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If you are considering applying to Chicago Booth's Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs, join us for a live chat with George Andrews, associate dean of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs at Chicago Booth and other admissions directors. We will answer questions about the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

April 9, 2013 - Noon CST

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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 We are excited to be hosting this chat!
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.
Beth -> Everyone Thank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, Associate Director and I'm available to answer all of your application related.
Kara -> Everyone Greetings from the Gleacher Center! I am Kara Northcutt, associate director of admissions, and I look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and application process.
Laura -> Everyone Hello and welcome to the chat! My name Laura Ramirez. I work on the Student Services team and look forward to answering your questions about the curriculum and student life.
Humberto -> Everyone Hello everyone, my name is Humberto Freda and I'm the Associate Director of Admissions in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs here at Booth. We're looking forward to answering your questions today!
Candice -> George How is course work administered? Is it mostly book work or interactive studies?
George -> Candice All the above. Some classes have individual assignments, some have group work, some use cases, some have textbooks, some have all the above. It depends on what helps the class be most successful. As you can imagine, having group work in a strategy class is far more useful than having a group assignment in statistics.
Candice -> Beth Is the GMAT required for admittance? And if so, what are your requirements pertaining to the test?
Beth -> Candice Candice, thank you for joining us today. The GMAT or GRE is required as part of your application. While we do not have any minimum requirement, 80% of our admitted students have a GMAT score between 620-750.
Candice -> Kara From my understanding, classes are held 2 nights a week for the Evening MBA program; how big are the class sizes?
Kara -> Candice Hi Candice, thanks for joining our chat! Evening MBA classes take place Monday- Friday, and Weekend MBA courses are on Saturday, one session in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each class meets one time per week. Most part time students take two courses per quarter. If you take two courses, you would be here two times a week for class.
LaurenB -> Humberto Good afternoon. What are the primary teaching methods? Traditional lecture? Interactive?
Humberto -> LaurenB Great question, Lauren. Our faculty are given the freedom to teach their course material in whatever way they feel best conveys the information. In any given Booth classroom, you will experience both lectures by our faculty and lively discussion between students and the faculty.
AwaK -> George How many times a week does a class meet?
George -> AwaK We have classes offered every night of the week and on Saturday; however, every class only meets once a week. So you can take as many classes as you like depending on how many days a week you want to attend class.
Heather_H. -> Beth Does an application need to be submitted for each program or will one application be sufficient for both the Evening and Weekend program?
Beth -> Heather_H. Heather, good question. You will need to choose which program you would like to apply to - either Evening MBA or Weekend MBA - and then submit the application to that program. One application cannot be submitted to multiple programs at the same time. I hope this helps to answer your question.
dipti -> Beth Do we need to submit the scores before the application deadline.
Beth -> dipti dipti, all application materials ideally should be received by our office at the time you submit. That being said, we will grant you about a week to submit any missing items. We only need your unofficial scores to review and make a decision on your application.
Candice -> Laura What is Booth, Evening MBA, looking for in qualified candidates?
Laura -> Candice Hi Candice, thank you for your question. We are looking for candidates that are confident in their answering the questions why Booth, why a part-time MBA, and now? We look for candidates that are working and are seeking a program that will help them to continue the progression in their career as well as those that can handle the academic rigor of the program.
EvanB -> Humberto Are students admitted into the Evening MBA program allowed to take classes at the Hyde Park campus?
Humberto -> EvanB Yes, Evan. Students in the Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full-Time MBA programs at Booth are permitted to take courses across all three programs. Priority on registering for courses is given to students in their "home populations" (i.e. Evening MBA students get "first dibs" on weekday evening courses, and so on). You can even take more advanced courses with the Booth PhD students, if you wish!
Cesar -> Kara Hello everyone! Thank you for chatting with us. I am interested in the Chicago Business Fellows MBA. About how many fellows does booth take in every quarter?
Kara -> Cesar Cesar, we matriculate a class of approximately 30 CBF students each fall quarter. CBF is a fall start only. If you have 0-3 years of work experience, I encourage you to consider the CBF program. See this link for more details, http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/chicago-business-fellows
Balaji -> Beth Hi, I am interested in the part time MBA (either the Weekend or Evening MBA). I wanted to know the average GMAT score of the applicants you usually admit?
Beth -> Balaji Balaji, thank you for your interest in Chicago Booth. 80% of our admitted students have a GMAT score between 620-750.
LaurenB -> Laura How often is the curriculum updated?
Laura -> LaurenB Hi Lauren, thanks for joining the chat today. The Booth curriculum is updated approximately every 5 years after a formal review. We evaluate feedback every year from students and add and adjust courses when necessary; for example we added Bid Data Analytics this year, which has proven to be very popular.
Tejas -> Humberto What is the average course load someone in the weekend program would take to complete the program? Also what is the average time that someone in the weekend program takes to finish their MBA? Is there a time limit for the weekend MBA program?
Humberto -> Tejas Thanks for the question, Tejas. Both Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students take, on average, two courses per quarter. You are permitted to take more or less courses in a given quarter, including taking quarters off from class altogether. The average time to complete either the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program is 2.5 to 3 years (10-12 quarters), but students have up to five years to complete their degree.
AwaK -> Beth Once you are accepted and start taking classes, can you switch from one program to another (evening vs weekend)?
Beth -> AwaK AwaK, after completing two quarters you can apply for a one time transfer from evening to weekend (or vice versa). There is no transfer option from part-time to full-time.
E -> Kara How often classes start. Can I start the MBA in March 2014?
Kara -> E Yes, that would be our Evening MBA spring quarter. The application will be posted by the end of April, and the application deadline will be early January.
SS -> George How different is weekend MBA from full time MBA in terms of career prospects? In couple of places I have seen people mentioning that companies prefer full time MBA graduates while recruiting.
George -> SS Companies who value risk taking individuals view students who have chosen to leave their jobs and attend a full-time program as signaling a greater appetite for risk than those who have chosen to attend part-time, so to the extent that you are interested in those kind of jobs: investment banking and venture capital, it has some truth. It is good to know this, as you can work with career services to make sure you have your "story" down as to why you choose weekend (wanted to attend the best business school in the world, and was unable to go full-time because...., so I attended the Booth weekend program". We can help you craft that story when you arrive.
JenS -> Beth Is that 80% range specific for Part Time students, or is that the range for full time admitted students as well?
