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

Kellogg Part-Time MBA Program Structure

The Northwestern University Kellogg Part-Time MBA Program offers unprecedented flexibility with four start dates per year: winter, spring, summer or fall. Students can opt to take any class offered in the Evening or Weekend programs, and also have the option to take evening and daytime courses on the Evanston campus with the full-time MBA students, contingent on class availability. Students may take quarters off from school for personal or professional reasons.

The program allows students to set their own pace, fitting their goals and experience:

• Traditional Pace: allows students to develop a deep foundation across business functions; 1.25-five years to graduate (average time is 2.5 years)

• Accelerated Option: if you have prior business study, you may qualify for the Accelerated Option, a special program that allows certain students to fast-track their MBA; One–four years to graduate (average time is two years)

Choose between an Evening or Weekend schedule:

• In the Evening program, which is designed for those living in and around the Chicago area, students can begin classes during any quarter. Classes meet on weekday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.

• The Weekend program is ideal for students commuting from across the country or local residents who prefer the convenience of weekend learning. Classes meet on Saturdays from 9 am to noon or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Students start with courses in general management that provide a solid business foundation. Kellogg’s core curriculum consists of ten courses worth nine credits. Once this core coursework is completed, Evening MBA students have the option to select from higher level electives that speak to their career and personal goals.

Students have the ability to customize their own intellectual journey through our optional majors and pathways. Majors offer a structured approach to understanding a specific discipline. Pathways are a new offering which take a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding a specific topic. Enjoy full flexibility: you may choose to bypass majors and pathways or explore several of each. The Kellogg Evening & Weekend MBA academic advisor is available to help students determine the right path to reach his or her goals.

Prior to applying for the Accelerated option, candidates must have completed work in two of the following four areas:

Statistics, Microeconomics, Marketing, and/or Operations. The program consists of just 15.5 total credits prior to graduating and is designed to be a flexible and quick option for students who already have an undergraduate or graduate background in the material.

Kellogg Part-Time MBA Rankings

U.S. News & World Report: 3

Class Profile

The Kellogg Part-Time MBA student’s average age range at enrollment is 29. An estimated 31 percent of the class are female students, and 23 percent are U.S. minority students. Candidates typically join the program with six years of previous work experience. Nine percent of the most recent class was international.

Careers Statistics

A recent Kellogg Employment Report indicates that the top industries for Kellogg graduates were financial services, tech, and healthcare, with 21 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent of the graduating class entering those fields respectively.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The tuition for the Kellogg part-time MBA program is calculated on a per-course quarterly basis. Students who complete the traditional program will pay for a minimum of 20 courses, while those in the accelerated program will complete at least 15.5 courses.

• Cost per one-unit course: $7,273
• Cost per half-unit course: $3,637
• Other additional fees and expenses include the following:
• Student activity one-time fee: $2,000
• Books and supplies (estimated for traditional program): $2,743

Due to the diversity of careers and locations of part-time program students, Kellogg does not estimate or project a total overall expense.
Part-time program students are offered loan assistance to meet their costs, however, Kellogg does not provide institutional scholarships or grant aid to part-time students, with the exception of the Drake Scholarship that is awarded to select female candidates who apply to the program.

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.


To apply to the Kellogg part-time MBA programs, students must be employed full-time. Applicants must submit an online or paper application, official undergraduate transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, an application fee of $185 and the essays requested in the application. Additionally, Kellogg requires personal interviews to complete the application. The part-time program conducts interviews Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the downtown Chicago campus, located at 340 East Superior Street. It is the responsibility of the applicant to schedule his or her interview.

In order to apply to the Accelerated part-time MBA program, a student must have received a grade of ‘B’ or better in the required prerequisite coursework. This must have been completed within the last ten years and cannot have been conducted online. To complete the application to this program option, students must complete a template document showing which classes they have completed and which requirements remain unfulfilled.

Northwestern University Kellogg Part-Time MBA Deadlines

Fall 2021
June 9, 2021
Week of September 20, 2021
Winter 2022
September 29, 2021
Week of January 3, 2022
Spring 2022
January 5, 2022
Week of March 29, 2022
Summer 2022
March 30, 2022
Week of June 20, 2022

Northwestern University Kellogg Part-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 some common industries that recent graduates came from?

Sixteen percent of the recent part-time MBA class came from the tech industry while 15% came from financial services and both consulting and manufacturing had 12% of students enter from those respective fields.

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