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Online Application Now Available

CPU Director answers commonly-asked questions about the program and the application.

Dear Prospective CPU Applicants,

I wanted to clarify some information about the application process, admission criteria, and benefits of the program.

First, we have made two changes from last year’s application: We now ask you to submit a one-page resume.  Also, the personal essay question now reads, "Please describe a current business issue in the news that interests you, and how participating in the CPU may help you better understand the issue.  You will upload your essay on the online application form. Second, I’d like to answer three commonly-asked questions.

  • Question 1: Are there any grade/GPA requirements in order to apply or be accepted to the Certificate Program? There is a fairly wide range of both cumulative GPA and prerequisite course averages (we evaluate both) among accepted students. Students are required to have a combined 3.0 average among all Certificate Program prerequisite courses in order to apply. Please be assured that we evaluate your complete academic record, with special attention to the most recent quarters. We understand that students’ grades can be affected by many factors over time, and we take that into account.
  • Question 2: Do you give preference to students who have taken the honors sequence of various courses? No, you do not have to take the honors sequence in order to be a competitive applicant. We do recognize, however, that because the honors courses may be more challenging for some students, grades may reflect that reality.
  • Question 3: Do I have to be interested in finance or consulting to benefit from the program? While it’s true that many of our alumni work in those two industries, CPU alumni also work in technology, government, health care, education, and not-for-profit organizations. Also, some CPU students go directly to graduate school.  The knowledge and skills you gain in the CPU are applicable to any industry, field, organization, or work sector that collects and analyzes information for “business” purposes. This body of knowledge can be used in policy development, science, program or product design, planning, technology innovation, human services, government, and the arts, to name just a few. So please don’t think that the CPU courses and experience wouldn’t be relevant if you’re not interested in business per se. “Business” is a very broad term, and is really more of a common sense approach to work than any particular type of organization or financial considerations.

Finally, the application is now available online and is due no later than Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Please contact me if you have questions or want to talk about how the CPU may fit into your interests and current plans.


Carol Henes
Director, Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates

Certificate Program for Undergraduates
Kellogg School of Management
555 Clark Street, Lower Level
Evanston, IL 60208-2800