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Chicago Graduate School of Business


Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: October 18, 2008 Decisions released by December 18, 2008
  • Round 2: January 7, 2009 Decisions released by March 25, 2009
  • Round 3: March 11, 2009 Decisions released by May 13, 2009

Essays

Chicago GSB Office of Admissions is pleased to announce the essay questions for the Fall 2008 application.

  1. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? (750 word maximum)
  2. Please select one of the following two questions to answer. (1000 word maximum)
1a) Please provide an example of a time when you had to make a choice between two equally important obligations. How did you decide which obligation deserved your attention? b) Did you try and predict other people’s reactions to your decision? If so, how accurate were you? Why do you think you were or were not accurate in your prediction? c) Reflecting on this experience, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB might have aided in your decision making process?
2a) Have you ever made a decision that caused you to go against popular opinion? Please describe that situation and your rationale for you decision. b) Did you feel at any point that people misperceived your motives? Explain? c) In retrospect, how do you think an MBA from Chicago GSB would have affected your decision?

Slide Presentation: We have asked for a great deal of information throughout this application and now invite you tell us about yourself. (four Powerpoint slides)

  1. The content is completely up to you. There is no right or wrong approach to the way you construct your slides or answer this question.
  2. There is a strict maximum of 4 slides.
  3. Slides will be printed and added to your file for review, therefore, flash, hyperlinks, embedded videos, music, etc. will not be viewed by the committee. You are limited to text and static images to convey your points.
  4. Slides will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas.
  5. You are welcome to attach a word document of notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary.
  6. If you do not have access to PowerPoint or a similar software application, you can contact the admissions office at admissions@chicagogsb.edu for alternative methods.

 

(Optional) If there is any important information that is relevant for your candidacy that you were unable to address elsewhere in the application, please share that information here.

Admission Statistics (Class entering 2007)

  • Total Number of Applicant: ??? unknown
  • Total Number of enrollment: 560
    • - Women: 35%
    • - International: 40%
  • Average Age at Matriculation: 28
  • Average Work Experience 4.8 years
  • GMAT
    • Average 709
    • Median 710
  • Acceptance Rate: Unpublished%
    • NOTE - Rumored to be roughly 25% but applications are increasing significantly so rate will be continuing to decrease

Career Statistics (2007)

  • Acceptance by Function
    • - Consulting: 22%
    • - Finance: 59%
    • - Marketing: 8%
    • - Business Development & Strategic Planning: 4%
    • - General Management: 4%
    • - *Other: 4%
  • Acceptance by Location
    • - Chicago: 26%
    • - East Coast: 31%
    • - West Coast: 11%
    • - International: 17%
    • - Midwest: 6%
    • - Southwest: 3%
    • - Mid-Atlantic: 3%
    • - South: 3%

Salary Range by Function

Range Median Median Bonus
Business Development & Strategic Planning 45,000-150,000 91,250 12,500
Consulting 45,600-150,000 110,000 19,000
Finance 55,000-160,000 95,000 30,000
General Management 25,000-155,000 97,00 15,000
Marketing 26,000-110,000 85,500 20,000
Other* no data no data no data

Overview (by Hjort)

The Chicago Economic Area is the fourth largest in the United States after NYC, Los Angeles, and SJ-SF-Oakland.

Rankings

2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
BusinessWeek 1 1 2 2 2 2
The Economist 3 1 4 6 6 5 4
Princeton Review 2
US News 4 5 8 6
Financial Times 9 6 6 6 4
Forbes 7 7 3 3 3 3
USA Today 3
WSJ 9 11 13 5 5 6

CEOs: Morgan Stanley, Deere, Gillete, Ryder, Maytag, Peoples Energy (Law), Equity Residential, Wyeth (MA), H&R Block, Nicor (new CEO with JD from Univ of Illinois announced 17 MAR 05).

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