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, December 10, 2013 - Noon CST

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George -> EveryoneBrussels sprouts, sausage and spaetzle...$10, Lunch and a live chat...priceless!
Feel free to submit questions, but we will get started at noon.
Santu -> EveryoneWhen is starting date of autumn evening and weekend MBA program?
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.
Santu -> Panelist(s)If someone studied in India but has been working in US for last 6 years, do that person still need to take english language test like TOEFL?
Beth -> EveryoneThank you for joining us today! I'm Beth Daily, Associate Director and I'm available to answer your questions.
Katie -> EveryoneWelcome to our snowy live chat! I'm Katie Coogan, Assistant Director of Admissions. Send the questions our way - we are ready!
Kara -> EveryoneGreeting from Chicago Booth! We look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Evening MBA, Weekend MBA and the application process.
Krista -> EveryoneHi everyone! I'm the Admissions Manager here at Booth and I'm looking forward to answering all your questions today, especially those about the application process.
Humberto -> EveryoneHello, everyone! My name is Humberto Freda and I'm the Associate Director of Admission here in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. I'm looking forward to helping answer all of your questions...so bring 'em on!
Megan -> EveryoneHi everyone! Thanks for joining our live chat today. We're looking forward to answering all of your Chicago Booth Evening & Weekend MBA admissions questions!
George -> EveryoneSantu, September 25th is the start of the autumn quarter for both weekend and evening
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions
Santu -> Bethwhat is average gmat cutoff score for evening and weekend MBA program?
Beth -> SantuWe do not have a cutoff for the GMAT, that being said 80% of our admitted students have GMAT scores between 620-750.
Tyler -> GeorgeI am at the beginning of my application process. I have heard Engineers (5 yrs exp) with extensive backgrounds with fortune 500 companies have a leg up getting into MBA programs. If my Gmat score is below 700 should I retake or will I have a good shot? I have heard GMAT prep classes are a huge help and will have to delay my start date if I can't get my score high enough using Prep books alone.
George -> TylerThe average score increase when someone takes the GMAT the second time, according to GMAC, is 40 points. So, if you look at your GMAT score and 40 points puts you in a better traunch, then I would recommend you take it again.
Kim -> MeganHow many weekend MBAs apply and what percentage is actually admitted?
Megan -> KimHi Kim: We do not release our acceptance rate, however I can share that we matriculate approx 110 students every autumn quarter.
Santu -> HumbertoIf someone studied in India but has been working in US for last 6 years, do that person still need to take english language test like TOEFL?
Humberto -> SantuSantu, thanks for the question. No, you do not need to take the TOEFL exam, since you've been working in the US for the past six years. Also, if the language of instruction of your undergraduate or graduate degrees was English, that would qualify you to bypass TOEFL. The last exemption for TOEFL is if you are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is the official language.
irina_m -> KatieIs it possible to have interview in Moscow (Russia)? Or by phone?
Katie -> irina_mHi Irina - We conduct our admissions interviews on campus in Chicago. Applicants interview with a member of the Admissions Committee which consists of current students, alumni, and staff from the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA. If you are interested in a part time MBA and are currently living in Moscow, we can talk to you about your options. Send us an email at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
RMack -> KaraWhat is the total cost for completion of the weekend MBA (Tuition, student fees, books)?
Kara -> RMackBooth's MBA program requires 20 courses, which cost $5798 each. Therefore, it is safe to estimate around $115,000 for courses. See this link for other tuition and fee details
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Kim -> KaraOn average what can a student expect to pay in total in tuition and other fees to complete their MBA at Booth?
Kara -> KimKim, Booth's MBA program requires 20 courses, which cost $5798 each. Therefore, it is safe to estimate around $115,000 for courses. See this link for other tuition and fee details
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Nishant -> GeorgeAre students from outside the Chicagoland area considering the Evening MBA program dinged in comparison to those from the Chicago area ?
George -> NishantNO! But, we will contact you to find out how you plan to manage the class attendance. Assuming you have a well articulated response we have no problem and will not discriminate against you.
