Weekend MBA

Live Chat with Admissions directors for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs

Curious about applying to Chicago Booth's Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs? Join us for a live chat with admissions directors from the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. We will answer questions about the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Noon CST

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Moderator -> EveryoneHello everyone! Thank you for joining us today. Our chat will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. CDT. We have a student joining us today-Feel free to begin submitting your questions about student life and admissions now so we can start providing answers at noon.
Nico -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I am Nico Ricchiuto, admissions manager. I manage Information Sessions and assist with the Class Visit program. Please feel free to ask me any application related questions!
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, associate director and I'm available to answer your application-related questions.
Carolyn -> EveryoneHi, everyone! I'm a current Booth student, and co-President of our Evening and Weekend Student Advisory Council. Looking forward to chatting with you today!
Holly -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. My name is Holly Shearer, Director of Student Services, and I'm looking forward to answering your questions today.
Kara -> EveryoneWelcome to our final online chat for 2014! I hope your New Year's resolution is to apply to Chicago Booth. I am Kara Northcutt, director of admissions. I look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and the application process.
KapilN -> KaraI got a GMAT score of 670 (V35 Q47). My education background, GPA is good and have a 5+ work experience. I was wondering whether a score of 670 is enough to get into the program ? Or should I retake the exam ? I am applying for spring 2015 quarter.
Kara -> KapilNHello! Thank you for joining today's chat. Your 670 falls well within our mid-80% GMAT range of 620-750. I suggest you go ahead and move forward with your application.
KapilN -> NicoCan I submit 4 recommendation ?
Nico -> KapilNHi KapiN. Thank you for joining us! Typically applicants submit 2-3 letters of recommendation, but if you feel each recommendation will provide a unique perspective, the application system does not restrict you to three letters.
Ryan -> BethHow much weight in the admission process is given to an applicant's current career experience, GMAT scores, and interview compared to undergrad GPA if the applicant graduated over 10 years prior?
Beth -> RyanRyan, thanks for joining us today. We take a holistic approach to reviewing application, so we look at all aspects of your application equally. That being said, we will take into account the fact that you graduated 10+ years ago and that it may not reflect your academic performance now. If you are concerned about it, you are more than welcome to address it in the optional essay.
Arnab -> HollyHello, i was gone through transcripts of previous chats and I understand that once a student is enrolled in weekend MBA, he or she can transfer to evening MBA. Can a student take an evening course and a weekend course simultaneously?
Holly -> ArnabHi Arnab - Yes, students can enroll in courses across programs during any quarter. As a weekend student, you would first have access to register for weekend courses. Once we pass a certain point in the course bidding process, you would be able to register for both evening and full-time sections.
Claire -> NicoWhat type of recommendation letter is preferred? I plan on having one recommendation from my current manager at work. I am very involved with a volunteer organization and I am thinking of submitting a recommendation from someone at the organization. Is this a suitable recommendation?
Nico -> ClaireHi Claire. Thank you for joining us! A second letter can be professional in nature or from an organization, club, or volunteer project that you are associated with. Find more information on recommendation letters here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/letters-of-recommendation
Ben -> BethGood afternoon team. Is it possible to switch from evening to weekend status (or vice versa) once you've begun the program?
Beth -> BenBen, yes you can do a one-time transfer between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. You can also take Weekend classes as an Evening student, if your schedule permits.
Chris -> CarolynHi - I'm trying to decide between the evening and full-time programs and a key factor of that decision is the access to recruiting resources. If I'm looking at the MBA to make a possible career shift, how do the part time career resources compare to those of the FT? I'm aware that part time students cannot participate in the first summer internship but are there other avenues through which part time students might get internships? Are most part time students firmly set with their career track?
Carolyn -> ChrisHi Chris- you sound well informed already! You're right- the big difference between recruiting is access to internship recruiting. Plenty of our evening students are able to secure internships via personal networking or the Booth network, but it does take a lot of legwork on your part. A significant number of part-time students do switch careers, myself included. My recommendation would be to carefully consider the switch you are wishing to make, and evaluate feasibility of that change without doing an internship. For example, the transition from a technical background (engineering, etc.) to consulting is a common shift that we see students successfully execute without an internship. You can also take a look at the course catalog and evaluate what lab courses may be available to simulate an internship-like experience that would help with your desired transition. Good luck!
