Application Requirements

Our admissions process

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

A complete application to the Part-Time 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 450-word essays on the following topics:

Essay 1: Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn?

Essay 2: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg?

Optional: Use the “Additional Information” section to clarify or explain any extenuating circumstances in your application (e.g., gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance).

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 PartTimeMBA@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

Transcripts

List all colleges and universities you have attended or are currently attending.

Submit your official transcripts prior to matriculation. We accept either (1) digital copies directly submitted by your institution to Kellogg via secure electronic transfer or (2) hard copies sealed and mailed by your institution. Digital copies are preferred.

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).

Please note:
  • Study abroad program transcripts are not required.
  • Transcripts from transfer programs are not required if grades are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution.
  • If academic records and diplomas are not originally issued in English, you must submit both the original record and an authorized, verbatim English translation.

Interview

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 Part-Time 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. How does the candidate’s performance compare with those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
  2. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
  3. (optional) Is there anything else you would like us to know?

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 who have been on active duty within three years of applying
  • 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 PartTimeMBA@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

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 Part-Time 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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