finally, and importantly, the executive program does not have access to on campus recruiting, so you would need to use the connections formed in the program soli to facilitate your career change.
NICK_KAY -> Beth What are the GMAT GRE and GPA scores you are looking for?
Beth -> NICK_KAY Nick, there isn't a magic number we are looking for, however, 80% of our admitted students have a GMAT between 620 and 750. Our average GPA is 3.3.
Phil -> Beth As I am flying in from the Pacific NW for my interview, would be OK to visit the campus / classes the same day as the interview?
Beth -> Phil Phil - yes. We do have Saturday interview days and you could certainly schedule your admissions interview and a class visit on the say day.
NICK_KAY -> Katie I'm applying at University of Michigan right now. I like the flexibility of the every other weekend classes. Do you have any options like that or will you next year?
Katie -> NICK_KAY Hello Nick_Kay: Our Weekend MBA classes meet every Saturday. As of now there are no plans to change the structure of the program.
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Joanne -> Humberto How many courses per quarter can a student take in the part-time program (weekend-end)? Is there a maximum limit?
Humberto -> Joanne Thanks for the question, Joanne. The "typical" Evening MBA and Weekend MBA student will take two courses per quarter, which is considered manageable for a full-time working professional. There are two course sections in the Weekend MBA program on Saturdays (9am-Noon and 1:30-4:30pm) and five in the Evening MBA program (Monday-Friday evenings, 6-9pm) each week. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students can take classes across all three programs, including Full-Time. The maximum number of classes any Booth student can take is four, but that would be a significant commitment for a full-time working professionals.
DRB_-_MBA -> Beth Are applicants with international experience or working for an international company perceived favorably in the application process?
Beth -> DRB_-_MBA While international experience or working for an international company is not required, it will certainly not be looked at negatively. You can use to highlight your competitive difference.
Sam -> Kara In terms of making a career change upon completion of the MBA program at Booth, do the full-time students find it easier to do so than part-time students do?
Kara -> Sam Sam, this really varies from person to person. The full time program is specifically designed for a career change, and this process begins basically as soon as you start the full time program. In the part time program, you work with career services to develop your own career strategy. Some part time student seek to advance in their career, other look to change careers, while others are looking to start their own business. Part time students do have access to On Campus Recruiting (OCR) for full time jobs, and this is the same OCR for full time jobs that full time students take part in.
Phil -> Beth how many times per quarter does one need to fly in for the weekend program (if you are commuting by plane of course)?
Beth -> Phil Since weekend classes meet every weekend, you would have 108 roundtrips if you take finals here at Gleacher and take 2 classes each quarter. We do offer a free shuttle which picks up from/drops off at both Chicago airports.
karthik -> Beth How long does a typical candidate take to complete his MBA if he takes 2 courses a qtr
Beth -> karthik Karthik - if you take 2 classes each quarter, you will finish in 2 and a half years. You have up to 5 years to complete the degree.
Alex -> Humberto For the weekend program, Classes meet every SAT. Classes meet either from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. If a candidate is taking 2 course per quarter; does 9am -12 pm comprise of 1 course or 2 courses? How long are the classes ?
Humberto -> Alex Thanks for the question, Alex. Each Weekend MBA program course meets for a three hour time period, either from 9am-Noon or 1:30-4:30pm.
tim -> George I know that ETS offers a GRE to GMAT conversion table. Do you rely on this tool or do you have conversion metrics of your own? I know you have said that you prefer GMAT, probably because it is the "gold standard", but does using the conversion of a 700 equivalent on the GRE mean the same on the GMAT?
George -> tim Right now, until we get enough students in the program with the GRE, we are just taking the conversion as given. We are assuming that the converting is correct. However, we are aware of the bias potential that the test giver is the same one who does the rankings. In the future we will know if we agree.
Topten -> Kara I currently work in New York. But I would like to apply to the part time program. I am hoping to find a job in Chicago. How would my application be viewed if I dont' have a job in the Chicago area at the time of the application.
Kara -> Topten It is best if you are employed at the time you apply. In the application, you can use the essays to explain your plan. I am happy to talk with you about this offline, feel free to email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
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Ravi -> Beth Hi Everyone, My name is Ravi Kumar. I am currenlty working in Automotive manufacturing have 2 years of experience and 3 years of Research experience. My question is, how much experience should applicant suppose to have for weekend MBA program?
Beth -> Ravi Ravi - our students have 5-6 years of work experience on average when they start the program.
Phil -> Katie Are all concentrations available to the weekend program students (done exclusively through weekend classes) - specifically international business and HR or do certain concentrations require attendance at evening classes during the week?