KapilN -> KaraI took my GMAT few weeks back. Could only score 670 (Q47 V35). I also have a GRE score of 1460 which is equivalent to GMAT 730 per the calculator. But the GRE was taken 8 years. How do I communicate my expired GRE score to adcom ? Will the adcom even consider it ?
Kara -> KapilNSince your GRE is expired, we will not be able to consider it as your official test score. We will use your GMAT score. However, feel free to also self-report your GRE score so we are aware of it as well while reviewing your application. We will not be able to verify the GRE since it is expired. However, this is not a problem, as we will have your official GMAT score. .
Amar_Mistry -> NicoHow and when are the interviews conducted?
Nico -> Amar_MistryHi Amar_Mistry. Once you submit your application, you will be prompted to schedule your interview online. All interviews are held at the Gleacher Center with a member of our admissions committee. For more info on interviews, go here:http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply
MikeDebre -> HollyHow do applicants typically demonstrate that they possess intellectual curiosity? Thanks!
Holly -> MikeDebreHi Mike - Applicants typically demonstrate intellectual curiosity in their interview by asking thoughtful questions that go beyond the surface. You can share examples from your workplace as well. Hope this helps!
Desmond -> BethHi. I am interested in knowing how many years of experience (on average) admissions looks for in an applicant.
Beth -> DesmondOur incoming students have, on average, between 5-6 years of work experience. We do, however, look at both quantity and quality of your work experience.
Alex -> NicoHi Caroly.please tell me which one you accept? IELTS or Tofel?
Nico -> AlexHi Alex. We accept both the IELTS and the TOEFL. More info here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams
Ben -> HollyHolly, does that apply in reverse order? Evening program students can take weekend classes as openings are available?
Holly -> BenHi Ben - It sure does. Evening MBA students can enroll in Weekend and Full-Time sections. Full-Time students can also enroll in Evening and Weekend sections, pending availability.
Arnab -> NicoI have one more question, I work full time during the academic year and I do not work in summer. so can a weekend MBA student take a full time load only on summer quarter?
Nico -> ArnabHi Arnab. Thank you for joining us! You are certainly able to increase your course load if you have the time. Keep in mind that there are two time slots on Saturday to take classes, so you would have to take a class on a weeknight as well.
Nat -> CarolynI am in between jobs right now after being at a company for 17 years. Would you recommend applying now or would you suggest finding my new job first? Also I would like to ask Carolyn what her biggest challenge is in balancing job, school and life.
Carolyn -> NatHi Nat- Great question. The answer is really up to you. You can apply now, but should be very explicit about your current employment state and why the evening or weekend MBA would be the right next step for you. I would caution you that your time available to dedicate to a job search will decrease once you add courses to your schedule :-)
The biggest challenge: constantly reassessing my priorities across those three categories, and ensuring that none of the three are neglected. I promise it's worth it, though!
EAS -> BethIf an individual receives an offer, but is unable to actually begin the program due to work moving that individual to another city does this hamper the individual's chances of beginning the program at another point or choosing another program such as the eMBA?
Beth -> EASNo, this would not negatively impact your application, especially if you explained your situation in your application. You could also defer your start date for our program, if you know you'll only need a quarter to get moved. You have options!
Andrew_K -> HollyIn regards to the recommendations, would it be highly beneficial to have former co-workers write the letters, or would it be appropriate to have a good friend who has known me for a long time write about me?
Holly -> Andrew_KAndrew - We recommend your two letters are professional in nature. If you would like to include a third letter from a personal friend, you're welcome to do so.
BT -> KaraHello! I am planning to apply to Chicago Booth for Fall 2015 semester. During my Engineering undergrad degree I took some elective classes as Accounting, Econ, etc. I was wondering if these classes would count towards my MBA and/or if you have an accelerated weekend MBA program.
Kara -> BTBT, thank you for joinging today's chat! Booth does not offer an accelerated program. You are required to take 20 courses at Booth. Our curriculum is extremely flexible and allows you to not repeat courses you have already taken. You have around 150 course to choose from, so you will have no shortage of new and interesting courses to take.
AndreaR -> BethI'm interested in applying to the Chicago Business Fellows program and was wondering how many students are admitted into the program each year, and what the average GMAT score is for the program?
