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I am having technical difficulties with my application.

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If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, we first suggest switching your internet browser. You many also try accessing your application on a home internet network versus a work network. If that does not resolve your issue, please contact admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

 
 

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How do I apply as a reapplicant?

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If you were not admitted (or if you declined an offer of admission), you may reapply in the next academic year.  Students who are successful in the reapplication process are competititve in the current year's applicant pool and have demonstrated growth through career progress, academic preparation, community involvement, or self-awareness.

Who is Considered a Reapplicant?
You are considered a reapplicant if you submitted an application for admission to Chicago Booth's Full-Time MBA Program within the past two academic years.  If you applied to the full-time program more than two years ago, or if you applied to another Chicago Booth MBA program, please apply as a new applicant.

Application

  • Reapplicants are required to fully complete the application for 2018 enrollment.
  • Your prior application is kept on file for two years.  The Admissions Committee will review your prior application alongside your newest application in order to assess your growth and/or any changes that have taken place since the time of your last application.
  • While the Admissions Committee will review your prior application, your new application should include all information relevent to your candidacy and be able to stand on its own as complete, independent of your prior application.
Letters of Recommendation
  • You will need to submit two new letters of recommendation.
  • You may use the same recommenders as with your previous application.
  • If you use a prior recommender, we strongly suggest that you ask the recommender to write a new letter.  A new letter will help us better understand any progress or growth you have demonstrated since the time of the recommender's last letter.
Transcripts and Test Scores
  • You will not have to resubmit official transcripts and test scores unless there is updated information. 
  • You will need to make sure that your test scores are still valid:
    • The GMAT score is valid if the test was taken less than five years before the date of the application deadline.  The test date makes no difference in the assessment of an application as long as it was within five years of your application date.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE score reports are valid for two years, and scores will be considered expired if the test was taken more than two years prior to submission of the application.

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What is Booth's deferred admission policy?

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An application to Chicago Booth should be submitted for the year in which you intend to enroll. Deferrals are handled on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the associate dean of Admissions. There are no guarantees that a deferral will be granted, regardless of the situation. This policy does not apply to students who are applying to Chicago Booth through a dual-degree program or the Chicago Booth Scholars Program.



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I am an early career candidate.

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Early career candidates are identified as those with three or fewer years of full-time, post-undergraduate work experience, including current undergraduate students.  If you are considering an MBA program at an early stage of your career, we welcome your interest. Chicago Booth has several programs that cater to early career MBA program candidates:

Programs for Current Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate students in their final year of study, from any university, can apply for a 2-4 deferred admission to Booth's Full-Time MBA Program through the Chicago Booth Scholars Program.
  • Second-year University of Chicago students can compliment their undergraduate curriculum by applying to the Dougan Scholars Certificate Program

Programs for Candidates with 1-3 years of Work Experience

  • Candidates interested in attending the Full-Time MBA Program must complete the full application for admission
  • Candidates interested in continuing to work while pursuing an MBA can apply to Booth's Evening MBA or Weekend MBA programs through the Chicago Business Fellows Program.

Evaluating Early Career Candidates 

The Admissions Committee will bear in mind the applicant’s proximity to the college experience when considering factors such as leadership, supervision experience, and academic success. In addition, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Quality work experience - Summer internships, full- or part-time work experience, or an entrepreneurial spirit will all be considered.
  • Competitive GPA - While there is no minimum GPA to be considered for admission, it is important for the Admissions Committee to know that you are prepared for the rigor of our classroom experience.
  • Competitive standardized test score - Chicago Booth allows applicants to submit either the GMAT or the GRE. Booth doesn't have a minimum requirement for either, but does use the results of the exam to evaluate your potential for success in a graduate-level business program, especially with regard to your quantitative and verbal skills.
  • Strong extracurricular involvement or student leadership role(s) during college - Chicago Booth values community involvement, as well as leadership skills. A past record of involvement is a good indication that you'll get involved as an MBA student, too.
  • Intellectual curiosity as evidenced by courses taken in college - Our belief is that diversity of educational backgrounds makes for a richer classroom experience, and Chicago Booth welcomes students from all college or university majors. We're also interested in knowing if you ventured outside your "comfort zone" and challenged yourself by taking a rigorous and diverse course load.
  • Strong professional letters of recommendation - These endorsements should demonstrate your ability to work well in a team setting, highlight your motivation and dedication, and provide information about your initial success within the context of your job setting.
  • Personal maturity - We take a holistic view of your maturity, as evidenced by recommendations, essays, and the personal interview.
  • Ability to talk about why you want to get an MBA now - As an early career candidate, it is important to articulate why the timing of entering the MBA program makes sense for your career and/or life plans. We also look for focus on what those plans might be.

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Am I eligible for an application fee waiver?

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You may apply for an application fee waiver if you are...

  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program (non-University of Chicago student)
  • Summer Business Scholar Graduate
  • Teach for America Instructor or Alum
  • Forté MBALaunch Member
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Fellow
  • Member of the Jumpstart Advisory Group
  • U.S. Veteran
  • University of Chicago Employee
  • University of Chicago Student (all programs)
Please note that Chicago Booth does not grant fee waivers based on financial status or any other circumstance outside of the options listed above.

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Am I exempt from any test requirements?

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TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE
An international applicant is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement if the candidate:

  • has earned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.
  • is a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language. Applicants should indicate the exemption in the application where appropriate.

