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Kellogg MBA 2019-2020 Application Cycle Deadline & Essay Announcement

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Kellogg has yet to make public their essay questions, but have released the 2019-2020 Full-Time MBA application deadlines. The application is due by 5:00 PM CT on application deadline.

Round 1:

Application Deadline: September 18, 2019

Interview to be scheduled by: September 20, 2019

Decision: December 11, 2019

Round 2:

Application Deadline: January 8, 2020

Interview to be scheduled by: January 10, 2020

Decision: March 25, 2020

Round 3:

Application Deadline: April 8, 2020

Interview to be scheduled by: April 10, 2020

Decision: May 13, 2020

Kellogg offers the opportunity for applicants to present their story with two (2) essay questions, reapplicant essay (if applicable), optional essay to discuss any extenuating circumstances, and video essay.

Required Essays:

  1. Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip and inspire brave leaders who create lasting value. Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value. What challenges did you face and what did you learn? (450 words)

  2. Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (450 words)

Re-applicant:

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

Optional Essay:

All applicants have the opportunity to provide explanations or clarification in Additional Information. Use this section if you think the person reviewing your application might have a few questions about one or more of your responses. This could include:

  • Unexplained gaps in work experience

  • Academic, GMAT or GRE performance

  • Extenuating circumstances that we should be aware of when reviewing your application

Video Essay:

The video essay provides you with an additional opportunity to demonstrate what you will bring to our vibrant Kellogg community — in an interactive way. You will respond to several short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper.

  • After submitting your application and payment, you will be able to access the video essay through your application status page. The first question will ask you to introduce yourself to the admissions committee. Then, you 'll have an opportunity to describe your plans for the future and how Kellogg will help you on that journey. The remaining questions will be randomly generated and similar to interview questions.

  • There are practice questions that you may complete as many times as you 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 to help you feel prepared.

  • We encourage you to practice so you are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. You will not have an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions.

  • You will have 20 seconds to think about the question and up to one minute to give your response.

  • We estimate the video essays will take 20-25 minutes to complete — which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions. You will need an internet connected computer with a webcam, microphone and an updated version of Adobe Flash in order to complete the video essay.


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