The admissions committee requires every applicant to indicate a location preference for an evaluative interview. The interview provides an opportunity for the applicant to learn about Kellogg and for the committee to further evaluate an applicant’s level of maturity, interpersonal skills, career focus and motivation. However, the interview is only one criterion used in the admission decision. It is conducted based on the resume only. The interviewer will not have reviewed the application before the interview. Each applicant must bring a current resume to his or her interview. Off-campus interview candidates must email a resume to the interviewer ahead of time. All interviews will be conducted in English. The admissions committee evaluates on-campus and off-campus interviews equally.
Chicago-area applicants must request an off-campus interview unless applying to the JD-MBA program. The interview will be waived for Chicago-area applicants who request an on-campus interview. On-campus interviews are reserved for applicants with less direct access to Kellogg.
On-campus interview request
Candidates who indicated a preference for an on–campus interview should schedule their interview after submitting a completed application. The schedule will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage candidates to schedule as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of securing a desired date. All interviews must be scheduled and then completed by the listed deadlines. Interviews not scheduled and completed by the appropriate deadlines will be waived.
Please call the Office of Admissions to schedule your on-campus interview.On-campus interviews are conducted by a member of the admissions staff or student admissions interviewers. Interviews are conducted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from September through April and on select Saturdays from late fall until early spring. On-campus interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.
Off-campus interview request
Please review the deadlines page for information about the recommended deadline for candidates requesting an off-campus interview. Applicants who indicated a preference for an off-campus interview will be notified of their assignment or waiver via email within six to eight weeks of submission of a completed application. Off-campus interviews are conducted by the admissions staff or members of Kellogg’s Alumni Admissions Organization (AAO).
Kellogg seeks to interview as many candidates as possible but cannot accommodate all interview requests due to the high level of demand and availability of interviewers. Therefore, some candidates may receive an interview waiver. In areas of heavy demand or remote location, candidates may be offered an interview by invitation only or receive an interview waiver. Candidates with less than two years of full-time work experience may be selected to interview by invitation only.
Waivers have no negative impact on one’s candidacy. Each year, many applicants who receive waivers are admitted to Kellogg. If an interview is waived, candidates should not attempt to schedule an on-campus interview. All applicants may make one interview request only.
Phone or Skype interview
If an off-campus interview request is waived, the admissions office may contact the candidate to schedule a telephone or Skype interview. The interview may be used to gather additional information or material that will help the Admissions Committee make a final decision. Applicants who receive a waiver may not request a phone or Skype interview.
All Interview Requests Are Final
Due to the high volume of interview requests, all interview requests (on- or off-campus) will be final; you may not change your interview request after submission. If you are unable or no longer wish to interview, please contact the Office of Admissions to cancel your request. We understand that cancelations may take place due to unforeseen circumstances. A waiver will be granted and will not have a negative impact on your candidacy. Once you submit an interview request, you must be prepared to complete an interview as soon as it is assigned.
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Kellogg requires applicants to list all colleges, universities and study abroad programs attended or currently attending. For each program, we require a scanned copy of the transcript or an uploaded electronic version provided by the institution. Transcripts for study abroad programs are not required. Transcripts for transfer programs are not required if the grades are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution. Self-reported transcripts will not be accepted. Hard-copy official transcripts will be required upon matriculation only. Applicants to the JD-MBA Program who are accepted and opt to matriculate must submit two sets of official transcripts — one to the Law School and one to Kellogg.
Applicants who scan images of transcripts should ensure that all sides and pages of the transcript are included in the scanned document and the candidate’s name and the name of the institution are clearly visible. Be sure the scanned version is legible. Submission of an illegible document will result in an incomplete application and possible delay in rendering an application decision.
If academic records and diplomas are not issued in English by the institution, you must submit both the original record and an authorized verbatim English translation. All records must show the applicant’s name, name of the institution, the dates of enrollment, courses taken, units of credit, marks or ratings in each subject, and rank in the total class or group (if available).
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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
All applicants are required to submit a valid GMAT/GRE score. (JD-MBA applicants must submit a GMAT score, not a GRE score.) GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years. The complete application must be submitted prior to the expiration date of the GMAT/GRE score. Information about the GMAT is available here and information about the GRE is available here.
Submission of additional test scores after submission of the application will be accepted, but there is no guarantee the new score will be evaluated at the time the file is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Official score reports can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, an application with no GMAT/GRE score will be considered incomplete until an official score is received. The Kellogg School will record the highest score but encourages applicants to report additional scores if the test is taken more than once.
Candidates must request that scores be sent to Kellogg. GMAT or GRE exams must be taken and official scores sent to Kellogg on or before the application deadline in order to be considered for that round.
• The GMAT code for the Kellogg Full-Time MBA Program is 6WZ-3J-89.
• The GRE code for the Kellogg Full-Time MBA Program is 7921.
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Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required for admission.
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 the application.
The application is not considered complete until Kellogg has received both recommendations. Submitting the recommendations through the school’s online application is required.
Additional letters of support are neither required nor encouraged.
To ensure that the recommenders can be contacted, please apprise the Office of Admissions of any changes to their contact information.
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Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English is required of all Kellogg students. Classes and group work demand strong English language skills. A valid TOEFL score is required for all candidates who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. TOEFL scores are valid for two years. The complete application must be submitted prior to the expiration date of the TOEFL score. Candidates must request that TOEFL scores be sent to Kellogg. To prevent processing delays, we strongly recommend that candidates upload the official TOEFL score report (if available) to the application. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are not accepted as a replacement for TOEFL scores. International students may qualify for an exemption 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 completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university where English was the ONLY language of instruction.
Applicants who qualify for an exemption must provide the exact URL or additional documentation that states English was the only language of instruction. Graduates of Indian institutions whose website does not explicitly state English is the language of instruction should provide the URL from the school’s home page.
- The TOEFL code for the Kellogg Full-Time MBA Program is 1546.
Application Fee ($250)
Candidates must remit payment by credit card with the application and should not send the fee directly to Kellogg. The Kellogg School will grant an application fee waiver for active duty U.S. military applicants or U.S. military veterans who have been on active duty within three years of applying. Fee waivers will also be granted to candidates who are currently employed by Teach For America or the Peace Corps, or who have successfully completed their commitment within the past three years. Candidates who qualify for an application fee waiver must submit a formal request, before submitting the application, via email to mbaadmissions@ kellogg.northwestern.edu and provide supporting evidence of their current employment or military status. Military applicants should submit a copy of Form DD-214 to verify active duty status within three years of applying. The Kellogg School cannot issue a refund after the application and fee have been submitted. Refunds will not be issued for incomplete applications.
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