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June 12, 2018 Live Admissions Chat

Answered Questions (74)

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Chat Guest: What is the acceptance rate of the weekend program?

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

 

Chat Guest: Good Afternoon!  I was hoping you could address how/if the Weekend program utilizes the cohort model

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Due to Booth's flexible curriculum, no part of our student experience is co-horted.  Students are able to take classes in whatever order they choose, and set their own pace through the program.  This model allows you to expand your network by meeting new classmates each quarter and exposing yourself to all different backgrounds!

 

Chat Guest: What is the difference from both weekend & evening MBA?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: usually evening students take classes in the evenings (6-9 pm) on the weekdays. Weekend students do the same on Saturdays (9-12 pm) and (1:30-4:30 pm). Since the classes are taught by the same professors, evening and weekend students can take courses on the weekends and in the evenings respectively - it's super flexible.

 

Chat Guest: Is it possible to switch from weekend program to evening program?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  It is possible for a one-time switch from the Weekend to Evening program and vice versa from students. Typically this occurs when students' work schedule changes.

 

Chat Guest: Is there a link to a step by step application process?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Here are the requirements for both the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs:

Evening: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply

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

 

 

After completing your application, you will receive an email to schedule an in-person interview with a current student or alum. Then, you will receive a decision within 4-6 weeks from your submission date.

 

Chat Guest: Hi! Thank you for answering questions. For Weekend MBA's admission requirement, are you expecting more years of work experience compared to full time MBA?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: No, we do not require more work experience for the Weekend MBA Program, although the students do tend to skew a year or two older, on average, in the Weekend program.

 

Chat Guest: How soon will we know the admissions decision?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program:  We try to have a decision for applicants within 4 - 6 weeks of submitting the application.

 

Chat Guest: I had a question for the June 22 deadline. My GRE scores may not arrive in time by the deadline - is there a possibility for a grace period / conditional admittance?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: We only need your self-reported GRE score for purposes of applying and reviewing your application. If admitted, we will then request an official GRE score report. So, you are good to go with your application and we look forward to reviewing it!

 

Chat Guest: is there any program for spouse to join? Like auditing classes?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is no specific program for spouses, but they are always welcome to do a class visit, and it would be up to the discretion of the professor as to what he/she allows.  Spouses get involved with the Booth community in a number of other ways!  We have a great Partners Club that puts on various events each year for Booth families to engage in.

 

Chat Guest: What is the schedule for the Weekend MBA, what are the off and on periods?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: You can take a quarter off without any need for the approval. If you want to take more, you might want to talk with the Booth officials.

 

Chat Guest: What does the average cost tend to be upon completion?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  The tuition per course for the 2018-2019 year is $7,130 (20 courses required to graduate). You may see a complete breakdown of additional fees from our tuition and financial aid page: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

Chat Guest: I understand Booth does not waive classes, for some classes if we have took in the past, can we choice other classes instead?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: While we do not accept transfer credits from other institutions, any graduate-level business classes you have taken in the past can potentially serve as prerequisites to take more advanced classes at Booth.

 

Chat Guest: If I become a member of the Weekend Program and have a flexible work schedule on Fridays, would it be possible for me to take Friday classes with the full-time or evening students?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Absolutely! We offer a flexible format allowing you to take classes outside of your home program. Quite a few of our Weekend MBA students take a Friday afternoon or evening course when their schedules allow.

 

Chat Guest: Can you please advise on the opportunities to complete an internship or study aboard in PE/VC participating in the evening & weekend program?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions :  Evening MBA and Weekend MBA (EW) students have the same access to career services and networking opportunities as their Full Time (FT) counterparts, with the main difference being that they typically do not go through formal recruiting for internships, since our student population is working full time.  You can opt to go through formal on-campus recruiting as long as it is for full-time positions, but as a Weekend MBA student, you will need to have some flexibility in your schedule, since most of the recruiting events take place during the week on campus. If an internship is an important aspect of the career change you're seeking, you should consider applying to Full Time MBA programs as well. The PE/VC industry tends to hire out of their intern class although this is not always the case.  As for study abroad, we offer short term study abroad opportunities in 7 different countries that many of our Evening and Weekend students can take advantage of while working full-time jobs.

