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Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University - Full-Time MBA

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 eight available areas of study, including majors in Accounting, Operations, Managing Organizations, and many more, most Kellogg students pursue two or more specific majors based on this second-year work.

Kellogg Full-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 3
• Bloomberg: 10
• Forbes: 3
Financial Times: 11
The Economist: 4

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Class Profile

The Kellogg Class of 2021 full-time MBA program is comprised of 559 students. Nearly 40 percent of the new class are female students, with 60 percent male students. About 26 percent of the class is made up of international students and 36 percent of the class are U.S. minority-status students.

The undergraduate GPA of the class is 3.6, the average GMAT is 727, and most students have around five years of work experience. Students in the class are, on average, 27-years old.

Careers Statistics

A total of 680 full-time One-Year and Two-Year Kellogg MBAs graduated in 2020, with the majority of grads joining the consulting industry (36 percent), tech industry (28 percent), and the finance industry (15 percent). The average annual salary for those in consulting was $153,577 and the median signing bonus was $30,000.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The Two-Year Kellogg full-time MBA program tuition is $74,871 per year. The total program cost estimated at $107,197 is based on the following costs:

• Tuition – $73,404
• Room and Board – $17,100
• Books and Supplies – $1,647
• Travel – $1,329
• Personal – $3,150
• Health Insurance – $4,170
• Computer Equipment – $1,200
• Student Activity and Experience Fee – $1,400
• Student Association Fee – $330
• First Year Fee – $2,000

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.

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).
• Resume
• $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

2021-2022 Northwestern Kellogg Full-time MBA Deadlines

Application Deadline
September 15, 2021
January 5, 2022
April 6, 2022
Decision Released
December 8, 2021
March 23, 2022
May 11, 2022

Northwestern Kellogg Full-Time MBA FAQs

How has the university coped with the pandemic?

Classes are being offered in a hybrid format to keep students and staff safe.

What graduate programs are offered at Kellogg?

Kellogg offers full-time, part-time, and executive MBA options as well as an MS in Management Studies.

What are the most common undergraduate majors for entering students?

Fifty-two percent of the most recent class achieved an engineering degree while 29% had a science degree and 28% had a degree in the humanities.

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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