Tyler -> BethIf a person is already living in the down town chicago area does that help their chance of being accepted?
Beth -> TylerYour home address does not impact your application or chance of admissions. The majority of our Evening MBA students live and work in Chicago. Living close to Gleacher will make your commute shorter!
mdorazio -> HumbertoHello Admissions team, thank you for doing this chat session. I currently live in LA and intend to travel to Chicago for the weekend program. How much of the classwork involves after hours team activities that I would need to plan my travel around?
Humberto -> mdorazioGreat question! The amount of out-of-the-classroom work, specifically group work, varies from class to class. However, you are able to access the syllabus for each Booth class prior to enrolling, so you can see how much group work is involved. You can also access aggregated class evaluation data from previous students to see how much time students spend, on average, working on the class outside of the three hours they spend in class each week.
George -> EveryoneDid you know-- 80% of our weekend program fly in on the weekend to attend the program. Biggest cities: Washington DC, NYC, LA, San Fran, Seattle, Dallas and Houston.
Nishant -> KaraHow long is the application process for those applying well before the deadline? I understand that admissions are on a rolling basis.
Kara -> NishantNishant, we have rolling admission, which means you will have our admission decision 4-6 weeks from the day you submit your application (assuming it is complete). Keep in mind you submit your application first, then schedule your interview.
Tyler -> KristaIf you completed your business minor as part of your undergrad, how will those classes transfer once in your MBA program? Will you be able to test out of finance, marketing, etc. and begin your core classes earlier?
Krista -> TylerHi Tyler, the Booth MBA is made up of 20 classes. No classes are required in the program besides leadership which you complete during orientation. If you have taken foundation classes such as financial accounting, marketing etc...you are able to take higher level classes that normally require pre-requisites. We want to make sure you're challenged in each class you take!
George -> EveryoneUofC History: As this Saturday is the Heisman Trophy award celebration-- did you know that the very first Heisman Trophy winner is a UofC and Booth grad, Jay Berwinger. The Heisman trophy pose, is modeled after him.
Alan -> BethI know every application is reviewed holistically, but is there an approximate quant score one should aim for? I recently took the GMAT for the first time and am wondering how much I need to improve my quant score - 690 total, but skewed heavily verbal 96% (42), quant 54% (42)
Beth -> AlanAlan, while we do review your quant and verbal scores when evaluating the application, your scores are competitive. That being said, if you are concerned you can always take the GMAT again. 80% of our admitted students have a GMAT total between 620-750.
Prem -> MeganConsidering the deadline for application is 1st week of April, when is the GMAT score expected to be updated.
Megan -> PremWe only require your self reported scores at the time you apply. So you will need to take the GMAT prior to deadline & self report your score into the application
Kim -> HumbertoWhat are your best recommendations/ways for studying for the GMAT?
Humberto -> KimThanks for the question, Kim. The answer to that question is really dependent on how you think you prepare best for exams. Some students take the self-study approach, others look for online/remote options, and still others want in-class instruction. For that reason, we do not have a standard response for the best option. I would recommend doing some research to see what options are the best to meet your needs, and also look at the cost of each option, which is also important.
J._Hadacek -> GeorgeI am local to Chicago, however tend to travel occasionally for work. If admitted to the Evening MBA program, would I have the opportunity to take classes on Saturdays?
George -> J._HadacekOne of the best things about our program is the extreme flexibility. Students can take classes during the day, in the evening, or on weekends. The choice is yours!!
Santu -> BethOn average how long it generally takes to finish weekend MBA/evening MBA?
Beth -> SantuSantu, most students take 2 courses each quarter and complete the 20 courses in 2.5 years. You have up to 5 years to complete the degree.
mdorazio -> GeorgeThanks for the response! Another question - what are the primary differences between the student bodies in the full time, evening, and weekend programs?
George -> mdorazioAge and years of experience. The full-time students have two years of experience, the evening six, and the weekend eight.
Alan -> KaraIf you complete the program in 2.5 years and want to participate in on-campus recruiting, would you participate in your third year? How feasible is it to participate in OCR as a Weekend student?
