Executive Scholar Certificate

A Kellogg credential that
is uniquelyyou.

Growth-minded leaders like you understand that lifelong learning is an essential part of staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving global marketplace. With the Executive Scholar Certificate, you can earn a credential that is customized to your professional development goals.

Choose from our diverse portfolio of more than 40 executive programs to build your own certificate, or select one of our eight tracks to focus your credential on a specialized subject area. You will gain expertise that is immediately applicable in your organization, and upon certificate completion, receive Kellogg Executive Education alumni status and a multitude of benefits.

Our team is available every step of the way to offer personalized advising so that you understand your path to certificate attainment. Apply now to begin your journey.


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Executive Scholar Certificate Tracks

The Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate offers a practical, flexible approach to achieving your goals. You have the option to build your own track, which allows you to obtain the certificate by attending a combination of any four executive open enrollment programs*, or your may choose from one of the specialized tracks below.

*Please note that the certificate requires at minimum, attendance of four executive programs totaling 13 days in the classroom. You have five years to complete the certificate requirements, beginning from the date of your first attended program. Online programs may not be counted toward the Executive Scholar Certificate.


General Management

Growth & Innovation


Marketing & Sales

Operations & Technology


Nonprofit Management

Alumni Benefits & More

For Individuals

For Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Kellogg Executive Scholar?

Participants interested in completing the Executive Scholar Certificate are encouraged to fill out an application and speak with an advisor. Email scholars@kellogg.northwestern.edu or call: 847.467.6018.

What is the application process?

Participants should submit the application via the website or connect directly with the Executive Scholar Certificate advisor. The application serves to inform the school of your intent to become an Executive Scholar, allowing the school and advisor to monitor your progress toward completing a certificate. The application is non-binding and does not obligate you to attend any programs.

Is there a fee to become an Executive Scholar?

There is no additional fee required to become an Executive Scholar. Simply fill out the application, which will inform the school of your intent to become a Scholar.

Can the Executive Scholar Certificate track change?

Programming applied toward a specific certificate track is flexible and can change over time with the approval of the Executive Scholar Certificate advisor, as long as the programs fall within one of the certificate tracks.

Why should I consider the Executive Scholar Certificate?

With over forty programs in our executive education portfolio, you can tailor a curriculum track around your individual needs. Perhaps you need more training in general management, but don't have time for a three- or four-week program. Or you may want to reposition yourself in your company, refresh prior education, or sharpen a specific skill. Whatever your professional development goals are, the Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate is an ideal way to achieve them.

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