Weekend MBA

Live Chat with Admissions directors for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs

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, November 5, 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.
George -> EveryoneCan't wait to get it on! Not saying we live for this chat, but it is in the top five things that get me up in the morning!
Katie -> EveryoneWelcome to our chat! I'm Katie Coogan, Assistant Director of Admissions, and I can't wait to answer to your questions.
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, Associate Director and I'm available to answer your questions.
Krista -> EveryoneThanks for joining today! I'm Krista McNamara, Admissions Manager for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. I look forward to answering your questions, specifically regarding the application process.
Kara -> EveryoneWelcome to our chat! I am Kara Northcutt, and I look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and the application process.
Humberto -> EveryoneHello from Toronto, Canada, where Booth is hosting an informational dinner this evening! As the Associate Director of Admissions for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs, I'm happy to answer any and all questions you may have. Fire away!
Sai -> KatieHi - What is the average GMAT score for an Evening MBA admit.
Katie -> SaiHi Sai - the average GMAT score for the Evening MBA is 680 with a middle 80% range of 620-750. The entire admitted range is upper 500s to 800. If you are concerned about your GMAT score, remember we use holistic admissions and you can build up other parts of your application. Also, many of our applicants take the GMAT more than once.
Sai -> KaraI am a civil engineer, with 5+yrs experience, a Masters Degree, Professional Engineer license and LEED AP License - will these added credentials make any difference in the application process - or is it just the recommendation letter, essays and GMAT Score that makes the difference?
Kara -> SaiSai, I hope all is well! Yes, your licenses certainly add value to your application. Be sure to list these in your application along with the other requirements.
Celeo344 -> BethGood afternoon. What are the admission prerequisites for those international students who are already in US and pursuing another degree and will graduate this Fall?
Beth -> Celeo344Celeo, thanks for joining us today. International applicants have the same requirements with the one exception of the TOEFL. International applicants have to submit a TOEFL score unless they meet one of the following exceptions: a) US permanent resident, b) have earned a degree from a school where the language of instruction is English or c) have 2+ years of full-time work experience in the US. For more information, you can visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/apply.
Celeo344 -> HumbertoCan a GRE score substitute for GMAT?
Humberto -> Celeo344Yes, both the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs will accept either the GMAT or the GRE as part of a completed application.
Fiona -> GeorgeHi, What are the average sizes of your weekend MBA?
George -> FionaMost are mediums, but there are few larges :) Also, we bring in about 80 of them in the fall, and we are bringing in our first ever spring weekend cohort, we don't know how big it will be, but think around 40.
LarryK -> BethHi- I'm interested in the Weekend MBA and reside outside the Chicago area. I was wondering how often classes meet (in-person?) Do students attend classes every weekend or a few times in the semester?
Beth -> LarryKLarry - good question. Weekend classes meet each Saturday during the quarter (9:00am-noon and/or 1:30-4:30pm) and most Weekend students take two classes each quarter.
muyiodus -> KaraHello, has any MBA candidate (to the Weekend program or any) come from far away Calgary in Alberta, CA?
Kara -> muyiodusWe have students from all over the US and Toronto. We do not currently have any students from Calgary. You are more than welcome to apply and be our first! We have students from Seattle, which would be a similar commute.
Celeo344 -> BethHi Beth, I fall in 'b' category. I will be graduating with MS in Chemical Engineering this Fall.
Beth -> Celeo344Celeo - then you do not need to submit TOEFL scores.
denyse -> GeorgeHi all! Just wondering if you could please explain the "Random Walk" initiative available to MBA students? Are Part-time students able to participate? Thanks!
George -> denyseRandom walks are student lead. They are chosen by students and they go all over the world doing them. Part-time students are welcome to attend. Also, there are some that are put on specifically for part-time students. Recently, our part-time students went to Costa Rica, Breckinridge and Japan.