Kara -> AlanAlan, you are eligible to participate in OCR after you complete 12 courses at Booth. You have to also be registered for, at least, your 13th course when OCR begins. Yes, it is possible for Weekend MBA students to participate in OCR. Keep in mind interviews will take place at our campus in Hyde Park on weekdays during Autumn quarter. This can be a challenge for those living outside Chicago-land area.
RMack -> KatieAfter 5 years of work experience, how much impact does an undergraduate GPA still have on my application?
Katie -> RMackHi RMack - We use holistic admissions at Booth. This means we evaluate all aspects of the application. We do not use a formula with weighted averages for the different pieces. Given the rigor of the Booth classroom, we always look at your past academic experiences. We also understand that applicants further along in their careers have had longer to develop professionally and undergraduate GPAs may not be the best indicator of their ability to perform in the classroom. If you have more questions, feel free to send me an email at katie.coogan@chicagobooth.edu.
mdorazio -> HumbertoAlso, how much interaction is there, on average, between the weekend students and the students in the other MBA programs?
Humberto -> mdorazioGreat question. Within the classroom, you will see a significant amount of interaction, since students in the Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Full-Time MBA programs can take classes across all three populations. Outside of the classroom, there is also a significant amount of interaction in the form of social events, student group activities, student life, and career services activities. If you were looking for something more specific, please let us know and we're happy to provide a response.
George -> EveryoneThe University of Chicago is the only university to be fully integrated since its inception, with a mandate in its charter for equality among all students. Thus, we graduated the first female Phd. and the first to confer an MBA on an African American.
We also had the first female dean, the first Jewish president.
Tyler -> HumbertoIf I do have to travel for multiple weeks internationally will I be able to sit in on classes via internet?
Humberto -> TylerThanks for the question, Tyler. Unfortunately, no, classes are not webcast or recorded for viewing over the internet. Within a given quarter, if you have travel plans that will disrupt your ability to attend class, we encourage students to speak directly with their faculty to see what their attendance policies are. If you would like to speak more specifically about your situation, please feel free to contact me via email at humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu.
mdorazio -> KaraRecruiting is a big focus of full-time MBA programs, especially in year 2. Are evening and weekend students exposed to the same recruiting opportunities or are they typically segmented by program?
Kara -> mdorazioWhile recruiting does not have the same level of focus for Part Time MBA programs, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students are allowed to participate in On Campus Recruiting (OCR) for full time jobs. This is the same OCR process as Full Time MBA students.
Kim -> KatieDo you have to pick a concentration/area of study before you start your MBA or can you choose after you have taken some courses?
Katie -> KimHi Kim - You do not have to pick concentrations before you start. In fact, you get to select and work towards concentrations as you go. We never ask you to declare them. Most students graduate with 3-5 concentrations as they are smaller than undergraduate majors. Here's the link to all 14 of our concentrations. I recommend checking out Managerial and Organizational Behavior as it deals with the people side of business, power, and influence: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/academics/curriculum/#c
LStrat -> KristaHi there - do you ever take into account any requisite business courses from undergrad? i.e. i've seen certain programs that allow you to apply those classes towards the MBA and start at a higher level?
Krista -> LStratHi LStrat, the Booth MBA is made up of 20 classes. No classes are required in the program besides leadership which you complete during orientation. If you have taken foundation classes such as financial accounting, marketing etc...you are able to take higher level classes that normally require pre-requisites. We want to make sure you're challenged in each class you take! We do not accept transfer credits from other institutions.
RMack -> BethAre there any key differences in the education and experience one can expect to receive between the Weekend & Evening programs (except the obvious, timing)
Beth -> RMackRMack, the timing of the classes is really the major difference between the Evening and Weekend MBA programs. Both programs earn the same degree (along with the other MBA programs here at Chicago Booth), both have the same great faculty, same curriculum. The Weekend MBA students tend, due to the nature of coming in and out of Chicago on the weekends, to do more programming on Saturday but can take classes on Friday evening. You will have a similar experience in either the Evening or the Weekend program. It really depends on the timing which works with your schedule.
