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October 10, 2017 Live Admissions Chat

Chat Transcript from October 10th 2017

Answered Questions (88)

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Chat Guest: Are all the classes located downtown?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening and Weekend students would take classes at either the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, or the Hyde Park main U of Chicago campus. The Evening and Weekend program is based in the Gleacher Center downtown, so all of your classes would be there unless you actively decided to take full-time courses, which would be in Hyde Park.

Chat Guest: Does it matter in which program you are enrolled in i.e. between weekend vs evening?

Does the student have to flexibility to take other program courses if they can depending on their schedule?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: You must select a home program and will receive priority registration within that program, but with the flexibility of our Weekend MBA and Evening MBA programs, you can take classes in either format. A traditional weekend student usually takes 2 classes per quarter on Saturday (9:00 - noon and 1:30 - 4:30), but could also take a Friday evening course from 6:00-9:00 p.m. instead of two Saturday courses. An evening student usually takes classes Monday-Friday from 6:00-9:00 p.m., but can also elect to take a Saturday course as well.

Chat Guest: Hello, What is the actual GRE score range for acceptance?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The GMAT average for our enrolled students is 680, and the middle 80% of students score between a 610 and 730. You may convert your GRE score to a GMAT score to see where you'd fall here:  https://www.ets.org/s/gre/flash/bschool/comparison/17302/800/index.html.

Chat Guest: How can I learn about the curriculum?  Is the curriculum for each program the same for everyone?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: The curriculum is exactly the same for Booth’s Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and Full Time MBA Programs. It is incredibly flexible and allows you to take the courses you are most interested in. We don’t have a core curriculum that everyone has to take. Instead, we have 3 foundational areas (financial accounting, business statistics and microeconomics) that you need to take one course within, but you get to choose from a variety of courses within the areas. We then have business function areas (finance, strategy, marketing, etc.) and electives. All students need to take 20 courses, and you have 14 concentrations to choose from. We of course have fantastic academic advisors who can help you plan your curriculum. 

Chat Guest: Are courses at Booth’s Healthcare Analytics Lab available for Evening/Weekend MBA students? If so, and if granted admission, what is the process to take courses at the Lab?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: In 2017 the Healthcare Analytics course was offered during the daytime and on Saturday. Keep in mind that as an Evening MBA or Weekend MBA student, you are also able to take daytime courses with the Full Time MBA students on the main campus in your schedule allows and seats are available. To learn more about course offerings, check out the online course search: https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch.

Chat Guest: I know b-schools are trying to find ways to incorporate sustainability into their curricula, can you speak to Booth's efforts to do so?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Through a combination of electives, experiential learning, and student groups, students are able to use the toolkit Booth provides its students to tackle a wide-range of issues, including sustainability. I recommend you review the following links:

https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/lab-courses

https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups

https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch

Chat Guest: Where can I review a schedule/calendar for the weekend MBA program?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: I assume you are asking about class start dates? If so, you can find them here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions.

Chat Guest: How are admissions requirements weighted? For example, 25% work experience, 25% GMAT, 25% essay, 25% undergrad GPA?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not a weighted percentage for the admission requirements. We consider each element of your application. We tend to find a direct correlation with your GMAT/GRE score to the success students have in class, but all components are important and evaluated.

Chat Guest: Is there a deposit we need to submit to reserve our space in the class? Does the date the deposit is due differ depending on when you applied?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: If admitted, you will be required to pay a $1,000.00 non-refundable enrollment deposit that is applied towards your tuition. You are given 10 days after you accept the offer to pay.

Chat Guest: is there an audio feed?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Hi - there is no audio feed for this chat.

Chat Guest: How many students, would you say, take Full-Time classes as well?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions : A small percentage of Evening/Weekend students take Full time courses mainly because of the times the classes meet. This can be difficult with a job. Those who have flexibility in their work or decide to leave their job later in the program take these classes at a higher rate than others.

Chat Guest: Do you have any statistics on how many part time graduates are career switchers vs. those that stay in their current firms?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Employment data is complicated for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs (EW), as our student have a wide variety of career goals. From our recent employment report, around 15% of students are not actively seeking a career change. Of those who were seeking a change, within one year of graduation, ~70% have made a significant change: 36% advanced at their current organization, 58% secured a job at a new organization, and 6% started their own company. As a student, you will have full access to a year’s worth of EW career data and a wide variety of resources and programming designed for our EW student’s career goals in mind.

