One year MBA at Kellogg, USA

One Year MBA at Kellogg

  • Name of the B-School: Kellogg School of Management
  • Name of University: Northwestern University
  • Name of the Course: MBA Full Time

Course overview

  • Start Date: June 2020
  • Duration: 12 Months
  • Qualification: MBA
  • Study Type: Full Time
  • Campus: 2211 Campus Drive Evanston, Evanston, IL 60208


Kellogg School of Management holds the accreditation of: 

  • AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business),


  •  In the 2018 rankings of U.S. business schools, Kellogg is ranked #2 by The Economist.
  • Ranked #14 in QS global MBA ranking 2019

What is Kellogg One Year MBA program?

As per Kellogg, their One Year MBA Program is the fastest path to a full time MBA. If you have completed requisite coursework as an undergraduate or graduate, this program allows you to bypass core classes and immediately dive into advance studies that are customized to your career goals and set you apart from the competition.

Why Kellogg MBA?

As per the B-School, the Full-Time MBA Program provides several distinct options to earning your MBA. Each offers extensive options for achieving your personal, professional and educational goals. Whichever one you choose, you’ll develop as a person and learn how to spark growth in any organization. No matter which Full-Time MBA you choose, you will leave with a broad-based, agile skill set that prepares you to lead confidently in the face of unprecedented challenges and enormous opportunities.

Class profile 2018 

  • Total Number of students 674
  • One Year MBA Students 137
  • Two Year MBA Students 479
  • MMM Students  58
  • Age Range at Graduation 24-42 Years
  • Work Experience Range (Mid 80%) 3.5-7 Years
  • Women 39%
  • Men 61%
  • US Monitory 23%
  • International citizenship  35%

Geographic Region 

  • Mid-Atlantic 10%
  • Midwest 19%
  • Northeast 16%
  • South 4%
  • Southwest 6%
  • West 13%
  • International 33%
  • Africa 1%
  • Australia and Pacific Islands >1%
  •  Canada 2%
  • Central and South Asia  4%
  • East and Southeast Asia 13%
  • Middle East and Western Europe 6%
  • Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America 7%
  • Eastern Europe  1% 

Eligibility Criteria and application checklist

As per the B-School, to check eligibility, visit the official website of the B-School and fill the eligibility form. You will get the response in week from the B-school.

While some specific requirements vary from program to program, a bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university is required to apply. Previous study in business or economics is not required, with the exception of the One-Year Program. Since much of the MBA curriculum utilizes quantitative skills, we encourage students to complete introductory courses in calculus and statistics prior to enrolling.


When the B School evaluate applicants, a few qualities really stand out to us, including the ability to push past comfort zones and question the norm. These qualities help us understand if an applicant is ready to seize all of the opportunities that come with joining Kellogg.

The committee assesses your:

  • Application responses
  • Essays
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Interview report
  • Video essays

For international candidates, the committee also assesses:


The committee also values professional experience that demonstrates maturity and self-awareness, including military service and extracurricular activities. We look for people who are not afraid to question the status quo, can motivate a team to drive impact, and are eager to dive in and collaborate with an engaged, ambitious community of peers.


As per B-School, the interview provides an opportunity for you to learn more about our programs. It also allows the admissions committee to further evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, career focus and motivations for the Kellogg MBA. We want to look beyond what we see on paper and learn more about you in-person, which is why we strive to interview as many candidates as possible.

  • Chicago-area applicants must request an off-campus interview. This is due the volume of applicants visiting campus from different states and countries.
  • All interviews must be scheduled by the listed deadlines.

On-Campus or Off-Campus Interview
We ask all applicants to indicate their preference for an on-campus or off-campus interview in their application. All interviews are considered equally, regardless of the format. Please note all interview request locations are final.

On-Campus Interview
On-campus interviews may be scheduled online through the applicant status page after you submit a completed application. Interview slots are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Schedule your interview as soon as possible to secure your desired date. Interviews are conducted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and select Saturdays. On-campus interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

Off-Campus Interview Request
If you request an off-campus interview, you will be notified of your assignment or waiver via email within four to six weeks from the application deadline. Off-campus interviews are conducted by members of Kellogg’s alumni admissions organization.

