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Want to get an MBA but can’t stomach the GMAT? There’s an option – KELLOGG!
Yes, you heard us right. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has an MBA program that does not require applicants to submit a GMAT score.
Maybe, but it’s true.
What’s the catch?
It’s their Executive MBA programs. And you have to have a minimum of eight years of work experience. Most EMBA students have between 12-15 years. And you have to be currently employed full time (actively employed throughout the program, a sponsorship letter stating permission to attend is required from the employer, financial sponsorship is not required). And it’s expensive.
As their website says , if you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree, then you should take the GMAT —
Wait. Hold up. What was that?
Yes. You read that right. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE TO GET INTO THIS PROGRAM.
We love Kellogg and it’s awesome to see this flexibility. But sorry folks. This sounds like they’ll just take anyone with a pulse. And a checkbook. Is this really the same EMBA as you’d get from, say, Wharton? Average GMAT for Wharton EMBAs is 701; that is not a program for lightweights.
Part of the value of an MBA is the experiences in the classroom with your peers. EssaySnark is certain that those going through the Kellogg EMBA are well-qualified, seasoned, interesting and diverse individuals. And, we recognize that those juggling the bigger responsibilities in the higher ranks of management, along with the families which many EMBA students have, just don’t have as much leeway to fit in the studying and testing commitment the GMAT requires. So we get it. And we also appreciate the open door to those without a formal education, who have otherwise distinguished themselves in their career to date. Cool policy. And certainly this EMBA program is not a walk in the park. But, it’s likely not going to attract exactly the same type of person that the more rigorous Wharton EMBA does.
Still, it’s Kellogg, and they have amazing opportunities particularly with international studies and some partner programs. You can go to school in either the Chicago area (Evanston to be exact) or near Miami, where many students are focusing on business in Latin America.
And the degree you get at the end is exactly the same as with any other Kellogg MBA: an MBA.
Want to learn more? Part 2 of this post on “No GMAT Required” is here!