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June 6, 2017 Live Admissions Chat

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Answered Questions (103)


Chat Guest:  What is the on-campus vs. remote work requirement? As someone who would travel to Chicago from out of state, would on-campus attendance be necessary for every lecture/weekend?


* Kara Northcutt: All courses are in person, so you should expect to be at Gleacher every weekend during the quarter. Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters are 11 weeks in length, and Summer is 10 weeks. Some Weekend MBA students travel in Saturday morning and out Saturday evening, others come in Friday night.      


Chat Guest: Is there a key aspect of the Weekend MBA curriculum at Booth that differentiates it from other world-class institutions?


* Erik Halloway: The curriculum at Booth is same for the Full-Time, Weekend and Evening MBA programs. You are getting the same faculty and course content across the 3 programs. What differentiates Booth from other top programs is our flexible curriculum and respect for the individual. With the over 130 courses to choose from, and no core curriculum, students are able to customize their MBA coursework based on their professional goals. I encourage you to learn more about the Chicago approach here:  



Chat Guest: When considering an application, what are the 2-3 most important components? How heavily is an applicant’s GMAT score weighted against undergrad GPA, letters of recommendation, etc.?


* 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 academic piece is important, as we want to ensure you can handle the rigor of a Booth classroom, but it’s not the only piece of the puzzle.  We’ll review your 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: I have over 10 years of industry experience and a master’s degree from the US. Is GMAT still mandatory?


* Nico Ricchiuto: A valid GMAT or GRE score is required for all Evening MBA and Weekend MBA applicants.


Chat Guest: Hello, I currently work as a Product Development Engineer in Michigan, working full time. What MBA program would you think would be a best fit for me if I want to continue working while pursuing my MBA? Weekend/Evening/Full time?


* Erik Halloway: If you plan to continue to work full-time, we would recommend the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program; both are designed for working professionals. If you plan to remain in Michigan whilst earning your MBA, the Weekend MBA would most likely be the better fit. Classes are held on Saturdays, allowing you to work Monday through Friday and take classes on the weekend.


Chat Guest:  I have heard from other universities that they "breed" certain students, such as consultants.  Is there a type of student that Booth is known to "breed" or develop?


* Erik Halloway: With Booth’s flexible curriculum, we draw students to Booth with a wide-range of professional goals and send our alumni to an assortment of industries. Our alumni will develop an analytical toolkit to approach problems and use data to justify decisions and lead innovation. This skillset prepares an individual for a variety of functions or industries.


Chat Guest:  Hi, I would like to know if the Weekend MBA students get same access to employers and career services as the full time MBA students.


* Marcus Wordlaw: Weekend MBA and Evening MBA programs have access to the same career services resources as Full-Time students with the exception of a formalized internship process that Full-Time students participate in. This doesn’t mean you are unable to attain an internship in the Weekend program if you wish. Campus recruitment, a jobs database, Career center, etc. are all available to Weekend students.


Chat Guest:  Good Afternoon! On the Evening MBA Admissions application, an uploaded copy of your unofficial transcripts from the undergraduate university attended is sufficient, correct? 


* Nico Ricchiuto: Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application process. If admitted, we will require official transcripts to be submitted.


Chat Guest:  Hi I am curious to know how the weekend MBA candidates find the commute. I am from Dallas, Texas.


* Lindsay Badeaux: Great question!  About 70% of our Weekend students commute from outside of IL, many of them flying in to take classes with us on Saturdays.  We do have shuttles to take students to and from each Chicago airport.  I recommend checking out our “Connect with a Student” tool to ask some of the Weekenders how they handle the work/life balance when commuting each weekend!  https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer


Chat Guest:  Hello, thank you for answering our questions. As a pre funding startup founder, does the admissions committee have concern I am not currently a paid employee?


* Kara Northcutt: This is a good question, and no, this would not be a concern. You will be able to explain this in your application. We highly value having entrepreneurs in the program, and doing the MBA part time is a great way to build your business while getting your MBA. You will be able to apply learnings right away and take advantage on the myriad of entrepreneurial resources we offer


Chat Guest:  I am interested in the CBF program which I understand is a subset of the Part Time program. I am trying to determine if my application is competitive due to the lack of data specific to the CBF Program. Is there a suggested way to evaluate this?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Sure thing, you can email our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu if you want to discuss more specifics of your background and whether or not you would be a good fit for CBF.  The CBF program is targeted at those with 0-3 years of work experience and yields the same MBA, but includes additional professional development programming.


