Weekend MBA

March 8, 2016 Live Admissions Chat

(Mar 08 2016, 09:55:14 -08:00 PST - Mar 08 2016, 11:04:38 -08:00 PST)

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Mar 08, 09:55:14Moderator -> EveryoneHello 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.
Mar 08, 10:00:16Lindsay -> EveryoneI am an Admissions Manager for Booth's Evening and Weekend MBA Programs. I engage with prospective students to help guide them through the application process and connect them with resources, current students, and alumni. You can find me at our monthly information sessions in Chicago and throughout the US!
Mar 08, 10:00:16Nico -> EveryoneThank 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!
Mar 08, 10:00:17Kara -> EveryoneWelcome to our online chat! I am Kara Northcutt, director of admissions for Booth's Evening MBA and Weekend Programs. We look forward to answering your questions about Booth's flexible curriculum, dynamic community and the application process.
Mar 08, 10:00:18Marcus -> EveryoneGreetings, this is Marcus Wordlaw, assistant director of admissions. I look forward to answering questions you have today
Mar 08, 10:00:22Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, associate director and I'm available to answer your application-related questions.
Mar 08, 10:00:26Jay J -> EveryoneHello everyone and happy Spring (here in Chicago at least)! My name is Jay Jacobs and am an Assistant Director of Admissions. I coordinate the Chicago Business Fellows program, a part of our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs designed specifically for early career candidates with three years of less of work experience.
Mar 08, 10:02:28Newyaohan -> NicoDoes Uchicago provide on-campus for part time mba students?
Nico -> NewyaohanHi Newyaohan. Thank you for joining us. Chicago Booth does not provide campus housing for part-time MBA students. For students commuting from outside of Chicago, Booth does offer discounted hotel rates around Gleacher Center.
Mar 08, 10:02:48Alex_Llamas -> MarcusDo many students who enroll in the part-time evening MBA program relocate to Chicago?
Marcus -> Alex_LlamasAlex_Llamas -- the majority of students do not relocate, however there are a number that do. It all depends on the flexibility of the student and family/company obligations. The Weekend program is designed to be flexible for students traveling outside of Illinois, which 75% of our students in that program do
Mar 08, 10:02:49Newyaohan -> BethGood afternoon. For the part time programs, can we take evening and weekend classes together?
Beth -> NewyaohanNewyaohan, thank you for joining us today. As a part-time student, you can take Evening or Weekend classes. It really depends on your schedule. If you have the flexibility and desire, you can take classes during the week (evenings 6-9pm), on Saturday (9am-noon and/or 1:30-4:30pm) or even during the day down in Hyde Park.
Mar 08, 10:03:34Jon -> LindsayHi - My question(s) is mostly focused on the application process (particularly the part-time program). How important is "networking" (ie - attending booth events, meeting with admissions staff, students, professors, etc) for a successful applicant? If one intends to start in the fall and has yet to complete the GMAT, how would you advise one goes about the application process? Ths is meant to be an open-ended question. Thanks!
Lindsay -> JonHi Jon, thanks for your questions. Our application review process is holistic, so no one thing will ever make or break your admissions decision- all things are equally important. That being said, we do encourage you to engage with our community by attending events and class visits, since this is the best way for you to decide firsthand whether or not Booth is the right fit for you! We do require GMAT or GRE scores for our application, so I would advise that you prepare and sit for the test soon if you plan to apply for fall. The Weekend MBA fall deadline is May 13th, and the Evening MBA fall deadline is July 1.
Mar 08, 10:04:01kappelkr -> Jay JIs there anything specific you are looking for with Civic Scholars program? Any tips you have for those of us applying for this new program?
Jay J -> kappelkrkappelkr, we are mainly looking for students who are passionate about the non-profit/public sectors and becoming a leader in those fields. We recognize that many of non-profit/public organizations can benefit by having MBAs in leadership positions and that our classes can benefit by having students in those fields in the classrooms. Other than that, we are looking for a solid reason why you are looking for your MBA, specifically from Chicago Booth, and what unique values you can add to our classrooms and community.
Mar 08, 10:04:31JPB -> BethI am considering three options for recommendation letters for the Civic Scholars Program: 1. My supervisor at my primary, non-profit employer (required), 2. My professional mentor and coach, and 3. The founder of the non-profit K-8 school where I serve as the school President for zero salary. I would appreciate feedback on which of the last two might be best to use as the second letter. Thank you!
Beth -> JPBMy recommendation would be to use the founder of the school where you serve as president as your second recommendation. That being said, you can request the third individual, your mentor, to submit a letter as well. I would do that if you feel they would provide a unique perspective to your candidacy.
Mar 08, 10:04:36Charlie -> MarcusHi - Are there any onsite events?
Marcus -> CharlieCharlie: Yes there are a number of onsite events. The part-time program has over 40 student organizations which take place at the Gleacher Center on campus, along with different networking and social events at the Gleacher center. Other events take place at the Hyde Park campus in Chicago, and in other locations in and around downtown Chicago.
Mar 08, 10:05:42Molly -> NicoHello, thank you for hosting! Is there flexibility with the order of classes or are there general finance/etc. classes that we must take first?
Nico -> MollyHi Molly! Thank you for joining. There is certainly flexibility in the order you take your classes. We see that a lot of students will take the three foundation courses early on in the program. See more on the curriculum here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum
Mar 08, 10:06:05Sneha -> LindsayI have a Master's degree in Computer Science. I have a relatively strong profile, however, lack any background in Economics or Accounting. I would like to test waters by taking a GSAL course, and if I fair well would apply for an MBA. Which course, would you suggest that I start with?
Lindsay -> SnehaHi Sneha, great question! Taking a Booth MBA course as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) through the Graham School of General Studies is a great way to see if a Booth MBA is right for you. Up to three GSAL courses can be transferred into the MBA program. We suggest the foundation courses, Business Statistics and/or Financial Accounting, and we prefer to see grades of B+ or higher.
