Evening MBA

Live Chat with Evening MBA Program Admissions

Curious about applying to Chicago Booth's Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs? Join us for a live chat with George Andrews, associate dean of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs at Chicago Booth and other Admissions directors. We will answer questions about the admissions process, tips for application, and other admissions-related questions.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - Noon CST

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Moderator -> EveryoneHello everyone! Thank you for joining us today. Our chat will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Feel free to begin submitting your questions now so we can start providing answers at noon.
Humberto -> EveryoneWelcome to the chat, everyone! My name is Humberto Freda and I'm the Associate Director of Admissions in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs here at Booth. We're looking forward to answering all of your questions, so bring 'em on!
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, Associate Director and I'm available to answer all of your application related.
Katie -> EveryoneHello Prospective Students and welcome to our Live Chat! Start sending us your questions about the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
Kara -> EveryoneWelcome to our online chat! I am Kara Northcutt, Senior Associate Director of Admissions. I look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and the application process.
Chad -> HumbertoHello, I'm Chad. I'm interested in the Weekend MBA program. I wonder if I don't have all the requirements submitted by the January 10, 2014, deadline, what will happen?
Humberto -> ChadThanks for the question, Chad. All required components of the application are due the day of the deadline, including letters of recommendation, GMAT/GRE and essays. Since required interviews are scheduled after you submit the application, they can certainly take place in the few weeks after the deadline. If you'd like to speak more about your specific timeline, feel free to contact me directly at humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu.
Jennifer -> BethCan you take some time to explain what the admission process is like and the application deadlines?
Beth -> JenniferThank you for joining us today. We have rolling admissions, which means once you submit your application you will have a decision within 4-6 weeks. After you submit your application (essays, resume, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and GMAT/GRE scores), you will then come to the Gleacher Center for your in person admissions interview. During the interview, you will meet with a member of our admissions committee (current student, alum or admissions staff).
Sujkar -> BethHello, I understand the applications for Winter 2014 need to be in by October 2013, i have my Gmat scheduled for October 15th , can i still apply for that admissions period
Beth -> SujkarSujkar, all application materials need to be received by our office by the day of the deadline. If you are unable to reschedule your GMAT, I will be happy to push your application forward to the Spring 2014 quarter.
Neel -> Bethhello, for an international applicant, what wil be process duration for weekend MBA?
Beth -> NeelNeel, the admissions process takes 4-6 weeks, regardless of your visa status. If admitted, if you take 2 classes each quarter, you will complete the degree in 2.5 years.
John_Marcus -> KatieCan you provide some insight as to how prospective students are evaluated (e.g. graduate work, career path, work history)?
Katie -> John_MarcusHi John: We take a holistic approach to admissions. That means each application is read in its entirety by multiple members of the Admissions Committee and final decisions are made by the deans. We look at your career history and future aspirations, all transcripts (undergrad and grad), GMAT or GRE, 2 letters of recommendation, and essays. After submitting your application, you will come in for a 1 on 1 admissions interview.
Chad -> BethIf accepted to the program, how do I apply for financial aids? Please kindly advise how the process works. Thank you.
Beth -> ChadChad, if admitted, you are eligible for financial aid. For more about the financial aid options, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. We have designated staff on the financial aid team who work with Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students.
ChrisP -> BethHi there - I went to two different institutions for my undergraduate degree, but my grades and courses from the first school are on the transcript from the school which granted my degree as transfer credits. Will I need to provide a copy of both official transcripts?
Beth -> ChrisPChris, good question. If the courses/grades appear on your degree granting institution's transcript (which it sounds like they do), then you do not need to send anything except the final transcript. We also accept electronic transcripts.
Mark -> KaraGood Afternoon! What are your acceptance rates with respect to evening/weekend vs. Full-Time?
Kara -> MarkMark, thank you for joining today's chat! I do not have the Full Time acceptance rate off the top of my head. We do not report the acceptance rate for the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA, as this changes from quarter to quarter. The FT program is inherently more competitive, as they receive applications from all over the world. For Evening MBA and Weekend MBA, we only receive applications from the US and sometimes Canada.
Jacob -> KatieAre all of the same classes available on the weekends as are available in the evening?