Chat Guest:  What should I focus on for interview preparation?


* Hannah Kohut: We want to get to know you beyond your resume, so above all, be genuine and be yourself. Focus on your accomplishments, strengths, and most importantly, why you want a Chicago Booth MBA. Let us know how our MBA will play into your future goals and plans.


Chat Guest:  What are some of the top things you look for in a candidate?


* Molly O'Donnell: We take a holistic view of our candidates.  We look for a strong academic background, their essays and if they seem like the right fit for the Booth community.


Chat Guest:  Do you have the option to take a course during the week and on the weekend if your schedule permits?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Absolutely.  Since the curriculum is the same between the Evening, Weekend, and Full Time MBA programs at Booth, it is possible to take classes across programs if you have the flexibility in your schedule.  Many local Evening and Weekend students take classes within both of those part time programs.


Chat Guest: Is there a link for the Employment reports page for weekend/evening MBA graduates?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Currently the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA employment report is not posted on our website. If you would like to talk through report data, please email our hotline at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu


Chat Guest:  What advice do you have for applicants with low Undergraduate GPA, for example below your average 2.9 GPA (i.e. how to address/overcome the low GPA)?


* Marcus Wordlaw: Many applicants with lower undergraduate GPAs look to enhance their application with a strong GRE/GMAT score. You may also use the optional essay to address any issues that may have impacted your GPA while in school. Keep in mind we look at each component of your application so it becomes important to focus on every other part (those things you can control)


Chat Guest:  In what field do most graduates end up working?  Consulting? Marketing? Finance?   What is Booth's strength?


* Hannah Kohut: Our graduates end up working in so many different fields! Some switch jobs and/or industries, and others grow even further in their current roles. Of our current Evening and Weekend students combined, there are more than 35 industries represented, and represent more than 370 companies and organizations. Consulting and finance are common fields, but a growing number of graduates are coming from the nonprofit sector and are entrepreneurs. A lot of students are surprised to learn just how useful an MBA is in just about every industry.


Chat Guest:  I have good GMAT, undergrad GPA and a 12 years of industry experience. Looking forward to be a part of Booth. Question: Is there any scholarships (other than the civic scholarship for non-profit) for part time MBA?


* Erik Halloway: Most of our merit-based scholarships are reserved for full-time MBA students. The financial aid office is available to coach students on the variety of loan options available.


Chat Guest:  Is the Mentor Program available for incoming CBF students as well as regular part-time students? How are incoming students matched with current Evening or Weekend students?


* Lindsay Badeaux: I am not sure what mentor program you're referencing, exactly.  All incoming Evening and Weekend students go through LAUNCH, our three day student orientation, at which you are assigned to diversified groups and given a LAUNCH mentor (current students) who help walk you through your first quarter at Booth.  I hope this helps!


Chat Guest:  Tips for balancing work, family life, and the rigors of a top MBA program?


* Ryan Mroz: The best way is to attack everything head on. There will be sacrifices made along the way, but it is all worth it. It is important to have a strong support group around you. One of the best aspects of Booth is that family is an important aspect. There are plenty of clubs and other events where family is involved so they can see what you are going through and you can balance both.


Chat Guest:  I have completed my under graduation 15 years back from India and I would not be able to get the official transcripts from the university as they have no streamlined process for getting them. However I do have all the original score reports from my undergraduate. Would a certified copy of those suffice?


* Marcus Wordlaw: We only require an unofficial copy of your transcripts/markings at the time you submit your application, so this would be fine. We will work with you and your institution to attain official transcripts once you have been admitted.


Chat Guest:  What is the average GMAT score for the Evening/Weekend program?


* Hannah Kohut: The middle-80% GMAT range for Evening and Weekend MBA students is 610 to 730.


Chat Guest:  Does recent IELTS General Training score acceptable for submission of profile?


* Kara Northcutt: See this link for details about our English language requirements: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams


Chat Guest:  What is the difference between the executive MBA versus weekend or evening MBA?


* Nico Ricchiuto: There are several differences between the two programs with the main differences being academic flexibility and the average years of work experience amongst the students. Both programs yield the same MBA degree. I recommend reviewing each program to determine the best fit for you.




Chat Guest:  What does the "right fit" look like in the Booth community?


