Chicago Booth is more than a finance school—it’s marketing, social impact, entrepreneurship, technology, CPG [consumer packaged goods], consulting.
That type of variety naturally attracts people with differing interests, career goals, and passions.
Along with his leadership in recruiting exceptional professors from around the world, Dean Kumar has been an advocate and front-runner in the expansion of Booth’s global presence—most recently, the move of our executive MBA program in Asia from Singapore to its new home in Hong Kong.
The school has seen many new initiatives under his charge in regards to students, alumni, and faculty, from innovative education and research programs to increased support for scholarships and collaborative partnerships.
We’re not doing anything different per se, just doing a better job of articulating what the Booth degree and this community are all about. We ask candidates to tell us their goals to help us understand what motivates them to get an MBA and what they are driven to do in the future, but also to explain why they believe Booth is the best place to pursue that passion.
As an applicant, we expect you to have well-thought-out conviction in your goals and to be able to clearly explain what those intentions are, as well as how you plan to achieve them within the construct of Chicago Booth.
Can you explain some of the reasoning behind these changes?
How do you hope these adjustments might influence the essays you receive in response?
The backgrounds from which our students come and they areas they are going into post-MBA are incredibly diverse, and they [the students] embrace an environment that cultivates such diversity.
Our students believe that the best ideas generate the greatest impact when different perspectives have been solicited and thoroughly vetted.