University of Chicago Booth School of Business

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Average GMAT Score726GMAT Range560-780
Total Applicants

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Acceptance Rate

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Class Size585Average Work Experience54 Months
Applicant DeadlinesR1:21-Sep-2017
R2:03-Jan-2018
R3:03-Apr-2018
Decision DatesR1:07-Dec-2017
R2:15-Mar-2018
R3:17-May-2018
Length of Program21 MonthsPlacement Information

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Since its inception 1898, Chicago Booth School of Business makes its students constantly question the existing business practices and theories. This makes them become confident in facing future challenges and become exceptional leaders. The school completely transforms its students with new perspectives and strong analytic ability to make them expert decision makers. The school curriculum has one of its kind programs called LEAD program. This program lets us explore all about you, your uniqueness, your leadership skills, your interaction with others, your shortcomings and how you can overcome them.

The school's flexible curriculum caters to individual needs and focuses on leadership, group experimentation, and great teamwork, enhances your experience to build the solid foundation for business skills for lifetime. You can choose from MBA, International MBA, joint degree or dual degree. The degree and open enrollment programs of Chicago Booth School of Business are offered on three continents

The school has experimental courses like Management Lab, Private Equity/ Venture Lab, and New Venture and Small Enterprise Lab, The school is proud to claim an unmatched faculty, out of which six members have won Nobel Prizes for their effective approach to new ideas and innovative solutions to business. The Chicago has 10 research centers and offers 14 concentrations. They had around 237 recruiting events for their graduating students of 2008-09. The school partners around 33 countries.

Chicago Booth is all about community collaboration. The diversity in student's body is seen by the fact that 35% international applicants in class size of 550 representing 50 countries. With 43,000 alumni having 92 alumni clubs, working in 113 countries supports and contributes to the School with recruitment and mentorship. The school has an average class size of 550 with an acceptance % of 21.9 and with a requirement of average GMAT score of 714.The length of the program is 21 months and the total number of courses offered is 21.The MBA Application requirements also include professional resume, 2 letters of recommendation and 3 Mandatory/1 Optional Essays.

Apart from the above general requirements, the Chicago looks for candidates who are natural leaders, strong analytic ability, and community contributor, excellence in professional and academic field. These are the main factor's which play a key role in making the application success, if you can highlight them in your application essays and interview. So, in order to be part of the vibrant Chicago Booth's community either applicant should be master of the requirements or should be under guidance of an experienced person who will help him secure an admit.

General Education being the group of thorough experienced professionals compounded with profound professional capabilities of guiding applicants to write impressive and successful B-School applications also offers various services to the prospective international MBA applicants to help them realize their higher education dreams. We help you in your journey towards your dream B-School.

Application Process

The Chicago Booth application process involves two steps -

1) Application - applicants have to complete online application and send the supporting documents by the application deadlines.

2) Interviews - applicants will receive the interview invitation by mid decision dates of each round.

Application Checklist

The Chicago Booth application consist of the following items -

1) Completed application

2) Completed essays

3) Professional resume

4) Two letters of recommendation

5) Unofficial transcripts at the time of applying. The official transcripts are submitted only after receiving the offer of admit from the school.

6) GMAT score

7) TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)

Chicago Booth Essay Questions 2015-16

Essay: Chicago Booth values individuality because of what we can learn from the diverse experiences and perspectives of others. This mutual respect creates an open-minded community that supports curiosity, inspires us to think more broadly, take risks, and challenge assumptions. At Booth, community is about collaborative thinking and tapping into each other's different viewpoints to cultivate new ideas and realize breakthrough moments every day.

Using one of the photos provided, tell us how it resonates with your own viewpoint on why the Booth community is the right fit for you.

Reapplicant Essay: Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)

Essay Questions for Year 2013-2014

Short Answer Essays

1. My favorite part of my work is... (250 word max)

2. I started thinking differently when... (250 word max)

Presentation/Essay

The Chicago Booth experience will take you deeper into issues, force you to challenge assumptions, and broaden your perspective. In a four-slide presentation or an essay of no more than 600 words, broaden our perspective about who you are. Understanding what we currently know about you from the application, what else would you like us to know?

Reapplicant Essay

Upon reflection, how has your perception regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 word max)

Chicago Booth Essay Analysis 2013-2014

Essay 1: My favorite part of my work is…. (250 word max)

Analysis: Since this essay prompt focusses on "favourite part of my work" the candidate should ideally write about a recurring aspect or theme that makes their current role interesting. Preferably avoid talking about technical aspects of your work which would possibly be the similar at different companies. Moreover, if you focus on a technical aspect it might be hard to portray within 250 words what distinguishes your work at your current employer from a similar role at a different organization. If for example, you are a software programmer, then discussing your love of writing software code might not necessarily add to your overall profile as a candidate. Therefore, concentrate on an aspect of your work that would provide Adcom insights into your personality. While discussing what makes this particular aspect of your work attractive to you highlight character traits or skills that would also make you a strong candidate for admission to the Booth MBA program. Write about why the favourite part of your work motivates you and how it contributes towards your professional development. Ideally you should focus on an aspect of your work that a similar position at a different organization would not be able to offer. Include succinct examples to explain why this particular aspect of your current work appeals to you as an individual. In addition, it is best to avoid talking only about your greatest accomplishments at work as this might not necessarily convey to Adcom why you enjoy your work on an on-going basis.

