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Tell us your story

Our application process is designed to give us a sense of who you are, what drives you and why Kellogg is the right place for you.

We recommend becoming familiar with what is required for each section of the application. You’ll find information and key resources below to help you prepare, navigate and successfully complete your application.

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Preparing to apply

Criteria for admission

In order to be eligible for the Master in Management, applicants must be either a current undergraduate with plans to graduate prior to August 2024 or a recent graduate who will have less than two years of work experience by summer 2024. Candidates with more than two years of full-time work experience are encouraged to explore our MBA options.

We are looking for well-rounded, high-impact candidates with strong leadership potential who are excited about augmenting their education with core business fundamentals. We look at all parts of the application process to understand applicants as a whole person and encourage you to share with us as much about you as you wish.

Evaluation and assessment

The committee assesses your:

  • Undergraduate academic record
  • GMAT/GRE score*
  • One-page resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two essays
  • Video essays
  • Interview by invitation

*GMAT/GRE requirement waived for Northwestern University undergraduates and anyone with a undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Writing your application

The most important thing you can do during this process is to be your authentic self. We can’t stress enough that there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Rather, we encourage you to tell your story as authentically and honestly as possible, because we truly want to get to know you and the experiences that helped shaped you as a person, student and employee.

  • Please submit a one-page resume (PDF) with information about additional professional, academic and/or artistic achievements (optional). These can include student organizations, athletics and work experience. 
  • Your education is a major part of how you got here today, and we want to make sure we understand all parts of it. We ask that you list all colleges, universities and study abroad programs you have attended or are currently attending.


    All records must show your name, name of institution, enrollment dates, courses taken, units of credit, marks or ratings in each subject and rank in the total class or group (if available). Hard copies of official transcripts are only required upon matriculation.


    The GMAT/GRE is a required part of your MiM application. If you are a Northwestern University student applying to MiM or you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or above, we will waive the GMAT/GRE requirement. There is no GPA requirement to apply or be admitted to MiM.


    If you attended a school where the primary language of instruction is not English, you will be required to take the TOEFL.

  • We want to get to know you. The written and video essays are your chance to tell us your story and why Kellogg is the right next chapter for you. Take some time to think through the experiences that led you here and how they have shaped where you want to go.

    Written essays

    The following two essays are required of all applicants:

    Question 1 (450 words)

    Kellogg Leaders are primed to tackle today’s pressing concerns everywhere, from the boardroom to their neighborhoods. Tell us about a time in your life where you’ve needed a combination of skills to solve a problem or overcome a challenge. Which skills did you use? What did you accomplish?

    Question 2 (450 words)

    At Kellogg, our values are based on research that concludes organizations comprised of leaders with varied backgrounds and perspectives outperform homogeneous ones. How do you believe your personal and professional experiences will help to enrich the Kellogg community?

    Video essays

    We’ve read your essays, we’ve read your resume — now we want you to bring all that to life in a video. Show us the person behind all those carefully crafted words. 

    The video will be comprised of three questions, each designed to help you showcase your personality and share some of the experiences that brought you here today.

    Some things to keep in mind as you prepare to complete this section:

    • Video essays are due 96 hours after the application deadline
    • A video essay link will appear on your Application Status page after you submit your application and payment
    • You will need an internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone
    • The video should take about 20-25 minutes to complete, which includes time for setup

    After submitting your application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through your Application Status page.

    Here are some additional tips:

    • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. We put good practice questions out there so you won’t be nervous. Have fun and do your best
    • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. You will not have 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
    • 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
  • Letters of recommendation provide insight into your experience and accomplishments as a leader through the eyes of someone else.

    You’ll need to submit two letters of recommendation for your application to be considered complete. 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.

  • The application fee is $125. You will need to submit your payment via credit card within the application. Do not send payments directly to Kellogg.

    Note: Kellogg’s policy is that application fees are non-refundable.

After you submit

  • If I don’t get admitted in the round for which 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 us. If a student is denied admission, they may not reapply.

  • To gain additional insight into an applicant's academic and professional accomplishments and goals, selected applicants will be invited to interview. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified 2-3 days after the application deadline. All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

Application dates and deadlines

Upcoming deadline for the Master in Management Program
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Application deadline Decision released
Round 1 Oct. 30, 2023 Dec. 13, 2023
Round 2 Jan. 16, 2024 March 13, 2024
Round 3 April 22, 2024 May 15, 2024