* Molly O'Donnell: Our student body is very diverse and we appreciate all personality types. Because of this diversity, our students have different goals and motivations for getting their MBA. The common qualities are intellectual curiosity, high level of motivation to succeed and desire to give back to the community. I suggest you visit a class if your schedule allows to experience the Booth community first hand. You can register to visit a class here-  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit


Chat Guest:  Sorry, if I can start the application process even for 2018 even if I haven't finished my bachelors. I will finish next semester.


* Erik Halloway: Once an application goes lives, you will be able to begin to fill it out; even if you have not completed your bachelors. Generally speaking, we like to see candidates with some work experience post-undergrad. This would include our early career candidate program.


Chat Guest:   I have heard that there is more competition with regards to admission to weekend programs because people are applying from all over. If this is true, would you suggest one apply earlier?


* Lindsay Badeaux: There is no difference in competitiveness between the Evening and Weekend MBA programs.  While the Weekend program has fewer students, we also receive fewer applications for Weekend.  There is also a lot of overlap between the two programs!  It’s best to apply whenever you are ready, and when you feel your application is as strong as it can be.


Chat Guest:   What are some of the faculty member specializations that make pursuing an MBA at booth more worthwhile?


* Kara Northcutt: Our faculty is phenomenal and has such diverse backgrounds from tenure track researchers to those working in industry and teaching from their experience. Our faculty teaching Managerial and Organizations Behavior (MOB) course tend to have backgrounds in social psychology and apply that to courses on decision making, negotiations, etc. Check out our faculty directory and Chicago Booth Review to learn more:



Our faculty is also very approached and responsive- they are dedicated to teaching our students and will be a large part of your community while you are a student at Booth.


Chat Guest:  As part of the application two letters of recommendation are required, is there an option or benefit to submitting additional letters?


* Molly O'Donnell: You are allowed to submit additional letters if you think one would add a different perspective than the others


Chat Guest:   Are there enough courses offered on Friday evenings if we would like to take that in addition to the 2 courses on Saturday for the weekend program? So, I would also like to know if there are students who do 3 courses in a quarter.


* Ryan Mroz: I haven't had any issues with finding enough classes at different times. If you are looking for specific classes, you may have to plan accordingly based on what classes are offered in different quarters. A preliminary schedule is provided prior to the academic year, so you have plenty of time to plan out your schedule.


Chat Guest:  What is the application deadline for Autumn 2018 evening MBA?


* Hannah Kohut: The Autumn 2018 Evening MBA application deadline is June 30, 2017. You can find other Evening MBA deadline dates here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening


Chat Guest:  If we apply for the 30-June deadline, when can we expect to have our interview? Do you prefer in person interviews? When would we have an admissions decision?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Once you submit your application, you will receive a link to schedule your admissions interview. You will receive your decision within 4-6 weeks of submitting your application.


Chat Guest:  What is the average age of Evening MBA students at Booth? With 5 years of experience, would I be too old to fit in?


* Hannah Kohut: You are never too young or old for a Booth MBA! We have some students with as little as zero to three years of professional work experience, and some with 20 or more years of experience. The middle-80% age range of current Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students is 26 to 35 years old. That's just the mid-range, and we certainly have students younger and older than that.


Chat Guest:  What are some of the factors that would indicate a higher probability of getting accepted in the weekend program?


* Marcus Wordlaw: Factors that would increase admittance include – a GMAT score above our average of 680, letters of recommendation that speak specifically to your professional talent and work history/ethic, essays and interview answers that fully answer the questions and provide a unique perspective of what you will present in the classroom and community.


Chat Guest:  What sort of information might the admissions committee look for in LORs? I am considering using an MBA to redirect my career into a different segment of the industry I have been working in. I am concerned that my LORs might not be as strong as those of other applicants whose employers frequently encourage and send their employees to top MBA programs. Do you have any advice regarding LORs for someone in my position?


* Kara Northcutt: After you input your recommender’s information into your application, they will be sent a link with instructions. We keep the instructions pretty open, but we do provide a set of characteristics on which they will provide ratings: teamwork, communication skills, conflict resolution, etc.  In the application you are asked to explain why you selected the individuals, and this gives us insight into your selections.


Chat Guest:  What would you say is one of Booth's strengths?  I see that you've put that there are a variety of courses, but what sets Booth apart from other MBA programs?  I am trilingual and would love to find a program where international studies can be incorporated into the academics.


* Lindsay Badeaux: I would say one of Booth’s biggest strengths, outside of the incredible individuals who make up our community, is the flexibility of the curriculum.  We have the most flexible curriculum of any business school out there, which really allows you to tailor the experience to your goals and needs.  You can read more about our curriculum here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics


Chat Guest:  Would the recommendation letters need to be in a company letter head?


