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April 11, 2017 Live Admissions Chat

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Chat Guest: What is the best format or length of a resume? What information is most important in that document?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Your resume should be 1-2 pages in length and highlight your most recent and relevant work experience.  Most applicants also include education and community involvement as well. 


Chat Guest: What international opportunities are available and most commonly sought out by part-time MBA students?


* Kara Northcutt: We have short term study abroad options in 7 countries: Austria, Brazil, Germany, China, France, South Korea and Israel. They are 2-3 weeks in length and count as one of your 20 courses. See this link to learn more: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international/ibep/study-abroad

They are fantastic programs, and we are proud to allow study abroad for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students.


Chat Guest: What is the overlap between the Evening and the Weekend MBA? To clarify, if I enroll in an Evening MBA program, can I take a given course with the Weekend group, and vice-versa?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Evening and Weekend students overlap in the sense that students in each program both take classes at the Gleacher center part-time, and are involved in the same clubs and organizations. On a fairly regular basis, Evening students will also take Weekend classes at some point, and vice versa.


Chat Guest: I am a full-time employee who works 9-5 Monday thru Friday.  What would be the best option for me? The Evening program or the Weekend program?


* Erik Halloway: Evening Classes take place Monday through Friday from 6-9. Weekend courses are Saturdays from 9:00-12 and 1:30-4:30. Evening and Weekend students also have the ability to take classes across programs. So Evening students could take Weekend courses and vice versa. Since the content, faculty and curriculum are the same, it is a person choice of when you would like to take the majority of your courses.


Chat Guest: What is the minimum score we need to get in GMAT? Is there anyway I can apply without GMAT scores?


* Erik Halloway: The GMAT (or GRE) is required for admission to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA. The mid 80% of enrolling students score between 610-730 on the GMAT. 


Chat Guest: For students flying from the West Coast, do they normally fly in Friday or take red-eyes in on Saturday and leave Saturday evening?


* Erik Halloway: Depends on the student and their personal/professional life. The community is quite active holding events on Fridays and Saturdays. Whilst some students fly in and out on Saturday, a number of students come in Fridays and/or stay through Sunday.


Chat Guest: Can Weekend and Evening MBA transfer between the programs. If I start a weekend MBA, can I transfer to Evening MBA in the next semester?


* Kara Northcutt: Yes, during your 2nd quarter and beyond you can petition to transfer from Weekend to Evening and vice versa. It is a simple petition process.


Chat Guest: Do you have a preference between GMAT or GRE, or are they equally valued when reviewing candidates?


* Molly O'Donnell: We do not have any preference between GMAT or GRE scores.  We view them equally in an application.


Chat Guest: To submit the application, are all items mandatory on/before deadline?


* Nico Ricchiuto: We allow a seven day grace period for recommendation letters to be submitted.  We ask that you submit the application with all other materials by 11:59pm the day of the deadline. However, we have made exceptions in the past. If you have a particular date you are taking/retaking a test, please email our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu with the details. We can let you know if we are able to accommodate.


Chat Guest: Good Afternoon! Thank you for taking the time to address questions today. As a Weekend MBA student, can you also take evening classes?


Chat Guest: Yes, many students take classes across programs.  You get a chance to bid for classes in your home program first, and other programs after a couple of phases.  That priority does not apply if a certain course is only offered once that year in only one program.


Chat Guest: If an Evening/Weekend student can take a semester away from work, can they enroll for a semester abroad similar to the full time program?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Yes, if students have the flexibility, they can enroll in a full term International Business Exchange Program (IBEP).  We also offer short term IBEP programs, which are two weeks in length and tend to be more popular with the Evening and Weekend MBA students.  You can see our list of partner schools here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/international/partner-schools


Chat Guest: Can Evening MBA student take classes on Saturday? For me Friday and Saturday work best, since I am a travelling consultant.


* Erik Halloway: Yes. You have the flexibility to take classes in other programs (Evening students can take Weekend and vice versa). If you are traveling most Mondays through Thursdays, then the Weekend option is the better fit. You will have priority access to Saturday and Friday courses when selecting your courses, but will also be able to sign up for classes during the week if your work schedule was to change.


