The Tuesday Q&A: Can I Get into Kellogg?

QUESTION:

I have always liked Kellogg, especially when I went to visit the school a few times. I really want to go there, but I’m not sure if I can get in.

A little about me:

I attended a top undergraduate program in China, where I majored in management. I then got a Master’s in the US from a top-10 university. I have a 3.3 GPA, 750 on my GMAT and a TOEFL waiver. I’ll have two years of full-time working experience, as well as a 6-month internship in private equity.

My question is do I have chance to get in? Will it be less competitive with their one-year program?

ANSWER:

I can see why you like Kellogg; it’s a great program in a great city! And having visited a few times, it’s obvious you know that 🙂 So, can you get in?

Well, let’s talk about it.

Will you have two years by the time you APPLY? Or by the time you MATRICULATE? Because two years by the time you matriculate is a bit on the low side, and that might negatively affect your chances. Most business schools like people with at least 3 years of work experience. Now, two years is not a deal breaker – there are people who get in with that or less! – but it’s just a bit more challenging. You’re gonna have to make a strong case as to why you need an MBA, and why you need an MBA NOW. It’s gotta be airtight and it’s gotta make logical sense to the adcom. That’s gonna be key for you.

Beyond that, though, your profile seems very good (strong GPA, strong GMAT, great international experience); Kellogg is totally within reach! So I say…apply. If it’s your dream, you should go for it. And with a strong application, I can see some good things happening for ya.

As for which program to target at Kellogg, based on what you’re telling me, it seems to me that the two-year program makes more sense for you. You’re young and the two years will be good for you. The one-year program might be a better option for older applicants or those who don’t want to take a full 2 years away from work, but you’re young and you’ve got time. Plus, that summer internship will be good for you and your post-MBA career.

And, again, you’ve got a chance… so go for the gold, my friend.

Perhaps I’ll see you in Chicago next year?

Best,

Jon Frank


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