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Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University

Kellogg Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The immersive two-year Northwestern University MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management begins in September. Students attend classes for the fall, winter, and spring semesters for two consecutive academic years. During the summer between classes, they complete an internship.

To complete the two-year, Kellogg full-time MBA program, students must complete a minimum of 20.5 credit units over the six quarters they are enrolled. Before beginning the second year of the program, students must finish the core coursework requirements.


The core curriculum consists of nine courses in fundamental areas of Accounting for Decision Making, Business Strategy, Finance, Marketing Management, Business Analytics, Microeconomic Analysis, Operations Management, and Leadership in Organizations. These must be taken during the first year of the program to move on to year two. A Leadership and Crisis Management pre-term course is required prior to the fall quarter of year two at which point students complete their final three quarters by taking an array of elective courses based on their specific career interests. By focusing on 18 available areas of study, including majors in Analytical Finance, Decision Sciences, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and many more, most Kellogg students pursue two or more specific majors based on this second year work.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 6
• Bloomberg: 8 (U.S.); 8 (Global)
• Forbes: 4
• Financial Times: 14
• The Economist: 2

Class Profile

The Kellogg Class of 2020 full-time MBA program is comprised of 478 students. Nearly 46 percent of the new class are female students, with 52 percent male students. About 34 percent of the class is made up of international students and 27 percent of the class is made of minority-status students.

The undergraduate GPA of the class is 3.6, the average GMAT is 732, and most students have more than five years of work experience. Students in the class are, on average, 28-years old.

Careers Statistics

A total of 674 full-time One-Year and Two-Year Kellogg MBAs graduated in 2018, with the majority of grads joining the consulting industry (30 percent), tech industry (28 percent), and the finance industry (14 percent). The average annual salary for those in consulting was $140,830 and the average signing bonus was $28,130.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Kellogg estimates the tuition for the Two-Year MBA Program to be $71,544. The total program cost estimated at $103,350, is based on the following costs:

Tuition – $71,544
Room and Board – $17,100
Books and Supplies – $1,647
Travel – $1,329
Personal – $3,150
Health Insurance – $3,856
Computer Equipment – $1,200
Student Life Fee – $1,150
Activity Fee – $330

There are numerous scholarships available to Kellogg full-time MBA students.

F.C. Austin Scholarships are awarded to 20 students admitted to either the Two-Year MBA or MMM programs who plan on pursuing careers in management. The scholarships cover about half the tuition for each academic year.

The Peter L. Frechette Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing product development, entrepreneurship, and careers in biotechnology.

David F. and Margaret T. Grohne Family Foundation Fellowship covers full tuition for an entering student in the Two-Year MBA of MMM Programs.

Donald P. Jacobs International Scholarships are available to provide selected international students.

The Forté Foundation and Kellogg offer scholarship opportunities to female students pursuing full-time MBA programs at Kellogg.

Diversity Scholarships are also available with sponsorship from Kellogg and corporate sponsors like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. The Toigo Foundation also grants diversity fellowships at Kellogg.

In order to be considered for the merit and need-based scholarships from the Office of Financial Aid, students must complete the Kellogg financial aid application and also submit a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) upon receiving an offer of admission. Merit and need-based scholarships and grants are paired with low-interest education loans, which are awarded based on merit and assessed financial need on a first come first served basis. There are no teaching assistantships available.

For Post-9/11 GI Bill eligible students, Kellogg awards up to 50 students with up to $15,000 on a first come, first served basis. Through the Yellow Ribbon program, the VA may match this award for military veterans.


Applicants to the Kellogg full-time MBA program must submit the following materials:

Date form including biographical details , educational experiences, academic honors, activities, work experience, self-reported GMAT/GRE, and TOEFL scores (as applicable).
Interview request (on-campus or off).
$250 non-refundable application fee, by credit card.
Two letters of recommendation.
Scanned transcripts from undergraduate institution(s).
Scanned GMAT/GRE/TOEFL scores.
Updated test scores, if applicable.
Three Essays (including a video essay).
Kellogg Honor Code

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round One

Application Deadline: Sep. 18, 2019
Decision Deadline: Dec. 11, 2019

Round Two

Application Deadline: Jan. 8, 2020
Decision Deadline: March 25, 2020

Round Three

Application Deadline: April 8, 2020
Decision Deadline: May 13, 2020

Working on your Northwestern Kellogg full-time MBA application? Check out the Clear Admit Kellogg Essay Topic Analysis for advice on how to approach your essays.

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