The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University offers these departments and concentrations: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, international business, marketing, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, public policy, real estate, and quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research. Its tuition is full-time: $68,955 per year; part-time: $6,683 per credit; and executive: $100,560 per year. At graduation, 81.6 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

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Application Deadlines


Round 1: Late September 2018

Round 2: Early January 2019

Round 3: Early April 2019


Application Fee: $250

Admissions Facts

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 20.2%

Average age of new entrants: 28

 Requiring standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 732

 Average GRE score: N/A

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5

Application Essays

Season: 2018

1. Essay 1

Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

2. Essay 2

Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)

Additional Information (Optional)

All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information: If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (No Word Count)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2018

You must submit two letters of recommendation through the online application.

  • Ideally, one letter should come from a current supervisor or manager.
  • The second should come from someone who can evaluate your professional performance and your managerial/leadership potential (e.g., former supervisor, previous employer, client).
  • If you are unable to ask a current supervisor or manager for a letter of recommendation, you should include a brief explanation in the “Additional Information” section of the application.

The application is not considered complete until we have received both recommendations. Additional letters of support are neither required nor encouraged.

Admissions Verdict



“Kellogg has a very supportive, strong community and is one of the top MBA programs in the US, so you will graduate with a great network. To get in, show that you have a clear idea of what you want from the experience and highlight how you can contribute to its collaborative culture. It is especially good for consulting and general management.” Consultant2018

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