 

Chat Guest: How do students think about time management strategies to balance the MBA with a full time job?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: I have completed 10 courses so far. I fly from Kansas City - it’s a short 55 min flight. I have seen many people coming from Bay Area - it takes almost 4 hours a way to commute. But people are smart, so they finish up their homework during the flight. People manage in different ways - some study at home, some do at work. There are thousands of people pursuing the same at Booth - it's difficult, for sure, but doable.

 

Chat Guest: How much time required to finish off weekend MBA & Evening MBA ? 

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Students are given 5 years in total to complete their degree. Taking two courses per quarter throughout your time at Booth would allow a student to graduate in 2.5 years. Depending on one's flexibility this could be accelerated by taking more than two classes per quarter or decelerated by taking one class per quarter or even taking quarters off completely

 

Chat Guest: How long does it take to earn the MBA in the evening program?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: The average completion time for both our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs is 2.5 to 3 years.

 

Chat Guest: Are students that are admitted to the night and weekend program also admitted to the full time program and vice versa?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program:  Each of our programs is separate so you will apply to the specific program you want to attend.  If you are accepted into either our Evening or Weekend MBA Programs you are not accepted into the full-time program.

 

Chat Guest: Hello! Is there a separate application process to be considered for the Civic Scholars Program?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program:  If you are applying to the Civic Scholars Program you will use the Weekend MBA application.  In the application it will ask if you are applying to the Civic Scholars Program.  When you check yes it will add one essay that is specific to the Civic Scholars Program.

 

Chat Guest: Thanks for hosting this Q&A.  How many weekends per calendar year are students expected to be on campus in the weekend program?  If there's not a set requirement, is there an average for out-of-state commuters?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: The beauty of our program is the flexibility. You can pace yourself as you need to, but a typical weekend students takes 2 class per quarter (Monday 9:00-12:00 & 1:30-4:30). At this pace you would graduate in 2.5 years without any breaks. In that case, it would be 44 weekends per year. However, you could take a quarter off as needed since you have 5 years to graduate. 70% of our weekend students commute from outside of Illinois!

 

Chat Guest: For people flying in every weekend, do you have any type of set up for hotels, airb&b's or other. Also do you have any discount programs to help with the cost of flights?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We have a free shuttle to and from Midway and O’Hare airports Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. 70% of our weekend students commute from outside of IL and fly in and out on Saturdays. We also have a large list of hotels near Gleacher Center that offer student discounts. A few airlines also have small student discounts.  Many students also share hotels/apartments when they stay in Chicago to reduce costs. We do our best to make the travel aspect of the program as manageable as possible.  You can check out the discounts here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/student-experience/city-life.

 

Chat Guest: One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard from those that have gotten an mba from a top school is that the valuation techniques and other skills are forgotten if not used in their current roles. Does Chicago Booth offer opportunities to refresh these skills as you change roles?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Our discipline-based approach to business education focuses on teaching frameworks that can be applied across industry and function.  Additionally, we offer a program called Take 3, where alumni can come back and take up to three Booth classes for free, which is a great opportunity to supplement or refresh business knowledge later in their careers!  Learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/taking-courses-at-booth/post-grad-program

 

Chat Guest: About how long after the interview does it take to receive an admission decision? Are all admission decisions sent out at the same time?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We operate on a rolling admissions basis, so the earlier you apply, the earlier you will have a decision from us! Once you click “submit” on your application, you will hear back from us within 4 - 6 weeks, assuming your application is complete. You will also be prompted to schedule your interview, as we interview 100% of our applicants.

 

Chat Guest: Hi, thank you for hosting this chat. I was curious if you all could elaborate on the kinds of opportunities that are provided to part-time students to have an impact on campus and in the Booth community. Thank you!

