We are thrilled you’ve decided to apply to Kellogg. This is the start of an amazing journey — both personally and professionally — and we’re honored to be a part of that. The application process is designed to give us a sense of who you are, what drives you and why you think Kellogg is the right place for you.
The following is a list of components you'll need to apply for admission to our Full-Time MBA Programs.
While some specific requirements vary from program to program, a bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university is required to apply. Previous study in business or economics is not required, with the exception of the One-Year Program. Since much of the MBA curriculum utilizes quantitative skills, we encourage students to complete introductory courses in calculus and statistics prior to enrolling. Learn more about eligibility for each program by visiting their individual pages:
Evaluation & Assessment
When we evaluate our applicants, a few qualities really stand out to us, including the ability to push past comfort zones and question the norm. These qualities help us understand if an applicant is ready to seize all of the opportunities that come with joining Kellogg.
The committee assesses your:
For international candidates, the committee also assesses:
The committee also values professional experience that demonstrates maturity and self-awareness, including military service and extracurricular activities. We look for people who are not afraid to question the status quo, can motivate a team to drive impact, and are eager to dive in and collaborate with an engaged, ambitious community of peers.
The essays let you explain, in your own words, why you think Kellogg is right for you. Take some time to think through the experiences that led you here and how they have shaped where you want to go.
The following two essays are required of all applicants:
Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:
1Y applicants: Please discuss your post-MBA career goal, the current experience you will leverage to support the transition, and the Kellogg 1Y opportunities that will help you reach this goal. (250 words)
JD-MBA applicants: Please discuss your post-JD-MBA career goals and why the JD-MBA Program is the right program to help you reach those goals. (250 words)
MMM applicants: The five core values of the MMM Program are curiosity, creativity, empathy, open-mindedness and a learning mindset. Describe a situation in which you demonstrated one of these values. Why is this value an important part of the MMM experience for you? (250 words)
Reapplicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)
All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information. Use this section if you think the person reviewing your application might have a few questions about one or more of your responses. This could include:
The video essay provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community — in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.
Your education is a major part of how you got here today, and we want to make sure we understand all parts of it. We ask that you list all colleges, universities and study abroad programs you have attended or are currently attending. Please note:
All records must show your name, the name of the institution, enrollment dates, courses taken, units of credit, marks or ratings in each subject, and rank in the total class or group (if available).
We require GMAT or GRE scores for all Full-Time MBA Programs. Kellogg has no test preference, so a score from either the GMAT or GRE will fill this requirement. Scores must be reported by the application deadline.
Please request that official test scores are sent to Kellogg by using one of the following school codes:
We will record the highest valid score but encourage you to report additional scores received after submission of your application. However, there is no guarantee the new score will be evaluated when the admissions committee reviews your file. To do this, please sign in to your application and then add your update in the supplemental information page. Also, be sure to report your official scores to Kellogg using one of the school codes listed above.
You must submit a complete application prior to the expiration date of your GMAT/GRE score. Only valid test scores will be considered.
You must submit two letters of recommendation through the online application.
Ideally, one letter should come from a current supervisor or manager. The second should come from someone who can evaluate your professional performance and your managerial/leadership potential (e.g., former supervisor, previous employer, client).
The application is not considered complete until we have received both recommendations. Please choose your recommenders carefully as additional letters of support are neither required nor encouraged.
Have your recommenders respond to the following prompts:
The application fee is $250. Submit your payment via credit card with the application. Do not send payments directly to Kellogg.
Fee waivers are granted to:
If you qualify for a fee waiver, send a formal request to firstname.lastname@example.org before you submit your application. Provide supporting evidence of your current employment or military status. Military applicants should submit either a pay stub or letter from a commanding officer to verify active duty status. For military veterans who have completed service within the last three years, please submit a copy of Form DD-214.
Candidates may not be considered for more than one program at a time. Please note that all application fees are non-refundable.