University of Chicago: Booth



1 - Essay

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

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?

Re-applicants only: 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)

Question 3 Guidelines

We have set forth the following guidelines:

  • The content is completely up to you. There is no right, or even preferred, approach to this presentation.

  • There is a strict maximum of four pages (presentation) or 600 words (essay), though you can provide fewer if you choose.

  • Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint or PDF.

  • The document will be viewed electronically, but we cannot support embedded videos, music, or motion images. Additionally, all content MUST be included in the four pages; hyperlinks will not be viewed.

  • The file will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise or presentation.


Two letters of recommendation are required.

1. What are the applicant's most salient strengths?

2. What are their areas of development?

3. How well does this person collaborate with others?

4. What is your overall impression of this candidate?


You are considered a reapplicant if you submitted an application for admission to Chicago Booth's Full-Time MBA Program within the past two academic years. If you applied to the full-time program more than two years ago, or if you applied to another Chicago Booth MBA program, please apply as a new applicant.


  • Reapplicants are required to fully complete the application for 2013 enrollment.

  • Your prior application is kept on file for two years. The Admissions Committee will review your prior application alongside your newest application in order to assess your growth and/or any changes that have taken place since the time of your last application.

  • While the Admissions Committee will review your prior application, your new application should include all information relevant to your candidacy and be able to stand on its own as complete, independent of your prior application.

Letters of Recommendation

  • You will need to submit two new letters of recommendation.

  • You may use the same recommenders as with your previous application.

  • If you use a prior recommender, we strongly suggest that you ask the recommender to write a new letter. A new letter will help us better understand any progress or growth you have demonstrated since the time of the reco