GMAT or GRE
We do not waive our GMAT or GRE requirement under any circumstance, including extensive work experience.  Additionally:

  • We do not participate in GMAT or GRE fee waiver programs.  
  • The GMAT score is valid if the test was taken less than five years before the date of the application, deadline. The test date makes no difference in the assessment of an application as long as it was within five years of your application date.

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I am interested in the International MBA (IMBA) program at Booth, what are the requirements?

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*Please note that this is a program that you apply to after are accepted to Booth. You do not apply to the IMBA program prior to being admitted.

The International MBA is designed for students who want to gain a deeper understanding of global business issues, spend some time studying abroad, develop intercultural management skills, and to build cultural and linguistic fluency. Because of the more rigorous nature of this degree, recruiters recognize IMBA students' commitment to a solid understanding of international business.

The IMBA degree is ideal for students interested in preparing themselves for an international career. It builds on Chicago Booth’s traditional strengths and prepares students to compete and succeed at the global level. In addition to mastering core business disciplines and developing first-rate analytical and problem-solving skills, students gain a solid foundation in international business concepts. 

Requirements for the IMBA degree include:

IMBA students can choose international coursework from Chicago Booth; other professional schools on the University of Chicago campus (including the Harris School of Public Policy, the Law School, or the departments of Political Science or Area Studies); or our IBEP partner schools. Additionally, IMBA students can further specialize their degree by completing concentrations. 

Once you are enrolled at Chicago Booth, you can call 773.702.4323 to schedule an appointment to discuss your interest in pursuing the IMBA degree. 
 



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I am interested in a joint-degree program. What are the processes to apply?

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If you want to compliment the MBA experience and develop specialized expertise and credentials, Chicago Booth offers you several options to do so. With access to courses at the University of Chicago, you can further tailor your program of study to suit your career goals through our joint-degree and certificate programs.

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What should I take into consideration when selecting my recommenders?

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When considering who should write your recommendation, make sure he or she knows you well and can offer specific examples of your performance and contributions to the organization. Avoid choosing people simply based on their title or status. We are more concerned with content and substance rather than reputation. Chicago Booth asks all applicant to submit two letters of recommendation

The first letter of recommendation should come from a supervisor.
We prefer that you use a current supervisor for this recommendation, although we understand that this may not always be possible. If you are unable to use your current supervisor, please explain the circumstances in the optional essay. Overall, we are seeking objectivity in the letter, and we want to hear from someone who can assess both your strengths and your weaknesses. If you work for a family business or own your own company, please try to secure a letter from a client or outside party who does business with you and can provide an objective assessment of your abilities.


The second letter can be professional in nature or come from an individual who has worked with you in an organization, club, or on a volunteer project.
These letters can give us a different perspective of your skill sets outside of your professional environment. There is no preference on who supplies your second letter of recommendation; our only guideline is that it should add new and valuable insight to your candidacy.


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What are the minimum admissions criteria required to apply to this program?

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Academic
All candidates must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or university or its equivalent in another country (In light of the Bologna Accord, Chicago Booth will also accept all three-year international degrees to fulfill the undergraduate prerequisite for application to Chicago Booth). Additionally:
  • We have a minimum required GPA to be considered for admission. 
  • Documentation of your education will be required as part of the application for admission.  If you are wondering whether your degree meets these basic requirements, please reach out to www.wes.org and they will verify that information for you.

GMAT or GRE
All candidates must take and submit results from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We do not have a preference as to which test you take, nor do we have a minimum required GMAT or GRE score in order to be considered for admission. Please note:

  • We do not waive our GMAT or GRE requirement under any circumstance including extensive work experience.
  • The GMAT score is valid if the test was taken less than five years before the date of the application deadline. The test date makes no difference in the assessment of an application as long as it was within five years of your application date.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE

International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The minimum TOEFL score required for admission depends on whether applicants take the internet-based (iBT) or paper exam. The TOEFL iBT minimum score is 104. The TOEFL paper test minimum score is 600. The minimum IELTS score is 7. The minimum PTE score is 70. Applicants who score below the minimums may still apply, but admission would be contingent upon meeting the minimum scores or other language requirements. While the University of Chicago has specific subscore minimum requirements for each test, Chicago Booth does not strictly enforce subscore minimums since a personal interview is part of our admissions process. 

 

An international applicant is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement if the candidate:

  • Has earned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.
  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language. Applicants should indicate the exemption in the application where appropriate.

 
Work Experience
We do not have a minimum number of years of work experience required for admission, however, we strongly suggest having some form of work experience prior to applying. If you do not have significant work experience, you are still welcome to apply as we review applications holistically and work experience is only one component of your application.

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I see a Red X and an "awaiting" notification next to my test scores on my application checklist, should I worry?

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During the application process, you may notice a Red X next to the "Official Scores" in your status portal. This is not a cause for alarm and we have few important things to note:

  • The Red X does not mean that your application is being stalled from review, as we only ask for "Self-Reported Scores" and not "Official Scores" when you initially submit your application. 
  • Official scores will only be requested if and when you are offered admission.
  • The Red X will be removed once we receive your official score report, though the process can take some time for your Red X to change to a Green check.

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What are the application requirements for applying to the Full-Time MBA Program?

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Chicago Booth reviews applications following each submission deadline. Booth does not participate in rolling admissions and all candidates are notified of admission decisions by the notification date for each round.

