Kellogg School of Management

November 26th, 2018

Last Updated on October 30, 2020

About the School

Founded in the year 1908, Kellogg School of Management, the business school of Northwestern University, is one of the earliest business schools in the world. The B-school has made notable contributions to fields such as marketing, management sciences, and decision sciences. The 2-year MBA Program offered by Kellogg is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes and by The Economist No. 4 globally.

An Overview

Rank

Class Size

Course Fee ($)

Course Duration (months)

Average GMAT Score

Average GRE Score

Average Age27
International Participants32%
Gender43% (Women)
Average Work Experience5 Years
Average Salary$138,981

Kellogg’s approach to majors gives its students the flexibility and supervision they need to create a unique intellectual encounter that is appropriate to their distinct educational and career goals.

You may choose from eight majors or none at all. Majors include:

  1. Accounting
  2. Economics
  3. Finance
  4. Management Science
  5. Managing Organizations
  6. Marketing
  7. Operations
  8. Strategy

For more information, visit: https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/programs/full-time-mba/academics/majors-pathways.aspx

Admitted One-Year MBA, Two-Year MBA, and MMM candidates who are U.S. citizens and permanent citizens may be eligible for financial need-based scholarships. To be recognized, you must complete the optional Financial Need Based Scholarship Application during the admission procedure and will receive the application before decision release. This application will not influence the applicant’s admission decision.

Current students in the Two-Year MBA and MMM Programs who were granted a Financial Need-Based Scholarship in their first year are qualified to have their grant renewed for their second year if adequate academic development is maintained.

For more information on the scholarships please visit: https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/programs/full-time-mba/tuition-financial-aid/scholarships.aspx

Kellogg not only focuses on your education but also prepares you for a successful business, their world-renowned Career Management Center implements you to maintain your career over a lifetime. Established on the grounds of three pillars symbolizing each phase in your career path, the CMC helps facilitate your journey to growth personal and professional in a way that aligns with your values and goals.
The three foundational pillars are:

  • Aspire
  • Explore
  • Mobilize

The Class of 2019 employment report’s outcome was that 98% of students received a job offer 3 months post-graduation.

Why Kellogg School of Management

Notable Alumni

Christopher Galvin

Former chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola

Roshni Nadar

Chairperson of HCL Technologies and the first woman to lead a listed IT company in India

Thomas J. Wilson

Chief Executive Officer of Allstate

James L. Allen

One of the founders of the management consulting firms Booz Allen Hamilton and Strategy&

Kellogg School of Management MBA Application Process

The latest application requirements set by the Kellogg School of Management MBA admission office are described below.

The essays let you explain, in your own words, why you think Kellogg is right for you. Take some time to think through the experiences that led you here and how they have shaped where you want to go.

The following two essays are required of all applicants:

Essay 1: Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip, and inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn?
Word limit: 450 words

Essay 2: Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you?
Word limit: 450 words

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

1Y applicants: Please discuss your post-MBA career goal, the current experience you will leverage to support the transition, and the Kellogg 1Y opportunities that will help you reach this goal. (250 words)

Reapplicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)

All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information. Use this section if you think the person reviewing your application might have a few questions about one or more of your responses. This could include:

Unexplained gaps in work experience
Academic, GMAT, or GRE performance
Extenuating circumstances that we should be aware of when reviewing your application

Video Essays:

The video essays provide you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community — in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

After submitting your application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through your application status page. You will be asked to answer three questions:

Video Essay 1: Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.

Consider this your opportunity to share what you would want your future Kellogg classmates and our admissions committee to know about you. What makes you, you?

Video Essay 2: What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?

This is an intentionally broad question so you can answer honestly and meaningfully. We want to know why you’re pursuing an MBA and why you’re choosing a particular Kellogg Full-Time Program.

Video Essay 3: 2020 has been a year of seismic disruption — fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, tragic deaths that have brought systemic racism and social justice issues to the forefront of long-overdue conversations, and economic and political divides that are growing deeper and deeper. How has this unprecedented year challenged you and how have you faced that challenge?

There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool to help you feel prepared.
We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. You will not have an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.
You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.
We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete — which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions. You will need an internet-connected computer with a webcam, microphone, and an updated version of Adobe Flash in order to complete the video essay

RoundsApplication Deadlines
Round 1Sep 16, 2020
Round 2Jan 6, 2021
Round 3Apr 7, 2021

Want to know more about the MBA Application Deadlines for Top B-Schools? Here’s the entire list of top B-Schools along with their deadlines – MBA Application Deadlines 2020-2021

You have to submit two letters of recommendation through the online application.

Ideally, one letter should be submitted from a present supervisor or manager. The second should arrive from someone who can assess your professional executions and your managerial/leadership potential (e.g., former supervisor, previous employer, client).

The application is not deemed complete until they have got both recommendations. Please pick your recommenders carefully as additional letters of support are neither needed nor encouraged.

Tips for recommendation letters

  • Who can give a recommendation: You will have to provide details of one recommender who can be your reporting manager/ previous manager/ senior colleague/ current client/ previous client/ business partner/ supplier/ auditor etc.
  • It should not be a bunch of adjectives. The recommender should add specific instances/examples of your professional work together.
  • Academic recommendations ( from professors/teachers etc) are not valid
  • The recommender should send the recommendation from the official email id only. If the recommender does not have an official id – then a proof that you reported / or was supervised by this person should be attached.
  • Go by the nature of the assessment rather than the seniority of the designation

LOR Questions:

Have your recommenders respond to the following prompts:

  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)

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