Mar 08, 10:06:13Alex -> BethI'm planning on applying to the Evening MBA program in October, and I’m hoping to boost my application and prove myself to the University that I belong at Booth by taking a class this spring through the Graham School. Although I know the foundation courses are strongly encouraged, a former student advised I try a course that can play to my strengths. I’m currently looking at taking Entrepreneurial Selling or Persuasion: Effective Business Communication. Would this be a good idea and help boost my application?
Beth -> AlexAlex, if you are looking for a Graham School class to help your application, I would highly recommend focusing on the foundation courses. Doing well in those classes will help strengthen your application more so than Entrepreneurial Selling.
Mar 08, 10:06:24Gurnek -> Jay JWhat are the range of GPAs and GMAT/GRE scores for admission to the Evening/Weekend Programs
Jay J -> GurnekGurnek, the middle 80% of admitted students score between a 620-730 on their GMATs. The average is a 680. The average undergraduate GPA is a 3.4/4.0. We don't have the sample size to give an accurate range/average for GREs, but you can convert those online!
Mar 08, 10:07:06Gurnek -> LindsayHow does selecting an area of focus (General Mangement v Finance, etc) impact admissions?
Lindsay -> GurnekHi Gurnek, selecting intended concentrations on your application just gives us an idea of what you're interested in studying more specifically, but it will not impact your admissions decision. Hope this helps!
Mar 08, 10:07:26Harpreet -> Jay JHello I am working as Sr. Marketing Analyst in pharma industrry in last 4 years. I already did MS in MIS and have taken MBA courses like Business Finance, Financial Accounting, Database Marketing & Statistics course, Will I get course waiver based on my previous education?
Jay J -> HarpreetHarpreet, you will still need to take 20 courses to complete a Chicago Booth MBA. However you do have the flexibility to take more advanced level courses for subject areas that you have taken in the past.
Mar 08, 10:08:24Madison -> NicoHi everyone! What part of the application do you believe is the most important to getting accepted?
Nico -> MadisonHi Madison! There is no one component of the application more important than another. We take a holistic approach in reviewing applications. You can find all components of the application listed here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply
Mar 08, 10:08:33Devan -> KaraHi, thanks for holding this chat. I'm curious as to what sort of qualifications you look for in the civic scholars program. How many years of work/what sort of accomplishments, and the like. Also, since the civic scholars program seems intended to draw from across the country, are members expected to be in Chicago every weekend or can they study/take class remotely?
Kara -> DevanDevan, thanks for your interest in Civic Scholars. l must be working for a government or nonprofit organization, and we are seeking around 6 years or so in this sector. However, this is not a hard requirement. We are looking for those who can display the impact their work has had on the community and/or examples of civic engagement. In addition, they must be dedicated to staying in these sectors during and post MBA. Yes, students will be in Chicago every weekend during the quarter. If you are in Chicago, you can also take courses in the evening. It is pretty easy to take courses across programs, as most courses do not fill up.
Mar 08, 10:08:41Athanasia_Xeros -> MarcusHello, Are there any opportunities to attend a class prior to applying?
Marcus -> Athanasia_XerosAthanasia_Xeros: Yes! There certainly are. You may visit our list of classes available to visit from the following link (keep in mind we are currently in the final week of class visits until the spring quarter begins in early April which the list will be updated accordingly)

Mar 08, 10:09:11Newyaohan -> BethI heard from the alumni of part time program said that a lot of resources are for full time students, right?
Beth -> NewyaohanThere are a lot of resources for all of our students. Part-time students have dedicated academic advisors, dedicated student life staff, and career services all here at the Gleacher Center. I would encourage you to come visit a class to give you a better sense of the community here at Booth. We also have some student group events, typically a couple each quarter, which also give you a flavor of the vibrant community here at Booth.
Mar 08, 10:09:27Harpreet -> MarcusDo you have preference of GMAT over GRE
Marcus -> HarpreetHarpreet: Great question. We have no preference between either exam. Whichever you feel most comfortable taking
Mar 08, 10:09:44Adam_O -> LindsayIf a candidate starts as a student in the Weekend MBA program, could they transition to the full-time program after the first year or so?
Lindsay -> Adam_OAdam_O, students are unable to transfer from the part-time MBA programs to the full-time program. However, you are able to transfer one time between the Evening and Weekend programs (say, if you were to start the program as a Weekend program outside of Chicago and end up relocating to Chicago during the program, i.e.). Since the Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time MBA programs are identical in terms of curriculum and faculty, you are also able to take classes across programs. So you could take classes with the Full-Time MBA students in Hyde Park, but you could not transfer officially into that program.
Mar 08, 10:09:53Alex_H -> Jay JHello, I am currently working in as a teacher in a non-profit Catholic school with an undergrad in business and economics. I was wondering if there are many professionals with a background in education that apply through the Booth school for evening MBAs, or through the Civic Scholars program? Also, are the Civics Scholars program courses offered in the evenings as well?
Jay J -> Alex_HAlex_H, we do have people who work in education in our classrooms. The Civic Scholars Program is specifically for people who work in the non-profit and public sectors like you! The students in the Civic Scholars Program will technically be a part of the Weekend program, however you can take Evening classes as well.
Mar 08, 10:10:46Charlie -> Jay JI was an undergraduate at uchicago and took some classes at Booth. Can I get those classes waived?
Jay J -> CharlieCharlie, no, you will need to take 20 courses to complete an MBA from Chicago Booth. You will have the flexibility to take more advanced courses if you have already taken some of our courses while at UChicago.
Mar 08, 10:11:28Shundle -> BethHello all! I am currently based in San Francisco but can transfer to my company's Chicago office. I would prefer to apply for the Evening program as opposed to the Weekend program (which most out of state applicants apply to as far as I can tell). Is that ok?
Beth -> ShundleShundle, of course. We actually ask a question in our Evening MBA application about if you are applying outside of Illinois to explain how you plan to do the Evening program. I would write your explanation about being able to transfer there. If we were to have any additional questions, our office would reach out.
