An MBA Experience at the Center of Business, Tech and Science

The power of MBAi comes from the collaboration between Kellogg and McCormick, who have come together to create a new, blended approach to business and technology leadership.

The MBAi curriculum is designed to equip you with the skills to become a leader in fields such as technical operations, product management, product marketing and consulting. The depth and breadth of our coursework also ensures graduates are prepared to take on novel, emerging roles in this constantly evolving market space.

Organizations need new decision-making processes, new culture, and new organizational structures. And making these changes requires leaders with expertise in both business and technology.

Professor Eric Anderson / MBAi Program Director

Below is a simplified roadmap of what you can expect from the curriculum throughout our program.

  • QUARTER 1: Begin with a Computational Thinking course to anchor technical curriculum and core MBA courses. This framework will help to develop strategies for AI-driven technologies through a leadership lens.
  • QUARTERS 2 & 3: Continuation of Kellogg core curriculum. You will also enroll in technology-focused and integrative courses, which begin to put business strategies to work.
  • QUARTER 4: All students will complete a full-time summer internship while taking a small course load of evening or weekend classes. After internships conclude, the cohort will convene at Northwestern’s San Francisco campus for a week-long immersion experience.
  • QUARTER 5: Prepare to take the next step toward your professional careers through a capstone product lab experience. You will also have opportunities for electives and a pre-term course on Crisis Management.

Through a combination of intensive curricular and technology industry experiences, students will be prepared to lead teams that are heavy in technology capabilities and guided by strategies rooted in business needs and return on investment.

Julio Ottino / Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering

Academic Experience

Categories Class Offerings

MBA Core

You will participate in a combination of courses that are part of Kellogg's core MBA curriculum, as well as classes that are custom-built by Kellogg and McCormick faculty and exclusive to the MBAi program.

Core classes, taken alongside students from across the Full-Time MBA Programs:

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Business Strategy
  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Leadership in Organizations

MBAi classes:

  • Business Analytics
  • Finance I
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management

Technical Core

Technical core courses will accelerate your fluency in analytics and complex technologies. You’ll begin with concepts including intermediate programming in Python, data structures and the Agile process, as well as techniques for business problem translation, management, applications and scale.

  • Computational Thinking for Business Leaders
  • Artificial Intelligence Theory and Practice
  • Machine Learning for Business
  • Tech Product Management
  • Software Engineering and Practicum
  • Human Computer Interaction & Design Thinking

Integrated Core

A range of courses from both Kellogg and McCormick, as well as new programming created exclusively for MBAi. Specialty electives will integrate these topics with business issues in marketing, finance, operations and other functional areas.

Leadership Seminars and courses on topics like:

  • Synthetic Biology
  • Robotics
  • Visualization
  • Natural Language Processing

Summer Internship & Industry Immersion

You will use the Kellogg Career Management Center to help secure a 10-week summer internship. Classes will be offered concurrently at the Northwestern San Francisco campus and conducted remotely or in-person, depending on internship location.

Summer quarter will end with an experience in San Francisco that includes company on-site visits, industry networking events, case competitions and more.
  • Ten-week summer internship
  • Two-week San Francisco industry immersion

Application Deadlines

Round 1

September 14, 2022

Round 2

January 10, 2023

Round 3

April 5, 2023