Northwestern University: Kellogg

DEADLINES

REQUIREMENTS

What is required in Part I and Part II of the application?

PART I

  • Data form: biographical information, educational experience, academic honors, extracurricular activities, work history, self-reported GMAT/GRE and TOEFL scores.

  • Interview requests (all interview requests are final):

  • To request an off-campus interview: Select the appropriate off-campus interview request box in Part I and submit by the deadline designated be-low. The Admissions Committee will notify candidates of an interview assignment or interview waiver via email. Interviews may be waived in areas of high demand or remote location. A waived interview does not negatively affect your application. Off-campus interview assignments may take up to eight weeks depending upon demand and location. Please note that while we assign off-campus interviews based on Part I of the application, assignment priority may be given to those who submit Part II earlier. Upon receipt of the assignment, it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the alumnus.

  • To request an on-campus interview: Select the on-campus interview request box in Part I and submit by the deadline designated below. Allow two business days after submission before calling the admissions office at 847-491-3308 to schedule an on-campus interview. Appointments may fill up four to six weeks in advance.

  • Resume

  • $250 non-refundable application fee payable only by credit card

Part II

  • Register two recommenders to complete and submit the online letter of recommendation

  • 1Y eligibility grid (if a 1Y applicant)

  • Scanned transcripts

  • Scanned GMAT/GRE/TOEFL scores, if available

  • Updated self-reported test scores, if applicable

  • Essays and additional information

  • Kellogg Honor Code

One-Year and International Applicants

We strongly recommend One-Year (1Y) and international applicants apply by the Round 2 application deadline. Applicants applying in Round 3 will be at a disadvantage since the Kellogg School typically admits 1Y and international applicants during Rounds 1 and 2 to allow adequate time for relocation and visa processing. 1Y and international applicants who apply in Round 3 and request an off-campus interview may be selected to interview by invitation only.

ESSAYS

For MBA Program Applicants

1. Discuss moments or influences in your personal life that have defined who you are today. (500 word limit)

2. What have been your most significant leadership experiences? What challenges did you face, and what impact did you have? This is your opportunity to explain how you Think Bravely (personally and/or professionally). (500 word limit)

3. Imagine yourself at your Kellogg graduation. What career will you be preparing to enter, and how have the MBA and Kellogg helped you get there? (Please answer in terms of your program choice: One-Year, Two-Year, MMM, JD-MBA) (500 word limit)

4. What one interesting or fun fact would you want your future Kellogg classmates to know about you? (25 words or less)

For MMM Program Applicants

*MMM is a dual-degree program that combines the Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management and the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.

1. Discuss moments or influences in your personal life that have defined who you are today. (500 word limit)

2. What have been your most significant leadership experiences? What challenges did you face, and what impact did you have? This is your opportunity to explain how you Think Bravely (personally and/or professionally). (500 word limit)

3. Imagine yourself at your Kellogg graduation. What career will you be preparing to enter, and how have the MBA and Kellogg helped you get there? (Please answer in terms of your program choice: One-Year, Two-Year, MMM, JD-MBA) (500 word limit)

4. What one interesting or fun fact would you want your future Kellogg classmates to know about you? (25 words or less)

5. How have you redefined yourself, your business environment and your community through the pursuit of design and innovation? (400 word limit)

* For MMM applicants only: This is an optional essay that will be evaluated for the Rasmussen scholarship.

For Re-applicants Only

Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (400 word limit).

Please note: re-applicants are required to answer questions 1-4 in addition to this essay.

Additional Information (Optional)

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 limit)

RECOMMENDATIONS

Two letters of recommendation are required for admission. If an applicant has applied within the last two years and received a decision, only one letter is required.

Ideally, one of these recommendations should be written by a current supervisor or manager. The second recommendation should be from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s professional performance as well as their managerial and leadership potential (e.g. a former supervisor, previous employer, client, etc.). If applicants are unable to ask a current supervisor or manager for a letter of recommendation, they should include a brief statement regarding their choice in the Additional Information section of Part II of the application.

1. Please comment on the candidate’s career performance and impact on the organization. Cite specific examples (e.g., ranking relative to others in the industry, progression within the organization, evidence of initiative and goal orientation).

2. Evaluate the candidate’s demonstrated leadership and potential (e.g., developing others, ability to influence others and advocate for his/her ideas, smart risks he/she has taken, ability to deal with ambiguity).

3. What are