Chat Guest: For example I have a B- undergrad GPA, can I expect that I need to score over 700 on the GMAT for admission?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Undergraduate GPA is considered, but there is not a minimum GPA or GMAT score you need to achieve. Generally, if you struggle in one area academically then showing strength in the other does become important. We will also look at the specific courses you took and grades you earned in these.

Chat Guest: When do you start accepting applications for Summer 2018?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: For summer quarter, we only accept evening applications. The application is due April 6, 2018 and is available online at this time to complete.

Chat Guest: If we are interested in Civic Scholars, would we need to confirm our enrollment to the Weekend MBA program BEFORE finding out about the Civic Scholars Program decision?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: If you are accepted into the Weekend MBA Program and are applying for the Civic Scholars Program you can wait until you find out that decision to accept the offer for the Weekend MBA.

Chat Guest: Is it required to come to Chicago to interview if we live far? Do you conduct remote interviews?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: All interviews take place at Gleacher Center, downtown Chicago. To make the most of your visit, we encourage you to also visit a class or two while on campus- this is a great way to experience the program firsthand and engage with the student community you’d be a part of. In rare cases when an applicant is staffed overseas while applying, we have allowed Skype or phone interviews.

Chat Guest: For evening/weekend students, are they able to enroll for the full-time classes in Hyde Park if their schedule allows at some during the program?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes. Students are able to enroll in Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend sections of a course, space permitting.

Chat Guest: How do you engage the weekend commuting students in extracurricular activities such as clubs or events?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Student organizations and events will meet primarily on the Weekend, Saturday between classes or after classes so that Weekend students can take advantage of the activities and network. There will be some events throughout the week but the majority of meetings, networking events for part time students will happen on Saturday. There are also Booth related student and alumni events across the country.

Chat Guest: As an MBA student, can you take classes in the MPP program?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may take classes in any of the University of Chicago programs, so long as there are openings in the class. Keep in mind many of these classes may not have night or weekend options. You may take up to 6 courses outside of Booth and within the University of Chicago.

Chat Guest: Would we have access to the same career development opportunities as full-time MBA students?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have the same access to our career services as full-time students. 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. 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: Once a student begins a program (say Weekend, or Evening, or Full-time) - does the student have flexibility to switch to another program in the middle of his/her MBA degree?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Students are able to make a formal switch one time between Evening and Weekend. Students are not able to make a formal switch to Full-Time. That said, students are able to take courses across the three programs, and part-time students are also take a full-time course load if their schedule allows.

Chat Guest: Hello-- As a student of the Weekend or Evening program, are you expected to be working a full time job throughout your entire program length?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs are designed for working professionals. There is the expectation that candidates are working a full-time job when they apply, but students are not required to hold a full time job for the duration of their MBA.

Chat Guest: How many days after we've submitted the application is an interview scheduled?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Right away! As soon as you submit, you will get an email with a link to schedule your interview.

Chat Guest: is it possible to transfer credit from another MBA program?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We do not accept transfer credits from other MBA programs, however, because of our flexible format, you can take more challenging levels of classes you may have had in the past. That way you won't waste time relearning things you already know.

Chat Guest: Approximately how many students in the MBA program have formal education in fields outside of business? (i.e. students who didn't have business-focused majors during their undergraduate career)

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: We have a diverse student body and a number of students who come from a liberal arts or nonbusiness background. The flexible curriculum at Booth allows individuals to customize their MBA to ensure they are taking the classes appropriate for their background. I recommend you check out the class profiles to see where our students are coming from:

https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/

https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend

Chat Guest: Can we switch from weekend classes to evening classes if we want to? Say I move closer to Chicago and want to start attending evening classes in later semesters.

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: You can officially switch from Weekend to Evening (or vice-versa) one time. Many of our Weekend students have made the switch to Evening for the exact scenario you mentioned.

Chat Guest: For Chicago Business Fellows, it says three years or less of experience. Does this mean if someone had for example three years, six months of experience they could not apply?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 3 years is not a hard cut off. If you have up to about 4 years of experience you may still submit your resume, and we will let you know if we feel CBF is a good fit for you or would rather you apply for the traditional Evening/Weekend program.

