Weekend MBA

November 10, 2015 Live Admissions Chat

(Nov 10 2015, 09:56:51 -08:00 PST - Nov 10 2015, 11:00:46 -08:00 PST)

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Nov 10, 09:56:51 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.
Nov 10, 10:00:16 Kara -> Everyone Welcome to our online chat! I am Kara Northcutt, director of admissions. We look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend programs. Booth offers the highest level of flexibility, the same top-notch faculty across all programs and a dynamic and supportive community.
Nov 10, 10:00:17 Lindsay -> Everyone Hi everyone and thanks for joining us today! I am Lindsay Badeaux, Admissions Manager for the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs. I look forward to answering your questions!
Nov 10, 10:00:25 Nico -> Everyone Thank you for joining us today! I am Nico Ricchiuto, admissions manager for the Evening and Weekend MBA programs. I manage Information Sessions and assist with the Class Visit program. Please feel free to ask me any application related questions!
Nov 10, 10:00:34 Jay J -> Everyone Hi everyone! I'm Jay Jacobs, Assistant Director, and I coordinate the admissions process for the Chicago Business Fellows program for our early career candidates with three years or less of experience. I look forward to answer your questions this afternoon!
Nov 10, 10:01:06 Ian -> Everyone Hi everybody! I'm Ian Adams - I'm a current student at Booth in the evening program. I look forward to answering your questions!
Nov 10, 10:01:08 Kara -> Everyone Please start asking your questions!
Nov 10, 10:01:16 Marcus -> Everyone Welcome everyone, this is Marcus Wordlaw, assistant director of admissions, and I am eager to hear your questions today.
Nov 10, 10:03:16 Brandon -> Nico What is the most common length of the program for students?
Nico -> Brandon Hi Brandon! On average, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students finish in 2.5-3 years. However, you have up to 5 years to complete the program.
Nov 10, 10:06:03 cjomalley -> Ian Sorry was trying to hit return I was wondering an estimate of weekly time commitment with the evening MBA program for class and out of class activities?
Ian -> cjomalley So most students take two classes a quarter, and are in class 3 hours per class each week. Different classes have different levels of outside work, anywhere from 2 to more than 10 hours a week. However, there are really great planning tools that include evaluations on previous classes, so you typically know how much work to expect from a class and can plan ahead. I'd say on average, a class might require 3-5 hours of outside the classroom work per wee.
Nov 10, 10:06:22 dk -> Marcus Hello, thank you for your time. Can you help me understand what makes a candidate a good fit for Chicago? I realize that'a a broad question, so perhaps another way of answering it would be, what doesn't make a candidate a good fit for Chicago?
Marcus -> dk dk -- A good fit for Chicago Booth is a candidate who can illustrate their desire to joint the Booth community, add a unique and diverse perspective to the classroom, and can exceed the rigor of the courses. Typically on average these students fall between a 640-710 GMAT and have displayed leadership and professional progression over the course of their career. This answer can certainly be more specific, and feel free to reach out to any of the admissions team afterward for a better perspective
Nov 10, 10:06:44 Sai_V -> Kara What sort of Financial Aid is available to Non US Citizens and Non Illinois residents?
Kara -> Sai_V I hope all is well! Yes, financial aid is available in the form of student loans. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you can apply for federal student loans. If you are on a work visa, you would pursue private student loans. As soon as you are admitted, you can connect with a financial aid officer to help guide you through the process.
Nov 10, 10:06:45 TomSK -> Nico Please outline admission criteria.
Nico -> TomSK Hi Tom! Thank you for joining us today. You can find an outline of our admission criteria here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process/criteria
Nov 10, 10:06:49 Abe -> Jay J The degree requires 20 courses plus LEAD. Given that we have a lot of flexibility in customizing the program can we do multiple concentrations?
Jay J -> Abe Abe, yes! The average Booth student will graduate with 2-3 concentrations. I've seen as little as 1 and as many as 7.
Nov 10, 10:06:54 cjomalley -> Lindsay Also curious about admissions for the evening and weekend MBA program what is the average GPA of undergraduate program, and average GMAT score for U of C evening and MBA programs students?
Lindsay -> cjomalley Hi cjomalley, thanks for your question! Our average GMAT score for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs falls around 680 each quarter. The middle 80% of admitted students have an undergraduate GPA between 3.1 and 3.7.
Nov 10, 10:07:47 navikanazer -> Jay J What is the typical class size for the weekend MBA?
Jay J -> navikanazer Navikanazer, the average class is right around the 50 - 60 mark. We cap our classes around the 80 mark.
Nov 10, 10:08:06 Brandon -> Nico Thank you, Nico! Is there somewhere I can see the admissions statistics for the evening MBA program students specifically?