Katie -> JacobHi Jacob - The Weekend MBA students are able to earn all of the concentrations over the course of their studies at Booth. Here's some info on concentrations. The same classes are often offered during the Evening sections and Saturday sections in a given quarter, but not always. With 5 evenings for classes and 2 Saturday sections the math doesn't work out. I also encourage to take a look at our Course Search: http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/community/course_search/205
jmeattey -> HumbertoHi there - As a prospective evening MBA student, I am interested in how the Booth School of Business is engaged in the community? Have you partnered with any social organizations in particular?
Humberto -> jmeatteyGreat question! Community and social impact is very important at Booth. We host "Booth Gives Back" events each year, when we partner with a local organization to give back to the city and community. Our annual MBA Cup event - a partnership with Kellogg, Loyola, and DePaul - involves "field day"-type competitions, as well as a fundraising component for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We also have the Booth Social Impact Club, which is a student organization dedicated to increasing these kinds of opportunities at Booth. These are just a few examples, but if you'd like to learn more, please contact me directly at humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu and I can point you to additional resources.
Trung -> HumbertoCould you provide some details about the interview process? What are some of the questions asked? Does the interviewer see your complete application before the interview?
Humberto -> TrungThanks for the question, Trung. Interviews are required for all Evening MBA and Weekend MBA applicants, and are scheduled one you submit your application, which means they can be completed after the application deadline. The interviewer will not have seen your application prior to the interview, as we operate on a "blind" interview process. The specific questions will vary by interviewer, as we do not mandate a certain list of questions. However, they will revolve around why you want to attend Booth, why now, and what you hope to bring to the community of students.
marie04 -> KaraHi, I'm interested to learn if you track career progression post graduation specifically to quantify which majors have proven to deliver highest potential for career advancement. Thanks!
Kara -> marie04Marie, in our recent graduate student survey data, 54% changed employers, 8% started a company or became self-employed, 62% Received a promotion while at Booth. The median salary upon graduation was $116,000. We offer concentrations, not majors, and it is easy to get multiple concentrations (3-4 on average). You can pursue concentrations in areas you'd like to enhance in your career (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, etc).
Kranthi -> KatieHi, I have just started looking for information on weekend MBA programs. Is GRE or GMAT score mandatory for a weekend MBA program with Booth?
Katie -> KranthiHi Kranthi - Yes, you must submit either a GMAT or GRE to be considered for the Booth MBA programs.
OC -> BethHow much can good a good GMAT score (700+) and work experience compensate for a weak undergraduate transcript?
Beth -> OCOC, we review every aspect of your application. If you are concerned about your undergraduate performance, I would recommend addressing this in your optional essay question. Our incoming students have an average GPA of 3.3.
ai -> KatieHi. I'm considering either the Evening or the Weekend MBA program in the Spring. I am not exactly sure which program would fit my schedule due to possible changes in my work. Is it difficult to switch from one program to the other?
Katie -> aiHi ai - Great question! You need to apply to either the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA. Then, if your career or personal situation changes and you want to transfer to the other program you are able to with approval of the deans. Students do this frequently as we are as flexible as possible.
John_Marcus -> BethCan you provide information on the various types of scholarships available?
Beth -> John_MarcusJohn, unforunately the part-time program does not offer scholarships. Our financial aid options, which include loans and grants, are online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid. If you are interested in the scholarships offered for full-time students, you can see the options online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Amit -> KatieHi I live in Buffalo, NY and I work full time in sales at mining/oil-field equipment manufacturing company in Buffalo. I understand the weekend MBA program requires students to attend classes every Saturday, and it is not practical for me as I travel overseas at least once every three months. The duration of these international trips ranges from one week to two weeks. I am looking for the weekend program that gives the flexibility to attend every alternate weekend if possible
Katie -> AmitHello Amit - Weekend MBA classes meet every Saturday and students are expected to attend all sessions. If you are looking for a program that meets every other week, I recommend considering the Executive MBA at Booth. Executive classes meet every other Friday and Saturday all day each day. Students in this program typically have 10-13 years of experience.
John_Marcus -> KaraCan you explain the application and interview process? And what does the interview entail?
Kara -> John_MarcusThe application is very straightforward (3 essays, 2 letters of rec, transcripts, GMAT or GRE). The interview takes place after you submit your application. We interview all applicants who submit an application. You are interviewed by a current student, alumni or admissions director. Your interviewer will not have read your application. It conversational in nature. Applicants find it to be a very enjoyable part of the process.
Ray -> Humbertodoes it matter if I take the GMAT twice to get accepted to the part-time or executive programme? Is there a specific range of score I should target? Should I take the GMAT or GRE or both?