Mar 08, 10:11:49Molly -> NicoHello, how do grades work and does that lead to a competitive environment?
Nico -> MollyHi Molly. Faculty members are required to keep a B+ (3.3 GPA) average throughout all class sections they are teaching in a given quarter. We see that our environment still remains much more collaborative than competitive when it comes to course grades.
Mar 08, 10:11:57Newyaohan -> LindsayIs it possible that I study in Paris for one semester during the MBA program? How many courses(credits) can I take one semester abroad?
Lindsay -> NewyaohanNewyaohan, you are able to study abroad as a part time MBA student through our International Business Exchange Program (IBEP). We offer short-term and long-term stays, and we do have a program in France. For more information on the specifics of the IBEP partnerships, please check out https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international/ibep
Mar 08, 10:12:17Charlie -> KaraHow does the GMAT factor in for part-time applicants: median score, target score, etc. How much is it weighted in the overall application?
Kara -> CharlieCharlie, the GMAT is one of many factors we consider. Our mid-80% range is 620-750, so use this range as a goal. We do not assign a weight, as we take a holistic approach in evaluating candidates.
Mar 08, 10:12:27JPB -> BethIf offered admission to the Civic Scholars Program starting Fall 2016, would it be possible to defer to 2017 or does one need to commit to the year applied for at the time of application?
Beth -> JPBThe ability to defer will be taken on a case-by-case basis. If you know you would like to start in 2017, I would encourage you to wait and apply for the Autumn 2017 quarter. The application will be live towards the end of the year.
Mar 08, 10:12:51Jordan -> MarcusWhen reviewing the MBA application essays, what things do you often look for but seldom see?
Marcus -> JordanJordan: Good question -- typically for our essays we look for a student to fully engage and answer each question based on their experience, while incorporating why Booth would fit their needs both now and in the future. We would like to see the uniqueness of each candidate come out in the essay and to see what core values may set you apart from your peers
Mar 08, 10:12:57Dhara1 -> LindsayHello, I will be travelling from the suburbs of Chicago during the weekend, Does Booth provide free or validated parking?
Lindsay -> Dhara1Dhara1, yes, the Gleacher Center does have relationships with certain parking lots nearby that offer parking at a discounted rate: http://programs.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/docs/parking_map.pdf
Mar 08, 10:13:25Austin -> Jay JIs it common for part-time MBA students at Chicago Booth to also enroll in courses outside of the business school, such as courses within the Harris School of Public Policy? And if so, is enrolling in courses outside of Chicago Booth encouraged?
Jay J -> AustinAustin, up to 6 of your courses can be taken at other UChicago schools and count toward your MBA. Some students will take advantage of this flexibility. It is totally up to you if you do this and whether or not it fits in your personal and professional goals and schedules!
Mar 08, 10:14:41pete -> LindsayAre there a large number of students in the weekend MBA program that commute from California?
Lindsay -> peteHi pete, I'm unsure of the number off the top of my head, but we do have a number of students commuting to Chicago from CA each weekend. Mostly LA and the Bay area.
Mar 08, 10:14:43Harpreet -> MarcusThanks. what are the minimum number of courses We can take to maintain status for part time evening MBA
Marcus -> HarpreetHarpreet -- absolutely. There are 20 courses required to graduate, and you have up to 5 years to graduate once you start. Therefore, you can take quarters off and still be a part time MBA student. Taking 2 or more quarters off back to back would place you in inactive status but you would still be an Evening MBA student
Mar 08, 10:14:47ChicCPA -> BethHow does the curriculum for the Civic Scholars Program differ from the Weekend MBA program (if any)?
Beth -> ChicCPAThe overall curriculum will be the same, but there will be three specialized experiential learning courses required along with development seminars. You can read more about the program online at https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program/program-information.
Mar 08, 10:15:41Jon -> Jay Jcurious on the investment banking program. How many students take this program and of the ones who leverage MBA to a new career (example, high tech to investment banking), what is the rate of success? not looking for hard numbers (unless you have); more just trying to get a feel. What kind of relationships does Booth have with ibanking firms - particularly larger wire houses? Again, not necessarily looking for specifics unless of course you can provide. Thanks
Jay J -> JonJon, we encourage students who are looking to change careers into investment banking to strongly consider our Full Time program. The reason behind this is because in order to obtain a full time iBanking position, the internship program is pivotal. We have had some students in the Evening and Weekend programs see success in transitioning to iBanking and getting internships, but there is a much higher rate of success in our Full Time program.
Mar 08, 10:16:08Madison -> MarcusHow long does the application process typically take from the time you apply, to the interview, to being accepted?
Marcus -> MadisonMadison: From the time you apply and complete the online application, you will have 4-6 weeks for us to review your application. Typically your interview occurs within the first week or so after you have completed your application
Mar 08, 10:16:27Adam_O -> LindsayCould you provide a little insight into the differences between the study abroad opportunities available to both the Weekend MBA and Full-time MBA programs?
Lindsay -> Adam_OAdam_O, the IBEP opportunities are the same between programs. Full-Time MBA students are more likely to study abroad for an entire term since they are not working full-time, but both the short term and long term options are available for students in either program.
Mar 08, 10:16:56MBA_Candidate -> KaraI am interested in the weekend MBA. My understanding is that as long as my employer contributes less than $8k per year to support my MBA, I do not have to inform them when I use Booth's career services. If I join in September and my employer contributes $7500 for the last quarter of 2016, am I still under the $8k/yr employer contribution limit even though I will only have attended a single quarter in 2016?
Kara -> MBA_CandidateFirst of all, it is important to know that you can engage is the vast majority of career service offerings without any permission from your company. You only need permission if you participate in formalized Campus Recruiting for full time jobs. Since your company is not contributing over $7000, you are in the clear.
Mar 08, 10:16:57Bhuvana -> LindsayHello, This is Bhuvana from Cleveland. I have a question, Does booth allow transfer credits from other schools. Lets say I want to do 1st yr at CASE and then to transfer Booth, is that allowed?
