Kellogg School of Business (Northwestern University)

About #

Year Founded: 1979
Average GMAT: 732
City: Evanston
State: Illinois
Country: United States

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (commonly known as Kellogg) is Northwestern University’s business school, situated in Chicago, Illinois. Kellogg is one of the world’s oldest business schools, having been founded in 1908 and making important contributions to disciplines including marketing, management sciences, and decision sciences. Kellogg is a worldwide business school with a thriving community of academics, staff, students, and alumni that impact business and organizational practice all around the world. Kellogg’s challenging academic experience combines theory and practice, resulting in a dynamic research and learning environment.

Featured Professors #

Angela Lee

Dr. Lee is a consumer psychologist who specializes in consumer behavior. Consumer learning, objectives, and emotions are her areas of specialization. Her research interests include consumer motivation and affect, cross-cultural consumer psychology, and the unconscious effects of memory on judgment and decision-making. She is the co-editor of Kellogg on China and has published articles in marketing and psychological magazines (Northwestern University Press, 2004). She won the Stanley Reiter Best Paper Award in 2006 for her work on self-control and persuasion, as well as the Otto Klineberg Award in 2002 for the best paper on international and intercultural interactions.

Ben Jones

Professor of Strategy and Faculty Director of the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, Benjamin F. Jones is the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship. Professor Jones is a trained economist who researches the origins of industrialized nations’ economic development, with a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and scientific advancement. He also researches global economic growth, as well as the roles of education, climate, and national leadership in understanding nation-state riches and poverty. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and The New Yorker, as well as in journals such as Science, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Economic Review.

Gregory Carpenter

Gregory Carpenter’s research focuses on how businesses succeed with customers. Resurgence: The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), based on award-winning research, analyzes how businesses facing significant problems build a more customer-focused culture and renewed success. Gregory Carpenter’s study focuses on how organizations thrive when it comes to dealing with consumers. Based on award-winning research, Resurgence: The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) examines how firms experiencing severe challenges develop a more customer-focused culture and achieve renewed success.

Student Life #

Almost all of our Full-Time MBA students reside in Evanston, and the majority want to be within walking distance of the Global Hub. You can depend on continual cooperation and a network of individuals to lean on no matter where you reside. The McManus Living-Learning Center, located just a few blocks from the Global Hub, is a great place for Kellogg students, their spouses, and their children to live. Group study rooms, computer laboratories, fitness facilities, a gaming room, an underground parking garage, and a lounge are all available at the facility.

Rankings #

#6 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking 

#4 USNews – Best Business Schools

#3 USNews – Part-time MBA

#3 USNews – Executive MBA

#14 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 

MBA Program Overview #

The full-Time MBA Program at the Kellogg School of Business offers a variety of ways to obtain an MBA. Each one provides a variety of alternatives for reaching personal, professional, and educational objectives. Regardless of the path the student takes, they will grow as a person and learn how to ignite development in any business.

Year One Description #

The Kellogg One-Year MBA Program is the quickest way to a Kellogg MBA. It’s intended to help you improve your business fundamentals and re-enter the workforce with new skills and information that will help you advance your career. From June to June, you’ll immerse yourself in the demanding curriculum, study from world-class instructors, and gain leadership experience and a supporting network that will benefit you both now and later in your career.

Grading Scale: 4

GMAT/GRE Stats #

Class of 2022

Average GMAT: 727

GMAT Total Range: 640-770

Average GRE: 163

Unique Aspects #

Grow Your Skill Set – Be prepared to lead wherever you go and in whatever you do thanks to our customizable curriculum and emphasis on general management.

Experience the World – No matter your program, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest business and management minds in the world.

Shape Your Career – Have access to our award-winning career center and connect with top companies around the world and across industries on a year-round basis.

Pathaways

In addition to majors, Kellogg provides “pathways” to our students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries.

A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand. You have the flexibility to pursue any number of pathways and go as deep as you’d like into each one. Pathways are not noted on transcripts.

Review pathways for:

  • Asset Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Growth and Scaling
  • Healthcare at Kellogg
  • Real Estate
  • Social Impact 
  • Technology Management
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Student Life #

Almost all of our Full-Time MBA students reside in Evanston, and the majority want to be within walking distance of the Global Hub. You can depend on continual cooperation and a network of individuals to lean on no matter where you reside. The McManus Living-Learning Center, located just a few blocks from the Global Hub, is a great place for Kellogg students, their spouses, and their children to live. Group study rooms, computer laboratories, fitness facilities, a gaming room, an underground parking garage, and a lounge are all available at the facility.

Application Process #

Transcripts

Required

GMAT/GRE Info

Both GMAT and GRE scores are acceptable.

Foreign Language Requirements

Accepts GMAT or GRE

Essay Questions

Essay Question #1

Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip and 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? (450 words)

Essay Question #2

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

Optional Essay

Recommendations

Two recommenders are required

Resume

Required.

Interview

Required: 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.

Fee Description

The application fee is $250. Submit your payment via credit card with the 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

Costs #

  • Tuition: Resident: $est. $107,197 (2-year MBA)
  • Nonresident: $74,871
  • Books and Supplies: $1,647
  • Health Insurance: $4,170
  • Room and Board: $17,100
  • Scholarships Offered: over 50% of students receive funding
  • Extra Expenses (ie. Transportation/Food): $5,179
  • Fees: $3,730

Employment Reports  #

Class of 2020

  • Received an Offer: 83.90%
  • Accepted an Offer: 77.10%
  • Median Salary: $150,000
  • Median Signing Salary: $30,000
  • % receiving signing bonus: 83%

Top Industry Destinations

  • Consulting 36.0%
  • Technology 27.6%
  • Financial services 14.9%
  • Consumer Packaged Goods 6.6%
  • Government 5.2%
  • Healthcare 5.2%
  • Manufacturing 3.3%
  • Retail 1.5%
  • Energy 1.2%
  • Non-profit 1.2%
  • Others 1.0%
  • Real Estate 0.4%
  • Media/Entertainment 0.2%

Top Function Destinations

  • Consulting 37.4%
  • Finance/Accounting 15.2%
  • Technology 12.5%
  • Marketing and Sales 10.4%
  • General Management 9.9%
  • Others 2.7%
  • Operations/Logistics 2.3%
  • Business Development 1.5%
  • Human resources 0.6%

Location Destinations

  • West – 33%
  • Midwest – 28%
  • East – 18%
  • South – 11%
  • International – 11%

Top companies Recruiting

  • McKinsey & Company
  • Bain & Company
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Evercore
  • Goldman Sachs Group
  • William Blair
  • Facebook
  • Adobe
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • IBM
  • Uber
  • Danaher Corporation
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • SC Johnson
  • Apple
  • Parthenon-EY

Class Profile #

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Total Applicants: 4600
  • Total Enrollment: 478
  • Women: 46%
  • US Minorities: 27%
  • International students: 34%
  • Average GPA: 3.6
  • Average Work Experience: 5.1 years

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