Application Checklist
A complete submission will consist of the following items:

  • Completed application with required personal background
  • Completed application questions
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial (scanned) transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended.*  Note: Official transcripts are requested from admitted students only.
    • You should list all institutions that you have attended in the academic background section of the application. If the transcript from the degree-granting institution does not include both the grades from the courses transferred as well as the institution(s) where those courses were received, we do ask that you include transcripts for those courses.  
    • The institution where credits were received must be listed on the degree-granting institution's transcript in order to waive official copies having to be sent by the exchange or transfer institution. 
  • GMAT or GRE score (we do not waive this requirement under any circumstance)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (international applicants only)*
    •  An international applicant is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement if he/she has earned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.
    • An applicant is also exempt if he/she is a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language. Applicants should indicate the exemption in the application where appropriate.
  • $250 application fee (to see if you qualify for a fee waiver, please find out here)

Admissions Interview
Interviews are required for admission and will be granted on an invitation-only basis after evaluation of a submitted application. Candidates invited to interview will be contacted by the mid-decision date with instructions on how to schedule an interview.

  • A candidate who receives an invitation will have only one interview, to be conducted by current students, alumni, or admissions staff.
  • Interviews are held on campus or in a location convenient for the applicant.  
  • All interviews, regardless of who conducts them, receive equal weight in the evaluation process. However, completing an interview does not guarantee admission.

Submission Deadline
Your application must be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on the day of the deadline in order to be considered for a particular application round.  Applications submitted after a deadline will automatically be considered in the next round, provided that all required materials are included with the application. 

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Can my candidacy for this program be reviewed prior to applying?

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Unfortunately, we do not review candidacy prior to applying to our program. Additionally, we cannot provide post-application feedback. We review applications holistically and evaluate based on a variety of aspects.

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What are the requirements for submitting my transcripts to Admissions?

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Requirements When Applying to Booth
A scanned, unofficial transcript is needed at the time you apply. We ask that you refrain from sending any official transcripts unless you have been admitted.

  • If you send in an official copy before you are admitted, we are unable to keep it, and you will need to resend an official copy upon admission.  
  • If you are currently a college senior, please upload your incomplete transcript at the time of applying -- proof of degree completion and an official transcript will be required prior to matriculation if admitted to our program.

Exchange Programs & Transfer Credits
You should list all institutions that you have attended in the academic background section of the application.

  • If the transcript from the degree-granting institution does not include both the grades from the courses transferred as well as the institution(s) where those courses were received, we do ask that you include transcripts for those courses.  
  • The institution where credits were received must be listed on the degree-granting institution's transcript in order to waive official copies having to be sent by the exchange or transfer institution.

Requirements Once Admitted to Booth
All admitted students will receive e-mail communication with detailed instructions on the transcript verification process shortly after being accepted into the program.  

  • We will need official transcripts from all institutions listed on your application where either degrees or credits were received.  
  • If you participated in an exchange program or received credits at different institutions, the only way to waive official transcripts from those institutions is if your degree-granting institution lists the credits, grades, and institution name of where those courses were received.  

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Does Chicago Booth accept transfer students or transfer credits?

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All Chicago Booth students in the Full-Time Program MBA are required to complete 2100 units to graduate.

  • Chicago Booth does not accept transfer credits from other institutions and we do not waive any of the total number of courses required to graduate.
  • Booth's extremely flexible curriculum offers options for fulfilling any required foundation areas. You will not find yourself forced to repeat courses you have already taken. 

Post-Submission Applicants

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Can I add new materials or test scores to my submitted application?

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If you have retaken the GRE or GMAT and would like to share your new tests scores with the Admissions Committee, you can self-report your scores directly through your online status page.  Additionally, if you have received a promotion or other professional development that would necessitate an updated resume, you can upload an updated resume through your online status page.  Please note that we begin reviewing applications as soon as the deadline passes, so we cannot guarantee that we will see new information submitted to us and will not reevaluate an application if new materials or test scores have been submitted after it has already been reviewed.

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I am having technical difficulties with my application.

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If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, we first suggest switching your internet browser. You many also try accessing your application on a home internet network versus a work network. If that does not resolve your issue, please contact admissions@chicagobooth.edu.

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What is Booth's deferred admission policy?

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An application to Chicago Booth should be submitted for the year in which you intend to enroll. Deferrals are handled on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the associate dean of Admissions. There are no guarantees that a deferral will be granted, regardless of the situation. This policy does not apply to students who are applying to Chicago Booth through a dual-degree program or the Chicago Booth Scholars Program.

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Why is my recommender not receiving the link to submit his/her letter of recommendation?

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The security features of certain companies can prevent your recommender from recieving their letter of recommendation request. We encourage you to have your recommender check their spam folder for the request. If it is not present, please reach out to admissions@chicagobooth.edu. Please allow 24-48 business hours to process your request. 

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What are the requirements for submitting my transcripts to Admissions?

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Requirements When Applying to Booth
A scanned, unofficial transcript is needed at the time you apply.  We ask that you refrain from sending any official transcripts until you have been admitted. If you send in an official copy before that time, you will need to resend an official copy upon admission.  If you are currently a college senior, please upload your incomplete transcript at the time of applying -- proof of degree completion and an official transcript will be required prior to matriculation if admitted to our program.

Exchange Programs & Transfer Credits
You should list all institutions that you have attended in the academic background section of the application. If the transcript from the degree-granting institution does not include both the grades from the courses transferred as well as the institution(s) where those courses were received, we do ask that you include transcripts for those courses.  Please note that the institution where those credits were received must be listed on the degree-granting institution's transcript in order to waive official copies having to be sent by the exchange or transfer institution. 