* Molly O'Donnell: It might be best to have your recommender send the letter from their company email address, but it does not need to be on company letterhead.


Chat Guest:  Since I have been working in the US for more than 6 years and have a masters from here, do I need IELTS or TOEFL?


* Nico Ricchiuto: You are exempt from either the TOEFL or IELTS exam if:

-Have earned an undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction -Are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language -Have been living and working full-time in the United States for two or more years


Chat Guest:  Are the Chicago Business Fellows (CBF) Admissions on a rolling basis as well?


* Lindsay Badeaux: For the Evening CBF program, we have two admissions intakes per year (Fall and Spring), and for the Weekend CBF program, we have one per year (Fall).  Admissions are rolling.  The application process is the same, but the interview process is different.  A requirement of the CBF application process is attending a CBF Interview Day, which we offer a few times per year. The day consists of a program overview and panel discussion, your required one-on-one admissions interview, a group interview, and lunch with current students. Your application does not need to be submitted by the interview day, only by the application deadline.  As you get closer to submitting your application, you can keep an eye on the CBF webpage for information about upcoming interview days.


Chat Guest:  Are two separate applications required for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA?


* Hannah Kohut: Yes, you must apply to each program separately, and cannot submit more than one application for any given quarter (although you may start more than one program application, you can only submit one per quarter). If you are debating between the Evening and Weekend programs, we suggest submitting an application to the one that best fits your schedule.


Chat Guest:  What are some of the qualities/aspects in a prospective applicant that would require for him/her to excel in the MBA program?


* Erik Halloway: For prospective students, we want to see someone who is intellectually curious and wants to challenge themselves in a rigorous environment. Booth has a very engaged student body and we like to see candidates who are interested in getting involved inside and outside of the classroom.


Chat Guest:  Booth offers joint degrees, MBA & degrees from other schools (Computer science, law, etc.) is this available for weekend and evening MBA students?


* Marcus Wordlaw: The Joint Degree program is available for part-time students, however it requires that students take classes during the days/times of the program in the specific school (afternoons and weekdays) which typically is not possible for Weekend students, and students in a dual degree program must abide by the regulations of the other program which may include taking a full-time load of classes -- which while maintaining a job can be difficult.


Chat Guest:   Are there club events Tuesday or Thursday evenings? Are there clubs specifically for evening and weekend students?


* Ryan Mroz: There are club evens offered every day of the week. Some of the more frequent ones are rotated such that everybody has equal opportunity to attend.


Chat Guest:  How does experiential learning fit into the evening program, is it part of the regular class time or is it extra?


* Erik Halloway: Both. There are many ways to gain practical skills both inside and outside the classroom. Lab courses are one example of experiential-based classes and we have a number of student groups that provide individuals with the opportunity to sharpen their skills or develop new ones:




Chat Guest:  If my GMAT is strong, but my GPA is not where I would like it to be, what would be the best way to convey academic excellence and competency to the adcom?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Our review process is holistic, so your strong GMAT score can help balance a lower GPA.  You can also take a Booth MBA course as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL) through the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Up to three GSAL courses can be transferred into the MBA program. Some applicants take a GSAL class simply to test out the program to see if Booth is the right fit for them and if they can handle the work/life balance.  Others take a class to balance out a perceived weakness on their application, such as a lower undergraduate GPA or GMAT score.  If you will be taking a class for the latter reason, it’s important that you take one of the foundation courses, Business Statistics and/or Financial Accounting, and focus on earning a B+ or higher.  Doing so will serve as a positive indicator of your academic ability for the admissions committee.


Chat Guest:  As a 20 year veteran, I've been a strategic or tactical analyst the entire time. Is there a particular industry that's focused in those areas more than others? 


* Kara Northcutt: Many students move into jobs that involve strategy, as well as data analysis and critical thinking. The analytical skillset that our students learn at Booth makes our students and alumni attractive to employers from a wide variety of industries. Same goes for military experience. We see our veterans have a very transferrable skillset that helps them transition into the business world. 


Chat Guest:   Are there any dual degree offers available for weekend students? I am particularly interested in a dual MBA/MPP degree.


* Molly O'Donnell:  Although there is a dual MPP/MBA degree, you have to be committed to a full-time course load during the first year.  This makes it virtually impossible to do if you are a Weekend or Evening MBA student since you would be working full time while in the program.


