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Northwestern University - Kellogg

Essay Questions for 2014-2015 / Class of 2017

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for the Kellogg MBA program.  

Round 1 Deadline: Sept. 24, 2014
Round 2 Deadline: January 7, 2015
Round 3 Deadline: April 2, 2015

The Essays:

1. Resilience.  Perseverance.  Grit.  Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character.  Describe a challenging experience you’ve had.  How were you tested?  What did you learn? (450 words) 

2. Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others.  Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people.  What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)

Re-Applicants Only

Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)

Dual Degree Applicants

For applicants to the MMM or JD-MBA dual degree programs, please explain why that program is right for you. (250 words)

Additional Information (Optional)
If needed, briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (No word limit)

Video Essays

The Video Essays provide applicants with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what they will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community – in an interactive way. Each applicant will complete two short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

  • After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.
  • There are 10 practice questions which candidates can complete as many times as they 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 and help applicants feel prepared.
  • There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions. We encourage applicants to practice so they are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions.
  • Candidates will have 20 seconds to think about their question and up to 1 minute to give their response.
  • We estimate the Video Essays will take 30 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.
For more on the Kellogg video essay, check out Tom Locke on Youtube.

Visit the Kellogg admissions website for more application information.  

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.