Category Archives: Admissions

STEM certification: what it says about Booth and what it means for international students

On September 9 this year, Dean Rajan sent the school an email saying two of our MBA concentrations, Business Analytics and Analytic Finance, are STEM-certified. My inbox was immediately flooded with congratulations from friends who knew I’d been working on this initiative with Dean Kole for almost a year. But more than the joy of seeing our efforts bear fruit, I was grateful to be part of a school that truly cares about its students and is not afraid of change.

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Masters in Business: A Fireside Chat with David Booth and Eugene Fama

Chicago Booth has a longstanding tradition of bringing in leaders to share insights and experiences. Last week, the Chicago Booth Distinguished Speaker Series invited the community to a fireside chat with legendary investor and Chicago Booth’s namesake, David Booth, ‘71, as well as Professor and Nobel Laureate Eugene “Gene” Fama. Dean Rajan provided a captivating introduction and Bloomberg columnist, Barry Ritholz, moderated the conversation, which provided an entertaining and illuminating deep dive on the nature of Booth and Fama’s relationship, as well as their thoughts on the evolution of investing over the years.

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Tell Your Story: Yiran Huang

“Tell Your Story” is a regular series that features one of our Booth community members. In his or her own words, the contributor details their path to Booth and other interesting personal highlights.

Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
I grew up in Henan Province, China. Prior to Booth, I was a product developer and manager at UBS Asset Management in Hong Kong. I led cross-functional projects to develop fund products, generated new product ideas, and researched the asset management landscape in China.

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What Can a Booth Career Adviser Do for You?

Picture this: You’ve got a non-traditional background. Maybe you were a teacher, a non-profit operator, a PR associate. You’re about to start your first year at Booth with the goal of transitioning into a different career such as consulting, tech, or banking. How do you translate your skills to these new fields and present yourself in the best light? How do you manage the networking crop circles? How do you write a rock star resume?

Recruiting for your future career at Booth can certainly be an intimidating task. But Booth has a program in place that is easily accessible for every first year student no matter their background: Career Advisers. CAs, like me and David (see pic above), are second years who have volunteered to serve as career-oriented resources.

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How to Prepare for Your MBA Interview

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and there is a faint nip in the air (or if you are here in Chicago, the first flurries of snow are swirling!). These signs can only mean one thing: MBA interview season is upon us.

You have attended what feels like a million information sessions that detail how each MBA program is different, carefully crafted essays bearing your wildest hopes and dreams, politely hounded your recommenders to ensure their letters on your behalf made it in before the deadline, and now, you have earned yourself a coveted interview spot. After the initial excitement subsides, nerves slowly creep back in as you realize this interview is merely something new to prepare for. What now?

Having been in these same shoes not too long ago, and now as a member of the Admissions Fellow team that will conduct all of Booth’s on-campus interviews, I have distilled my wisdom into a simple five-point list to help you relax, impress your interviewer, and potentially earn a spot in the Class of 2022.

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