Humberto -> RayGood questions, Ray. Regarding the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, since we only review the exam in which you achieve the highest overall score, you can take it as many times as you like without a "penalty" (i.e., we will not average scores together). Our GMAT averages are: Evening - 680 and Weekend - 690, with a mid-80% range of admitted scores for both programs of 620-750. You only need to take one of the two exams - GMAT or GRE - and the decision is yours. Since we've evaluated GMAT scores longer, we recommend you take the GMAT, if you are indifferent on which exam to take. Regarding the Executive MBA program, I would encourage you to contact them directly to discuss their policies on the GMAT exam at xp@ChicagoBooth.edu, since they are different to the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs.
sumecs -> BethHello! I have just started looking for Weekend MBA programs. The reason I joined chat is to get some understanding about school/program. Do you expect the essay questions to change for Fall 2014?
Beth -> sumecsGood question! The essays will be changing starting in the Autumn 2014 quarter. The application for the Weekend 2014 Autumn quarter should be available online in September.
Jacob -> KaraAssuming that you are accepted to the program, how long do you have to provide your response?
Kara -> JacobJacob, we typically give you 10 days or so to respond to our offer. If you apply in advance of the application deadline, we may be able to give you a longer decision time frame.
Sujkar -> Bethi had received conflicting information that i can take the GMAT after the interview which also resulted in me moving my GMAT dates
Beth -> SujkarSujkar, I'm sorry for the confusion. Please email me at Beth.Daily@chicagobooth.edu and we can discuss the options.
Sujkar -> KatieWhat will compensate a low GMAT score?
Katie -> SujkarHi Sujkar - If you feel your GMAT is low, I recommend considering retaking the exam. Most applicants take the exam more than once. Our middle 80% range is 620-750 and the average is 680. If you have already retaken the exam, then I suggest beefing up the other pieces of your application. You should have solid work experience, undergraduate and/or graduate grades, great essays, and your research on the program should show.
Chad -> BethOnce accepted into the part-time program, is it possible to change to the full-time program?
Beth -> ChadChad, if you wanted to switch to the full-time program, you would need to withdraw from the part-time program and apply to the full-time program. Since the degree/faculty/curriculum are the same for all programs, I would encourage you to decide prior to applying which program is the best fit for you. I would highly recommend attending an information session and class visit.
jmeattey -> BethFinally, is there any leniency regarding start date? I am looking to begin study in either the Summer or Fall of 2014, but I would like to finalize my plans as soon as possible. Is it reasonable to apply (and hopefully get accepted!) for one Term but delay start until later?
Beth -> jmeatteyI would recommend applying for Summer. If admitted and you would like to defer your start date by one year, you can contact our office and we can push your start date forward. Please note you would need to submit an additional $1000 deferral deposit (which would be credited towards your account once you begin classes).
Moderator -> EveryoneWe are half way through the chat and have had great questions so far. Please continue to submit your questions! We will try to answer all of them today.
Jacob -> BethWhat types of career services are offered to Part-time students, and are you able to access these immediately upon starting the program?
Beth -> JacobJacob, the part-time students have the same access as the full-time students in terms of career services with one exception - part-time students cannot bid for internships. However, since the majority of our students are full-time working professionals, this is not a service they typically need. Access to Career Services begins at LAUNCH. For more about our career services offerings, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/career/job-tools-resources
Ray -> HumbertoGood Afternoon... Is there a big difference between the Executive MBA and the Evening MBA. If so what are a couple major differences I should note? can i apply to both?
Humberto -> RayThanks for the question, Ray. Regarding the application, you are allowed to apply to only one Booth program at a time. There are significant differences in the structure of the programs between Evening MBA and Executive MBA (or "XP"). If you are looking at both programs, I would strongly encourage you to attend an Info Session for each or, if you're not based in Chicago, to attend one of our Info Sessions across the country. Here are links to the Evening MBA program events page http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events, and the XP events page http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba/admissions/events/north-america. I'd also be happy to answer your questions more in-depth, so feel free to contact me directly at humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu.
jmeattey -> KaraI am also interested in learning more about the quality of Booth's Evening and Weekend programs in comparison to the Full Time MBA. What are the big differences between the Full Time curriculum and the Evening/Weekend curriculum? Is it the same faculty shared between the programs?