Requirements Once Admitted to Booth

All admitted students will receive e-mail communication with detailed instructions on the transcript verification process shortly after being accepted into the program.  Please note that we will need official transcripts from all institutions listed on your application where either degrees or credits were received.  If you participated in an exchange program or received credits at different institutions, the only way to waive official transcripts from those institutions is if your degree-granting institution lists the credits, grades, and institution name of where those courses were received.  

Chicago Booth Scholars Program: Undergraduate Applicants

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What is the Chicago Booth Scholars Program?

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Chicago Booth Scholars is an early impact program that offers promising undergraduates the chance to secure a seat in the next generation of MBA talent. It grants undergraduate students in their final year of study with pre-admission to Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA program, followed by a 2-4 year deferred enrollment period in which students gain substantive professional experience. Following the deferment period, students matriculate into Booth’s MBA program.

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Who is eligible to apply?

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Domestic and International undergraduate students in their final year of study at a college or university degree program can apply to the Chicago Booth Scholars program. While the program is intended for undergraduates without any prior full-time work experience, the following are additional considerations for admission.

  • An applicant must be in their final year of a bachelor’s degree program or in the final year of a joint bachelor’s/master's degree program. Students in programs that do not follow a traditional four-year timeline are still eligible.

  • Students of any background, undergraduate major, or career interest are encouraged to apply.

  • There are no minimum score requirements regarding GPA or GRE/GMAT; however, students must be able to provide official academic transcripts and have taken either the GRE or GMAT prior to applying to Chicago Booth Scholars.

  • Applicants must successfully graduate from their current undergraduate program within the allotted timeframe.

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When should I apply?

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Students currently in their final year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply in the dedicated Chicago Booth Scholars application round. While Chicago Booth Scholar candidates may submit their application in advance of the deadline, it will not be reviewed, and decisions will not be released, until after the submission deadline.

All candidates will be informed of admission decisions by the Round Three Decision Notification date.

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What are the application requirements?

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A complete Chicago Booth Scholars submission will consist of the following items: 

  • Completed application with required personal background

  • Completed application questions

  • Professional resume

  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one professional) addressing the following questions (see more about Letters of Recommendations):

    •  How does the applicant's performance, potential, background or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.

    • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response.

  • Unofficial (scanned) transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended (see more about Transcripts).

    • Note: A degree certificate will be required if “degree awarded” and “date of degree conferral” is not listed on the transcript.

    • Note: If transcripts are not in English, please be sure that you provide an English translation.

    • Note: Official transcripts are requested from admitted students only.

  • Unofficial GMAT or GRE score at the time of application.

    • No preference is given to one exam over the other.

    • We will require that candidates submit an official test score if they are admitted to the program.

  • International Applicants: An english language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) is required. An international applicant is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement if:

    • They have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.

    • They are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language.

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What are the requirements for international applicants?

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All international applicants are required to be in their final year of a college or university degree program equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. In light of the Bologna Accord, Chicago Booth will also consider students in a three-year international degree program to fulfill the academic prerequisite for admission. You will be asked to provide a scanned transcript at the time of application and your official academic records if you are admitted. If transcripts are not in English, please be sure that you provide an English translation.

International Applicants: An english language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) is required. An international applicant is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement if:

  • They have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.

  • They are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language.

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Is the $250 application fee waived?

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Yes, the $250 application fee is waived for students applying in their final year of undergraduate study to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program.

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What happens after I apply?

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Following the Chicago Booth Scholars application deadline, all completed applications are evaluated by the admissions committee. Applications are reviewed in a holistic manner, taking special note of the diverse experiences and accomplishments each student brings to the Booth community. Additionally:

  • Candidates selected to move on in the application process will be invited for an in-person interview with a member of the Chicago Booth community. Candidates who receive an invitation will have only one interview.

  • Following the interview, the admissions committee will again review your application, with the added insight provided by your interviewer.

  • Final decisions will be made to admit or deny. All candidates will be informed of admission decisions by the Chicago Booth Scholars Decision Notification date.

Chicago Booth will require official transcripts of all admitted students.

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Will I be considered for scholarships?

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Chicago Booth is committed to assisting all admitted students in financing their MBA through available student loans and scholarships. All scholarships and fellowships are awarded based on merit, as Chicago Booth does not offer need-based financial aid.

Merit-based scholarship decisions are not made at the time of admission*. All Chicago Booth Scholars applicants will be considered for available scholarships during their year of matriculation to the MBA program.

*Undergraduate applicants from the University of Chicago are eligible for the “Double Maroon” Scholarship.

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How long is the deferment period?

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Once accepted, your offer of admission is conditional from the point of admission until you matriculate to Booth. Admitted Booth Scholars may defer for a minimum of two years and maximum of four years.

If Booth Scholars wish to delay their admission to Chicago Booth for longer than four years, they would be required to reapply to the Full-Time MBA Program, Evening MBA Program or Weekend MBA Program and will not be refunded the deposits that they have already paid through the Chicago Booth Scholars Program.

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What is required during the deferment period?

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All deferred Booth Scholars are required to secure and maintain full-time employment status throughout their deferral period and to make professional progress satisfactory to Chicago Booth’s admissions process.

  • All admitted students will submit supplemental materials as requested by Chicago Booth and updated information in the year they intend to matriculate to support their original application.

