Five Reasons Why Kellogg Might Be a Great Fit for You

Every year the Kellogg School of Management attracts thousands of applications from hopefuls around the world. If you’re researching top-ranked MBA programs, Kellogg is almost certainly on your radar. But how do you know if Kellogg really is a good fit for you? And how do you know if the Kellogg admissions committee will decide that you’re a good fit for Kellogg? Today we look at five reasons why Kellogg might be your first choice among MBA programs:

You like the idea of a larger program.
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’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 want to work in the tech sector.
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’re thinking about management 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’ve got a great work history from a strong career — and that’s it.
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.

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