Nico -> Brandon Hi Brandon. You can find a profile snapshot at the bottom of the page here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening#simple2. However, we do not publicize our admission rates.
Nov 10, 10:08:15 William -> Marcus What is the shortest length achievable for the program? What is the maximum number of courses you can take every quarter?
Marcus -> William William -- if you take 2 classes per quarter, you will graduate in 2.5 years which is typical for most students. Flexibility allows you to take 3 classes per quarter given your availability. Students have graduated as early as 1 year and 9 months. You have 5 years total to complete your degree once you begin
Nov 10, 10:08:43 Rohit_C -> Marcus Can the program be completed in a shorter duration less than 2 years ?
Marcus -> Rohit_C Rohit: Thanks for the question, please see my response to William above
Nov 10, 10:08:54 kabes84 -> Lindsay Could you also speak to whether there is an interview required with the application, and how one can prepare for it?
Lindsay -> kabes84 Hi kabes84, great question. We do interview all of our applicants for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. The interviews are conducted by members of our admissions committee which is comprised of current students and alumni, and it's a great chance for you to connect. Here is a blog post with tips on how to ace your interview! http://blogs.chicagobooth.edu/blog/EW_Admissions/Top_10_tips_for_acing_your_Chicago_Booth_admissions_interview/ewadmissions/106?redirCnt=1&nav=entry
Nov 10, 10:09:01 Armando -> Jay J For Weekend program students commuting from out of state, is it recommended that travel is planned Fri-Sun? What does the typical course schedule look like?
Jay J -> Armando Armando, classes on Saturdays are held from 9am - noon and 1:30p - 4:30p. Some students will come in Friday night and stay over until after class on Saturday. Some students do a day trip on Saturdays. Some come Saturdays and leave on Sundays. It will really be up to you and your travel preferences.
Nov 10, 10:09:40 kabes84 -> Ian Would you guys please speak to career services offered while in the evening or weekend program? What support is offered?
Ian -> kabes84 Yes - there are a wide variety of services offered. I've only scratched the surface personally, but there are a lot of resources, from career counselors and informational webinars and seminars to job databases and help preparing job searches, interviews, compensation discussions, or recruiting sessions.

Last year I had a job interview come up unexpectedly and was able to speak with someone in career services the next day about how to approach some questions I had around compensation. Part time students can also go through on-campus recruiting.
Nov 10, 10:10:49 E._Stupnitsky -> Lindsay Is there a rolling admissions process?
Lindsay -> E._Stupnitsky E._Stupnitsky, yes, for the Evening and Weekend programs we operate under a rolling admissions basis. So once you click submit on your application, you will hear from us within 4-6 weeks with a decision, assuming your application is complete and you have your interview within that time period.
Nov 10, 10:10:49 Benjamin_Sellnow -> Jay J Thanks for taking the time to answer questions. I'm interested in applying for the Fall 2016 term. Do you have any tips on how to prepare for my interviews and strengthen my application between now and then?
Jay J -> Benjamin_Sellnow Benjamin_Sellnow, There are a few things that we look for while reading applications. 1) can the student do the academic work 2) Do you fit our value proposition, so why Booth? Why Part time? Why at this point in your career? and 3) what unique value can you add to the classrooms and the community. Think hard about these, prepare for your GMAT, and continue to be successful in the work place!
Nov 10, 10:11:19 Lindsey -> Marcus Hello everyone! I have a question on the GMAT score of currently admitted students. On the website, it says Mid-80% have 640-710. However, in the brochure distributed in the session info, it says 80% have 620-750. Could you explain a little bit about that?
Marcus -> Lindsey Lindsey: Thanks for the question, the information in the brochure is outdated. The most accurate information is on our website (640-710)
Nov 10, 10:11:55 TomSK -> Jay J How do you approach industry veterans with 20 years of experience?
Jay J -> TomSK TomSK, the same way we approach the rest of the applicant pool. We will ask the same questions that I just told Benjamin_Sellnow! The longer you are out of undergrad, the more your work experience will be valued.
Nov 10, 10:13:09 E._Stupnitsky -> Ian Do Evening MBA students have their own set of professors?
Ian -> E._Stupnitsky Nope, the professors are the same as the full time MBA program. In fact, the classes are the same as well. For example, the professor who teaches my class this evening teaches the same class during the day for the full time program - we take the same tests and have the same homework. I also really like that I typically have the flexibility to attend any section of the class - so if I had to leave tonight for a work trip, I could attend the full time section of the class.
Nov 10, 10:13:41 Dharmesh -> Lindsay About recommendation letters, I just joined a new company 4 months back and so its very little time for my new manager to assess my skills. Also the manager whom I worked with previous organization for 5 years has also left the previous organization. So can you please advise whether my previous manager ( now at different org) would be a right recomender.