  • Booth Scholars are required to submit an annual form with updated employment information for each year of their deferral period.

  • All Booth Scholars are required to pay a series of non-refundable deposits in their first, second and third year of deferral.

  • Students are expected to be authorized to work in their country of employment. Chicago Booth does not assist students with obtaining U.S. work visas.

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What MBA resources can I utilize during my deferment period?

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As a Booth Scholar, you are part of the Chicago Booth community and have access to support and resources, including the following:

  • Access to select Chicago Booth community events. 

  • Dedicated admissions team support throughout your deferment period. 

  • Special access to current Chicago Booth Scholars, as well as alumni of the program.

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What happens when I am ready to start my Chicago Booth MBA?

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Upon satisfactory completion of the 2-4 year deferment period, Booth Scholars will be ready to embark on the transformational Chicago Booth MBA journey, bringing valuable professional experiences and unique perspectives to the classroom. Booth Scholars benefit from Booth’s flexibility with the freedom to choose the MBA path that that best fits their career trajectories or goals. Students have three MBA format options to consider:

*Booth Scholars interested in the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA options must be authorized to work within the United States. The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA programs do not offer student visas

If Booth Scholars are interested in applying to a joint-degree program at the University of Chicago (e.g. MBA/JD or MBA/MD), they will need to apply separately to the other program. We recommend that applicants get in touch with the admissions office corresponding to their other program of interest regarding their timeline for applying to that program.

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What are the Chicago Booth Scholars Conduct Requirements?

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As per the Area Admission Review policy, authority to revoke admission for any misconduct before matriculation rests with the area Admissions Review Committee. Chicago Booth reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission at any point during the deferral period, if the candidate:

  • Shows a significant drop in academic performance during their final semester or quarter of their program.

  • Does not have a degree conferred from his/her undergraduate institution by the time of matriculation.

  • Has engaged in fraud, misrepresentation, material omission of fact, dishonesty, is in violation of University standards, or any other misconduct, including pre-matriculation misconduct.

  • Has a prolonged gap between full-time positions or fails to make professional progress satisfactory to Chicago Booth’s admissions process.

General Booth Questions

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When can I visit campus?

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Fall, Winter, & Spring Campus Visits
Our Full Campus Visit Program occurs during our Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.  During select days of the week which vary quarter to quarter and year by year due to the fluctuations in class availability, you will have the opportunity to visit a morning or afternoon class, attend an information session, go on a tour of Harper Center, and have lunch with current students.  This program is scheduled on a quarterly basis and registration typically opens during the first week of the quarter in which you are trying to visitPlease refer to our website to view and register for our scheduled Full Campus Visit Program days.

Summer Campus Visit 
Abbreviated Campus Visit days occur on Mondays during the summer quarter and are available once our Full Campus Visit Program ends for the quarter.  These Monday visits include an information session and tour of Harper Center with an admissions director.  Please refer to our website to view and register for our scheduled Abbreviated Campus Visit days.   

First Fridays
Every first Friday of the month, our campus visit incorporates a bit more of the social side of life at Booth.  First Friday visitors are invited to celebrate the end of a successful week with all of our students at Booth's regular social tradition, known around here as Liquidity Preference Function (LPF).  First Fridays include the standard weekly campus visit activities, with the added bonus of our fun LPF get together!  You can register for First Fridays on our website.

Booth Live
Booth Live is an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in Chicago Booth's supportive culture and diverse perspectives.  Spend the day with current students for a comprehensive and authentic introduction to life at Booth, from academics and resources to community and clubs.  See what it's like to be a Chicago Booth student by joining us for a day on campus.  Please note that Booth Live occurs twice annually.  

Spring Break Visits
When students are on Spring break, we will offer options for prospective students to visit campus.  Spring break visits will occur on Mondays starting on March 12th until March 26th.  The day will include an information session and tour of Harper Center.  You can register for a campus visit on our website.

Non-Campus Visit Days
Please note that we are only able to accomodate a tour, info session, lunch, and class visit on designated Full Campus Visit Program dates.  If you plan to visit campus on a non-visit day, we have campus maps and Harper Center self-guided tour books that you can pick up at our Admissions Office and if you have specific questions you would like to discuss with an admissions representative, you can ask to speak with the admissions representative on call for that day.  No appointment is necessary.  Regular business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm CST.

Other Relevent Information

  • Please note that we are unable to connect prospective applicants with faculty members.  Meeting with faculty must be personally arranged.  
  • Our office is not open on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • We regularly update our admissions event calendar once domestic or international events are scheduled, so please feel free to check out our Admissions Events webpage to keep up to date on events occurring at a location near you.

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Can I be connected with current students or alumni?

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We unfortunately do not individually connect prospective applicants/students with alumni or current students.  We encourage you to personally make those connections with current students through our  Connect with a Current Student feature on our website.  We also host a variety of events throughout the year where alumni and students are present to share their Booth stories and to engage with prospective students.

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I am interested in learning more about diversity at Booth.

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At Chicago Booth, we believe that great ideas have many different fingerprints. The best ideas arrive from a student body with diverse backgrounds and multiple perspectives. It is this philosophy that has facilitated our long-standing commitment to diversity. Diversity is essential if we want to create an environment where we can continue to generate and refine ideas that truly impact the world in which we live. We actively recruit and support underrepresented students of color (including African Americans and Hispanic Americans), women, and LGBTQ through hosting admissions events and partnering with several organizations to reach and attract the best students and brightest minds.

