Application Requirements

Admission to the Executive MBA Program is contingent upon the full completion and submission of all materials listed below. All applicants must complete an online application, submit two letters of recommendation, interview with our admissions team in-person and supply a letter of sponsorship from your employer. Most applicants do not need to submit GMAT scores. Kellogg does not require financial sponsorship from its Executive MBA applicants, but time sponsorship is mandatory. For more on sponsorship, visit our sponsorship guide.

Download the application checklist

To apply to the Executive MBA Program, please complete and submit the following:

Application

Please complete your application online. Remember to include your work history, resume and essays.

Possible essay questions include:

  • Why have you elected to apply to the Kellogg Executive MBA Program?
  • What are your goals and objectives and how will a Kellogg MBA help you achieve them? Please feel free to discuss both personal and professional goals.
  • Discuss a professional situation that turned out unsuccessful. Why did you or your peers consider your situation to have negative results? How did you resolve the situation? Did it change your management style? If so, how?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest skills and talents? How will you use these to contribute to your class as well as a study group?

Letters of recommendation

Provide two letters of recommendation from peers and/or supervisors who know you well — preferably individuals from your current organization. You may submit additional recommendations if you wish. Recommenders may submit their letters online.

Sponsorship letter from your organization

Your organization is required to supply a letter stating that it supports and approves the time required for you to attend the Executive MBA Program. If your organization is providing financial sponsorship, please state that in the letter as well. (However, you are not required to have financial sponsorship.)

The letter of support must:
  • Appear on company letterhead 
  • Acknowledge your interest in the program
  • Approve any time off needed to attend classes
  • Confirm that you will not be penalized for any time used to attend the program
  • If applicable, explain the level of financial support the organization is willing to provide

Official transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges you have attended in the United States and abroad, whether you graduated from the institution or took just one class. You must send each transcript in a sealed envelope with the signature or seal of the university registrar.

Mail official sealed transcripts to:
Kellogg School of Management
Executive MBA Program
James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Official electronic transcripts can be emailed to: emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu

If you have transcripts from an institution outside the United States you must have it evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Visit naces.org/members.html for a list of all university-approved agencies.

Interview

After submitting your application, you must contact the Executive MBA Program to schedule an interview with an admissions director. To make the most of your trip, we suggest taking a tour of the campus and facilities during your Kellogg visit.

These interviews are mandatory and may take place on the Evanston or Miami campus, depending on your preference and the interviewers’ availability. To schedule your interview, please call the Evanston office at 847.491.3622 or the Miami office at 305.442.7780 or email emba-admissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Application fee

The application fee is $150. It is charged when you submit your application online.

Honor Code agreement

The Kellogg Honor Code is a part of the online application. Please read it carefully and indicate whether you agree or disagree with the code.

Test Scores

GMAT
The Executive MBA Program does not require GMAT scores for most applicants. 

If the applicant does not have a bachelor’s degree, the GMAT is required. In addition, applicants may be asked to take the GMAT if the initial review of their transcripts reveals specific areas of concern. The admissions committee will only make this request in special circumstances.

TESTING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY 
All candidates who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must show their English language proficiency by sending valid TOEFL or IELTS scores. Students taking the TOEFL must take the Internet Based Test (IBT). The score for the average Kellogg Executive MBA student is 104. Applicants who take the IELTS must score a minimum of 7.0. We have the right to request Test of English to be completed.

To prevent processing delays, we strongly recommend that you upload your official TOEFL or IELTS score report (if available) to the application.

Exemptions may be granted if one of the following criteria is met:
  • The applicant completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university in the United States.
  • The applicant takes or has taken the equivalency of English 101 and 102 at an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • The applicant completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university where English was the only language of instruction.
  • If you qualify for this exemption, you must provide the exact URL or documentation from your institution that states English was the only language of instruction. 
  • If you graduated from an Indian institution that does not explicitly state this, please provide the URL for the homepage of the school’s website. 
The Program reserves the right to require assessment of English language proficiency even if these exemption criteria are met.


Tip: Apply early

While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early to the program. Why? Each class has a limited number of seats — and if you apply after a class is filled, your application will be moved to the next admissions cycle.

Deadlines & Notifications

Deadlines

September Start

ROUND ONE – May 4, 2016

ROUND TWO – June 22, 2016


January Start

ROUND ONE – September 7, 2016

ROUND TWO – October 19, 2016