Chat Guest:  How do you judge years of work experience?  Is there a way to demonstrate quality over quantity in the application?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Most Evening and Weekend MBA students have anywhere from 2-10 years of work experience, with the average being about 6 years.  If you have fewer than 3 years of work experience, you should check out our Chicago Business Fellows program for early career candidates: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/early-career-candidates . You can also demonstrate career progression and leadership experience within your application.


Chat Guest:  I live in Houston. Would I be required to travel every weekend for the Weekend MBA program? Are there options of video conferencing?


* Hannah Kohut: There are no remote or online options in any Booth MBA program, so you must be here in person each weekend. A good number of our Weekend students fly in from Houston each week. We encourage prospects from out of state to connect with current students who travel from your area, as they have the best advice to offer. You can make that request by visiting the following link: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer


Chat Guest:  Can I apply for evening MBA and switch to Weekend midway through the program?


* Nico Ricchiuto: You are able to transfer from the Evening MBA to the Weekend MBA program (and vice-versa) once during your time at Booth.


Chat Guest:  Do you have an estimate on the number or percentage of students starting a company during their studies?


* Kara Northcutt: This has varied from 5-8% year over year. This data is from our graduating student employment survey.  We also have a larger percentage of students who participate in our New Venture Challenge competitions, take entrepreneurial courses, etc. In fact, Entrepreneurship is our number one concentration earned. You will find a robust entrepreneurial community at Booth.         


Chat Guest:   Would Booth assist in a career change and getting interviews with prospective companies? Also would the companies that visit Booth help in Visa sponsorship?


* Kara Northcutt: We have students seeking to advance in their company/industry, change careers, and entrepreneurs in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs. Generally speaking, 2/3 of EW student made a career change while in or within one year of graduating. Of those seeking to change employers, 52% changed industries and 70% changed function.  This is from our recent graduate student survey. Having said this, if you are seeking a dramatic career change and feel an internship will be an important part of your career goals, we suggest you explore full time programs, as they are designed for career changers.


Career Services offers a wide variety of resources from individual career coaching, alumni career advisors, formalized campus recruiting for full time jobs, job posting database, etc. You will be able to tailor your career advancement strategy based on what resource will best help you achieve your goals.


Chat Guest:  Any guideline around second letter of recommendation? My previous supervisor and director are open to provide one. Based on guideline on website, it's recommend someone who has seen you in action. Then I was thinking to get feedback from Scrum master of my team who has seen me closely in action


* Erik Halloway: For the second letter of recommendation, we recommend choosing someone who knows you well. You want to make sure each recommender is providing additional value to your application. If you feel the scrum master can speak to different strengths than your director or supervisor, they might be a good person to ask.


Chat Guest:  Will we have access to a transcript of the chat?


* Nico Ricchiuto: We will post a transcript to this chat within the next week. You will find it here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats


Chat Guest:   Would we have a mentor who would assist in choosing our path through the program?


* Marcus Wordlaw: There is an academic services office with staff who can work with you in understanding your professional goals and the classes/activities that could best lead to your desired outcome. Most students do work with other students in this same fashion


Chat Guest:  I understand that two letters of recommendation are required.  Is there a specific topic or prompt that should be answered?


* Molly O'Donnell: After you input your recommender’s information into your application, they will be sent a link with instructions. We keep the instructions pretty open, but we do provide a set of characteristics on which they will provide ratings: teamwork, communication skills, conflict resolution, etc.  In the application you are asked to explain why you selected the individuals, and this gives us insight into your selections.


Chat Guest:  What percentage of Booth Weekend MBA students commute from different cities or states? Are there financial aid options for those who have to fly in on weekends to attend classes?


* Lindsay Badeaux: 70% of Weekend MBA students commute in from outside of IL- some drive in from nearby states, others fly in from all over the US.  We have free shuttles to take these students to/from both Chicago airports on Saturdays.  Financial Aid options are no different for Weekend students, and you can read more about that here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid  The University of Chicago does have relationships with some local hotels that offer discounts to those affiliated with the university, as well.


Chat Guest:  Other than getting a high score on the GMAT, what can prospective applicants with a low GPA do to improve their chances of admission? Do extension courses from well ranked universities help improve the application?