 Chat Gust: How does the weighting of the GMAT differ as time progresses post-undergrad and is this offset partially through increased professional and community involvement if I am six years outside of undergrad?



* Kara Northcutt: Generally speaking, we have a holistic review process and weight things evenly. However, on the individual level, this can vary. For example, if one has a low GPA from undergrad but has a very strong GMAT or GRE, the exam can outweigh the GPA. The GMAT may be less important if one who has more years of work experience. We know each applicant has strengths and weaknesses, so we take this into consideration on the individual level. Having said that, aim for a GMAT that falls within our mid-80% range of 610-730.


Chat Guest: As a nontraditional undergrad student, I have several years of relevant, FT work experience prior to obtaining my bachelor's degree.  How should I address this on the work experience section of the application; should I still only include post-baccalaureate experience in that section and address previous work in my resume?


* Erik Halloway: In the work history section of your application, I recommend listing all relevant work experience. There is always the optional essay if you need to further elaborate on your work history.


Chat Guest: Do you have minimum score requirements for the GMAT/GRE?


* Marcus Wordlaw: We do not have a minimum requirement for the GMAT/GRE. However, the middle 80% of enrolled students at Booth for the Evening and Weekend program score between 610-730 on the GMAT. The average for both programs is 680


Chat Guest: How important or weighted are GRE or GMAT scores in the admissions process?


* Kara Northcutt: Generally speaking, we have a holistic review process and weight things evenly. However, on the individual level, this can vary. For example, if one has a low GPA from undergrad but has a very strong GMAT or GRE, the exam can outweigh the GPA. The GMAT may be less important if one who has more years of work experience. We know each applicant has strengths and weaknesses, so we take this into consideration on the individual level. Having said that, aim for a GMAT that falls within our mid-80% range of 610-730.


Chat Guest: Is Prof Raghuram Rajan's, International Corporate Finance Class taught in either of Weekend or Evening programs?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Professor Rajan is not teaching this quarter, but he did teach International Corporate Finance in the Evening MBA program last quarter.


Chat Guest: Are the international study abroad programs in affiliation with another University or School?


* Marcus Wordlaw: The International Business Exchange Program does have programming with other schools, depending on the type of exchange program and location. You may find information on the partner schools from the following link: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international/partner-schools


Chat Guest: What are the differences between recruiting for Part-Time MBA students vs Full-Time MBA students?

* Julia Sanders: Part time students are able to participate in the same recruiting process for full time jobs as the full-time students.  Just be aware that recruiting takes place at the Harper Center in Hyde Park and does take time during the workday.


Chat Guest: For the Weekend MBA can we take courses outside of the MBA school? For example Math department, Engineer department?


* Erik Halloway: Up to 6 elective courses can be taken outside of Booth, but within the University. Not every program is setup for working adults, and some classes may only meet during the day. You would likely need a flexible work schedule to attend some courses.


Chat Guest: Do you have any tuition assistant programs for both programs?


* Molly O'Donnell: Neither the Evening or Weekend MBA program has any tuition assistance except in the one case of the Civic Scholars Program, which is for people who work in a nonprofit organization or the government.  However, our financial aid office can help you with possible ways to help you pay for your education.


Chat Guest: What are the acceptable scores for GRE?


* Lindsay Badeaux: The middle 80% of our admitted students for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs score between 610-730 on the GMAT.  Unfortunately we do not have similar data on the GRE.  Since we have only been accepting it a few years and the sample size would not be very large, it’s harder to get good averages for that test. What we typically do for applicants who have questions about GRE scores is have them convert them to GMAT scores.  You can use this conversion tool (http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool/) to get an idea about how your GRE score would convert and whether or not it would then fall into our middle 80% range.


Chat Guest: Thank you all for hosting this sessions. I have a question for Julia. It is my understanding that through the program one can choose multiple concentrations, which ones are you choosing? In addition, what Student Groups are you participating in? Thank you.


