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July 17, 2018 Live Admissions Chat

Answered Questions (59)

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Chat Guest: You mentioned the 80% range for evening GMAT scores.  Do you have the mean score as well?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Yes, the average for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs is around 680.

 

Chat Guest: Hello - What exactly are you looking for in the letters of recommendation?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  In the letter of recommendations, your recommender(s) will be responding to specific questions we ask about you, in addition to completing a ranking scale of your attributes in a number of different areas. They will be asked to write a letter in response to some of the questions we ask, and to address your skills.

 

Chat Guest: Thanks for hosting this Live Chat! I started working full-time almost immediately after graduating from undergrad, and I am concerned that I would have just over 3 years of work experience due to when the Weekend MBA Program begins classes. Is there any flexibility for the Chicago Business Fellows Program in regards to the amount of full-time work experience that an applicant has?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  While CBF is designed for those with 0-3 years of work experience, there is not a hard cutoff at 3 years for CBF.  I would say if you’d still be under the 3.5ish year mark by the time you would begin classes at Booth, feel free to go ahead and apply for CBF!  If we review your application and feel you’d be a better fit for the traditional MBA programs, we’d simply reach out and have that conversation with you.

 

CHAT GUEST: Hi, How different you screen a part time MBA candidate from a full time MBA candidate?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: The main difference is that the Full Time MBA Program has more traditional international students, as in those who come to the US on a student visa specifically for their MBA. For the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW), our international students are already in the US on a work visa. You will also see very slight differences in average age and work experience- EW students tend to have slightly more work experience on average. If you are deciding between part-time and full-time formats, you should think about whether or not you want to leave your current job/the workforce for 2 years. If you prefer to work and go to school concurrently, you should focus on our part-time formats. All programs at Booth yield the exact same MBA degree.

 

Chat Guest: Hi, what are the pros and cons to a Full time vs Part Time MBA?

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: That's a great question! From an academic standpoint, all of the full-time professors at Booth also teach Evening/Weekend classes, so you're getting the same experience in the classroom. From a personal standpoint, full-time students certainly have more time to network, attend events/presentations, and look for the next step in their career.  I chose to go the part-time route because I felt as though I could balance the classroom and networking portions of Booth with my job. If you work at a job that requires you to be in the office 60-80 hours a week, this would be more difficult.

 

Chat Guest: What about the median score? And do you have those values for GRE scores?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We do not have GRE ranges as we only recently began accepting GRE scores, but the middle 80% GMAT score for this year's incoming students is 610-740.

 

Chat Guest: How's the weekend MBA schedule look like?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  The typical weekend schedule for class will be two classes on Saturday (9am and 1:30 pm. CST). There is however flexibility in the number of classes you take per quarter. Some weekend students take a Friday evening class in the Part-time Evening program, stay the night in Chicago (if from out of the state) and take Saturday classes. You may also take quarters off and not take any classes in a quarter on Saturday. There are also a number of student run club events that take place on Saturday for part time students to engage. These happen during the lunch hour (12-1pm) and after the second class (4:30pm)

 

CHAT GUEST: Someone with 12+ years of experience is considered a little old for FT MBA program. Is it same with Evening Weekend MBA program as well?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs typically have between 2-10 years of work experience, but there is no cutoff, it's all about the right time for you, and which MBA program best fits your goals.  You may also be interested to learn more about our Executive MBA program, which is often a good fit for individuals with more years of experience (10+).  You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba

 

Chat Guest: Good afternoon - I am curious on the process for interviews. Are all applicants granted an interview, or is there a selection process involved?

* Caitlyn Olofsson | Associate Director, Events and Program Operations: We interview all applicants for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs in person at the Gleacher Center as the final step of the application process.

 

Chat Guest: What about the GPA range for evening and weekend MBA?