Beth -> JenS JenS, the 80% range I mention is specific to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Vijeta -> Laura Hi! I am interested in the weekend program, in the event that someone misses a class on Saturdays due to bad weather etc., are the lectures available online later?
Laura -> Vijeta Hi Vijeta, thanks for your question. Faculty are flexible with students and the decisions to record a class or make other accommodations are decided on a case-by-case basis.
dipti -> Beth Can we submit WES evaluated report for transcripts for undergrad school attended abroad.
Beth -> dipti dipti, good question, yes you can submit WES evaluated transcripts in your application. Please feel free to have them sent to our office (450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Suite 330, Chicago, IL 60611) and have them put to my attention
Balaji -> Humberto I am scheduled to take my GMAT tomorrow. In case, I don't score well, I plan to repeat it. Would taking multiple times affect my chances of admission? Also, I think the earliest I can take a second time is on May 10th by which I would be late for Weekend MBA. Would it be possible if I can submit rest of the application and submit the GMAT scores a day or two later?
Humberto -> Balaji Thanks for the question Balaji. No, taking the GMAT multiple times does not impact your chance of admission, since we only evaluate at the exam that captures your highest overall score. We encourage all applicants to take the GMAT as many times as it takes for them to be comfortable with their scores. You can take the GMAT as late as the day of the deadline - in your case, May 10th for the Weekend MBA Fall 2013 program - and still apply. The GMAT folks will provide you with an unofficial score report on the day of the exam, which you can upload into your application for the purposes of us evaluating it. We only need the official score report if you end up joining the program. Best of luck with the GMAT tomorrow!
trong -> George Can I switch the program for example from weekend to full-time MBA after enrolling.
George -> trong No. All of our programs fully subscribe (fill all open seats) so there is no room for switching between programs. If you join one and realize it is not the right one you can apply to the "correct" one. You will be put on inactive status while your application is under consideration. If you are successful you join the other program, if you are not you can resume studies the following quarter.
Jamil -> Kara Hi, do you have a lot of students coming from the NY area?
Kara -> Jamil Hi Jamil, we currently have approximately 8 Weekend MBA students living in New York. If you would like to connect with a current student in NY, shoot me an email kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu, and I will connect you.
Balaji -> Beth Can I apply to both Weekend program and the evening program?
Beth -> Balaji Balaji, you cannot apply to both the Evening and Weekend programs at the same time. You can only submit one application to Chicago Booth.
Jamil -> Laura in the weekend program, are the classes taught by the same professors as the classes that teach during the weekdays?
Laura -> Jamil Hi Jamil, great question - than answer is yes, you will see the same faculty that teach in the Evening Program.
Heather_H. -> George Are job improvement percentages actively tracked? For example, does UIC maintain statistics on average salary ranges pre and post program for multiple concentrations?
George -> Heather_H. Yes and no. We have good data for those who report it, but not all students report to us their job status. 60% of our students get their jobs through networking and not On Campus Recruiting. Sometimes they tell us their old and new salary, sometimes not. We have much better data for those who go through On Campus Recruiting, but the N's are much smaller.
Heather_H. -> Humberto Can one move from the Weekend program to the Evening program and vice versa?
Humberto -> Heather_H. Yes, Heather, we allow for a one-time-only transfer between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. Students typically apply for this transfer when their work or living arrangements change (i.e. you're initially working in Chicago and in the Evening MBA program, but your employer transfers you to Boston, so you apply to transfer into the Weekend MBA program). You cannot transfer back-and-forth between programs multiple times, nor can you transfer between the part-time programs and the Full-Time MBA program.
EvanB -> Laura How often do you students get to interact with the professors outside the classroom? Given that the program is during the evening and there might not be much time available outside of class time?
Laura -> EvanB Hi EvanB - We have a program called Faculty Connect where faculty host a social event after class on an evening (9-10pm) to get to know their class outside of the tradition classroom setting. There are several of these every quarter.
Mandla -> Beth Helle MY Name is Mandla Mbatha how do students pay for their studies at Booth. I'm concern about the cost factor
Beth -> Mandla Mandia, good question. While we do not offer scholarships for the part time program, there are several loan options available. For more information about the loan options available, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Navid -> Kara Hello. I am interested in hearing about the interview process. Is it formal? Casual? Is the person interviewing you the sole decider if you are admitted or not?
Kara -> Navid Navid, the interview is scheduled after you submit your application, and all applicants are interviewed. It is a blind interview process, which means your interviewer will not have seen your application. You will be interviewed by a member of our admissions committee, which is made up of current students, alumni and our admissions and advising team. We ask you to be in business professional attire. However, the interview itself is very conversational.
Himanshu_Dabral -> Beth Does Chicago Booth help student get financial aid/loan - especially students in H1B visa? Secondly, does the school offer scholarships as well?
Beth -> Himanshu_Dabral Himanshu, for information about the loan options available to students, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. We do have financial aid options available for international students. Scholarships are only available in the full-time program.
Balaji -> Beth I have heard the Integrated Reasoning section of GMAT still bot being considered in many schools. How is it with Booth?
Beth -> Balaji Balaji, we do review your IR score, especially as how it relates to your ability to approach and solve programs. That being said, we do focus more on your overall score.
EvanB -> Humberto What resources does the school offer to help students launch ventures?
Humberto -> EvanB Good question, Evan. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation here at Booth is truly second-to-none with regards to its programs, services, courses, and extracurricular offerings for students interested in Entrepreneurship. I would encourage you to look through their website, which is rather robust, at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/entrepreneurship/, drawing particular attention to the New Venture Challenge, the premier business plan competition for any business school in the world http://research.chicagobooth.edu/nvc/index.aspx. If you'd like to connect with a student or alum in the part-time programs who has or is currently launching a business, please feel free to reach out to me directly and I will find someone for you to connect with humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu.
LaurenB -> Laura Are there any support services offered to students to help balance the demands of school with professional and family obligations?
Laura -> LaurenB Hi LaurenB. We have a great Student Services team that meet with students on a daily basis to help plan their curriculum, talk through important topics, and help ease concerns new students may have while adjusting to the new demands.
TG -> Kara Hi. Hope everyone is well. Regarding classes, do you find students who are enrolled in the Weekend program, take any classes during weekday evenings? Is there flexibility to take a class during an evening time, if a student knows he may not be able to make a class during the weekend?
