University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Round       Submission Deadline     Decision Notification Date
Round 1    Sep 27, 2018                December 06, 2018
Round 2    January 3, 2019            March 21, 2019
Round 3    April 04, 2019               May 16, 2019

Chicago Booth Admissions Deadlines

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Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

The second example is a narrative that demonstrates how Science became the foundation for the applicant’s economic promotion from low to middle-income family. The growth inspires the applicant to join Teach for America and take up the role of an 8th grade Science/Math teacher. The challenges of teaching complex concepts to children whose family is in disarray add another dimension to the daily struggles of a school teacher.

Each challenge, the solution, and the life lesson are summarized as a leadership lesson. As the concluding paragraph, the applicant also provides context on why she moved from Teaching to Consulting. Booth MBA is mentioned as a natural progression in her search for leadership IMPACT.

Sample Chicago Booth MBA Essay: How leadership experiences influenced the choices in your life (640 Words)

As an African American, my parents were the first family members to graduate from college. The impact of education was direct. When I was four, we moved from the projects to a middle-income neighborhood....

Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

In the first example on leadership experiences that influenced the choices in your life, we share the journey of a Technologist with an inspiring father – a restaurant owner, who immigrated from an Asian country. The work ethics, temperament, treating employees with respect, the struggle and the challenges of running a restaurant business in an information age is formed as the basis for his leadership development and the decision to pursue a Technology career. The circumstances that led to the establishment of a non-profit that feeds the hungry in NYC is transitioned intelligently through a narrative on restaurant food and wastage.

Sample Chicago Booth MBA Essay: Leadership experience that influenced the choices of your life(493 Words)(Father’s Restaurant Business and Leadership)

Starting at 5:00 am and planning for the day became a habit for my Father as he managed many moving parts – suppliers, finance, staff, and sales. The expectations to learn all the functions or at least know what it is like to be someone else trained me to think from other person’s point of view. While working for my first...

In the second example, we study the career of a Business Development/Marketing lead of a non-profit who had an impressive international experience – worked in 5 international cities. The transition from an intern to taking care of the organization’s entire Business development in five years is impressive in itself. However, the motivation for an MBA arose from a failure.

The non-profit had built partnerships with local Entrepreneurs in South Africa and their products dominated in two consumer goods categories. Since individual contribution funded the organization, roadblock hit when they began growing at an unprecedented rate. The Founders failed to raise funds from private entities. The failure was an aha moment for the applicant as she realized the gap in her knowledge in fundraising and scaling Business.

The search for a ‘Finance MBA’ with strong community and world-class professors become the logical choice.

Sample Booth MBA Essay #1: Social IMPACT to Marketing (478 Words)

After my B.A in Economics from Columbia University, the desire to change the world overtook the expected career choice as a Financial Analyst....

Essay 1# How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)

For the first example, we consider the fictitious profile of a Reservoir Engineer who wants to transition into a Consulting role. With Booth's extensive concentrations, Labs and Global Experiential learning programs, the applicant is planning to move into Consulting in the Energy industry and in the long-term establish her boutique Consulting company.

The journey to consider consulting as a post-MBA career happened when she helped her colleague from the M&A department double-check a Financial model. The gaps in date on oil exploration became an impetus to do a side project that evaluated underused assets in competing companies in the Energy sector (oil & gas + renewable).

Offering context is essential for your post-MBA goals question. The motivation to pursue a career is obvious to enhancers (from Finance) as an MBA is considered a required tool to hit the Analyst/Project Manager career milestone before turning 30.

For career switchers, sharing...

Q) The following is a collection of shared Booth moments.

Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.

Booth MBA Essay Tips

Booth’s MBA Application Essay for 2017-18 has maintained the same format as last year with a pictorial series of 6 moments as the prompt.

If you pay close attention, the admission team is asking – what aspect of Chicago Booth MBA experience do you like the most

#1. Modern Art

#2. Teamwork and Individual Ambition   

#3. Adventure   

#4. Diversity

#5. Classroom Experience   

#6. Harper Centre   

Booth Brand

Most MBA Admission Consultants will talk about the value of Booth brand from a pure entry criteria and post-MBA jobs point of view. GMAT Score of the incoming class, GPA, the diversity (% international, %women) and post-MBA Finance jobs doesn’t cover the impact of the Booth brand completely.

If you want...

Chicago Booth MBA Salary by Function

By job function, the largest percentage of the class (37.5%) was in Finance with the total median salary at $165,000. Consulting was the second most popular job function, taking in the highest salary - $170,000. Finance job function has other bonus and performance based incentives, which on adding up to the total salary is 30-50% higher than what consulting candidates are receiving.

Chicago Booth MBA Salary by Industry
Like job functions, Finance is the most popular industry (36%) for Booth MBA candidates, followed by Consulting (27.5%). Technology(16.7%) is slowly taking a bigger chunk of candidates from traditional sectors (Manufacturing, Media, and Consumer Products). The post-MBA salary has a direct correlation with the choice of the industry.

Reference: Chicago Booth MBA Employment Report

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