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How do I find upcoming events in my city?

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Throughout the year, you will have multiple opportunities to engage with Booth Admissions staff, alumni, and current students in cities around the world. Our informational events will give you a comprehensive look at our Full-Time MBA Program and help you understand how a Booth MBA will impact your career. You’ll learn about the Booth experience and what it’s like to be a member of our community.

Types of informational events:

  • Booth Full-Time Admissions Information Sessions - Our admissions receptions will provide you with an in-depth overview of the Full-Time MBA Program, as well as offer insight into the Booth admissions process. Hosted by Admissions staff and local alumni, these receptions consist of a presentation and a networking reception with our alumni. Booth holds these events in various cities across the globe, each year.
  • Booth Student-Hosted Events - At our student-hosted events you’ll have the unique opportunity to engage with our current students in a relaxed and informal environment. Held during our students’ summer and winter breaks, these gatherings are a great way to learn more about the Booth community and student experience.
  • Other Booth Events - Throughout the year, Chicago Booth offers a wide variety of programming that will allows you to learn about different issues and meet Booth alumni. We encourage you to join us for Chicago Conversations, industry-specific events held in cities where those industries thrive.
  • Educational Forums and Fairs - We participate in several MBA forums and fairs throughout the world. Sponsored by organizations like the Forté Foundation, Kaplan, and the World MBA Tour, these events will provide you with the opportunity to meet Booth Admissions staff and alumni.

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How do students typically fund their MBA at Booth?

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Tuition
Tuition for the Full-Time MBA students in 2017-2018 is $6,920 per 100 credit course.  We encourage you to visit our Tuition and Financial Aid webpage for a detailed outline of the estimated cost of attendance.

Payments
We require a $3,000 nonrefundable deposit broken into two payments, to be paid on two separate dates.  One is paid upon your acceptance of your offer and the other is paid at a later date.

Types of payment include personal check, money order, cashier's check, or American Express traveler's checks.  Payments by wire transfer and by credit card is also available.


Financial Aid 
Chicago booth is committed to assisting all admitted students in financing their MBA, regardless of citizenship.  Financing is available for all admitted students in the form of student loans and merit-based scholarships and fellowships only. Chicago Booth does not offer need-based scholarships.

Loans are calculated on a standardized cost of attendance including room and board, books, and other expenses for three academic quarters (nine months).

For specific questions regarding financial aid, please feel free to contact our Financial Aid Office at 773-702-3964 or financial.aid@chicagobooth.edu.

Scholarships and Fellowships
All Chicago Booth scholarships and fellowships are awarded based on merit.  In addition to financial support, fellowships provide further assistance, such as special programming and mentoring relationships with faculty, alumni, and industry leaders.

Scholarships and fellowships do not have additional applications.  All award decisions are determined from your MBA application by the Admissions Committee.  The eligibility for many scholarships and fellowships is defined by the criteria of individual alumni and foundation donors.  Award amounts will vary.  Chicago booth does not negotiate scholarship and fellowship decisions.

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Is there any specific information I should know as an active duty military or veteran when applying to Booth?

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Yellow Ribbon Program
Chicago Booth is delighted to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program which is an additional enhancement of the Post 9-11 Veteran's Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Yellow Ribbon awards are available to all veterans at Chicago Booth who qualify under the VA guidelines. Chicago Booth will offer $10,000 per year in Yellow Ribbon scholarship support and the VA will provide up to $10,000 in additional funding. The Yellow Ribbon awards are in addition to other VA programs. You can find the application through the University Registrar. For additional information, please contact Donna Swinford.

Armed Forces Group
The Armed Forces Group at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a student-run organization open to both current and former members of the US and international armed services. Our membership includes students in the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA programs. One of the group’s goals is to assist prospective military candidates with the Booth application process. Contact the group directly to learn more.

Admissions Policies Relevant to U.S. Military Personnel

A student who is admitted to Chicago Booth who is called to active duty prior to matriculation will be granted a deferral of her/his admission to the following year. Deferrals will be reviewed/extended on an annual basis. 

Chicago Booth financial assistance also will be deferred to the following year and reviewed/extended on an annual basis.

Chicago Booth does not accept transfer credits from other institutions, nor does it grant credit for experiential learning or online courses. An evaluated educational plan will be provided after a student is admitted.

Information about readmission, taking a leave of absence, resuming studies, academic grievance policies, and add/drop requirements may be found in the Chicago Booth Student Handbook.

Fee Waivers
By selecting that you are current active duty military or a veteran on the application, our system will automatically generate a fee waiver for you.  Please note that you do not need to fill out a separate fee waiver form, by selecting that option on the application, that will provide you the fee waiver.

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If none of the categories above apply to your inquiry, please fill out the form below with your question and we will answer your inquiry within 48 business hours.  Thank you!

Transcripts - General Questions

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What kind of transcript is needed for my application?

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A scanned, unofficial transcript is needed at the time you apply. We require a copy of both sides of your transcript to be attached to your application at the time of submission. An official transcript will be required only if you are admitted to the MBA program.

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Do I need to send official transcripts in addition to the scanned copy in my application?

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We ask that you refrain from sending any official transcripts until you have been admitted. If you send in an official copy before that time, we will not keep it, and you will need to resend an official copy upon admission.

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I have transfer credits from another institution and/or study abroad. How should I approach this in my application?

