Class of 2021 Application
All Class of 2021 students are eligible to apply for the Maroon MBA Scholars Program. Students can complete their free application here.
- February 23, 2021: applications open
- April 22, 2021: applications due
- Late April through early May: admissions interviews
- May 21, 2021: decisions released
- Online application form
- Professional resume
- Unofficial transcript
- Essay questions
- Video essay
- GMAT/GRE Scores or meet standardized test waiver requirements
- 2 letters of recommendation: 1 from a job or internship supervisor and 1 from another supervisor or an instructor who has taught you during your time in the College
- Interview with Admissions committee
Standardized Test Waivers
If students meet one of the following criteria, they are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score:
- Obtain a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application with no grades lower than a C on their transcript.
- Submit an additional letter of academic recommendation and, if available, submit an ACT or SAT test score.
Students who meet these criteria are still welcome to submit a GMAT or GRE score if they’d like. If an applicant does not meet either of the above criteria for the GMAT/GRE waiver, they are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score.
*Note: Please keep in mind the testing requirements above only apply to the Maroon Scholars Program and not to other Chicago Booth MBA Programs including the Chicago Booth Scholars MBA Program.
All students who apply to the Maroon MBA Scholars Program will automatically be considered for the Susanne H. Rudolph Scholarship, which provides one-year, partial-tuition scholarship for College alumni who enroll in select UChicago Master’s programs. Class of 2021 students who are admitted to the Maroon MBA Scholars Program will receive a $15,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Visit the Rudolph Scholarship website for more information on the scholarship terms and conditions.
Meet the Adviser
Scott Metcalf, MBA’94, oversees the Maroon MBA Scholars Program and serves as the lead adviser for students in the program. Scott joined the University of Chicago in 2016 following a career of nearly 20 years in business. Scott has previously worked in product development, marketing, and strategy roles with several major corporations, including Grainger, IRI, and Sears. In addition to his work with the Maroon Scholars, Scott is the director of Career Advancement’s Careers in Entrepreneurship program and the Financial Markets Program. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
“The Maroon Scholars Program has given me the opportunity to get started on my MBA while I explore potential career paths. I have enjoyed forming relationships with Booth students, and I look forward to building more relationships in the years to come!”
Miranda Burt, AB'20
"The Maroon Scholars program helped advance my professional goals through exposure to new career opportunities. The program's flexibility allowed me to pursue an opportunity that would not have been possible had I followed a more traditional path."
Arno Curtis, AB'20
"The Maroon Scholars program forced me to step outside of my comfort zone. It provided me an opportunity to surround myself with students further along in their professional journey, shaping my view on what it takes to build a successful career."
Payton Jancsy, AB'20
“GEP’s recruitment through the Maroon Scholars program was highly successful this past fall, providing very strong candidates and one new hire who will be joining us this August. We look forward to having her onboard and meeting additional Maroon Scholars moving forward.”
A New Innovation with an Historic Legacy
The Maroon MBA Scholars is only the latest example of how Chicago Booth and the College are collaborating to support students’ success. The program builds on a long and historic partnership to provide top-tier academic and career education for UChicago students:
- 1898: The University establishes the College of Commerce and Politics, Chicago Booth’s earliest predecessor division that initially served undergraduates exclusively.
- 1935: The division – now known as the School of Business – begins offering a Master of Business Administration degree.
- 1950: The School of Business pivots to serving graduate students and rebrands as the Graduate School of Business (GSB) in 1959.
- 1960s: The College and the GSB roll out a new “Professional Option in Business” joint degree program, which allowed College students to receive both a BA and MBA degree in five years of study. The program ran through the early 1990s, and its graduates included distinguished business leaders such as Byron Trott (AB’81, MBA’82, University Trustee), Brady Dougan (AB’81, MBA’82, University Trustee), and Joseph Mansueto (AB’78, MBA’80).
- 1989: The GSB pilots the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) seminar, which the faculty makes a permanent part of the curriculum in 1991.
- 2002: The University launches the GSB Scholars Program (now known as the Booth Scholars Program), which gives students the opportunity to apply for UChicago’s full-time MBA program during their final year of college, secure their spot in the program, and then defer enrollment for several years while they seek work experience.
- 2006: Byron Trott conceptualizes and makes a gift to create “Chicago Careers in Business,” a pre-professional program that prepares College students for career success with a three-year curriculum that includes expert career advising, a customized version of the LEAD seminar, and MBA-level coursework. The program was renamed the “Trott Business Program” in 2016 in recognition of a $10 million gift from Byron and Tina Trott.
- 2008: David G. Booth (MBA’71 and University Trustee), co-founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors, makes a $300 million gift to the GSB, which is renamed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
- 2020: Chicago Booth develops the Maroon MBA Scholars Program and the Accelerated Booth Scholars Program to help College students put their career on the fast track.
For more information about the Maroon MBA Scholars Program, please contact Scott Metcalf at email@example.com.