Every year we get countless inquiries from applicants who are certain they want to go to Kellogg. Once we dig a little deeper to get at their reasons, though, many of them realize they still have a lot more homework to do. Kellogg is one of the most highly regarded MBA programs in the world, and for good reason: Its reputation in marketing is virtually unmatched, and its ability to produce strong grads of all types makes it a popular place for blue-chip firms such as McKinsey and Goldman Sachs.
But how do you know if Kellogg really is a good fit for you? More to the point, how do you know if the Kellogg admissions committee will decide that you’re a good fit for Kellogg? Today we look at five things that might make Kellogg your first choice among MBA programs:
You’re a little older.
While some top business schools are trending younger, Kellogg continues to prefer applicants with several years of full-time work experience; the average is 5.3 years. Those coming straight from college or with limited work experience may still apply however they will need to present exceptional achievement and readiness in order to be seen as competitive at this school.
You are not intimidated by a larger school.
There’s a lot going on at Kellogg, not just with all the various types of students attending in different degree programs, but because it’s one of the largest class sizes of any business school in the world. About 650 students are in each full-time two-year class, which is double the size of many more intimate programs like Yale, Tuck, or Stanford. It’s a great opportunity to make a lot of friends and really expand your network, however it’s also possible to get a little lost in the sea of students.
You want to go into consulting.
Kellogg sends more graduates into the field of consulting than almost any other school – they are even comparable to Harvard, which both placed about 200 consultants out of the Class of 2010 (31% at Kellogg, versus 24% of Harvard’s larger class).
You are interested in a business career in a technology field.
Kellogg’s MMM degree is a joint MBA-MEM (Master of Engineering Management) with the McCormick School of Engineering. This is a unique program that supports a variety of careers in operations and design for manufacturing industries, especially technology-based products. Those with previous careers in engineering (and even with advanced degrees) may find special value in the MMM program if they are interested in continuing their career in technology.
You’ve got a great work history from a strong career – but little else.
If you have extensive professional experience with demonstrated responsibility and results, but you never completed your undergraduate studies, you can still pursue an Executive MBA. Surprisingly, Kellogg does not require a bachelor’s degree — or a GMAT score — for admission to their EMBA programs (those without a bachelor’s must take the GMAT, but it is not otherwise required). The Kellogg EMBA is appropriate for those with significant work experience, in the range of 12 to 15 years. The EMBA programs are separate from the MBA programs and there is little student interaction between the two, however students in both tracks are granted with the same MBA degree upon graduation.
Today’s blog post was clipped from our Kellogg Annual Report, one of 15 guides to the world’s top business schools, available for purchase on our site. If you’re ready to start building your own application for Kellogg or other top business schools, call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today. And, as always, be sure to find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!