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You should list all institutions that you have attended in the academic background section of the application. If the transcript from the degree-granting institution does not include grades from the courses transferred, we do ask that you include transcripts for those courses.

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Should I bring my official transcripts to the interview?

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No. We require official transcripts only upon admission.

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How do I upload my unofficial transcripts?

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You can upload unofficial transcripts in the online application system. Once you enter your educational institution in the "academic record" section, you will be prompted to upload your transcript.

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I'm in my final year of undergraduate study - how should I report my transcripts?

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You need to provide unofficial copies of your transcripts from the beginning of your studies up to the time you submit your application. If you receive an offer of admission, your offer would be contingent upon submitting your degree certificate and degree-granting official transcripts in time for orientation activities.

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What should I do if the watermark on my transcript is too dark, making the document difficult to read?

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You can scan the document and send it to the admissions email address at admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu or mail your unofficial transcript to our office and we will add it to your file.

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What is an unofficial transcript?

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Any transcript that is not in an official, sealed envelope from your registrar is unofficial. Additionally, any transcript that is scanned, copied, faxed, emailed, or sent directly from the applicant is considered unofficial.

Transcripts - International Applicant Questions

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What do I do if my university is outside of the United States and uses a different grading scale?

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Our admissions committee will review your grades within the context that they were awarded. We are familiar with different grading systems around the world. Please do not attempt to convert your grades to the GPA system. We will accept your transcripts in the format that your university issues them. You can send your transcripts, as they are, via scanned .jpg or .pdf version. If these are not in English, please be sure that you provide an English translation.

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My school issues official transcripts in English. Will you accept these, or do I need to submit these in their original language as well?

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We will accept official transcripts in English.

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If my transcripts are all in English and reflect the degree was awarded, do I still have to submit a degree certificate?

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We require degree certificates from all universities attended outside of the United States.

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What if my university only issues one set of official documents?

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In cases where only one set of documents is available, we accept certified photocopies of your official transcripts and degree certificates.

Visiting Campus

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Can we visit campus without an appointment?

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We encourage you to register for our Campus Visit Program to make the most of your visit. If you are unable to attend, our admissions office is open to visitors during the following days and times (excluding holidays): 

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST

Maps and directions

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Is the Campus Visit Program offered every day?

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The Campus Visit program is offered three times a week for the majority of the academic year. During exam periods and academic breaks, we offer an abbreviated campus visit schedule that includes an information session and building tour led by an Admissions staff member. We encourage you to view the campus visit calendar before planning your visit. For more information about visiting campus, please visit our Campus Visit Program page.

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Can I meet with an admissions representative on campus?

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Should you participate in the Campus Visit Program, you will have the opportunity to connect with an Admissions director during the information session. Additionally, with the exception of certain exclusion dates, we have a director who is available on a walk-in basis.

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What is the difference between the Campus Visit Program and Booth Live?

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Both programs are designed to help prospective students learn more about the Booth culture and community. The Campus Visit Program takes place three times a week and offers the opportunity to attend an information session, tour the Harper Center, visit a live class, and have lunch with students. 

Booth Live events are offered a few times a year, and span a full day. They provide more in-depth programming, including additional access to students through panels and lunch, interactions with faculty in class, as well as more engagement with the Admissions staff. 

Register for a visit »

Letters of Recommendation

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What if I don't want to use my current employer as a reference?

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We understand the concerns about using a current employer as a reference. Clients or other supervisors can be used as references if you are uncomfortable requesting one from your current employer. Your reference should know you and your work well enough to tell us about your abilities and address the areas indicated on the reference form. If you do not use a current employer, you should comment on the reasons for this in the additional information section.

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What if my recommender doesn't speak English?

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All recommendations must be submitted in English. Your recommender should seek the help of a translator or use translation software. The translation cannot be done by you. If these options are not possible, you will need to select another recommender.

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How do I waive my recommendation letter rights if I've already selected not to waive?

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If you have submitted your application, you cannot un-do you selection to waive the rights of the recommendation letter. If you have not yet submitted your application, you can change your rights through the online application. Contact admissions with questions at admissions@chicagobooth.edu

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I mistakenly typed my name in the recommender's info section. How can I delete it, and will I be penalized?

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Email the office of admissions at admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu and our admissions coordinators will assist you with the change.

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I uploaded the wrong essay to my application, how can I submit the correct version?

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Email the office of admissions at admissions@ChicagoBooth.edu and our admissions coordinators will assist you with the change.

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What is the maximum size for presentation files?

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There is a 16 megabyte maximum for the file.

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When should I expect an update or confirmation that my information has been received?

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You can check the status of all materials in our online application system. We will only send notifications if anything is missing from your file. If our department does not contact you, please assume that we have received all of your materials. Once your information has been received, it will be updated on the application website.

International Prospective Students

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What are your requirements for international applicants?

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All international applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. In light of the Bologna Accord, Chicago Booth will also accept all three-year international degrees to fulfill the undergraduate prerequisite for application to Chicago Booth.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) is required of international applicants whose native language is not English, or who did not earn an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.

The minimum TOEFL score required for admission depends on whether applicants take the internet-based (iBT) or paper exam. The TOEFL iBT minimum score is 104. The TOEFL paper test minimum score is 600. The minimum IELTS score is 7. The minimum PTE score is 70. Applicants who score below the minimums may still apply, but admission would be contingent upon meeting the minimum scores or other language requirements. While the University of Chicago has specific subscore minimum requirements for each test, Chicago Booth does not strictly enforce subscore minimums since a personal interview is part of our admissions process. Please visit the office of international affairs for more information.