Chat Guest: What is the average number of years for work experience and how will my application be evaluated?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: The mid-80% of enrolling students have between 2-10 years of work experience. Students are earning their MBA because now is the right time for them. In the review process, the expectation is for the candidate to articulate why the right time for them to earn their MBA is now. This can be accomplished through the short-answers, essays, and interview. 

Chat Guest: How supportive is the career center to weekend students?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The career center has the same resources for Weekend students as Evening, and Full-Time. Their office is open on Saturday and has flexible hours for Weekenders. Resources include Campus Recruitment, a Job Board to apply for positions, Alumni access, Alumni interview prep, industry guidance, etc.

Chat Guest: Can you give more information about the Civic Scholars Program? I am assuming that the seats for this program must be very limited.

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: We do not have a specific number of new Civic Scholars that we bring in each year.  It will probably be in the range of 6-8

Chat Guest: Do many classes focus on projects, instead of tests, or does it vary?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Class content varies, and you are able to see a very specific description of the class and its content before you select a class. Data from previous classes will show whether that course has a midterm or final, participation grade, and of course content.

Chat Guest: Is the weekend program every Saturday, or are there some off weekends? Also how many weeks do classes go for?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Weekend classes meet every Saturday for the duration of the quarter. All quarters are 11 weeks long, with the exception of the 10 week summer quarter.

Chat Guest: I work full time and I own a small business and have about 8 to 10 years of industry experience. Do I still need to a GRE or GMAT?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, the GRE or GMAT is required of all students, regardless of background, education, or experience. Whichever test you choose is entirely up to you, as we do not weight one exam over the other.

Chat Guest: hello. I am unable to decide between the evening and weekend. I would not mind relocating from San Francisco to Chicago if there are clubs or associated on campus activities that I can leverage as a student of the evening program.

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: 70% of our weekend population is from out of state, including California as a key geographical market for our weekend program! The beauty of the weekend program is that you can be just as immersed in student organizations as evening students with over 40 student organizations to select from. We are very cognizant of our weekend population and host many student focused events during the weekend, particularly on Saturday during the lunch break between classes. So, even as a weekend student you are able to participate in student activities and feel connected to student life!

Chat Guest: Are interviews required for admission to the Weekend MBA program?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: In person interviews are required of all applicants to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs and are conducted after submitting a completed application. Once you submit your application, you can schedule your interview.

Chat Guest: Does the Civic Scholars program include those working for foundations?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Anyone who is employed by a 501(c) organization can apply.  If your foundation is not a 501 (c) organization then you would not be eligible.

Chat Guest: Is there a possibility a deferral if an applicant wants to relocate closer to Chicago?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: If you are outside of Illinois, you should apply to the Weekend MBA Program. The Weekend MBA is designed to allow full-time working professionals from all over North America to attend. We discourage you from applying first, getting admitted, then trying to find a job in Chicago. If you want to relocate to Chicago, you should focus on your job search first, then apply once that is all set. Generally speaking, for the Evening MBA, you can request a 1-quarter deferral. For the Weekend MBA, you can request to defer to the next start term. We bring in Weekend MBA classes Autumn and Spring quarters. If the deferral request is approved, there is a $1000 deferral fee (in addition to the $1000 tuition deposit). It is much better to apply for the start term during which you actually want to begin.  

Chat Guest: Is there a financial aid for weekend MBA program?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: The only scholarship available is for the Civic Scholars Program, which is limited to people who work in a nonprofit organization or the government.

Chat Guest: If you have a busy season, is it possible to take a semester off? I saw the weekend MBA must be finished within 5 years, but do you always have to be enrolled in one class throughout that period?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: It is absolutely possible to take a quarter off. On average students take 2 classes per quarter and at that pace would graduate in 2.5 years. But within the 5 years we provide you, you may take classes at any speed you like. That includes taking one or multiple quarters off if needed.

Chat Guest: What is the best way to connect with the Admissions team (i.e. email, 30 minute phone calls, coffee chats) to foster meaningful conversations?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: All of the above! We are always happy to chat on the phone or via email. Also, I highly recommend attending an in person event. You can find them here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events

Chat Guest: What advice would you give for selecting your professional references for your MBA application?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: One reference should come from your supervisor. The second recommendation can be anyone of your choosing. Whilst most candidates will choose a person with whom they have a professional relationship, this is not required. You want to choose someone who will add value – and not repeat – the same information as your supervisor. To name a few, we have seen clients, leaders of community-based organizations, previous supervisors as recommenders.

