Application Requirements

Our admissions process

Kellogg’s admissions team uses a holistic process to evaluate each applicant for the Evening & Weekend MBA Program. We look for intelligent, ambitious professionals who are driven to lead and contribute to the Kellogg community.

A complete application to the Evening & Weekend MBA Program includes the following components.

Online application

Use the online application to submit your contact information, work history, essays and other supporting documentation.

Essays

Complete two essays on the following topics: 

Essay 1: Kellogg's purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value.  Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn? (approximately 450 words) 

Essay 2:  Values are what guide you in life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you?  (approximately 450 words) 

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.).

Test scores

For Fall Quarter 2020 applicants only:
Due to test center closures, we are currently waiving the GMAT/GRE requirement for those applying to the upcoming Fall Quarter for the Evening & Weekend MBA Program. You can certainly still send in a test score if you believe it will strengthen your application, and we will continue to accept test scores from the online testing alternatives released by GMAC and ETS.

For all other applicants:
Submit official test scores from the GMAT or GRE. No preference is given to either test, and Kellogg does not require a minimum score.

Use the following codes to submit your scores prior to your application deadline:
  • GMAT code: 6WZ-3J-66
  • GRE code: 7921
Please note that GMAT and GRE scores expire after five years, and you must submit a complete application before this 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 send subsequent test score reports to eveningweekendmba@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Transcripts

To apply to the program, you must have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country.

Please list all colleges, universities and programs attended, or 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 a transcript you will be submitting.

For the initial application process, our Admissions Committee can review the uploaded copy of transcripts from institutions in the United States or Canada. 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 or Canada, 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 or Canada. Visit naces.org/members.html 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, 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).

Interview

The interview provides an opportunity for you to learn more about our programs. It also allows the admissions team to further evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, career focus and motivations for pursuing the Kellogg MBA. We want to look beyond what we see on paper and learn more about you, which is why we strive to interview as many candidates as possible. Admissions interviews are by invitation only. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you after your application is submitted. At this time, all interviews will be conducted virtually. 

Interview Waivers
Due to the high demand for interviews and limited availability of interviewers, you may receive an interview waiver. If you receive a waiver, you may not request a phone or virtual interview. However, if you receive an interview waiver and the admissions committee needs additional information regarding your application, we may contact you if an interview is needed to make a determination on your application.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. 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: 
  1. 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.
  2. How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. 
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. 
  4. 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.

Application fee

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
  • Candidates employed by Teach For America or the Peace Corps within the past three years
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 nonrefundable.

Reapplicants

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 in 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.

Upcoming deadlines

The Evening & Weekend Program offers several start dates in order to offer maximum flexibility to our students. Choose to start in Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring quarter.

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