Full-Time MBA

Chicago Booth Scholars Program

Undergraduate students who are considering an MBA in the future can apply to Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program during their final year of studies. The Chicago Booth Scholars Program allows you to complete the MBA application process while still at your undergraduate institution, then start at Chicago Booth after a conditional two to four year deferment period for professional experience. Chicago Booth Scholars is an early impact program that offers promising undergraduates the chance to secure a seat in the next generation of MBA talent.

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2019 Program Snapshot

Undergraduates Admitted
57 Booth Scholars
Deferment Period
2-4 Years of Professional Work Experience
GMAT Range
GPA Range

The 2020 Application is Now Open!

The application for the 2020 Chicago Booth Scholars Program is now open!  Apply today through our online application system.  We also encourage you to register for our email list to receive important updates about this year's admissions process.

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Any current undergraduate student in their final year of study is eligible. We accept applicants from all undergraduate institutions. Candidates for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program are intellectually curious with personal maturity, competitive scores, and demonstrated leadership throughout college. Applicants also display a track record of quality internships, part-time jobs, and/or an entrepreneurial spirit. For more detailed information about your eligibility, please visit Admissions Criteria for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program.

Booth Scholars represent diverse interests and backgrounds.

Common Undergraduate Majors Common Pre-Booth Industries
 Biology  Consulting
 Computer Science  Education
 Economics  Government
 Engineering Science  Healthcare
 History  Investment Banking
 Mathematics  Non-Profit
 Political Science  Sports/Recreation
 Psychology  Technology
 Public Policy  


Chicago Booth recognizes and values the diversity of backgrounds of all applicants. Candidates for the Chicago Booth Scholars Program should be able to articulate a potential career path and why an MBA is necessary in the near future. It is also important to show the ability to question the status quo, engage in the process of learning, and thrive in an academically rigorous environment.

Application Deadline Interview Timeline Decision Notification
April 2, 2020
11:59 pm CST
Early May, 2020 June 4, 2020
9 am CST

1. Apply Online

Open a Chicago Booth Scholars application through our online application system

The $250 application fee will be waived for Chicago Booth Scholars applicants.

2. Complete the Application by April 2, 2020

A complete submission will consist of the following items: 

  • Biographical and background information
  • Short answer questions: 
    • What do you plan to accomplish after graduation and prior to starting your MBA?
    • What is your immediate post-MBA career goal?
    • How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your post-MBA career goals?
  • Essay: 
    • Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life?
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one professional)
  • Unofficial (scanned) transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Official transcripts are requested from admitted students only.
  • GMAT or GRE score (GMAT code: H9X-9F-34; GRE code: 0685).
    • Self-reported scores are required at the time of submission, official scores are required from admitted students only.
    • Learn more about discounted GMAT pricing for undergraduate students.
  • International Applicants: An english language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE) is required. An international applicant is exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement if:
    • They have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction. 
    • They are a citizen or permanent resident of a country where English is an official language. 

3. In-Person Interview

Interviews are granted on an invitation-only basis after the evaluation of a submitted application. They are conducted by Admissions staff, students, or alumni. A candidate who receives an invitation will have one interview and the opportunity to move forward in the application process. Please note that completing an interview does not guarantee admission.

4. Admissions Decision

All candidates are informed of admission decisions through the online system. Applicants selected for participation in Chicago Booth Scholars will be provisionally admitted to Chicago Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program and granted an automatic two to four year deferment.

5. Matriculation

Booth Scholars have flexibility in the timing of their deferment. You have a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years to enroll in Chicago Booth's Full-Time MBA Program. If applicants wish to continue working at the end of their deferment, there is also an opportunity to choose to enroll in either the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Program.


Events are a great way to discover more about the Chicago Booth Scholars Program. We host receptions, participate in MBA forums and campus fairs, and offer on-campus visits so you can learn more about the distinct benefits of the program.

  • Information Sessions: Held throughout the year by Admissions staff, these presentations and panel discussions with current Booth Scholars offer an in-depth overview of the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, as well as insights into the admissions process. Learn more and attend an information session on campus »
  • Student-Hosted Events: You have the unique opportunity to engage with our current students in a relaxed and informal environment. These casual gatherings pop up throughout the year and are a great way to find out more about the Booth community and student experience.
  • Campus Fairs: Chicago Booth Admissions staff will come to you! We participate in several undergraduate fairs every year—and are adding new locations on a regular basis—so check back to find an event in a city near you.

In addition to the specific Chicago Booth Scholars events listed above, we invite you to engage directly with Booth’s Full-Time MBA events.

  • View our events page to see upcoming information sessions and student-hosted events in your area.
  • Join us for a campus visit. Hear from Admissions, attend a class, tour the building with current Full-Time students, and get an introduction to our unique philosophy known as The Chicago Approach. Learn more and register for a visit »

Once admitted to the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, you are officially a part of the Booth community. Throughout your deferment period, you'll have access to events, quarterly meetups, and connections to Booth Scholars alumni and current students.

Check out our main FAQ page to get your Chicago Booth Scholars questions answered. 

Can't locate an answer? Please feel free to contact us

Follow The Chicago Booth Scholars MBA Path

Attend Final Year of Undergraduate Study

Jump-start your future. Take the GMAT/GRE and prep for Booth's MBA application.


Submit Chicago Booth Scholars Application

Apply to Booth's Full-Time MBA Program early and get into this special deferment program.


Graduate and Start Your Job

Your MBA path is set. Now go experience work and life.

personal growth

Work for 2 - 4 Years

Take time to discover your career passions, build professional skills, and develop leadership potential while on the job.


Engage with Booth

Take the initiative to connect with current students and alumni, subscribe to newsletters, and attend Booth events.


Explore Your Community

Choose to venture outside your office walls and get involved with your community.


See the World

Seek out opportunities to experience new places and cultures.


Further Personal Growth

Don't forget to nurture your own personal passions and interests outside of work.


Begin Booth MBA 

Now that you have real-world work experience, breeze back into school to get your Booth MBA. (No application. You're already in!)



Email or call 773.702.7369 with questions regarding the Chicago Booth Scholars Program.