Kara -> jmeatteyThe curriculum, academics and degree earned are identical. The same faculty teach the same courses across programs. We take great pride in offering the same quality of education across programs. The main difference is the career service component. FT students are required to do an internship during their first summer. Therefore, as soon as you begin the FT program, there is a large focus on internship recruiting. Internships are not required for part time students. Engaging with career services is more of an option than a requirement for part time students. Lifestyle is also different, as part time students remain working while taking classes. There are certainly pros and cons to both options, and I'd be happy to further discuss. Feel free to email me, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
MMntzr -> KatieAs a evening MBA student, how easy it is to take a course that is not offered in evening and is only offered for full-time during regular daytime in a certain semester?
Katie -> MMntzrHello MMntzr - I'm glad you brought this up. Students in the Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time programs can take classes across the three programs. How it works is you get first dibs on the classes in your home program. Then, in a later round of registration you can get into classes in the other two programs. Students frequently take advantage of this option and thus you meet people from all three programs during your time here.
sumecs -> KaraIf you had to pick only one quality in your incomings students- what would that be? and what single quality of your outgoing student you are most proud off?
Kara -> sumecsGreat question! For incoming students I would say motivated and for graduates I say confident. Alumni consistently tell us how the Booth MBA made them far more confident in their knowledge, leadership, and critical thinking skills.
Neal -> HumbertoI'm about to take a the GMAT and have begun pulling together my application. In addition to the application, letters of recommendation, transcripts and GMAT scores- is there anything else we need for the application?
Humberto -> NealThanks for asking, Neal. You've touched on most of the major components, and I would also add the essays as a specific area of focus. Once you submit your application, you will be asked to schedule your required, admissions interview, which is typically the last piece of the process. You can find a comprehensive list of all required materials for the application here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply.
John_Marcus -> BethDoes Booth offer any online courses within the Evening and/or Weekend programs?
Beth -> John_MarcusJohn, Chicago Booth does not offer any online courses and does not have any plans to offer them in the near future. All classes are taken in person here at the Gleacher Center in Chicago.
Varun_Duggal -> BethFor Part time MBA is GMAT the only criterion ?,what are the prerequisites if someone gives GRE.I am iIELTS and TOEFL separately.Thank You.!
Beth -> Varun_DuggalThe GMAT is not the only criterion we use when evaluating your application. We review your online application, academic performance, your letters of recommendation, look at your work progression, etc. There are no prerequisites if someone submits with a GRE score.
Varun_Duggal -> BethFor Weekend MBA can the student say living say in NYC,will he/she can attend courses by net meeting on the day of class and be there onsite when mandatory to match there lifestyle.Thank You!.
Beth -> Varun_DuggalAll students are required to attend classes in person here at the Gleacher Center. 80% of our Weekend students travel into Chicago every weekend for class.
Varun_Duggal -> BethWhat is the minimum score for international students writing IELTS and Toefl exam ?
Beth -> Varun_DuggalFor more on our international applicant requirements, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/international/english-exams. The minimum score for IELTS is 7 and the minimum for the TOEFL depends on which version you are taken. All minimums are posted on the link provided above.
Amit -> Katie8 years of full time work experience is probably not sufficient to be eligible for executive MBA program?
Katie -> AmitAmit - Depending on your work experience, 8 years may be enough. I suggest you connect with our Executive MBA admissions team to discuss. I am happy to connect you, just send me an email katie.coogan@chicagobooth.edu.
ChrisP -> HumbertoI've been out of the military since 2009 (Active duty for 3 years), would a recommendation from that occupation still be relevant? I actually asked this question last year (Had to delay applying) and was told, "Yes", but have since been in my current role for one year now and could now source a strong
Humberto -> ChrisPChris, please feel free to reach out to me directly at humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth, per your second post. I would be happy to discuss this question with you in more detail.
Varun_Duggal -> KaraI have 7 years of diverse experience of technology and research,wrote my gmat and have scored 711.I don't want to do full time MBA but it is ideally what one should be aiming for.My analogy is 2 candidate one from Full time and other weekend MBA,the one doing full time will be more influential as he/she has been through rigorous grinding.Please advice.
Kara -> Varun_DuggalAt Booth, all programs yield the same degree and it is viewed the same by employers in the marketplace. It is most important for you to apply to the program that best fits your career goals. If you want to remain working, a part time program is the best option for you. If you would like to make a signification career change, the full time program may be best, as you will have an internship as part of the program.
Chad -> HumbertoIs it mandatory to submit one recommendation letter from a current supervisor at work?