Interview Waiver
Due to the high demand for interviews and limited availability of interviewers, you may receive an interview waiver. This will not have a negative impact on your candidacy. If your interview is waived, the admissions committee may contact you to schedule a phone or Skype interview. If you receive a waiver, you may not request a phone or Skype interview.

Essay Questions

As per Kellogg, 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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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)

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.


Academic Transcripts

Your education is a major part of how you got here today, and we want to make sure we understand all parts of it. We ask that you list all colleges, universities and study abroad programs you have attended or are currently attending. Please note:

  • If the grades you received from a study abroad program are on your transcripts, you do not need to submit a separate transcript for that program.
  • If the grades from your study abroad program are not included in your transcript, you do need to submit a separate transcript for that program.
  • Transcripts from transfer programs are not required if grades are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution.
  • Hard copies of official transcripts are only required upon matriculation.
  • Your transcripts must have a conferred date or you will need to submit a copy of your diploma.
  • Applicants accepted to the JD-MBA Program must submit two sets of official transcripts — one to Kellogg and one to Northwestern Law.
  • If academic records and diplomas are not originally issued in English, you must submit both the original record and an authorized, verbatim English translation.

All records must show your name, the name of the institution, enrollment dates, courses taken, units of credit, marks or ratings in each subject, and rank in the total class or group (if available).


We require GMAT or GRE scores for all Full-Time MBA Programs. Kellogg has no test preference, so a score from either the GMAT or GRE will fill this requirement. Scores must be reported by the application deadline.Please request that official test scores are sent to Kellogg by using one of the following school codes:

  • Our GMAT code is 6WZ-3J-89
  • Our GRE code is 7921


We will record the highest valid score but encourage you to report additional scores received after submission of your application. However, there is no guarantee the new score will be evaluated when the admissions committee reviews your file. To do this, please sign in to your application and then add your update in the supplemental information page. Also, be sure to report your official scores to Kellogg using one of the school codes listed above.

Important Facts

  • We do not require a minimum GMAT or GRE score
  • The GMAT or GRE is just one criterion our admissions team considers and not the only indicator for success in business school
  • The total GMAT or GRE score is based on your performance on the Quantitative and Verbal sections only
  • GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years

You must submit a complete application prior to the expiration date of your GMAT/GRE score. Only valid test scores will be considered.

Letters of recommendation

You must submit two letters of recommendation through the online application.

Ideally, one letter should come from a current supervisor or manager. The second should come from someone who can evaluate your professional performance and your managerial/leadership potential (e.g., former supervisor, previous employer, client).

The application is not considered complete until we have received both recommendations. Please choose your recommenders carefully as additional letters of support are neither required nor encouraged.

Have your recommenders respond to the following prompts:

  1. Kellogg has a diverse student body and values students who are inclusive and encouraging of others with differing perspectives and backgrounds. Please tell us about a time when you witnessed the candidate living these values. (300 words)
  2. How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)


As per the B-School, The application fee is $250. Submit your payment via credit card with the application. Do not send payments directly to Kellogg.

Fee waivers are granted to:

  • Active duty U.S. military applicants or U.S. military veterans who have been on active duty within three years of applying
  • Candidates employed by Teach For America or the Peace Corps within the past three years

If you qualify for a fee waiver, send a formal request to before you submit your application. Provide supporting evidence of your current employment or military status. Military applicants should submit either a pay stub or letter from a commanding officer to verify active duty status. For military veterans who have completed service within the last three years, please submit a copy of Form DD-214.

Candidates may not be considered for more than one program at a time. Please note that all application fees are non-refundable.

Dates and deadlines

  • ROUND 1  September 18, 2019
  • ROUND 2  January 8, 2020
  • ROUND 3  April 8, 2020

Course Structure

As a Full-Time MBA student, you’ll complete a core curriculum and then customize your path with more than 160 electives to help refine your expertise.

