On average, we have approximately 135 PhD students enrolled in our eight PhD programs.
Is financial aid available to students, including international students?
Yes, Kellogg offers a five-year financial aid package to all admitted doctoral students that includes a stipend, tuition scholarship, health insurance, moving allowance, and a subsidy to purchase a computer.
What academic background is required?
PhD study requires strong quantitative skills to develop theories and manage and analyze data. The PhD Program is especially well suited to students who have previously studied social sciences (such as economics, political science, psychology and sociology), mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering.
Economics-based PhD programs which include Accounting Information & Management, Finance, Financial Economics, Managerial Economics & Strategy, Operations Management, and Marketing (quantitative area) require evidence of solid training in math, econometrics, and statistics within the application. Recommended math courses include calculus, linear algebra, probability and mathematical statistics.
For those applying to Management & Organizations and Marketing (behavioral area), statistics for social scientists is recommended with evidence of quantitative thinking and a good understanding of central concepts of probability and statistics.
How long does it take to complete a PhD degree?
On average, students complete the requirements in 5.5 years. Typically, students complete their coursework in years one and two. Years three through five are spent on research and writing of the dissertation.
If I already have a master's degree, will I be able to complete my PhD degree in a shorter period?
No, while Kellogg admits students with master's degrees, the coursework undertaken in a master's program is not at the PhD level. Master's and PhD coursework requirements are different; therefore, students must satisfy the PhD coursework requirements at Kellogg.
Do you offer a part-time PhD program or a distance-learning/external program?
No, our PhD program is a full-time commitment. You must be on our Evanston campus to attend classes and be an active member of our research community.
Applying to Kellogg
What Kellogg PhD programs are part of the dual application process?
Kellogg programs participating in the dual application process are: Accounting Information & Management, Finance, Managerial Economics & Strategy, and Marketing (quantitative area).
What is the application deadline?
We admit once a year, in the fall. We do not offer online or part-time programming. We are accepting applications for fall 2024 entry with a deadline to apply of December 15, 2023
What is the application fee and do you offer fee waivers?
A non-refundable fee of $95 must be paid by credit card within the online application. The application fee is $175 for those applicants participating in the dual application option with the Economics PhD program.
The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern University administers the fee waiver program. For those who wish to be considered for a fee waiver, please refer to the Graduate School’s website: FAQs - Application Fee.
May I apply to more than one program?
Northwestern allows an applicant to apply to only one program in a given year. For instance, you can apply to either Operations Management (Kellogg) or Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences (McCormick School of Engineering); you cannot submit an application to both.
For the fall 2023 admissions season, applicants seeking to enroll in Economics-based doctoral program will have the option to submit a second PhD application for review to the Economics PhD program. Kellogg PhD programs participating in this option are: Accounting Information & Management, Finance, Managerial Economics & Strategy and Marketing (quantitative area). More details about this option are available on The Graduate School website.
How many applications do you receive and how many students do you enroll?
Each year Kellogg receives over 700 applications to its eight PhD programs. On average 20-25 students enroll each fall.
Is a master's degree required for admission into Kellogg's PhD Program?
No, a master's degree is not required for admission into Kellogg's PhD Program, just a bachelor's degree.
Should I contact faculty before I apply?
Contacting faculty is not necessary, however, prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Faculty & Research pages of our website to find out more about our faculty and the research happening at Kellogg.
What does Kellogg look for in applicants?
Kellogg's faculty selects qualified students based on evidence of outstanding intellectual ability and a strong commitment to a career in research. The student's research agenda, with its fit within the general research interests of the faculty, are evaluated. The strength of the recommendation letters, the academic record at the applicant's undergraduate/graduate institution, and performance on standardized tests are included in the review.
Do I have to take the GRE or GMAT to apply? Is there a minimum score?
Yes, all Fall 2023 applicants to the Kellogg PhD program must submit a GRE or GMAT test score depending on the area of study:
Financial Economics, Management & Organizations & Sociology, and Managerial Economics & Strategy require the GRE.
Accounting, Management & Organizations, Marketing, and Operations Management require either the GRE or GMAT.
Finance prefers the GRE but will accept the GMAT.
There is no minimum test score required by each doctoral program. A wholistic approach is taken with the application review process. Test scores are reviewed within the context of the entire application.
What are the institution codes for the GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS?
GMAT: 6WZ-3J-54 (PhD Program, Kellogg)
GRE: 1565 (Northwestern's GraduateSchool), no Department Code
TOEFL: 1565, Department Code 01 (Graduate School)
IELTS: Select (Northwestern University-The Graduate School) when registering for the test. Scores will be sent directly from IELTS to Northwestern University.
Are TOEFL or IELTS scores required? If so, are waivers considered?
Northwestern University requires applicants whose native language is not English to certify their English language proficiency by providing either a score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam; or fulfilling the conditions of a TOEFL/IELTS waiver. For more information on TOEFL/IELTS waivers please refer to the Application Requirements page.
If I am denied admission, may I receive feedback on my application?
As a policy, the admission committee does not share the results of the application decision. We understand the time commitment involved in preparing your application, but we are unable to provide any feedback to any applicant.
If I am denied admission, can I reapply?
Yes, however, when reapplying, you must submit a new application, supporting documents, and application fee.