* Marcus Wordlaw: Many applicants with lower undergraduate GPA's look to enhance their application with a strong GRE/GMAT score. You may also use the optional essay to address any issues that may have impacted your GPA while in school. Keep in mind we look at each component of your application so it becomes important to focus on every other part (those things you can control)


Chat Guest:   Can evening/weekend students also participate in the Lab Courses? I am particularly interested in the PE/VC Lab.

* Marcus Wordlaw: Evening and Weekend students may take part in Lab courses. You would apply separately for each lab class you'd like to take. Keep in mind lab classes tend to require more time outside of class for students, along with being flexible to the hours/schedule of the company/organization your group is working with.


Chat Guest:  I have a solid undergrad engineering GPA, but am concerned about my lower GMAT score (specifically in quantitative section). What is the best way to address this in the application 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 strong GPA from undergrad, which can outweigh a lower GMAT or GRE. Our mid 80% GMAT range is 610-730. If you are not within this range, you could retake the exam. We always consider your highest score.

You could also consider taking a Booth class as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL).  Up to 3 GSAL courses transfer into the MBA program if admitted. We strongly suggest taking foundational courses such as business statistics and/or financial accounting and look for grades of B+ and higher. GSAL is a great option, just be sure to keep in mind that your grades in these courses will be taken into consideration when evaluating your Booth application.


Chat Guest:  What is the GPA that needs to be maintained for a good standing


* Nico Ricchiuto: All students must maintain a GPA above 2.33 to stay in good academic standing.


Chat Guest:  Is there a way we can connect with Booth part time alumni in India (moved to India post MBA) to understand their booth experience?


* Kara Northcutt: Of course! Email our Admission hotline to submit this request, and we will make the connection: EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu


Chat Guest:  Are there any programs for veterans?


* Marcus Wordlaw: The Evening/Weekend program at Booth has an armed forces student group that does wonderful work at Booth and in the community. You may see information on the group at the following link: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups/armed-forces-group


Chat Guest: It was mentioned earlier that once the application is submitted, a link to schedule an interview will be provided. How long does it take from application submission to receive the link to interview?


* Nico Ricchiuto: You should receive an email within an hour of submitting your application.


Chat Guest: Are there certain companies that notoriously gravitate toward Booth graduates?


* Marcus Wordlaw: The Big 4 consulting firms, and tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft have hired or promoted Booth Alumni recently. Additionally, Morningstar, IBM, United Airlines, and BMO Financial Corp have also hired or promoted a significant number of Booth students and alumni since 2015.


Chat Guest: Is there specific site/agency guideline to be used for GPA conversion for international degrees obtained?


* Nico Ricchiuto: We recommend using one of these two organizations to translate transcripts:

-ECE: www.ece.org

-WES: www.wes.org


Chat Guest: Can we take a break for a semester or 2?


* Molly O'Donnell: You are allowed to take a quarter off and can take multiple quarters off.  There is a leave of absence form that needs to be submitted.  In general, students who are taking a quarter off are not allowed to participate in activities at Booth during that quarter.


Chat Guest: What are some areas of the application you typically see prospective students struggle with? Any advice to help overcome?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Great question.  Many applicants are nervous about the required admissions interview.  My advice is to keep in mind that you will most likely be interviewed by a member of our Admissions Committee, either a current student or alum, and that it will be very conversational in nature.  It's important to be yourself, be genuine, and be able to explain why a Booth MBA is the right for you at this point in your career and life.  Nothing to be nervous about, I think you'll find the interview piece enjoyable!


Chat Guest: What is the general makeup of the average incoming class to Booth in terms of industry background and experience?


* Hannah Kohut: We gather stats on students each calendar year (every December). The incoming 2016 classes come from over 35 industries and 370+ companies. The middle-80% years of work experience is 2 to 10 years, and middle-80% age range is 26 to 35. Industries cover the gamut, everything from consulting and financing to nonprofits and startups.


Chat Guest: What is typical class size for evening program? And what is typical class duration (hours per night)?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Class size varies, but a typical class may be about 40-45 students. All classes are three hours, and evening classes are from 6-9pm.


Chat Guest:  Is getting into the Booth full time MBA program a lot more competitive (GMAT + GPA) than evening or weekend MBA or about the same?


* Erik Halloway: The Full-Time MBA program is generally more competitive. Full-Time brings in only one group of students per year and draws applications from all over the world. This lends to their increased selectivity. However, it’s important to note that faculty, classes, and course content is the same across Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time. Academically speaking, the expectations are the same for students across these 3 programs.


Chat Guest: I know this was mentioned before for GMAT, but what is a competitive GRE score?