* Julia Sanders: My concentrations are Economics, Econometrics and Statistics, Managerial & Organizational Behavior and General Management.  Some students choose concentrations and plan accordingly, and some take the classes they want and see which concentrations they end up with- both valid approaches.  For Groups- I was formerly on the SAC board (pretty much our student government), a co-chair of the Running Group and a co-founder of Food Club. I've been very involved in helping with our LAUNCH program as well.  I attend events for many clubs which I have not joined, which is very common.


Chat Guest: What are the financial aid options for a student who is on H1B visa? Does booth provide any kind of financial aid / loans for International Students on H1B visa?


* Kara Northcutt: Students on H1B visas can pursue private student loans to help fund their MBA. Once admitted, you work directly with our Financial Aid Office to explore and apply for private loans that best fit your situation.    


Chat Guest: I studied economics in undergrad and am very familiar with the strength of your economics program. Do any of the courses or aptitudes carry over to your MBA program?


* Erik Halloway: Yes. Courses range in difficulty, including PhD level courses. I recommend you check out the course search to view the available econ courses offered: https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch


Chat Guest:  How do the student groups for part-time students accommodate the schedules of weekend students who are traveling in from out of state? Are most meetings held on Saturdays?


* Julia Sanders: There are many meetings on Saturday, often during the lunch break.  Sometimes after class on Saturday as well.  There is the occasional weeknight meeting, but you will not miss out on much.  Usually, the problem is choosing where to go out of the many options, not lack of options.


Chat Guest: Do we have any material on the class size/ profile? As well as the post course placements for weekend programs?


* Lindsay Badeaux: You can see the Weekend class profile at the bottom of this page: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend . We do have employment data and statistics for the Evening and Weekend MBA programs combined.  If you have a specific question about transitioning into a certain industry, for example, you can reach out to us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we would be happy to set up a call to share more.


Chat Guest: Can you give me more information on the Civic Scholars Program?


* Molly O'Donnell: Most of your questions can be answered on our website on the Civic Scholars Program page.  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program

In a nutshell, the Civic Scholars Program is specifically for people who work in a nonprofit organization or the government.  They receive a scholarship to the Weekend MBA Program and additional extra-curricular programming.  Civic Scholar applicants must be working in a nonprofit or the government when they apply for the program, while they are in school, and for 3 years after completing their degree.


Chat Guest: On the website I believe there is mention of Weekend students being eligible for discounted airfare. Could you please elaborate on the discounts that are offered?


* Erik Halloway: Discounts on airfare vary based on airlines, and are usually a small discount. For example, on Southwest, the discount ranges from 10-15% depending on the fare you select.


Chat Guest: How long is a part-time program (either Weekend or Evening) required to be completed in?


* Marcus Wordlaw: Both the Evening and Weekend programs must be completed within 5 years of the start of the first class. The speed at which that happens is up to the student and the number of classes taken. Most students take about 2 classes per quarter which would have them graduating in 2.5 years.


Chat Guest: I learned from various online forums that a Weekend MBA program would not result in a career change and would only help me grow in my current job role. If I am expecting to change my career from engineering to management after a weekend program it is wrong expectation?



* Lindsay Badeaux: Our survey of the class of 2015 from one year prior to graduation to one year post-graduation informed us of the following:  Nearly 70% reported a change during this period.  Of the 70% who reported a change, almost 60% reported a new position with a new employer.  Of those who changed employers, 80% changed industry, 87% change function (most did a combo of function, industry & geography changes).  You have access to Career Services, who will take a tailored approach and help you figure out your own personal job search strategy.


Chat Guest: I am very interested in the Civic Scholars program and plan to apply to your next round. Have you determined when the next application deadline will be?


* Molly O'Donnell: The application deadline for the class entering in September 2018 will be approximately April 20, 2018.


Chat Guest: Will there be any different between Full-time MBA and Weekend/Evening MBA in term of Career Service or Networking Opportunity?