Lindsay -> BhuvanaHi Bhuvana, thanks for your question! Booth does not accept transfer credits from outside institutions.
Mar 08, 10:17:26Jay -> NicoI’m very interested in the Civic Scholars Program and/or the Weekend MBA. I work for a state legislature that is in session from January to May. Therefore, my schedule is very busy during those months and very flexible in the summer and fall. Is it possible to accommodate my course schedule based on the seasonality of my workload? For example, could I not take any classes in the spring and take more courses, or even courses on the weekdays, in the summer and fall?
Nico -> JayHi Jay. You certainly have the flexibility to take quarters off and increase your course load during other quarters. You just need to complete all 20 courses within 5 years. Keep in mind that the Civic Scholars Program will have required programming that the schedule is not yet released for.
Mar 08, 10:17:43Alex_Llamas -> BethI have an Economics undergraduate degree. Does the program waive any "core" classes of undergraduate majors completed to take other "core" options? Thank you!
Beth -> Alex_LlamasAlex, great question! To earn the MBA at Chicago Booth you will need to complete 2000 credits (20 courses plus LEAD). While you won't be able to waive any courses, you could certainly take higher level courses so you are not repeating any information you have previously learned.
Mar 08, 10:18:26Austin -> MarcusIs it common for part-time students at Chicago Booth to take advantage of a study abroad program (IBEP)?
Marcus -> AustinAustin -- Great question. It is certainly available for those part time students who are interested. The fact that many students work full time makes the IBEP a bit less popular, but readily available for students who have flexibility in their schedule to take advantage of, typically during the summer
Mar 08, 10:19:14Phil_H -> KaraWhat is the best way to go about scheduling a visit? Is it easy to sit in on a particular class? Interested mostly in the full-time program. Thanks!
Kara -> Phil_HPhil, check out the Full Time MBA site- https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/visit

They offer a variety of options. You can also contact the Full Time admissions team at admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Mar 08, 10:19:47Wade -> NicoHi - I do not think that this question was already asked above, but what are the benefits of the Weekend option versus the Evening option and vice-versa?
Nico -> WadeHi Wade. The main difference between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is simply when you take classes. All resources are the same between the two programs. Keep in mind, about 75% of our weekend MBA students commute in from outside of the Chicago-land area.
Mar 08, 10:19:51Madison -> LindsayI'm out in Texas, so are you flexible in scheduling the interview?
Lindsay -> MadisonMadison, when you submit your application, you'll receive an email prompting you to schedule your interview at a time that is convenient for you. We do prefer that you come to campus to interview in person, but exceptions can be made for a Skype interview in very special cases.
Mar 08, 10:20:38Newyaohan -> MarcusCan recommendation letter be mailed?
Marcus -> NewyaohanNewyaohan -- the letters of recommendation come directly from the recommender to us, as you will add the recommender's email address to your application however if you would like an additional 3rd recommendation it can be mailed to us for consideration
Mar 08, 10:20:58Jay -> Jay JDoes the Booth School have a particular philosophy or approach that distinguishes it in some way from other MBA programs? For instance, apart from being one of the top MBA programs, is there some other aspect of its reputation for which the school is known?
Jay J -> JayJay, absolutely! We call this the Chicago Approach, our philosophy to business education. The Chicago Approach is our belief that inquiry leads to big and bold ideas. You can learn more about the Chicago Approach at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/the-chicago-approach.
Mar 08, 10:21:39DJ -> BethThank you for your time today! I have made an appointment to meet with a member of the admissions team. Is it appropriate to discuss or ask for feedback on my draft essays so far?
Beth -> DJDJ, good question. Our admissions recruiters do not review application essays/materials. Due to the volume, we would not be able to accommodate everyone's request. I would encourage you to ask your friends/mentors to review your essays.
Mar 08, 10:22:25Gurnek -> BethIs there a requirement as to who supplies letters of recommendation? Do you need an academic as well as professional letter, or can they be all professional?
Beth -> GurnekGurnek, we only ask that one letter be from your direct supervisor. The other letter can be either professional or academic in nature. They can certainly be all professional!
Mar 08, 10:22:51Rosa -> Jay JHello. I'm interested in the Civic Scholars program as well. I noticed the target age to be 35. Can you please elaborate on how flexible is this?
Jay J -> RosaRosa, its very flexible. We are looking for students who have a good amount of experience in the non-profit and/or public sectors. The main thing we are looking for is a passion in those areas and the desire to be a leader in those fields.
Mar 08, 10:23:04Harpreet -> KaraIf yes do I need to take 20 courses
Kara -> HarpreetHarpreet, all students are required to take 20 courses. Our curriculum is very flexible and allows you to take courses at the level most appropriate for you. For example, one with an accounting background can take an advanced account course to fulfill the financial accounting requirement.
Mar 08, 10:23:41MBA_Candidate -> KaraKara, you said, "since your company is not contributing over $7000." Did you mean to say $8000 instead of $7000?
Kara -> MBA_CandidateYes, my apologies. I meant to say over $8000.
Mar 08, 10:24:00Bhuvana -> BethI may need to apply for loan, right now my Green Card is under process. How is that loan process work for students?
Beth -> BhuvanaBhuvana, good question. I would recommend reaching out to Financial Aid directly. You can email them at Financial.Aid@chicagobooth.edu
Mar 08, 10:24:15MBA_Candidate -> LindsayI am in Houston, and I am applying to the weekend program. Is it possible to do the class visit and the interview in one trip to Chicago?
Lindsay -> MBA_CandidateMBA_Candidate, yes, this is almost always possible as we offer class visits every evening and weekend throughout the quarter (provided our students are not in finals or on break). It would depend on when you schedule your interview, which you'll be prompted to do when you submit your application.
Mar 08, 10:24:17Newyaohan -> NicoCan I take courses at Uchicago at other Chicago's other international locations for a few courses?
