The Kellogg MBA Program is a highly competitive program at Northwestern University located in Illinois near Chicago – one of the financial hubs of the world. Their Two-Year Full-Time MBA Program is for students who want to gain the confidence to lead boldly and challenge conventional thinking in the global marketplace. Founded in 1908, Kellogg is one of the oldest business schools in the world and has made significant contributions to fields such as marketing, management sciences, and decision sciences.


The Kellogg MBA is a 2 year MBA program based in Illinois. It ranks 5th globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings. Kellogg Business School faculty members are world-renowned not only for generating new thinking in their fields but also for having a genuine impact on current business practices. 

By joining Kellogg you join a network you can always count on. From day one, Kellogg students become part of a global network of 60,000 entrepreneurs, innovators, and experts across every conceivable industry and endeavor. 

Tuition fees for the July class are set in December each year.  Fees for the December Class are announced in June.

Tuition fees for one year for the academic year 2022-23 is $108,016. The total first-year budget is $157,578 including boarding expenses etc. 

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. Here are a few types of fellowships and scholarships available.

  • Merit Based Scholarships
  • Austin Fellows
  • Finance Fellows
  • Charles J. Schaniel Scholarship
  • David Himmelblau Schoalarship 
  • Drake Scholars


The MBA cohort typically represents a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

The industry experience of students, prior to joining is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts. About 32% are international or non-US students.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 5 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience Peer-peer learning beyond the classroom is also facilitated through this.

At 49%, Kellogg has one of the best gender diversity ratios at B-schools throughout the world.

The average GMAT score for the incoming class is 727 and the 80% range is from 620-to 780.

The infographic below depicts the Kellogg MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students.

Source: The official school website 


  • Academics

Kellogg’s rigorous core MBA curriculum provides you grounding in the fundamentals of growth and the foundation for advanced, specialized work in academic majors and professional fields. The core curriculum for the Two-Year Program consists of nine courses in fundamental areas, including accounting; management and organizations; marketing; finance; managerial economics; decision sciences; operations; and management and strategy.

In addition, during the Pre-Term orientation sequence of their second year, students are required to complete a half-credit course, Leadership and Crisis Management (KPPI-440-A), that encompasses much of the knowledge from the first-year core.

Kellogg’s approach to majors gives our students the flexibility and guidance they need to carve out a unique intellectual experience that is relevant to their specific educational and career goals. 

You may opt to choose from seven majors or none at all. 

Majors include Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Strategy and Managing Organizations. A major requires that a student complete the core course for the major and a minimum of four electives.

If you choose not to elect a major, “General Management” will be noted on your transcript.

In addition to majors, Kellogg provides “pathways” to our students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries. 

A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand. You have the flexibility to pursue any number of pathways and go as deep as you’d like into each one. 

  • Beyond the classroom

The Kellogg experience reaches far beyond the classroom. From club trips to international learning experiences, we provide opportunities that equip you for the global marketplace.

  • Clubs

Our students do more than learn new skills in the classroom. They put them to practice in more than 100 clubs focused on a variety of industries, geographies, and social and cultural interests. 


Kellogg Worldwide Experiences & Service Trips (KWEST) is one of the most popular non-academic opportunities at Kellogg. It unites incoming students through a variety of social, site-seeing, and community service activities.


Each year, Kellogg achieves high employment rates in excess of 97.1% of each MBA class. 

The return on investment is huge given an average alumni salary after graduation of USD 15,000.

9% of students were placed outside the US. In the US, 58% of students were placed in the West and Midwest.

These are the key placement statistics.

Source: The official career report 2021

Management Consulting, Technology & Financial Services emerged as the 3 industries in which the majority of the class was placed. Close to 78% of the class goes to these industries post MBA.

About 37% of the class went to Management Consulting alone.

Top employers included Mckinsey & Co., Bain & Co., BCG, Amazon, Google, and Apple.


James Allen, Founder Booz Allen Hamilton 

Peter G. Peterson, founder of private equity firm The Blackstone Group

Arthur E. Andersen, founder of Accenture


  • Application Fee: $250 
  • Application Deadlines

Source: The official school website

  • Essay questions

Kellogg is unique in that we ask you to complete written essays as part of the application as well as video essays. This is your chance to tell us why you think Kellogg is the right place for you. Take some time to think through the experiences that led you here and how they have shaped where you want to go.

Written Essays

The following two essays are required of all applicants:

  1. Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip and inspire 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)
  2. Values are what guide us in our life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (450 words)

Certain applicants will respond to additional questions:

  • One-Year applicants: Please discuss your post-MBA career goal, the current experience you will leverage to support the transition, and the Kellogg One-Year MBA opportunities that will help you reach this goal. (250 words)
  • MBAi applicants: The Kellogg McCormick MBAi Program is designed to train the next generation of leaders who can help businesses deliver successful outcomes through AI-driven technology. Tell us about your firsthand experience with this disconnect between business and technology and how MBAi will prepare you to successfully lead businesses at the intersection. (450 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)
  • 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)
  • Reapplicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)