Applying to Kellogg MSMS


The Kellogg MSMS program is open to undergraduates completing their bachelor's degree between May 2017 and June 2018; students graduating before or after these dates are not eligible to apply. Students with liberal arts and science majors are encouraged to apply. Please note that students with undergraduate business degrees are ineligible.

Application Requirements

In order to have a complete application, you will need:

  • Undergraduate academic record (GPA, transcript, and other universities attended)
  • Proof of completion or plans to complete 2 prerequisite courses (Microeconomics & Quantitative Reasoning – see additional information under Prerequisite Courses section, below)
  • GMAT or GRE scores and copy of original score report for upload if applicable (Northwestern University students are exempt)
  • One-page resume or CV for upload (PDF)
  • Information about additional professional, academic and/or artistic achievements (optional)
  • Two Recommendations. One recommender must be an academic reference, preferably a professor. The second recommender must be a non-family member who knows you well, such as a current or former boss, internship supervisor, student group advisor, research advisor, coach, etc. Peer references and family friends are not recommended.
  • Two Essays (see additional information under Application Essay Questions section, below)
  • Video Essays (see additional information under Video Essay section, below)
  • Interview by invitation (see additional information under Interview section, below
  • International students: The TOEFL or IELTS is required for most international students. Please find more information in the FAQ page. It should also be noted that international students must apply by Round 3. International students are ineligible to apply in Round 4.
  • $125 Application Fee.

Application Essay Questions

Essay 1: Pursuing a Master’s in Management is a big decision.  Walk us through your decision to apply to Kellogg’s MS in Management Studies program, and what you’ve learned about yourself throughout your decision making and application process. (500 words)

Essay 2:  Kellogg fosters a collaborative community of learners who support each other through the rigorous MSMS coursework, and in their endeavors outside of the classroom. Tell us about an experience where you worked within a team or community to navigate a challenge or make a difficult decision.  (300 words)

Video Essay

The Video Essay is one component of the application and provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.
  • After submitting an application, you will receive an email that will include directions on how to complete the video essay questions. One question will be a “get to know you" icebreaker type of question. The second question will be an opportunity to describe your plans for the future and how Kellogg will help you on that journey. The other questions will be randomly generated questions that will be similar to interview questions.
  • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool to help you feel prepared.
  • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.
  • We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.  You will need an internet connected computer with a webcam, microphone and an updated version of Adobe Flash in order to complete the video essay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    Why does Kellogg have a video essay?
A:    Student culture is hugely important at Kellogg. So we want to meet everyone. EVERYONE. We use the video essays as additional information to the application. It is the last thing we review when reading an application. It gives us a sense of your personality and allows us to get to know you in a more personal way than we can through your essays.

Q:    What makes a good video essay? 
A:    Be yourself. We don't want scripted answers - we want to get to know you and learn something new.  Please do not try to reuse an example from an essay that might in some roundabout way answer the video essay question you are being asked (and we already read that essay, so why tell us that story again?).  Think about your answer and prepare ahead of time, but when you record your answer speak authentically – we can tell if you are reading notes! And, no need to memorize an answer to the Kellogg question… it might make you sound like a robot. 

Q:    What kind of questions will you ask? 
A:   We are going to be honest about this. Really. We don't want you to stress. We will ask you one icebreaker question, with no “right answer”, to help us get to know you. Want an example? Okay. "If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be and why?" See, not so hard. The second question will be about Kellogg.  And to make this even less mysterious we are going to give you the question.  Seriously. Here it is: “What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?” The other questions will be interview-type questions but still not something to worry about.  Here is an example of the type of question you will be asked, “Tell me about a time you were not going to be able to meet a deadline.  How did you handle the situation?  What was the outcome?”

Q:    Are there right or wrong answers?
A:    No. This isn't a test. We use the video essay to gain additional information about you and get to know you in a more personal way. Don't have a perfect answer to the question? Do not panic! Answer it the best way you can and let your personality shine.

Q:    How many times can I record myself?

A:    You can practice recording yourself as many times as you want and the practice experience (format and types of questions) will be identical to the actual experience. But, when it comes to getting your actual video essay questions, you will only have one try. So practice. We know you like to be prepared! Get comfortable with the technology. We put good practice questions out there so you won't be nervous. Have fun and do your best.