Nico -> NewyaohanHi Newyaohan. You can take up to six courses at other UChicago divisions that would transfer into your Booth MBA. We also offer both short-term and long-term study abroad opportunities. See more information here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/international/ibep
Mar 08, 10:24:54Bhuvana -> MarcusIf i want to apply for Fall'2016, when is the time to submit application and how many rounds are there to apply?
Marcus -> BhuvanaBhuvana: the deadline for the weekend MBA fall 2016 is May 13th, and the Evening deadline is July 1st. There are no rounds, you may apply at any point prior to the deadline as we have rolling admissions and will review your application as we receive it
Mar 08, 10:25:38Dhara1 -> LindsayDoes Chicago take applicants during the January 2017 semester? If yes, what is the application deadline?
Lindsay -> Dhara1Dhara1, we accept Evening MBA students all four quarters throughout the year, and Weekend MBA students each Spring and Fall quarter. The application deadline for the Evening MBA January 2017 start will be October 7th, 2016.
Mar 08, 10:26:13Austin -> Jay JAre there any particular experiences or personal qualities for a young professional to have that would make them an ideal fit for the Chicago Business Fellows program?
Jay J -> AustinAustin, nothing in particular. We are looking for leadership potential, potential for professional progression, and maturity to contribute to our classrooms and community at large.
Mar 08, 10:26:28Dhara1 -> KaraI started my weekend mba application online, hoping to start during Autumn 2016. Due to work travel schedule, i will not be able to complete my gmats by the application deadline. Does the weekend program accept applicants for the January 2017 semester? If yes, what is the application deadline?
Kara -> Dhara1Yes, you can apply to the Weekend MBA for Spring 2017. The application will be available in April. The deadline will be January 13, 2017.
Mar 08, 10:27:24Gurnek -> BethDoes Booth offer dual degrees with other schools at UC? For example, MBA/MPH?
Beth -> GurnekBooth does offer joint degrees. The Booth courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturday. The other program classes due tend to meet during the week on the Hyde Park campus. You can review the options online at https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/joint-degrees. To apply to these programs, you would first apply to Chicago Booth. After being accepted to the program or starting the program, you would then apply to the other school.
Mar 08, 10:27:41Rosa -> LindsayWould you please remind me when the deadline is for the Civic Scholars program?
Lindsay -> RosaRosa, the deadline for Civic Scholars 2016 is May 13th. You can read more about the application process here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program/admissions
Mar 08, 10:28:53Gurnek -> Jay JIf you don't gain admission for term you selected, can you apply for the subsequent term? When admissions decisions are provided is there any insight provided as to what might be necessary to apply again?
Jay J -> GurnekGurnek, if for some reason you don't get offered a seat in our class, you can reapply 6 months after your original application. You can be in touch with an admissions director and we can try to coach you to the best of our abilities in order to enhance your application for readmission.
Mar 08, 10:29:28Phil_H -> BethWhat types of groups / programs are available for veterans at Booth? Is it possible to reach out to them during the admissions process?
Beth -> Phil_HWe have an Armed Forces group for the part-time programs. You can learn more about them online at http://groups.chicagobooth.edu/ptarmed/about/. You can also use our Ask A Student tool and be connected with fellow veterans of the Armed Forces club. You can do this online at https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Mar 08, 10:29:31Jordan -> MarcusWhat tips for success do you have for evening/weekend students who also have a full-time job? What are some things that you didn't initially prepare for?
Marcus -> JordanJordan: Great question -- from students I've worked with I have seen success balancing a full-time job and Booth classes by 1. letting managers, colleagues, and family know of the commitment you are undertaking prior and for their support through this journey. Starting with one class to ease yourself into the program is a helpful way to alleviate problems as well. If you would like more of a student perspective, you may use our Connect with a Student forum on our website and speak with current Booth students directly from the following link: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Mar 08, 10:29:38Athanasia_Xeros -> LindsayI have a Bachelors in Engineering with very little accounting or financial background. Would you recommend taking a class through GSAL prior to applying?
Lindsay -> Athanasia_XerosHi Athanasia_Xeros, it's really up to you. We do not require applicants to have accounting or financial backgrounds, and many come from what you might consider "non-traditional" backgrounds or undergraduate majors. Taking a GSAL course might be a good way for you to get a feel for a Booth classroom, but it's certainly not a necessary step for your case.
Mar 08, 10:29:55vasanthanand -> Jay JDoes Booth Allows Transfer MBA from Kelley School of Business
Jay J -> vasanthanandvasanthanand, no we don't accept transfer students. All students must complete all 20 courses at Chicago Booth to earn our MBAs.
Mar 08, 10:30:37Dhara1 -> LindsayThanks Lindsay! Follow up question, since, i started my application process online, i currently have all my essays and recommendations in the system, and the start date of the application was Autumn 2016, Am I able to change the date on my application to January 2017, without starting a new application?
Lindsay -> Dhara1Dhara1, email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we will work to get your materials moved into a Winter 2017 application. This is typically a simple process. Thanks!
Mar 08, 10:30:56Dar1 -> Jay JAre Part-time students allowed to take internship ( assuming there is leave of absence from the employer)
Jay J -> Dar1Dar1, you are, however campus recruitment for internship opportunities are not available to PT students. You will work with our career services dept. to help find internships that are available to you. We also have a internal job board that will host internship opportunities on that.
Mar 08, 10:30:58Jay -> NicoAs I mentioned previously, I’m interested in the Civic Scholars Program. I have a Master’s in Public Policy, but I’m interested in expanding my education. What other experience, achievements or qualities would help me stand out as an applicant?
Nico -> JayHi Jay. We are looking for people who can display the impact they are creating on their civic community and show leadership experience and potential. Outside of that, Civic Scholars applicants should display the qualities we look for in our general Booth part-time MBA applicants. See here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/criteria
Mar 08, 10:30:58Austin -> BethWhen does the application open for the Chicago Business Fellows program for a start date in Fall of 2017?