Chat Guest: Is there an advantage to submitting your application earlier than later?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The only advantage to submitting your application earlier is getting a decision from us sooner, which may be necessary for your planning. We suggest you submit when you feel your application is the best it will be.

Chat Guest: Outside of the first quarter seminar for the Chicago Business Fellows, is there any additional programming?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The required seminars are only in the first quarter, so no additional programing would be required outside of that, although there are many opportunities for CBF only events, networking, dinners, and activities from the first quarter and on.

Chat Guest: Due to only being able to take one course during the short-term study abroad program and not being able to take a course in Chicago in that same quarter upon returning, it appears to me that the short-term study abroad program would delay graduation by one quarter, assuming a schedule of two courses per quarter otherwise.  Is this correct?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: It can slightly delay your graduation, but you are also more than welcome to take 3 courses during another quarter to stay on pace. Many students take a least one quarter off during the program for a variety of personal and professional reasons, so time spent in the program can vary from person to person. If studying abroad is important to you, I would not worry about delaying your graduation- it is a good trade off to make.

Chat Guest: If selected to interview, how long after you submit your application are interviews scheduled?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You will receive an email to schedule your interview within an hour or so of submitting your application. Most candidates will interview within 2 weeks of submitting.

Chat Guest: Do you see any Weekend students maintain full-time employment outside of the US throughout the program?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions : Typically Weekend students are located in the country, there are some circumstances where a weekend student may reside in Canada or Mexico, but aside from that Weekend students would not be traveling from elsewhere.

Chat Guest: What does a typical student schedule look like? (i.e. how many classes per quarter, for how many years)

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: All students are required to complete 20 courses and have up to 5 years to complete the program. Most students will take 2 classes per quarter and graduate in 2.5-3 years. Classes are held at Gleacher Center Monday-Friday (6-9pm CST) and on Saturdays twice a day (9:00-noon CST and 1:30-4:30 CST).

Chat Guest: Are the required classes and electives listed online?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You can find detailed curriculum information as well as the course search feature here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum

Chat Guest: What percentage of applicants are typically accepted into the weekend MBA program?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Our admissions rate varies from quarter-to-quarter so we do not publish an average. No quarter is more is more competitive than another.

Chat Guest: Do the professors use case studies?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: We take a multi-method approach to business education. Some courses will use case studies, but not all. Faculty have the autonomy to teach their course the way they feel is more effective.

Chat Guest: If we travel for work and can't avoid some trips, are professors generally flexible with this?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Professors are typically flexible with work travel. I tend to suggest analyzing your schedule every quarter and determining whether evening or weekend classes will be best for you that quarter. Even so, there may be some unavoidable travel during a quarter. If you know ahead of time you may contact your professor and request to sit in his/her other section (they typically teach an Evening, Weekend, and daytime class that is the same in that quarter). Professors are usually flexible with this. You may also meet with them during their office hours (in person or virtually) if you miss a class and cannot make it up.

Chat Guest: How long you have to be working in a government or non for profit to qualify for civic scholarship?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: We don't have a specific number of years working in the government or a nonprofit organization required.  However, the current group of Civic Scholars averages about 7.5 years of experience.

Chat Guest: can we submit the application before we take GMAT?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: You must have a valid GMAT or GRE score prior to submitting your application.

Chat Guest: for weekend MBA are classes held on both Saturdays & Sundays, or only Saturday

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Weekend MBA classes are held only on Saturdays, and take place from 9 a.m.-12 Noon, and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Chat Guest: Can you transfer between the Weekend and Evening programs?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You have one opportunity to transfer from the Weekend to Evening program and vice versa.

Chat Guest: What is the typical intake size for the Weekend program?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Around 110 for Autumn quarter and 55-65 for Spring quarter. No quarter is more or less competitive for admissions. Apply when the time is right for you.

Chat Guest: I have noticed it was mentioned that candidates have 2-10 years of work experience. I have 20+. Would that put me at a disadvantage during the application process?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Having 20+ years of experience is not a disadvantage. Diversity in the classroom is something we celebrate! As you consider your professional goals, you may want to look into our executive MBA program as well. If you feel the flexible curriculum and ability to deepen your knowledge in several function areas is the “better fit” for you, then the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA is likely the better choice. In the application, it will be your responsibility to discuss why now is the right time for you to earn your MBA. 