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: There are 40+ clubs for the part-time students - some are career focused, such as Consulting, Tech etc.; some are pure fun, soccer club, chess club etc. The clubs organize tons of events in which you are welcome to participate.

 

Chat Guest: Does admission to any of evening MBA or Weekend MBA process is totally dependent on GMAT score ?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Absolutely not. We take a holistic approach to your admissions decision, which includes your test score, work experience, undergraduate GPA/studies, your essay, and your admissions interview. The middle 80% of our incoming classes have a GMAT score range of 620-740.

 

Chat Guest: Is there a resume review offered for the full time program?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions : I am not sure what the full time admissions teams offers in terms of resume review or other resources,  but you can reach them at admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

 

Chat Guest: Is it possible for Booth students to take or audit other UChicago courses while enrolled? I'm sure many students have diverse interests that may touch subjects outside of the scope of Booth

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: Yes, if your time permits, you can take courses from other departments. I know a few who take courses from Harris school of public policy.

 

Chat Guest: What are some common pitfalls, students’ needs to be aware of, while handling the evening/weekend program along with FT Job?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Common areas to be aware while entering the Evening/Weekend program include having the buy-in from your supporting cast -- family, friends, manager/colleagues, and significant other. Having this will ease the transition to school with time being sacrificed a bit. Students should also consider how to best study, and consider the time it will take to get back in the "groove" of school and coursework if you have been removed from class for some time.

 

Chat Guest: For Souvik, what about Booth’s weekend program was so appealing to you? What would you say are the two or three distinguishing attributes of the program that you have come to appreciate and value most since beginning?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student:

1. The people at Booth are incredible - NASA, MBB, top tier banking and tech companies - you name it and you might find someone from those companies in the class.

2. The professors are really passionate about their courses. If you put hours, you can learn a lot.

3. Booth provides an amazing career coaching opportunity to the students. Part-timers can participate into most of the recruiting events + alumni are super helpful.

 

Chat Guest: What are some aspects to think about when trying to reflect on whether now is the right time to pursue an MBA?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Hi Nathaniel, while I believe it truly comes down to the individual, a big thing to consider is career trajectory, whether you are looking to advance in your current industry or pivot completely to a new industry. We want you to be able to articulate how an Evening/Weekend MBA at Booth will allow you to achieve these goals. At this point, it may be worth scheduling an in-person or phone appointment with us. Please email eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu to get this set up and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Chat Guest: Could you elaborate a little bit on what kind of financial aid opportunities are available, if any, for the part-time program and whether it's more advantageous to apply by a certain date to be considered for financial aid? Thanks!

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: We do offer a limited number of scholarships for Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students, which you can find here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid

 

Chat Guest: What are Booth's strengths compared to other top MBA programs?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program:  One of our many strengths is the flexibility we offer our students.  You have the ability to take the classes you feel will help you reach your goals.  Although we do have 3 foundation areas (finance, accounting, and microeconomics) where you have to take at least one class, we do not require any specific classes.  You are also able to take courses in other schools at the University such as the Harris School of Public Policy.

 

Chat Guest: I saw the possibility to attend various law school classes and am very interested in this opportunity. I was wondering if you could talk a bit about people taking non-Booth classes in Math / Law during their MBA?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Booth students are able to take up to six classes outside of Booth but within the University of Chicago. These include both graduate and undergraduate level courses within the University. These courses would count toward the 11 electives Booth students have of their 20 required courses. Students who take advantage of this would be taking classes during the hours they are offered in the respective program -- which would likely consist of morning or daytime classes at the Hyde Park main University of Chicago campus.

 

Chat Guest: After completion of MBA , What is placement strategy in company for candidate . ?

