Executive MBA Lifelong Learning

Embrace Kellogg's dedication to lifelong learning by auditing Executive MBA courses.

Be Inspired: Electives
Kellogg EMBA offers available seats in elective or core and advanced courses to audit as an alumnus. The most popular courses to audit are elective courses and space for EMBA alumni auditors is allocated on an annual basis by means of a poll. The elective courses available each year will be listed below on this site and will be updated each year. In October each year all EMBA alumni will receive a poll to indicate their interest and preferences in auditing. Space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to demand for elective auditing we cannot guarantee any preferences and we anticipate that alumni will only be able to audit one course per year.

Refresh on the Basics: Core and Advanced
Keep up with current business trends or refresh your skills through core and advanced courses with current students in the program. Courses are available to audit on both the Evanston and Miami campuses throughout the year. The courses are listed at the Executive MBA website. Please reach out to EMBA Global Engagement to request to audit a Core or Advanced course.

Questions? Contact at emba-alumni@Kellogg.northwestern.edu

Auditor Registration

Executive MBA Alumni are welcome to audit EMBA courses, but registration is subject to availability. Auditor enrollment is managed by EMBA Global Engagement in conjunction with the Kellogg Registrar's Office.

If you audit a course, please only attend a course where you have been confirmed a place as an auditor and appear on the class roster. Even if you see a classroom with empty chairs, you are not permitted to sit in on the class unless you are formally enrolled as an auditor.


  • Core and Advanced courses can be audited on an individual, one-off basis. The courses are listed at the Executive MBA website. Please reach out to EMBA Global Engagement to request to audit a Core or Advanced course. Any audit of these courses is subject to faculty approval.
  • EMBA Elective courses with space available for alumni auditors will be sent to all EMBA alumni in Fall each year. Alumni may register for Elective courses by completing the EMBA Alumni Elective Enrollment Poll sent to all EMBA Evanston and Miami campus Alumni in fall each year.
  • Registration Holds: Any outstanding registration holds must be cleared before alumni can be allowed to return to audit.
  • Executive Education: To learn more about Executive Education courses, please email the EMBA Global Engagement team
  • We request a $100 tax-deductible donation to the EMBA Annual Fund for all alumni auditors to partially cover costs of the course materials and meals.

Any other Questions? Please email emba-alumni@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Course Materials

Upon successful registration of your class(es), further details will be sent directly to you about any course materials used in your class.

As an alumni auditor you are not required to do any of the reading, and you will not turn in assignments, as you don’t receive credit for the course.

Please note not all elective courses have textbooks and/or course packets.

  • Course packets
    If you are registered in a class that uses a course packet, the course packet will be provided to you. We will also grant you access to the Canvas course management site where you may access the course packet electronically. Alumni auditors will be granted a special alumni NetID to access Canvas. Canvas access will be granted by the first day of class.
  • Textbooks
    You will not be provided with a textbook. The EMBA Office does not have textbooks available for sale, but can provide you with the book title, author and ISBN number. You should be able to purchase the book via amazon.com. We suggest attending the class before you purchase the book. Occasionally, you will find that it isn’t necessary to make the investment.

EMBA Elective Courses Available for EMBA Alumni Auditing

2019-2020 Academic Year

The courses listed in this linked document are those with current availability for auditors as of October, 2019. Actual seats available will be indicated in the poll which will be sent to alumni via email in mid-October, 2019. Courses not listed are full and cannot accommodate alumni auditors. All courses and availability are subject to change.

If you have any questions about EMBA Alumni auditing, please email emba-alumni@kellogg.northwestern.edu