* Hannah Kohut: We do not have an average GRE score range, but there are some good GRE-to-GMAT conversion tools online (our middle-80% GMAT score range is 610 to 730). A good conversion tool can be found here: https://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool


Chat Guest: Does a recommendation have to come from a current employer or someone at your current company? What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?


* Molly O'Donnell: Ideally you would have a current employer do one of your letters, but if you are new at a company that might not be the best option. We want to see letters from people who know you well.  You will have the opportunity to explain why you chose the specific supporters you did so you could mention that in that space.


Chat Guest: What types of scholarships are available for Weekend/Evening program students? I understand that merit rewards are often reserved for full-time students.


* Molly O'Donnell: The only scholarship available in the Evening and Weekend MBA Programs is for the Civic Scholars Program.  This is specifically for people who work at nonprofit organizations or in the government.  The part-time programs do not have the merit scholarships that the full-time program has.


Chat Guest: Can part time students also apply to the same full time positions that are available to full time students?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Of course.  Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students have the same access to career services and networking opportunities as their Full Time counterparts, with the main difference being that you are not eligible to go through formal recruiting for internships, since we do not require you to complete one.  You still have access to the Booth job board which has over 5k postings per year, one-on-one career coaching, and you can even opt to go through formal on-campus recruiting as long as it is for full-time positions instead of internships. 


Chat Guest: At what point are students required to choose a major/concentration?


* Erik Halloway: At Booth, we do not have majors. Every graduate leaves with a degree in Master’s of Business Administration. Students are able to earn concentrations, but they are not required. Most students will earn 3-5 concentrations. Some students will do so organically by taking courses they enjoy. Others will come to Booth knowing they want to sharpen certain skills and focus some of their electives on specific concentrations.


Chat Guest: A person from not a financial field still would be able to get a MBA in finance from Booth? Or would require additional courses?


* Lindsay Badeaux: There is no one typical background for a Booth student, and all students are able to pursue whichever concentrations they choose, regardless of their professional backgrounds. 


Chat Guest:  I believe someone mentioned a June 30 app deadline earlier... didn't see that date on the application site. Would you provide a link/text of app schedules for all quarters?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Weekend MBA deadlines: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions

Evening MBA deadlines: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions


Chat Guest: What facilities do we have access to as a weekend MBA student? Would we have the equal access to all facilities and resources as a Fulltime student?


* Erik Halloway: Booth tries to provide a similar experience across all 4 MBA programs. In regards to the facilities, most will have office hours on select weekends to cater to our Weekend population. Career Services, Leadership Development, and Academic Services are a few of the offices that hold adjust hours to meet the needs of our Evening and Weekend students.


Chat Guest: Are part time students eligible to transition to the full time MBA if their circumstances change?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Booth students are not able to transfer between the Part-time MBA programs and the Full-time MBA program or vice-versa. However, part-time students are able to increase their course load as well as take courses across the other MBA programs.


Chat Guest: Typically how long would it take for the Return on Investment for the Weekend MBA program?


* Kara Northcutt: Since ROI means something different to everyone, this is not an easy question to answer. I suggest you look at MBA.com, as they provide some great resources and data on ROI of MBA programs. Here are some great links:




Chat Guest: As an alumni, can we come back and audit any weekend courses as a refresher?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Yes, we offer a program called Take 3 which allows you to take up to three free courses through the Alumni Post-Graduate Course Offerings. As alumni are promoted or change careers these courses provide an opportunity to brush up on a relevant topic.


Chat Guest: What type of education evaluations report required? General with grade average or course by course?


* Nico Ricchiuto: Please find more information on transcript requirements here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/transcripts


Chat Guest:  Are there any loan assistance programs for prospective students who are not a citizen or a PR?


* Lindsay Badeaux: Chicago Booth is committed to providing financing opportunities for all students regardless of citizenship status and offers a loan program to international students with no US cosigners. International students who have US cosigners have multiple private loan options. More detailed information regarding these programs will be made available via the admitted students website upon admission to the program.  You can read more about Financial Aid here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/tuition-financial-aid


Chat Guest: I have a PHD and 2 year postdoctoral experience. I have in my mind about few courses that I want to take. Can I consider myself as an eligible candidate for this MBA?


* Molly O'Donnell: You are eligible to apply for our MBA programs.  If you only want to take a couple classes instead of the full MBA, you might consider looking at our executive education classes.  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/executiveeducation


Chat Guest: Do you offer any exposure to a particular industry throughout the program (i.e. guest seminars)?


