Applying to the Kellogg Executive MBA Program
Everything you need to know as you navigate the Kellogg application.
We are delighted you’re interested in the Kellogg Executive MBA (EMBA) Program and look forward to learning about you throughout this process. Our application is designed to give us a sense of who you are, how you lead and why you think the Kellogg Executive MBA Program is a good fit for you. We know completing an application might seem a bit daunting after taking time away from higher education to build your career, but we are here to help and will be happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
As you read each section below, you will gain a clear picture of how to craft a successful application. You’ll find helpful tips, articles and videos to make the application process as straightforward as possible.
If you have any questions during the application process, we’ve got you covered. Our admissions team is on hand and eager to help.
Application tips: Kellogg Executive MBA Program
These components of the application are core to evaluating your experience and aptitude, giving us a better idea of your ability to tackle our rigorous MBA curriculum.
Tips for Employment and Resume/CV
There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your resume or CV. Unlike the resume you’d present for a job, you’ll want to update this version to be less industry-specific so the members of our admissions committee can easily understand your full professional history and background. It’s important to note that we do not require a specific format or length.
In addition to submitting your resume or CV, you will need to fill out the employment section of the application. This is your chance to delve deeper into your career accomplishments and enlighten us on any major shifts that appear in your resume, including key transitions between jobs and big promotions. Make sure to double check the accuracy of information in this section and fully answer all components of the form.
Insights from Students and Admissions
Check out tips from current students on completing the application.
The Executive MBA Program does not require GMAT or Executive Assessment scores for most applicants. A GMAT score is required if you do not have a bachelor’s degree. In some cases, the admissions committee may ask you to take the GMAT after reviewing your transcripts. We will only make this request, however, in very specific circumstances.
Testing for English language proficiency
All candidates who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must show their English language proficiency by sending valid TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English test scores. Applicants taking the TOEFL must take the Internet-Based Test (IBT). The average TOEFL score for a Kellogg Executive MBA student is 104, and applicants must score a minimum of 100 to be eligible. Applicants who take the IELTS should take the Academic IELTS, and score a minimum of 7.0. Applicants who take the Duolingo English test must score a minimum of 130. Please note that we have the right to request the Test of English to be completed.
To prevent processing delays, we strongly recommend that you upload your score report to your application.
Exemptions may be granted if one of the following criteria is met:
- You have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university in the United States.
- You have taken the equivalency of English 101 and 102 at an accredited college or university in the United States.
- You have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university where English was the only language of instruction.
- If you qualify for this exemption, you must provide the exact URL or documentation from your institution that states English was the only language of instruction.
- If you graduated from an institution that does not explicitly state this, please provide the URL for the homepage of the school’s website.
The program reserves the right to require assessment of English language proficiency even if these exemption criteria are met.
The number one thing we ask of all our applicants is to be as authentic as possible when you approach this application. There is no right or wrong way to answer the questions. Just be true to yourself, your history and what you hope to achieve with an Executive MBA. Our goal in reviewing your application is to get to know you and to understand the experiences that have helped shape you into the person you are today.
Admission to the Executive MBA Program is contingent upon completing and submitting all application materials. That means in addition to completing your application online, you will also need to submit two letters of recommendation, interview with our admissions team and supply a letter of sponsorship from your employer. Most applicants do not need to submit GMAT scores. Kellogg does not require financial sponsorship from its Executive MBA applicants, but we do require time sponsorship. For more on this, please visit our sponsorship guide.
Evaluation and assessment
When we evaluate our applicants, we are looking for rich work experience and demonstrated career growth. The Executive MBA Program is for working professionals with at least eight years of work experience. Students who come to us have an average of 15 years of work experience, including military service, which means they have had time to develop a deep expertise in their industry or function, along with managerial experience across people and/or programs.
The admissions committee assesses your:
- Application responses
- Letters of recommendation
- Time sponsorship letter
- Interview report
Choose your campus location
When you start your application, you have the opportunity to choose between our two campuses and formats: Evanston (meets twice a month) or Miami (meets once a month). With either selection, you’ll receive the same world-class education, learn from Kellogg’s leading faculty, join the same prestigious network and earn your MBA in two years flat.
Day in the life of the Executive MBA ProgramThree Executive MBA students give an inside look at their experience taking classes on the Miami campus.
