Scott Edinburgh
January 13, 2023

Booth EMBA Application Deadlines and Essay Tips: 2022-2023

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business has shared its Executive MBA application essays for the 2022-2023 application cycle. This year, the school’s application features one required essay and one optional essay.

For those interested in the Chicago Booth EMBA Program, take a look at the latest class profile to assess whether the school may be a good fit for you.

The Chicago Booth EMBA class of 2023 is made up of 255 students representing 48 nationalities. Of these students, 119 have advanced degrees and a third identify as women.

Class of 2023 Booth EMBA students had an average of 13 years of work experience and an average age of 38.

Twenty-two industries are represented in the Booth EMBA class. Top pre-EMBA industries include technology (14%), energy/oil/utilities (9%), and consulting (9%). Top pre-EMBA functions were general management, consulting, and engineering.

Average GMAT: 699

Average Executive Assessment: 154

Below, please find the upcoming application deadlines and our analysis of the Booth EMBA application essays. 

The 2022-2023 Chicago Booth Application Deadlines

Round 1: Oct. 31, 2022

Round 2: Jan. 16, 2023

Round 3: April 3, 2023

Round 4: June 12, 2023 

2022-2023 Chicago Booth EMBA Application Essays

Chicago Booth EMBA Essay 1

Why are you seeking an MBA from Chicago Booth and what unique knowledge and experiences do you hope to contribute to the program? (2 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

At two single-spaced pages, this can amount to a very long essay. That said, admissions committees appreciate concise writing, so do not feel compelled to write for writing’s sake. This essay has a few key foundational parts: once you have satisfied those, do not add unneeded generalities or fluff.

Personal MBA Coach suggests approaching the Chicago Booth EMBA essay by first establishing where you are today professionally. In this introduction, you should briefly discuss the skills and expertise you have mastered. Next, share your post-MBA goals, both short term and long term. As you do this, cite specifics: Chicago Booth wants to know what your plans are, in detail, for your future. It is fine (and common) to remain at the same firm and even in the same role. However, you should clearly articulate your vision, telling the admissions committee what you hope to accomplish and how it will impact your future firm.

Next, you want to make clear why you are seeking an MBA now. To do this, discuss what skills it will give you, generally speaking, and how these specific skills will help you to reach your future ambitions.

Finally, devote the remainder of the essay to the EMBA program at Booth—courses you will take, programs you will follow—citing specifically the know-how that Booth will edify.

This discussion should include not only what you will learn from the program but also what you will bring to Chicago Booth. Think about where you are in your career, special expertise you have, unique perspectives and experiences you can share, and cite specific ways in which you will funnel/share those to contribute. This final part gives you an opportunity to go a bit beyond the professional arena to share something more personal about you: your involvement in nonprofits, or talents or activities you cultivate. Whatever they are, make sure you show how you will share them specifically through the Booth program and how you will improve the school community as a whole.

Personal MBA Coach always recommends that applicants research the particular culture and priorities of the school. While they should, of course, be part of your reason for applying there, it is helpful to keep them in mind while writing about both what you will get from a Chicago Booth EMBA and what you will give back to Chicago Booth.

Chicago Booth EMBA Optional Essay

If there is anything else you would like the admissions committee to know about you, please share that information here. (1 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman)

The optional Booth EMBA essay should be addressed only by applicants with extenuating circumstances or life events that have strongly affected their academic and professional voyage. Read more about how to answer this optional essay question here.

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