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There is no singular path to business school

For many candidates, the admissions process is not a straight timeline. Three common circumstances for our candidates are reapplying, deferrals and waitlist. If your situation does not fit into these typical areas, the Executive MBA admissions team is always here to answer questions and help you navigate your next step. 


The waitlist process can be trying, but we are committed to sending you updates as soon as they are ready. In the meantime, if you’d like to keep us informed about any updates to your candidacy, please share them through the Waitlist Update Form. Updates could include where Kellogg sits in your consideration set, important dates in your MBA planning timeline, professional or personal developments since you submitted your application, and/or new insights that have impacted your interest in Kellogg.

You may also upload additional application documents through the Application Status Page, such as an updated resume. We discourage the submission of additional letters of recommendation or references from third parties. Additionally, we do not re-interview waitlisted candidates.

Updates are reviewed by the committee on an ongoing basis. Your admissions officer will be in contact with you regarding any requests from the admissions committee or updates on your application. However, the applicant pool varies each year, and therefore we cannot predict exactly how many applicants will be offered admission, your specific chances of being offered a seat in the class, or a timeline for decisions.


Candidates are eligible to reapply if you have made significant changes to your previous application. For many of our candidates, additional time and work experience allows them to better speak to their goals and aspirations with a Kellogg MBA.

If you reapply to Kellogg, you must:

  • Complete a new online application
    • Any previously submitted transcripts and valid test scores can be used in the new application
    • All other material will need to be updated and resubmitted
  • Complete the required re-application essay (300 words or fewer) outlining the significant changes to your application
  • Submit the $150 reapplication fee
  • Complete a new interview with the admissions team

Please connect with your admissions officer for questions around the reapplication process.


If you were admitted to the Kellogg Executive MBA Program and are seeking a deferral, please contact your admissions officer. Deferrals are rare, though are considered for medical-related situations and military deployments.