Your organization is required to supply a letter stating that it supports and approves the time required for you to attend the Executive MBA Program. If your organization is providing financial sponsorship, please state that in the letter as well. However, you are not required to have financial sponsorship.
The letter of support must:
- Appear on company letterhead.
- Be signed by someone in the organization who has authority to grant the time off.
- Acknowledge your interest in the program.
- Approve any time off needed to attend classes.
- Confirm that you will not be penalized for any time used to attend the program.
- If applicable, explain the level of financial support the organization is willing to provide.
You are required to submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges you have attended in the United States and abroad, whether you graduated from the institution or took just one class. To qualify as an official transcript, it must be sent directly to us from your institution, and contain the signature or seal of the university registrar.
Official electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed directly from the issuing university or evaluating agency to: email@example.com. If unable to provide an electronic transcript or evaluation, please have your institution send a hard copy version, in a sealed envelope, to:
Kellogg School of Management Executive MBA Admissions
95 Merrick Way
Coral Gables, FL 33134
If you have transcripts from an institution outside the United States or Canada, you must have them evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Visit naces.org/members for a list of all university-approved agencies. This course-by-course evaluation report, once received from the NACES-approved agency, will count as your official transcript for application purposes.
If one of your degrees was conferred from a United States institution, we may not require a course-by-course evaluation for your international degree(s). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There will be two essay questions included on the application and provide an opportunity for you to share more about your background and values so the admissions committee can get to know you on a more personal level. In your own words, you’ll be able to tell us your story and what you want to achieve in your post-Kellogg life. Professional or personal examples for your essays are welcome.
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 to date will help to enrich the Kellogg community?
If needed, you can submit a third essay to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.).
Kellogg asks for two letters of recommendation. We’ve found that this gives us greater insight into who you are as an employee and a leader. One letter should come from your current supervisor or manager. The second letter should come from someone who can evaluate your professional performance and your managerial/leadership potential (e.g., former supervisor, previous employer, client). Additional letters of support are neither required nor encouraged.
All letters should be submitted via the online application. They must address the following questions:
- Kellogg has a diverse student body and values students who are inclusive and encouraging of others with differing perspectives and backgrounds. Please tell us about a time when you witnessed the candidate living these values. (300 words)
- How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
- Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)
- Is there anything else you would like us to know?
*Please note: as long as your online application is submitted by the posted deadline, recommenders may submit their letters up to two weeks after the application deadline. Keep in mind that formal application review cannot begin until all required materials have been received.
The interview provides an opportunity for you to learn more about our community. It also allows the admissions committee to further evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, work experience, career focus and motivations for the Kellogg MBA. We strive to interview as many candidates as possible.
All interviews are conducted virtually. Shortly after submitting your application, you will receive an email with instructions for how to schedule your interview in our portal.
To schedule your interview, please visit the link provided upon submission. If you don’t receive the link or need help rescheduling an interview, email us at email@example.com.
The application fee is $150, which can be paid via credit card upon submission of your application. Please do not send payments directly to Kellogg. All application fees are non-refundable.
Fee waivers are granted to:
- Active duty U.S. military applicants or U.S. military veterans who have been on active duty within three years of applying.
- Candidates employed by Teach For America, AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps within the past three years.
- Forte MBA Launch, JumpStart Network, Posse Scholar, Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) and Riordan Program members, fellows and alumni.
If you qualify for a fee waiver, please upload supporting documentation at the time of submitting your application for review.
You’ve invested time, energy, and resources into completing your Kellogg application, so no doubt you'll want confirmation that your application was received. And we want you to have that peace of mind, too! So, once you submit your application, you can log back in at any time to view the status and double-check that all sections were successfully completed.
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* Last deadline to apply for Fall 2024 start
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Application review and decision process
Admissions are rolling - candidates may apply to either upcoming entry term (Fall or Winter) on either campus (Evanston or Miami). The admissions committee will review your application after we receive all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, sponsorship letter and transcripts, and your interview has taken place. Candidacy decisions are made on a rolling basis, typically within 4–6 weeks after the completion of the application and interview.
Note: If you’ve been admitted to another program and require an expedited response from Kellogg, please complete the Expedited Request Form on your application portal. We will ask you to upload a copy of your admissions letter from the program you have been admitted to and we will respond with an estimated timeline of your application review.