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Northwestern MBA / Kellogg School of Management / Kellogg MBA


Kellogg MBA  










Kellogg School of Management, 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: Three Mandatory / One Optional


Evaluative Interview: Recommended (Schedule appointment.)


Application Fee: $250


MBA Essay Questions


Fall 2014 Essay Questions



What’s the greatest obstacle you’ve overcome (personally or professionally)? How has overcoming this obstacle prepared you to achieve success now and in the future? (350-word limit)



What have been your most significant leadership experiences? What challenges did you face, and what impact did you have? This is your opportunity to explain how you Think Bravely. (500-word limit)



Career Goals Question:



Part 1: What career/role are you looking to pursue and why?  (250 word limit)?



Part 2: Why are Kellogg and the MBA essential to achieving these career goals?  (250 word limit)


(Please answer Part 2 in terms of your program choice: One-Year, Two-Year, MMM, JD-MBA).



(Video) Kellogg will ask a question in which the applicant has 90 seconds to think of an answer and then 90 seconds to deliver the answer. If the applicant does not like the answer, the applicant can try another question (with 90 seconds to prepare and 90 seconds to deliver an answer). Only three chances are permitted. Questions applicants have received are "What is one thing you've always wanted to try?" and "What is one piece of technology you can't live without?"



(Required for Reapplicants) Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (400-word limit) Please note: re-applicants are required to answer this question in addition to #1-3.


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.) 


MBA Recommendation Letters


Recommendations are to be uploaded online.



Please comment on the candidate's career performance and impact on the organization. Cite specific examples. (e.g. ranking relative to others in the industry, progression within the organization, evidence of initiative and goal orientation).



Evaluate the candidate's demonstrated leadership and potential (e.g. ability to influence others and advocate for his or her ideas, smart risks he or she has taken, ability to deal with ambiguity).



What do you perceive to be the candidate's weaknesses? Provide an example of how the candidate has dealt with constructive feedback and efforts made to address these weaknesses.



What observations do you have about the candidate's interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with and support others (e.g. maturity, self-awareness, listening skills, sense of humor, respect for different viewpoints)?


5. Please comment on the candidate's intellectual and problem solving abilities (e.g. analytical and quantitative skills, creativity, curiosity).



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