Beth -> AndreaRWe typically bring in around 30 Chicago Business Fellow (CBF) students for Evening and 15 for Weekend. Since these are young professionals, we do rely more on your academic performance, so the GMAT score tends to be higher for the CBF program, around a 700.
Karly -> NicoHello, thanks for hosting the chat. I am wondering if extensive work experience is required/expected. Or do you consider candidates directly out of undergrad?
Nico -> KarlyHi Karly. The 80th percentile is 2-10 years of work experience, so extenxive work experience is not required. We do have a program geared toward individuals with 0-3 years of work experience. Find more information on the Chicago Business Fellows Program here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates
Ryan -> CarolynFor the weekend MBA program, will the student be paired with the same set of students frequently, or should the student expect a changing student selection per class?
Carolyn -> RyanHi Ryan- It certainly varies across courses, but as we're a friendly program, you'll get to know a number of faces fairly quickly. There are approximately 350 students currently in the weekend program, and unless you stay in a very narrow spectrum of classes (exclusively finance, for example) you'll get to know most of those students across your time here.
Michael_O. -> NicoDo CBF interviews have to take place in person?
Nico -> Michael_O.Hi Michael_O. Yes, all CBF interviews take place in person during our all day CBF days.
solo -> NicoHow is self employment accounted for work experience?
Nico -> soloHi solo. We have many students who are self employed. We weigh self employment the same as other professional experience.
Amar_Mistry -> HollyHow would you assess an individual who's undergraduate performance was less than stellar but work experience was outstanding?
Holly -> Amar_MistryHi Amar - This is a great question. We do look at the whole application - weighing each piece equally. That being said - a strong aspect can outweigh areas of concern - such as your undergraduate GPA. If you're concerned about your GPA, you could look into taking a Booth class before applying through the University of Chicago's Graham School of Continuing Studies. This could help demonstrate to the admissions committee that you're ready for the Booth MBA.
John -> BethI am considering applying to the Evening PT program with the goal of finishing in 3-4 years total--my fiance will finish a hematology/oncology fellowship in 1.5 years. If she receives a faculty position outside of Chicago and I need to move midway through the program is there anyway to finish w/out having to commute to Chicago every weekend which would become very time consuming and expensive
Beth -> JohnJohn, unfortunately there is not a way to complete the degree without commuting. 80% of our Weekend students are traveling from outside of Illinois each weekend. We do offer discounts for airfare and a Saturday shuttle which will pick you up/drop you off at each airport. It sounds daunting but it is very manageable. You could also speed up and take more classes if you wanted to complete your degree sooner. If you would like to speak with students who have done this, we are more than happy to connect you. You can email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Ning -> KaraI has a bachelor degree from China and then a bachelor degree from Canada many many years ago, I had worked in telecommunication industry for 20+ years since then. Do I need to submit the official transcripts during the application process? I just don't know how to get them after so many years.
Kara -> NingNing, at the time you apply, all we need are unofficial transcripts. You need to upload translated transcripts and a degree certificate directly into the application. If admitted and you accept our offer, we then need official transcripts. At this point, if you have official copies, you can bring them into our office for us to photocopy and notarize. This allows you to keep your official transcripts.
KapilN -> BethHow does the adcom looks at a low AWA score (I got 3.5) ?
Beth -> KapilNIt is one part of your application. If you are concerned about your score, you can certainly address it in your optional essay.
Desmond -> NicoIs the application process for CBF separate from the Evening MBA application? Additionally, what extra opportunities are available to CBF students?
Nico -> DesmondDesmond: There is a separate application for CBF candidates. During a CBF student's first quarter, they attend a weekly professional development seminar.
Karly -> BethDo you have a strong preference as to whether a candidate submits a GRE score or a GMAT score?
Beth -> KarlyThe majority of applicants do submit the GMAT, but it is your preference. Just remember both scores are valid 5 years to the date you took the exam.
AndreaR -> KaraI'm interested in applying to the Chicago Business Fellows program and was wondering how many students are admitted into the program each year, and what the average GMAT score is for the program?
Kara -> AndreaRAndrea, we are thrilled you are applying to CBF! We matriculate around 30 Evening MBA and 15 Weekend MBA students each fall. I anticipate the Weekend CBF program will grow to 30 over the years. Last year was our first Weekend MBA CBF class. The Evening CBF program has been part of Booth for a decade.