Kara -> TG Yes, as a Weekend student you are more than welcome to take Evening MBA courses if your schedule allows. Many Weekend MBA students come to Chicago on Friday to take an evening class. You would have priority registration over Saturday classes. However, only 17% of our classes fill up. Therefore, it is fairly easy to get into classes outside of your home program.
Balaji -> Humberto I understand the approach varies from applicant to applicant but typically how would you rate the chances of a student with a 650 GMAT Score, 4 years of Work Experience and few extra curricular activities in his resume?
Humberto -> Balaji Thanks for the question, Balaji. There are so many data points that go into an application that it's impossible for us to "rate the chances" of admission based on those few components of your application. If you'd like to discuss your specific application and the best ways for you to approach the process, please feel free to reach out to me directly at humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu and we can set up some time to discuss.
Dil -> Beth What is the acceptance rate for the weekend program admissions.
Beth -> Dil Dil, the University of Chicago does not release its acceptance rate. We do have target goals of how many students we would like to bring in (we bring in about 100 weekend students each year) but we are able to bring in more students if they are strong candidates. Bottom line, if you are a strong candidate, we want you!
Tejas -> Laura Is there flexibility in the weekend MBA program if you need to reduce course load in certain quarters or need to take it off due to work or other obligations?
Laura -> Tejas Hi Tijas. Yes, we are extremely flexible with students that need to slow down or speed up the curriculum. Students can take a quarter off at any time during their time at Booth, if you need to take two or more quarters off at any given point, we just require you to fill out some administrative paperwork.
Moderator -> George prospectiveboothstudent: Hello, I am torn between the full time and part time (evening) program. Can you summarize the the pros and cons between the two?
George -> Moderator Full-time has no tradeoffs. When you go part-time you are making one more tradeoff that full-time is not. The part-time program is built for those who want the best education in the galaxy but, for whatever reason, cannot quit and go full-time. If you are one of those individuals, we have the best part-time program in the country.
To your question, briefly, the in-classroom experience is the same; same faculty, same material. Part-time offers no internship recruiting. Part-time on campus recruiting is the same as full-time, but if you are getting tuition reimbursement from your company you have to get their permission to do so. With that said, most part-time students have enough experience that they do much better networking to find their jobs. Even those who go through OCR most times end up taking a networked job over an OCR offer. 54% of part-time students receive a promotion while in the program and 62% change careers.
EvanB -> Laura In a few words, how would you describe the school atmosphere?
Laura -> EvanB EvenB - I would describe the school atmosphere as exciting, flexible, eclectic, and rigorous. Definitely a great place to be!
Candice -> Beth How do most students pay for classes, ie. grants, loans, corporate sponsorship, etc.?
Beth -> Candice Candice, the majority of our students receive some financial assistance (via loan or corporate sponsorship) of some kind. There are no scholarship options available for part time students. For more about our financial aid loan options, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Mandla -> Kara Hello My main concern is the cost factor, are there sizaeble scholarships and Grants and work study help.
Kara -> Mandla Mandla, we certainly understand that is a concern. Booth's Part Time programs do not offer scholarships. Our Part Time programs are designed for full time working professionals who continue to have an income. This is one reason we do not offer scholarships. Scholarships are far more common for full time programs.
Candice -> Humberto If by chance, a candidate falls below the average score, is that basis for disqualification into the program?
Humberto -> Candice Candice, I assume you are referring to the GMAT score averages, correct? No, falling below the average (680 for Evening MBA, 700 for Weekend MBA) does not automatically disqualify you from admission. The reason those are our averages is because we admit scores both above and below those numbers. The purpose of the application process for you, the applicant, is to highlight your strengths and address how you plan to work on your areas for development through the program.
Robert -> Beth If there is a target amount for class size; would the accepetance rate decline as we move later in the admissions process?
Beth -> Robert Robert, since over 50% of applications are submitted the week of the deadline, there are still plenty of spots available regardless of when you submit.
dipti -> George Can weekend and evening program be switched in case of any emergencies.
George -> dipti Yes, we allow evening and weekend students to switch programs once in their time with us if something arises. We can do this because we manage the switch both ways.
Diana_Lebiecki -> Laura Hello, regarding the “Alumni Post-Graduate Course Offerings- 3 courses” How long do you have to take them after you graduate and can they be taken outside of Booth (i.e. The Law School, etc.)?
Laura -> Diana_Lebiecki Hi Diana_Lebiecki - The Alumni Take Three Program (after you graduate) can be used anytime after you graduate - it never expires. There is also the Take Three Program for current students. This is an offering to take three classes for free once you have completed all of your degree requirements. They both can only be used to take Chicago Booth courses.
Dil -> Beth Are international students considered same as US nationals for admissions?
Beth -> Dil Dil, international students and domestic students do have the same admissions requirements, with the exception of the TOEFL. You are exempt from the TOEFL if you meet any of these requirements: a) US citizen or permanent resident, b) have 2+ years of full time work experience in the United States, or c) have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English.
JosephG -> Humberto Hi all! I spoke with Gretchen Cooper a few weeks ago about visiting a class. She suggested I wait until finals wrap up. When would be a good time to schedule my visit?
Humberto -> JosephG Yes, Joseph, we just resumed Class Visits for the Spring quarter yesterday! You can take a look at the options posted on our website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit and send us an email with the class and date you would like to visit to eveningweekend-classvisit@chicagobooth.edu. We look forward to seeing you in class soon!
Mark -> Kara Are there any benefits to submitting your application earlier than the deadline date? (i.e. better chance of acceptance, earlier notification)
Kara -> Mark Mark, if you submit earlier you will get an earlier decision. You will receive a decision 4-6 weeks from they day you submit, assuming your application is complete. However, it does not necessarily impact your chances of admission. Around 80% of applications are submitted the week of the deadline. Therefore, it is just fine if you submit near or on the deadline.
Dominick -> George Hi, what is the annual "in class" committment for your weekend mba program?
George -> Dominick It is up to you. You can take one class (three hours/week) or three classes (nine hours/week). Part of the program students value most is the immense flexibility it offers. Most weekend students take two classes or six in class hours/week.
Simone -> Laura For someone who didn't have strong grades in Economics and/or Accounting in undergrad, would you recommend those students retake the courses before applying to business school?
Laura -> Simone Hi Simone, there is no need to re-take Economics or Accounting prior to joining Booth. We have students with all types of backgrounds joining our program including non-business backgrounds. If you still feel uneasy about your preparedness, we have pre-MBA resources for incoming students to take advantage of - but they are by no means required.