Katie -> Phil Hello Phil - Yes, you can earn any concentration taking only Saturday classes. This is something we are very proud of. HR is currently difficult for any student (regardless of program) to earn, but the faculty is working on that. International Business is definitely achievable. You can read more about the concentrations here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum/#c
B -> Katie Can you please confirm that admission criteria includes less than 3 years work experience
Katie -> B Hello B - For only the Chicago Business Fellows, applicants must have less than 3 years of work experience by September 2013.
Branden -> Beth How do graduate transcripts factor in to what you look for in academic performance? Are they weighted more, the same, or less than an undergraduate transcript?
Beth -> Branden Branden - 20% of the incoming Evening MBA class for the Autumn quarter had advanced degrees. The advanced degree is more of an indicator of your academic performance.
Lindsey_Olmstead -> George I've reached out to potential future employers to understand what they are looking for in job applicants and most part time programs were not as highly held at full time programs. Could you speculate as to why that is and why Booth is not viewed that way? (I did see Humberto's earlier response, but I was hoping for more information from an employer's standpoint.)
George -> Lindsey_Olmstead Yes, it is very unfortunate that most part-time programs across the country and not as rigorous as full-time programs and so the market, as a whole, does not hold them in as high esteem. Booth is one of the few programs that ensure that the quality of all our programs are the same, which is why we are not offering an accelerated program for evening. Recruiters who have come to Chicago are very aware of that, but some institutions may not and we are trying to get that word out. We train our part-time students on how to handle that objection if they get it. With that said, if you want to avoid any such possibility, you should consider going full-time.
Mike_Y -> Humberto My GMAT scores are not quite in the average range for the Evening MBA program. What other criteria should I focus on to increase my chances for admission?
Humberto -> Mike_Y Good question, Mike. I would encourage any applicant to focus on the areas of the application that they can influence, going forward, including essays, interview, letters of recommendation, etc. Also, if an applicant is not pleased with their GMAT scores, we encourage them to take the exam again to improve their scores, since we only evaluate the scores from the exam on which you achieve your highest total score (out of 800). If you'd like to speak more directly about your application, please feel free to reach out to me via email humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu.
Mike_Y -> Beth My GMAT score isn't quite in the average range for the Evening MBA program. What other criteria should I focus on to increase my chances of getting accepted?
Beth -> Mike_Y Mike - if you are concerned about your GMAT score, you could always retake the GMAT. Many of our applicants take the test more than once. You can also discuss your scores in the optional essay and talk about other aspects of your application which make you a strong applicant.
Joanne -> Katie If my age is older than the average age of admitted students, will that be a negative factor in my admissibility? I have read some online articles stating schools tend to be concerned about older applicants' ability to find employment after graduation.
Katie -> Joanne Hi Joanne: We want people to apply when it is best for them. We share the average age of applicants, but being older or younger does NOT hurt your application in any way. If you would like to discuss more, send me a note and we can set up a time: katie.coogan@chicagobooth.edu
Sujkar -> Kara GPHAP in combo with an MBA from booth, how different is this from a MHA program?
Kara -> Sujkar Sujkar, the difference will be the focus of the program. The MBA focuses on the fundamentals of business, and at Booth, you are able to add a healthcare focus by completing the GPHAP. Our certificate requires 4 healthcare related courses and some additional co curricular activities. I do not have detailed knowledge of MHA programs, but I assume they will have a more narrow focus than an MBA.
Jeff -> George How competitive is the application to weekend MBA Program compared to that to the full-time MBA program in Booth.
George -> Jeff Not as competitive. The full-time program gets 5,000+ applications to fill 500+ spots. The weekend program gets 1,000- applications to fill 100+ spots.
Mike_G -> Humberto @Humberto - at the Lunch and Learn yesterday you mentioned IBEP opportunities in Brazil. Would you be able to provide a link with more detailed information, or should I direct my question to international@ChicagoBooth.edu ?
Humberto -> Mike_G Thanks for the question, Mike. You can read about the Short-Term program in Brazil on our website http://programs.chicagobooth.edu/international/ibep/short-term-locations.aspx. You can also see the Full-Term program in Brazil here http://programs.chicagobooth.edu/international/ibep/partner-schools/brazil.aspx.
Ravi -> Beth What is submission deadline for spring semester 2103?
Beth -> Ravi Ravi - the deadline for the Spring quarter (starting in late March 2013) is January 11, 2013.
Ify -> Beth How many courses are required to complete the Evening MBA Program?
Beth -> Ify 20 courses + completion of Effective Leadership are required to graduate from Chicago Booth
Bharat -> Kara I have a Bachelors from a foreign country and a Matsers from a US university. When evaluating my application do you give equal weight to both degrees or more to the recent one?
