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August 8, 2017 Live Admissions Chat

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Answered Questions (48)

Chat Guest:  Hello All, I just want to know after completion of Evening MBA, based on profile of candidate does Chicago booth provide some company interview or all process  is self-driven by candidate ?

* Kara Northcutt: I think you are referring to the Campus Recruiting process. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students are able to participate in the same Campus Recruiting program for full time jobs. You must be a current student with at least 12 course completed to be eligible. Campus Recruiting is only one of many sources students use to find a new job – career coaching, job posting database, student and alumni network, industry specific events, etc. Also, Career Services is open to alumni and a resource for life. Again, Campus Recruiting is not for alumni, but you can participate in many of their other services and programming.

Chat Guest:   Is there any difference in the career services for part-time vs full-time MBA program?

* Kara Northcutt: The main difference is that internship recruiting is open to Full Time MBA students only. If you feel an internship will be an important part of your career goals, we suggest you explore full time programs. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students are able to participate in the same Campus Recruiting program for full time jobs. Please keep in mind that campus recruiting is only one of many sources students use to find a new job (if that is their goal) - job posting database, student and alumni network, etc. Many EW students are not seeking a new job, rather are looking to advance in their current organization.      

Chat Guest:   Hello, What are the number of students admitted in evening batch and for weekend batch?

* Lindsay Badeaux: For the Evening MBA program, we admit students all 4 quarters throughout the year, and incoming classes range from 40-130 students, depending on the number of applications we receive.  For the Weekend MBA program, we admit students 2 times per year (Fall and Spring), and incoming classes range from about 60-110 students or so.  There is no one quarter that is more competitive to apply than another, so we recommend applying for whichever quarter is the right time for you.

Chat Guest:  Hello, what are the application deadlines for upcoming year?

* Alex Wallace:  We operate on a rolling admissions basis. We have four application cycles for the Evening MBA program and two for the Weekend MBA program. The next deadline for the Evening MBA Winter 2018 quarter is Friday, October 6, 2017. The next deadline for the Weekend MBA Spring quarter is January 12, 2018. Keep in mind you can submit your application at any time before these dates.

Chat Guest:   If admitted to the Evening MBA program, can a candidate switch to the full-time program if they find it is not for them?

* Nico Ricchiuto: You are unable to officially transfer from a part-time MBA program (Evening MBA or Weekend MBA) to the Full-time MBA program and vice versa here at Booth. However, you may choose to take an increased course load in the Evening MBA program.

Chat Guest:  How beneficial is the Booth MBA program for candidates with an IT background?

* Hannah Kohut: The great thing about a Booth MBA is that it can be applied to just about any industry. We have a good number of students with IT careers, many of whom want to develop themselves as leaders, prepare for management positions, etc. It all depends on what your career goals are.

Chat Guest:   Good afternoon!  I am interested in applying for the evening/weekend MBA program. 

When will the application deadlines for Summer 2018 and Autumn 2018 be posted?  I see the Summer 2017 and Autumn 2017 deadlines posted, but I would like to confirm for 2018.  Thank you.

* Nico Ricchiuto: Applications are published about 8-9 months in advance of the deadline. For the Evening MBA, the Summer 2018 deadline will be in the beginning of April and the Autumn 2018 deadline will be in the end of June.

Chat Guest:  You said in your full time there is a possibility of significant career change. What is the barrier that part-time MBA graduates can't make significant changes in careers?

* Kara Northcutt: The internship component and the fact that Full Time MBA students have left their job and go to school full time. This means they likely have more time to dedicate toward their career transition. We certainly see Evening and Weekend students change careers without doing an internship, but this is something you should think about now as you research MBA programs.

Chat Guest:  Hello All, thank you for your time today! I am currently only have about 2 years of experience. Should I apply for Chicago Business Fellows instead of weekend/evening MBA? I know this live chat is more focused on the evening/weekend MBA program, but just want to get more clarifications. Thanks!