* 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: If a candidate is interested in making a career change but can't enroll in the full time program due to personal reasons, will weekend mba option help?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  There are a number of options for Evening and Weekend students to change careers in the part-time program. These include Career Services and all -- which are the same services offered for Full-Time students aside from a formalized internship component; campus recruitment, a job database allowing students to apply for jobs while progressing through the program, and specialized career networking events and industry treks

 

Chat Guest: If work circumstances change after I have been admitted to the Weekend MBA Program, is it possible to transition to the evening or full-time programs?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: Once you complete two quarters in either the Evening or Weekend program, you can do a one-time switch into the other part-time program. It is not possible to transfer into the Full-Time program as an Evening or Weekend student.

 

Chat Guest: Is the global university network of partner schools open to PT students who would like to take a semester’s worth of courses abroad?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, our part-time students are welcome to participate in study abroad, including a short-term, 2-week session in the summer at select universities. You can learn more here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/international

 

Chat Guest: What is the size range of the Merit Scholarships offered, just to get a general sense of what a full degree would cost post-scholarships?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Our merit-based scholarships range in amount. Every applicant is considered for scholarship, there are no additional materials candidates need to submit. In recent quarters, amounts have covered the cost of 3-4 courses, but again, this is not a set amount and will vary based on the scholarship funds we have available to distribute.

 

Chat Guest: Thanks for hosting this chat and answering so many important questions. Can we get a copy of today's chat transcript?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, we will post the transcript of today's chat before next week. You can find it and other past chat transcripts here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats

 

Chat Guest: Is there a specific quarter where you see an increase in applicants or is it pretty even across all quarters?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Sure, but only because certain quarters are more popular than others. This does not, however, mean that any one quarter is more competitive than another so you should prepare an application for the quarter you are interested in applying to and put forth the strongest application possible. We are looking for the same caliber of student year round.

 

Chat Guest: What advice would you give to someone writing the "big, bold idea" essay?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: You can draw the substance from work (Say, you have given your leaders some amazing ideas that resulted into respectable revenues), charity  (you opened a book bank that caters the poor children) or any other life events. Please show the impact -how your works helped others to grow.

 

Chat Guest: What is the student to professor ratio in either the Evening or Weekend program? What is an average class size? Thank you!

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: In 2016, the Chicago Booth faculty numbered 211, with 156 full-time, tenure-track, and clinical faculty members, and 55 part-time (adjunct and visitor) faculty members. The number varies quarter to quarter depending on the number of faculty teaching and the number of students enrolled.  Our average class size is around 45, with the largest class you'd be taking topping out at around 60 students. 

 

Chat Guest: If an EW student left their job while attending Booth and wanted to internship based upon new skills and materials learned/new passion, would that be something we could engage in?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  Evening and Weekend students have the ability to pursue internships through Career Services, and leveraging their own network. This would be separate from the formalized internship process that Full-Time students may access, however Booth will not interfere with part-time students who are able to use these resources (career services, professional network) to gain access to company events and ultimately opportunities to intern.

 

Chat Guest: What is the process for letters of recommendation, I have heard you do not require letter's per say, but rather more of a question approach for the recommenders to describe certain experiences working with us an employees. Is that correct?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: You can find some more specifics on the letter of recommendations here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/letters-of-recommendation.

 

We do require a formal letter of recommendation from these individuals. We expect these letters to articulate their support for your candidacy for Booth as well as touch on specific experiences working with you.

 

Chat Guest: I've heard some admissions consultants discourage applicants from signaling on their applications that they're interested in pivoting their careers because it could signal volatility and indecision. How does Booth's part-time admissions team approach career pivots? Is it discouraged? I'm interested in staying in my career path but would also like to go to b-school with an open mind.

