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Applying to the Evening & Weekend Kellogg MBA Program

GET HELPFUL TIPS AND GUIDANCE FROM OUR TEAM AS YOU COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION.

We are excited you’ve decided to apply to the Kellogg School of Management and look forward to learning more about you. Our application process is designed to give us a sense of who you are, what drives you and why you think the Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA Program is a good fit for you.

The most important thing you can do throughout this process is to be your authentic self. We can’t stress enough that there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Rather, we encourage you to tell your story as genuinely and honestly as possible, because we truly want to get to know you and the experiences that shaped you into the person you are today.

Take a look at the sections below so you can become familiar with what is required for the part-time MBA application. We’ve included helpful articles, videos and blog posts to reference as you prepare for and complete each part.

If you have any questions during the application process, we’ve got you covered. Our admissions team is on hand and eager to help.

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Application tips: Evening & Weekend MBA Program

Alyssa Jackson, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Evening & Weekend MBA Program, takes you through the Kellogg application process and provides tips and insights on how to make your application shine.
  • Evaluation and Assessment

    When we evaluate our applicants, a few qualities really stand out to us, including the ability to push past comfort zones and question the norm. These qualities help us understand if an applicant is ready to seize all of the opportunities that come with joining Kellogg.

    The committee assesses your:

    • Application responses
    • Essays
    • Transcripts
    • Intellectual Ability and Test Scores
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Interview report

    Professional Experience

    The committee also values professional experience, including military service, that has provided a breadth and depth of skills and experiences to serve as a foundation for the MBA classroom. We look for people who can motivate a team to drive impact and are eager to dive in and collaborate with an engaged, ambitious community of peers.

    Program of Interest

    There is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to business, so why should your MBA be any different? When you start your application, choose between the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA schedule, and decide if you want to follow a Traditional or Accelerated pace to earn your degree.

    Curious to see if you qualify for the Accelerated Option ahead of time? Complete this form and we will let you know if you are eligible for it within a few days.

    The Evening & Weekend MBA program also offers an Emerging Leaders opportunity for high-achieving young professionals with less than three years of work experience. This fully integrated MBA experience lets motivated, rising stars earn an MBA earlier in their careers while they continue to build upon their work experience.

    Choose a Schedule that Works for You

    A COMMUTER’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE KELLOGG WEEKEND MBA EXPERIENCE

    Santosh Subramaniam (E&W 2020) provides a glimpse into his weekend commute from Florida to Chicago via planes, “L” trains and automobiles.

  • These components of the application are core to evaluating your experience and aptitude, giving us a better idea of your ability to tackle the challenging MBA curriculum.

    Tips for Employment and Resume/CV

    The resume or CV you submit as part of your application should be slightly different than the one you would typically use for a job interview. You’ll want it to translate your professional background and accomplishments to a broader audience, since it will be reviewed by an admissions committee of people with different backgrounds. There is no specific format or length required.

    Along with your resume or CV, we ask that you fill out the employment section of the application. Although it may seem repetitive, this gives you the opportunity to go into greater detail about your career achievements and history, including key transitions between jobs and any promotions you’ve been awarded. Make sure to double check the accuracy of information in this section.

    We also ask you to include your short-term and long-term career goals in your application. It’s possible for your goals to change as your career journey unfolds, but we want to see that your goals have been thought through and make sense for an MBA.

    Transcripts

    Part of your history includes your educational background. You must have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent in another country, before you can apply to Kellogg.

    On your application, you will list all colleges, universities and programs you have attended or are currently attending. You do not need to list study abroad programs or transfer institutions as long as all transfer courses and grades are reflected on your transcript.

    For the initial application process, our admissions committee can review the uploaded copy of transcripts from institutions in the United States. Once admitted, we require that official transcripts from each institution attended be sent directly to our office from the institution.

    International Transcripts: If you have transcripts from an institution outside the United States, you must have it evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) in order to submit your application. The course-by-course evaluation will serve as the official transcripts for studies completed outside the United States. Visit naces.org/members for a list of all university approved agencies.

    Official electronic transcripts can be requested from the Institution and emailed to:
    eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu

    Mail official sealed transcripts to:
    Kellogg School of Management
    Evening & Weekend MBA Program
    340 E. Superior St., 2M
    Chicago, IL 60611

    All records must show your name, the name of the institution, enrollment dates, courses taken, units of credit, marks or ratings in each subject and rank in the total class or group (if available).

    Insights from Students and Admissions

    MY #1 TIP FOR COMPLETING THE KELLOGG MBA APPLICATION

    Check out tips from current Full-Time and Evening & Weekend MBA students on completing the application.

    Avoid using technical terms or jargon; make sure your resume is understandable to someone who doesn’t work in your field.
    ALYSSA JACKSON
    DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
  • Kellogg accepts GMAT, GRE, EA, MCAT and LSAT test scores for the Evening and Weekend part-time program. If you graduated with an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or greater with a degree in business, economics or STEM-related area from an accredited institution, you are eligible to apply without a test score. Graduates from Northwestern University’s undergraduate programs are eligible to apply without a test score, regardless of degree.

    Meeting test score requirements for optional submission does not guarantee admission to Kellogg. Instructions on how to apply with or without a test score can be found in the application for admission.

    You can request official GMAT and EA score reports to be sent to Kellogg through www.mba.com by using code 6WZ-3J-66.

    To submit official GRE score reports, please use the code 7921.

    GMAT, EA and GRE scores expire after five years, so it’s important to submit your completed application before the expiration date.

    If you've taken either test more than once, we strongly encourage you to submit all scores. (We will only record the highest score, however.) Retesting demonstrates your commitment, work ethic and ability to advance.