Spenser_Frank -> KatieHello everyone. My questions are on timing. Once my application is submitted for the Weekend Program how soon should I expect a response to setup an interview time? Also, how quickly after the interview will the final decision be made?
Katie -> Spenser_FrankHi Spenser_Frank: We get back to you with an admissions decision in 4-6 weeks after your application is complete. You will get access to the online interview scheduling system the day after your application is submitted and your application fee is paid. We have interview slots on Friday evenings and Saturdays for Weekend MBA applicants if that better fits your schedule.
Celeo344 -> KristaDo you offer an online program as well. Also, does the university have assistantships for international students or perhaps financial aid if my permanent resident parents cosign for me.
Krista -> Celeo344Hi Celeo, thanks for your question! All of our classes take place in Chicago, we do not offer online courses. The full-time program offers scholarships and fellowships, the part-time program does not. All Booth students can apply to become a Teaching Assistant for faculty and that can help pay for tuition. For information about financial aid for part-time students please visit this website: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Carl -> HumbertoI am currently working in a job outside of the state of Illinois, with potential plans to move to the Chicago area. How much stress is put on 1.) living in the Chicago area and 2.) being employed during the Evening MBA tenure when applying?
Humberto -> CarlGreat questions, Carl. In short, neither living outside of Chicago nor being temporarily unemployed will keep you from being admitted to the Evening MBA program. Since the Evening MBA program is designed for professionals in the Chicago area, we are looking for your residence information in the application. Since you likely will not be in Chicago when you apply, you're welcome to address your plans to relocate to Chicago as part of the optional essay, and that will certainly be taken into consideration. As far as being employed while applying, since the program is designed for full-time working professionals, we are also looking for your current employment information in your application. But, again in this case, you're more than welcome to address any professional transitions you are making at the time of the application in the optional essay section, and that will also be taken into consideration.
StevenSchoiber -> GeorgeHello everyone. Does Booth offer a tuition deferment program for students with tuition reimbursement from their employer?
George -> StevenSchoiberNot really. We offer loans that can be repaid when you get your company funding. Usually, the way it works is you take out a loan for the first quarter and then you use the funding from the company to pay for your second quarter, and the second for the third etc. Then and the end of your time here, you use the last company disbursement to pay back the original loan from the first quarter before it goes into repayment. I hope that helps?
byankton -> KaraHello and thank you for hosting this chat. I am currently working in Corporate Development and wish to stay in this industry post-MBA. I'm curious what resources does Booth provide? Corp Dev recruiting process is very unstructured compared to banking/consulting from my experience.
Kara -> byanktonBooth offers a wide variety of career services. Since you are in a more specialized field, you would work with services in a tailored manner. By this I mean, you will work with a coach to help you get connected with alumni and recruiters in your field of interest. They can also assist with your resume and interview skills to ensure you look attractive to these firms.
Sai -> KatieThanks Katie, Kara. Is there a chance of transferring a part-time program admit into full-time program, after first semester? Is that possible?
Katie -> SaiSai: No. Students are not allowed to transfer between the part-time and full-time programs. You can, however, transfer between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. This comes in handy when a job or your personal life moves to another city or brings you to Chicago.
Celeo344 -> BethI did take ibt-TOEFL in 2009 and obtained a score of 103
Beth -> Celeo344Celeo - as you won't need to submit your scores given your degree, it won't be an issue in your application.
indiana1234 -> KristaHi, I am interested to apply the MBA program by jan. 2014 deadline, however my gmat official report might not be able to meet the deadline. Can the official report come after the deadline, and its still consider as meet the deadline?
Krista -> indiana1234Hi Indiana, thanks for your question! We only need your unofficial scores in your application to submit. Once you're admitted to Booth we request your official GMAT scores.