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: I would refer you to the admissions site for general range of test scores and GPA's of a typical Booth student. That said, from an application standpoint, the admissions team definitely looks at the "complete package" of a student; experience, outside activities, academics, etc. There's nothing one can do to change their undergrad GPA, so I wouldn't let uncertainty around your GPA keep you from applying. There's a lot more to Booth than your grades on exams!

 

Chat Guest: How many courses do students generally take per semester?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Most Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students take 2 courses per quarter. If you take 2 courses each consecutive quarter, you can finish in 2.5 years. However, you are able to speed up and slow down the program as need. You have 5 years to complete the degree. It is the most flexible degree you’ll find!

 

Chat Guest: Would you recommend utilizing the third essay to explain a lower GMAT score?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  If you feel you can provide context to the score, or other attributes that you haven't added in your application then the optional essay can be valuable.

 

Chat Guest: Is there any GMAT or GER exemption for University of Chicago employee

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: No, the GMAT or GRE is required of every applicant to every program at Chicago Booth. There are no waivers.

 

Chat Guest: Hi, many thanks for organizing this live chat! Given that students in the weekend program are working full-time, how do they usually manage group projects?   How are study groups organized? Is there more focus on individual studying?

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: Great question! Most classes are a mix of group and individual work. Coming into Booth I though group projects would be a pain, but I have really enjoyed them! Most group projects can be done remotely via a Google Doc or setting up a FaceTime/Hangout session. I have been in groups with consultants that travel all week and I have never had a problem collaborating with those individuals; most projects make it easy to "divide and conquer".

 

Chat Guest: Can one of the letters be from academia for people with only a couple of years of work experience?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  We prefer to have one letter of rec from your current supervisor, but the person you ask to write your second letter is up to you!  Most applicants submit letters from those who know them in a professional capacity, but the choice is yours.  You can read more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/letters-of-recommendation

 

Chat Guest: How big is the cohort of Booth Fellows for each intake period?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  We aim to bring in around 30 students per CBF cohort, but that number ranges based on the time of year and quality of the application pool.  Keep in mind we also receive fewer applications for CBF, so it is not any more competitive to apply to CBF than to apply to the traditional Evening or Weekend MBA programs.  If you have fewer than 3 years of work experience, it is in your best interest to apply for CBF!

 

Chat Guest: Are all of the concentrations that are offered in the full-time MBA available to weekday MBA students?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Yes! The curricular requirements are exactly the same for the Full Time, Evening, and Weekend MBA Programs. Therefore, the same concentrations are available across all programs.  

 

Chat Guest: What sort of job placement/ salary statistics do you have for non-full time  MBA students?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Our 2017 employment report for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA alumni can be found here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact

 

Chat Guest: Is it common for students in the part-time program to switch career?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  It is fairly common for part-time students to switch careers while in the program. Our career services provides the same opportunities for Evening and Weekend students as for Full-Time students -- with the exception of a formalized internship program that only Full-Time students have access to. This however does not preclude you from attaining internships as a part-time student if you wish -- this will be done by leveraging your own network in conjunction with the Booth Career Services Center. There are separate student clubs from Full-Time to Evening/Weekend, to facilitate the schedules of Evening and Weekend student working. The Full-time, Evening, and Weekend programs all yield the same degree, and professors teach across each program. There is not much difference in the classroom or the academic experience. Each student has access to the entire Booth community and network to engage, career services (with the internship caveat), and professors.

 

Chat Guest: Can you please speak more about the extracurricular opportunities for weekend MBA students? Is there a strong sense of cohesion among cohorts?

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: Regardless of your professional or personal interests, there is a Booth group/activity for you. Even though most of us are only at Gleacher one or two days a week, I definitely feel a strong sense of camaraderie with my classmates. Every week I am either attending a happy hour with classmates, going to hear an interesting speaker, or stopping by a Booth group's event. There are definitely weeks where work is busy that I only attend class, but I find it easy to vary my extracurricular schedule based on my availability.