Lindsay -> Dharmesh Dharmesh, yes, since you are still fairly new at your current company, it is okay to use your previous manager as a recommender for your application. We also accept additional letters of rec beyond the required two, so if you would like to submit a third one you can do that as well.
Nov 10, 10:13:53 Sai_V -> Nico Thank you for the time you are taking to answer questions. Can Weekend Program Students enroll into Friday Evening classes?
Nico -> Sai_V Hi Sai_V! You are most welcome. Weekend MBA students are certainly able to take Friday night classes as Friday night classes are considered both Evening MBA and Weekend MBA classes.
Nov 10, 10:14:28 Sakthi -> Marcus Is there a specific campus visit program for prospective weekend MBA students?
Marcus -> Sakthi Sakthi -- the best way to visit our campus is to sign up for a class visit which you can access from the link below. You may also feel free to reach out to the admission team and set up a time to visit the Gleacher Center to walk around and stop by the Career Services Center, or our Leadership Department

http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit
Nov 10, 10:15:24 dk -> Lindsay How much weight is given to the individual sections of the GMAT? Or do you focus on overall GMAT score?
Lindsay -> dk Hi dk, thanks for your question. We will see all of the portions of your GMAT score, but we focus on the overall score for admissions purposes.
Nov 10, 10:15:24 Jini -> Nico I'm looking to send my GMAT scores immediately following the exam to the Booth school but find that the full-time, evening and weekend programs are all listed separately in the school search on mba.com. Do I really need to report separately to each program if I'm unsure which one I'll eventually apply to?
Nico -> Jini Hi Jini! You do not have to report separately. We will have access to all program codes.
Nov 10, 10:15:44 TomSK -> Jay J Is there any difference between FT and PT program wrt graduation and external visibility?
Jay J -> TomSK TomSK, the FT and the PT programs have the same degree requirements, have the same faculty members teaching each program, and have the same access to career services. We've tried really hard to ensure that our PT students have the same experience as our FT students!
Nov 10, 10:16:02 kabes84 -> Ian Given the flexibility of classes (including being able to take more or less, or during weekdays if you're in the weekend program), how do you guys ensure that students are building a community with their fellow students as they go through the program?
Ian -> kabes84 There's a robust community in the evening and weekend programs . There are a lot of social activities and clubs that students participate in. Despite the flexibility, I find I always know people in the classes I take.

Plus, it's a very collegial learning environment, so you get to know people who you're taking classes with, even if you didn't know them previously. I'd say the strength of the Booth community is one of things I like most about the program.
Nov 10, 10:16:25 Rohit_C -> Marcus Do evening or weekend students undergo internships ? Does career services help students find internships ?
Marcus -> Rohit_C Rohit -- unfortunately internships are not available to Evening or Weekend students. There is On Campus Recruitment available for Evening and Weekend students, but if the internship component of an MBA program is important to you, the Full-Time program would be great to check out. Career services does help with a number of things, although they are focused on employment and industry opportunities for the part time program
Nov 10, 10:16:32 Krish_Varun_Mehta -> Jay J Is there a minimum number of classes required per semester for Evening MBA students?
Jay J -> Krish_Varun_Mehta Krish_Varun_Mehta, no, there are no minimum number of courses required. In fact, some of our students will take quarters off of classes if needed. You can slow the program down as you wish, as long as you graduate within 5 years of starting with us.
Nov 10, 10:16:56 cp -> Jay J For GMAT scores, do you consider an applicant's highest reported score if they take the exam multiple times, or do you use an average or some other valuation.
Jay J -> cp cp, we will always take your highest GMAT or GRE scores no matter how many times you sit for the exam.
Nov 10, 10:18:34 William -> Nico I live and work in London (United Kingdom), but also spend some time for work in the US.I consider applying for the weekend MBA.Are there international students taking the part-time MBA programs, and commuting from Europe (or other parts of the world)?Also, when registered as a part-time MBA student, is it possible to take some courses on London European campus?
Nico -> William Hi William! All classes for the Weekend MBA program must be taken here in Chicago. It is possible to commute from Europe, but the Weekend MBA program will not be able to provide you with a visa. You would have to have American citizenship or a work visa.
Nov 10, 10:18:59 Rachel_K -> Kara Hi there, my questions are mainly about being a commuter student - How common is it for students to commute to the weekend and executive MBA program? Is there any option to do part of the program online? I imagine commuting from out of state every weekend takes a toll on one's quality of life. How do current students manage this? Do you feel that by being a commuter you miss out on networking opportunities that may be available to students that live in Chicago?
