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Why I Would Not Pick Chicago Booth Part Time MBA

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This is based on personal preference but there are things you might not realize comparing Chicago Booth versus other part time programs. The program at Chicago Booth is barely a cohort. You do not take courses with the same folks like you would in many other part time programs. This does mean more flexibility but a loss of close connections with other classmates.

You can NOT transfer into full time without completely quiting the program. Even if you get in they will only transfer at max 3 credits, even if they are the exact same classes you'd have to take over again. A little odd that they would make you repeat the same classes, but you only get to transfer three should you even be able to transfer. If you want to transfer go to Kellogg, they allow a certain number of folks to transfer from Part Time to Full Time and actually accept the credits.

Chicago Booth Full Time students actively look down on the part timers, I've heard a lot of crap in my time there. While anyone is allowed to join any club, many actively seek to keep part time students out. Most events seem to forget that part time students even exist. Take their Thursday Night Drinking club, while part timers can go, they will not advertise, nor even acknowledge the presence of part time students.

My overall experience is that part time students are there to pay the bills so full time students can have the fun / look down on the part time students, which even though you can take the exact same classes, is a rampant problem at this school.

The school does a terrible job integrating the programs together / building school unity.

Honestly if I would do it over and was picking a part time MBA program I would pick a school that was more cohesive, formed closer bonds, and focused on school unity as a whole, rather than just ignoring a large subset of the population.

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As a prospective applicant, this post needs to be removed. Whatever issues you have with Booth and the program, you need to bring it to the folks who can actually drive change, rather than post defaming statements about a highly respectable program. If your that upset about it go talk to the administration. I have heard nothing but great things about Booth, and I look forward to learning more about the program.

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I actually go to this school. This is my opinion. Trust me I've talked to various people about this problem. The response has not been great. I think everyone should get an honest opinion before they choose a school.

If you are looking for flexibility at the expense of having classes with the same folks, this could be a good option.

Everything I've written is an honest opinion and not "defaming". How about my friend who wanted to have a leadership position in a class, but was not allowed because she was a part time student and they wanted to only reserve those roles to full time students?

Other people enjoy the program and thats great, most of those folks focus only on night classes and aren't worried about joining many clubs or trying to meet any of the full time folks and thats great.

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My personal opinion is that a good portion of people who choose to apply to part-time programs focus more on obtaining a degree rather than the social / career parts which are what most full-time students look for. So I believe the problems you are talking about may apply to the vast majority of part-time programs, not just Booth. I, for example, am looking for the social & career parts, so I never consider applying to a part-time program because of its comparatively lack of cohesion / career opportunities. Regarding full-time students looking down upon part-time students, I'm sure every school has these types of jerks...

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If you want the social benefit of the full-time program, why didn't you just apply to the full-time program in the first place? You should know, going into this, that the part-time student life is going to be a little different from the full-time.

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Valid points but other programs do a much better job of cohesiveness than Chicago booth. Other part time programs keep a part time cohort so despite the lack of outside activities, you still develop those closer bonds. Programs like Kellogg's part time program where you take all your core classes together which does not happen at booth. If you just want flexibility but lack of cohesiveness booth is fine. If you want to do deeper connections and go part time I would pick Kellogg or a other part time programs offer a cohort experience.

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As a prospective applicant, this post needs to be removed. Whatever issues you have with Booth and the program, you need to bring it to the folks who can actually drive change, rather than post defaming statements about a highly respectable program. If your that upset about it go talk to the administration. I have heard nothing but great things about Booth, and I look forward to learning more about the program.


I think there may be more value in keeping this post intact to serve as a reminder and a historic record.
What it describes IS an extreme situation but having gone through the MBA and having interacted with PT Peers, I can definitely hear some familiar tones. It is not untrue either. Again, this is an extreme situation but it is true that PT is not the same as FT, and PT students should realize it. However, I do NOT think that PT Booth is any different from PT Kellogg or PT XXX.
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BB, good call on bumping this post. I think it's important given that any MBA program is a huge investment and I believe it's only fair to share information to help provide potential students an objective perspective.