    Please reach out to an admissions officer to learn more eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

  • You will be asked to complete two essays. The essays are your opportunity to talk directly to the admissions committee and tell your story. There is no right or wrong here, and we are not looking for any specific type of answer. However, we encourage you to think about the information you are sharing in your two essays and to make sure they share a balanced view of you as an applicant. Professional or personal examples are welcomed inclusions.

    Question 1 (450 words)

    Kellogg Leaders are primed to tackle today’s pressing concerns everywhere, from the boardroom to their neighborhoods. Tell us about a time in your life where you’ve needed a combination of skills to solve a problem or overcome a challenge. Which skills did you use? What did you accomplish?

    Question 2 (450 words)

    At Kellogg, our values are based on research that concludes organizations comprised of leaders with varied backgrounds and perspectives outperform homogeneous ones. How do you believe your personal and professional experiences to date will help to enrich the Kellogg community?

    Additional information: If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances in your application (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.).

  • Kellogg asks for two letters of recommendation. We’ve found that this gives us greater insight into who you are as an employee and a leader. One letter should come from your current supervisor or manager. The second letter should come from someone who can evaluate your professional performance and your managerial/leadership potential (e.g., former supervisor, previous employer, client). Additional letters of support are neither required nor encouraged.

    All letters should be submitted via the online application. They must address the following questions:

    • Kellogg has a diverse student body and values students who are inclusive and encouraging of others with differing perspectives and backgrounds. Please tell us about a time when you witnessed the candidate living these values.
    • How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
    • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
    • Is there anything else you would like us to know? (optional)

    *Please note: as long as your online application is submitted by the posted deadline, recommenders may submit their letters up to two weeks after the application deadline. Keep in mind that formal application review cannot begin until all required materials have been received.

    The admissions committee is most interested in hearing from recommenders who really know you and your work experience. Your recommenders should understand why you are interested in Kellogg and how the MBA fits within your career goals.
    ALYSSA JACKSON
    DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
  • The application fee is $185. Submit your payment via credit card with your application. Do not send payments directly to Kellogg.

    Fee waivers are granted to:

    • Active duty U.S. military applicants or U.S. military veterans who have been on active duty within three years of applying.
    • Candidates employed by Teach For America, AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps within the past three years.
    • Forte MBA Launch, JumpStart Network, Posse Scholar, Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) and Riordan Program members, fellows and alumni. Those who request an app fee waiver at the time of submitting their applications will be prompted to provide supporting documentation for review. 

    Active duty U.S. military or U.S. military veterans, Teach For America, AmeriCorps and Peace Corps applicants:
    If you qualify for a fee waiver, send a formal request to eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu before you submit your application. Provide supporting evidence of your current employment or military status. Military applicants should submit either a pay stub or letter from a commanding officer to verify active duty status. For military veterans who have completed service within the last three years, please submit a copy of Form DD-214.

    Candidates may not be considered for more than one program at a time. Please note that all application fees are non-refundable.

  • The interview provides an opportunity for you to learn more about our community. It also allows the admissions committee to further evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, career focus and motivations for the Kellogg MBA. We strive to interview as many candidates as possible.

    Virtual interviews
    All interviews are currently virtual; in the application, you will provide your location so we are aware of your time zone. You will receive an email regarding the status of your interview and scheduling instructions within six weeks of the application deadline.

    Interview waiver
    Due to the high demand for interviews and limited availability of interviewers, you may receive an interview waiver. If your interview is waived, the admissions committee may contact you if further information is needed to make a decision on your candidacy.

    How to Prepare

    Interview tips: Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA Program

    Alyssa Jackson, director of admissions for Kellogg's Evening & Weekend MBA Program, helps you prepare for your admissions interview.
  • We encourage you to reapply if you have made significant changes to your previous application.

    If you reapply to Kellogg, you must:

    • Complete a new online application
    • Complete the optional application essay (300 words or fewer) outlining significant changes to your application
    • Submit the $185 reapplication fee
    • The admissions team will contact you if you are selected for an interview

    To ease into the reapplication process, your test scores and transcripts will automatically be transferred into your new application. All other materials will need to be resubmitted. New materials (e.g., resume, essays, test scores, letters of recommendation) that strengthen your application may be submitted at your discretion. If you previously applied with a GMAT/GRE waiver, we encourage you to consider taking the GMAT/GRE to demonstrate academic readiness.

    If your application materials are more than a year old, you must submit a new application in its entirety.

  • You’ve invested time, energy and resources into completing your Kellogg application, so no doubt you'll want confirmation that your application was received. And we want you to have that peace of mind, too! So, once you submit your application, you can log back in at any time to view the status and double check that all sections were successfully completed.

    Most applicants can expect to receive a decision within six to eight weeks of submitting their application.

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    Spring 2024

    Summer 2024

    Fall 2024

    Winter 2025

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    Jan. 3, 2024

    Mar. 27, 2024

    June 5, 2024

    Sept. 25, 2024

    CLASS START

    Week of March 25, 2024

    Week of June 17, 2024

    Week of Sept. 16, 2024

    Week of Jan. 6, 2025

    Application deadlines
    Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central Time on the deadline date. We encourage you to submit your application early. Once we receive your application, we will invite you to schedule an interview.

    Admissions notifications
    The admissions team will notify you of an admissions decision within six to eight weeks of your interview. We will contact you via email and provide a link to your application status page, where you will find our final admissions decision.

    Accepting your offer
    To accept your offer of admission, please submit a deposit within three weeks of receiving your admissions notification.

Contact us about the Evening & Weekend MBA program

Evening & Weekend Application Deadlines

Spring 2024: Jan 3, 2024
Summer 2024: March 27, 2024
Fall 2024: June 5, 2024
Winter 2025: Sept 25, 2024