Kellogg Executive MBA Application Essay Tips & Deadlines

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Kellogg EMBA 2018-19 application tips and deadlines

Kellogg’s 2 required EMBA application essay questions present a paradox: they’re straightforward and complex. Together, they draw out a holistic view of you as a person and as a professional, including what you’ve done and also how you think and perceive. To the extent possible, ground your essays in detail and concrete experience, and use reflection as the thread weaving those details and experiences into a vivid whole.

There is some potential overlap between the 2 questions, so I suggest outlining your Kellogg Executive MBA essays before drafting, which will prompt you to decide before writing how you will organize your discussion points, particularly around why you want to attend Kellogg.

Kellogg EMBA 2018-19 Application Essays

Instructions: Please include the essay prompt in bold at the top of the page. Please use 12-point Times New Roman font, line spacing at 1.5 lines and 1-inch margins.

Kellogg Executive MBA Essay #1

What do you want to achieve in your professional life? What have you already done to get there and how do you think Kellogg can help you? (approximately 450 words)

“What you want to achieve” means your career vision; therefore, discuss the impact you hope to have. Support this vision by describing your goals in specific terms: likely positions, which company or companies, desired location, and some mention of related context, e.g. anticipated challenges you or your organization may face, your take on industry trends and how they affect your goals, and so forth. Then connect the dots: explain how this stated path will enable you to achieve the vision.

In asking what you have already done to pursue these goals, the adcom is essentially seeking evidence that you are truly committed to this career. Answering this part allows you to show that you are proactive, strategic, and resourceful. Don’t cite everything you’ve done in this regard, but rather identify the 2-3 most important things – and what you gained from them. In discussing why Kellogg will be the next important step on that path, link the resources of the Kellogg EMBA to the specific learning and professional needs arising from your planned path. (And keep in mind essay 2, to avoid redundancy.)

Kellogg Executive MBA Essay #2

What is Kellogg’s value proposition for you and how will you make Kellogg stronger by being part of our community? (approximately 450 words)

This question addresses – and reveals – how you think, essentially. A poor answer selects a quality of Kellogg EMBA (e.g., commitment to diversity) and heaps praise on it. Rather, identify one or two of Kellogg’s characteristics or programs, and then link it to your own experience and goals to show how and why it’s valuable to you. The adcom already knows how great the program is; they don’t yet know you, and and a good response will help them do so.

Your potential contributions can reference your experience from work or outside work; think of what about you would be most meaningful and interesting to prospective EMBA classmates. This element of your response is an opportunity to show that you understand the program.

Kellogg Executive MBA Optional Essay

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.).

This question explicitly limits the potential topics to extenuating circumstances, so don’t use it to further market yourself by presenting new material to enhance your application. If you do not have extenuating circumstances, do not write the essay. If you do need to provide context for something, present it succinctly and straightforwardly.

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Kellogg Executive MBA Application Deadlines for January 2019 Start

Round 1  August 22, 2018
Round 2  October 10, 2018

***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***

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Related Resources:

The Expanded Executive MBA Profile, a series for the rising executive
5 Key Elements for Your Executive MBA Application, a short video
School-Specific Executive MBA Essay Tips

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