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Northwestern University (Kellogg) MBA Admission Details and Applications Essays 2020-21

Here is a snapshot of the vital information for the applicants

ESSAY QUESTIONS

The essays let you explain, in your own words, why you think Kellogg is right for you. Take some time to think through the experiences that led you here and how they have shaped where you want to go.


The following two essays are required of all applicants:

  • Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip and inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn? (450 words)

  • Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (450 words)

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:


1Y applicants: Please discuss your post-MBA career goal, the current experience you will leverage to support the transition, and the Kellogg 1Y opportunities that will help you reach this goal. (250 words)

JD-MBA applicants: Please discuss your post-JD-MBA career goals and why the JD-MBA Program is the right program to help you reach those goals. (250 words)

MMM applicants: The five core values of the MMM Program are curiosity, creativity, empathy, open-mindedness and a learning mindset. Describe a situation in which you demonstrated one of these values. Why is this value an important part of the MMM experience for you? (250 words)

Reapplicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)

All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information. Use this section if you think the person reviewing your application might have a few questions about one or more of your responses. This could include:
  • Unexplained gaps in work experience
  • Academic, GMAT or GRE performance
  • Extenuating circumstances that we should be aware of when reviewing your application

Video Essay

The video essay provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community — in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

  • After submitting your application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through your application status page. You will be asked to answer three questions:

    • Video essay 1: Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.
    • Consider this your opportunity to share what you would want your future Kellogg classmates and our admissions committee to know about you. What makes you, you?

    • Video essay 2: What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?
    • This is an intentionally broad question so you can answer honestly and meaningfully. We want to know why you’re pursuing an MBA and why you’re choosing a particular Kellogg Full-Time Program.

    • Video essay 3: Each of you will receive a randomly selected prompt, all of which have the same objective. We want you to show us how you handled a challenging situation in your career or personal life. For example, we might ask you to tell us about a time you failed to achieve a goal you had set for yourself.

  • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool to help you feel prepared.
  • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. You will not have an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.
  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.
  • We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete — which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions. You will need an internet connected computer with a webcam, microphone and an updated version of Adobe Flash in order to complete the video essay.

– APPLICATION DEADLINES -

ROUND APPLICATION DEADLINES DECISION RELEASED
1 September 18, 2019 December 11, 2019
2 January 08, 2020 March 25, 2020
3 April 8, 2020 May 13, 2020

PROGRAM STATISTICS

478

Current Class Size

46%

Female Students

54%

Male Students

34%

International Students

3.5-7 Years

Average Work Experience

732

Average GMAT

3.6

Average GPA

One-Year MBA : $140,366
Two-Year MBA: $105,610

Total Tuition Fee

$250

Application Fee

Required

Resume

Yes

TOEFL Requirement

Data not available

School Based Loan

Need based as well as profile based

Scholarships/GA Opportunities

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History

Northwestern University was founded in 1851 to meet the educational requirements of the Northwestern Territory namely the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. The University officially opened its doors in 1855. The School of Commerce opened in 1908 due to the proposal initiated by Northwestern President Edmund Janes James. The MBA program was launched in 1920 and over 400 students enrolled for it. The School of Commerce restructured its undergraduate program in 1942 by expanding it from a two-year program to a four-year program. The School of Commerce became the School of Business Administration and the Graduate Commerce Division became the Graduate School of Business Administration in 1956. The John L. and Helen Kellogg foundation donated $10million to the school in 1979 and the School was, therefore, renamed as J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Northwestern University Division of Student Affairs is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience.

