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Degree Enhancement Program

Degree Enhancement Program


When you graduate with your Kellogg MBA, you will be equipped with a strong academic background and finely honed practical skills. It has been Kellogg’s philosophy that education and professional development are part of a life-long learning process. We hope that when students graduate from Kellogg they will continue learning. To that end, the Degree Enhancement Program (DEP) allows you to take up to eight Kellogg courses, free of charge, in the three academic years following your graduation. It is an excellent opportunity to explore a new interest, pursue an extra major, and develop your skills.

Registration is performed by the Academic Experience Team. Students who have graduated will receive an email communication at their preferred email address on file with the Alumni Office approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the quarter.  Students must complete this e-form to indicate their interest in courses based on the quarterly list of available courses.

Students who have completed their degree requirements but have not yet officially graduated, should reach out directly to the Academic Experience Team if they are interested in enrolling in classes as a DEP student.

Upon entry into the Degree Enhancement Program, an Evening & Weekend MBA Program graduate will sign an agreement stating that they will abide by the Kellogg Honor Code and the following program guidelines:

  • Students may begin taking DEP classes the following quarter after they complete their degree requirements.
  • Courses may be taken during the current academic year in which they complete their degree requirements (if completion occurs prior to summer quarter) and through three academic years following graduation from Kellogg. For example, a student who completes in Spring 2021 can take DEP courses during the Summer 2021 and through the 2023-24 academic year.
  • DEP participants will be allowed to enroll in open-seat classes after all Kellogg degree-seeking students have registered.
  • Students in the DEP program do not participate in the Bidding and Registration process. They will be registered manually by the Academic Experience team, and registration will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. 
  • All holds must be cleared from the student record before class registration can occur.
  • Once enrolled in a course, the DEP student must satisfy the same requirements as any other student in the course. DEP students cannot use the Pass/No Credit option.
  • Auditing of courses is not permitted after graduation.
  • The final grade received in the course will be included on the DEP participants’ existing Northwestern University transcript and cumulative grade point average. As a result, courses taken with the Degree Enhancement Program can be used to satisfy requirements for additional majors to the participant’s MBA.
  • Any DEP student who drops a course between the 3rd and 10th week of any class will forfeit their opportunity to register for any future courses offered in the program.
  • Kellogg reserves the right to withdraw a student from the program at any time.
  • Kellogg will evaluate the Degree Enhancement Program on an annual basis and reserves the right to change or cancel the program at any time.
  • For students wishing to complete a major through the DEP program, please reach out to the Academic Experience Team after all grades have been recorded for relevant courses.An audit will be conducted, and the major will be added to their record if requirements are met.