Q:    Really, I don't get a second chance
A:    Nope, sorry. This is a bit like an interview. Sometimes in an interview you are asked a question and you don't have the perfect answer, but you go ahead and give the best response you can. And, most of the time, it turns out well. That's what this is. Take a deep breath before you start and be confident in yourself and your ability to give a great answer.

Q:    How much time will I have to think of a response and how long will I have to give my answer?
A:    You will have 20 seconds to think of your response and 60 seconds to give your answer. We suggest you practice. It will make this easier. Take 10 minutes to go through the practice questions. Answer them as if they were your real questions. The more you practice the more comfortable you will feel doing the real video essays.

Q:    What should I wear? Do I have to wear a suit?
A: You can wear a suit if you want to; but business casual is certainly okay with us too. And really, we will only see your head and shoulders so you can wear a collared shirt and we would never know you were still in your sweatpants.

Q: Where should I record my video essay?

A: Wherever you like - your office, kitchen, apartment, hotel room. Just make sure you pick a place where you have a good internet connection and no distractions.

Q:    What part of the application process is the video essay? How do I access the Video Essay?
A: After submitting your application, the Video Essay will be available when you log in to your applicant status page.

Q:    How much time will I have to complete the video essays?
A:    After submitting your application you will be given access to the Video Essay component and will have 48 hours after the application is due to complete the Video Essay. We encourage applicants to complete their Video Essay shortly after submitting the application while information is still fresh in your mind and so you don’t forget!  Also, please try not to wait for the last possible moment to record your video essay - it will feel more stressful if you are doing it at the last minute and in a rush. Block out 20-25 minutes a few days after you submit your application and complete it.

Q:    How long will this take me?
A:    To be safe we are saying 20-25 minutes, but we think 15 if you decide not to do all the practice questions and don't have any questions on the set-up.


To gain additional insight into an applicant’s academic and professional accomplishments and goals, some applicants may be selected for an interview.

  • Applicants will be notified via email if selected for an interview after the complete application has been submitted.
  • Interviews are conducted via Skype, and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Dress is business casual.

Applicants may not change their interview date and time after the interview confirmation form is submitted.

Prerequisite Courses

Before enrolling in the Kellogg MSMS program, an applicant must complete the following prerequisites:

  1. Microeconomics at the level of a college introductory course or higher. An appropriate course would cover both consumer theory (e.g., models of consumer preferences and consumer choice) and theory of the firm (e.g., how firms set prices and how competition affects a firm’s decision).
  2. Quantitative reasoning is fulfilled by a class in pure mathematics (e.g., Introductory Calculus or higher), statistics (e.g., Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences or higher), or a major-specific data analysis class (e.g. Statistical Research Methods). Classes that make minimal use of mathematics are ineligible to fulfill this prerequisite requirement.

We do not grant exceptions for fulfilling the prerequisite courses.

Both requirements must be met by taking classes at accredited four-year institutions that provide a letter grade. It is preferred that students complete these prerequisite courses at their undergraduate institution. 

If an applicant is unable to enroll in the microeconomics prerequisite at their current institution or another four-year university, this requirement may be fulfilled through UCLA Extension or UC-Berkeley Extension. Proof of completion through one of these approved online courses will be required.

Prerequisite courses may be completed after you have applied to the program but must be completed before June 30.

For additional information, please visit the FAQ page.

Conversations with Current Students

MSMS Info Session

MSMS Webinar
International students requiring an F-1 visa must apply by the Round 3 deadline (Feb 9, 2017) to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.

Important Dates

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Application due
Nov. 1, 2017
Jan. 9, 2018
Feb. 12, 2018
Apr. 3, 2018
Decisions Released
Dec. 6, 2017
Feb. 7, 2018
Mar. 16, 2018
May 2, 2018
Deposit Due
Jan. 12, 2018
Mar. 5, 2018
Apr. 13, 2018
May 17, 2018

Application Dates

Round 1

Nov 1, 2017

Round 2

Jan 9, 2018

Round 3*

Feb 12, 2018

Round 4

Apr 3, 2018

*International student deadline