Chat Guest: How many people usually apply for the Autumn and Spring quarters?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The autumn quarter is the largest quarter since that is the traditional time students apply for school, but we also enroll the most students that quarter. We do not publish our specific application and accepted numbers, but would be happy to talk to you about your specific candidacy.

Chat Guest: What is the average class size?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: The overall average class size is 40 students. Class sizes vary, of course, depending on the class itself, but you should never expect to have a class larger than 60 students.  

Chat Guest: but a weekend MBA students can take classes on Friday too, right?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: That is correct! Weekend students have priority bidding for classes held Friday evenings and Saturdays. Weekend students can also take courses on different days of the week, if their schedule allows.

Chat Guest: I am new in my current organization asking a, supervisor for reference is difficult, is this a restriction or limitation for acceptance?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: It is preferred that you select a current manager/boss/supervisor, but not an absolute requirement to apply. We are seeking objectivity in the letter and we want to hear from someone who can assess both your strengths and your weaknesses. However, we see many applicants in similar situations and within the application itself, you can explain why you made this choice. In this case, you may want to ask your previous manager/boss/supervisor for a letter as well. 

Chat Guest: You mentioned up to 2 classes per quarter, if you intend on taking classes on the Weekend and intend on taking more than 2, what are opportunities to add more?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Students on average take 2 classes per quarter, not up to 2. So you may increase this to 3 classes a quarter if you like, or take 3 classes one quarter, 2 classes another quarter, etc. Students who decide to leave their job may add 4 classes, but we don't recommend students taking more than 3 classes while working full time.

Chat Guest: I'd like to make a career change, but cannot at this point in time commit to a full-time MBA program. What tools and resources do you offer your Weekend and Part-Time MBA students who want to make that full career change and are not just looking for advancing within their current firm?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Yes, we see everything from career changes, career advancers to entrepreneurs in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. Generally speaking, 2/3 of EW student made a career change while in the program or within one year of graduating. Of those seeking a career change, within one year of graduation, approximately 70% have made a significant change: 58% secured a job at a new organization. This is from our recent employment report. 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 re-explore full time programs, as they are designed for career changers.

Chat Guest: Do evening MBA students not have priority for Friday night courses?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students share priority for Friday night class registration.

Chat Guest: Are there graduate assistants for each class?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There are Teaching Assistants for some classes, which students have the opportunity to pursue after taking that particular course and engaging with the professor.

Chat Guest: Do professors use the case method in class?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: Faculty members are not required to use the case method when teaching. You can learn more about the Chicago Approach here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/chicago-approach

Chat Guest: is it possible to follow a class online?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Booth does not offer online courses.

Chat Guest: For the short term international programs (2-3 weeks) how do those classes map to Booth credits. Are multiple classes abroad counted as 1 credit towards the 20 required courses?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Each IBEP class would count as 1 Booth class credit, (out of 20 to graduate) with the class lasting 2-3 weeks. You may take up to two IBEP study abroad classes as a Booth student.

Chat Guest: Do the methods of instruction vary from professor to professor / class to class?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program: Every professor has their own way of teaching a class so the same subject might be taught differently by different professors.  However, every class is evaluated by the students and information about the professor and class are available for students to see.

Chat Guest: If you are travelling in on the weekend to attend classes, do you have to be present for every class or is web-conferencing one of the avenues you offer (especially if you have to travel that weekend)?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You must be present for every class on the Weekends. Professors would be flexible for a class here or there that you need to make up if there are travel issues (i.e. weather) or work travel that you have. Professors might post their lecture online in the case of severe weather or allow you to sit in their other evening, weekend, or full time section.

Chat Guest: why does it take 28-36 months to finish the program when other programs last between 19 - 22 months?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Students have the ability to accelerate or slow down their program as they see fit. An MBA from Booth takes about 20 courses and our degree requirements are the same as our full-time program. Whilst the average is 2 classes per quarter (2.5-3 years for completion), students have up to 5 years to complete the program. Some students will choose to take 3 courses, for example, during a given quarter to expedite their program.

