Emerging Scholars

Celebrating the next generation of MBAs

What is “Emerging Scholars”?

In short, it's a scholarship, a networking opportunity, and a celebration.

Have you decided to pursue your MBA? Congratulations! You are about to embark on an exciting journey of self-discovery and enrichment. You have worked hard to reach this point in your career - demonstrating distinctive achievement and drive. Your MBA will undoubtedly provide a launching pad for many opportunities in the near future. At McKinsey, we would like to be among the first to celebrate your success. We are eager to get to know people who:

  • Actively seek to maximize their potential
  • Enjoy tackling complex challenges that matter
  • Thrive working collaboratively

Ultimately, we are looking for people who, like you, yearn to do more than just come to work; they want to create change - for clients and the world around them.

Does this sound like you? If so, here's the opportunity. This summer, McKinsey will gather a select group of pre-MBA students and award these individuals with scholarships, as well as the chance to build a remarkable network, learn more about McKinsey and the people that make us special.

The opportunity—what does the scholarship include?

  • Monetary awards for the highest performing applicants
  • Individual mentorship from McKinsey consultants
  • Invitation to a celebratory event for the final group of scholars

The details—what are the eligibility requirements?

Candidates for the scholarship need to be admitted to a full-time MBA program beginning in the Fall of 2017* at one of the following 16 schools. Please note, the program is limited to students entering full-time programs only. Dual degree program students are eligible to apply (e.g. MD/MBA, JD/MBA). Those students currently living outside of the U.S. are also welcome to apply.

Columbia (Graduate School of Business)
Cornell (Johnson)
Dartmouth (Tuck)
Duke (Fuqua)
Harvard (Business School)
New York University (Stern)
Stanford (Graduate School of Business)
University of California at Berkeley (Haas)
University of California at Los Angeles (Anderson)
University of Chicago (Booth)
University of Michigan (Ross)
University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
University of Virginia (Darden)
Yale (School of Management)

If you are enrolling at MIT Sloan, we have a separate scholarship program. "The McKinsey Award."

The logistics—how do I apply?

Please submit your application online by May 18, 2017. The application process is simple and takes only a few minutes to complete. All applications will be reviewed and we will notify you of next steps within a few weeks of our application deadline. We will announce our scholars by early July and host a celebration event shortly thereafter.

You can submit your application here.

The experience—testimonials from our past scholars

Don't just take our word—hear what past scholars have to say about the program!

  • Tory S, Scholar from Kellogg:

    “McKinsey's Emerging Scholars program was an invaluable experience. We didn't just hear about their culture, we experienced it over drinks and dinner. They didn't show slides touting their high-impact work and renowned problem-solving approach they let us actually tackle a prior project with McKinsey facilitators.

    In the end, you understand why CEOs and prime ministers call McKinsey first, why the best and brightest work there and, most importantly, whether or not the firm (and consulting) is right for you—all before you step foot on campus.”

  • Shaan G, Scholar from HBS:

    “The McKinsey Emerging Scholars program, for me, was an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about McKinsey and about consulting. As you will soon find out, the recruiting process is a flurry of activities for all firms, so it is always refreshing to have the time to step away, take stock of my future and have fulfilling conversations about it with my Scholars mentor. To anyone who has ever thought about a career in consulting, Emerging Scholars offers a wonderful chance to learn more.”

  • Adam S, Scholar from Wharton:

    “The Scholars program afforded me an unparalleled opportunity to learn immensely from the most talented people in the world—my McKinsey mentors. Everyone at the firm has been extremely accessible and has continuously gone out of their way to provide me with honest and constructive feedback, always with my best interest at hand.”

  • Daniel W, Scholar from HBS:

    “The Emerging Scholars program provided a great introduction to McKinsey and the excellent people who work there. Starting an MBA program can be overwhelming–especially for folks with a non-traditional background–and having the chance to visit an office, meet consultants, and wrestle with some of the problems they work to solve gave me a much better sense of what a career at McKinsey would look like. I'm grateful to have had the chance to take this in-depth look at the firm before the semester began.”

  • Kristen G, Scholar from Kellogg:

    “As an incoming business school student, it was sometimes difficult to sort through all of the information in industry publications, on company websites, and from friends and classmates to learn what a company was actually like. The Emerging Scholars Program not only gave more context to the basics: company, culture, and values—it also introduced me to some amazing people I still call friends and mentors. These individuals became the basis of my support system as I went through the whirlwind recruiting process and are still the people that I call first for advice, support, and happy hour.”