Core Strengths of the School

The Kellogg MBA program aims to transform the students into thought leaders, who can develop deep insights into their organizations and markets, identify and leverage upon the opportunities, and inspire new kinds of growth. Students immerse themselves into the unique curriculum of the program that encourages them to try new things and challenge conventional thinking. The program has been structured and designed to equip the students with relevant knowledge and skills to address the complex business challenges that require them to understand the interdependency of the various functional disciplines of business. Students gain solid grounding on the fundamentals of business management and acquire mastery in multiple disciplines of business, thus evolving themselves into well-rounded managers who can view a problem from multiple perspectives. Apart from developing the management and leadership skills of the students, a range of elective courses in the second year prepare the students for a challenging career ahead in their areas of interests. Kellogg has a new cross-disciplinary approach to teaching with four strategic initiatives: Architectures of Collaboration Initiative, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, Markets and Customers Initiative and Public-Private Interface Initiative. The Architectures of Collaboration Initiative teaches the students to leverage upon their professional networks to resolve bottlenecks. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative encourages the students to come up with new ideas to create value. The Markets and Customers Initiative draws insights into customer needs and experiences to help business leaders create and reinvent markets. The Public-Private Interface Initiative teaches the students to strike a balance between business and policy.

Uniqueness in MBA Pedagogy

Experiential learning opportunities in the form of special projects, labs and courses are provided to the students in order to expose them to the real-world business problems. The Asset Management Practicum allows the students to take on the role of industry analysts, traders, and portfolio managers, and manage the School’s portfolio. Students can enroll themselves for a quarter-long internship opportunity at a local or national private equity firm through the Buyout Lab experiential learning course. A quarter-long internship opportunity provided by Venture Lab offers two options to the students –one that exposes the students to the working of venture capital firms and the other that involves assisting incubated startups. The interdisciplinary NUvention course conducted by the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation throws light on entrepreneurial business concepts such as social impact, medical innovations, energy, web, analytics and nanotechnology. Students get first-hand experience of selling products online by creating online stores with enterprise e-commerce software through the Digital Marketing and Commerce course. Students who dream for an entrepreneurial career can enroll for the New Venture Course Series that comprises of New Venture Discovery, New Venture Launch and New Venture Development. New Venture Discovery allows the students to identify a problem that the market is facing and translate it into viable business concepts. The New Venture Development supports the students who want to start a new venture and already have a business concept in place. New Venture Launch is for students who have already tested their business concepts for market-fitness and want to now fine-tune their business model. Students can serve on the board of non-profit organizations through the Kellogg Board Fellows program and make valuable contributions towards the progress of the organization.

Kellogg offers the widest range of global opportunities for the students to deepen their understanding on international business. At the International Growth Lab, students team up with students from Barcelona and Hong Kong to develop market-based growth strategies for international organizations. Global Initiatives in Management is a survey course where students lead trips to popular destinations like Brazil, China, India, etc. and work on an independent research topic. Students get the chance to liaise with management teams of international companies to solve real world business challenges through Global Experiential Learning projects. The International Field Projects have given the students the opportunity to explore the local markets of India and Africa and come up with new business models, products and services.

CONCENTRATIONS OFFERED

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Production/Operation Management
  • General Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Not-for-Profit Management
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Real Estate
  • Quantitative Analysis/Statistics and Operations Research

LOCATION ADVANTAGES

The School is located in the suburban city Evanston in Illinois. The city has a thriving business community and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals, thus, drawing exceptional talent to Evanston. The Chicago Philharmonic, a magnificent concert hall, is set on the shores of Lake Michigan. Next Theatre houses innovative plays with remarkable stage settings. The Dawes Park located at the edge of Lake Michigan offers long walking trails along with outdoor activities such as boating, cycling, tennis, etc. The Merrick Rose Garden, a beautiful quiet garden, is one of the gems of the city.

CAREER SUPPORT

Kellogg’s Career Management Center empowers the students to shape their career paths in order to add value to the world and meaning to their lives. Kellogg graduates are highly sought after by top companies across the world for their vision, balanced skill set and ability to inspire others. The Career Resource Center has a team of research specialists that assist the students with the job search process by providing access to a variety of workshops. One-to-one coaching helps students in refining their interview and negotiation skills. The career coaches support the students in every aspect of the job search process, right from career visioning to benchmarking offers.

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