Booth Part-time MBA Recommendation

I Letter of Recommendation
II Notable Recommendation Questions
III Assessment Grid

You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.

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This recommendation form is for the Chicago Booth Part-time (Evening & Weekend) MBA 2017-18 application season. Generally speaking, recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2018-19 application season. When the 2018-19 application goes live the download file and this page will be updated.

Chicago Booth requires that Part-time MBA applicants submit two recommendations.

Whomever you choose to write your recommendation, make sure he or she knows you well and can offer specific examples of your performance and contributions to the organization. Avoid choosing people simply based on their title or status. We are more concerned with content and substance rather than reputation.

One professional recommendation from a supervisor – It is preferred that you select a current manager/boss/supervisor. We are seeking objectivity in the letter and we want to hear from someone who can assess both your strengths and your weaknesses. If you work for a family business or you own your own company, please try to secure a letter from a client or a bank that does business with you.

A second letter that can be professional in nature or from an organization, club, or volunteer project that you are associated with -These letters give us a different perspective on your skillsets outside of your professional environment. There is no preference in regard to who supplies your second letter of recommendation; our only guideline is that it should add new and valuable insights to your application.
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A common myth is to have the most senior individual at an organization complete the recommendation. In reality, obtaining a recommendation from someone who can share broad themes coupled with specific work examples is most advantageous.

After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Booth application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Booth’s online recommendation form.

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I Chicago Booth Part-time (Evening & Weekend) MBA Letter of Recommendation

Thank you for agreeing to write a recommendation for the applicant. We greatly appreciate the time and effort that you are taking to provide us with your honest assessment of the applicant’s abilities. Your recommendation will be used for the purpose of determining whether the candidate should be admitted and will have a significant impact on the applicant’s chances of admission to Chicago Booth. The most helpful recommendations provide detailed examples or anecdotes to support qualities described in the letter.

Recommendation letters generally vary in length, but most are 1-4 pages in length

Chicago Booth asks recommenders to either upload their recommendation to the online form or to copy and paste their letter in a text box at the end of the online form.

Please provide a written letter of recommendation in support of the applicant. In comparison with his/her peer group, address the following questions in your letter:

  1. What are the applicant’s most salient strengths? (no word limit)

  2. What are the applicant’s areas of development? (no word limit)

  3. How well does the applicant collaborate with others? (no word limit)

  4. What is your overall impression of the applicant? (no word limit)

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II Notable Chicago Booth Part-time (Evening & Weekend) MBA Recommendation Questions

Aside from the typical questions Booth asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.

  • For how long have you known the applicant?
  • Do you have an MBA degree?
  • Are you affiliated with Chicago Booth or the University of Chicago in any way?

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III Chicago Booth Part-time (Evening & Weekend) MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid

Please rate how the candidate compares to his/her peers against the following criteria.

The Chicago Booth assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:

  • Unable to Assess
  • Seldom
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Most of the time
  • Almost Always

The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:

  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Demonstrates strong leadership potential
  • Takes time to understand and listen to others
  • Demonstrates awareness of self and others
  • Open to feedback and constructive criticism
  • Displays initiative and self-motivation
  • Shows intellectual curiosity
  • Demonstrates confidence
  • Makes the most out of situations, whether good or bad

How does the candidate rate within their peer group? Please indicate the reference group for this comparison (fill in field)

  • Unable to Assess
  • Below Average
  • Average (top 50%)
  • Very Good (top 25%)
  • Outstanding (top 10%)
  • Truly Exceptional (top 2%)
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