EvanB -> Beth What would you consider the Chicago Business Fellows program's greatest asset?
Beth -> EvanB EvanB the greatest asset of the CBF program is the ability for young professionals (0-3 years of work experience) to earn their MBA early in their career. As a reminder, CBF students are required to maintain employment throughout the duration of their time at Chicago Booth (this is different from regular Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students).
Kannyg -> George After completing 10 courses in my first year, can I apply to Full Time On Campus Recruiting in both my 2nd and 3rd years of the program? Can you also explain how the OCR process works for Part Time students. Is there a bidding system common to both Full Time and Part Time students?
George -> Kannyg Yes, once you complete 12 classes you can go through the on campus recruiting. It is the same process the full-time students go through. We eliminated bidding for slots last year. All slots are open to all students. The companies review resumes and then call the individuals they want to see while they are here.
Himanshu_Dabral -> Humberto Thanks for hosting this online session. I am Himanshu Dabral and I attended the information session in Chicago Gleacher Center on April 5 where Professor Art Middlebrook gave us a glimpse of marketing program at Booth. Unfortunately, I could not attend one of his class on April 6. However, I was looking for a detailed session on Booth program. When will the next session be held and what will be the agenda?
Humberto -> Himanshu_Dabral Himanshu, thanks for attending the Marketing Info Session last week. That session was unique in that it included mostly information about Marketing at Booth, as well as a mini-lecture from Professor Middlebrooks. We host our "regular" Info Sessions once per month at the Gleacher Center, when we provide information about Booth in general and the value of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, specifically. You can find those dates on our website at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago.
Diana_Lebiecki -> George Hello, At Friday night’s Info session the student panel mentioned the Short and Long-Term study abroad programs. Do you have an estimate on what percentage of students take part in study abroad, either long or short term?
George -> Diana_Lebiecki around 2%.
George -> Everyone Diana, sorry that number is for part-time only. I do not have full-time numbers with me.
Navid -> Beth If desired, are students allowed to take one or more classes at the London campus?
Beth -> Navid Navid, while we do offer study abroad opportunities (both short term and long term options), you cannot study at the Chicago Booth campus in London - that is reserved for the Executive MBA students only. For more on our international options, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international
Moderator -> Everyone We are 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.
Dil -> Beth Is a recommendation letter from my supervisor required for applying?
Beth -> Dil Dil, while it is not required, you will want to explain the choice of your recommenders in the question in your application. We want to understand why choose the people you did.
Dil -> Laura I will like to finish my weekend MBA in two years. Is that at all possible?
Laura -> Dil Hi Dil, thanks for your question. Students can take up to 4 classes a quarter, so if your schedule permits, you can take more than the average 2 classes per quarter. In the weekend program, the class offerings are Friday nights, Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons. Weekend students can take classes in the Evening or Full-time Program, but because it isn't your home program you will not have priority during registration.
Mandla -> George This is mandla again, talk a little about the types of letters of recommendation
George -> Mandla we ask for them to be from someone who knows you well as a working individual. Letters from your parents, clergy or past teachers are not as good as your supervisor, co-workers or vendors/suppliers. However, if you do want a character recommendation, we would take a third letter for recommendation.
Brian_T -> Kara From my understanding the only major difference between the Part Time and Full Time Programs is the internship between your first and second years. For those looking for more of a career switch but want to attend the Part Time program, does Career Services work closely with those students to attain part time/post Booth employment? Thanks!
Kara -> Brian_T Brian, you are correct, the Part Time program does not require an internship. Therefore, Career Services (CS) does not allow part time student to participate in on campus recruiting for internships. CS does offer a wide variety of services including individual coaching and helping you build your network. You will have access to GTS, our job posting database as well as on campus recruiting for full time jobs. If your company is offering any tuition assistance, you will need their written permission to participate in OCR. This is the only career service offering that requires your company permission. We encourage you to own your own career strategy in the part time program and encourage you to take advantage of the career services that are most appropriate for your career goals.
Vijeta -> Beth How much opportunity is there to explore placement opportunities and in general to be exposed to Asian economies through the weekend program?
Beth -> Vijeta Chicago Booth has employer development staff all around the globe, including Asia. Approximately 1/3 of all job postings are international opportunities.
arun_reddy -> George How does you perceive large number of open courses being offered these days by top B-school profs. Can they be mentioned in the applications ?
George -> arun_reddy Yes, but if you are going to talk about doing well in it vs. just having the knowledge, you would have to be able to provide some kind of transcript which we find seems hard for most people to do. It is not that we don't believe you, but we know that some people may find the urge to oversell their proficiency to be to great to avoid.
Rovi -> Beth Are there any statistics available for PT MBA Graduate emplyoment
Beth -> Rovi Rovi, 54% of graduated students get promoted and 62% change careers.
Moderator -> Laura prospectiveboothstudent: What are the class sizes for each of the starting classes each quarter in the weekend program? Does that number even matter given students can start, pause and resume their quarters at their own preference? Is there a preferable quarter to start if one had the luxury of time
Laura -> Moderator Hello - We have an incoming class every autumn quarter with a class size ranging from 100-120 students. At any given point our Weekend population is around 300 students.
Tejas -> Humberto In terms of recognition in the job market, is there a difference between the full time and part time MBA? What kind of feedback are you getting from recruiters about candidates who graduate from both programs in terms of their output? Are both Part time and full time MBAs the same when looked at by companies?
Humberto -> Tejas Great question, Tejas. The main difference between part-time and Full-Time Booth students when it comes to recruiting is the amount of time they put into those activities. All Full-Time MBA students are expected to go through recruiting to find internships and jobs, whereas a very small percentage of part-time students participate in the formal On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) activities. Many part-time students develop their careers in other ways (their network, Booth-specific job postings and resume database, etc.). We have not heard any evidence that one group or the other is seen as more prepared or of a higher quality by employers or recruiters, since their curriculum and academic requirements are identical. It should be both your current employments preferences (i.e. keeping your job vs. leaving your job), as well as your future career goals that dictate which option you choose - part-time or Full-Time. If you'd like to speak more specifically about your situation, feel free to send me an email to humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu.
EvanB -> Kara Are there opportunities for Evening MBA students to develop relationships with alumni during their time here?
