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Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University

Kellogg Part-Time MBA Program Structure

The Northwestern University part-time MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management can be taken in the form of an Evening MBA, Saturday MBA ,or Accelerated options. Students in any of the part-time program options may take quarters off from school for personal or professional reasons and take any class offered in the Evening or Saturday Programs, or even transfer between the two program options if they wish.

In the Evening Program, which is designed for those already living in and around the Chicago area, students can begin classes during any quarter. By taking up to three courses per ten-week quarter, the program can be finished in two to five years. On average, students finish the degree in three years. Classes meet on weekday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. One course corresponds to one three-hour evening block each week.

The Saturday Program, ideal for those who live in the Chicago area and travel during the week or for those who live outside the Chicago area, begins with the summer quarter in June. By taking up to three courses per ten-week quarter, the program can be finished in between two and five years. On average, students finish the degree three years after entering with their cohort. Classes meet on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Accelerated option is designed for students who have already completed core coursework as an undergraduate or graduate student. The degree, which can be finished in as little as five quarters or as long as four years, consists of just 15.5 credits of coursework. Students who wish to pursue this option may start during any quarter and choose either the Saturday or Evening Program to accommodate their schedules.


Kellogg’s core curriculum consists of 9.5 courses. Once this core coursework is completed, Evening MBA students have the option to fill out the remainder of the 20.5 courses required for graduation as they see fit. By pursuing electives that correspond to their specific career aspirations, students can build an MBA from amongst 19 majors.

In the Saturday MBA option, only seven majors are available after the core curriculum is completed during the first year of coursework. The remaining electives to complete the 20.5 course workload are fulfilled in years two and three.

Prior to applying for the Accelerated option, candidates must have completed work in three of the following four areas: Statistics, Economics, 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.

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.

Careers Statistics

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 tuition for Kellogg’s 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: $6,441
Cost per half-unit course: $3,221
Other additional fees and expenses include the following:
Student activity one-time fee: $750
Books and supplies (estimated for traditional program): $3,629

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 provides no institutional scholarships or grant aid to part-time students.

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.

Admissions Procedures

To apply to the Kellogg part-time MBA program, you must have full time employment. 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 10 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.

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