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: It's completely fine (and encouraged) to be honest about your short-term and long-term career goals within your Booth application.  We want to see that you’ve given thought to your career goals, and are able to explain how a Booth MBA will assist you in accomplishing those goals.  We also recognize that many students’ career goals change as they go through the program, as it is a very transformative experience, and you will be exposed to industries you were not even aware existed pre-MBA!  I encourage you to check out our career pages for more info about the kinds of pivots Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students are making: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career

 

Chat Guest: where can i find information, which professor is teaching which classes currently?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program:  You can see what courses and professors are teaching by looking at our course search https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/coursesearch/coursesearch

 

Chat Guest: For the IMBA degree, specifically institutions in the UK and Germany, do they offer similar part-time programs in order to continue working?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: They do not offer the classes in a part-time format. In addition to a foreign language requirement the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students that enroll in IMBA need to have the flexibility to take a quarter off to study abroad.

 

Chat Guest: Is the additional requirement for CBF the additional seminar for career development?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: Yes, CBF students complete a weekly, non-credit-bearing seminar their first quarter at Booth, which is focused on professional development skills.  Beyond your first quarter, there are no further requirements for CBF.  You can read more about that here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/blog/ewadmissions/2017/cbf-part-1

 

Chat Guest: I don't see the prompt for a "big, bold idea" essay in my prospective application.  Do essay prompts vary across programs?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  The essay prompt for the Evening and Weekend application as of winter 2019 has changed. This is something that changes every few years, but will not differ between an Evening or Weekend application.

 

Chat Guest: Is the only additional requirement for CBF the additional seminar for career development?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: That's correct. In your first quarter at Booth, you will be required to attend a series of professional development seminars in addition to the first class(es) you are taking.

 

Chat Guest: Are you allowed to upload more than two recommendations in the system, or is two the max?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, you can upload one additional letter of recommendation, that is fine, but make sure it adds another layer of understanding from your previous two submissions.

 

Chat Guest: Is there any way some weekend classes can be covered online in case of urgent issues like health?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program:  We do not offer any classes online.  However, you could speak with your professor on an individual basis in emergencies.  Some professors teach the same course more than once per week so if you miss a class on Tuesday evening for example, you might be able to take it the following Saturday if the professor is teaching that day.

 

Chat Guest: Can I apply for CBF even if I have more than 3 years of work experience?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: There is not a hard cutoff at 3 years for CBF.  I usually say if you would be under the 3.5 year mark by the time you’d be starting classes at Booth, go ahead and apply for CBF.  If we review your application and think you’d be a better fit for the traditional Evening or Weekend program, we’d simply have that conversation with you. 

 

Chat Guest: Will we have access to the Q&A after the session closes? The Adobe app is not allowing me to see previous questions.

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, we will post the transcript of this chat within the next week. You can find it and other past chat transcripts here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats

 

Chat Guest: Are recommenders able to mail in the letter of recommendation?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: We prefer for them to be submitted electronically when possible, as recommenders also complete a brief online questionnaire.  When necessary, we can accept paper letters of rev via the mail.

 

Chat Guest: How important is GMAT score after admission for weekend/evening MBA students? What advantage will a student 720 will get over someone with 620 during and after the graduation?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The middle 80% range of GMAT scores for admitted Evening and Weekend students is 620-740. We review applications holistically, which means that we equally review your work experience, academic experience, and overall fit with Booth. As a result, there are many opportunities in the application to offset a potentially lower GMAT score. On the flip side, even with a high GMAT score, one must still have a strong application in other areas.

 

Chat Guest: Thank you. Also, in terms of post-graduation career tracks, what differences do you observe with IMBA grads? What types of companies and roles are a closer fit for IMBA grads?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: While I am unsure of specifics for IMBA graduates and there are only a small number of Evening and Weekend students that enroll in this degree, I would encourage you to view the data from our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Employment report to see the career advancement and changes our alumni experience within one year of graduation. Often, students in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs are focusing on their current jobs and school. Several do not engage in a job search during the program. You can find that here:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact

 

Chat Guest: Hello, I am Working FT, would like to understand, how many hours per week do students spend to finish weekend MBA?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: The average amount of classes a Weekend student takes is 2 per quarter, but you can set your own pace on a quarter-by-quarter basis. The number of hours per week depends on this as well as the classes you are taking. During the course registration process, you will be able to see evaluation responses from previous students as well as the average amount of hours per week outside of the class will be needed for coursework.