Students use majors and pathways to tailor their experience. Majors are aligned with academic departments while our unique pathways provide a progression of faculty-recommended courses in specific industries that give you a deeper, more holistic understanding of each field. You have the flexibility to pursue whichever combination of classes, majors or pathways fits your interests and goals.


  • Accounting 
  • Economics  
  • Finance 
  • Managing Organizations 
  • Marketing 
  • Operations 
  • Strategy


  • Asset Management
  • Data Analytics 
  • Energy and Sustainability 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Growth and Scaling 
  • Healthcare 
  • Real Estate 
  • Social Impact 
  • Technology Management 
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Fees & other expenses 2019-20

ProgramOne Year MBA
Room & Board
Books & Supplies
Health Insurance
Computer Equipment
Student Activity and Experience Fee
Student Association Fee
Estimated Expenses



As per B-School, they offer a variety of scholarships to exceptional students who have demonstrated professional and personal excellence. When accepted to one of our programs, you are automatically considered for all merit scholarships. We also offer an optional Financial Need Based Scholarship application during the admission process for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents. for more details, you can visit the scholarship page of kellog.


Loan assistance is an option for students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents through the Federal Loan Programs, including:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

Private education loans are available for all students – U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international students.

Loans for international Students

According to Kellogg, a number of private outside agencies offer students alternative sources for financing their education. Unlike federal loans, the terms of private loans are set by the individual lenders. The interest rate and fees are determined by your credit history, your debt-to-income ratio and that of your co-signer. The interest rates for private educational loans are variable and are most often based on a range using Prime or the London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR) as a base and add an additional percentage based on the borrower’s credit. The current Prime and LIBOR rates are available at the Federal Reserve Statistical Release.

Before deciding on a lender, here are some questions you need to ask:

  • How soon will I enter repayment? Are interest-only payments required during enrollment?
  • How often is the interest capitalized? (The frequency of capitalization will increase the total loan amount that you have to repay because you will be charged interest on a higher principal loan.)
  • If I use a co-signer, can I receive a better rate?
  • How will the rate formula (interest and fees charged) change in repayment?
  • What will my monthly payment be on this loan amount when I am in repayment?
  • What kind of borrower benefits does the lender offer? (interest rate reductions with automatic withdrawals, principle reduction with a certain number of on-time payments)

This lender list was created simply as a starting point for students as they begin their research. It is ultimately the student’s decision to select a private education lender. Students are encouraged to investigate these options very cautiously and thoroughly. The Office of Financial Aid will process a loan with any lender you have selected regardless of their inclusion on this list as long as you are eligible for the loan.  The maximum loan amount your financial aid office can certify is the cost of attendance minus any other aid received.

Considerations before applying

As per the B-School, before applying for these loans it is important for you to ensure that you have reviewed all of your federal loan options and eligibility. Prospective borrowers should note that they may qualify for loans or other assistance under the federal Title IV programs and the terms and conditions of loans under the federal Title IV programs may be more favorable than those of private education loans. Federal loans generally have better benefits and lower, fixed interest rates. We encourage you to consider the Federal PLUS/Grad PLUS Loan (depending on your academic level) before applying for a private loan. Students are encouraged to review the Department of Education’s information on Federal Versus Private Loans and speak to their financial aid office to learn about the Federal Loan programs before you apply for a private educational loan. Undergraduate students applying for federal financial aid may also be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. More information regarding the Pell Grant program is available on the Undergraduate Financial Aid website.

List of lenders

As per the B-School, the loan programs and lenders listed here are provided to help you start your research. You are not required to only borrow from these options. The lenders included in this lender information were selected via a Request for Information (RFI) process. Any lender providing student loan programs was eligible to submit an RFI.

They chose to list the lenders below based on a review of competitive interest rates and fees, quality of servicing, and borrower benefits. Please contact the lender directly for more information. The links below include lender contact information and the lenders’ application and solicitation disclosures.

Northwestern University’s Office of Financial Aid adheres to the Code of Conduct as established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act as well as the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ (NASFAA) Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals. View Northwestern’s Financial Aid Code of Conduct Policy.