* Lindsay Badeaux: To explain a little about what makes CBF different, the Chicago Business Fellows program is a subset of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs for those with 3 years or less of experience, and offers additional professional development programming during the first quarter.  It yields the exact same degree and 95% of your classes will be with the traditional MBA students, but that additional programming helps to build some of the softer skills that can be important early in a career.  Beyond the first quarter seminar, there are no further requirements for CBF.  If you have less than 3 years’ experience, the CBF program will be the right fit for you!  You will be an Evening or Weekend student, and a Chicago Business Fellow, as they are not mutually exclusive.

Chat Guest:   Hi - thank you for organizing this. I was curious, do you weight GRE/GMAT Verbal or Quantitative test scores differently in the admissions process?

* Kara Northcutt: Generally speaking, we mainly look at the total score and don’t assign specific weight to the verbal and quant scores. However, the quantitative scores can be a good indicator of your ability to handle Booth’s academic rigor. If you did not take many math/quantitative courses in under grad, or did but have weaker grades, the quant score then becomes more important. 

Chat Guest:  How does financial aid (scholarships, grants, student loans) differ between Evening and Full-Time?

* Marcus Wordlaw: There are specific scholarship opportunities for the full time and Evening or Weekend, respectfully. The FT program has merit based scholarships, while the Weekend program has a Civic Scholars Program (scholarship) and a motor city scholarship for the metro Detroit area.  Booth does not provide student loan options, but we do have a financial aid office that can assist with resources that students tend to use for loans

Chat Guest:  Do you provide any travel or lodging support to those traveling in every weekend for the weekend MBA program? And is the expectation that you're in person every weekend?


* Marcus Wordlaw: For our Weekend program, classes meet every Saturday for 10 week quarters at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, with all classes requiring in person attendance. We do have relationships with certain hotels downtown, including Club Quarters that offers a discount for Booth Students. We also provide free shuttle service to and from both Chicago airports and the Gleacher Center

Chat Guest:   Hi - I currently work full time and I take part time law classes.  I want to attend booth, as I have always seeked a JD/MBA.  Will my part time law classes impact my admission to Booth? (I plan to take off semesters from law school to focus on MBA classes and not to over load myself).

* Kara Northcutt: Assuming your other school allows dual enrollment, this should not be an issue. Keep in mind that Booth does not allow transfer credits, so none of your law courses will transfer into the MBA. In your application be sure to explain your plans to keep working full time while getting your degrees.

Chat Guest: Is internship a part of weekend MBA curriculum? Is it even possible to do internship during course?

* Kara Northcutt: No, internships are not part of the Weekend MBA. They are technically not required for Full Time students either, but the majority of full time students do an internship. Weekend students are welcome to seek out their own internship, but they do not have access to the formalized internship recruiting process that most full time students go through. If you really want an internship, a full time MBA format would be your better option.  

Chat Guest:  Is there any Financial Aid or Scholarship program for Weekend or Evening MBA?

* Nico Ricchiuto: Every student is eligible for financial aid. However, the options are different for US citizens, US permanent residents, and international students. Chicago Booth does not grant scholarships to Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students. You can find more information here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Guest: Would an increased course load in the Evening MBA program allow for an accelerated timeline to completion?

* Nico Ricchiuto: On average, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students take two classes per quarter and finish within 2.5-3 years. Increasing your course load can accelerate your timeline for completion.

Chat Guest: Is there a scope for financial assistance. What % of class get some scholarship?

* Kara Northcutt: For the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) Programs, we do not offer scholarships (except for those in working in nonprofit or government). EW students typically use a combination for company support, student loans and personal savings to fund their MBA. Scholarships are rare to come by for part time programs.

Chat Guest: Hello, Is the time duration allocated for completing your program same for evening and weekend MBA?

* Alex Wallace: The Evening and Weekend MBA programs require a completion of 20 courses.  On average, our students tend to take two courses per quarter, which puts you on track to graduate in 2.5 years. The great thing about the Evening/Weekend MBA program is the flexibility. You can choose to speed up or slow down, taking more or less courses per quarter. We typically do not suggest students take more than four courses per quarter. You can choose to pace yourself to suit your schedule as long as you complete the program and required 20 courses within 5 years.