Kara -> Rachel_K Rachel, great questions. Most of our Weekend MBA students live outside of IL, this commute via plane, train or carpool. This is also true for the Executive MBA programs. For this Evening MBA and Weekend MBA specific chat, I will focus on answering from the Weekend MBA perspective. Students actually really come to enjoy the lifestyle, and you have a great group of supportive classmates making it more manageable and even (dare I say) fun. Most student group activities take place on Saturday, so you will not miss out on much. If the travel does start to take its toll, keep in mind you cans take quarters of throughout the program, as you have 5 years to complete the degree. I suggest you email our hotline (EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu) and ask to be connected with a current Weekend MBA student or alumni. It would be great for you to learn from their perspective.
Nov 10, 10:20:39 Armando -> Ian Ian, is the course flexibility you mentioned above (attending evening/ft courses) also available to weekend students?
Ian -> Armando Yes indeed - while many weekend students travel in from other parts of the country and might not be around as much during the week, there is the same flexibility allowed. Also, you can take courses listed in other sections (I plan to take a weekend section of a course next quarter, actually).
Nov 10, 10:20:53 Al -> Marcus Is there a part of the application that carries greater weight than other parts - for example, are essays more important than GMAT scores?
Marcus -> Al Al: We take a holistic approach to your application and every component is important. Certainly, the GMAT is a great indicator of potential academic success in the rigor of our program however it is not the only thing considered. Your essays, resume, letters of recommendation, and interviews all help shape our perception of you as a student, along with your transcripts and the GMAT/GRE to indicate your academic ability
Nov 10, 10:21:34 Eddie -> Jay J Hello, do students in the CBF program finish the evening part time program in the same amount of time as students who are not in CBF? What are you looking for in CBF candidates?
Jay J -> Eddie Eddie, yes the CBF students finish in the same amount of time as the rest of our Evening and Weekend students. The only difference is that they take an added professional development seminar during your first quarter with us. These seminars would teach softer skills like networking skills, presentation skills, and conflict resolution skills. We look for the same qualities in CBF students as we do in our general EW students. However, because CBF students are younger and less experienced, we will look for potential career progression rather than proven progression. Most of our CBF students will apply with around 2 years of experience, so progression is hard to achieve in that short time period.
Nov 10, 10:24:13 Will -> Nico How do international exchanges work for part-time MBA programmes? What is the typical duration of an exchange?And how many Booth courses does it allow to validate?
Nico -> Will Hi Will! There are two types of International Exchange Programs here at Booth: short-term and long-term. Long-term IBEP will last a full quarter and count for 3-4 courses. (http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/international-studies/ibep)

Short-term IBEP last about 2 weeks and will count for one Booth course. (http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international)
Nov 10, 10:24:20 TomSK -> Ian What are main differentiators: Booth vs. Kellogg in your opion?
Ian -> TomSK I looked at both schools and obviously chose Booth so might be a little biased; they are both great programs, but Booth was a clear cut winner for me. This came down to three things for me: 1) the quality of the institution and the faculty, 2) the fact that the part time program at Booth is the same academic experience as the full time program, and 3) the robust student community at Booth .
Nov 10, 10:24:34 Sakthi -> Kara How much time will I have in order to accept admission if I am offered one?. Also, how do I accept it?. For instance, do I need to make some payment towards tuition etc..
Kara -> Sakthi Sakthi, it really depends on when you apply. In general we give 10 days or so to respond. However, if you apply far in advance of the deadline, we can give you more time to decide. We try to be as flexible as we can. All is done online, and a $1000 deposit is due when you accept. This then gets credited toward your first tuition bill.
Nov 10, 10:24:48 Sakthi -> Lindsay I am planning on re-taking my GMAT. Can I report GMAT score after submitting the application?. When do you consider it to be too late to submit a new GMAT score (post application submission)?
Lindsay -> Sakthi Sakthi, for the purposes of the application, we accept self-reported GMAT scores. So you could sit for the GMAT as late as the day of the application deadline and still have your new score to report. If you are planning to sit for the test after the deadline, we can work with you and allow a buffer of about 2 weeks, but you would need to get approval from our office.
Nov 10, 10:24:58 Benjamin_Sellnow -> Nico At one of the information sessions I attended I remember someone mentioned a service where I could submit a copy of my resume for review prior to submitting my application. If this is correct, can you provide a link? I'm having trouble finding a page on the website where I might be able to do something like that.
Nico -> Benjamin_Sellnow Hi Benjamin_Sellnow! You can submit your resume here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/resume
Nov 10, 10:25:00 Chinta -> Marcus Hi, Thank you for your time. Can you please provide details about enrolling in to a particular class? I believe it is called points betting system.
Marcus -> Chinta Chinta -- for selecting classes, we do have a bidding process for your classes to take. The more classes you pass at Booth the more points you accumulate. This is the best way to prove a fair opportunity for students to enroll in our most popular courses and popular professors. This process will not keep you from being able to enroll in courses you need to graduate
Nov 10, 10:26:26 kabes84 -> Marcus Do you guys need a letter of support from one's employer (other than a recommendation) if not taking financial aid from them?
