The Booth School of Business at University of Chicago offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, international business, marketing, management information systems, production/operations management, organizational behavior, public policy, and quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research. Its tuition is full-time: $69,200 per year. At graduation, 88.0 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

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Application Deadlines

 Round 1: September 2018

 Round 2: January 2019

 Round 3: April 2019

Application Fee: $250

Admissions Facts

Program length: 21 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 23.5%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 730

 Average GRE score: N/A

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 3 years or less

Application Essays

Season: 2018

1. Essay

View this collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why. 

2. Optional Essay

Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300 words maximum)

Presentation/Essay Guidelines

  • 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. Use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but it is recommended that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.

Technical Guidelines:

  • File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
  • Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and PowerPoint. It is strongly recommended that your piece is converted to a PDF file prior to submitting.
  • Multimedia Restrictions: Your submissions will be viewed electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.

  1. The first letter of recommendation should come from a supervisor. If possible, it is preferred for you to use a current supervisor for this recommendation. If you are unable to use your current supervisor, please explain the circumstances in the optional essay. Overall, Booth’s admissions team is seeking objectivity in the letter, and would want to hear from someone who can assess both your strengths and your weaknesses. If you work for a family business or own your own company, please try to secure a letter from a client or outside party who does business with you and can provide an objective assessment of you.
  2. The second letter can be professional in nature or come from an individual who has worked with you in an organization, club, or on a volunteer project. These letters can give us a different perspective of your skill sets outside of your professional environment. There is no preference on who supplies your second letter of recommendation; our only guideline is that it should add new and valuable insight to your candidacy.

Whomever you choose to write your recommendation, make sure he or she knows you well and can offer specific examples of your performance and contributions to the organization. Avoid choosing people simply based on their title or status. The admissions team are more concerned with content and substance rather than reputation.

Recommender Requirements

Booth’s admissions team ask that recommenders complete a skills assessment for each applicant, as well as submit a letter answering the following questions:

  1. How does the applicant’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  2. Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

Admissions Verdict



“Academic and professional excellence are just a baseline requirement for Booth – this university looks for applicants that can think on their feet and apply their talents in creative ways. ” Consultant2018

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