 

Chat Guest: How would you describe an applicant that is a "good fit" with Booth?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: A good fit for Booth is not confined within a single spectrum. If your work experience (quality over quantity, always), academics (GPA, GMAT), extra-curricular, recommendations, and essays are in good shape, you will be in pretty good position too. Now if one aspect, say academics is on weaker side, you can compensate it with some other aspect, say a stellar experience.

Chat Guest: For the Winter Quarter, is there a way to view the essay prompts without starting an application?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Yes, for Winter Quarter 2018 applicants and beyond, you can view the essay prompts here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply/essay

 

Chat Guest: What is the out-of-class time commitment for weekend students like?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: It varies from one student to another. For the academics, I usually spend 8-10 hours/ week. Networking, club activities can take additional hours. I usually spend 2-3 hours in a week on average on club activities. But I have seen people putting incredible number of hours organizing and participating into events.

 

Chat Guest: What kind of trend is there relating to PT students getting hired within 6 months in their intended field after graduating?

* Marcus Wordlaw | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions:  You may access our specific part-time Evening and Weekend graduate career statistics which will help place context to your question: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career and also:  https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/impact.

 

Chat Guest: If you are debating applying to the full-time program, is there a way to indicate on your application that you would also be interested in weekend/evening program depending on the circumstances?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: You can only apply to one program at a time and it's important to understand the differences in the programs and apply to the one that suits your personal and professional needs. Because of this, there is no way to indicate interest in a different program. If you are denied from the Full-Time Program, there is a rea-ppliclant process for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs.

 

Chat Guest: When is the reply deadline for Spring 2019?

* Lindsay Badeaux | Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: The application deadline for spring 2019 is January 11, 2019. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions

 

Chat Guest: How important is GMAT score is after the student is admitted to weekend/evening MBA students? What advantage will a student 720 will get over someone with 620 during and after the graduation process?  I am more interested to know about student's career admitted with low gmat score (620), Will the student find it difficult to get placed in good companies with low gmat score?

* Patrick McHale | Admissions Manager: As a Booth student, your performance in the classroom will likely be more heavily weighed from an employer perspective as opposed to a GMAT score, which is typically more useful for the application process.

 

Chat Guest: I'm on H-1B visa working in the US. What would be the visa situation for me if I attend the Evening/Weekend MBA program? Please confirm I don't need to switch to F-1 visa

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions: Not at all. In fact because we are a part-time program, we are unable to sponsor an F1 visa and so all of our international students in the Evening and Weekend Programs are on a work visa (most H1B). For those on an H-1B, they need to be mindful of the pace of their program. Most students complete their degree in 2.5 to 3 years and students are not eligible for an F1 visa if their work visa were to expire while in the program.

 

Chat Guest: When does the Winter quarter start?

* Hannah Kohut | Associate Director of Marketing: Winter 2019 classes begin January 7, 2019. All class start dates are available here: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions

 

Chat Guest: How many clubs is the average evening student involved in? Do people normally focus on a few or get involved with many?

* Souvik Seal | Booth MBA Weekend Student: As a part-time student and a full-time worker, out time is very limited. Usually people actively participate into 2-3 clubs. If you can manage, you are of course free to join in any number of clubs :) - it'll depend on your schedule, there is no upper limit..

 

Chat Guest: how to find a graduates with similar background?

* Molly O’Donnell | Director of Civic Scholars Program:  If you reach out to our admissions team on the admissions hotline and let them know what characteristics of an alumni you are looking for they will be able to connect you.  eveningweekend-admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu.

 

Chat Guest: As an Evening or Weekend student, is it possible to participate in the international business exchange program?

* Stephanie Gunn | Senior Associate Director of Admissions : Technically yes it is although it does require an entire quarter abroad along with language proficiency and so it is often time a challenge for our students to participate in this degree program. If you have flexibility or are able to take the quarter to study abroad, then absolutely!