Kapil_N -> NicoHow does adcom look at an applicant from an engineering background with no management experience ?
Nico -> Kapil_NHi Kapil_N. We do not require any management experience to apply. The adcom looks at each applicant's unique background to determine fit.
Kapil_N -> BethBeth, could you please elaborate on addressing low AWA score in the optional essay ?
Beth -> Kapil_NYou could talk about your concern for your score, discuss why/how it is not reflective of your ability, and why you are a strong candidate.
vivek -> Bethhi...Is having a work experience of about 10 years can have negative impact on my application?
Beth -> vivekVivek, no, having 10 years of work experience will not have a negative experience on your application at all! We look forward to reviewing your resume/application.
Claire -> KaraI passed all parts of the CPA in 2012; however, I have not yet registered/gotten my license. I do not require a license for my current job. As such, I cannot represent myself as a CPA on my application. Would obtaining my license make my application stronger?
Kara -> ClaireClaire, thank you for explaining. In the application you can explain the same. It will be good for us to know you have passed the CPA exams. You can use the optional essay to explain.
Kapil_N -> NicoShould I apply for MBA as soon as I can or should I wait till the deadline of Jan 9 ? Is applying earlier better ? How many candidates do you select for the weekend program. Does it have a cap, if it does, in that case, is it advisable to apply early ?
Nico -> Kapil_NHi Kapli_N. It is up to you when to apply. There is no difference in the decision process. We are on rolling admissions, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive your decision (4-6 weeks after submission). We typically bring in about 100 weekend students every Fall. We do not have a cap.
Beta15 -> HollyAre all courses also made available on weekends, or are there certain courses that are only offered during the week?
Holly -> Beta15Hi Beta15 - The school works hard to offer a variety of courses in the weekend program, ensuring students can earn all 13 concentrations. We recommend that weekend students review the academic course schedule in advance and plan out their coursework. If you're interested in taking lab courses, those most commonly take place during the week.
MikeDebre -> NicoIf I take a course as a GSAL prior to application, will I be in class with people in the MBA program or are the GSAL courses separate? Thanks!
Nico -> MikeDebreHi Mike! Great question. You can take a Booth class with Booth students and faculty through GSAL: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/credit/graduate-student-at-large/business
solo -> BethWhat's the difference between an executive MBA and a regular Evening MBA and daytime MBA - Does each emphasizes a certain area of knowledge?
Beth -> soloThe difference is really about the experience and what you are hoping to gain from the program. The Executive MBA program is a 21 month program with a general management curriculum and mandatory international experience. The Evening MBA is for full-time working professionals looking to continue in their career while gaining knowledge from the Booth MBA. There is a lot of flexibility in our program in terms of courses, timing for classes, and the pace of your education. Students complete the degree in 2.5-3 years. The Full-Time MBA is for individuals who quit their job and fully immerse themselves in the program. They complete the degree in 2 years and typically do an internship in the summer between their first and second year. The curriculum for both the Evening MBA and Full-Time MBA is the same, same faculty. All programs each the same great degree. I would highly recommend attending a class for each program, as I think this will help you decide which program is right for you.
Jimmy -> HollyHi! I noticed that you offer a shuttle service and discounted airfare for those who fly in for weekend classes. Do you have a similar program for someone to take a train in?
Holly -> JimmyHi Jimmy - We don't currently work with trains to provide discounts for students, but we're open to exploring it. Thanks for the suggestion!
Amar_Mistry -> HollyIs there any way to get a transcript of this chat session e-mailed to us?
Holly -> Amar_MistryHi Amar - A transcript from today's live chat will be posted here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats
on Friday.
AlexC -> NicoDo you weigh the GMAT's quant score more than the overall score for the part time programs (e.g., is there a "red flag" if it is below the 80% percentile)?
Nico -> AlexCHi AlexC. We look at all components of the GMAT score, but the overall score is probably the most important.
Keith -> CarolynHi everyone, my questions is for Carolyn and is related to Chris's: I know balancing an MBA program with work has to be tough. Do you find yourself wishing you could participate in more campus activities or clubs? I am also considering full-time options, but could easily relocate to Chicago in my current job. As a follow up, is it possible to apply to both part- and full-time programs at Booth or should I decide my preference before applying?