Jesse -> BethGood afternoon. I have a question in regards to the transcript requirement for the application. Under Application Checklist on your website it states “Transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended from which you have earned a degree, either official documents or a self-reported transcript” are required as part of the application. However, when I click on the Transcripts hyperlink the next webpage states “You must submit a transcript from every university, college, or graduate institution that you have attended, even if you did not receive a degree from that institution.” Can you please confirm what type of transcript is required to be submitted with the initial application?
Beth -> JesseJesse, good catch. I will update our website so both pages are consistent but to answer your question - you will need to submit transcripts from all schools which you attended (degree earned or not) unless the course titles and grades received appear on the degree-granting institution's transcript. If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask or you can always email me at Beth.Daily@chicagobooth.edu.
Celeo344 -> HumbertoGreat Humberto. What is the average score for GRE
Humberto -> Celeo344Thanks for the follow-up, Celeo. Since we are relatively new to accepting the GRE, and since the GRE has recently - as of 2011 - been scored on two different scales, we're not currently able to provide an average or range of scores. However, the folks at ETS - who administer the GRE - have developed a "comparison tool" for the GRE and GMAT exam scores, which you can find here http://www.ets.org/s/gre/flash/bschool/comparison/17302/170/index.html. Taking the GMAT averages and ranges that Katie mentioned earlier in the chat, this tool should give you a good idea of where you "fit" on the GMAT scale.
Dr._C -> KaraHi, I have Ph. D. in Chemistry and 5+ yrs of work experience with Fortune 500 companies. I have several highly distinguished publications and academic and professional awards for my accomplishments in science. I also have several leadership appointments with good results. Would all these compliment my 550-600 range GMAT score?
Kara -> Dr._CDr. C, thank you for providing details on your background. Yes, all of these experiences and accolades will look good in your application. However, the GMAT is still an important aspect of your application. Our average is 680 and our mid 80% range is 620-750. If you are below 600, I do suggest retaking the exam. We also take the GRE. Booth always considers your highest test score when evaluating applications.
Nick14 -> BethBooth is my #1 choice but I notice classes don't start until March with application deadline in January. I am applying to other schools, some start in January. If I apply in the next couple weeks, how long does it usually take to hear back?
Beth -> Nick14Nick, you will have a decision from our office within 4-6 weeks of submitting your complete application and conducting your admissions interview. That being said, we do our best to get you a decision as quickly as possible.
Carl -> BethI am interested in attending the Evening program starting in the Autumn 2014 quarter. It appears as though that option is not included in the application yet. When will that be available and must I wait until it is an option to start my application?
Beth -> CarlCarl, the Autumn 2014 application is available now. You can access it online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/. When you start your application, select Evening MBA 2014 for your application and then you will be able to select the Fall quarter. If you do not see it, please email me at Beth.Daily@chicagobooth.edu.
Jennifer -> GeorgeDo candidates for the part-time programs qualify for any merit based scholarships? If so, how do these compare to the funding opportunities for full-time students?
George -> JenniferWe have loans available for all students, but we only have scholarships for full-time.
muyiodus -> BethI am in the process of applying for the Weekend program and have sent in my undergrad transcript, if i am unable to complete the admission process for 2014...what happens to my undergrad transcript?
Beth -> muyiodusGood question, our office will hold on to your transcripts for two years. If you upload them into the system, they will stay matched to your application.
Fiona -> KaraHow many students do you have from Toronto then? I am wondering how common it is?
Kara -> FionaFiona, we currently have 3 Weekend MBA students from Canada. I would be happy to connect you. Please send me an email to request a connection, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
indiana1234 -> KristaAlso, will I be able to know if I earn the scholarship or any grant before I arrive the school?
Krista -> indiana1234Hi Indiana, for a TA position you apply each quarter so it's not guaranteed that you will be a TA for your entire time at Booth. For the full-time program, when you're admitted to the program you will find out at that time if you have earned scholarship funding.
Sai -> HumbertoIs there any difference in-state tuition vs out of state tuition fee?