I've had the pleasure to check out PT Stern, Booth, Kellogg, UCLA, and Haas. In my opinion, Stern and Booth does not do a great job of part-time student integration. Kellogg does a great job integrating part-time students as a cohort, but it seems that this may only apply to the local people who live in the immediate Chicago/Evanston area. For example, the Wisconsin folks would be somewhat left out.

From what I've seen, UCLA and Haas does the best job with part-time and full-time integration hands down, in addition to providing the most supportive career services if you are someone who wants to transition careers. I would gladly speak in detail about the programs if anyone has specific questions.

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From what I've seen, UCLA and Haas does the best job with part-time and full-time integration hands down, in addition to providing the most supportive career services if you are someone who wants to transition careers. I would gladly speak in detail about the programs if anyone has specific questions.


Hi BigGulpsHuh,
Great post. I am admitted to both Booth and Haas PT programs and have to decide on one soon.
Could you elaborate more on the point about integrating with FT program and career services at Haas? I heard PT students can take up internships after 2nd year. Is that through the career center or through students' own efforts? if the school facilitates it(unlike Booth), that would be a great advantage for the EWMBA students.

Also do you think there is collaboration on projects/startup contests between FT and PT students at Haas?

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As a prospective applicant, this post needs to be removed. Whatever issues you have with Booth and the program, you need to bring it to the folks who can actually drive change, rather than post defaming statements about a highly respectable program. If your that upset about it go talk to the administration. I have heard nothing but great things about Booth, and I look forward to learning more about the program.


I think there may be more value in keeping this post intact to serve as a reminder and a historic record.
What it describes IS an extreme situation but having gone through the MBA and having interacted with PT Peers, I can definitely hear some familiar tones. It is not untrue either. Again, this is an extreme situation but it is true that PT is not the same as FT, and PT students should realize it. However, I do NOT think that PT Booth is any different from PT Kellogg or PT XXX.


Hi BB - trying to reconcile, "The program at Chicago Booth is barely a cohort. You do not take courses with the same folks like you would in many other part time programs." and "However, I do NOT think that PT Booth is any different from PT Kellogg or PT XXX."

Would you not agree this program format and collegiality might be a consideration when thinking about PT programs?
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This is based on personal preference but there are things you might not realize comparing Chicago Booth versus other part time programs. The program at Chicago Booth is barely a cohort. You do not take courses with the same folks like you would in many other part time programs. This does mean more flexibility but a loss of close connections with other classmates.

You can NOT transfer into full time without completely quiting the program. Even if you get in they will only transfer at max 3 credits, even if they are the exact same classes you'd have to take over again. A little odd that they would make you repeat the same classes, but you only get to transfer three should you even be able to transfer. If you want to transfer go to Kellogg, they allow a certain number of folks to transfer from Part Time to Full Time and actually accept the credits.

Chicago Booth Full Time students actively look down on the part timers, I've heard a lot of crap in my time there. While anyone is allowed to join any club, many actively seek to keep part time students out. Most events seem to forget that part time students even exist. Take their Thursday Night Drinking club, while part timers can go, they will not advertise, nor even acknowledge the presence of part time students.

My overall experience is that part time students are there to pay the bills so full time students can have the fun / look down on the part time students, which even though you can take the exact same classes, is a rampant problem at this school.

The school does a terrible job integrating the programs together / building school unity.

Honestly if I would do it over and was picking a part time MBA program I would pick a school that was more cohesive, formed closer bonds, and focused on school unity as a whole, rather than just ignoring a large subset of the population.


If you're looking for strong unity and the same cohort and to be 'accepted' into groups and whatnot then you should definitely go for the full-time. PT programs are for people who know what they want to do and are on that career path and need the credibility of an MBA/the degree as a check-mark on their resume to get to their next position faster than without it. That's the reality of the situation. Remember: it's a business transaction, treat it as such.

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