 

Chat Guest: I have a similar question - how many students make up the total cohort for each intake period?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  For the Evening MBA program, we admit classes all 4 quarters throughout the year, and for the Weekend MBA program, we admit 2 classes per year (Fall and Spring).  The number of incoming students varies based on the time of year and the quality of the application pool, but we admit our largest classes in the Fall with approximately 130 Evening and ~110 Weekend students, since Fall is when we receive the highest number of applications.  There is no one quarter that is more competitive to apply over another, it's all about what timing works best for you!

 

Chat Guest: Are Weekend MBA students provided with the same recruiting and extracurricular activities as the FT MBA student?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Booth’s Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) programs have over 40+ student clubs and organizations, and we host 300+ events each year. The Full Time MBA Program has its own clubs and activities. We are at different physical campus, and Full Time students have much more daytime availability. These practical factors make it more logical to have different clubs and organizations across programs. Having said that, there are some clubs that partner on events and activities throughout the year.

Regarding career services formalized recruiting programs, internship recruiting is basically only open to Full Time MBA students (most EW students are not seeking an internship). 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.

 

Chat Guest: Can you submit more than two letters of recommendation? And if so, is there any benefit or drawback to doing so?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: There is no benefit to submitting a third letter of recommendation, but if you choose to submit a third, make sure that recommender can tell us something about you the others did not.

 

Chat Guest: Hello! Could you comment on the extent to which PT students are able to participate in on-campus recruiting and leverage recruiting resources at Booth?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Any part time student who has completed at least 12 of the 20 Booth courses may engage in campus recruitment, as long as they are still an active student (taking at least one Booth class while campus recruitment is ongoing). Part-time students have access to the same companies and opportunities that Full-Time students do. Campus recruitment is optional, and part time students would need to consider the time necessary to properly engage in this process along with their own work.

 

Chat Guest: Are Evening MBA students able to join the same extra-curricular groups as Full-Time MBA students? For example, the Consulting Club.

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: Most groups are open to both E/W and full-time students. That said, often the full-time groups meet when E/W students are at work, so that is a potential challenge. I know many E/W students that are attempting to or have transitioned into consulting jobs at top firms, so if that is a career goal of yours, I would think it is attainable through the E/W program.

 

Chat Guest: Will Career service help me find employment after graduation?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  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. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have access to the same resources at Full Time MBA (FT) students, with the exception of internships. The level of career services resources for internships differs between FT and EW Programs, as most EW students are not interested in an internships. I suggest you view our very detailed career specific websites to learn more about services offered and how EW students leverage such:

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

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

https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/job-tools-resources

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

 

Chat Guest: Are students in the evening program allowed to sign up for classes that take place during the weekend?

* Caitlyn Olofsson | Associate Director, Events and Program Operations: Yes, Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time students are able to take courses in all three programs if their schedules allow. Students have priority over the courses in their home program, however. For example, Evening students are able to bid on courses in the Evening program before Weekend or Full-Time students.

Chat Guest: On our applications, how far back to you look for extracurricular activities? Do we only include current activities, or can we include past activities (3-5 years) that have shaped our story?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  You may include extracurricular activities as far back as you feel significant. It is certainly beneficial for recency with these activities but if you have done meaningful work more than 5 years ago, this is something you should include as well.

 

Chat Guest: With the understanding that applicants must first be accepted into the Weekend MBA program, how does the Civic Scholar Program interview differ? 

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: The first interview is by invitation after you submit your application. This will be your general MBA interview- one on one with a member of our Admissions Committee. All Civic Scholars applicants who are admitted to the Weekend MBA are then considered for the Civic Scholars Interview Day (we’ve invited ~12 candidates in past few years). The Scholars interview day consists of 3 small group interviews and focuses more on your nonprofit or government career history and future goals, challenges facing these sectors, and why you’d be a good fit for Civic Scholars. Deans and representatives from the Rustandy Center conduct these interviews. 

