Frequently Asked Questions

Degree information

What is the difference between the Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA)?
  • The Kellogg MSMS is designed for students who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees at Northwestern University and who have limited full time work experience. If an applicant has more than 1 year of full time work experience (excluding internships and summer jobs) by the enrollment date they are ineligible to apply. The curriculum does not assume significant work experience and offers a broad exposure to management topics over one academic year. 

    Standard MBA programs require significant work experience (typically, four to six years) and take two years. An MBA curriculum builds off that work experience, and students have significant opportunities to specialize in different academic areas. The goal of an MBA degree is to prepare students for upper-level positions.
If I receive a MS in Management Studies, would I be able pursue an MBA at a later date?
  • Yes. Nothing precludes students who already hold a graduate degree from pursuing an MBA. In some cases, such students may be encouraged to consider a shorter program such as the Kellogg School's One-Year (1Y) MBA Program.
Do students in the MS in Management Studies Program have flexibility in when they take classes?
  • Students in the program move through as a cohort. All students enroll at the same time, however, there will be some quarters in which there will be the ability to customize your curriculum.

Student Life

Can students work or enroll in another degree program while they are earning their MSMS at Kellogg?
  • Due to the demanding nature of the program, we strongly discourage students from doing so.
What are the housing options for students?
  • There are limited on-campus housing options on the Evanston campus, however most students choose to live off-campus in downtown Chicago closer to their MSMS courses.

Admissions

What do you look for in applicants?
  • We are looking for well-rounded, high-impact candidates with strong leadership potential who are excited about augmenting their education with the core business fundamentals. We will look at all parts of the application process to understand applicants as a whole person. We encourage you to share with us as much about you as you wish.
Is there a GPA/GRE/GMAT requirement?
  • As a Northwestern University student, you will not need to take the GRE or GMAT.  We will look at your entire record of accomplishments as presented in your transcript, application and recommendations. We will review your complete academic transcript, with special emphasis on the more recent grades. 
May I defer my admission until next year if I am accepted this year?
  • We do not defer start dates except in unusual circumstances.
If I don't get admitted in the round I apply, can I reapply in a later round?
  • All applicants will receive a decision of either admit, deny, or waitlist. Students on the waitlist do not need to reapply, although they are welcome to submit any additional information that may enhance their application at any time by emailing msmsadmissions@kellogg.northwestern.edu. If a student is denied admission, he or she may not reapply.
Can I obtain a refund for my application fee for any reason?
  • No. Kellogg’s policy is that application fees are non-refundable.

International Students

Are international students eligible to apply to the MSMS Russell Fellows Program?
  • Yes. As an international candidate applying from Northwestern University, you are welcome to apply.

    International students requiring an F-1 visa must apply by the Round 2 deadline (Feb 19, 2018) to ensure sufficient time for visa processing. International students are ineligible to apply in Round 4.

    The name on your application must match the name on your passport. Any discrepancy will delay our ability to process the I-20 form, which is required to obtain a visa.

    Additional information for international students can be found by contacting the NU International Office at (847) 491-5613 or intoff@northwestern.edu.

Do all international students have to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
  • No. As you have completed your undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, you do not need to take the TOEFL.

Student Perspectives

Danielle David '14 Kellogg MSMS Masters in Management Alumni

Danielle David

"You will come out smarter, more confident in your skills and totally prepared to stand out in any industry you choose."

Application Dates

Round 1

Nov 13, 2017

Round 2*

February 19, 2018

Round 3

April 6, 2018

*International student deadline