Beth -> AustinThe Autumn 2017 appliication for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA will open in October.
Mar 08, 10:31:05Ray -> MarcusWhat happens if my recommender send in his/her recommendation letter late?
Marcus -> RayRay: Great question. We understand that can happen at times. We can reach out to your recommender along with you, and there can be some leeway in terms of us accepting letters after you have applied or after the deadline. However I recommend contacting each person you intend to use well ahead of time in order to try and avoid this situation.
Mar 08, 10:31:40Rosa -> LindsayThis would be my second masters degree. Yet, I have not had to take the GMAT. How necessary is it for me to take this test?
Lindsay -> RosaHi Rosa, we have a number of students in the program with previous Master's degrees, and we do require either GMAT or GRE scores for all of our applicants in the Evening and Weekend MBA programs.
Mar 08, 10:32:04Sneha -> KaraI have a very strong background in volunteering which is associated with a particular cause. The whole idea of pursuing an MBA at booth was to further my interest in working towards that cause. Is civic scholarship right for me as my employer is University of Chicago (I am a System Administrator in my regular job) I am not a US permanent resident but highly likely to be one in the coming years.
Kara -> SnehaSneha, for Civic Scholars we are seeking students who can show their day to day work involves civic engagement and/or community impact. While having great volunteer experience is will reflect well, one's work experience also needs to involve community impact. If your current role does not involve such, you should consider the traditional MBA program. We have many University employees in our programs.

It is fine if you are on a work visa, we have many students on work visas in the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs.
Mar 08, 10:32:50Newyaohan -> BethIs the evening program more competitive than the weekend program?
Beth -> NewyaohanBoth programs are equally as competitive here at Chicago Booth. I encourage you to come to an admissions event to determine which program is right for you. Our next Information Session will be on Friday, April 1. You can register online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago
Mar 08, 10:32:59Rosa -> Jay JAre admissions for the Civic Scholars program only once per year or can you start in the spring?
Jay J -> RosaRosa, the Civic Scholar Program has only one intake per year, during the Autumn quarter. The general Weekend program has intakes in both the Autumn and Spring.
Mar 08, 10:34:18Dhara1 -> LindsayOnce enrolled in the evening program, does that give you the flexibility to take classes on the weekend as well?
Lindsay -> Dhara1Absolutely. Since the curriculum is the same for the Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time MBA programs, you are able to sign up for classes across program. Many Evening students take classes on the weekend as well.
Mar 08, 10:36:29Vijay -> MarcusCould you please help understand the differences in placement program for Full time & evening MBA class ?
Marcus -> VijayVijay: I believe you are asking about placement relative to Career Services. The career services program is the same among both Full-time and Evening MBA programs, with the only difference being an internship component built into the Campus Recruitment portion of career services. There are offices on both Full time and part time campuses and each include professionals to help with resume reviews, mock interviews and also a job board specific to Booth students where jobs are posted by various companies
Mar 08, 10:37:45Newyaohan -> MarcusIf I get accepted into the weekend program, can I also take classes in the evening?
Marcus -> NewyaohanNewyaohan: Yes, you can take classes in the Evening or in the Full time program as a weekend student. Classes are available across program to provide flexibility for our students.
Mar 08, 10:38:29Bhuvana -> NicoDoes Booth have campus job for weekend MBA? I know already ppl have jobs when they come for weekend MBA but is there any difference weekend MBA and regular MBA in terms of course wise, job wise and time wise?
Nico -> BhuvanaHi Bhuvana. There are certainly career resources for Weekend MBA students, and Weekend MBA students are welcome to participate in campus-recruiting for full-time jobs. The same courses and faculty are offered in the Weekend MBA program as the Full-time program. Generally, Weekend MBA students take two courses per quarter while Full-time students take 3-4 courses.
Mar 08, 10:38:35Gurnek -> KaraFor applicants who have been working as professionals and out of school for 6+ years, is their undergrad GPA still weighted similarly? Does admissions look for more recent coursework to evaluate candidates?
Kara -> GurnekGurnek, yes, for those who are further away from undergrad, their work experience is often viewed as most important than GPA. We understand GPA is not something one can change, and other strengths in one's profile can make up for a less than stellar GPA.
Mar 08, 10:38:55Rosa -> Jay JDo the CSP students need to complete the program in 2.5- 3 years or is the 5 year timeline also an option?
Jay J -> RosaRosa, the 5 year timeline is an option for the Civic Scholars Program, however you must take the experiential courses (http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program/academics) when they are offered. They will be offered on Saturdays, but aren't exactly sure which quarters they will be offered yet. More info on that soon!
Mar 08, 10:39:26Adam_O -> NicoCan you apply to both the full-time MBA and weekend MBA programs if you're still trying to decide between them?
Nico -> Adam_OHi Adam_O. You can have applications open for both programs, but we ask that you choose between programs before submitting an application.
Mar 08, 10:39:59Bryan -> LindsayWhat is the format of the admissions interview? Is it a one-on-one or is there a group aspect as well?
Lindsay -> BryanBryan, traditional MBA applicants will have a 1 on 1 interview with a member of our Admissions Committee (typically a current student or alum of the program) here at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. Those applying to our Chicago Business Fellows program for early career candidates will attend an interview day, which will include both a group interview and a 1 on 1 interview. Hope this helps!
Mar 08, 10:41:27Charlie -> MarcusIs there any way to transfer into the full-time program? What happens if your employer seems to be accepting of the program (ie you have talked to them about it), but then they become a little difficult later on? A little off the wall question. thanks.
