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Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University

Proud Partner School
Evanston, IL

Kellogg School of Management is the business school for Northwestern University. Northwestern is considered to be among the most distinguished universities in the world. Kellogg School of Management is associated with multiple researchers who have made significant contributions in marketing and decision sciences.

Kellogg Business School also helped found the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This organization sets the standards of accreditation for business schools. The business school was one of nine business schools that worked to establish the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Today, thousands of graduate business schools use this test as part of their selection criteria.

Kellogg Business School alumni include CEOs of leaders of Fortune 500 companies such as Allstate, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Kraft Foods, Mattel, Motorola, Target Corporation, and Union Pacific Corporation.

Kellogg School of Management Overview

In this section, we’ll cover an overview of the Kellogg School of Management including ranking, course information, and tuition cost.

School Rank according to US News: #4
Course Duration: 1-year and 2-year, full-time and part-time
Median GMAT: 727
GMAT Range: 630 – 780
Approx. Class Size: 661
Avg. Work Experience: 5
Tuition Cost (per year): $76,638
Average Age of Student: Not listed
Average Salary: $143,838
Consulting Average Salary: $156, 626
% Employed after 3 months: 94.9%
Locations: Evanston, Illinois


Kellogg School of Management History

The Kellogg School of Management was founded in 1908 as the School of Commerce at Northwestern University. The school started offering an MBA degree in 1920. The program drew close to 400 students in its first two years. In 1965, Kellogg became the first business school to offer a 1-year MBA program.

In 1969, Kellogg Business School ended its MBA program to offer a Master’s of Management degree instead. The school hoped to meet the increasing demand of businesses for managers with analytical and behavioral skills. Thirty years later, Kellogg returned to offering a traditional MBA.

John L. and Helen Kellogg gifted the school $10 million in 1979. He was the son of well-known businessman, W. K. Kellogg, who founded the Kellogg Company and the Kellogg Foundation. The school was renamed the J.L. Kellogg School of Management in his honor. The gift enabled the school to expand its research and teaching programs considerably. In 2001, the name was shortened to the Kellogg School of Management.

School Rank according to US News: #4
Course Duration: 1-year and 2-year, full-time and part-time
Median GMAT: 727
GMAT Range: 630 - 780
Approx. Class Size: 661
Avg. Work Experience: 5
Tuition Cost (per year): $76,638
Average Age of Student: Not listed
Average Salary: $143,838
Consulting Average Salary: $156, 626
% Employed after 3 months: 94.9%
Locations: Evanston, Illinois

Degrees Offered

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Not-For-Profit Management
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate


  • Executive MBA
  • Executive Education Programs
  • MS Management
  • PhD Program
  • MMM Program

Program Details

Are you divided into cohorts? Yes

The Kellogg School of Management curriculum consists of team projects, case studies, lectures, and experiential learning. The year is divided up into quarters. Two-year MBAs take classes during the fall, winter, and spring quarters, then usually complete an internship in the summer. One-year MBAs take courses during all four quarters.

Upon arriving in the fall, students are divided into cohorts of 75. From there, they are also divided into smaller study groups within their courses.

The first year of business school at Kellogg is spent completing 9 core classes. This fulfills half the 20.5 courses required at graduation. Core courses cover fundamental business principles and consist of accounting; management and organizations; marketing; finance; managerial economics; decision sciences; operations; and management and strategy.

Before second year, students have to take a Leadership and Crisis Management course. During second year, students can choose which elective courses they want to take to complete their degree program. In addition to a wide range of electives, over 1,000 experiential learning opportunities are available for students to choose from.

Students can complete a specific major or earn an MBA in General Management. Majors include Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Managing Organizations, Management Science, Operations, and Strategy. Eighty percent of students choose to complete coursework for two majors.

Students are able to complete a dual or joint degree at Kellogg. A JD/MBA is available in partnership with the Northwestern School of Law. An MBA and M.S. degree in Design Innovation is offered in partnership with the Segal Design Institute. Students can also pursue a joint degree, an MBAi, with the McCormick School of Engineering in business and science.

Can you do a joint degree while at the school? Ex: MBA/MD between HBS and Harvard Medical School: No

What Makes Kellogg School of Management Unique?

Kellogg MBAs can choose from over 100 clubs. Clubs cover a variety of industries, geographical locations, and student interests. One of the largest clubs at Kellogg is the Consulting Club which exists to give students the resources they need to break into this field. Other clubs include the Asian Management Association, Finance Club, Jewish Business Association, Women’s Business Association, and Ski and Snowboard Club.

KWEST Worldwide Experience & Service Trips are unique to Kellogg. Over 80% of the incoming class normally participates. Students choose from 35 different trips to places like Japan, Egypt, Iceland, Italy, Peru, Alaska, Hawaii, or Yosemite National Park.

Students and faculty host several conferences throughout the year at Kellogg. The school brings in speakers and facilitates discussion around a variety of topics from tech to healthcare. The Annual Kellogg Marketing Competition is one of the most well-known competitions in the program. Students take turns pitching product ideas to the Kellogg community.

According to The Economist, students gave professors at Kellogg a 4.69 out of 5.


What is the Kellogg School of Management campus like?

The Kellogg Business School’s home is the Global Hub, a 415,000-square-foot building located next to Lake Michigan. This facility contains classrooms, faculty spaces, and an auditorium that seats 300. The Galvin Family Design Wing and Conference Center houses spaces for experiential learning.

Kellogg School of Management is located on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, just 12 miles north of Chicago. Evanston features lake-front beaches, restaurants, cafés, shops, and theaters.

Chicago is home to world-renowned architecture in addition to parks, museums, and restaurants. Downtown Chicago is also home to the Loop, one of the largest business districts in North America. Northwestern University also has a campus in downtown Chicago. The evening and weekend MBA programs for Kellogg are located on this campus in Wieboldt Hall.

Notable Alumni

James L. Allen and Edwin G. Booz – Founders of Booz Allen Hamilton
Arthur E. Andersen – Founder of Arthur Andersen
Tony Vernon – CEO of Kraft Foods
Brad Blum – CEO of Emeritus, Burger King
Malika Chopra – President of Intent
Kushagra Bajaj – CEO of Bajaj Hindusthan
Roshni Nadar – CEO of HCL
Christopher Galvin – Former CEO of Motorola

Kellogg Employment Report

According to the 2021 Kellogg Employment Report, the average salary for MBAs was $143,838. The average salary for consultants was almost $13,000 above that at $156,626. One third of Kellogg MBAs landed jobs in the consulting industry.

Ninety-six percent of Kellogg MBAs were offered a job within three months of graduation. Ninety-five percent of Kellogg MBAs accepted employment.

To find out what the prospects are for you to break into consulting from Kellogg School of Management, see our breakdown of the Kellogg Employment Report here.

2211 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208