Marcus -> kabes84 kabes84: we do not need a letter of support from your employer. The letters of recommendation would suffice for your application.
Nov 10, 10:27:48 Lindsey -> Nico On your website, it says upcoming Super Saturday interview dates are January 17 and January 24, 2015. Does it mean that if I apply now and hit the "submit", the earliest day for the interview will be 1/17?
Nico -> Lindsey Hi Lindsey! We also have dates to interview throughout November and December. You will receive a link to the interview scheduler once you submit your application.
Nov 10, 10:28:08 Emily_B. -> Jay J Hi there - I graduated from undergrad in May 2013 and am interested in the CBF program. By the time I start the program (Fall 2016), I will be over the 3 year mark of full time employment by a couple months. Could I still be eligible for the CBF program?
Jay J -> Emily_B. Emily_B, yes. The three year cut off is not a hard and fast rule. We've had people go through the CBF program with 4 years of experience. If you are interested in the CBF program, apply! If we feel like you are too experienced, but still admissible, we would let you know that before admitting you to the general EW program.
Nov 10, 10:28:21 Krish_Varun_Mehta -> Lindsay If I have a GAP year when i did not work or currently am unemployment because i don't want to work in just a job that isn't a long time career fit, is that bad for my application?
Lindsay -> Krish_Varun_Mehta Krish_Varun_Mehta, it's best to be totally transparent on your application. It will be a little bit of a red flag if you are not working when you apply, but we advise you to use the Optional Essay portion of the app to explain any resume gaps, knowing that the information is confidential.
Nov 10, 10:29:33 Alfonso -> Marcus Hi, I am preparing my application and I want to have all the material perfectly polished before submitting. I would like to know if the acceptance rate decreases significantly as the admission deadline approaches.Thanks!
Marcus -> Alfonso Alfonso: glad to hear you're preparing. No, you may submit your application at any point before the deadline and be considered for acceptance
Nov 10, 10:30:43 Emily_B. -> Lindsay Would it be better to submit your highest overall GMAT score or a slightly lower GMAT score with a higher quant score (I read an article that said it's better to submit the higher quant score)?
Lindsay -> Emily_B. Emily_B, thanks for your question. We consider your overall GMAT score for the purposes of the application, so it is best to submit your highest overall score. That being said, we will be able to see the individual breakdowns, so if you'd like to submit both test scores, we will see that you had a higher quant score on a previous test and a higher overall score on the other.
Nov 10, 10:31:03 Jay -> Nico I have an undergrad GPA of 3.1. However, I’m a CPA and I’ve had 8 years of progressive work experience at both Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies. I also scored a 700 (47Q/38V) on the GMAT. Based on this limited background, would my CPA certification, professional work experience and GMAT score be sufficient to offset my low undergrad GPA?
Nico -> Jay Hi Jay! I can't give you a concrete answer, but a 3.1 GPA is certainly admissible. Your GPA is above our average, and CPA experience can certainly be a plus.
Nov 10, 10:31:03 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.
Nov 10, 10:32:24 JP -> Jay J Do some students take IBEP courses between breaks to accelerate their pace? Also, does the IMBA differ from a traditional MBA offered by Booth? What type of career paths do students with IMBA follow upon graduation?
Jay J -> JP JP, the IBEP courses are during the quarter. If you went on a short term IBEP program, that would be the one course that you took for that quarter. The IMBA has a few added requirements than the general MBA. You must complete the international business concentration, you must participate in a full quarter IBEP program, and you must pass a language proficiency exam in a language other than English. The IMBA isn't extremely popular with part time students given the fact that you have to study abroad for a full quarter.
Nov 10, 10:32:26 Jeff -> Kara Hi everyone. Thanks for your time today. I know the weekend program is very similar to the full time program. Are there any key differences that you'd like to highlight?
Kara -> Jeff Jeff, the curricular requirements and faculty are the same for the Full Time, Evening and Weekend programs at Booth. The main difference is the lifestyle, as it is a different experience to be working full time while in school compared to leaving your job and being a full time student. The core difference if that Full Time requires an internship, and this is not required for Weekend MBA students. I suggest you think about the trade offs for you. Many choose part time programs because they want to keep gaining experience, keep connections in their industry, keep a salary and want to apply learning from their MBA right away. I hope this helps!
Nov 10, 10:32:44 Andre_Simon -> Nico Does the admission team usually stop reviewing applications in mid December for the holidays?
Nico -> Andre_Simon Hi Andre_Simon! Out team is constantly reading applications. We operate on rolling admissions, so matter when you submit your application, you receive your decision within 4-6 weeks.
Nov 10, 10:33:12 Sai_V -> Lindsay If we have taken a few Management courses already at an other College/University, can we transfer them into Booth after getting admission into Booth. Second part of this question is: In that case, do we accumulate bidding points for those courses?