* Lindsay Badeaux: The best way to gain exposure to different industries is to engage with our students groups and career services, all of whom often host events for this very purpose.   For example, the Booth Marketing Club does two yearly treks where they visit firms around Chicago and engage with our alumni there to learn more about the industry.  They've gone to places like ConAgra, McDonald's Corp, Hillshire Brand, Miller Coors, etc.!  This is just one example of the multiple opportunities our students have to engage with different industries and learn more.


Chat Guest: How would the exams be administered for the weekend MBA students? Can we turn them in online? Is there a specific exam weekend?


* Marcus Wordlaw: There is a specific time each class has exams. Typically, there is a week for mid-terms (if the class requires midterms) and a finals week. The exams can differ from take-home exams, to group presentations, to individual tests that you would complete in class. Per the discretion of the professor, exams may be made up at an earlier date if there are scheduling conflicts, but this is something you would want to discuss separately with each professor as necessary.


Chat Guest: Can you provide link on more information on club events where families can be involved? i think family programs/engagement could be an asset for a weekend program


* Kara Northcutt: We have a very family friendly community. For example, we have an annual family picnic in the summer, a holiday celebration in November, and Winter Formal in February. Our Partners Club helps facilitate some of these events and activities. Significant others are also invited to the final reception during your 3-day orientation, as well as to our quarterly social events. See this link to learn more about the student groups:



Chat Guest: Are we allowed to just audit courses that we might be interested but if we go over the number of courses required for the degree?


* Kara Northcutt: To formally audit, you would have to pay tuition. If you are asking about sitting in on one or two sessions of a course, this can be done by connecting with the faculty. We allow faculty to make these decisions. Keep in mind that you will have access to comprehensive evaluations when selecting courses, as well as access to student mentors and academic advisors who can give advice. There are many resources to help you plan your course selection.


Chat Guest: Sorry if this was asked as I just joined - The roles-related questions on the application allow for a large amount of text (250 words), any guidance on the content? Thank you!


* Erik Halloway: In the application, I recommend you provide additional detail that is not presented on your resume. If you would like to highlight projects or accomplishments, this would be the appropriate space to do so. Do not feel obliged to use all 250 words.


Chat Guest: If one has worked for well known, reputed companies, does this help balance out a low GPA.


* Lindsay Badeaux: Our review process is holistic, so we consider everything from work experience to academics, and whether or not you are the right fit for the Booth community.  Another good way to balance out a lower undergraduate GPA is to aim for a strong GMAT or GRE score, as we want to ensure you will be successful academically here.


Chat Guest: Are there opportunities to pursue a career with Booth itself after the degree?


* Kara Northcutt: The University of Chicago is a large employer, and you are welcome to take a look at the website to view the job opportunities: http://www.uchicago.edu/jobs/    


Chat Guest: Is there anyone to counsel about Executive and Evening MBA at Booth?


* Marcus Wordlaw: You may contact the Executive MBA program at booth at: xp@chicagobooth.edu . You may contact our Evening and Weekend office at: eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu


Chat Guest: For CBF students - is quality of work experience still factored in? What about internships completed during undergrad?


* Lindsay Badeaux: We recommend focusing on your work experience post-undergrad, but CBF applicants will often include relevant professional internships, especially if they have only 1-2 years of work experience.  We recognize that early career candidates will have less experience, of course, and look for items in your application that convey leadership experience, as well as career success and potential.  Letters of rec can be a great way to contribute to this!


Chat Guest: Typically how many applications do you get for a Weekend MBA program?

* Kara Northcutt: We cannot share our acceptance rate, as it varies by program and quarter. It is also impacted by the quality of the applicant pool. If we have a very strong applicant pool the acceptance rate will be higher, if not, it will be lower. We suggest you don’t get caught up in this and focus on making your application as strong as can be. We are flexible regarding our incoming class sizes. If you are a great applicant, we assure you there will be room in the class.     


Chat Guest: This may vary by individual, but is there an estimate on expected study-time per in-class credit hour?


* Erik Halloway: Study time varies greatly and depends on the individual, their prior education, and the class. Some classes will require more time than other. I believe the average amount of time spent out of class per course is around 4 hours, but the range is somewhat large. At the end of each quarter, you will fill out a survey, and one of the questions will ask, how much time you spent on homework. This data is provide to our students before they select their classes for the next quarter.