Humberto -> ChadGood question, Chad. While we don't mandate a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, we strongly encourage it, as that person typically has one of the most comprehensive views of you as a professional. Both letters should be from professional contacts, but you are welcome to have a third letter written on your behalf, should that person know you outside of your professional career. If you'd like to discuss this more specifically, please reach out and let me know at humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu.
Neal -> KatieWhat are some ways to compensate for a low GPA?
Katie -> NealHi Neal - We understand that you can't go back and change your GPA. Therefore, we expect you to beef up the rest of your application. A great way to compensate for a low GPA is with a strong GMAT or GRE. You should also have solid work experience and spend time putting your essays together.
Moderator -> EveryoneOur chat will be ending in approximately 10 minutes. Please submit your final questions so we can answer all of them.
Moderator -> EveryoneOur chat will be ending in approximately 10 minutes. Please submit your final questions so we can answer all of them.
Amit -> KaraMy GMAT score is 640 but I feel my grades of BS and MS programs along with my work history are impressive. Do you suggest me to re-take the GMAT test to be accepted for weekend MBA program?
Kara -> AmitAmit, this is tricky to answer not knowing more about your profile. The average GMAT is a 680 and our mid 80% range in 620-750. Your score does fall within this range. However, if you have only taken it once, and you feel you could increase your score, it may be worth taking again. If you have taken it multiple times and feel this is your best score, feel free to apply. If you want to talk more about this, feel free to email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Kranthi1 -> KatieHi, can you name a few top companies that hired your recent graduates. Is it appropriate to ask what was the top salary offered to any graduate?
Katie -> Kranthi1Kranthi - In our most recent graduating student survey, the mean salary was $116,000. Our students work for such a wide range of companies, it would be misleading to name just a few. Some of the top industries are financial services, consulting, and technology.
Katie -> EveryoneWe would love to see you at an event in Chicago or a city near you. We hit the road in September. Check out our event schedule here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events
Jacob -> BethHow many different classes are typically offered in any given term in the weekend program?
Beth -> JacobJacob, it really depends on the quarter. The Summer quarter if often the lightest for course offerings. If you would like to search the course offerings, you can online at http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/community/course_search/205.
SunnyP -> HumbertoHi, my name is Sunny and I plan on applying for the part-time weekend MBA program for Winter 2014. If I do get admitted and I need to alter my plans, is it possible to start in Spring or Fall of 2014 without reapplying?
Humberto -> SunnyPThanks for the question, Sunny. The Evening MBA program brings in a new group of students each quarter of the year - Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall - and the Weekend MBA program admits twice per year - Spring and Fall. The goal is that each applicant chooses the program and quarter in which they intend to begin. That said, we are accommodating of our incoming students who experience personal or professional situations that impact their ability to begin the program, and we have worked with incoming students on a case-by-case basis to allow them to defer their start in the program by one quarter (for Evening) or two quarters (for Weekend).
Humberto -> EveryoneThanks for participating in our chat! We hope all of your questions were answered. We encourage you to continue to learn more about the programs, so please join us at one of our upcoming events http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events.
Neal -> KaraI believe I have strong work experience and a good GMAT score. What other criteria are typically evaluated during the application process?
Kara -> NealNeal, we look at a variety of factors such as your academic history, reasons for pursuing your MBA at this point in your career, community involvement, extracurricular activities, communication skills, etc. We take a holistic approach when evaluating your application.
Moderator -> EveryoneOur session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted by end of day Thursday, August 8, on the following links: Evening MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/online-chats Weekend MBA program http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/online-chats
John_Marcus -> BethDoes Booth offer an healthcare related courses?
Beth -> John_MarcusWhile Chicago Booth does not have a concentration in healthcare, we do offer a certificate in health administration and policy. For more information about it, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/joint-degrees/certificate
Chad -> KaraDo students have to take at least a class every quarter?
Kara -> ChadNo, have five years to complete the MBA. Therefore, you can take quarters off if you want to throughout the program. It is very flexible and you can set the pace for you MBA.
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! Chicago Booth will be holding it's Booth Women Connect Conference on Friday, October 4. For all our interested female applicants, please review our website and register today: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/bwcc/
Katie -> EveryoneIt was great chatting with you today! We look forward to receiving an application from you in the future. Here are the upcoming deadlines: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions
Kara -> EveryoneThank you for joining today's chat! For those of living outside of IL, we will soon be hitting the road to host in person Information Sessions across the US. We hope to see you soon! http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend/admissions/events/receptions