Lindsay -> Sai_V Sai_V, Booth does not accept transfer credits from outside institutions. If you were to take a Booth class through the Graham School's Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) program, that credit would transfer should you eventually be admitted to Booth. You can learn more about the GSAL program here: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/credit/graduate-student-at-large/business
Nov 10, 10:33:43 navikanazer -> Marcus I have recently started my own business and want to pursue a weekend MBA? I will have my previous manager(s) writing my recommendation. But in case I am not able to apply this year how far can i go back to get recommendation letters from my previous managers? Also, for self employed candidates who are the best recommenders in your opinion
Marcus -> navikanazer navikanazer: great question -- you may go back to you previous employer for letters of recommendation prior to applying. Typically we would like recommendations to come within the past 5 years of employment. The recommendation should only be sent to your recommender(s) when you know what quarter you would like to apply, as the recommendation should not be more than 6 months from the time it is filled out by the recommender
Nov 10, 10:34:47 Al -> Marcus are interviews required or recommended?
Marcus -> Al Al: yes interviews are required. All applicants who submit a completed application will be interviewed in person if possible
Nov 10, 10:37:01 Andre_Simon -> Marcus Does it affect my chances by switching companies during the application process?
Marcus -> Andre_Simon Andre_Simon -- no it does not affect your application. You would want to address the change, and consider how you can illustrate why it is beneficial for you along with creating professional progression
Nov 10, 10:37:17 Al -> Jay J Are applications to the class starting Autumn 2016 currently open?
Jay J -> Al Al, yes! All live applications can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/
Nov 10, 10:37:26 cp -> Nico Is credible self-employment considered a suitable internship for purposes of attending the evening MBA program?
Nico -> cp Hi cp! An internship is not required for the Evening MBA program, however, any professional self-employment is considered part of you professional work experience.
Nov 10, 10:38:27 kabes84 -> Lindsay Say you apply for the weekend MBA and are employed at the time of your application, but switch jobs or pursue other opportunities during your time at Booth; does this have any bearing on your status as a student?
Lindsay -> kabes84 kabes84, great question. Employment is required to apply, but it is not required to study, so your status as a student would not change should you go through a job switch during the program. A good number of our students pursue new job opportunities while they are in the program!
Nov 10, 10:39:59 Ian -> Everyone Indeed - kabes84, I actually switched jobs when I was about 8 months into the program myself.
Nov 10, 10:40:53 Casey -> Jay J Are there GMAT waivers for individuals applying to the Executive MBA program who have other advanced degrees?
Jay J -> Casey Casey, yes the Executive MBA program does waive the GMAT requirement. You will want to reach out to them directly for what qualifies you for a waiver. They can be reached at xp@chicagobooth.edu. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs DO NOT waive the GMAT.
Nov 10, 10:41:08 TomSK -> Kara Do you offer accelerated option?
Kara -> TomSK No, the Booth degree requires 20 courses and LEAD (leadership development and training). You are able to accelerate the program by taking more course each quarter. We have seen students take 3 course while working full time, so it is doable (2 per quarter is the norm). You can also slow down if needed, as you have 5 years to complete the degree.
Nov 10, 10:41:22 Sakthi -> Nico I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in engineering. What kind of weightage is given for GPA of one vs the other?
Nico -> Sakthi Hi Sakthi! We don't have specific weights that we give when evaluating, but your most recent education/experience is generally taken more into account.
Nov 10, 10:41:26 Casey -> Lindsay More specifically, what is the process for obtaining a GMAT waiver to the Executive MBA program?
Lindsay -> Casey Casey, you would need to apply for a waiver through the Executive MBA program office. Feel free to email them at xp@chicagobooth.edu.
Nov 10, 10:41:51 Sumit -> Marcus If somebody like the weekend program so much, and develops interest to relocate for being more involved in full time class setup, is there a possibility to transition?
Marcus -> Sumit Sumit: good question. This typically is not a possibility. I would encourage you take as much time as possible to consider which program would be most beneficial for you and your career. Keep in mind that as a Weekend student, you can still take classes in the full-time program if your schedule permits, but would still be considered a Weekend student.
Nov 10, 10:41:58 Andre_Simon -> Jay J Perfect, thank you. Finally, for the CBF program. Do you tend to receive a lot of recommendation letters from both professors and managers vs. just colleagues?
Jay J -> Andre_Simon Andre_Simon, We see a lot of different combinations of LORs for the CBF program. One must come from your current supervisor. We do like to see the second come from the work place, but its up to you. You should ask the people who are going to make your application as strong as possible.
Nov 10, 10:43:31 Jay -> Jay J I recently took the GMAT and attended a Booth information session. I’m really excited to apply and receive a decision from admissions. However, for personal reasons I’ve decided to wait and apply for autumn 2017. Does Booth offer a deferral option?