Kara -> EvanB Evan, yes, there are many opportunities to connect with alumni. You will have access to our community directory, which gives you access to alumni profiles and email addresses. Also, alumni often come to Gleacher to participate in career services and student group activities to meet with students, talk about their careers, etc. Each week students get an email "Alumni Events Open to You" that offers a wide variety of ways to connect.
Balaji -> Beth While we are at letters of recommendation, apart from letters from Supervisors/employers, do you think it would be an interesting add if I can get a letter from the President of the Indian Student's Association (for which I was the treasurer - when I was at school between 2006 and 2009)?
Beth -> Balaji While only two letters are required for your application (one if you are a reapplicant), you are more than welcome to submit additional letters if you feel they will provide a unique perspective on your candidacy. Additional letters are not required.
Vijeta -> Beth For a letter or recommendation from a co-worker is it better to have it from a co-worker in the same team as me or from another team?
Beth -> Vijeta Vijeta, you would want to ask the individual who could provide the strongest recommendation and if this person is on another team, then ask them.
Dil -> George Can you tell a little about how to think about executive MBA program versus part time MBA program at Chicago?
George -> Dil the executive program is for people who are functional experts and now find themselves running larger parts of the organization outside their expertise, so now they need to understand the language of other functions. in the exec program you will get more accounting than might someone in the part-time who is concentrating in marketing, but will get less marketing than they would . The part-time program can tailor their education to fit their needs, so they will get more of that topic than will the exec program where they classes are given to you and you have no choice. The exec program is a general MBA in the broadest sense.
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EvanB -> Humberto What is one piece of advice you would offer to us, as candidates?
Humberto -> EvanB Good question, Evan. Above all else, I would encourage you to be authentic during the application process. Do not misrepresent who you are, highlight the strengths you believe you bring to the program, and be prepared to reflect on your areas for development.
Alan_Bebchik -> Laura Can you provide some examples of student organizations in the Part-Time program? Do these organizations interact with the full-time program/attend mutual events?
Laura -> Alan_Bebchik Hi Alan - We have 30+ part time student groups for you to get involved with. There are professional, athletic and social groups. Many of our student organizations interact and join efforts with full-time students. The community at Booth is very active and a great way to enhance your MBA experience.
DA -> George Do you have to be working in the chicago area at the time of application to apply for Evening MBA program? The reason I ask is I'd like to apply for Evening program although i'm located in Kansas City, but once I have offer of admission, I'd request my company for a job transfer to Chicago. Is this possible?
George -> DA no, it happens all the time. We may call you to make sure you know what you are doing, but you can share your plans to assuage our fears. if you are unable to make the move happen you can always take weekend classes until such time as you are able to make the move official.
Mandla -> Beth Mandla: I hold another masters degree does the committee wonder about the rationale behind another masters, and thus turn you down. In other words does having an advnced degree make you a liabilty to your program
Beth -> Mandla Good question. The admissions committee does not wonder about the rationale provided you explain your reasoning in your first essay question. Also, you will be in good company, as over 20% of our admitted students have advanced degrees.
Alan_Bebchik -> Humberto How can someone coordinate a class visit?
Humberto -> Alan_Bebchik Alan, all you need to do is visit this website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit and send an email to our Class Visit email hotline with your preferences eveningweekend-classvisit@chicagobooth.edu. We will take care of the rest!
Moderator -> George prospectiveboothstudent: You provided the statistics indicating 62% of students change carriers. Do you have a breakdown showing what fields they went into
George -> Moderator Yes, but I do not have it here with me. Please contact the office and we can provide that to you. 312-464-8700. eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu
Dil -> Kara I am looking for advice on deciding between weekend and executive MBA. I have over 8 years of work experience and will be able to start a program this year.
Kara -> Dil Dil, the program structures are very different. The Executive MBA Program (XP) is very structured, as it is a lock-step, cohorted program. This means you will take all of your predetermined courses with the same group of students. You will also be required to study abroad in London and Singapore as part of the program. XP is a 21 month program. The Weekend MBA offers more flexible, as you get to pick and choose what courses you want to take. In the Weekend program, you will also have Evening MBA and Full Time MBA students in your classes, as we allow you to take courses across programs. If you want to further discuss the programs to determine your fit, feel free to email me, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu, to set a time to chat.
Jamil2 -> Laura Laura, i should have been more precise. Is the part time faculty different than the full time program faculty?For example, does Professor Rajan ever teach a weekend class?
Laura -> Jamil2 Hi Jamil, faculty rotate through all three programs. Professor Rajan taught in the Weekend MBA program last academic year.
Balaji -> Humberto If I miss a class in the Evening program, Can I make it up by attending the same class in the Weekend program (if offered)?
Humberto -> Balaji Good question, Balaji. That option is based on (1) whether or not the course is offered in multiple programs that quarter and (2) whether or not the faculty member allows for their students to attend an alternate section of their course. These decisions are typically case-by-case, but my experience with students and faculty indicates that, in most cases, it's not a problem to attend a different section, assuming there's one to attend.
Himanshu_Dabral -> George Could you please elaborate on Big Data Analytics program? Can you also point some of these programs?
George -> Himanshu_Dabral here are some links:
feel free to come and we would be glad to have you visit one of the classes on this topic.
Karan -> Kara Hi, I am interested in Part-time Weekend and full-time MBA (preferably). I am currently in Boston. Just wanted to know if you have any students travelling in for Part-time weekend from outside Chicago and given the work distribution if at all that is considered practical.
Kara -> Karan Karan, most of our Weekend MBA students live outside of IL and commute to Chicago for classes. We have students from all over the country including (but not limited to) Boston, Houston, DC, Seattle, the Bay Area, and Minneapolis.
Candice -> Beth Is Booth's Weekday and Fellows program highly racially diversified?
Beth -> Candice Candice, here is a link to some of our students who are representative of the students in the program. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/transform/students/

About 33% of the students in the program are international. They come from more industries than I can count, but they are professional violinists, cardiologist, lawyers, engineers, teachers etc. and the breadth of experience ranges from 2 years to 40 years.
Vijeta -> Laura Is there a club there which focuses on emerging technologies like nanotech, cloud ?
Laura -> Vijeta Hi Vijeta, we have a TECH group that focuses on entrepreneurship in the technology sector. To read more about our student groups, you can visit our Student Services website here: http://programs.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/studentGroups/
Dil -> Kara I am looking to get a feedback for my application deadline that is approaching, May 15th. Can I submit my resume to get a feedback first and then decide whether to apply?