Humberto -> SaiGood question, Sai. Since the University of Chicago is a private institution - and not a state school - there is no difference in tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state residents. All Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students are currently charged $5,798 per course (plus a $25 book fee for electronic books/course packs provided by the school), times 20 courses to complete the degree. There are also a few one-time fees that you pay when starting the program. You can find all relevant tuition and financial aid information on the following website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid.
Dr._C -> KaraHi Kara, thanks for the reply. Do you think it is okay, if I take GRE this time?
Kara -> Dr._COf course! You are more than welcome to take the GRE.
StevenSchoiber -> KatieCan you provide some additional insight on the Chicago Business Fellows program such as how many applicants typically apply and are accepted into the program?
Katie -> StevenSchoiberHi StevenSchoiber: The Chicago Business Fellows is an early entry program for applicants with less than 3 years of full-time work experience who are ready to do earn their MBA. CBF is a subset of our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA so you have access to all the same resources like student groups, career services, and courses. As a CBF student there are three differences - you attend a CBF Seminar on Friday evenings in your first quarter, you have a peer mentor, and you must remain employed while in the program. CBF is great because you have a close knit community of 25-35 students within the larger Booth community. The early decision deadline is January 10th for Autumn 2014. You can read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/chicago-business-fellows
Sid -> KatieHello everyone. Question on the admission interview process. How long is the interview and who will be conducting the interview?
Katie -> SidHi Sid - The interview is 45 minutes to an hour, one on one with a member of the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee is made up of current students, alumni, and admissions directors from the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA.
StevenSchoiber -> KristaI was hoping to have my application complete for the Chicago Business Fellows program by the deadline for early decision. However, my GMAT is scheduled for the end of December and I don’t believe my score will be posted by the deadline. When can I apply for final decision? I have the admissions interview scheduled for December 7th, should I reschedule this?
Krista -> StevenSchoiberHi Steven, the only piece of your application due by December 7th is your nomination form. The rest of the components are due on January 10, 2014. We ask for your unofficial GMAT scores when you submit, and your official scores once you've been admitted.
Jennifer -> HumbertoAre there any fundamental differences between the curriculum/ teaching structure of the full time and the part-time programs?
Humberto -> JenniferGreat question, Jennifer. The short answer is no, the same faculty teach the same classes to Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full-Time MBA students here at Booth. The curricular requirements for graduation for all three programs are also identical. In fact, if a professor is teaching multiple sections of the same course in a given quarter, all students across all sections/programs are graded on the same curve! That's the extent to which the academics are literally identical across those three programs.
Celeo344 -> BethI am interested in applying for the Evening or Weekend MBA program. However, I would need to have my I-20 updated. Does the School provide I-20 as well
Beth -> Celeo344Celeo - Evening MBA students are ineligible for an I-20. Weekend students traveling in from Canada or Mexico could obtain an I-20 from our program, so it would depend on where you are coming from.
Carl -> KaraDo you suggest that prospective applicants set up a time to talk with an individual from admissions to determine whether it makes sense to apply given their personal "profile"?
Kara -> CarlCarl, while it is not required, you are more than welcome to meet with an admissions director. Feel free to shoot me an email to set something up, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu. I also suggest you attend an Information Session and visit a class. Info Session-http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago

Class visit- http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit?source=modules_engage_eve
Celeo344 -> Bethso for a full time program, does the school provide I-20 for a student from other countries
Beth -> Celeo344Celeo - the Full-Time program can provide I-20 (student visa). If you are thinking of applying to the Full-Time program, I would highly recommend applying by their Round 2 deadline.
Celeo344 -> KatieFor scholarships, what is the GPA range required for all programs?
Katie -> Celeo344Hi Celeo344: The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA unfortunately do not offer scholarships. The Full-Time MBA does have scholarships because their students leave their jobs. You can reach out to the Full-Time MBA admissions team for more information at admisssions@chicagobooth.edu.
