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Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University

Kellogg Accelerated MBA Program Structure

The Northwestern University Accelerated MBA (One-Year) at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management is an accelerated program designed to bypass core classes. The program starts and finishes in June and can be completed in just one year. Students take required courses over the summer that are designed to complement undergraduate business studies and then complete their degree with elective courses in the fall, winter, and spring. The program consists of 15.5 credits in total – students take at least two summer courses in Leadership and Business Strategy, a Crisis Management half credit course right before the fall term, and then join second-year MBA students for the final 13 courses before earning their degree. Following the unique full-time summer quarter, where students complete two required courses and often several additional electives, One-Year MBA students are treated as second-year (two-year) full-time students at Kellogg for the fall, winter and spring terms and graduate with fellow second-year MBA candidates in June.

In September 2014, the school announced it had expanded its M.S. in Management Studies (MSMS) degree beyond Northwestern University undergraduates beginning with the class that commenced in summer 2015. The MSMS program, a Master of Science program for undergraduates, equips liberal arts students with specialized management and business skills in less than one year.

Kellogg has increased the size of its One-Year MBA program by nearly 20 percent over the past two years and will continue to evolve with the market. Launched 50 years ago, Kellogg was the first top-tier business school to offer a One-Year MBA program designed for students who have both a business-related degree and several years of work experience, allowing them to bypass core classes and immediately dive into advanced studies customized to their career goals.


The Kellogg Accelerated MBA requires previous (generally undergraduate) business coursework in Financial Accounting, Statistics, Finance, Economics, Marketing, and Operations. Since this core coursework is completed prior to enrollment, there are only 2.5 mandatory course credits, allowing One-Year program students the flexibility to pursue areas of interest among 18 available areas of study, including majors in Analytical Finance, Decision Sciences, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and many more. Most Kellogg students pursue two or more of these majors.

Class Profile

The student’s average age range at enrollment was 28.8. Thirty-one percent enrolled identified as women and 22 percent were minority students.


The Kellogg Career Management Center offers career development workshops for students and alumni on a range of topics including interviewing, salary negotiation and on-ramping throughout the year. The Kellogg Career Network provides students and alumni with password-protected access to an online job board with more than 3,000 job postings. Free professional career counseling and professional development are available to Kellogg alumni beyond graduation.

The 2016 Kellogg Employment Report indicated that the top industries for Kellogg graduates were consulting, tech, and consumer products, with 33 percent, 22 percent, and 14 percent of the graduating class entering those fields respectively.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The Kellogg Accelerated MBA program total tuition is $107,073. In addition to this cost, Kellogg estimates that students in this program will incur the following expenses:

Tuition: $103,580
Activity fee (one time): $750
Books and Supplies: $2,743 (estimated)

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid helps students identify and secure financial resources to help offset the cost of Kellogg’s program. Kellogg offers long-term, low-interest loans as well as merit scholarships and merit/need-based grants, but funding is extremely limited for One-Year MBA candidates.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants to the Kellogg Accelerated MBA Program must submit the following materials for an application:

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)
Proof of required core business academic work
Scanned GMAT/GRE/TOEFL scores
Updated test scores, if applicable
Three Essays
Kellogg Honor Code

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