Kara -> Dil Dil, we are unable to give you feedback regarding your chances of admission. However, we are happy to answer general questions. Feel free to connect with me via email, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu. Please note that the Weekend MBA application deadline is May 10th.
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EvanB -> Humberto Can you transfer from the Chicago Business Fellows program into any of the other programs at the University? Full time? Joint MBA/JD program?
Humberto -> EvanB Evan, Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) is a sub-set of the Evening MBA program for individuals with less-than three years of full-time work experience since college. There are additional components to the program that you can read about here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/chicago-business-fellows. Any Evening MBA or Weekend MBA student is permitted to transfer one-time between those programs, but you cannot transfer to the Full-Time MBA program. Any joint degree programs (JD/MBA included) require a separate application process to the second program once you're admitted to the first. Most joint degree programs are "designed" for full-time students, and as a result do not offer evening or weekend courses in their programs.
LaurenB -> Kara Approximately how many students are admitted each term for the Weekend MBA program?
Kara -> LaurenB Lauren, we matriculate 100-120 Weekend MBA students each fall quarter.
Beth -> Everyone Himanshu_Dabral: How many recommendation letters can I send? I can get 2 from my workplace and 2 from my non professional space. Will that be considered good or bad?
Himanshu - we only require you submit 2 letters of recommendation. If you would like to submit additional letters, you are more than welcome to, if you feel they will provide a unique perspective. That being said, if you would like to submit 4, you are welcome to.
dipti -> Laura Can we switch evening to weekend program for entire semester if sometimes job demands are more in certain semesters.
Laura -> dipti Hi dipti - you can switch programs one time during your time at Booth after you have taken classes for two quarters. You also have the option of taking courses (without transferring) in another program. You just won't have priority for those courses during the registration process.
trong -> Humberto What are key admission criteria for MBA students? Is there any major differences for part-time, full-time students?
Humberto -> trong Trong, the application requirements for Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full-Time MBA students at Booth are primarily the same - letters of recommendation, essays, resume, transcripts, an interview (for Full-Time, this is invite only; for part-time, it's required), and the GMAT/GRE. You can see a list of requirements for the part-time programs here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply and a list for the Full-Time program here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/apply.
ESchwebach -> Laura Thanks Booth for hosting this info session. I’m sure it varies by course and instructor, but do you find a large number of classes are graded on a scale/curve? If so, would Evening students be on the same scale as full-time and weekend students taking the same course, or are they kept separate? Thanks!
Laura -> ESchwebach ESchwebach - thanks for your question. All students, no matter what program they are in, are evaluated on the same curve in a particular course. I hope that answers your question.
Moderator -> Everyone Hear from current Evening and Weekend students about their Booth experience. Check out their unique stories at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/transform/
Mark -> Kara How does Booth view supplemental transcripts from an applicant? If your undergraduate grades were not ideal and since then have completed additional courses in core areas and received great marks to strengthen your application. How will that be viewed?
Kara -> Mark Mark, we look at all of your educational background, including classes taken post undergrad. Doing well on the GMAT or GRE can also offset one's lower GPA. If you are very concerned about your GPA, you may want to consider taking Booth MBA courses as a graduate student at large (GSAL). You can take up to 3 Booth MBA classes that will transfer into the program if admitted. Doing well is GSAL courses looks good in an application. For more details, shoot me an email, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Osama -> George Hi I'm Osama I wanted to ask how beneficial is the full-time or even part-time program for somebody who's done his BS in Media Sciences with advertising is majors. Given that I see advertising as specialized marketing, I really want to pursue an MBA rather than any MS degree in a media-related field. Thank you.
George -> Osama It really depends on your desired end state. When you look at those who are in the position to which you aspire do they possess MBA's or MS/MA's? With that said, the MBA is the most flexible of all degrees. You never know what the future holds. Will you one day decide to start your own shop? Will you want to make a career shift to another function? The MBA provides skills that have a great option value. It provides a great business underpinning that will allow you to far more things than more specific MA's or MS's that provide good insight on that one topic. We hear that so often from alumni, how the the MBA allowed them to do something that they could have never done had they not had it, even though they did not know they were going to be doing it at the time.
Kannyg -> Kara If I prefer not to get a recommendation from my current supervisor, do I need to explain that? Will that affect my candidacy?
Kara -> Kannyg Yes, in the application, we ask you to explain why you chose your recommenders. Please take this chance to tell us why you did not select your current supervisor.
Moderator -> Humberto prospectiveboothstudent: At an average of 2 classes each quarter, what would a students typically work load committment be on average each week?
Humberto -> Moderator That would depend on the specific courses you are taking and you background/comfort with the material. Out-of-class work loads can vary drastically from course-to-course, but we actually provide that information in the form of publishing course evaluations. That way, you can see what previous students who took the course thought about, including the number of hours they spent working on the class each week.
Beth -> Everyone Dil - when writing your essays, you want to utilize this opportunity to tell your story and have us get to know. Explain to us how an MBA will help you achieve your goals and what you hope to gain. If we can understand your passion, you're on the right track.
Diana_Lebiecki -> Laura Hello, Is the Effective Leadership 3 day course a prerequisite before you commence classes or may you take it at a later date if you for example have a potential conflict that weekend?
Laura -> Diana_Lebiecki Hi Diana, if you cannot make the LAUNCH (orientation) dates we will need to work with you one-off. Please email at laura.ramirez@ChicagoBooth.edu. Thanks!
Balaji -> Kara Do you have loan options for Non-US Citizens but who are in the US on a work visa?
Kara -> Balaji Yes, you will have private student loan options. You can connect with financial aid advisors as soon as you are admitted.
George -> Everyone Awak, let me answer your question first and second year students going through on campus recruiting. Because of the flexibility of our program students move through it at different paces. Therefore we do not measure by time but by classes. once you reach 12 classes you can go through on campus recruiting. This puts you at the same spot as the full-time second year students.
Tejas -> Kara Is there a group of students or alumni from the metro Detroit area that commute to Booth for their weekend MBA? If so is there a way I may network with them to gain a better understanding of their experience since I currently live in the metro Detroit area.
Kara -> Tejas Yes, I would be happy to connect you. Please email me to submit your request, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Paige -> George Are we only allowed to take two courses in another program or are we allowe to take multiple?