Chat Guest:  Thank you for the answer on CBF earlier! Where can I get more information on this program such as class stats and tuition fee? Is this also a rolling based admission process? Thanks again!

* 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.  We also have a CBF info session coming up on 8/23, which you can register for here: https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/register/?id=24baca20-aa77-4999-ad04-3404e26f214f

Chat Guest:  Is any part of the course online?

* Hannah Kohut: All Booth MBA courses are taught in-person, and online classes are not available.

Chat Guest:  Please provide a list of the firms that have recently recruited part-time MBA students for Technology Consulting roles? Also, please list firms for technology product management as well along with the average salary offered.

* Kara Northcutt: Our Evening and Weekend specific employment report will soon be on our outward facing website. In the meantime, feel free to email our hotline to request a meeting or call to discuss the employment report with someone on admissions- EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

The list of companies is basically the same for the Full Time MBA, so also feel free to check out the Full Time Employment Report- https://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/

Chat Guest:  Good Afternoon! Could you comment on weekend class schedule flexibility? I work outside Chicago (as many students do) and am often on the road for work. Also, how commuters best leverage networking opportunities?

* Marcus Wordlaw: The Weekend program allows students to take classes Saturday (9:00am -12:00 pm and 1:30pm -4:30pm) Weekend students can also choose to take Friday evening classes (6-9 pm) as a part of the Weekend program as well. If due to travel you miss a class, you are potentially able to make it up with one of the professor’s other sections (evening or full time) throughout that same week. Networking opportunities tend to happen on Saturdays -- where both Weekend and Evening students tend to be available for events at the Gleacher Center. These happen between the morning and afternoon class, and also after the final class of the day. We intentionally try to have the majority of our Evening/Weekend events on Saturday for the purpose of Weekend students

Chat Guest:   How important are undergrad GPA and GMAT score in the application for the Evening or Weekend program?

* Kara Northcutt: We don’t have specific weights for part of the application. GPA and the GMAT or GRE help us understand your academic capability. We want to feel confident you can handle the academic rigor of Booth. We also look very closely at your professional experience, career goals and how an MBA fits into your plans.  If you are not confident about your GPA or test scores, 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. See the GSAL website for more details about this option.

Chat Guest: Is it possible to transfer from weekend to evening MBA schedule later in the program?

* Alex Wallace: You can transfer once from the Weekend MBA to the Evening MBA or vice-versa.  A Weekend MBA student is also able to take an Evening class or even a Full-Time MBA class during the day as your schedule allows. Weekend MBA students have first preference for classes on weekends as do Evening MBA students with evening classes.

Chat Guest:   What is the percentage of part time students that graduate and find new employment vs. those that progress within their career at the same employer?

* Marcus Wordlaw: 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.

Chat Guest: What are the scholarship options for international students applying for Evening MBA?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We do not offer scholarships for the Evening MBA program, regardless of background.  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 student’s website upon admission to the program.

Chat Guest: What is your recommendation on how students can choose between the Evening/Weekend MBA program vs. the EMBA program, schedule permitting?

* Kara Northcutt: The Executive MBA Program (XP) is a lock step cohorted program, which means your courses are predetermined for you and you take classes with the same group of students throughout the program. Evening and Weekend (EW) on the other hand is completely flexible- you choose the courses and pace you want based on your interests. If you are seeking flexibility with the curriculum and format, EW will be best. Keep in mind that XP is designed for more experienced professionals. Check out the XP website to learn more about their program and student profile.

Chat Guest: How important are undergraduate grades when you're further out from undergraduate graduation? Say a candidate who has 7 years from their undgrad graduation?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Undergraduate grades are important, but they are one component of many that we consider when reviewing applications. Your GMAT/GRE may be a better representation of the student you are now given it would have happened more recently, so this is something we will consider when reviewing your application.