* Hannah Kohut: Access to Career Services is the same to all Booth students, full-time and part-time, except only full-time students have access to formalized internship recruiting. Most of our part-time students already have careers, but if your goal is to change careers and would need an internship to accomplish that, then the full-time program may be a better fit for you. Career postings, our job posting database and networking events are plentiful across both the full-time and part-time programs!


Chat Guest: Refer to the earlier question for full time job recruiting, can Evening/Weekend MBA students participate in summer internship program like FT student? For example, IBD typically recruits two weeks after 1st year started in August. Can PT/Weekend students join the FT summer intern process?


* Erik Halloway: No. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students do not have access to the formalized internship process like full-time students. That said, there are a few students each year who seek out an internship on their own. The Booth job board (GTS) usually has a number of internships posting each year, which EW students can apply for.


Chat Guest: Are there any mentoring programs available for first year part-time students?


* Lindsay Badeaux: What sort of mentoring are you curious about?  All students go through LAUNCH, our 3 day student orientation, which is a fully immersive experience that will acclimate you to Booth and help you get to know students in your new community.  LAUNCH mentors are available to help guide you through those first few weeks of the program!  We also have career services advisors and academic advisors to help you through the rest of your experience at Booth.


Chat Guest: Does work experience (number of years worked) play a role in getting accepted into the program? If yes, how many years do you prefer?


* Kara Northcutt: Average work experience for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students is 6-7 years; however the range is very wide. We have the Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) program for those with 0-3 years of work experience. If you are within that range you should look into CBF (same program, same degree as traditional MBA). Your timing is up to you, as we are open to candidates at all phases of their career. You are given plenty of opportunity in the application to talk about why this is the best time for you to pursue your MBA.  


Chat Guest: How much weightage is given to undergraduate score while evaluating an application?


* Kara Northcutt: Generally speaking, we have a holistic review process and weight things evenly. However, on the individual level, this can vary. For example, if one has a low GPA from undergrad but has a very strong GMAT or GRE, the exam can outweigh the GPA. We know each applicant has strengths and weaknesses, so we take this into consideration on the individual level.


Chat Guest: Julia, what do you wish you would have known before starting your MBA at Booth?


* Julia Sanders:  I wish I had put more thought into prioritizing.  Booth offers an unbelievable amount of resources (classes, groups, community, social impact, international programs) and the biggest problem turns out to be choosing between all of them.  I wish I had done more research and hit the ground running my first quarter, but I ended up just going to classes for my first 2 quarters.  Now that I'm about to graduate, I'm thinking of all the things I wish I could have done.


Chat Guest: Do recommenders have specific prompts to respond to for the Weekend program, or are the guidelines for drafting a recommendation letter flexible?


* Lindsay Badeaux: You can read a little bit more about what we’re looking for with letters of rec here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/letters-of-recommendation . We’ll ask your recommenders to compare you to your peer group and address topics such as your strengths, your areas of development, your team skills and leadership ability, and any other matters which they feel are important for the admissions committee to know.


Chat Guest: Hello. I was a business major for my Undergrad. Are there any core classes that can be qualified for credit if you have already taken them?


* Erik Halloway: There are no core classes as part of a Booth MBA. In the foundation areas, students have the ability to select course based on their background. For example, someone without a business background may take financial accounting, but a CPA will take a more difficult course, such as financial analysis. All Booth MBA candidates must complete 20 courses regardless of previous education.


Chat Guest: I would be interested in taking a few classes at the Harris School--especially classes on healthcare policy. Do you happen to know if they offer Saturday or Friday night courses?


* Kara Northcutt: I am fairly certain Harris School course are only offered on weekdays during the daytime. If you have a flexible schedule and are able to take courses during the daytime, you are able to take Harris courses as part of your MBA. Up to 6 courses can be taken in other schools across the University of Chicago.


Chat Guest: Do you have data on the industries to which graduates move into for those who change careers?


* Marcus Wordlaw: We do have data on graduate statistics relative to companies and industries, and career movement from our recent graduates. . We could go over this on a separate call, which you may contact me at marcus.wordlaw@chicagobooth.edu to set up.