Marcus -> CharlieCharlie: No problem and I think I understand your question. The full time and part time programs yield the same degree, and there is no difference academically in attending either the Full time, Evening, or Weekend program. You however cannot transfer into the full-time program once you begin. If you are considering full-time, I would recommend really taking time to consider based on your career and flexibility which would be best for you. I hope this hits your question
Mar 08, 10:41:51Dar1 -> LindsayIs there any statistics can be shared regarding students switching their careers functions/industry in part-time
Lindsay -> Dar1Hi Dar1, we do a survey of all our graduates each year to measure changes in their career. The data shows us that students are making a variety of changes near or upon graduation- everything from getting promoted, changing functions, geography and industry. Many make a combination of these changes. Our recent survey showed 2/3 of students made a significant change in their career. Of those seeking to stay at their current company, 60% were promoted and 43% changed functions. We also see students seeking to change companies. Of those who found employment at a new firm, 52% changed industries and 70% changed function.
Mar 08, 10:41:53Nancy_M. -> BethSince the Civil Scholar Program only has one intake per year and has associated events, do you have any suggestions about quarters that would be more or less advantageous to take off from the program?
Beth -> Nancy_M.Nancy, at this time we have not finalized the schedule. There will certainly be quarters which do not have any Civic Scholar programming. I would plan on taking courses in your first quarter, Autumn quarter. At that time, we will have more information so you can plan out any breaks.
Mar 08, 10:43:12Jay -> Jay JI understand that the school accepts the GMAT or the GRE. Is one test preferred over the other?
Jay J -> JayJay, nope! We don't prefer either test over the other. We will always take your highest score.
Mar 08, 10:43:53Shundle -> Jay JIs it possible to take a Quarter off during the program based off of changing workload at my employer?
Jay J -> ShundleShundle, yes you can take as many quarters off as you would like. You have 5 years to complete the program after you start.
Mar 08, 10:44:23Andy -> KaraGood afternoon. Does admissions prefer that an applicant establish and present very firm career goals and explain (in detail) how a Booth MBA would help them achieve those goals? I've personally been hesitant to apply to the program until I can more specifically outline my post-graduation expectations. I am now confident that an MBA is key in reaching my overall career aspirations but I'm wondering how many details I need to be able to confidently define in order to submit a competitive application. Ultimately, I would expect that the MBA education itself would greatly assist in creating a more detailed plan based on broader initial goals.
Kara -> AndyAndy, we want applicants to have an idea of short and long term goals, but we fully understand and expect these to change as you move through the program. One thing we are looking for in goals it do one's goals fit with what our programs offer. For example, if one is seeking a significant career change and wants an internship, they should apply full time. We would be concerned if one with these goals applies to a part time program. The Booth MBA is meant to be transformative, and it would be unusual for one's goals not to alter at least a bit.
Mar 08, 10:44:38Newyaohan -> LindsayWhat is the format of the group interview?
Lindsay -> NewyaohanNewyaohan, group interviews are only required for early career candidates applying to our Chicago Business Fellows program (read more about that here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates). The Small group interview will be with 6-8 CBF candidates and two staff members.
Mar 08, 10:45:35Bhuvana -> BethIf I want to apply for summer or fall or winter or spring when is the deadline for application pls!!
Beth -> BhuvanaThe application deadlines for the Evening MBA program are available online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply. The application deadlines for Weekend MBA are online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/application-process.
Mar 08, 10:46:20Shundle -> NicoI have taken the GMAT three times in the past year, and studied around 15-20 hours a week for the past 12 months. My score has improved each time but I am still under 640. Will steady improvement in the score be considered alongside overall score?
Nico -> ShundleHi Shundle. Improvement definitely reflects well upon a candidate and can be considered while evaluating a candidate.
Mar 08, 10:47:44Rosa -> KaraIs there a special information for the CSP or should I attend any of the information sessions for additional information?
Kara -> RosaRosa, feel free to attend any of our events. We do not currently have any Civic Scholars specific event. Since the vast majority of the program is the same as our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA, it is important to get to know the full program.
Mar 08, 10:47:50Jordan -> MarcusAre there any classes that focus on operating environmentally sustainable organization?
Marcus -> JordanJordan, Yes there are specific classes you are looking for. You can access our class list at the following link:https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch
Mar 08, 10:48:33Bhuvana -> BethAfter application and how long will take for interview?
Beth -> BhuvanaOnce you submit your application, you have the opportunity to schedule your admissions interview. We ask that all interviews be conducted within three weeks of the application deadline. All interviews are conducted in person here in Chicago.
Mar 08, 10:48:48Charlie -> NicoHi - What is the target score for the GRE? Thank you
Nico -> CharlieHi Charlie! We do not have a specific target or average score for the GRE, but our average GMAT falls around a 680 with the mid 80% ranging from 620-730. You can convert your GRE score to a GMAT score using the tool on GRE's website. This will give you an idea of where you stand.
Mar 08, 10:49:05anthonylee -> Jay JHi, I am currently a consultant at Deloitte S&O, and will like to apply to the weekend program. However, I am based in LA now. I am planning to request my company to move me to Chicago once I got accepted. Will that affect my chance if I am not local?
Jay J -> anthonyleeanthonylee, we have weekend students from all across the country, including LA. If you are applying to the Evening program and you are from outside of Chicago, you will need to answer a question on how you plan to get to class at 6pm on weekdays. Transferring to Chicago with your employer suffices!
Mar 08, 10:49:36Sneha -> MarcusI have a question about tuition reimbursement. Do the students at booth, part-time in Particular, receive any tuition reimbursement by their future employers upon placement.
Marcus -> SnehaSneha: That is a great question. We do not have a specific program set up for tuition reimbursement by future employers. Many of our students have some sort of partial sponsorship from their current companies to help finance their degree, which would be worked out through their company directly.
Mar 08, 10:50:28JPB -> KaraIs it possible that an applicant for the CSP that is not offered a seat in the program could be deemed a good fit and offered admission for the traditional Weekend Program for the same term or would an application for the Weekend Program for a future term be required?
Kara -> JPBYes, we foresee admitting Civic Scholars applicants into the traditional MBA program. Since there are only 8 scholarship, it will be highly competitive. We want to give the well-qualified candidates who do not get the scholarship the chance to also get their MBA at Booth. You would start the same term.