Jay J -> Jay Jay, we do extend deferrals, but can only push until the next start date. If you know you won't be ready to begin your MBA until Autumn 2017, I would suggest waiting to apply until that application is live (at some point next fall).
Nov 10, 10:43:33 Rohit_C -> Kara For evening MBA do the class days change each semester or quarter based on the classes or are they fixed
Kara -> Rohit_C Rohit, good question. it would change quarter by quarter. You may have class on Mon. and Thurs. one quarter, then Tues. and Fri. the next. You can also take Saturday courses if you want. Each course meets one time per week.
Nov 10, 10:44:01 kabes84 -> Ian Ian- can you talk about some of the clubs you are involved in and how you balance that with work, homework, and family?
Ian -> kabes84 Certainly, kabes84. I'm part of the energy club and the running club, and I participate as a student mentor for the part-time program orientation, which is known as LAUNCH.

I certainly stay busy, but it is definitely feasible to deal with these competing demands. Balance and deciding what your priorities are is important; I've found that I'm also just much, much better and allocating my time and getting things done than I was before, so I don't find myself wasting much time. And some of the most involved students I know have kids at home.
Nov 10, 10:44:11 Jaime -> Jay J Does Booth accept GRE scores in place of GMAT scores?
Jay J -> Jaime Jaime, yes we accept both the GMAT and the GRE. We have no preference for one over the other.
Nov 10, 10:44:39 kabes84 -> Ian Ian; I'd love to talk more about your switch- may I email you separately?
Ian -> kabes84 Certainly, my email is iadams@chicagobooth.edu.
Nov 10, 10:45:45 Chinta -> Nico Hi, I have done my bachelor's in India 14 years ago. It is not GPA based. How do you verify my GPA in such a case?
Nico -> Chinta Hi Chinta! It is hard to say without actually viewing your transcripts. Please feel free to send a copy of your transcripts to our hotline: eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu. I'd be happy to take a look and guide you further.
Nov 10, 10:45:52 cp -> Marcus Are the career service resources available to assist a student that, for strategic reasons or personal professional advancement, actively desires to switch careers while enrolled in the Evening MBA program?
Marcus -> cp cp: Absolutely. our career services center is located on the 4th floor of the Gleacher Building, the same building of your classes. These services can be used for those exact purposes.
Nov 10, 10:46:17 Nihari -> Kara Can a student pink multiple MBA concentrations? Are the students required to pick their MBA Concentration/s before admission? Thanks for answering.
Kara -> Nihari Nihari, of course! We have 13 concentrations you can choose from. You do not need to pick them in advance, you actually never need to "claim" them. Many students take courses they are interested in and let concentrations build organically. Most student earn 3-4 concentrations.
Nov 10, 10:47:28 Andre_Franco -> Ian Hello, I have seen that full time students are required to participate in the Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) program. Are part-time students also required to be in the program? If not, can they join it?
Ian -> Andre_Franco The LEAD program is part of the part-time program as well, yes. A lot of the program is actually integrated into the part-time student orientation, which is called LAUNCH. I found LAUNCH, and the LEAD program to be extremely valuable and enjoyable - most folks do.

There are also other optional LEAD modules you can sign up for - a few months ago, I did one where I practiced public speaking with a public speaking coach who recorded my remarks and helped me improve on my delivery - they are a great resource!
Nov 10, 10:48:59 Dharmesh -> Nico I plan to apply for the Evening program as I am in the Chicago Metro area. However, my work may ask me to travel during weekdays, so is there option to shift to the Weekend if the professional work demands so
Nico -> Dharmesh Hi Dharmesh! Evening MBA students can transfer to the Weekend MBA program (and vice-versa) once throughout your time here. Keep in mind, you can take classes in the Weekend MBA program as an Evening MBA student through out your duration here. You just maintain registration priority for classes in your "home" program.
Nov 10, 10:49:20 Soumya -> Kara Good afternoon, do you have a GRE score minimum that you expect your applicants to score?
Kara -> Soumya Soumya, we do not have minimum scores. Since we do not yet have a large enough sample of GRE scores to report and average, we look to see how GRE scores compare to GMAT scores and look for scores near our average (680). Our mid 80% range is 640-710. See this link to view the comparison tool https://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool
Nov 10, 10:50:13 Shawna -> Nico Can one switch between Evening program and Weekend program after being enrolled? Thanks.
Nico -> Shawna Hi Shawna! Evening MBA students can transfer to the Weekend MBA program (and vice-versa) once throughout your time here. Keep in mind, you can take classes in the Weekend MBA program as an Evening MBA student through out your duration here. You just maintain registration priority for classes in your "home" program.