Chat Guest: What are the main differences between the Booth Weekend programs to the Kellogg weekend program?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: One difference is the curriculum- Booth offers more flexibility. We don’t have a core curriculum that everyone has to take. Instead, we have 3 foundational areas (financial accounting, business statistics and microeconomics) that you need to take one course within, but you get to choose from a variety of courses. We then have business function areas (finance, strategy, marketing, etc.) and electives. All students need to take 20 courses, and you have 14 concentrations to choose from. You are also welcome to take courses across the Evening and Full Time Programs if your schedule allows.  Also, at Gleacher Center where our Weekend MBA takes place, we have a full Career Services, Academics Advising and Student Life staff that are at Gleacher on weeknights and Saturdays- we are here when our students are. I cannot say with certainty, but I do not believe Kellogg has all of these resources at their downtown campus. 

Chat Guest: I was not referring to online classes, sorry for the misunderstanding. Rather than flying to Chicago and sit in the class, can I do the same online?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Class discussions/lectures are rarely recorded and made available online. The expectation for students is that they are present in-person for class. 

Chat Guest: where do we find out which professor is teaching which classes currently?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: You can learn more about our curriculum and current courses through our course search feature here: https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch

If you are interested in visiting a class, however, you can view the available classes and register here:

https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit

Chat Guest: With the Booth MBA (Weekend/Evening/Full time), can you specialize in any business discipline you prefer?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We offer 14 concentrations, and encourage our students to achieve as many concentrations as they please (most average 3 to 4 concentrations).  You can learn more about our curriculum and concentrations here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/academics/curriculum

Chat Guest: How accessible are professors for weekend students? Are they available during the weekends/ or for remote conferencing?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Professors are accessible on the Weekends typically after their class, but they have scheduled office hours and will let students know their preferred method of contact. Remote conferencing, email, phone calls may all be options.

Chat Guest: Are loans the most common way to finance the Weekend MBA?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Typically, a combination of loans, personal savings, and possible sponsorship are the ways our students finance the Weekend MBA.

Chat Guest: With the 14 concentrations, is that still embedded within the 20 course requirement or will it more courses needed?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Students, on average, earn 3-5 concentrations are part of their 20 courses. We also provide students with 3 free courses before they graduate. These can be used to complete a concentration or to take a class(es) just for fun.

Chat Guest:  I will be needing student loan, can speak to the requirements to qualify?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: You will be able to seek out federal or private student loans depending on your citizenship situation once you’ve been admitted. They are not needs based, and it is a pretty simple process. We have dedicated Financial Aid advisors that you can work with once admitted. Check out this link for more details: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Guest: Do students have access to Booth career services or is it only a post-graduation resource?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Current Booth students do have access to career services, and that access begins as soon as you complete your student orientation (LAUNCH).

Chat Guest: Are accepted students matched with an advisor or other resource in mapping course selection based on individual's goals?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: You are not “matched” with an advisor, but we do have amazing academic advisors available specifically for our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students (EW).  Academic advisors are your first point of contact for a assistance in dealing with academic, professional, and student involvement matters. The advising team is committed to supporting EW students in creating the academic experience you desire and you are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from an academic advisor.

Chat Guest: can weekend students who decided to change employer upon completing the degree requirements participate in on campus recruiting?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: Evening and Weekend students are eligible for on campus recruiting. If you are receiving funding from your employer, you may need their permission first.

Chat Guest: If am taking 2 classes per quarter, how often do they take place in a month

{every weekend, every 2 weeks} ?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: typically, each class will meet for 3 hours once a week for the length quarter. An academic quarter is usually 10 or 11 weeks in length.

Chat Guest: Is there integrated media and marketing courses?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: You may filter and find lists of our current courses here: https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch

Chat Guest: Are there opportunities for weekend students who live locally to grow or create student clubs and organizations?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: absolutely! We try to hold a majority of our events on the weekend to be inclusive of both evening and weekend students.

Chat Guest: how long does the admission process take?

* Nico Ricchiuto | Assistant Director of Admissions Operations: As far as the application process, the time spent differs person to person with the most time consuming portion being the GMAT or GRE studying process. Once you submit your application, you can expect a decision within 4-6 weeks.

Chat Guest: Do students typically find it difficult to get into the classes they want/need? Can you touch on the bidding process for courses?

* Erik Halloway | Assistant Director of Admissions: It depends. For some of the "rock star" faculty, it might be difficult early in your MBA career. You may have to wait to have more points to gain a stop in their class. It's rare for students to run out of points. In true Chicago Booth tradition, a "free market" approach is applied to course bidding. We let supply and demand determine the "price" of and access to classes.