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.
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
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.
Exemptions may be granted if one of the following criteria is met:
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. It is not necessary to have a department code, but if you are required to enter a code you may use the following code: "99." Test takers submitting IELTS scores select the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as a score recipient rather than entering a specific code.
The Kellogg MBA is STEM-designated
Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA and Evening/Weekend MBA programs are STEM-designated degree programs. Therefore, Kellogg graduates on F1 student visas and approved F-1 12-month post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) may be eligible to apply for the F-1 24-month STEM-OPT extension for possibly up to three years of U.S. work authorization before requiring employer sponsorship for employment-based nonimmigrant or immigrant visas. For more information on eligibility and process, please visit the Northwestern Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS).