Frequently Asked Questions

Management for Scientists and Engineers FAQs

Is the certificate equivalent of an MBA degree?

The certificate program is designed to introduce doctoral students in science, engineering and medicine to basic business skills and is a very condensed version of our MBA curriculum. It cannot replace an MBA degree. On average Kellogg MBA students have five years of work experience and take a series of similar management and leadership courses (30 hours each).

May I apply to this certificate program if I am not currently a Northwestern University student?

Only current Northwestern TGS doctoral students are eligible to apply for this certificate offering. We do not accept applications from other Ph.D. students.

Can I apply if I am still taking my regular Ph.D. course work?

Only those doctoral students who are finished with their coursework and qualifying exams will be eligible. Students with an excellent academic and research track record are encouraged to apply. We will review every applicant’s completed application along with the application essay, recommendation letter, CV and transcript.

How many students will be accepted to the program?

Fifty students will be accepted each year.

What is the registration cost to the student?

The program will be free for accepted students. The cost is supported by The Graduate School.

May I miss a day of class? What if I miss part of a day?

Attendance for the full day of all eight sessions is required in order to receive the certificate. Requests for absences in order to attend conferences, workshops, classes, or other events will not be granted. Instances in which an absence cannot be avoided, such as death in the family or extreme illness with a doctor's note may be excused at the discretion of The Graduate School. Students with unexcused absences will be required to drop the course or receive an incomplete. They will not receive the certificate.

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