George -> Paige You can take up to six questions in a different program, any class offered at the UofC is open.
dipti -> Laura Laura if I understand correctly we can swtich evening/weekend courses only once during entire program at BOOTH and after completion of 2 semesters.
Laura -> dipti Hi dipti - yes, you can switch to Evening or Weekend program after taking classes for 2 quarters. This process requires some paperwork and can only be done once during your time at Booth.
Himanshu_Dabral -> Beth I live in Houston and I want to be actively engaged with 2 groups in Booth - Polsky Center and Kilt Center. I cannot relocate to Chicago now. Would I be at a disadvantage due to this? How can students contribute to these centers?
Beth -> Himanshu_Dabral Good question, we have a lot of events on Saturday, especially during the lunch hour (12:00-1:30pm). You will not be at a disadvantage as both Polsky and Kilts come up to Gleacher regularly to participate in events with the part time students.
Moderator -> Everyone We are still answering questions and will stay after 1:00 p.m. to answer all of them.
arun_reddy -> Humberto How does Booth view students with an advanced degree ? Do these students tend to have lesser years of work ex compared to the guys with bachelors degree only ?
Humberto -> arun_reddy Arun, yes, any advanced education is always seen as a positive, assuming you performed well in those programs. And if you spent more time in school, our expectation would be that you will typically have less work experience than others. However, what's important to us is not the quantity, but rather the quality of your work experience.
Dil -> Kara What is the class size of weekend and evening programs?
Kara -> Dil Dil, we matriculate 100-120 Weekend MBA students each fall. For the Evening MBA we matriculate approximately 150 for fall and 70-80 for winter, spring, and summer.
Dil -> Kara Are there students from bay area that you can put me in touch with
Kara -> Dil Dil, sure thing. Send me an email and I will make the connection, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Navid -> Beth If a student has a scientific degree (i.e. physics), will that hurt or help that students chances of being admitted? Do you happen to know the percentage of students with scientific degrees at Booth? Will it be more difficult to succeed in the program if the student does not have a econ/business background?
Beth -> Navid Navid, you will not be at disadvantage with a scientific background, as many of our applicants come to Booth with backgrounds other than business. While I do not believe it will be more difficult for you to succeed as we have had many non-business background students, you may have to spend more time in certain classes. We also have academic advisors available to assist you with your course planning.
Himanshu_Dabral -> George What courses are available on leadership development?
George -> Himanshu_Dabral So many I could not begin to capture them here. Please write our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@Chicagobooth.edu and I would be glad to provide a complete list. We have classes but also we have many extracurriculars such as public speaking, conflict resolution, group dynamics and most importantly a slew of offerings that help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.
LaurenB -> Humberto I do not have very much business background outside of managing a pharmacy. However, I have great learning potential and am interested in mergers and acquisitions with a major pharmacy corporation. Will my lack of prior business knowledge hurt my chances of being admitted to a school such as Booth?
Humberto -> LaurenB No, Lauren, you lack of a "corporate" background will not directly impact your chances of admission. What we are looking for in the application process is for each applicant to highlight their strengths, which we expect will be different for each person, based on their academic and professional backgrounds. Our classes are rather diverse, with regards to where people come from professionally, and there's no "requirement" that you have worked in a particular kind of professional setting.
Himanshu_Dabral -> Beth Are there students or alumni from the Houston area that commute to Booth for their weekend MBA? Although I am visiting Booth and attending sessions, I want to get a feel of their Booth experience? Could you please connect me to them?
Beth -> Himanshu_Dabral Himanshu I would be happy to connect you with a current student or alum from Houston. Please send me your information at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and I will connect you.
trong -> George Im also interested in getting in touch with students from Minneapolis/St Paul area.
George -> trong glad to connect you. please write us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we can connect you with students who come from that area.
E -> Humberto Can I start a weekend MBA and then switch to a full time?
Humberto -> E No, you are not permitted to formally transfer between the part-time and Full-Time programs at Booth. You can, however, take classes across each of those three programs (Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time).
Jamil2 -> Kara For the weekend program, where students might be coming from different parts of the country, has there been any issues with doing group work? do you guys try to group together students from similar geographic areas?
Kara -> Jamil2 Jamil, I talk with WKN students all the time and they are able to make it work. It is important for your company to be aware and supportive that you are going through an MBA program. We allow you 5 years to complete the MBA. You can take courses at a pace that allow you to balance work, school and your personal life. You are able to choose your own study groups to work with students in your geographic region if you want.
Balaji -> Beth Do you have a cut-off GPA? If so, how do you preview the cut-off GPA for people with advanced degrees?
Beth -> Balaji Balaji, we do not have a cut off for GPA for applicants. The average GPA for our admitted students is 3.3. If you attend an institution which is not on the 4.0 scale, we evaluate your application based on your institution's grading scale.
Himanshu_Dabral -> Laura Does Booth Weekend program offer a capstone or experential learning courses wherein students work with the companies on their live projects? What does lab courses that are offered on Fridays offer?
Laura -> Himanshu_Dabral Hi Himanshu - Yes, we offer a wide variety of experiential courses at Booth. We do not have a capstone course in the Weekend MBA Program - You can search for these courses via the Course Search here: http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/community/course_search/205
arun_reddy -> Humberto How particular one has to be with respect to short term goal.? I come from tech background and wish to continue in tech -either Product management in tech companies or Technology focus in Consulting. Is it ok to use the school's resources to figure out this or do I need to narrow down to one goal before I even apply ?
Humberto -> arun_reddy Arun, you are welcome to articulate your goals in whatever way makes the most sense for you personally. We expect that individuals will have some goals that are more clear than others when they begin their MBA, and we also expect that business school is an opportunity for some individuals to better fine-tune other goals. I would just encourage you to be authentic with your responses and do some self reflection on what you want out of your MBA experience. This should help you complete your essays.
George -> Everyone E in answer to your questions about the Law School join degree program, when you join one of the two programs you have two quarters to be accepted to the other program. Assuming you are accepted to both we would then work with you and the law school to arrange the schedule. You do not end up taking them at the same time.
Heather_H. -> Kara Is there a preferred author type for letters of recommendation: clients, mentors, co-workers, managers, etc.? Who do you like to hear from the most when reviewing a candidate?
Kara -> Heather_H. Heather, we like to see at least one letter from a direct supervisor if you have one. In the application, you are asked to explain why you chose your recommenders. It is best that you select people who know you well and will be able to speak to your abilities in detail. They are given a guide that helps them craft their letter.