  • Ascent 
  • Citizens One
  • College Ave
  • Commerce Bank
  • CommonBond
  • Discover Student Loans
  • Northwestern Loan
  • PNC Bank
  • Sallie Mae Student Loans
  • SunTrust
  • Union Federal
  • Wells Fargo

If you have any questions regarding these loans beyond the information provided on the Application and Disclosure links above, please contact the lender for more information.

Your private education lender will require you to complete a Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification Form. You should use the version the lender provides as it may contain pre-populated information, but you may use this version if your lender does not provide you with one.  For applicants receiving other forms of aid: Information necessary for completing this form, such as cost of attendance and financial assistance received, is available to you via CAESAR  >  View Financial Aid.  Applicants can also contact our office to speak to a financial aid counselor to retrieve this information.

Because this list is large, we have provided a few smaller lists generated off the complete list based on specific borrowing needs.

Loan programs for international students (US co-signer required)

  • Ascent
  • Citizens One
  • College Ave
  • Commerce Bank
  • Discover Student Loans
  • Northwestern Loan*
  • Sallie Mae Student Loans
  • Union Federal
  • Wells Fargo

* Please note that the NU Loan has an option for Kellogg Full-time and EMBA International Students to apply for an NU Loan with an International co-signer. For the NU International Loan, both Option A and Option B, please note that this is a financial need-based loan; therefore, for consideration to apply for this loan, the applicant must first complete the Kellogg Financial Aid application process.  Once completed, the Kellogg Financial Aid Office will review the completed application, and notify the student of the loan amount that they are eligible to borrow. Further details are listed on the Northwestern Loan webpage.

Loan programs for international students (no US co-signer required)

  • Discover (available for Kellogg students only)
  • MPOWER Financing

Loan programs for half-time students

  • Citizens One
  • College Ave
  • Commerce Bank
  • CommonBond
  • Discover Student Loans
  • PNC Bank
  • Sallie Mae Student Loans
  • Wells Fargo

Loan programs for less-than-half-time students

  • Commerce Bank
  • College Ave
  • Sallie Mae Student Loans
  • Wells Fargo

Loan programs for non-degree/certificate seeking students

  • College Ave (certificate programs only, not available for non-degree)
  • Commerce Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • Sallie Mae Student Loans
  • Wells Fargo

Loan programs to cover recent past due balances

  • Ascent (up to 60 days)
  • Citizens One (up to 180 days)
  • College Ave (for last term ended)
  • Commerce Bank (up to 365 days)
  • PNC Bank (up to 60 days)
  • Sallie Mae Student Loans (up to 365 days)
  • SunTrust (up to 30 days)
  • Union Federal (up to 90 days)
  • Wells Fargo (up to 30 days)

Bar loan programs

  • Discover Student Loans
  • PNC Solution Loan for Bar Exam
  • Sallie Mae Bar Study Loan
  • Wells Fargo Bar ExamSM Loan

Residency and relocation loan programs

  • Discover Student Loans
  • PNC Residency and Relocation Loan
  • Sallie Mae Residency and Relocation Loan
  • Wells Fargo MedCAP-XTRA Loan


Placement Statistics 2018

  • Total students: 674
  • Total students seeking employment: 558
  • Not Seeking employment: 114
  • Company Sponsored / Already Employed: 94
  • Continuing Education: 4
  • Postponing Job Search: 1
  • Starting a new business: 13
  • Not seeking employment (other): 2
  • Not Reported: 2


Timing of offers / Acceptances

By Graduation

  • Student received a job offer: 84%
  • Student accepted a job: 78%


By three months post graduation

  • Student receive a job offer: 95%
  • Student accepted a job: 92%


Major Industries

Consulting 30%33%33%35%35%
Consumer Packaged Goods 7%12%14% 12% `11%
Energy 1%1%2%   *2%
Financial Services 14%13%13%19%14%
Healthcare 7%6%7%5%6%
Manufacturing 4%4%3%3%5%
Media/Entertainment 1%    * 1%    * 1%
Nonprofit 1%   *       *    *      *
Other 1%1%1%4%3%
Real Estate 3%2%3%2%1%
Retail 3%3%2%4%3%
Technology 28%25%22%15%18%
Transportation and Logistics Services 1%   * 1%1%0