Chat Guest: What is the GRE score range for most of the students in the evening/Weekend Program'


* Erik Halloway: We’ve only recently began accepting GRE, and therefore, do not have a range like we do the GMAT. I recommend using the online tool to convert your GRE to a GMAT score. This is what we do during application review. The mid 80% range for incoming students is a 610-730 on the GMAT. Here is the conversation tool: https://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool/


Chat Guest: Julia - What surprised you most about Booth after you started?


* Julia Sanders: The community.  I really expected that it would be more competitive but I've seen nothing but support throughout my time here.  The community is, hands down, the most impressive part of the program.


Chat Guest: Julia, what has been the biggest thing you have taken away from your time at Booth?


* Julia Sanders: To echo my earlier response- the community and network.  You build some incredible relationships with your classmates.  Also, I've been surprised at how responsive and involved the alumni are.  I may forget what I learned in class, but the network will last me a lifetime.


Chat Guest: How does Chicago Booth contribute/partner with the Chicago community?


* Molly O'Donnell: Booth, as well as the University of Chicago in general, have several avenues where the work with the community.  For example, The Social Enterprise Initiative (https://research.chicagobooth.edu/sei/) has several programs that work with students and alumni to train them and help place them on boards of nonprofits in the area. It also supports research on the nonprofit sector by faculty at Booth.  There is a large student club called Booth Social Impact that supports nonprofits in a variety of ways including pro bono consulting and other support. And, of course, the Civic Scholars Program that is providing full-tuition scholarships to professionals in the nonprofit and government sectors.  Other student groups and faculty work with a variety of organizations in the city on a number of projects. 


Chat Guest: Julia, what are some tips that you'd like to give for managing the school workload while still performing great and managing things at work?


* Julia Sanders: Look for pockets of time you didn't know you had.  You have them, we all do, and any part-timer will say the same.  I get some reading done on my train commute and the rest gets done in what used to be TV time.  You also have the flexibility to choose courses that fit with your schedule- so lighter classes when you expect work to be rough.


Chat Guest: Your program is consistently listed on the top 5 if not the top MBA program. Would each one of you tell us what makes your program stand out?


* Kara Northcutt: I could give so many answers to that question! Our active and supportive comminute of faculty, students, alumni and administrators really make the Booth programs stand out. We are all here to support you at all phases of your MBA and beyond as an alumnus. The Chicago Approach defines the Booth experience and the core components to the Approach are: data leads to discovery, individuality thrives on flexibility and community empowers the individual.  We strongly suggest you visit a class to experience Booth firsthand.    


Chat Guest: In terms of classes, typically how many days of the week are the classes offered? Let’s say I want to take Class X and Y. How likely is it that I will have multiple days of the week to choose from?


* Marcus Wordlaw: For class selection, if you are an Evening student, your classes would be on separate days, such as Monday and Thursday, for example, both occurring at 6:00p CST. Weekend students would have both classes on Saturday (Morning and afternoon). When choosing classes, they will indicate what day(s) the class is offered


Chat Guest: Good afternoon! I see the statistics of which industries are represented among current students. Is there a specific industry that is more heavily weighed or desirable in terms of acceptance into Booth? For example, I have 5 years’ experience in Financial Services, but have recently switched to Consumer Packaged Goods. Would that hurt me in the application process?


* Erik Halloway: No. Our flexible curriculum allows us to draw candidates from a wide-range of industries. We do not preference one industry over another. It’s up to the candidate to articulate through their application with an MBA from Booth will help them professionally.


Chat Guest: Can we choose our concentration area based on classes we take in the first year. For example I know what concentration I want to do right now but can that change as I take more courses at the school?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Most certainly! You do not declare any of your concentrations. You will simply receive them as you complete the courses required, so you can certainly change your path as your MBA progresses.


Chat Guest: What does a student and graduate look like at Booth? What does the right applicant look like?


