McKinsey Early Access

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McKinsey Early Access will introduce you to our firm before you start business school and will help you determine if consulting could be the right career for you.

As part of the program, you will connect with peers across multiple campuses in the United States and build relationships with McKinsey consultants. You will also develop a close-knit, diverse, and mentorship-focused community who we hope you will stay in touch with as you start classes and begin the fall recruiting season.

We invite problem solvers who are entrepreneurial, creative, and eager to know more about consulting to join the program. We hope you’ll consider McKinsey as the next step in your professional journey.

The program

All McKinsey Early Access applicants will receive:

  • education on consulting as a profession
  • access to webinars that highlight our firm, our people, and our work
  • information on our 2023 summer associate intern opportunities
  • recruiting tips to help set you up for success for the fall recruiting season
  • group meetups with your McKinsey campus recruiter
  • an opportunity to build a peer network with fellow MBA students

Select McKinsey Early Access applicants will receive the above, as well as:

  • small group and one-on-one connectivity opportunities (both virtual and in person) with McKinsey consultants
  • connections to the McKinsey office or practice you are most interested in
  • one-on-one touchpoints with your McKinsey campus recruiter

For more information on the applicant selection process, please visit our FAQs.

Program eligibility

You must be admitted to a full-time MBA program in the United States with an anticipated graduation date of 2024* to apply.

*Please note, the program is limited to students entering full-time programs only. Dual-degree program students are also eligible to apply (e.g. MD/MBA, JD/MBA). 

To express interest in McKinsey Early Access, please complete the following form by May 20, 2022.

Apply by May 20, 2022



Coming from an engineering background, I didn’t know what to expect from the consulting recruitment. McKinsey Early Access equipped me with the resources I needed to feel confident entering fall recruitment. The highlight of the program was the connections with McKinsey colleagues who mentored me throughout the entire application process and helped me understand what it really meant to work in consulting at McKinsey.

Marisa, incoming summer associate, Booth ‘23, McKinsey Early Access participant

McKinsey Early Access served as a great introduction to the firm prior to starting business school. The program was an incredible opportunity that allowed me to learn about McKinsey's culture, hear directly from firm leaders, and get a head start on building connections. The support and resources the program provided helped me feel confident going into fall recruiting and ensured I had insight into the wide variety of opportunities within the firm.

Doris, incoming summer marketing and sales associate, NYU ‘23, McKinsey Early Access and Inspire participant

McKinsey Early Access truly gave me ‘early access’ into McKinsey’s unparalleled support system. I felt much more prepared and confident going into the recruiting process because the program helped me build relationships early on with McKinsey consultants who supported me every step of the way. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the MEA program!

Erika, incoming summer associate, Wharton ’23, McKinsey Early Access participant

I am so thankful for the opportunity to experience McKinsey through the Early Access Program. Through the program, I built relationships with McKinsey that opened my eyes to how consulting can change the world. Exploring the McKinsey community before the school year allowed me to focus on discovering new people and perspectives in my class without the pressure of recruiting.

Nico, incoming summer associate, HBS ‘23, McKinsey Early Access and Inspire participant

Apply by May 20, 2022


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