Alan -> GeorgeWhat types of opportunities are there for Weekend students to really connect with the University and be involved if clubs or other types of groups? Thank you for all the great information so far.
George -> AlanAlan we hold all of our student group events on the weekend to allow weekend students to participate. Additionally, we ask all of our keynote speakers to speak on the weekend. Just last week we had the head of Mckinsey India speaking to students on Saturday morning. Then at lunch we had an career services experience day where students could come and speak to individuals working in over 20 different career tracks.
There were also 10 student group meetings during the day.
Anand -> MeganAfter my 5 years in PhD and close to 5 years of post doctoral fellow, I recently became a faculty at UIC. How do you consider my experience in years? Will it be from - after my Masters - or after PhD or after fellowship?
Megan -> AnandAnand: in the application we consider your post doc fellowship & current position as work experience. We value applicants with diverse backgrounds & degrees. Approx 30% of our students have advanced degrees. If you have additional questions we're happy to chat further with you- drop us an email: eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu
George -> EveryoneDid you know: The field of Sociology was developed here at the University of Chicago.
George -> EveryoneInteresting fact: 54% of our Evening and Weekend students get new jobs while in the program and 62% received promotions. Additionally, 8% started a company while a student.
KrisK -> BethIs there flexibility to take classes in different sections? Such as, if I am an evening student would I be able to take a weekend class?
Beth -> KrisKGreat question! Yes, for example, Evening MBA students can bid on and take Weekend or Full-Time classes. It really depends on your schedule. It is important to note Evening and Weekend classes are only at Gleacher Center, where Full-Time classes are only at Harper down in Hyde Park.
Katie -> EveryoneHave you checked out our student and alumni profiles on Thinking, Leading, and Living while being at Booth? http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/ewviewbook/
Jerel -> KaraIf someone applied and was accepted to the evening program-- could they transfer to the weekend program, in the event that their work schedule changed?
Kara -> JerelJerel, yes, you are more than welcome to transfer from the Evening MBA into the Weekend MBA and vice versa. During your second quarter (or beyond) you can submit a petition to transfer. It is a very simple process.
Santu -> HumbertoCan you switch among programs? For example from evening MBA to weekend mba? or From part time to full time?
Humberto -> SantuGood question, Santu. Yes, you can transfer one-time during your student tenure between the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs. For example, if you live in Chicago now and enroll in the Evening MBA program, but your job transfers you to New York, you can transfer to the Weekend MBA program to have priority access to those classes. Unfortunately, students are not able to transfer between the Full-Time MBA and any of the part-time MBA programs.
mdorazio -> GeorgeWhat kinds of entrepreneurship initiatives does Booth have? For example, clubs, incubators, funding pools, and advising from faculty?
George -> mdorazioYes to all you listed. We have numerous clubs that are interested in entrepreneurship, both in the profit and not-for-profit domain. We also have, what has been ranked as the best entrepreneurship challenge, the New Venture Challenge. Again, we have that for the profit and not-for-profit. Last year our students raised over $275MM through the NVC. All of these students get faculty advisers and many of them (not sure all) have faculty on their boards. We also have two incubators, one for ealy concept companies and the other for startups.
KrisK -> BethHow can I attend a class?
Beth -> KrisKWe highly recommend doing a class visit once you've attended an information session. Class visits have stopped for this quarter (you don't want to visit a class taking a final!) and will begin again on January 13. The options will be posted online the week of January 6. You will be able to find the options online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/class-visit?source=modules_engage_eve. You can then email your top three preferences to our hotline at eveningweekend-classvisit@chicagobooth.edu.
KrisK -> MeganWhen is your next info session?
Megan -> KrisKKrisK: Our next info session in Chicago is on 1/10. Visit http://goo.gl/dyH6CN for more Chicago info session dates & http://goo.gl/JmzRTl for dates outside of Chicago. Locations for the info sessions outside of Chicago will be updated at the end of the month.
George -> EveryoneInteresting Fact-- Anyone interested at Booth in marketing is assigned a corporate mentor from the industry.
George -> EveryoneThe graduation rate of Evening and Part time students is 98%.
