Experience the best of Kellogg Executive Education in a rich learning environment

As the world adapts to a rapidly changing landscape, the usual ways of doing business must evolve. Yet the need to innovate and lead fearlessly remains. Kellogg Executive Education is here to support you as you navigate these challenges with a fresh approach to learning designed for this new environment.

Available for fall 2020 and spring 2021, our live virtual programs are built to deliver a world-class experience that’s as thought-provoking and rewarding as our in-person programs. You will engage in real-time interaction with professors and peers online, enjoy rich discussions about how to achieve your goals in uncertain times and acquire the strategies and tools that you can immediately put into practice to solve your most pressing issues.

Live Virtual Programs Feature:

  • Live Online Learning – Delivered in our live virtual classroom, with a limited number of participants to ensure maximum engagement
  • Top Kellogg Faculty – Kellogg’s renowned thought leaders, the same faculty who teach our in-person programs, will share their knowledge and facilitate thoughtful discussion in real time throughout the program
  • Peer-to-Peer Connections – Abundant opportunities to interact and network with your global peers through both formal and informal activities
  • A Rich, Interactive Experience – A high-quality, transformative learning experience with timely, actionable content and seamless interactivity
  • Credit towards a Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate – All our live virtual programs count towards completion of your certificate


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What Participants Say

"The format this week was incredibly impactful and worked well for me because of the deep live engagement with the Professors. I can only imagine the level of behind-the-scenes work that took place to make it simple and easy for me to join and learn. Even after the first day of class I knew the value and ROI was better than an asynchronous option. I love the Kellogg Executive Education approach and hope to take another session in the future."

"I very much enjoyed the pre- and post-class opportunities to chat with team members and staff. Post-class is probably the most important element because you can recap the day’s points."

"The Zoom and the breakout rooms were excellent and worked better than I thought they would. I used Microsoft Teams on a daily basis, but the Zoom breakout was great."

"I realize this was your first virtual synchronous learning class, but it was extremely well planned and executed. I felt the class participation was the highest I have ever experienced. The ability to chat, raise a hand, and discuss questions made for the right communication mix within the class. I would definitely be interested in future virtual classes, as I think they offer a tremendous learning opportunity in a remote setting. Thanks for offering this course with this technology. If it had been traditional, it would have been difficult for me to attend."

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a Program

How can I decide which live virtual program(s) best suits my professional development needs?

Kellogg Executive Education offers non-degree live virtual programs on one specific topic or a wider exposure to management and leadership skills. Our advisors are available to discuss your options. Please contact us at execed@kellogg.northwestern.edu or call 847.467.6018 and one of our advisors will be happy to schedule a conversation at a convenient time. To compare different programs, try our Program Finder tool.

Do I earn academic credit from Executive Education programs?

Executive Education programs are only non-degree continuing education and do not count as credit towards an academic degree. However, each participant does receive a certificate of participation at the end of the program and each program counts towards the completion of an Executive Scholar Certificate. The Scholar Certificate can be earned by taking four in-person or live virtual programs over a five year period. Upon completion of four programs, participants are awarded a Certificate of Professional Achievement in one of several subject areas and receive Kellogg Executive Education alumni status along with other alumni benefits. Please refer to the Executive Scholar page for more information or contact the certificate advisor at scholars@kellogg.northwestern.edu or 847.467.6018.

How are Kellogg live virtual programs delivered?

Kellogg’s live virtual programs have been purpose-built to deliver a world-class experience comparable to our in-person programs, with class sizes limited to provide a rich and personal learning environment. You’ll engage in real-time interaction with professors and peers online, immerse yourself in discussions and ideations surrounding the current world situation, and acquire strategies and tools that you can immediately deploy to solve your most pressing challenges.

Are Kellogg programs available in languages other than English?

No. At this time, all Kellogg programming is offered in English and requires a high proficiency level in order to maximize your learning experience.

Do I need to come to campus to participate in Kellogg virtual programs?

No, all of our live virtual programs are 100% online, and available to participants regardless of their location.

Do I need to log into a Kellogg live virtual program at specific times?

Yes, because these programs are live, there are set class times and participants must be able to participate during the specified times each day to receive their certificate of participation at the conclusion of each program.

Am I required to attend all live sessions?

Kellogg’s live virtual programs have been developed to maximize the virtual in-person experience and your attendance and participation is expected during each academic session. Please provide advance notice to your program manager if you are unable to attend a session live and they will determine if a session recording can be provided.

Please note: Participants are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of the sessions in order to receive a certificate of participation.

Will I have access to the materials in a module after I complete it?

Yes. You will have access to the program learning platform for a period of up to 30 days following the end of the program.

Application Questions

How do I enroll in a program?

Registration is quick and easy. Complete the online registration form available on each program’s webpage.

After submitting your registration, you will receive an email confirmation from Kellogg Executive Education. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk email folders. If you need additional assistance securing your confirmation, please contact execed@kellogg.northwestern.edu or call 847.467.6018

Can I register for a program on behalf of someone else?

Yes. HR and administrative professionals may submit a registration form on behalf of someone else by using the participant’s name and email address.