 

Chat Guest: Is there any benefit or differentiator in detailing my industry specialization since I work within a large consulting firm? Meaning as a consultant can I be thought of a energy and consulting addition to the Booth overall class?

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: In general, anything you can do to differentiate your application, whether through your experience or extracurriculars, is a positive. In my experience, the admissions team really wants to know your "story", so expanding on your industry experience would make sense. That said, there's no magical quota/formula the admissions team follows for each class. The breakdown of demographics, industries, age ranges, etc. can vary greatly by class. Said differently, if you're a strong candidate, you're not going to denied to Booth because you're the 27th consultant that has applied for a given quarter.

 

Chat Guest: Are there opportunities for spouses or significant others to get involved in a part-time program?

* Caitlyn Olofsson | Associate Director, Events and Program Operations: Yes, we have many opportunities for spouses or significant others to get involved. Many of our signature and quarterly events are open to spouses and significant others to attend. We also have a Partners’ Club that plans many events specifically with spouses and significant others in mind such as our Annual Family Picnic, our Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Viewing Party, and our Partners’ Brunch.

 

Chat Guest: Can you please speak to the careers of the students who typically apply to the Weekend Program?  Do many students travel for business during the week?  Do many students fly into Chicago solely for class?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, many of our students travel for work during the week, and around 70% of our Weekend MBA Program students commute (drive, fly, train) into Chicago each weekend for class. You can see a breakdown of some of our students' industries under the Industries Represented drop-down here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening

 

Chat Guest: My current supervisor is new and my supervisor before that has poor English. Is it ok if I ask a prior supervisor for a letter of recommendation?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  You may ask a previous supervisor for a letter of recommendation, and you would explain in your application why you've selected the recommenders you did. At that point you may explain the limited relationship between you and your current supervisor and the language barrier of your previous supervisor

 

Chat Guest: How many students start the program in the Spring vs in the Fall? Is there any practical difference between joining in one quarter vs another?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  There is no practical difference in which quarter you begin classes, it's all about the timing that is right for you in your life and your career.

 

Chat Guest: Can you talk about the LEAD program? What is the focus / purpose and how is the program conducted?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: As an Evening MBA and Weekend MBA student, your program will start with LEAD during your 3-day orientation, which we call LAUNCH. LEAD starts with looking inward and self-awareness, and you then develop and practice your individual leadership style. You will also have ample opportunities to put skills into practice. Beyond the LEAD requirement that are fulfilled after LAUNCH, the LEAD team offers optional Leadership in Practice programming throughout the year. These focus on a variety of topics: managing up, crucial conversations, advance presentation skills and so on. From our recent graduating student survey, 92% of graduate feel well-equipped to lead a team.

 

Chat Guest: I have a low College GPA, but I have an Osteopathic Medical Degree.  Will this help me in the admissions process?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Generally speaking, we will focus more on your advanced degree, as it is more recent. Your test scores can also outweigh a lower undergraduate GPA, so we strongly suggest focusing on the GMAT or GRE. 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: what key elements are you looking for in your candidates and their resume?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  In looking at candidates and their resumes, we look for professional progression in your career, and an understanding of the professional skills you’ve developed during that time. Leadership is very important, so illustrating that in some fashion is key – even if you have not held a leadership role at work. Getting specifically in to projects and tasks you’ve worked on are helpful. Consider using language that is understandable for those outside of your industry, and education/volunteer work.

 

Chat Guest: Thank you for organizing this valuable session! How are work experience and academics weighted in the application of a working professional, i.e. leading a technical team in an R&D branch of a company for 4+ years?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  we look for professional progression in your career, and an understanding of the professional skills you’ve developed during that time. Leadership is very important, so illustrating that in some fashion is key – even if you have not held a leadership role at work. Getting specifically in to projects and tasks you’ve worked on are helpful. Consider using language that is understandable for those outside of your industry, and education/volunteer work. We don't have a specific % weight placed on any category of your application, but certainly the ability to lead others in a team, group project setting or with direct reports is helpful.