Sid -> GeorgeWhere can I find complete list of Leadership courses offered by Booth?
George -> SidI understand what you are asking, but we don't look at it that way. When you arrive you will learn how we look at leadership. It takes two things, first no one will follow you if you are not good at what you are leading. In other words, I am sure you are not thinking of Marketing being a leadership class, but if you are going to "lead" a marketing group, you will want to make sure you have the knowledge. If you are the nicest guy in the world, but you are not good at what you do, people will allow you to baby sit their children but would not want you leading their company. Next, you need the "softer" skills, negotiations, managing in the workplace, public speaking, working with groups, these classes are also taught at Booth, but we also have you working on developing action and insight skills. Action skills are practicing what you learn in class, and insight skills are learning how to by both the scientist and the experiment. How can you take your daily life and learn from it be consciously looking for the patterns and trends. So the long answer to your short question is that we do not have a list, because we think every class can be used, depending on what your areas for growth are. What we will do at LAUNCH is help you develop a leadership plan where you will get feedback from co-workers, your manager and your cohort, that will show areas that you can focus, we will then at that time tell you about classes, speakers and training sessions that you should consider attending.
Sai -> HumbertoThanks Humberto :) In regards to the GPA in Graduate School (Masters) and Under-graduate (Bachelors) - which one of them gets the most attention in the application process ? - or both weighed equally?
Humberto -> SaiGood question, Sai. There's no official "weighting" for undergraduate or graduate GPAs/transcripts in the application. We look at all of your academic performance together and consider your strengths and areas for development in that entire area. Perhaps the graduate coursework might get slightly more attention, since it's more "recent," but nothing that's significant enough for me to say that one is more important than the other.
Celeo344 -> Bethgreat Beth. What is the Round 2 deadline though?
Beth -> Celeo344Their Round 2 deadline is January 8. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/full-time/admissions.
Moderator -> EveryoneWe are half way through the chat so far and have had great questions! Please continue to submit your questions. We will try to answer all of them today.
Nishant -> KaraDo you require that the applicant currently reside in the Chicagoland area? I am planning on moving to the area prior to the start of the Fall 2014 semester.
Kara -> NishantNishant, thanks for joining our chat! No, it is not required to live in the Chicagoland area. In the application, be sure to explain your plans to relocate to Chicago. We include a question about this in the application, so this is a great place to explain your relocation plans.
Jennifer -> BethI plan to take the GMAT prior to December but hope to take it for a second time in early January. Are we able to send additional scores to Booth or do you evaluate the applicants based on the unofficial score as of the January deadline?
Beth -> JenniferJennifer, ideally you would submit with the score you would like us to consider. That being said, if you submit beforehand, you can email any of our staff to let us know you are taking it again and we can hold on making a final decision until we get your updated scores.
Sid -> KaraSince Weekend MBA program has only one deadline, How sooner would you recommend to submit the application?
Kara -> SidSid, you can apply to the Weekend MBA for Spring or Autumn quarter. Most applications are submitted the week of the deadline. Therefore, there is no real advantage to apply early. Feel free to submit when you feel your application is at its best.
Nishant -> GeorgeDoes the Career Services center at Chicago prioritize Full Time students over Part Time when it comes to recruiting resources?
George -> NishantNo, in fact we are one of the few schools that duplicate resources to avoid any tradeoffs of resource allocation. We have a set of career services individuals who are here when you are, at night and on the weekend. We have coaches, mentors, and a librarian. All just for you.
Dr._C -> KatieIf somebody gets denied for admission, will it be reconsidered for the subsequent semester automatically? Otherwise how does it work?
Katie -> Dr._CDr_C: Good question. When an applicant is denied, they can reapply six months later for a subsequent quarter. The applicant is not automatically considered for later quarters. Rather they complete the application again with a reapplicant essay and only one additional letter of recommendation. They will also interview again.