* Lindsay Badeaux: We seek well-rounded individuals who are intellectually curious, willing to go above and beyond and challenge themselves, and who can handle the academic rigor of a Booth classroom.  We also seek those who have given some thought to how a Booth MBA can help them advance their careers, and who will fit in within our active community.  If you are early in your process, I recommend attending an event to learn more about our community and network with current students and alumni!  This will help you determine if Booth is the right fit for you.


Chat Guest: How much do extracurricular experiences weigh for an applicant? Does one have to have voluntary work ex to have extra weightage on the application?


* Lindsay Badeaux: No one part of your application is weighted more heavily than another.  Keep in mind that we have a holistic review process- the community involvement piece is important, as we want to ensure you will be an active member of our vibrant community, but it’s not the only piece of the puzzle.  We’ll review your academics, work history, letters of recommendation, and your essays, which will help us understand why you’re pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, why Booth, etc.


Chat Guest: Is there opportunity for evening MBA students to work with professors on research work like FT students?


* Erik Halloway: Research is less common in the MBA. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students have the same opportunities as full-time students to work with faculty or serve as their teaching assistant


Chat Guest: What percentages of students are coming from abroad? Do you know what rates of graduates are now working internationally?


* Kara Northcutt: Since Evening MBA and Weekend MBA “international” students are already in the US on a work visa, our international population differs from schools/programs that have students on student visas who specifically come to the US for school. Most Evening MBA and Weekend MBA alumni remain in the US post gradation, but there are certainly cases where alumni at some point move back to their home country and/or receive a job outside the US.   


Chat Guest: Julia, how has the experience at Booth made an impact on your career/current job?


* Julia Sanders: I’ve changed it completely and that’s not an uncommon story.  Many people come in with a certain plan and change it based on conversations with class mates (there are so many interesting jobs out there that I never thought existed!) or taking classes that you like more than you expected. I came in as an analyst for a manufacturing company planning on going into production planning or supply chain.  I'm leaving as a management consultant with a particular interest in behavioral science.


Chat Guest: Julia, you've spoken about highlights and takeaways; what has been challenging for you during your time at Booth, and how have those experiences shaped your growth as a student and professional?


* Julia Sanders: The biggest challenge has been the very high demand on my time. Both with classes and extra-curriculars.  It has absolutely helped me grow in learning to become more efficient than I ever thought possible.  I also developed the ability to be present- think about school at school, family at home and work at work.


Chat Guest: Do full-time MBA students have better opportunities than Evening/Weekend MBA ones?


* Erik Halloway: The experience at Booth is similar for the Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full-Time MBA. The main differences are: Full-time students are required to do a summer internship and will take majority of their courses during the day in Hyde Park. Evening /Weekend students usually remain employed during their program and take their classes in the evening and on Saturdays.


Chat Guest: Does extra-curricular activity weigh more heavily if it is conducted in Chicago? I am active in my community in Washington, DC.


* Marcus Wordlaw: Extracurricular activities would not be more or less impactful if conducted in Chicago. We will look at the organization and your role within it and its impact – not specifically where the work takes place.


Chat Guest: Working with a professor as TA, is it a funded position or is it volunteer position?

* Lindsay Badeaux: It depends on the faculty member and the situation, but most TAs receive at least a small amount of funding.


Chat Guest: My questions is for Julia, what has been the most challenging aspect of your experience at Evening MBA?


* Julia Sanders: The biggest challenge has been the very high demand on my time. Both with classes and extra-curriculars.  It has absolutely helped me grow in learning to become more efficient than I ever thought possible.  I also developed the ability to be present- think about school at school, family at home and work at work.


Chat Guest:  Who/ where do we reach out for taking a booth class to gauge what are we going into?


* Erik Halloway: The Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) Business program is housed within the Graham School. Here is the link: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/credit/graduate-student-at-large/business


Chat Guest: What is the difference in courseware for Full-time MBA and Evening/Weekend MBA? Do any subjects get dropped for the latter?


* Nico Ricchiuto: The curriculum and faculty are identical for the Full-time MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA.


Chat Guest: Can you share more information on the Chicago Approach as I would like to have a more detailed look?