Carolyn -> KeithHi Keith- I've prioritized my time while in the program around involvement on campus, and have definitely made some trade-offs with regards to my ex-Booth social life. I got involved in the Student Advisory Council (our student body leadership group), Graduate Women in Business, Marketing Club, Booth Social Impact, and the Booth Poker Club. It's worth it :-)
We have a number of students who decide to relocate to Chicago during their Booth experience. Regarding applications- you need to select one program to apply to at a time. If your first application is unsuccessful, we typically require a six month waiting period before you can reapply to another of our programs. Please feel free to reach out to the admissions teams if you find yourself in that situation!
Bola -> BethFor the Spring 2015 applicant, what is the due date for submitting application and supporting documents?
Beth -> BolaThe deadline is Friday, January 9, 2015 for submitting your application. We ask that all missing items be received within 7 days. We are on rolling admissions, so you can submit your application anytime between now and the deadline.
danm -> KaraCan you apply to more than one MBA program simultaneously? Is there any difference in selection criteria for the different programs?
Kara -> danmDanm, you can only apply to one MBA program at Booth at a time. The application criteria are similar across programs. However, each program does look for different types of students. For example, the Executive MBA program tends to look for applicants with more work experience. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is designed for full time working professionals. Therefore, we seek applicants who want to remain working full time while getting an MBA. Full Time is more designed for career changers. There are, of course, exceptions across the board. To further discuss your interests and help determine which program is best for you, email eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and request a meeting or call.
Victor_S -> BethI plan on applying to take a pre-MBA course as a GSAL during the Spring 2015 semester to strengthen my application. Does it make sense to finish this course and get an official grade on my transcript before applying, or can I take the course and apply concurrently?
Beth -> Victor_SIdeally we would like to have your GSAL grades but it is not required. If you have any questions, you can email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu
danm -> KaraWhat courses through the Graham school would best demonstrate aptitude and ability to handle the MBA program for those without a stellar undergraduate GPA?
Kara -> danmWe strongly recommend you take Business Statistics and Financial Accounting. We like to see grades of B+ or higher.
AlexC -> CarolynGood afternoon, thank you for talking to us during your lunch. The Booth twitter feed mentioned that 80% of the weekend MBA students are from outside of Chicago -- how many of those students fly in each weekend? -- And what does the typical weekend schedule look like (e.g., with group work, networking) for such a student.
Carolyn -> AlexCHi AlexC! There are a fair number of students who both fly and drive in for the weekend program. We have students who carpool in from locations like Cleveland and Indianapolis, and then many who fly in. I can't tell you exactly how many students are on a fly-in schedule right now, but we have around 75 students each week who take advantage of our provided airport shuttles.
A typical schedule is kind of hard to describe, as there is so much variation! Classes are in session on Saturdays from 9:00 - 12:00, and 1:30 - 4:30. Students meet before and after, have conference calls or do Google Hangouts remotely, and plan additional collaborations during the week as needed.
Ben -> BethWhat types of financial aid are offered? What criteria are used for choosing recipients?
Beth -> BenYou can view our Financial Aid options online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. Most students are able to secure aid for the program.
Moderator -> EveryoneDid you know faculty host 65 Faculty Connect events annual with students- an opportunity for students and faculty to co-mingle outside of the classroom.
Ben -> HollyAre there teaching opportunities, such as teaching assistantships and adjunct positions? If so, how are these initiated?
Holly -> BenHi Ben - Some students work as TAs for faculty members. Positions typically develop out of conversations with faculty members - as these opportunities are not posted. Information about becoming a Booth faculty member can be viewed online here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/openings
Nathanael -> KaraCan you talk a little more about taking a Booth class through the Graham School of Continuing Studies? Do you need to apply? Are the costs the same?
Kara -> NathanaelOf course! Up to 3 Graham School courses can be taken as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) and transfer into the MBA if admitted. We recommend you take foundation courses such as Business Statistics, Financial Accounting and/or Microeconomics. We like to see grades of B+ or higher. For more information, email Eric Woelker at ewoelker@uchicago.edu. The GSAL application is separate from your MBA application.
Ben -> CarolynCarolyn, as a student, would do you recommend Booth to applicants? Assuming yes, what are your main reasons why?