For group registration assistance, please call Kellogg Executive Education at 847.467.6018 or email execed@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

When should I submit my registration?

We recommend submitting your registration at least 30 days in advance of the program start date to ensure your spot as our program capacity is limited in order to provide a rich and personal learning experience.

How long will it take to process my registration?

Live virtual program registrations are processed within two business days of receipt.

How do I access my Kellogg program once I’ve registered?

You will receive an email prior to the start of the program for which you have registered with a link to log into the program platform.

Technical Requirements

What are the technical requirements and minimum bandwidth needed to participate in Kellogg programs?

The following is required:
  • Access to a modern computer (Mac or PC) with a supported operating system installed
  • Reliable high-speed internet access via cable, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or another internet connection (The minimum viable connection speed to stream video reliably is 768 kilobits per second (equal to .768 megabits per second). We recommend a connection speed of at least 5 megabits per second for an optimal experience with HD capability
  • Reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • An up-to-date version of a reliable Internet browser
  • A head set if you are not working in a private space
  • Sound card and speakers for watching course videos
  • Multimedia plug-ins that allow your browser access online video or interactive features, including Adobe Flash Player
  • For viewing documents, Adobe Reader
  • Mac users: you may also need the Preview program that comes with OS X for viewing most PDF documents

The newest version of one of our recommended browsers:
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari (for Mac users)
  • Edge

Recommended settings:
  • Your preferred browser should be set up to allow Javascript and cookies: click here to learn how to enable Javascript
  • Java should be installed for full functionality: click here to install Java
  • Disable pop-up blockers to view the course site: click here to learn how

What delivery platform will be used for the live virtual programs?

Our live virtual programs are delivered via Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Zoom is an easy, reliable cloud platform for video, voice, content sharing and chat runs across mobile devices, desktops and telephones.

Preparing for a Program

Will I receive any readings before the program starts?

Approximately 2 weeks prior to the program start date, you will receive access to a course website. This site will contain pre-reading materials to prepare for your program.

What is a typical schedule like?

Class sessions for live virtual programs typically last 3-4 hours each day with multiple breaks scheduled.

Payments and Cancellations

Will I need to purchase any materials?

No. Your program fee covers all materials that will be accessed on the learning platform. You will not be required to purchase anything else or pay any additional fees for our programs.

Are there any discounts available for Kellogg live virtual programs?

Yes. Kellogg offers a 30% discount for all Northwestern University and Kellogg alumni. Please check the box on the registration form that indicates you are an alum. Our Registrar will confirm your status and your invoice will be adjusted to reflect your discount.

Groups of five or more from a single organization who participate in the same cohort may be eligible for a discount if registrations are received at the same time. Please contact us at 847.467.6018 or execed@kellogg.northwestern.edu for specific instructions and assistance or for other questions about pricing.

When is payment due?

Enrollment is not confirmed until full payment is received. Payment may accompany the registration or an invoice can be sent. Full payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. If the participant is enrolling within 30 days of the program’s start date, full payment is due immediately.

What types of payment are accepted?

  • Check: Checks must be drawn on U.S. banks and payable in U.S. funds to "Northwestern University"
  • Wire Transfer: Wire transfers must be accompanied by our bank information available on the invoice or by contacting our registrar at exed-registrar@kellogg.northwestern.edu
  • Credit Card: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for all our programs

Can I pay online?

Yes. Online payment by credit card is allowed at the time of the registration unless the program has admission requirements, special pricing or is at capacity.

What is Kellogg’s cancellation policy?

Once your registration has been confirmed, you may contact your program manager if you have any questions about your registration.

To receive a full refund, notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days in advance of the initial program start date. Cancellations received less than 30 days in advance are not eligible for a refund but may be eligible for deferral to a future or alternative session.

Refunds will be issued in the same format as originally received.

Northwestern University reserves the right to cancel a program at any time for any reason. In the unlikely event of a program cancellation, paid program fees will be refunded.

After the Program

How can I stay in contact with other participants?

All Executive Education program participants will receive a participant list for their session once it begins. After the program, we encourage participants to join our Kellogg Executive Education LinkedIn group.

How can I stay in contact with Kellogg?

You can stay up-to-date with the latest research and happenings at the Kellogg School by reading our faculty blogs, joining our Kellogg Executive Education LinkedIn network, or following us on Facebook or Twitter.

What are the benefits of completing the Executive Education Scholar Certificate program?

Becoming a Kellogg executive education alumnus offers:

  • A Certificate of Professional Achievement in your selected specialization
  • A 30 percent discount on Kellogg Executive Education open enrollment programs
  • Membership in the global Kellogg alumni network and access to the online network
  • Opportunities to participate in alumni clubs and events
  • Access to cutting-edge research and thought leadership content from Kellogg faculty and leading practitioners
  • A Kellogg branded Gmail account

Learn how you can become a Kellogg Executive Education Scholar.

For FAQ information on our in-person programs, please visit our General FAQ page.

For FAQ information on our online programs, please visit the Online Programs FAQ section.

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