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The Northwestern Kellogg MBA Program: An A-Z Guide

Global Hub, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.

From its ancient roots as a “marketing school”, Kellogg has grown to become a leading business school with amazing programs in many areas. Kellogg has excellent placement in consulting (averaging 30% of the class) and technology (averaging 25% of the class). For the Class of 2019, there was a surge in financial services placement to 19%, from 14% the year before, driven by strong placement in the private equity industry.

Kellogg, like Wharton, even offers students the chance to spend time at a San Francisco campus. Other standout resources include new venture incubation through the NUvention program, and programming (hosted jointly with Booth) about Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition, a.k.a. search funds.

Kellogg’s beautiful Global Hub opened in 2017, and the building offers space for any conceivable activity, whether it’s lectures and conferences, studying, getting a workout at the gym, or even dropping off your kids for Kellogg-provided babysitting as you attend the “TG” party to celebrate the end of the week. The Global Hub is located in Evanston, which has a pleasant college town atmosphere, while being close enough to Chicago and its two international airports to connect you to any other resources you might desire.

Finally, don’t attend Kellogg unless you REALLY enjoy working in teams. All MBA programs involve teamwork, of course, but Kellogg students report that the program is so centered around teamwork that you can “get tired of working in teams.” It’s good preparation for a corporate career where you’ll be doing everything in teams, but is not for the lone wolf students who prefer to work independently.

This profile lays out the basic facts about Kellogg and the resources you’ll need to further research the program.

Kellogg MBA Class Profile

Acceptance rate21% 21%
GMATAverage: 730
Range: 620-780
GREDoes not disclose Does not disclose
GPAAverage: 3.6
Range: Does not disclose
Age/ExperienceAge: 27 
Work Experience (years): 5
DiversityWomen: 43%
International: 32%
Pre-MBA IndustriesConsulting: 27%
Financial Services: 19%
Tech/Communications: 14%
Government/Education/Non-Profit: 8%
Health/Bio: 5%
Undergraduate MajorsBusiness/Economics: 49%
Sci/Tech/Eng/Math (STEM): 29%
Humanities: 24%

The data above is from 2019 and represents the Kellogg MBA class of 2021.*
See the full report: Kellogg MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

Kellogg MBA Employment Report & Careers

Offers & Compensation Average Salary + Signing bonus: $179,796
% Offers upon Graduation: 88.5%
% Offers at 3 months: 97.5%
Post-MBA IndustriesConsulting: 31%
Technology: 25%
Financial Services: 19%
Consumer Packaged Goods: 8%
Healthcare: 7%
Post-MBA LocationsUnited States 88%
Mid-Atlantic 3%
Midwest 31%
Northeast 16%
South 3%
Southwest 8%
West 26%
Non-US 12%
Post-MBA CompaniesThe Boston Consulting Group: 52
McKinsey: 28
Bain & Company: 21
Deloitte: 15
Google: 13
Career Development ResourcesKellogg Career Development

The data above is from 2019 and represents the career statistics for the Kellogg MBA class of 2019.*
See the full report: Kellogg MBA Employment Report

Kellogg MBA Academic Programs

MBA Curriculum

The Kellogg MBA curriculum spans across two years, where the classes are spread out over the fall, winter, and spring quarters of each year. Students take an average of four courses per quarter over six quarters. Kellogg also offers a One-Year MBA option, where students take minimal core classes and engage with a rigorous, tailored curriculum that enables them to advance their career and return to work after a shorter period of time. The Kellogg MBA core curriculum consists of nine courses including Finance, Marketing Management, Business Strategy, and Microeconomic Analysis. Students are also required to complete one half-credit course, Leadership and Crisis Management, during the pre-term orientation of year two. Kellogg’s elective curriculum allows students to choose from over 52 courses in areas such as Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Management and Organizations, Marketing, and Strategy. These courses are taken during the second year of the program. 

See the full offering of courses: Kellogg MBA course catalog

Majors

Students can elect to pursue a major as part of their Kellogg MBA. Although choosing a major is not required, there are seven optional MBA majors available in the program. Additionally, students can opt to pursue one of the 10 pathways, which are designed with a focus on a particular skill set or industry. These pathways cover topics like asset management, data analytics, real estate, and social impact.

Experiential Learning Programs

You have the flexibility to select from eight courses in Kellogg’s Experiential Learning program

  • Asset Management Practicum 
  • Private Equity 
  • Venture Labs
  • NUvention
  • New Ventures
  • Analytical Consulting Lab
  • Risk Lab
  • Global Lab
  • Kellogg Board Fellows Program

Research Centers

Kellogg has 18 research centers that extend over a breadth of topics. Some of the research centers include Center for Nonprofit Management, Center for Executive Women, Center for Research in Technology and Innovation, and the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research.

MBA International Study Programs

There are a wide variety of Kellogg international study programs to choose from. For instance, Kellogg offers a full-time study abroad exchange program, which is available over six continents. Students can also decide to participate in the Global Initiatives in Management program, where you can experience an international market by spending part of the class in a foreign country. Other options include Kellogg’s Global Lab and worldwide trips.

Video Resources on Kellogg Academics

Kellogg MBA Application

The latest application requirements set by the Kellogg MBA admissions office are described below.

Essays

Here are the prompts for Kellogg’s 2019-2020 application:

  • 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? (450 words)
  • Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (450 words)
  • 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.)
  • Video Essay. We’ve read your essays, we’ve read your resume — now we want you to bring all that to life in a video. Show us the person behind all those carefully crafted words. The video will be comprised of three questions, each designed to help you showcase your personality and share some of the experiences that brought you here today.

Letters of Recommendation 

The recommender questions in the 2019-2020 Kellogg Application are as follows:

  • 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)
  • How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Video Resources on Kellogg Admissions

Kellogg MBA Admissions Interviews

Kellogg MBA admissions interviews are conducted by alumni, admissions officers, and, occasionally, students. Kellogg offers an open interview policy, meaning that every applicant is eligible to be interviewed without waiting for a selective invitation.

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What Makes Kellogg Unique?

The Kellogg Global Hub: Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, the 415,000-square-foot building has a distinctive two-atrium design and features a variety of signature learning and convening spaces: Collaboration Plaza, Faculty Summit, White Auditorium, Flexible Classrooms and Galvin Family Design Wing and Conference Center. Hear more about the Global Hub in our video interview with Kate Smith, Kellogg’s Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

One Year MBA Program

MMM Program: An immersive dual-degree program; MMM graduates receive an MBA from Kellogg and an M.S. in Design Innovation from the Segal Design Institute at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

*All data retrieved from the Kellogg Business School MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.