Celeo344 -> KristaWill the school accept GRE scores from the year 2009?
Krista -> Celeo344Hi Celeo, Your GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years. As long as you submit your application to Booth within 5 years of taking the GRE we will accept those scores.
Julia -> BethHello! Could you describe how important each section of the GMAT is when evaluating scores? I have heard some schools do not put much emphasis on Integrated Reasoning or the essays. Thanks!
Beth -> JuliaJulia, at this point in time, we are still evaluating the predictive value of the Integrated Reasoning.
Sid -> KatieHow is the application decision communicated to the applicant?. If I am not available on my phone because of international travel, would I receive an email on the decision?
Katie -> SidApplication decisions are communicated via email. The email instructs you to log into the application system and view your decision there.
Carl -> BethOn average, how many people apply to the Evening program, how many are accepted and ultimately how many are admitted?
Beth -> CarlCarl, we do not release our acceptance rate, but I can tell you we typically bring in around 80 Evening students in the Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters and 150 in the Autumn quarter. We also bring in about 100 Weekend students each year.
Carl -> GeorgeWhat does an ideal candidate for the Evening program possess? What is admissions looking for?
George -> CarlWe want people who desire to make a disproportional impact in everything they do. We make this program difficult because we want it to forever change you. If you are someone who just wants the piece of paper, this is not the right place for you. We want people who do not just want to live life, but want to create the life they live, and are willing to work hard to do so.
Spenser_Frank -> KaraBusinessweek just featured an online article about a weekend MBA student who is spearheading Booth Search. As a Weekend Prospective from the Twin Cities, what opportunities have students or alumni found that they were able to be involved with when living outside Chicago and how do they find the balance to avoid FOMO?
Kara -> Spenser_FrankThe Twin Cities has an active alumni club and community, and you are more than welcome to get involved as a student. In addition, we host the vast majority of student group events on Saturday while our Weekend students are at Gleacher. You are more than welcome to be a student group leader as a Weekend MBA student. I believe you may be referring to Alex Hodgkin, and I would be more than happy to connect you. Please shoot me an email to remind me, kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Celeo344 -> GeorgeThat's me George. I love learning new things and applying myself to get things done, to explore new horizons and work at it.
George -> Celeo344Celeo, that is great! I hope you will apply here then. This place is amazing and you get to pick the classes you want to make sure you maximize your education. You are truly the CEO of your own education here at Booth.
Celeo344 -> BethFor transcripts, can we just provide the transcripts for the latest degree. The reason I mention this is because I had my undergrad degree outside of US and that university does not currently have a online resource for sending in the official transcripts
Beth -> Celeo344You will need to upload copies of your transcripts/mark sheets/degree certificate (for all degrees) into your application. If admitted to the program, you can bring in your official transcripts and our office can photocopy and notarize them for your records.
Jennifer -> HumbertoI am a Vice President at small firm and am well below the average age of the executive MBA program. Can you explain the differences between the weekend/evening and executive programs? I am unsure of what curriculum would be the best fit but am also concerned about the cultural fit.
Humberto -> JenniferThat's a great question, Jennifer. I apologize in advance, since it's going to be a somewhat long-winded answer. Essentially, the main difference between the Evening MBA/Weekend MBA (E/W) programs and the Executive MBA (XP) program is flexibility (for E/W) vs. structure (for XP). With the E/W programs, you take the classes you want, when you want them, and with whom you want to take them. With the XP program, you have a prescribed set of courses with a small amount of flexibility in the form of a week of elective classes. With E/W, each class meets once per week for three hours over an 11 week quarter (10 in summer), and the program takes, on average, 2.5-3 years to complete. With XP, you're in class every-other Friday and Saturday from 9am-4:30pm for 21 months, including one week in London and one week in Hong Kong. To assess where you might feel like you "fit" best, I would recommend visiting classes in each program, by going to the following websites http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit and http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba/admissions/visit/chicago. Lastly, if you'd like to set up a one-on-one appointment or phone call to discuss the programs and your profile in more depth, please contact me via email and we will arrange something at a mutually convenient time humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu.
byankton -> KaraWhat is the grade disclosure policy for the part-time program?