KrisK -> BethWhat kind of resources do part-time students have if they are interested in starting a new career?
Beth -> KrisKHere at Gleacher Center we have a dedicated team of Career Services advisors who can help you with this process. Career Services host a ton of great networking events at Gleacher Center. In addition, as a part-time student you can participate in On Campus Recruiting (OCR) for full-time positions.
Alan -> HumbertoI currently work for a F500 CPG in strategic planning and plan to transition to brand management. Are there any opportunities specific to this career path I should know about that I maybe can't find on the website? If not, no need to reply - thanks!
Humberto -> AlanAlan, thanks for the question. While there isn't anything on the website specific to your question, I would be happy to try to connect you with a student or alum from the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs who has transitioned into a brand management role. Please feel free to contact me via email and I will work on making a connection for you humberto.freda@ChicagoBooth.edu.
Abhishek -> KatieHi, I am planning to apply to the weekend program, but I am also planning to move to Chicago or its suburbs after the program starts. So my question is. Can weekend MBA students transfer to Weekday program during the program ?
Katie -> AbhishekHi Abhishek: Glad you are planning to apply! Yes, weekend and evening students can transfer once between the programs. You need to be in the program for 2 quarters before transferring. However, you are not able to transfer to the Full-Time program which has classes during the day.
George -> EveryoneInteresting Fact: 14% of our students have children when they start the program and 42% are married.
Kim -> KaraI have a BBA in marketing and also a BFA in Visual Communications. Is there any areas of study in your MBA program that my visual communication skills could be utilized at all?
Kara -> KimKim, I feel your visual communication skills will add value to many courses as Booth, specifically those requiring presentations, such as Marketing and Entrepreneurship courses. In general, we value diverse perspectives in the classroom. Your education and professional background gives you a unique perspective that will add value to all group work and discussions both in and outside the classroom.
George -> EveryoneNo one company represents any more than 10% of our student population. Our students come from all over the country and companies.
George -> EveryoneThere is no job function representing any more than 16% of our student population. But the #1 job description of our alumni is General Management.
George -> Everyone1/8 of our alumni end up in the C-Suite. Either CFO, CMO, CEO, CIO or managing partner.
KrisK -> MeganIs there anyway to connect with Booth on social media?
Megan -> KrisKKrisK: Absolutely! You can connect with us on Twitter (@BoothEveWknd), Facebook (facebook.com/consideringbooth), Instagram (ChicagoBooth), YouTube: ConsideringBooth & our Evening & Weekend Admissions blog: http://goo.gl/O5keek
KrisK -> KaraWhat advise would you give to an applicant with only 2 years of professional work experience?
Kara -> KrisKI suggest you apply to our Chicago Business Fellows program (CBF), which is a subset of our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs for applicant with less than 3 years of work experience. See this link to learn more http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/chicago-business-fellows. Once you have a chance to review this link, I would be happy to talk with you more about the CBF program. Feel free to email me at kara.northcutt@chicagobooth.edu.
Santu -> BethCurrently I am working in Software development for Insurance companies, but I want to focus on Insurance management. Do you have any course on that?
Beth -> SantuSantu, while Chicago Booth does not have a specific course on insurance management, we do have over 150 courses to choose from which will help build your toolkit and allow you to apply solutions to new challenges you face. You will be able to courses which help you reach your employment goals.
Moderator -> EveryoneHey everyone, great questions! The chat will be ending in approximately 15 minutes, so please submit your final questions so we can do our best to answer all of them.
Kara -> EveryoneFor those of you who have not yet taken the GMAT, I invite you to attend a GMAT Information Session which GMAC is hosting on 12/19 at 6:30pm at Gleacehr Center. See this link to learn more about the session and to RSVP, https://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/prepare-for-the-gmat-exam/test-prep-advice/webinar-chicago
RMack -> GeorgeWhat differentiates the Booth E/W program from the Kellog E/W program?
George -> RMackFlexibility. Kellogg cohorts students for the first half of the program. You are required to take accounting, stats, micro etc.