 

Chat Guest: Are scholarships awarded to the Weekend MBA program candidates? If yes, what criteria the eligible candidate should meet? Again, if scholarship are awarded, what percentage of the Weekend MBA program candidates on average get scholarships?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: Thanks to incredibly generous gifts from alumni in the past few months, we’ve been able to award a limited number of merit-based scholarships to Evening MBA and Weekend MBA applicants. Nothing beyond your regular application is required- we consider all who apply. We cannot yet share the total number of students who’ve received such. So far the recipients have been above our GMAT and GRE averages, have stellar career history, strong interviews, etc. Awards have varied in amount, but most have covered tuition for 4 of 20 courses.  

 

Chat Guest: Do you have any advice for individuals who have a newfound interest in pursuing an MBA, but may come from less traditional backgrounds like academia or public education?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Many people are surprised to learn that our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including theater, music, education, health care, government, nonprofit, etc. While a good majority of our students fall into the consulting, finance, and tech industries, we are proud of the growing diversity of fields represented by our students.

 

Chat Guest: Is it possible to take a semester off from the E/W program for family or work related reasons and continue with the program?

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: Fantastic question! Yes, you're allowed to take time off for personal/work reasons. I would have to check the admissions website, but I believe the only requirement is that you finish the degree within 5 years. I know students who taken off time for a new job, the birth of their first child, their wedding, etc. It's not uncommon and it is not frowned-upon by any means. It's in everyone's best interest for you to feel as though you have enough bandwidth available for class.

 

Chat Guest: I saw on the website that there is an option to review the resume with Booth prior to application. Can you discuss what will be evaluated during this review?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  we will review your resume generally for the type of candidate you are trending toward given the information you provide. It will never be used in an evaluative manner for admission. Since we require part-time students to have a full-time job at the time of their admission -- we look closely at your work experience and current role to understand how you plan to incorporate work into your MBA endeavor. We look for much of the same in our applications that Full-Time admissions looks for. A combination of academic success and genuine intellectual curiosity and a clear understanding of Booth and why you feel this is the best fit for you.

 

Chat Guest: If we have done some continuing education courses throughout our professional careers that haven't lead specifically to a certificate and/or degree, is there a place on the application to include those?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Yes, while you are not required to include these on your application, you will have the opportunity to do so under the Academic Record portion of the app.

 

Chat Guest: Is there financial assistance available to help pay the tuition?

* 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: Is it possible for my doctor to write a letter for a dispensation to be taken into account when reviewing my application?

* Lindsay Badeaux(privately): You are welcome to provide whatever you like in your application, but we are not legally allowed to consider any sort of health issues or disabilities as part of the application process, so you would not need to submit that sort of letter unless you preferred to.  Feel free to shoot me an email at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu if you want to chat in more detail about this!

 

Chat Guest: If current extracurricular activities are limited due to work demands and/or professional development requirements for our current jobs, should that be a third essay or does stating it in your application (with some detail) suffice?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Stating that in your application in some way either as an optional essay or otherwise would be fine. Extracurricular activities are not required for admission, but context to your story and background always helps

 

Chat Guest: If I already have an undergraduate degree in business administration, am I able to transfer some of the credits for introductory business courses towards the program?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: No, Chicago Booth does not accept transfer credits from any institution, undergraduate or graduate.

 

Chat Guest: Hi, thanks for hosting the live chat! I am currently working full time while pursuing my Masters in Engineering and would like to apply for MBA in Booth next year...would someone with less than 5 years of experience be eligible to apply for Executive MBA? Is there a way where I can specify my 1st/2nd choices?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Given the information you provided, you would be a much better fit for the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA program at Booth - as the Executive program is set for students with on average 13 years for experience. Before submitting your application, you will want to have given thought to which program works best for you -- as you can only apply to one program at a time in a given quarter.

