Kellogg MBA Essay Questions, Deadlines for 2013-2014

Kellogg essays

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has posted the updated MBA essay questions and deadlines for the class entering in Fall 2014. The questions are quite similar to last year’s prompts, though Kellogg has eliminated the 25-word “fun fact” essay this time around.


Round 1

Deadline: October 16, 2013

Decision: December 18, 2013

Round 2

Deadline: January 7, 2014

Decision: March 25, 2014

Round 3

Deadline: April 2, 2014

Decision: May 15, 2014

Applicants should take special note that Kellogg recommends an earlier submission for those requesting an off-campus interview to allow the greatest opportunity to locate an interview match. Here are the recommended submission dates for off-campus interview requests:

Round 1: September 18, 2013

Round 2: December 3, 2013

Round 3: March 19, 2014

Applications received after these date will continue to be matched but may see further restricted interview availability.


Essay 1
What’s the greatest obstacle you’ve overcome (personally or professionally)?
How has overcoming this obstacle prepared you to achieve success now and in the future? (350 word limit)

Essay 2
What have been your most significant leadership experiences?  What challenges did you face, and what impact did you have?
This is your opportunity to explain how you Think Bravely. (500 word limit)

Essay 3
Part 1: What career/role are you looking to pursue and why?  (250 word limit)
Part 2: Why are Kellogg and the MBA essential to achieving these career goals?  (250 word limit)
(Please answer Part 2 in terms of your program choice: One-Year, Two-Year, MMM, JD-MBA).

Re-Applicants Only
Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (400 word limit) Please note: re-applicants are required to answer this question in addition to #1-3.

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)


The Kellogg School anticipates that the MBA application will be available in mid-August.


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