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Northwestern MBA / Kellogg School of Management / Kellogg MBA


Kellogg MBA  










Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University


Evanston, IL


(847) 491-3308



% Acceptance:


Average GMAT:


Average GPA:


Average Age:

465 (Two-Year MBA)










MBA Application Deadlines


Round 1
Round 2
Round 3


MBA Applications received after 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on each deadline date will be considered in the following round.


MBA Application Requirements


# of Recommendations: Two


# of Essays: Two Mandatory / One Optional


Evaluative Interview: Recommended (Schedule appointment.)


Application Fee: $250


MBA Essay Questions


Fall 2015 Essay Questions




1. Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450-word limit)



Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)

(450-word limit)



(Dual-Degree Applicants) For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250-word limit)



(Required for Reapplicants) Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250-word limit)


6. (Optional) If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word count)




The Video Essays provide MBA applicants with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what they will bring to the vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. Each applicant will complete two short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.


  • After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.
  • There are 10 practice questions which candidates can complete as many times as they like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool and help applicants feel prepared.
  • There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions. We encourage applicants to practice so they are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions.
  • Candidates will have 20 seconds to think about their question and up to 1 minute to give their response.
  • We estimate the Video Essays will take 30 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.


MBA Recommendation Letters


Recommendations are to be uploaded online.



How do the candidate's performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)



Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response. (250 words)



Ideally, one of these recommendations should be written by a current supervisor or manager. The second recommendation should be from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s professional performance as well as their managerial and leadership potential (e.g. a former supervisor, previous employer, client, etc.). If applicants are unable to ask a current supervisor or manager for a letter of recommendation, they should include a brief statement regarding their choice in the Additional Information section of the application.


The application is not considered complete until Kellogg has received both recommendations. Submitting the recommendations through the school’s online application is required.


Additional letters of support are neither required nor encouraged.


To ensure that the recommenders can be contacted, please apprise the Office of Admissions of any changes to their contact information.



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