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How to apply an MBA at Chicago Booth School of Business

The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, commonly referred to as Chicago Booth, is renowned for its rigorous academic programs, cutting-edge research, and a commitment to fostering future business leaders. For many aspiring candidates, securing admission to Chicago Booth is a significant milestone on their academic and professional journey. To achieve this goal, you must successfully navigate the competitive admissions process. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to apply for an MBA at Chicago Booth School of Business, along with a breakdown of the essential requirements.

How to apply

Chicago Booth’s admissions process is designed to identify candidates who not only exhibit academic excellence but also possess strong leadership potential, analytical skills, and a commitment to making an impact in the business world. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Essay Questions:
    • Chicago Booth typically provides specific essay prompts each year. These prompts offer an opportunity for you to showcase your personality, motivations, and aspirations. Be sure to address the provided essay questions in a thoughtful and concise manner.
  2. Resume:
    • Prepare a comprehensive resume that highlights your academic and professional background. Emphasize key achievements, work experience, leadership roles, and any significant extracurricular activities or community involvement.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation:
    • You must obtain two strong letters of recommendation from individuals who can provide valuable insights into your character, achievements, and potential. Choose recommenders who know you well, preferably from a professional context.
  4. Test Scores:
    • Chicago Booth accepts both GMAT and GRE scores. You must submit one of these standardized test scores to assess your quantitative and analytical abilities.
    • If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. Ensure that you meet the minimum score requirements.

Videos: Info, Application tips

We share several links on different tips for applying to Stanford. The first link talks about Booth Adcom Live Q&A . In addition, it discusses the following topics: Introduction, program formats, program duration, core values, Career impact, student life, centers, application requirements, how to engage, differences from other universities, how to demonstrate leadership, curriculum changes and scholarships.

The second link talks about M7 MBA interview Advice: Focus on Chicago Booth. Listen in as Malvina Miller Complainville, Fortuna Expert coach and Head of Interview Practice, talks to Bill Kooser, Fortuna Director Associate Dean, Chicago Booth about the how to approach the MBA admissions interview for Chicago Booth. From interview format, to essential dos and dont’s, you’ll hear seven minutes of interview prep advice to set you on track for your big moment.

The third link talks about Fireside Chat: Matt Symonds & Chicago Booth. Tune in for a conversation with Matt Symonds and Associate Dean with MBA Admissions as they discuss what make Chicago Booth special. They discuss alumni experiences, memorable applications, lifelong learning experiences, community, and more. Hear some fun facts as to the admissions class profile and their importance of learning about each student as an individual and hearing their unique personal stories. In this session you will find out first hand why Booth is more than just a quants school.

The fourth link talks about How to Ace Chicago Booth Admissions Interview? . we are covering interview preparation strategies for ChicagoBooth school of business. In this session, Mike White, Booth alum & admission consultant at Stratus Admissions, will talk about interview structure at Booth, what adcom committee expects, and 4 things Booth interviewers are trying to know about you in the interview.

The fifth link is about  Non-Obvious Reasons Why I Did My MBA At Chicago Booth. This is an alumnus recounting his experience at Booth and highlighting some unique things about the school that he loved.

And finally, the last link is about A Day in the Life at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business In addition, it discusses the following topics: Glacier center, Booth TNDC, Booth Summer garden, Marketing case competition, Uchicago tour, Main quad and Downtown chicago.

Letter of recommendation questions

Summary of Chicago Booth MBA Recommendation Questions 2023-2024

Recommender Information

Recommenders are asked to provide basic information about themselves, their relationship to the applicant, and how long they have known the applicant. They are also asked if they have an MBA degree or are affiliated with the University of Chicago or Chicago Booth.

Skills Assessment

Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant on a handful of leadership traits and skills on the following scale: Unable to Assess, Area of Concern, Opportunity for Development, Solid/Meets Expectations, Strength/Exceeds Expectations.

Peer Comparison

Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant within their peer group on the following scale: Best in Career, Truly Exceptional (top 5%), Outstanding (top 10%), Very Good (top 25%), Average (top 50%), Below Average, Unable to Assess.

Letter of Recommendation

Recommenders are asked to write a letter of recommendation addressing the following questions:

  • How do the applicant’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified candidates 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.

Tips for Writing Chicago Booth MBA Recommendation Letters

  • Be specific and provide examples.
  • Be honest and authentic.
  • Be concise and to the point.
  • Proofread carefully.

Chicago Booth values recommendations that provide specific and insightful information about the applicant’s leadership traits, skills, and potential. Recommenders should take the time to write a thoughtful and well-crafted letter that will help Chicago Booth make an informed decision about the applicant’s candidacy.


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If invited for an interview this resource is useful: Interview reports submitted by interviewees

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