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Kellogg School of Management

(Northwestern University)

QUICK FACTS

  • Location: Evanston, IL, USA
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Cost: $162,030
  • Average GMAT score: 729
  • Acceptance Rate: 20%
  • Average Work Experience: 5.1 years

Employment Reports (2022)

  • Received an Offer: 99%
  • Accepted an Offer: 97%
  • Median Salary: $165,000
  • Median Signing Bonus: $30,000
  • 40% found a job in consulting

RANKINGS

  • #9 Financial Times 2023 MBA Ranking
  • #2 US News - Best Business Schools
  • #3 US News - Part-time MBA
  • #2 US News - Executive MBA
  • #14 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

CLASS OF 2025

  • Total Enrollment: 529
  • Women: 48%
  • International: 39%
  • Average GPA: 3.7

ABOUT

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is Northwestern University’s business school, situated in Chicago, Illinois. Kellogg is one of the world’s oldest business schools, founded in 1908 and having made important contributions to disciplines including marketing, management sciences, and decision sciences.

Kellogg is a worldwide business school with a thriving community of academics, staff, students, and alumni that impact business and organizational practice all around the world. Kellogg’s challenging academic experience combines theory and practice, resulting in a dynamic research and learning environment.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Round 1: September 13th, 2023
  • Round 2: January 10th, 2024
  • Round 3: April 3th, 2024

APPLICATION PROCESS

Transcripts

Candidates must upload transcripts from the undergraduate academic institutions that they’ve attended (full or part-time).

GMAT or GRE

Kellogg accepts both the GMAT and GRE.

Foreign Language Requirement

For international applicants, TOEFL or IELTS are accepted.

2 Recommendations

Applicants will need to submit two recommendations. One of them should be from a current supervisor, and the other one should be from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s professional performance.

Recommenders should respond to the following questions: 

  1. Kellogg has a diverse student body and values students who are inclusive and encouraging of others with differing perspectives and backgrounds. Please tell us about a time when you witnessed the candidate living these values. (300 words)
  2. How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)

Essay Description

Kellogg requires written essays and  video essays. 

Essay 1 (450 words)

Kellogg Leaders are primed to tackle today’s pressing concerns everywhere, from the boardroom to their neighborhoods. Tell us about a time in your life where you’ve needed a combination of skills to solve a problem or overcome a challenge. Which skills did you use? What did you accomplish?

Essay 2 (450 words)

At Kellogg, our values are based on research that concludes organizations comprised of leaders with varied backgrounds and perspectives outperform homogeneous ones. How do you believe your personal and professional experiences to date will help to enrich the Kellogg community?

Certain applicants will respond to an additional question about their interest in our specialty programs.

Reapplicants: How have you grown or changed personally and professionally since you previously applied and what steps have you taken to become the strongest candidate you can be? (250 words)

Video Description

In the video, the applicant needs to answer 3 questions. 

  • After submitting your application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through your application status page.
  • The video should take about 20-25 minutes to complete, which includes time for setup.
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.
  • Video essays are due 96 hours after the application deadline.

Resume

Applicants need to submit their current professional resume. In addition to that, applicants also need to complete an employment section to provide detailed information about their career.

Interview

All interviews are currently virtual. If selected for an interview, applicant will receive an email regarding the status of the interview and scheduling instructions.

Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay an application fee of $250. 

ALEX’S EXPERIENCE: 700 on the GMAT and Kellogg

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PROGRAM STRENGTHS

Pathways

In addition to majors, Kellogg provides “pathways” to students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries. A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand.

You have the flexibility to pursue any number of pathways and go as deep as you’d like into each one. Pathways are not noted on transcripts. 

Experiential Learning Courses

In addition to regular courses, Kellogg offers more than 1,000 experiential learning opportunities, categorized in 4 types:

  1. Simulation/exercise
  2. Self-defined project
  3. Client project
  4. Lab course

STUDENT LIFE

Almost all of our Full-Time MBA students reside in Evanston, and the majority want to be within walking distance of the Global Hub. You can depend on continuous cooperation and a network of individuals to lean on no matter where you reside. The McManus Living-Learning Center, located just a few blocks from the Global Hub, is a great place for Kellogg students, their spouses, and their children to live. Group study rooms, computer laboratories, fitness facilities, a gaming room, an underground parking garage, and a lounge are all available at the facility.

MBA PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The full-Time MBA Program at the Kellogg School of Business offers a variety of ways to obtain an MBA. Each one provides a variety of alternatives for reaching personal, professional, and educational objectives. Regardless of the path the student takes, they will grow as a person and learn how to ignite development in any business.

The Kellogg One-Year MBA Program is the quickest way to a Kellogg MBA. It’s intended to help you improve your business fundamentals and re-enter the workforce with new skills and information that will help you advance your career. From June to June, you’ll immerse yourself in the demanding curriculum, study from world-class instructors, and gain leadership experience and a supporting network that will benefit you both now and later in your career.

FEATURED PROFESSORS

Angela Lee

Dr. Lee is a consumer psychologist who specializes in consumer behavior. Consumer learning, objectives, and emotions are her areas of specialization. Her research interests include consumer motivation and affect, cross-cultural consumer psychology, and the unconscious effects of memory on judgment and decision-making.

She is the co-editor of Kellogg on China and has published articles in marketing and psychological magazines (Northwestern University Press, 2004). She won the Stanley Reiter Best Paper Award in 2006 for her work on self-control and persuasion, as well as the Otto Klineberg Award in 2002 for the best paper on international and intercultural interactions.

Ben Jones

Professor of Strategy and Faculty Director of the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, Benjamin F. Jones is the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship. Professor Jones is a trained economist who researches the origins of industrialized nations’ economic development, with a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and scientific advancement.

He also researches global economic growth, as well as the roles of education, climate, and national leadership in understanding nation-state riches and poverty. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and The New Yorker, as well as in journals such as Science, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Economic Review.

Gregory Carpenter

Gregory Carpenter’s research focuses on how businesses succeed with customers. “Resurgence: The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)”, based on award-winning research, analyzes how businesses facing significant problems build a more customer-focused culture and renewed success.

Gregory Carpenter’s study focuses on how organizations thrive when it comes to dealing with consumers. Based on award-winning research, “Resurgence: The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) examines how firms experiencing severe challenges develop a more customer-focused culture and achieve renewed success.

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