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Advanced Professional Degree Candidates

We encourage you to explore this site for more information about McKinsey and the recruiting process. We hope to meet you on campus to continue the discussion about why we think McKinsey would be the right place for you.

If you are pursuing a master's degree and you earned an undergraduate degree fewer than four years ago, you will be considered for a business analyst position. If you hold a bachelor's degree and have at least four years of work experience or completed or expect to complete your master's program four years from the time you received your bachelor's degree, you will join as an associate. The associate application deadline is July 12, 2020.

Advanced Professional Degree candidates are currently finishing programs in December 2020 or 2021. APD candidates are PhDs, Postdocs, JDs and non-MBA Masters students finishing programs in 2021 (with at least 4 years in between the completion of your undergrad degree and graduate degree) and medical students, interns, residents or fellows finishing programs in 2021 or 2022.

Have more questions about your candidacy or the APD application and interview process?

Recruiting team

Lauren La Ruffa


Campus Calendar

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Apr 03 2020
Aug 27 2020

Diversity & Inclusion Webinar Series

April 03 – August 27

The McKinsey Black Network and Hispanic & Latino Network are hosting a series of webinars to provide virtual opportunities to learn more about who we are as a firm and what we do. You will have the opportunity to get to know consultants and recruiters in each of our regions and our practices.

Aug 01 2020
Sep 30 2020

Virtual Career Events – Germany Office

August 01 – September 30
Are you looking for a professional challenge in an international and interdisciplinary environment where you can learn and gain valuable experience? We are conducting a number of virtual events, designed exclusively for top German-speaking students and young professionals of all disciplines.
Aug 27 2020

Asia Operations 2020 webinar

8:00 AM

If you are a student working toward a Bachelor’s, Master’s degree, MBA, or PhD graduating in 2021 or 2022, with an engineering or business background. And you have strong interest and passion in operations in the areas of supply chain, manufacturing, procurement, capital productivity, service operations, and product development, we invite you to join us for an interactive session.

RSVP by 21st August 2020.

Sep 01 2020
Sep 03 2020

Global Connect “Meet McKinsey Asia”

September 01 – September 03
Join us for our virtual event series to learn more about the work we do in South Korea, Southeast Asia, and Sri Lanka. Meet and virtually network with colleagues from our offices in these locations. These sessions are intended for those currently in North America with close ties to and an interest in working in any of these regions.

If you’re like me, you may have never previously considered a career in consulting – I was in grad school because I wanted to be a scientist after all! However, after feeling like I wanted to have broader impact, meeting with several McKinsey consultants and realizing how much team problem-solving and discovery would still be involved in my day-to-day, I decided to take a leap and join McKinsey. That was six years ago, it’s been quite the journey, and I am still with the Firm as a Partner in the NJ office, and loving every minute of it! I hope to meet you on campus in the upcoming months!

– Lindsay McKenna, University of Pennsylvania, Class of '11

Opportunities for Advanced Professional Degree Candidates

Many advanced professional degree candidates join us as an associate or junior associate consultants (positions vary based on office and experience). APD candidates may also consider applying for an associate or business analyst internship position depending on degree or work experience, usually for the summer prior to their penultimate year of their program; timing of internships can vary based on your academic schedule.

Our roles include generalist consulting; practice consulting, focused on a specific function or industry (e.g., digital, implementation, operations); and technical roles within McKinsey’s product and solution development team (e.g., data science, data engineering, software engineering, and digital strategy & delivery).

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