Carolyn -> BenBen- Absolutely, and whole-heartedly! I came to Booth expecting to receive a great education, have access to tremendous faculty, and build a robust professional network. My experience has exceeded those expectations in ways I could not have imagined! I have made wonderful friends here, and only through experiencing our classroom setting have been able to truly understand and encompass the Chicago Approach. Our culture is distinct and unique, and one that was a perfect fit for me. I recommend investing the time and effort to understand our Approach (check our website, attend events, visit a class, etc.), and try to figure out whether it would be a good fit for you, too!
danm -> KaraWhat do you think about taking graduate level courses through Coursera or similar online communities to strengthen your application?
Kara -> danmThese courses can help enhance your application and display your intellectual curiosity, but they will not transfer into the MBA program. If you want courses to transfer, you will need to take Booth MBA courses via the Graham School of General Studies.
Arnab -> Carolynhi, are there any networking events/ student organizations etc are available exclusively for evening/weekend MBA students? Or are all resources accessible to all full time and part time students?
Carolyn -> ArnabHi Arnab- It's a mix. We open most of our networking events to the full-time population, and they open theirs to us. Student groups operate on more of a case-by-case basis, with many allowing for open event access to all populations, but some which maintain closed membership, and will host some member-only events.
Jimmy -> NicoHow would a weekend student approach out of class collaboration (with both students and professors) differently from an evening student? Are there structured networking or team building events that may make up for the lack of time spent on campus and in the area in general? Is there anything that might be directly connected to the curriculum?
Nico -> JimmyHi Jimmy! Great questions. Obviously with a majority of Weekend students coming from outside the Chicagoland area, it is more challenging. Online resources are certainly used, as well as the time you do have with with peers and faculty on Saturdays. The majority of our student events, both professional and social, are held on Saturdays in order to give both Weekend MBA and Evening MBA an opportunity to attend. We hold about 300 student events each year with 2/3 held on Saturdays.
Moderator -> ModeratorOur chat will be ending in approximately 10 minutes. Please submit your final questions so we can answer all of them.
Matthias -> BethWhat are some key attributes and characteristics you look for in Booth students? I understand that you seek certain values a student has to offer to the program, but perhaps you can elaborate on that? examples?
Beth -> MatthiasWe are looking for individuals with diverse backgrounds. We strive to bring in students with varying personal, professional and academic backgrounds. So much of your experience is what happens in the classroom that our admission team works hard to bring in a class with a multitude of experiences.
Aditi -> CarolynHi Booth Panel, Thank you for your time today. I am in the process of applying to the Weekend MBA at Booth. Along with academic curriculum, I also want to be a part of the comprehensive Booth experience. This includes participating in student clubs and other extracurricular activities. My question to the current weekend students and alumni is to ask them how challenging is it to be a part of the Booth community and participate in student clubs and other extracurricular activities while pursuing weekend MBA?
Carolyn -> AditiHi Aditi- It's definitely a challenge, but many students are able to successfully immerse themselves in the Booth experience. As Nico just addressed with Jimmy's question, a majority of our events are held over the weekend to facilitate attendance by both populations to the extent possible. I'd recommend giving yourself a couple of quarters to adjust to the addition of coursework, and then dive into the clubs and organizations that appeal to you! Best of luck with the application process!
AlexC -> NicoThanks Nico and Carolyn! Nico, are MOOC certificates from Coursera considered regarded for post graduate quant coursework?
Nico -> AlexCHi AlexC. You can lists these certificates in the continuing education section of the application, but you do not have to add it as a post graduate institution. Keep in mind that Booth does not accept any transfer credits from outside institutions.
Kapil_N -> KaraBefore I officially submit my application, is it possible to have it informally reviewed to get an honest feedback on the application ? And get suggestions on areas of improvement (like GMAT, essays etc)
Kara -> Kapil_NEmail our admissions hotline, eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu to request a meeting or call to discuss. We are unable to tell you whether or not you will be admitted, but we can give tips and feedback.
Michael_O. -> BethCan you share the GMAT and GPA 80th% ranges for the Chicago Business Fellows?
Beth -> Michael_O.I don't have the statistics for the CBF program specifically, but can give you the 80th range for our students. GMAT ranges between 620-750, GPA between 3.1-3.7. The CBF GMAT average does tend to be higher, at 700.