Kara -> byanktonPart Time students generally go along with the Full Time MBA non disclosure policy. This is not a school policy, rather something the FT students vote on each year.
Sid -> BethIs Integrated Reasoning score in the GMAT taken into account for admission?. If so, for applicants who have taken GMAT more than once, Is the highest IR score considered or the IR score attached to highest GMAT score considered?
Beth -> SidSid, we consider all components of your GMAT score. When reviewing your scores, we consider your IR score attached to your highest GMAT score. That being said, if you have released all of your GMAT test scores to us, we will see all of the breakdowns.
Celeo344 -> GeorgeDoes the program have an age limit or is it applicable to all learnable ages - though I do believe a person can learn anything as long as one has the drive for it
George -> Celeo344We think you should never stop learning, so we have no limit. In the part-time program we have students who are 61 and students who 23, and all ages in between.
Ro -> HumbertoWhat is difference between Executive MBA, and Evening MBA candidate profile? For out of state candidates, Is Weekend Program only option?
Humberto -> RoRo, there are very comprehensive class profiles for the Executive MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA programs on their respective homepages, in the center of the page, under "Quick Snapshot". Here are the web pages to visit http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/exec-mba, http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening, and http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/weekend. If you live outside of Illinois, we strongly encourage the Weekend MBA program - compared to the Evening MBA program - since you are likely planning to take most of your classes on Saturdays. The Executive MBA program also has a fair percentage of their class travelling to Chicago from outside of the state.
Julia -> BethBeth, thank you. You mentioned in your answer to Carl that you accept more students in the Autumn. Are you able to accomodate larger entering classes in the fall?
Beth -> JuliaJulia - yes, since this is our largest class, we offer more classes in the Autumn quarter.
Sandy -> BethHello, I am interested in attending the weekend MBA program Spring 2014. I am from Saint Louis and currently work as Director, Department of Treasury at MasterCard Worldwide. I wanted to understand if GMAT is a requirement to apply for the Weekend MBA program.
Beth -> SandySandy, the GMAT/GRE are required to apply to the Weekend MBA program. We cannot give a final decision on your application until we receive your scores.
Celeo344 -> HumbertoCan we schedule a tour to the school so that I can get a more personal feel to my application
Humberto -> Celeo344Sure thing, Celeo. While we don't have regularly scheduled building tours, I would be happy to show you around the building and meet with you to discuss any questions you might have. Just send me an email and we can set something up humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu. I would also encourage you to consider attending a class while you're at Gleacher, which take place every night of the week, and Saturdays, too. You can find the list of classes to visit here http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit.
Derek_C -> KaraGood afternoon and thank you for hosting this chat! I have question about letters of recommendation that is somewhat awkward, but nonetheless needs to be addressed in my case. My direct supervisor is very supportive of my goal to obtain my MBA from Chicago Booth and would be happy to write a letter of recommendation for me, but unfortunately she is not the best writer. I am concerned that a poorly written letter would weaken my application. That being said, is it acceptable to include a third professional letter of recommendation, or perhaps have an indirect supervisor write one in lieu of my direct supervisor?
Kara -> Derek_CDerek, in your case, I suggest you submit 3 letters of rec. You can use your direct supervisor, then select two additional recommenders. This is perfectly acceptable and this makes perfect sense in your case.
Moderator -> EveryoneOur chat will be ending soon, so please submit those final questions now.
byankton -> KaraThanks Kara.
Kara -> byanktonHappy to help!
Sai -> GeorgeHow does the on-campus placements/recruitment differ from Full time program? Is part-time program eligible for campus recruitment events?