Essay 2: I started thinking differently when… (250 word max)

Analysis: This essay gives the candidate the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of topics covering either professional, extracurricular, community service or personal experiences. The candidate should briefly explain their previous way of thinking or their decision making process so that they can contrast it with the new way that they have subsequently developed. In this essay it is essential to reflect on a specific event or occurrence that changed your thinking to show Adcom the impact that this event or occurrence had on you as a person. It is important not only to mention when you started to think differently but also to clearly explain the reasons why this event or occurrence influenced you to change your thinking and mindset.

Along with a focus on leadership the Chicago Booth culture values MBA candidates, who challenge assumptions, are highly analytical and see things in new ways. Therefore, keep these themes in mind and try to incorporate them into your essay.

Presentation/Essay:

The Chicago Booth experience will take you deeper into issues, force you to challenge assumptions, and broaden your perspective. In a four-slide presentation or an essay of no more than 600 words, broaden our perspective about who you are. Understanding what we currently know about you from the application, what else would you like us to know?

First and foremost the candidate must note that Adcom has included this question as they wish to learn more about the applicant's personality, interests and character traits. Adcom is interested to know the kind of person you are by going beyond your academic and professional achievements. Hence, use this essay/presentation to share information about yourself that Adcom would not be able to obtain from other parts of your application. This essay in many ways reflects the culture at Chicago that distinguishes the Booth School of Business from other business schools. The school’s culture values individuals who have a high level of intellectual curiosity. Ideal MBA candidates at Booth are expected to challenge assumptions instead of accepting the status quo and possess the necessary skills and capability to take on any business challenge and identify the opportunities they generate. Therefore, craft your response to communicate to Adcom your mind-set, approach to problem solving, ability to innovate etc. These attributes would show how your personality is perfectly aligned with the Booth culture and also demonstrate your ‘fit’ with the Booth MBA program.

Once you decide on the basic content for the essay/presentation think about the format that is best suited to convey this information to Adcom. Please note that you have an option between writing a 600 word essay and preparing a four-slide presentation. Please be mindful that although there is room for creativity the focus should be on content rather than displaying your expertise with PowerPoint. We strongly recommend that if you prepare a PowerPoint presentation convert the file into a PDF document before submission as this would preserve the formatting contained within the original presentation.

Essay Questions for Year 2012-2013

Essay: 1. What are your short- and long-term goals, and how will an MBA from Chicago Booth help you reach them? (500 words maximum)

Essay: 2. Short Answer Essays:

a. What has been your biggest challenge, and what have you learned from it? (200 words maximum)

b. Tell us about something that has fundamentally transformed the way you think. (200 words maximum)

Essay: 3. Presentation/Essay:

The Chicago experience will take you deeper into issues, force you to challenge assumptions, and broaden your perspective. In a four-slide presentation or an essay of no more than 600 words, broaden our perspective about who you are. Understanding what we currently know about you from the application, what else would you like us to know?

Essay: 4. Re-applicant Essay:

Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words)

Only those applicants who applied for entrance in Fall 2011 or 2012 are required to complete this essay.

Essay Question For Year 2011-12

Essay1: What are your short- and long-term goals, and how will a Chicago Booth MBA help you reach them? (600 words)

Essay2: At Chicago Booth, we believe each individual has his or her own leadership style. How has your family, culture, and/or environment influenced you as a leader? (750 words)

Essay3: Considering what you've already included in the application, what else should we know about you? In a maximum of four slides, tell us about yourself.

RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words)

Essay Question For Year 2010-11

Essay 1

The Admissions Committee is interested in learning more about you on both a personal and professional level. Please answer the following (maximum of 300 words for each section):

  • Why are you pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life?
  • Define your short and long term career goals post MBA.
  • What is it about Chicago Booth that is going to help you reach your goals?

RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application?

Essay 2: Chicago Booth is a place that challenges its students to stretch and take risks that they might not take elsewhere. Tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you learned from that experience (maximum of 750 words).

Essay 3: At Chicago Booth, we teach you HOW to think rather than what to think. With this in mind, we have provided you with "blank pages" in our application. Knowing that there is not a right or even a preferred answer allows you to demonstrate to the committee your ability to navigate ambiguity and provide information that you believe will support your candidacy for Chicago Booth.

     
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