The Round 2 deadline for all applications is January 7
; both on-campus and off-campus interview requests will be accepted until this date.
For those requesting an off-campus interview, we recommend an earlier submission (December 3) to allow the greatest lead time for the interview matching process. Applications received after this date will continue to be matched but may see further restricted interview availability. All applications will be reviewed equally, whether submitted on December 3 through our deadline of January 7. An applicant will not be at a disadvantage in the process if the application is submitted on the deadline but we do encourage those who are ready early to submit the application early. All deadlines are 11:59pm Central Time on the day listed below.
Off-Campus Interview Requests
|2014 Application Deadlines
||Oct. 16, 2013
||Jan. 7, 2014
||Apr. 2, 2014|
||Dec. 18, 2013
||Mar. 25, 2014
||May 15, 2014|
|$2,000 received by
||Mar. 5, 2014
||May 1, 2014
||June 5, 2014|
What is required in the application?
|Off-Campus Interview Recommended Application Deadline
One-Year and International Applicants
- Data form: biographical information, educational experience, academic honors, extracurricular activities, work history, self-reported GMAT/GRE and TOEFL scores.
- Interview request (all interview requests are final)
- $250 non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card only
- Two letters 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
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.Interviews
Chicago-area candidates must request an off-campus interview unless they are applying to the JDMBA program. Indicating an interview preference does not guarantee an interview. 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 receive an interview waiver. If an interview preference is not selected, the interview will be waived. Off-campus interviews
: The Round 2 deadline for all applications is January 7; both on-campus and off-campus interview requests will be accepted until this date. For those requesting an off-campus interview, we recommend an earlier submission (December 3) to allow the greatest lead time for the interview matching process. Applications received after this date will continue to be matched but may see further restricted interview availability. All applications will be reviewed equally, whether submitted on December 3 through our deadline of January 7. An applicant will not be at a disadvantage in the process if the application is submitted on the deadline but we do encourage those who are ready early to submit the application early. The Committee will notify candidates of an interview assignment or interview waiver via email. A waived interview does not negatively affect your application. The Admissions Office may contact a waived candidate to schedule a Skype or telephone interview. Off-campus interview assignments may take up to 4-6 weeks from the Round deadline, depending upon demand and location. Upon receipt of the assignment, it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the alumnus. Candidates have fourteen days from receipt of the assignment email to complete their interview.On-campus interviews
: Indicate an on-campus interview preference on your application. You may schedule your interview after submitting a completed application. Interview slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage candidates to call 847-491-3308 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 dates listed below. Interviews not scheduled by the appropriate deadline will be waived.
Admitted Student Weekends
| On-Campus Interview Deadlines
|| Round 1
|| Round 2
|| Round 3|
| On-campus interviews must be scheduled by:
|| Oct 31, 2013
|| Jan. 22, 2014
|| Apr. 11, 2014|
| On-campus interviews must be completed by:
|| Dec. 3, 2013
|| Mar. 4, 2014
|| Apr. 29, 2014|
Our admitted student weekends, Day at Kellogg (DAK), provide an exciting opportunity for admitted students to experience life at Kellogg, meet current students and get answers to their questions about academic and student life. Students attend mini-classes taught by Kellogg professors and learn more about career services, housing, financial aid and student clubs.
Attending one of these events is one of the best ways for applicants to make the right decision about where to earn their MBA. The Kellogg culture is well known, but DAK is the best way to experience it first-hand. Even if applicants have visited Kellogg before, DAK is a valuable experience.
There are two Day at Kellogg (DAK) weekends, February 6 – 9, 2014 (RI) and April 24 – 27, 2014 (RII). Because space is limited, admitted students must register for and attend the weekend corresponding to the Round in which they were admitted. Programming will begin on Thursday evening and run through Sunday afternoon.Important Application Guidelines
Admissions Decision notifications, off-campus interview notifications, application updates and communications will be sent electronically. Candidates should check junk email boxes or adjust email filter settings to ensure bulk messages from kellogg.northwestern.edu
are not routed to the trash bin.
Applications are considered complete when the online application and all supporting documents, including recommendations, have been received by our office. Applicants whose files become complete after the application deadline will be considered for the next round.
If you need to update your contact information after submission, you can do so by logging into your applicant Status Check page. You can update your address, phone number and email.
Essays may not be amended after submission.
International applicants should use the name that is on their passport.
Applicants should include their official name as it appears on the application in all correspondence with the Office of Admissions.
Applicants should retain copies of the Application Proof for their records.
Applicants can only apply one time per application cycle.
All decisions are final and no feedback will be provided.
Candidates will be considered for only one program in any given year: 1Y, 2Y, MMM or JD-MBA
Re-applicants are required to answer the re-applicant essay question Online Applications
To be considered for admission, a candidate must submit a complete application and two letters of recommendation using the online application. Candidates are responsible for completing the entire application, including indicating an interview preference, registering two recommenders, scanning and/or uploading transcripts, submitting official test scores (GMAT/GRE/ TOEFL) and uploading official score report(s), if available. Admitted applicants who choose to enroll must be prepared to submit hard copies of all official transcripts.Verification
All applicants are expected to represent themselves honestly in all parts of the application. The Kellogg School requires that the information contained in the application is accurate and exclusively your own. Admitted applicants who choose to enroll must complete a release form authorizing Re Vera Services to conduct a background check. Release forms will be available on the admitted student website. We advise applicants to notify recommenders they will be contacted to authorize authenticity of the recommendation. The Kellogg School may revoke any offer of admission if any part of the application is found to be false, misleading or plagiarized from another source.Deferral Policy
Deferral requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Candidates should apply for the year in which they plan to enroll. Once admitted, applicants may send a deferral request to the Director of Admissions. A detailed explanation of the request and appropriate documentation are required.
If granted a deferral, a candidate must pay a non-refundable deposit of U.S. $4,000 in the year of deferral and an additional deposit of U.S. $2,000 in the academic year that the candidate attends. 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). 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.
Information about the TOEFL is available here.