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.


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

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


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 for a list of all university approved agencies.

Official electronic transcripts can be requested from the Institution and emailed to:

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).


After you submit your complete application to Kellogg, we will invite you to interview with a member of our admissions team.

The interview allows the admissions team to further evaluate your interpersonal strengths, communication skills, career focus and motivations for pursuing your Kellogg MBA. It also provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the Evening & Weekend MBA Program.

All interviews take place in Wieboldt Hall on the Chicago campus. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.

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 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.


If you reapply to Kellogg, you must:
  • Complete an essay (300 words or fewer) outlining changes to your application.
  • Submit the $185 reapplication fee
  • Schedule an interview with the admissions team
New materials (e.g., test scores, letters of recommendation) that strengthen your application may be submitted at your discretion.

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.

Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern University
340 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611