George -> SaiThere is no difference when recruiting for full-time employment. If you go through on campus recruiting, you are going through the same process as full-time students. The only thing you need to be aware of, if you, as a part-time student, are getting tuition reimbursement from your company, you would need to get their approval to interview on campus. You can still go through the process, but you could not take the interviews.
Ro -> BethFrom a profile perspective, I have a masters, and 5 years of work experience. Is there any pre-requisite fro XP? Like a title?
Beth -> RoRo, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students typically have 5-6 years of work experience. That being said, we do not have a prerequisite for work experience (title, industry, years etc)
Carl -> HumbertoI notice that their is flexibility with regard to scheduling. What is the maximum amount of classes an individual can take that is admitted into the Evening program? Is it possible to finish the MBA program in two years (similar time frame as a full time student)?
Humberto -> CarlCarl, we are proud to say that Booth provides the greatest amount of curricular and scheduling flexibility of any MBA program in the world. Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students take, on average, 2 classes per quarter. If you were to maintain that schedule without any breaks - including taking classes in the summer quarter - you would finish the program in 2.5 years (10 quarters). You are able to "speed-up" the program by taking more than two classes. Some students who are employed full-time have been able to take a third class, but anything beyond that, we encourage our students to meet with an academic advisor, to ensure they can handle the coursework. Technically, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students can enroll in a maximum of 4 courses per quarter.
Celeo344 -> HumbertoGreat Humberto! Does the school accept Linkedin recommendations as well?
Humberto -> Celeo344Celeo, we would prefer any recommendations - not already included in your application - to be emailed to us directly at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
sridhar -> Karamy company does big IT projects to different clients. Is it ok to get a second recommendation letter from my client manager and She is going to retire soon.
Kara -> sridharOf course! She seems like a good choice. In the application, was ask you to explain why you choose your recs. This allows you to explain your relationship and choice.
StevenSchoiber -> KatieDoes Booth admit a certain amount of applicants for the CBF program and are their distinct qualities that you look for in those individuals?
Katie -> StevenSchoiberStevenSchoiber: There are generally 25-35 students in the CBF class each year. However, we do not have a quota or a maximum as the deans want as many qualified candidates as possible in CBF. We are looking for applicants who are mature, can handle the rigor of the classroom, and display leadership potential.
Celeo344 -> KatieI am an active Linkedin member. Does the school accept Linkedin recommendations as well?
Katie -> Celeo344We only evaluate the two letters of recommendation that are part of the application.
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today. I hope we were able to answer your questions. We look forward to receiving your Evening MBA application for the Spring 2014 quarter. As a reminder, the deadline is January 10, 2014. You can start or continue working on your application at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/apply/shome.aspx/.
George -> EveryoneThank you so much for your engaging questions. On of the best ways to learn about Booth is to visit a class. If you would like to sit in on one, contact us at eveningweekend-classvist@chicgobooth.edu
Krista -> EveryoneThanks for joining today! Please join us at one of our upcoming Information Sessions: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/information-sessions-chicago. We hope to see you at Gleacher Center soon!
Moderator -> EveryoneOur session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted by Thursday, Nov. 7, 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
Katie -> EveryoneWhat a chat - thanks for joining us! For those of you interested in the Weekend MBA the Spring Weekend deadline is January 10, 2014. Classes will begin March 31, 2014.
Kara -> EveryoneThank you for joining today's chat! I enjoyed answering your questions. For the ladies on the chat, I invite you to attend Booth Women Connect networking event on 11/16 from 4:40-6:00pm. See this link to RSVP http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/diversity
Humberto -> EveryoneThanks for chatting with us today! If you're in Toronto, join us at Globe Bistro (124 Danforth Ave) tonight at 6:30pm for a dinner with students and alumni. For anyone in the "Twin Cities," we'll be hosting an Info Session and networking reception at the Hilton Minneapolis (1001 Marquette Ave) tomorrow at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!