From the time you join Booth, you are the CEO of your education. We allow you to pick the classes you want, when you want them. If you are a CPA, for example, you do not have to take basic accounting. Also, if you are interested in a particular field, you can start to take classes in that area immediately.
Additionally, we offer 33 chances for international trips, at schools all over the country.
Both great schools, great faculty, well recruited. You cannot lose at either.
KrisK -> HumbertoHow do students interact with faculty? What's the student to faculty ratio?
Humberto -> KrisKThanks for the question, Kris. Students interact with faculty in a myriad of ways. First is in the classroom, where the average class size is 40-45 students. Second, students get to know their faculty outside of the classroom personally, one way being through our Faculty Connect events. Lastly, faculty often connect with students professionally, either by providing advice and guidance or, sometimes, by serving as formal mentors or even board members for entrepreneurial ventures. We currently have over 200 faculty who teach across all Booth MBA programs.
RMack -> KatieWhat are the primary career paths the Booth MBA will prepare me for? I understand that one chooses their own path....but certainly the curriculum will lend itself to a few areas more than others
Katie -> RMackRMack - The Booth MBA does not have predetermined career paths that we funnel students toward. Rather, we focus on equipping students with courses and tools that will help them in any career. This focus on the fundamentals is what we call the Chicago Approach to education. For example, professors don't give you the case that helps you solve a specific problem. Instead, they teach you how to think about problems. Here's some info on the Chicago Approach: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/about/chicago-approach
Tyler -> BethI have yet to apply but I assume that letters of recommendation will help the submittal process. Will letters from upper management (VP and Engineering Manager) be enough or will I need recommendations from someone outside my current position as well?
Beth -> TylerTyler for letters of recommendation, I would focus on getting one from your direct supervisor and then from people who know you and can really comment on your performance, giving an authentic review. You do not need to get someone from outside of your current position, unless you would like to.
Santu -> KaraHi Kara, Can I attend that session through online?
Kara -> SantuIt is an in person Information Session. I am sure GMAC offers online resources. Check out MBA.com to further explore.
KrisK -> HumbertoIf I'm flying in for weekend classes, how easy is it to get to campus from Chicago's major airports?
Humberto -> KrisKGood question, Kris. Our office provides free shuttles to and from both Midway and O'Hare airports on Saturday mornings (leaving the airports around 8:15am) and afternoons (leaving Gleacher Center around 4:45pm). Aside from that, you can easily get to the Gleacher Center - our downtown campus location for the Weekend MBA program - via public transit, cab, or ride share programs from each airport.
mdorazio -> GeorgeHow would you compare the Booth weekend program to Kellogg's equivalent (I know that's a loaded question)?
George -> mdorazioMdorazio, I have no problem saying our weekend program is hands down better. First, 16% of the students taking weekend classes are full-time students and another large group is evening students, so you get a much more heterogeneous group of individuals with whom to interact. Also, the weekend program at Kellogg is very lock step, and they only offer 4 concentrations to weekend students without going to Evanston. We offer all 14 of our concentrations to the weekend students, and you never have to go to Hyde Park to get them. Finally, because of the lock step program at Kellogg, you are required to take the first 10 classes together without choice. In our program you can choose from any one of 28 classes every quarter, not including those offered in the evening, which you are more than welcome to attend, if your schedule permits.
KrisK -> KaraDoes every student get a mentor when starting at Booth?
Kara -> KrisKYes, at LAUNCH (your 3-day orientation) you are placed into a cohort of 8-10 students. Each cohort is assigned 2 mentors. Your mentors are a great resource to answer questions about getting involved at Booth, advice on faculty and courses to take, etc.
George -> EveryoneFun Fact: Improvisation comedy was developed right here at the University of Chicago. The founding of Second City started at the University.
Catherine -> KaraIn the application, there is a section regarding community involvement (volunteer). If one is currently not active (due to work, family responsibilities, etc), how will this affect his/her application?
Kara -> CatherineWe look at all aspect of one's application, and we understand that some applicants are not as involved in the community due to work and family obligations. Feel free to explain your situation in the application. One's community involvement (or lack thereof) will not make or break an application. I hope this helps alleviate your concern.
