International Candidates

International Applicant Requirements

We’re proud to receive applications from candidates in more than 90 countries. If you’re an international candidate, we ask that you review the following before submitting your application.

  • A college-level education equivalent to a four-year baccalaureate degree from the United States is required
  • A degree from certain international three-year undergraduate programs (e.g., institutions in India, United Kingdom) may be acceptable
  • International candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by the Round 1 or Round 2 deadline
  • The name on your application must match the name on your passport. Any discrepancy will delay our ability to process the I-20 form, which is required to obtain a visa


For all application cycles, our requirements are listed below:

All candidates who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must send a valid TOEFL iBT or IELTS score to Kellogg. The score results from both tests are valid for two years. A score from either TOEFL iBT or IELTS will fill this requirement.

  • To prevent processing delays, we strongly recommend that your upload your official score reports (if available) to the application

Exemptions may be granted if one of the following criteria is met:

  • The applicant completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university in the United States
  • The applicant 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 Indian institution that does not explicitly state this, please provide the URL for the homepage of the school’s website.

The code for uploading TOEFL iBT scores to the Kellogg Full-Time MBA Program is 1546.
Test takers submitting IELTS scores select the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as a score recipient rather than entering a specific code.

Deadlines & Notifications

Application Deadlines

Round 1 - Sept 15, 2021

Round 2 - Jan 5, 2022

Round 3 - April 6, 2022

Decision Released

Round 1 - Dec 8, 2021

Round 2 - March 23, 2022

Round 3 - May 11, 2022

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