Chat Guest: Is there opportunity for travel-based experiential learning projects with the weekend MBA program?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We do offer both short term and long term study abroad options through our International Business Exchange Program.  You can learn more about the details here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international/ibep

Chat Guest: Does Booth MBA offer any opportunities to work with the local companies in Chicago as part of a class?

* Lindsay Badeaux: Yes, we have what we call lab courses, where students will work with local companies in a consulting type capacity. They range based on industry and function, and you can read more about them here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/lab-courses

Chat Guest: Is it possible to find out the time of day that the courses are typically held for the weekend program? I'm going to be coming in from Detroit so I would need to know if train travel is an option.

* Nico Ricchiuto: There are two time slots that classes meet on Saturdays: 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm. As a Weekend MBA student, you also have priority in registering for Friday evening classes (6-9pm).

Chat Guest:  Does the applicant need to have a full-time job in the Chicago area to be eligible to apply for the Evening/Weekend program?

* Alex Wallace: Our program is designed for full-time working professionals who wish to concurrently pursue their MBA. In short, yes you do need to have a job.

Most of our Evening MBA students work in the Chicago area, which makes their commute to our campus easier during the weeknights. However, 70% of our Weekend MBA students travel in to the Chicago area from out of town each weekend. So, you do not need to hold a job necessarily in the Chicago area

Chat Guest:  Your deadline for Winter 2018 Friday, October 6, 2017.  What is the absolute latest date you'll accept a GMAT score? If I have to retake the GMAT I plan to do so around Oct.  3. Will that be fine?

* Nico Ricchiuto: As long as we have your self-reported test score(s) by 11:59pm the day of the deadline, you are just fine. Please do not submit your application until you have entered your self-reported test score(s).

Chat Guest:  I noticed the Full time program includes Employment Reports and Statistics.  Is this data available for the weekend and evening programs?

* Kara Northcutt: Yes, it will soon be on our outward facing website. In the meantime, feel free to email our hotline to request a meeting or call to discuss the employment report with someone on admissions- EveningWeekend-Admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

We've been conducting employment surveys for Evening and Weekend Programs since 2010 and they are all available to current students.

Chat Guest:  I am an information technology consultant (not US citizen/permanent resident) working on contract for the State of Michigan. Does that make me eligible for any scholarships when I apply for Evening MBA since I am working for a government organization?

* Lindsay Badeaux: I believe the scholarship program you are referencing is our Civic Scholars Program, for those working in the government or nonprofit sectors.  This program is a part of our Weekend MBA program (not Evening), but if you apply for the Weekend program it sounds like you may be eligible.  Learn more here:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/civic-scholars-program

Chat Guest: Hi, are there opportunities to study abroad for those in the part time or evening program?

* Lindsay Badeaux: We do offer both short term and long term study abroad options through our International Business Exchange Program.  You can learn more about the details here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international/ibep

Chat Guest:  If an Evening/Weekend student finds they want to focus full time on their MBA, can they switch to the full time program? Or would they be able to quit their job and take more classes in the evening program?

* Kara Northcutt: If you already know you want to leave your job, we encourage you to apply to full time programs from the get go. We do not allow Evening and Weekend (EW) students to transfer to the Full Time MBA Program. EW students are allowed to take a full time course load, but this is uncommon. Again, if you really want a full time MBA experience, go for it!

Chat Guest:  Do we need official Transcripts or photocopies of Degree and certificate is acceptable since Bach from another country?

* Kara Northcutt: As the time you apply, you can scan and upload copies of your mark sheets and degree certificate- we need to see all classes taken, grades earned, degree earned and date conferred. If admitted, we allow those with international transcripts to bring their original documents into our office for us to copy and notarize. These notarized copies are then considered official. This allows you to keep your original documents.

Chat Guest:  Could you please explain the differences between part-time and executive MBA programs? Thanks.