Balaji -> Beth I am doing a part-time MBA and I happen to lose my job due to some unforeseen circumstances. Then would I be allowed to convert to full-time to maintain my status in the country? (I am an Indian citizen on a work visa here)
Beth -> Balaji Balaji, if you lost your job, you could certainly apply to the FT program but you would need to withdraw from your current EW classes to do so. You would then need to submit an application and go through the FT admissions process and be admitted, to become a FT student.
Vijeta -> Kara Is it possible to know how many admits have been already offered for the weekend program?
Kara -> Vijeta No, we do not publish our acceptance rates. I can tell you we have plenty of room in the Weekend MBA class.
Diana_Lebiecki -> George If considering becoming a GSAL over the summer in conjunction to applying to PT program, can an individual take any Booth course for it to count towards the curriculum, or is it a specific set?
George -> Diana_Lebiecki any one. however we recommend you take one of the foundational courses. Accounting, statistics or microeconomics. There are the best signal to us of your ability.
Tejas -> Humberto If you submit earlier in the admissions process do you have to wait till past the deadline to find out if you have gotten into the program? or is it set up as a rolling admission?
Humberto -> Tejas Tejas, we operate on rolling admissions, meaning we will provide you with an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks of when your application is complete and submitted, regardless of when in the cycle you apply.
R -> Beth Can a higher GPA in Masters in a technical degree offset a lower undergrad GPA
Beth -> R While I wouldn't say it will offset, it will certainly give us more of your academic history to review. It helps us to see a strong upward progression in your academics.
Dil -> Kara Would you recommend Weekend program for me as I am from West Coast and will have to take a flight every Friday night? If not, I need to look for job in Chicago once I get accepted?
Kara -> Dil Dil, many west coast students fly in on Friday night. You can move to Chicago while in the program if you want. If you do so, you can transfer to become an Evening MBA student.
Balaji -> Humberto Is the 4-6 week deadline for decisions, both for Full time and Part Time?
Humberto -> Balaji Balaji, the 4-6 week window on rolling admissions applies only to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA admissions. The Full-time admissions process operates on rounds of admission, and has specific decision dates for each round of applications.
Stepfen -> Kara i started the application for fall admissions, how can I change that for winter admissions
Kara -> Stepfen Stepfen, send me an email and I will make the change for you, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Beth -> Everyone Simone: Could you give a couple examples of what you would consider good definitions of leadership outside of the workplace?
Simone - you could demonstrate your leadership abilities in the activities you participate in outside of work, such as volunteer opportunities, church related activities, helping with your undergraduate institution. There are many ways for you to demonstrate to us your leadership abilities.
Balaji -> Beth Hi Beth, Thanks for the reply. So, I won't be automatically considered for the FT program?
Beth -> Balaji Balaji - no, you would not be automatically considered for the FT program. If you were interested, you would have to apply.
George -> Everyone Tejas, in response to your question about the difference between Booth vs. other top programs... Our program is the most flexible program bar none. We allow you to choose the classes that you want, when you want them. We do not make you take a accounting class if you are CPA, that woudl be a waist of your time and money. Likewise if you are an engineer it seems foolish to mandate that you take a statistics class. All other programs have a core set of classes that you have to take not matter what. We allow you to be the CEO of your own education. You get to choose what classes you want to get you the best outcome from your education. With that said we have 13 people in my office who are here to help you navigate those courses if you are uncertain.
Vijeta -> Humberto Is it possible to schedule a class visit during the interview process for people living outside Chicago?
Humberto -> Vijeta Yes, Vijeta, you're welcome to come to Chicago and visit a class at the same time you interview. You will schedule your interview after you submit your application. Once that's set, just take a look at the options on the website and let us know what class you'd like to see when you are in town http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/visit. We will take care of the rest.
rank123 -> Kara What types of examples are you looking for in the activities portion of the application, and how much weight does this carry in admissions?
Kara -> rank123 It is one of many factors. Applicants list their hobbies, interests and community activities. It gives us a sense of who you are outside of work and what you are passionate about. It is not the most important thing in the application, but we look for applicants who have varied interests, as this adds to the diversity of the community.
DA -> Kara Kara - I'll be sending you an email later. I'd like to connect with current or past Booth weekend program students from Kansas city metro area.
Kara -> DA Sounds good! I will keep an eye out for your email.
Mandla -> Humberto Mandla: does age of the applicant matter?
Humberto -> Mandla Mandla, no, the age of the applicant does not matter in our admissions process. If you would like to discuss your application in particular, please feel free to reach out to me directly humberto.freda@chicagobooth.edu.
Moderator -> Beth prospectiveboothstudent: Does the fact that going through evening program you do not always have the same set of students in classes taking the same classes, negatively affect the learning process?
Beth -> Moderator Having different students in your classes would be an advantage as you would be exposed to a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. The only program where the students are the same throughout is the Executive MBA program.
R -> George how long does it take to receive an invite for an interview after the application is submitted ?
George -> R you can interview the day after you submit if you wish, or as far out as you need to schedule it. we are flexible to accommodate your schedule.
Laura -> Everyone Hi Balaji, there is no even split or typical background at Booth. We see a wide range of backgrounds with our applicants.
George -> Everyone We got a bit backed up with questions so I hope we were able to answer everyones. If not, please call us or come by the office anytime. We would be glad to meet with you in person or over the phone to answer them.
Moderator -> Everyone We were able to answer all the questions you submitted - Thank you for joining us today!
Kara -> Everyone Thanks for all the great questions today! We look forward to working with you as you continue your research and move through the application process. Cheers, Kara
Beth -> Everyone Thank you for joining us today. We look forward to receiving your Weekend MBA application (deadline May 10) and Evening MBA application for the Autumn quarter (deadline July 1) in the coming weeks. Please remember if you are applying to multiple schools, submit all of your applications at the same time.
Humberto -> Everyone Thanks for all of your questions, this was a very lively chat! We look forward to seeing all of you on campus sometime soon for an event http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events or class visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit.
Laura -> Everyone Thanks for joining the chat today. We look forward to working with you down the road. Best of luck! Laura
George -> Everyone We have an information session on May 1st,. It is a great way to meet students and alumni and ask any question you have about the program. Hope to see you at Gleacher.
Moderator -> Everyone Our session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, April 12, 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