Scott Edinburgh
July 20, 2023

Chicago Booth Essay Analysis and Application Deadlines: 2023-2024

Chicago Booth MBA Program

The Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA 2023-2024 application is now live. Once again, both questions have remained unchanged. There are two Chicago Booth MBA essays, each with no strict word limit.

Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program is known for its analytical approach, and many economists teach courses on theory and practice. The program offers a multidisciplinary core curriculum, covering accounting, economics, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

With no major requirements, students have great flexibility in choosing courses. If you are looking to apply for 2024 intake, please see below for the upcoming deadlines as well as Personal MBA Coach’s tips on how to answer the Chicago Booth MBA essays.

The Chicago Booth MBA Deadlines Are:

Round 1: September 21, 2023

Round 2: January 4, 2024

Round 3: April 4, 2024

Personal MBA Coach’s Chicago Booth MBA Essay Analysis and Tips

Booth MBA Essay 1: 

How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)

For this question, you will want to discuss your specific short-term and long-term goals. Be sure to explain a bit of your thinking behind these goals, allowing the reader to understand both your higher-level aspirations and how you developed them.

Watch this quick tips video with Personal MBA Coach’s founder Scott Edinburgh for guidance on how to articulate your goals:

As with other “goals” essays, you are also expected to touch upon your past successes, explaining how they are relevant to your future objectives. This question does not require you to walk through your entire resume, and candidates are advised not to do so. Instead, focus on your past just enough to establish your key skills as well as how and why you will succeed in the future.

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Next, think about your skills gaps and how a Booth MBA will help you to close these gaps. Be specific here and take the time to do your research. Detail the classes, programs, or clubs you hope to take advantage of on campus and how they will help you to achieve your post-MBA career goals.

Again, do not include a laundry list. Instead, carefully think through how each area will help you fill in the necessary pieces of the puzzle. Finally, be sure to show an understanding of Booth’s culture.

Booth MBA Essay 2:

An MBA is as much about personal growth as it is about professional development. In addition to sharing your experience and goals in terms of career, we’d like to learn more about you outside of the office. Use this opportunity to tell us something about who you are. (250-word minimum)

The second Chicago Booth essay challenges applicants to think about personal aspects of their profile. At Personal MBA Coach we specialize in helping our clients develop their personal stories. This essay is an opportunity to share more about yours.

As you brainstorm topics for this Booth MBA essay, remember that admissions committees are looking to create a well-rounded class. Think about how you are unique. This is your chance to think about what sets you apart from other applicants.

Potential topics to explore here include passions, values, hobbies, and extracurricular activities.

While there is no stated maximum for the Chicago Booth essay questions, we advise our clients to be focused and succinct. This is not the time to write a 1,000-word essay, so choose your words carefully.



Optional Chicago Booth Essay

Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify. (300 words maximum)

The Chicago Booth application also includes an optional essay question. For tips on handling this third (optional) Booth MBA essay, visit Personal MBA Coach’s blog on optional essays.

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