Base Salary Acceptances By Industry Full Time Class of 2018

 Consumer Packaged Goods724,000135,000106,667107,000
Apparel/Textiles0.6     *     *     *   *
Food and Beverage368,000122,000105,500107,500
Energy0.6      *      *    *    *
Financial Services13.723,282300,000135,689125,000
Commercial Banking0.4     *     *    *    *
Diversified Financial Services1.193,000150,000120,200120,000
Hedge Funds0.2     *     *    *
Insurance0.4     *     *     *     *
Investment Banking/Brokerage5.723,282225,000126,881125,000
Private Equity3.694,000300,000156,706150,000
Investment Management1.5125,000150,000139,857144,000
Venture Capital0.2     *     *     *     *
Biotechnology0.2     *     *     *     *
Medical Devices1.5115,000140,000127,143125,000
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers1.1115,000130,000119,000117,000
Pharmaceutical Other0.6     *     *     *     *
Providers and Services2.388,000160,000125,231125,000
Other0.2     *     *     *     *
Hospitality/Tourism0.2     *     *     *     *
Chemicals0.4     *     *     *     *
Heavy Equipment0.4*     **     *
Entertainment/Leisure/Recreation0.6     *     *    *     *
General0.2     *     *    **
Radio/TV/Cable/Film0.2     *     *     *     *
Nonprofit0.6     *     *     *     *
Agribusiness0.6     *     *     *     *
Education – For-Profit0.2*     **     *
Real Estate2.785,000140,000116,167117,500
General0.6**     **
Residential0.6**     **
HealthTech0.2***     *
Internet Services/E-commerce9.372,000150,000127,624130,000
Multimedia Products and Services0.2     **     **
Telecommunications Services0.6     **     **
Transportation and Log. Services0.6     **     **

Major Functions

General Management12%9%8%8%9%
Human Resources1%      *1%   *0%
Information Technology10%6%4%4%5%
Strategic Planning2%5%5%4%5%

Basic Salary Acceptance by Functions 2018

Analyst/Research0.2    **    **
Corporate Finance2.5110,000300,000143,500127,500
General0.6***    *
Investment Banking5.582,500225,000130,865125,000
Investment Management1.5125,000175,000145,571145,000
Mergers and Acquisitions2.423,282200,000139,389150,000
Private Client Services /   Wealth Management0.2    *    *    *    *
 Risk Management0.2    *    *    *    *
Other0.2    *    *    *    *
General Management11.630,000160,000120,178120,000
General Management5.1100,000160,000127,577125,000
General Manufacturing0.2**    **
Project Management1.172,000140,000109,400118,000
Retail Management0.2*    **    *
Rotational/Development Program488,000152,000119,649120,000
Service Operations0.4*    **    *
Other0.6***    *
Human Resources0.6*    **    *
Information Technology  9.59.575,000150,000127,071130,000
Business Analysis and Design  1.71.7125,000150,000136,625137,500
E-commerce/Internet/ Website Management2.881,000142,000129,333132,500
Integration/Implementation0.4    *    *    *    *
Product Management0.6    *    *    *    *
Brand/Product Management1255,542180,000118,465115,000
Buyer/Merchandising0.2    *    *    *    *
Product Development1.5105,000135,000123,786126,500
Supply Chain/Logistics0.2*    **    *
Business Development     1.71.7115,000168,000129,714125,000
Corporate Development  1.91.9100,000152,000121,183120,000
Data Analytics0.850,000150,000110,375120,750
Education (Admin/Faculty)0.2*    **    *
Entrepreneurship0.2*    **    *
Fundraising/Development       0.20.2*    **    *
Real Estate – General2.185,000140,000118,222120,000
Strategic Planning2.190,000153,000126,400127,500

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