 

Chat Guest: My career is in data analytics, I earned As in difficult college statistics and econ classes. I didn't score well on the GRE quant portion. I'm studying to bring up the quant score. Does the adcom take this into consideration? If so, can you provide insight on how this might affect the adcom discussion around my application?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  For the academic piece of your application, we will consider many factors, including your overall GRE score, how you performed in your more quantitative courses, and your overall GPA.  No one part is weighted more heavily than another part, they are all equally important in contributing to the Admissions Committee's understanding of your academic ability.  Many applicants take the GMAT or GRE more than once and are able to improve their scores!

 

Chat Guest: How does Booth Entrepreneurial track compare to other top PT MBA programs? What are some resources/electives/etc. to consider while in the program?

* Kara Northcutt | Director of Admissions and Marketing: The entrepreneurial community at Booth is incredibly strong and active- you would be in great company. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which is a fantastic resource for all Booth students, offers a myriad of events are resources. Check out their website to learn more: https://polsky.uchicago.edu/. Polsky also oversees the New Venture Challenge, which is our annual new business plan competition. Entrepreneurship is also the most popular concentration and the courses and faculty get stellar reviews. Courses include Entrepreneurial Selling, New Venture Strategy, Building the New Venture, and Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity. Whether you are looking to grow your business, start a venture, or work for a startup, there is something for everyone. 

 

Chat Guest: Are fellowships and merit scholarships restricted to full-time MBA applicants? If not, are weekend and evening applicants at any disadvantage?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  The Evening and Weekend MBA program offers specific Scholarships for applicants, some merit-based and others dependent on your field/background. You may view more information on our Evening and Weekend MBA scholarships at the following link:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.

 

Chat Guest: Are other sources of financial aid available beyond merit-based scholarships?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The only other scholarship we offer is the entrepreneurial scholarship for those who have their own ventures. Most of our students get traditional student loans.

 

Chat Guest: What percentage of part-time students are sponsored by employers? Does admission take this into consideration when evaluating the application?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Around 60% of Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students get some level of funding from their employers, and the amount of employer support ranges widely.  Whether or not you are receiving employer support holds no bearing on your admissions decision.

 

Chat Guest: Will you provide the log of this chat to participants?

* Caitlyn Olofsson | Associate Director, Events and Program Operations: Yes, this chat, and our previous chats, are posted here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats.

 

Chat Guest: Are classes recorded? If a student in the weekend program misses a class how would they make up for the class?

* Joe Ragsdale | Evening MBA Student: Most classes are not recorded. Generally, only classes that have to be moved because of holidays and review sessions are recorded. Most professors will allow students to attend any one of their sections (evening, weekend, or full-time), so that is one way to add some flexibility to your schedule. On the rare occasions when I have been unable to attend any section, I reach out to my classmates to chat about what was covered in the class session.

 

Chat Guest: Are applications considered on a rolling basis or are they only considered after all applications have been received post deadline?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  All Evening and Weekend applications are considered on a rolling basis -- meaning you may apply at any point prior to a deadline and as soon as an application is available for a given quarter. We willl review your application as we receive it. Applying early does not give you a better chance of being admitted but it would allow you to receive your decision sooner.

 

Chat Guest: Can you share some (high level) examples of successful applications or applicant profiles excluding any personal information?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  The most successful applicants will have a well-rounded profile regarding academic success and prior education, progressive work experience where multiple levels of skills were acquired and an overall understanding of how Booth can facilitate personal and professional growth with an idea of how you might provide a unique and diverse perspective to the classroom and community. The details of the profile (industry, function area, etc.) are not as important if you are able to articulate why this degree is important to your particular career and what benefit you feel you gain from Booth

 

Chat Guest: Can you provide some guidance for interview preparation?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, some of our Admissions Committee members recently created a blog on their top interview tips! Check it out here https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2018/interview-tips