NW Kellogg

Founded in 1908, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is widely recognised as a global leader in graduate business education. The school is home to renowned, research-based faculty and MBA students from more than 50 countries and six continents. Indeed, each year, approximately one-third of the school’s incoming class comes from outside the United States.

The Kellogg School of Management approaches management education holistically, emphasising analytical skills, people skills, in-depth business fundamentals, teamwork, and action-learning.  The Kellogg curriculum is designed so that students build a strong business foundation through required core courses and also have the flexibility to pursue a wide variety of elective courses. Of the more than 180 electives offered, several incorporate real-time and real-world problem-solving projects with companies worldwide and prepare students for today’s management issues.

Kellogg revolutionised graduate management education more than 50 years ago when it introduced executive education into its program, being one of the first business schools to do so. In the 1970s, Kellogg again changed the face of graduate management education when it introduced the teamwork concept into its curriculum. Both the Kellogg executive education and teamwork models have been emulated by business schools worldwide.


Kellogg offers the full-time MBA program, a part-time MBA program, an Executive MBA program and the Executive Education program. The school also offers three joint degree programs: the JD-MBA; the MD-MBA, and the Master of Management and Manufacturing (MEM-MBA).

In 2006, the Kellogg School launched the Kellogg-Miami Executive MBA program, located just outside of downtown Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The program was initiated as part of a strategic global expansion campaign for the Kellogg School, geared toward better serving business education needs worldwide. Kellogg-Miami uses the same successful methods that are the foundation of the existing Kellogg School North American EMBA programs held on the Northwestern University campus in suburban Chicago. Additionally, the program offers Latin America-focused electives for those students who are interested. The Kellogg EMBA program has been ranked No. 1 by BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade.

Kellogg established the International Executive MBA Joint Degree Program (IEMBA) in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Canada beginning in 1996. Kellogg partners include the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration at Tel Aviv University in Israel; WHU-Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management in Vallendar, Germany; The School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in China, and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.

The annual intake is 625 and the average work experience is 5 years. The average GMAT for the class entering in 2013 is 715, with approximately 75 percent of enrolled students scoring between 650 and 740. The estimated total costs for the 2013-2014 academic year, including tuition, books and materials, computer equipment and living expenses, will be U.S.$87,190 for Two-Year MBA students; tuition is U.S.$59,085. The school recognizes three-year undergraduate programs (like B.Com) that are offered in India. In short, the admission requirements are: Bachelor’s degree; work experience (minimum two years); GMAT or GRE; TOEFL; two references; essay, and interview.

In Brief: Cultivating Leaders

Continually evaluating its curriculum, the Kellogg School involves students, corporate leaders, alumni, faculty and recruiters in identifying current and future trends to ensure that its program remains relevant. For example, during pre-term all incoming full-time MBA students are required to take an intensive management and organisations course. ‘Leadership in Organisations’ focuses on ethical decision making and effective team building, immediately providing new students with a common language about leadership and ethics. In subsequent courses, faculty discuss the ethical implications of various business decisions. All second-year students are required to complete ‘Values and Crisis Decision Making’. This intensive course is taken during pre-term, following the students’ completion of summer internships, and culminates in a 24-hour crisis management simulation.

During their time at the Kellogg School, students have numerous opportunities to further develop their leadership skills through experiential workshops, conferences and other activities. The school also provides all first-year students with a 360-Degree Leadership Assessment program, which queries the students on several aspects of leadership and will ultimately provide concrete feedback for the students to develop their own leadership plans.

The Kellogg School’s strong global foundation ensures students and alumni valuable access to companies worldwide and informs faculty expertise on a range of international business issues. The school’s partnerships and alliances with renowned universities around the world create numerous opportunities for exchange programs and executive education seminars.

With nearly 70,000 alumni worldwide, the Kellogg Alumni Network includes CEOs and senior executives across industries and within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Famous alumni

  • Arthur Andersen, founder of the auditing firm bearing his name, member of faculty between 1909 and 1922; member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees in 1933–34.
  • Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
  • Bala V. Balachandran, J. L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Accounting and Information Management.
  • Ronald Dye, faculty member since 1986, Chairman of Department of Accounting & Information Management since 2001 and Leonard Spacek Professor of Accounting Information & Management.
  • Shane Greenstein, an expert on the business economics of computing, communications and the internet and the chair of the Management and Strategy Department from 2002 to 2005.
  • Ravi Jagannathan, Chicago Mercantile Exchange/John F. Sandner Professor of Finance.
  • Philip Kotler, #4 management guru of all time as ranked by the Financial Times and marketing scholar.
  • Marvin Manheim, William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation.
  • Dale T. Mortensen, awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2010 for his work on the search and matching theory of frictional unemployment.
  • Keith Murnighan, Harold H. Hines Jr. Distinguished Professor of Risk Management.
  • Roger Myerson, faculty between 1976 and 2001; winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics.
  • Mark Satterthwaite, A.C. Buehler Professor in Hospital and Heath Services Management.
  • Mohanbir Sawhney, pioneer in the field of technology management, and selected as one of the 25 most influential people in e-Business as ranked by Businessweek in May 2000.
  • Dr Prabha Sinha, Co-Founder of ZS Associates, was an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management until 1987.
  • Robert J. Weber, the Frederic E. Nemmers Professor of Decision Sciences.
  • Oprah Winfrey, the American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, taught a Dynamics of Leadership course until 2001.
  • Robert C. Wolcott, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN).
  • Andris A. Zoltners, Co-Founder of ZS Associates, is a Frederic Esser Nemmers Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Marketing at Kellogg, where he had been a faculty member for more than 30 years.

For more information on the Kellogg School of Management, please visit  www.kellogg.northwestern.edu

Business School Ranking

Bloomberg Businessweek 4
U.S. News & World Report 4
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider 11
CNN Expansion 17
Economist 23
Financial Times 15

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