* Kara Northcutt: The best way is to visit a class or two to see it in action- https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit

You’ll see how the faculty present information and how the students discuss and debate such. Also, connect with some students to learn about the community and their experiences at Booth-https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer


Chat Guest: Is the application cost of $175 the only cost incurred during the application process?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Outside of GMAT or GRE exam costs, the application fee is the only cost incurred during the Booth application process. 


Chat Guest: Are you planning for any satellite offices in Twin cities


* Erik Halloway: No. All Evening/Weekend courses are held in the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. We do have a number of students who commute from Minneapolis to take classes with us on Saturdays.


Chat Guest: Do most MBA graduates end up finding jobs in Chicago? What percentage of students get recruited outside Chicago?


* Marcus Wordlaw: We have some data on our recent graduates and where they have found employment, which I can discuss with you via a phone-call. You may reach out to me personally at marcus.wordlaw@chicagobooth.edu


Chat Guest: Is there any possibility to get a scholarship for the Evening/Weekend MBA?


* Molly O'Donnell: The only scholarship available in the Evening and Weekend MBA programs is the Civic Scholars Program which is for people who are working in a nonprofit organization or government. 


Chat Guest: My question is for Julia, Booth has over 120 courses to choose; what advice you have on selecting a particular course?


* Julia Sanders: Start by talking to current students and ask not only which courses they liked but why.  "Why" is important because you often find that students disagree on the "best" classes because they are looking for different things. I'd also highly recommend Academic Advising if you have a specific interest and are not sure what will best fit it.


Chat Guest: Thank you! This has been really helpful both for overarching insight into the program and for tactical questions about the application.  Do you have any advice for those of us putting the final touches on our application essays?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Our pleasure!  My advice is to have many loved ones read over your essays for you to help proofread.  Be sure you're answering our prompts succinctly, and most importantly, be genuine and true to yourself.  The Admissions Committee can always tell when you're telling us what you assume we want to hear, so it's always best to be honest and genuine!  Best of luck.


Chat Guest:  Julia, what has been the high- and the low-point in your time at Booth School?


* Julia Sanders: My low point comes most quarters around finals.  I have to prioritize studying over just about anything other than work and it definitely gets stressful.  My high point was the job offer I received about a month ago.


Chat Guest: For international Students do you accept the IELTS test? Or only the TOEFL?


* Kara Northcutt: We accept both. See this link for details and minimum scores: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams


Chat Guest: How would I apply for Civic Scholars Program?


* Molly O'Donnell: Civic Scholars applicants use the same Weekend MBA application as other Weekend MBA applicants.  When you are filling out the application there is a place to indicate that you are applying for the Civic Scholars Program.  When you check this the application will automatically populate your application with an additional essay question for Civic Scholar applicants.


Chat Guest: Aside from the total GMAT score, are there specific thresholds for the individual raw scores or percentiles that you look for within quant and verbal?


* Erik Halloway: Generally speaking, we look at the overall score on the GMAT. We will make note of the quantitative score, but we are looking for candidates who are consistent across all sections.


Chat Guest: Is there a way through which I can connect to some alumni from my industry sector to understand how big of change this degree brought in to their carriers?


* Marcus Wordlaw: For alumni connections, you may reach out to us directly with the specifics of the type of person you'd like to reach and we can assist. You may reach us at EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu


Chat Guest: I am working in a core engineering and research domain in Automotive industry. Is it possible to switch to project management or planning roles after the evening MBA. I am trying to understand if I can re-direct my career after the degree.


* Lindsay Badeaux: Sure thing.  Email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and we can chat about the industry specifics and stats.  Thanks!


Chat Guest: What are some of the most sought after qualities in an applicant?


* Erik Halloway: Academic fit is important. Booth is a vibrant community, so we also are looking for individuals who are eager to get involved.


Chat Guest: I was assigned to a Booth Admissions contact. Although I've decided to apply next spring can I still connect with them as I learn more about the program?


* Erik Halloway: absolutely!