Kellogg requires all applicants to request an interview. Submission of Part I of the application allows candidates to request an interview and designate their interview preference (on-campus vs. off-campus) prior to completing the entire application. However, submitting an off-campus interview request does not guarantee an interview. The interview may be waived in areas of high demand or remote location. If an interview preference is not selected or if an on-campus interview is not scheduled by the designated deadline, the interview will be waived.
We strongly recommend One-Year (1Y) and international applicants apply by the Round 2 application deadline. Applicants applying in Round 3 will be at a disadvantage since the Kellogg School typically admits 1Y and international applicants during Rounds 1 and 2 to allow adequate time for relocation and visa processing. 1Y and international applicants who apply in Round 3 and request an off-campus interview may be selected to interview by invitation only.
A friend of mine attended Kellogg's MBA program a few years ago. I was directing an educational non-profit at the time. We were chatting on the phone one day, and I asked him the best thing he had learned at school so far. He hit me with the "Situational Leadership" model. I found it immediately useful to help manage my staff, who ranged in age and experience from 15 to 50 years old. I could not possibly be the same leader for everyone on my team. I offer this model to you the MBA applicant not as a "perfect answer", but simply as one more tool to help you dig deeper into your own strengths and weaknesses.
Two letters of recommendation are required for admission. If an applicant has applied within the last two years and received a decision, only one letter is required.
Ideally, one of these recommendations should be written by a current supervisor or manager. The second recommendation should be from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s professional performance as well as their managerial and leadership potential (e.g. a former supervisor, previous employer, client, etc.). If applicants are unable to ask a current supervisor or manager for a letter of recommendation, they should include a brief statement regarding their choice in the Additional Information section of Part II of the application.
The admissions committee requires every applicant, domestic and international, to request an evaluative interview. Interviews allow candidates to learn more about Kellogg. The interview is an important element in evaluating an applicant’s level of maturity, interpersonal skills, career focus and motivation. However, the interview is only one criterion used in the admission decision. The interview is an independent assessment; therefore, your application will not be reviewed by your interviewer. Applicants must bring a current résumé to the interview. All interviews will be conducted in English.
As of June 2008, full-time MBA students must also meet a one-credit global elective requirement through a course such as Cross-Cultural Negotiation, International Finance, International Marketing, International Business Strategy, or Global Initiatives in Management, or through approved study-abroad programs. Kellogg also offers a one-year MBA program for students who would need to skip the summer internship experience.
All applications are forwarded to the admissions committee; there are no "cuts" made on test scores, years of experience, nationality, gender, ethnicity or other factors. This process allows the committee to select the candidates most likely to be successful at Kellogg.
The application is not considered complete until Kellogg has received both recommendations. Submitting the recommendations through the school’s online application is required.
Applicants requesting an off-campus interview will be notified of their assignment by e-mail after Part 1 of the Kellogg application has been received by the Office of Admissions. During peak season (November to March), expect to receive the interview assignment up to six weeks after the Office of Admissions receives Part 1 of the application.
Save 200 words for the critical analysis section where you identify specific aspects of Kellogg's program that offer you the best opportunity to address your leadership weaknesses (areas you hope to develop through your MBA experience).
Members of the Kellogg School’s Alumni Admissions Organization are located in most metropolitan areas around the world. Candidates interviewing off campus will be notified by the Office of Admissions whom to contact for their alumni interview. Applicants should not contact alumni directly to request an interview. The Office of Admissions will make every effort to assign an alumni interviewer to each candidate. However, in a few cases of unusually heavy demand or remote location, we may be unable to meet all requests. In these instances, candidates will be granted an interview waiver. Waivers have no negative impact on candidacy, and many applicants who receive waivers are admitted to Kellogg every year. The admissions committee reserves the right to contact candidates directly to seek additional information regarding their candidacy during the application process. Off-campus interviews are assigned after the Office of Admissions receives Part 1 of the application. Candidates will be notified of their assignment via e-mail.