Kara -> Bharat Bharat, we look at both degrees and both will be important aspects to your profile. However, if an applicant did not do as well in undergrad, but did very well in their graduate program, the grad program may be weighted more favorably.
Niti -> George Hi George, you explained the competitiveness of weekend MBA versus full-time MBA program. Where does evening MBA program stand?
George -> Niti Niti, thanks. My staff just pointed out that my numbers above actually were for both our E/W programs and not just Weekend. I don't have the exact split but we get about the same % applications/open spots in each program/quarter. Both the Evening and Weekend programs get less applications/open spots than the full time.
Ravi -> Beth Do I need to take Toefl again? I already did my Masters in USA.
Beth -> Ravi Ravi - No you do not need to submit TOEFL since you have earned a degree from the US. For more information on the TOEFL, please review our website at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams
Ravi -> George Beth, thanks for the answer. So Research experience count along with my industrial experience?
George -> Ravi Ravi, if it was a full-time position the research would count. If it is research while in school or internship we would probably not include it.
Phil -> Humberto what happens if you miss classes on account of work travel? Do you offer catch-up resources?
Humberto -> Phil Thanks for the question, Phil. The opportunity to make up any missed work is specific to the course and the faculty member. The key is to maintain proactive communication with your professor when you have unavoidable circumstances arise that force you to miss class. Some faculty teach multiple sections of the same course in the same quarter, which means that you might be able to attend a different section if you cannot make the one in which you are enrolled.
psuscot -> Katie Is there a detailed course listing that could be provided to prospective students?
Katie -> psuscot psuscot: Yes! You can use the Course Search tool on our portal. Click on this link and then select Course Search at the top of the page (you do not need to log in): http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/user/guest/2
Ben -> Kara How does the admissions committee view re-applicants? Are there instances when applicants are not recommended to re-apply?
Kara -> Ben Ben, in general, we view re applicants favorable. However, there may be instances where it is not in the applicant's best interest to apply. I suggest you contact me, and I can take a look at your previous application and advise. My email address is kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
D-R -> George In OCR events, do employers specifically filter or ask for Full time or Part time students?
George -> D-R No. We had one company that only asked for full-time, but they recently saw part-time students and were so impressed that they changed their recruiting practices at Booth and now have asked to see part-time as well. The reason we opened up recruiting to part-time students is that recruiters said they want the best and brightest and don't care from which program they come from, given that our students all get the same education.
MMM -> Humberto Are there any programs to help part-time students, full-time students, and faculty meet outside of the classroom?
Humberto -> MMM Yes, we have a myriad of student life programs and activities where students can come together outside of class, far too many to list here. Some faculty will also host social events from time-to-time for their students. If you have more specific questions about the types of activities you are looking for, please feel free to reach out to me directly via email and I can share some specific information for you humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu.
Moderator -> Everyone We are still answering the last few questions, so please stay tuned for a few more minutes.
Adnan -> Humberto Would you be able to share with me the name of alums currently working at my place of employment?
Humberto -> Adnan Thanks for your question, Adnan. Please reach out to me directly via email and I can work with you to connect with Booth students and alumni at your current employer humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu.
Adnan -> George Do you consider Teach for America viable work experience?
George -> Adnan Gretchen Cooper our admissions director did it, and we have several current students in the program as well, so yes, we count it, love it and value it.
Alex -> Beth If you have done Masters from US university and your undergrad from a foreign University, will an official transcript from the US university be sufficient ?
Beth -> Alex Alex - you will need to submit transcripts/mark sheets (and degree certificates) for all institutions you attend. If admitted, we will need official copies for all as well. If you have originals, you can bring them into our office and we can photocopy/notarize them.
Jeff -> Katie I know Booth is famous for its finance major but I would like to know more about the high lights of other majors such as general management and marketing in Booth.
Katie -> Jeff Jeff - We certainly have a strong finance program, but there are several other areas of study that are very strong and popular among students. Entrepreneurship is hot at Booth right now, read more here: http://research.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/brochure/. Marketing is also fabulous, read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/macb/. Managerial and Organizational Behavior is also very relevant to anyone working in business. Read more about the curriculum overall here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum
Kara -> Everyone Great questions today! Thank you for joining our chat. Please stay in touch with us as you continue your research and move through the application process.
Beth -> Everyone Thank you for joining us today. The application deadline for the Spring quarter is Friday, January 11. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming admissions event.
Moderator -> Everyone Thank you for joining us today. The chat session has now ended. The chat transcripts will be posted on Monday, October 22, on the following links: Evening MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats.aspx?source=modules_engage_eve Weekend MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats.aspx?source=modules_engage_wkd
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