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE score reports are valid for two years, and scores will be considered expired if the test was taken more than two years prior to submission of the application.

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Can I have the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE requirement waived?

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An international applicant is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement if he/she has earned an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction. An applicant is also eligible if he/she is a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language. Applicants should indicate the exemption in the application where appropriate.

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Do you offer financial aid to international students?

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Financial aid information is made available to students upon admission to the program via the admitted students website. You will not need to apply for loans until that time.

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What is the TOEFL test code for Chicago Booth?

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Booth's TOEFL test code is 1832-02.

Financial Aid

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Where can I learn more about financial aid?

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Financing is available for all admitted students in the form of student loans and merit-based scholarships and fellowships only. For more information, visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Degree Alternatives

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I am interested in taking a few graduate-level business classes, without completing an MBA at the University of Chicago. What do I need to do?

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To attend University of Chicago or Chicago Booth classes, you may enroll in the Graduate Student at Large Program offered through the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Education.

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Tell me about your joint degree programs.

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Chicago Booth offers a joint MBA/MA degree in international relations or in area studies (choose from South Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East). To apply, candidates must use the online application and answer the additional question for joint-degree applicants.

Chicago Booth students are able to pursue joint professional degrees, where they earn a professional degree from one of the University of Chicago's other graduate schools, while enrolled at Chicago Booth. Options are:

Applicants must obtain and submit applications separately to both Chicago Booth and to the other professional school, and will receive separate decisions from each school. Contact the appropriate school for application and admissions procedures.

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Please tell me more about your International MBA (IMBA).

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The IMBA program at Chicago Booth is a flexible, yet specialized, degree designed to make you competitive at the global level. The IMBA supplements the strengths of the Full-Time, Evening or Weekend MBA program with coursework focusing on international business issues, proficiency in a regional language, and one academic term abroad through, our International Business Exchange Program (IBEP). Students are admitted to the Full-Time, Evening, or Weekend MBA program, and declare their intent to pursue an IMBA soon after matriculation. Although each IMBA student creates a unique global curriculum, as a group they share goals, skills, and interests that forge a unique esprit de corps and lasting relationships.

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Do you offer a one-year program?

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Chicago Booth does not offer a one-year MBA.

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How is the part-time program different from the full-time program?

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All of our programs offer the same degree, and courses are taught by the same world-class faculty. Our Evening and Weekend MBA programs feature the same flexible curriculum as the Full-Time MBA, yet allow students to earn their MBA without leaving their jobs for full-time study. Another part-time option is our Executive MBA program designed for managers with 10 years or more of professional experience. The Executive MBA features a fixed, cohort-based curriculum and international exchange sessions among the Chicago, London, and Singapore classes.

The Evening, Weekend, and Executive MBA North America programs are housed at Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. These programs have their own admissions process and administrative offices.

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What if I am not sure if I want an MBA or PhD?

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Our PhD Program is research-oriented and primarily intended to prepare graduates for a career in academics, although some go on to work in the business sector. You should consider your career goals and compare program information carefully.

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May I apply for more than one program?

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No, you may apply only to one Chicago Booth program at a time. We ask that you wait two academic quarters before you apply to another program.

Other Booth Questions

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When is the best time in my career to apply?

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There is no one profile or path prior to application that guarantees admission - we value a diverse class and are looking for qualified candidates from many different backgrounds.

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Where can I list my internship experience?

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You can list your internship experience in your resume.

U.S. Military Personnel

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Does Booth participate in the Yellow Ribbon program?

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Yes. Chicago Booth is delighted to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program which is an additional enhancement of the Post 9-11 Veteran's Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Yellow Ribbon awards are available to all veterans at Chicago Booth who qualify under the VA guidelines. Chicago Booth will offer $10,000 per year in Yellow Ribbon scholarship support and the VA will provide up to $10,000 in additional funding. The Yellow Ribbon awards are in addition to other VA programs. You can find the application through the University Registrar. For additional information, please contact Donna Swinford.

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How can I connect with US Military personnel currently at Booth?

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The Armed Forces Group at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a student-run organization open to both current and former members of the US and international armed services. Our membership includes students in the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA programs. One of the group’s goals is to assist prospective military candidates with the Booth application process. Contact the group directly to learn more.

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What are the Admissions Policies Relevant to U.S. Military Personnel?

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A student who is admitted to Chicago Booth who is called to active duty prior to matriculation will be granted a deferral of her/his admission to the following year. Deferrals will be reviewed/extended on an annual basis.
Chicago Booth financial assistance also will be deferred to the following year and reviewed/extended on an annual basis.

Chicago Booth does not accept transfer credits from other institutions, nor does it grant credit for experiential learning or online courses. An evaluated educational plan will be provided after a student is admitted.

Information about readmission, taking a leave of absence, resuming studies, academic grievance policies, and add/drop requirements may be found in the Chicago Booth Student Handbook.

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Am I eligible for a fee waiver?

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You may apply for an application fee waiver if you are…

  • A University of Chicago Student

  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program (Non University of Chicago)

  • A Summer Business Scholars Program Graduate

  • Teach For America (Current Instructor or Alumnus)

  • United States Military (Active or Veteran)

  • A University of Chicago Employee

Chicago Booth does not grant fee waivers based on financial status or any other circumstance outside of the options listed above.


 

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