KrisK -> KatieWhat opportunities do Booth students have to get involved?
Katie -> KrisKHi KrisK - there are so many great ways to get involved at Booth! There are 34 student groups - professional, social, special interest and leadership. A few highlights are the Ski and Snowboard Club that takes an annual winter trip (Park City this year!), Graduate Women in Business, and the Booth Consulting Club. Read about all of them here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/student-experience/beyond-classroom/groups. There are also all student happy hours, called Semi-Quarterly Adjustments, that take place after midterms and finals at our onsite bar - The Midway Club. Plus, we have a Family Picnic, Deans Awards, and many other events put on by the Student Life team.
George -> EveryoneFun Fact: Harvey Levin, founder of TMZ.com, is a graduate of the University of Chicago law school. He was just here talking to students about his experience, and how it formed the foundation for is success later in life.
KrisK -> MeganHow often do students collaborate with other student versus individual work?
Megan -> KrisKKrisK: Collaboration is dependent upon individual classes, however, typically there is both collaboration & individual work in every class.
KrisK -> HumbertoWhat is your orientation like?
Humberto -> KrisKGreat question, Kris. Our orientation program - called "LAUNCH" - is a three-day immersion program where, in addition to your orientation to the school and program, you complete a majority of your LEAD programming - the leadership graduation requirement for all students. Without giving away too much - it's better to be surprised by the activities - there are sessions about leadership presence, group dynamics, influence, improvisation, and others. You will also have plenty of time to network with the rest of your classmates and fellow new students, as well as meet your mentors - who are more senior students in the program. In short, LAUNCH is an awesome experience!
KrisK -> KaraI want to set up a time to talk about my application with an admissions director, how can I got about doing that?
Kara -> KrisKEmail us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu and an admission director will connect with you to set a time to meet in person or talk over the phone.
Jerel -> GeorgeI know that full time students are given the option to study abroad, but are part time students also allowed to participate in this sort of program?
George -> JerelDefinitely! Part--time students can either study aboard with the full-time students, or, we have set up 6 other schools that you can participate in. Some countries are China, Brazil, Israel, Austria, Germany and France. These are all two or three week programs.
Alan -> KatieThe flexibility of Booth is very appealing, but what resources are there to help guide students in the development the best curriculum possible. My undergrad degree is in Biology, so I want to ensure I get a broad business education.
Katie -> AlanHi Alan - good question. We have academic advisors that work 1 on 1 with students to help make course decisions and plan out your curriculum. The course schedule is posted a year in advance which helps you look ahead to strategically plan your schedule. We welcome applicants from all different backgrounds as it adds to the rich discussion in the classroom.
Krista -> EveryoneThanks for participating today. We hope to see you at a class visit during the Winter 2014 quarter! Please email eveningweekend-classvisit@chicagobooth.edu if you would like to be notified when the options are posted in early January.
Kara -> EveryoneThank you for joining today's chat! For those of you ready to apply, we have an Evening MBA and Weekend MBA application deadline for Spring 2014 on January 10th, 2014. Feel free to continue the conversation with us by emailing eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu.
Humberto -> EveryoneThanks for joining us today! We will hope to see you at one of our upcoming events, either here at Gleacher or on the road starting in January! Here's a link to all of our upcoming events http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events.
Megan -> EveryoneThanks for joining our chat today! If you have further questions please email us at eveningweekend-admissions@chicagobooth.edu or Tweet us: @BoothEveWknd
George -> EveryoneWhat a great chat. Thank you so much for spending time with us. If we were not able to get to your question, or if you have more, please contact us anytime at 312-464-8700, or stop by the Gleacher Center, any day but Sunday, and see us.
Katie -> EveryoneThanks for chatting with us today! For the women on the chat, I encourage you to attend the Booth Women Connect on Saturday, January 25th. Register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/evening/admissions/events/diversity
Moderator -> EveryoneThanks again for joining us today. Our session has now ended. The chat transcript will be posted online by Thurs., Dec 12, on the following pages: 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