* Lindsay Badeaux: The Executive MBA program is a 21 month lock-step cohort program for students with 14 years of corporate working experience (on average) with some of those being higher management level roles. The program is very structured in terms of the classes you would take, and involves a week in our campuses in London and Hong Kong respectively. Classes meet every other week, all day on Friday and Saturday.  For the part time Evening or Weekend programs, the average student age is 30, with 7 years average working experience, but we also have students in the programs well into their 40’s. The program is quite flexible, allowing you to take classes across the evening and weekend programs, and possibly full-time program if your schedule permits. There is also a great amount of flexibility in the types of classes you can take, depending on your experience and preference.

Chat Guest:   1) What is the policy for submitting undergraduate/graduate transcripts as part of the application for international students? 2) Does Booth accept credential evaluation from agencies like WES (I got the evaluation done in 2009)? I have the copy of all education transcripts with me. However, it has been more than 10 years since I did my undergraduate and graduate studies in India and it is very difficult to contact my universities from here and have them send the transcripts to a university here.

* Nico Ricchiuto: We only require scanned and uploaded copies of transcripts during the application process. All international applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. In light of the Bologna Accord, Chicago Booth will also accept all three-year international degrees to fulfill the undergraduate prerequisite for application to the Chicago Booth School of Business.

Booth does accept WES evaluations, but if your transcript is in English, these are not necessary.

Chat Guest:  Please suggest ways to connect with current students and alumni of the Evening/Weekend MBA programs in order to get a deeper insight into the program's curriculum etc.

* Lindsay Badeaux: One of the best ways to connect with our community is to attend an Info Session or Class Visit, which you can register for on our website!  Otherwise, check out our Connect with a Student tool:  https://apply.chicagobooth.edu/portal/studentvolunteer

Chat Guest: Do you require transcripts from undergraduate study abroad programs?

* Marcus Wordlaw: If the study abroad program appears on your transcripts from your undergraduate institution then no we would not. If you received credit for this program and they did not appear on your transcript then we would require those transcripts separately. They may be unofficial transcripts at the time you apply

Chat Guest:  What is the eligibility for the 'Motor City' scholarship that you mentioned earlier in one of your responses? I am an international student, planning to apply for the evening program. I work for the State of MI in Detroit. Thanks!

* Lindsay Badeaux: The scholarship is merit-based and will award one Weekend MBA student $75,000 to assist with their MBA tuition. The funds will be spread throughout the program with up to $30,000 awarded each year. Eligible candidates must work in the Detroit Metro area while completing their MBA studies. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Detroit-based alumni Srikant Inampudi, ’01 and Scott Shekell, ’01.  You would complete the regular Weekend MBA application process and be measured on the same criteria as other Weekend MBA applicants. The next Weekend MBA intake is for Spring 2018, and the application deadline is January 12, 2018. In addition to meeting our regular admissions standards, we seek someone who is dedicated to advancing their career in the Detroit metro area during and post-MBA.

Chat Guest:  Do you provide Career Service for part-time MBA students? If yes how is it different from full-time MBA?

* Marcus Wordlaw: Career services for the Evening and Weekend MBA program are the same as Full Time career services in terms of resources, campus recruitment, alumni community, availability, and processes/procedures. The only difference between the two is that Full Time students have a formalized internship process that they are able to go through their first year at Booth, whereas Evening/Weekend students may pursue internships on their own and through career services but there is not a formal process similar to the full time program that allows students to progress toward an internship.

Chat Guest:  For bachelors from India, there are official mark sheets (with course names) and Degree certificates but no official transcripts - are mark sheets and degree certificate enough?

* Nico Ricchiuto: All we require for international documents are mark sheets and degree certificate.

Chat Guest: Is it possible to defer the admission, if admitted?

* Marcus Wordlaw: You may defer your admission for one quarter in your program if admitted. There is a deferral fee that you would pay which would hold your spot, and be applied back to your tuition cost in the first quarter you take classes at Booth. We would always recommend applying to the quarter you feel you would be starting, but of course understand that things happen and change from the time you are admitted until classes begin.