MMM Program

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Focus on Business & Design Innovation

The MMM Program is an immersive dual-degree program that gives students a rigorous business education integrated with a strong foundation in design innovation. MMM graduates receive an MBA from Kellogg and an M.S. in Design Innovation from the Segal Design Institute at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Our Proven Success

The First of its Kind

New technologies and the unprecedented speed of innovation across all industries have redefined the skill set needed to compete in today’s post-MBA world. The MMM Program goes beyond the traditional MBA and is uniquely positioned to meet this pace with a dynamic curriculum focused on business and design thinking.

Broad Career Opportunities

MMM students acquire a skill set that prepares them to succeed in various roles and industries upon graduation, including product management, consulting, technology and healthcare. Whichever path they choose, MMMs also find that their skill set is a strong competitive differentiator in their job search.

In-Demand Alumni

MMM graduates are in demand globally due to their superior ability to develop desirable, feasible and viable business solutions. MMM alumni work throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Notable MMM alumni include:
  • Matthew Levatich ’94 - President and CEO at Harley-Davidson Inc.
  • Jeri Ward ’01 - VP, Global marketing and Communications at Northwestern University
  • Jennifer Robinson ’15 - Principal Business Strategist at IA Collaborative
  • Jeanne Gatto ’13 - Director Innovation Strategy at BAXTER
  • Shriansh Shrivastavan ’16 - Senior Product Manager at American Express
  • Claire Henderson ’18 - Senior Digital Strategist at IBM

Program Highlights

  • Earn two prestigious degrees
    With both an MBA from Kellogg and an M.S. in Design Innovation from the Segal Design Institute, students in the MMM Program receive a rigorous education that positions them to drive innovation across industries.
  • Develop a unique skill set
    The MMM Program’s focus on innovation and end-to-end thinking equips students with an integrated skill set at the intersection of business, technology and design. Students will develop key traits of leading cross-functional teams comprising business strategists, engineers and designers; understanding customer needs through ethnographic research; using human-centered design; leveraging analytics; and developing and executing successful and sustainable business models.
  • Think and do
    The MMM Program prepares future business leaders to drive the entire innovation lifecycle of a product, service or business strategy. Students explore, prototype and build ideas in a dedicated studio space, and have the opportunity to apply classroom-gained knowledge in the context of real-world organizations in courses such as Business Innovation Lab and Research Design Build.
  • Build a stellar network
    MMM students hold membership in both the Kellogg and McCormick alumni networks. Additionally, the Northwestern MMM alumni network is the largest of its kind — an incredibly diverse yet tight-knit community. MMM alumni provide networking assistance to students seeking internships as well as graduates seeking full-time positions.
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Westin Hatch '14

Westin spent many years developing technical and leadership skills as a product manager. To take his career to the next level, though, he wanted to learn design innovation. Kellogg’s MMM Program was the perfect fit, offering a balanced approach to management and design innovation while emphasizing technology in product and service development.


The MMM Program is a dual-degree, full-time program that equips students to drive the entire innovation life cycle of a product or service. The MMM Program is comprised of lectures, experiential courses and studio-based classes that take place in both the day and evening. Much of the core coursework in the curriculum requires technical aptitude and the capacity for both analytical and creative thinking. When you graduate from the program, you will find yourself with a new, unique perspective, one that allows you to balance big-picture ideas with the detailed processes that make those ideas come to life.

Student Perspectives

MMM Student Perspectives

What’s it like to be a MMM student? Hear first-hand from current students on why they chose the program and the kind of benefits and opportunities they’re uncovering.

Learning to innovate in any industry

Bianca Deslouches '19 explains how constantly leverages insights from MMM background to lead impactful projects as director of innovation strategy at Daily Harvest.

Seeing MMM lessons all around

The process and principles taught in the MMM program can be applied to anything. Hear how Courtney Weldon ’21 uses these methods to help others see the innovative design work and meaning behind everything from complex ideas to everyday objects.

Sample Employers Seek MMM Graduates
Bain & Company                     
The Boston Consulting Group
Cisco Systems
Deloitte Consulting
IA Collaborative
Intel Corporation
John Deere
McKinsey & Company
United Airlines

Application Deadlines

Round 1

September 14, 2022

Round 2

January 10, 2023

Round 3

April 5, 2023