Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions 2016-2017 have been released by Chicago Booth School of Business for the upcoming MBA admissions year following the announcement of the Chicago Booth MBA Application Deadlines.
Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions
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- Choose the format that works for you. Want to illustrate your response visually? Submit a slide presentation. Like to express yourself with words? Write a traditional essay. Use the format that you feel best captures your response, the Admissions Committee has no preference.
- Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.
- File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
- Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and PowerPoint. Chicago Booth strongly recommends converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.
- Multimedia Restrictions: Chicago Booth will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.
Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300 word maximum)
Reapplicants to Chicago Booth must submit an additional 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-word limit)
Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Criteria
For your application to be considered complete and reviewed for admission by Chicago Booth, you must meet the following prerequisites.
- All candidates must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or university or its equivalent in another country. Documentation of your education will be required as part of the application for admission.
- All candidates must take and submit results from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Chicago Booth does not have a minimum required GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission.
- 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). An exception from this requirement is possible. (See International Applicants for more information.)
The Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Committee considers a candidate’s potential for success both while in school and beyond. We evaluate candidates using a holistic process that incorporates every component of the application. More broadly, the application can be categorized into three broad themes.
What The Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Committee Looks For – Curriculum
MBA Applicants should have both the ability and the desire to thrive within a demanding and stimulating environment. Qualities sought include:
- Academic preparedness
- Intellectual curiosity
- Communications skills
Some of the ways the MBA Admissions Committee looks for evidence of academic preparedness, intellectual curiosity, and communications skills include the following:
- GPA, GMAT, or GRE, and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (if applicable)
- Academic recognition
- Merit-based scholarships
- Professional certifications
- Mastery of oral and written communication
- Listening skills
- Indications of being well-read
- An interest in current affairs
- An interest in areas outside of one’s immediate environment
- A level of willingness to engage in debate or to ask questions
What The Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Committee Looks For – Community
Chicago Booth looks to see how a student’s unique personal and professional experience will add to a strong, congenial community that constantly supports and pushes its members to be the best they can be. Qualities sought include:
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Respect for others
- Philanthropic tendencies
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Fit with Chicago
- A unique perspective
Some of the things the MBA Admissions Committee considers evidence of a candidate’s ability to fit in and to make a contribution to the school’s culture and community include:
- Responses to essay questions
- Letters of recommendation
- A history of long-term involvement in activities and community service
- Contributions of personal time to an organization
- Continued involvement with undergraduate or other post-graduate institutions
- Evidence of a sense of passion regarding social, community, or political issues
What The Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Committee Looks For – Career
The qualities that contribute to the success of our graduates can be found early in their careers. Qualities sought include:
- A track record of success
- Sense of personal direction
- Time-management skills
- Realistic expectations for the MBA
What The Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Committee Looks At
Some of the things the MBA Admissions Committee considers evidence of a track record of success, resourcefulness, a sense of personal direction, time-management skills, and realistic expectations for the MBA include:
- Letters of recommendation
- Professional recognition or certifications
- Responses to essays
- Communication skills demonstrated in the interview
Refer to the MBAPrepAdvantage post MBA Admissions Criteria for a more in-depth analysis on how business school admissions committees evaluate your candidacy.
Visit the Chicago Booth Admissions, Admissions Process and Admissions Decisions pages to learn more information about the Chicago Booth MBA Essay Questions and applying to the MBA program of the business school.
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