Nov 10, 10:50:13 navikanazer -> Kara I just saw that employment is required to apply? what does that mean? What about someone like me who started their own business ?
Kara -> navikanazer If you are running your own business, that counts as being employed.
Nov 10, 10:51:49 Soumya -> Marcus Do you offer any courses or programs within the MBA Curriculum that cater to the needs of an Health Care professional?
Marcus -> Soumya Soumya: Yes we do. In fact, you can earn your MBA along with a certificate in Health Administration and Policy. You may find more information at the link below. We also have opportunities to network with fellow healthcare professionals in our Evening Weekend healthcare club with events throughout Chicago.

http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/gphap/
Nov 10, 10:53:07 Shawna -> Ian Are the career services same for Full-Time and Part-Time students: in terms of participation in the Internship and On-campus recruitment process? Thanks.
Ian -> Shawna Shawna,
Many of the services are equivalent or identical, but there are some differences. While full-time students typically participate in an internship, most part-time students do not (since they are working). While it's possible to do an internship as a part-time student, if that aspect is important to you, you should consider the full-time program as well.

For on-campus recruiting, I believe part-time and full-time students just go through the same process.
Nov 10, 10:53:31 Kabir -> Kara What is the middle 80% or general average gpa of a typical class at Booth upon graduation?
Kara -> Kabir Kabir, I do not have this info off hand. Our students graduate different times throughout the year, thus we do not look at classes in this way. Also, there is a spirit of confidentially when it comes to Booth GPAs. Each year students decide to adhere to a non grade disclosure policy, which basically means GPA cannot be put on your resume when looking for jobs thorough Booth.
Nov 10, 10:54:32 Sakthi -> Lindsay There are few questions in this session that someone asked for their specific case. But, I feel it applies for my case as well. Will it be okay to contact those who responded to those questions even though I didn't specifically ask them here?Thanks.
Lindsay -> Sakthi Sakthi, with any additional questions, you can absolutely feel free to email our admissions hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu. We are happy to assist!
Nov 10, 10:55:32 Al -> Jay J Are there public policy classes that part time MBA students can take?
Jay J -> Al Al, there are policy courses in our curriculum. You can search for the classes we offer at https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch. Also, up to 6 electives can be taken at other UChicago schools and count toward your MBA. So, you are welcome to take classes at our Harris School of Public Policy and they would count!
Nov 10, 10:57:22 abhi -> Marcus Are there scholarships available to Evening MBA students who are not sponsored?
Marcus -> abhi abhi: there are not scholarships offered in the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program. There are possibilities in the Full Time program for potential scholarships.
Nov 10, 10:58:06 Armando -> Kara What joint degrees are offered at Booth? Would a PT student have limitations there?
Kara -> Armando Armando, while technically available, part time students do have limitations, as most other degrees only offer courses during the day or can only be done on a full time basis. This makes it very difficult for those working full time. If you want to pursue a joint degree, a full time MBA may be your best option. See here for a list of options at University of Chicago--https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/academics/joint-degree
Nov 10, 10:58:43 Chinta -> Nico Are there any pre-MBA or Prep courses from Graham school? Similar to one offered by FinMath program at UChicago.
Nico -> Chinta Hi Chinta. The Graham School does not offer any pre-MBA/prep courses, but you are certainly able to take a Booth course through the Graham School and transfer it into your Booth MBA (up to three courses) if admitted.
Nov 10, 10:59:12 Lindsay -> Everyone Thanks everyone for your great questions today. We invite you to join us for our upcoming Booth Women Connect networking event here in Chicago this Saturday, November 14th! You can register for that event here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=7da351c5-47c2-472a-a201-080be4d0a65c
Nov 10, 10:59:14 Nico -> Everyone Thank you all for stopping by! We hope to see you at our next information session on December 4, you can register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago
Nov 10, 10:59:27 Marcus -> Everyone Thanks for the questions and your time. If you are interested in experiencing Chicago Booth's Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program further, a great opportunity to hear from current students/alumni is through our lunch and learn event, hosted at the Gleacher Center. Our next lunch is 11/18/2015 at noon. To sign up or see the complete schedule please access the link below. It was a pleasure!

http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/conversations
Nov 10, 10:59:53 Ian -> Everyone Thanks for your questions - I enjoyed chatting with you all today!
Nov 10, 11:00:21 Jay J -> Everyone Thanks for all of your questions everyone! If you have any questions about our CBF program for early career candidates, be in touch with me! More information on CBF can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates.
Nov 10, 11:00:32 Kara -> Everyone Thanks for joinging today's chat! As you continue your research, we suggest you come to campus and visit a class. See here for details and to sign up online https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit. Have a great week!
Nov 10, 11:00:46 Moderator -> Everyone Thanks for joining us today, our session has now ended. If you have additional questions please email the admissions hotline: eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, November 13, 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