Mar 08, 10:51:20Vijay -> BethIs there a forum to connect with current Evening / Weekend MBA students to understand their perspective on pre-school preparation etc. ?
Beth -> VijayVijay, we recently launched Ask A Student which allows you to connect with current Chicago Booth students. You can use various criteria and you will then be connected. You can visit online at https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer
Mar 08, 10:52:34anthonylee -> BethAlso, what prove of finance do we need if we are self funding the MBA program?
Beth -> anthonyleeYou will not need to submit any financial documents.
Mar 08, 10:52:56Dar1 -> Jay JDoes it requires to complete all the three foundation courses before enrolling to the core courses or due to class availability, one can complete lets say 2 foundation course, 1 core courses and then come back to complete the other foundation course
Jay J -> Dar1Dar1, there is no sequence to our courses. You can take the 20 courses in the order you wish to do so. We don't have core courses. Students need to take 3 foundation courses (Business Stats, Financial Acct, and Microeconomics), 1 course in 6 of our 7 function areas (Operations, Strategy, Marketing, etc.), and 11 elective courses.
Mar 08, 10:55:55Rosa -> Jay JI'm assuming the 8 CSP scholarships will be selected after the application deadline. Therefore, applicants that apply early are not necessary given any preference. Would you please confirm this?
Jay J -> RosaRosa, you are correct. The Civic Scholars Program is not on a rolling admissions program like the rest of our programs.
Mar 08, 10:57:57Sri -> BethHello, I have worked in non-profit organization for past 8 years. I was wondering what is the process to apply for the Civic Scholars Program?
Beth -> SriSri, to apply to the Civic Scholars Program, you would need to start an application for the Weekend MBA program for the Autumn 2016 quarter. You would select yes to the "are you applying to the Civic Scholar program" and submit a response to the Civic Scholars essay. You can read more about the program, including the admissions process, online at https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program
Mar 08, 10:59:09Jordan -> Jay JCould you please explain the rolling admissions program? Would applying earlier be more advantageous?
Jay J -> JordanJordan, we guarantee an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks from submitting a complete application, no matter the quarter you apply to. There is no competitive advantage to applying early as 80% of our applications come through the week of a deadline. There is also no competitive advantage to applying to one quarter over another.
Mar 08, 10:59:24anthonylee -> NicoIf we decided to ask for a unpaid leave after a year, for example, can we take the weekend or full time classes to expedite the progress?
Nico -> anthonyleeHi anthonylee. You can certainly take more than two classes in a quarter if you have the time. You can always take classes outside of your "home-program," but you have priority when registering for those classes within your "home-program."
Mar 08, 10:59:39Sriharsh -> LindsayIs GMAT mandatory for weekend MBA
Lindsay -> SriharshSriharsh, either GMAT or GRE scores are required.
Mar 08, 11:00:55Bhuvana -> NicoSorry, I have another last question. Lets say i have selected for Weekend MBA program but for some personal reason i can't join immediately can i pause/hold for 1yr or so and then later i can come join the course directly?
Nico -> BhuvanaHi Bhuvana. You can defer starting the program for one intake quarter. For example, if you apply to the Autumn 2016 Weekend MBA, you can only defer as far as the Spring 2017 Weekend MBA quarter.
Mar 08, 11:01:54Matt_from_ITW -> MarcusThank you for your time today. How would you summarize the differences (if any) of employer recruiting on campus as a part-timer vs full-timer? My understanding is that part-time students do have access to career services, but I am curious if a number of employers request only full-time students when recruiting, or if there are other significant differences between PT vs FT students.
Marcus -> Matt_from_ITWMatt_from_ITW: Absolutely. The main differences that exist involve the internship component of the Campus Recruitment portion of Career services. Employers who are on campus for recruitment would not necessarily know the difference between full time and part time students, and there are no significant differences other than the ability for full time students to take part in the internship component
Mar 08, 11:02:20MBA_Candidate -> KaraI will be flying in from out of town. How have professors handled missed exams due to flight cancellations (due to weather) or delay on the part of the airline?
Kara -> MBA_CandidateYou'll be surprised to hear this is far less common you would think given we are in Chicago. If there is very extreme weather and campus is actually closed, alternatives are made for all. If it is a one-off cancellation, you reach out to your faculty and ask how to proceed. We find our faculty are very understanding and accommodating when matters are outside of one's control.
Mar 08, 11:02:25Lindsay -> EveryoneThanks everyone for your great questions today. We invite you to join us for our upcoming Booth Women Connect networking event here in Chicago on April 16th! You can register for that event here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=38c7f14f-6d66-4d67-ada2-c70ad34577ce
Mar 08, 11:02:27Marcus -> EveryoneThanks for your questions, it was a pleasure speaking with you all today. If you are interested in hearing more from specific Booth students in a more casual setting during the day, I would invite you to Lunch and Learn events we host with conversation from Booth students over food. The next available Lunch and Learn is April 9th:

Mar 08, 11:02:33Jay J -> EveryoneThanks for coming today! If you are free on April 16, please join us for our Information Session/Class Visit day! More information and registration can be found at https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=cfcce8bc-f971-4ddf-b8b0-ecfba00c8c5f
Mar 08, 11:02:37Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. We look forward to receiving your Evening MBA application for the Summer 2016 quarter. The deadline is Friday, April 8. For more information on the applicaiton process, please visit https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply
Mar 08, 11:03:14Nico -> EveryoneThank you for your questions today! We encourage you to continue engaging with the Booth community by visiting a class with us: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit

Spring 2016 class visit options will be posted the first week of April.
Mar 08, 11:04:17Kara -> EveryoneThanks for joining today's chat! As a next step, we invite you to an Information Session on April 1. See this link to register- https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=39327223-eca3-4dd1-9c91-4553e8ce7014.

We look forward to working with you!
Mar 08, 11:04:38Moderator -> EveryoneThanks for joining us today! Our session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted on Friday, March 11, 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