Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chicago Booth Deadlines and Essays (with an optional PowerPoint presentation) for 2012-13 Admissions Season

In a recent posting to the Booth Insider (their admissions blog and a must-read for applicants), Chicago Booth announced its deadlines and essay topics for those applying for the MBA program beginning in the fall of 2013. Here are the deadlines:

Round 1:
Deadline - 10/2/2012
Decision - 12/19/2012

Round 2:
Deadline - 1/8/2013
Decision - 3/28/2013

Round 3:
Deadline - 4/4/2013
Decision - 5/23/2013

These deadlines can be verified at Chicago Booth's official admissions site.

The programs has also made major revisions to its essay set for this year. Most notable among these changes is that the PowerPoint submission is now optional; applicants can choose to write a 600 word essay in place of the PowerPoint. Here are the essays:

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

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)

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?

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.

The school noted their application will come out in early August 2012. Until then, these questions can be verified by reading the post to the Booth Insider announcing them.

John Couke