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Kellogg School of Management is allowing students to defer enrollment for up to 5 years while they pursue full-time work

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  • Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, ranked one of the top 10 best business schools in the US, launched a new deferred enrollment program this year.
  • Kellogg Future Leaders allows accepted students to defer their MBA for two to five years to pursue a full-time job.
  • Students pay $500 each year they defer, but that money goes back to their tuition once they attend the program.
  • "We look for people who can motivate a team, who aren't afraid to question the status quo, who seek diversity in their networks, and who are eager to collaborate," said Renee Cherubin, senior director of full-time MBA admissions at Kellogg.
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Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has a new deferred enrollment program this year called Kellogg Future Leaders. Undergraduate seniors and master's candidates admitted to the program will be able to focus on their career for several years and then pursue their Kellogg MBA when they're ready. With COVID-19 derailing many students' and professionals' long-term plans, this option takes the stress out of considering graduate school with balancing full-time work.
Kellogg Future Leaders have the option to defer their enrollment for two to five years after acceptance. Renee Cherubin, senior director of full-time MBA admissions at Kellogg School of Management, explained that candidates make no financial or educational sacrifices by deferring for a few years.
Renee Cherubin
"Admitted students can approach the start of their career focused, seeking to learn as much as possible and push themselves to take risks," Cherubin said. "They don't need to spend time researching MBA programs, prepping applications, and taking tests while working."
She added that admitted students pay a $500 deposit each year they defer, but that the money will be applied toward their tuition balance when they start classes. "Additionally, there is no application fee for the Kellogg Future Leaders program," she said.
Students from any university, not just Northwestern, are eligible to apply to the program. In addition to undergraduates, master's candidates with no previous work experience can also apply.
Cherubin explained that Kellogg has a "comprehensive and holistic admissions process" across all of the school's degree programs. To that end, Kellogg reviews undergraduate institutions and transcripts — both for GPA and the nature of courses taken — as well as a letters of recommendation, written essays, and interviews.
"These factors together can create a fuller, more meaningful picture of an individual," Cherubin said, noting that Kellogg values candidates who demonstrate "high impact, low-ego leadership."
"We look for people who can motivate a team, who aren't afraid to question the status quo, who seek diversity in their networks, and who are eager to collaborate," she said.
The deadline to apply to the program was extended to June 3, 2020, and decisions will be made by July 29, 2020. Kellogg has waived the test requirement for students applying by this deadline as a result of coronavirus shutting down many testing centers; submitting a GMAT or GRE score is optional for any Northwestern undergraduates applying to Kellogg Future Leaders.
"We are in uncertain times, but this uncertainty can also lead to opportunity," said Cherubin.
The reason that the school decided to launch this program, Cherubin explained, is because Kellogg has long believed that an MBA is not one size fits all.
"That's why we offer four distinct options for pursuing a full-time MBA, as well as options for evening/weekend MBAs and executive MBAs," Cherubin said. "We launched the Kellogg Future Leaders program because it fits with our longstanding legacy of flexible degree formats."
Kellogg, ranked No. 3 by US News and World Report and No. 5 by Poets & Quants for business schools in the US, has a comprehensive portfolio of programs. This includes a traditional two-year MBA, a one-year MBA, a dual-degree program called MMM in which students earn an MBA and a master's of science in design innovation from Northwestern's Design Institute, and a JD-MBA.
"Students in all programs have access to our world-class faculty, career management coaching, global opportunities, and exceptional network of 60,000+ strong alumni," Cherubin said.
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