Beta15 -> HollyAside from investment banking and private equity, which career paths within finance do Booth graduates typically pursue? Do investment banks or private equity firms typically consider part-time Booth students who do not have prior work experience in either industry? (e.g., those currently working in accounting, but who have concentrated in Finance courses within their Booth MBA)
Holly -> Beta15Beta15 - There are many career paths within finance beyond IB and PE. Recent graduates have taken roles in corporate finance rotational programs, commercial banking/lending, private client services, real estate, sales and trading, venture capital, and structured finance. If you're interested in pursuing investment banking without prior experience, we would recommend that you consider a full-time program that would facilitate an internship, as an internship is key to landing a full-time IB position.
Keith -> CarolynI am fascinated by the website's description of The Chicago Approach--seems like a lot of fun! Could you describe how this Approach differs most fundamentally from that of other business schools? How does the classroom experience differ?
Carolyn -> KeithHi Keith- Another great question :-) There are really two extremes in the business school education approach, with Harvard at one end, and Booth at the other. The Harvard curriculum is cohorted, and case-centric, with the idea that students can learn via experiences of others. The Booth Approach is focused on teaching the fundamental disciplines that underlie business, to allow students and faculty to tackle existing business problems and those yet unknown. The classroom experience thus promotes rigorous and intense inquiry from our students, as we foster an environment in which ideas compete on merit, and people collaborate.
Andrew_K -> CarolynI see from a previous question that PT students can not participate in a formal summer internship program. If I would like to get into Investment Banking, would you consider it crucial to get an internship/direct experience during my part-time studies? In other words, do you think the PT program leads to opportunities in IB even if I would come in without direct work experience?
Carolyn -> Andrew_KHi Andrew_K- Yes, if you don't have prior IB experience and are set on that path, you should consider a full time program that would allow you to recruit for an internship.
Matthias -> KaraThis may be more of an unusual question, but does Booth recognize applicants who show self-motivation, confidence, and a willingness to be a part of the program. This being aside from a technical aspect such as GMAT scores, etc.
Kara -> MatthiasOf course! These characteristics are very important and come thorough in your essays and interview. Recommenders also often comment on these qualitative characteristics. Joining chats like this, attending events and class visits also show your interest and willingness to join Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Desmond -> CarolynHi Carolyn, with everyone's busy schedule, would you say it is difficult to find time for collaboration on group assignments?
Carolyn -> DesmondHi Desmond- it's a challenge, but everyone is very collaborative and has the same goal, so you manage to get it done :-)
Ben -> CarolynHow often do you interact with the professors outside the classroom?
Carolyn -> BenHi Ben- that's really dependent upon the student! I've maintained great relationships with several professors after taking their courses, and even see some socially. It's up to you how you build those relationships! They're definitely very accessible to the students.
Nathanael -> CarolynCarolyn, can you expand on the Booth Culture. What makes it distinct and unique from other programs in your opinion?
Carolyn -> NathanaelHi Nathanael- I'd point you to my previous answer above... we define one end of the spectrum, and it makes for a very unique culture!
Sabitha -> KaraEvening vs Weekend - Which has more flexibility to complete in shorter period? Also, what is the recommended number of courses to take per semester?
Kara -> SabithaSabitha, the Weekend MBA can be more limiting, as there are only two sections of courses on Saturday, morning and afternoon. However, we offer 15-20 courses on Saturday. There are more Evening MBA courses offered throughout the week. Most students take 2 courses per quarter. All programs are very flexible, you'll just have to also be flexible with your schedule if you'd like to take courses across programs.
Nico -> EveryoneThank you all for stopping by! We hope to see you at our next information session on January 9, you can register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! We look forward to receiving your application for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA program. Our next application deadline for both programs is Friday, January 9 for the Spring 2015 quarter start. Begin your application today: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/
Holly -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. We'd love to continue the conversation on Twitter. Tweet us @boothevewknd.
Carolyn -> EveryoneThanks everyone! I hope to see you at an event geared for prospects sometime very soon!
Kara -> EveryoneThank you for joining today's chat! Starting January 2015, we hit the road to host dinners with current student & alumni across the country. See the link to see if we are visiting a city near you http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/receptions
Moderator -> EveryoneOur session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, December 12, on the following links: Evening MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats Weekend MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats