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Graduate Admissions

Leading-edge academics combined with world-class research provide a multidimensional learning environment like no other. Our programs are designed for full-time students seeking a MS or PhD degree, and also offer focused disciplines for part-time students, those seeking a cooperative education experience, and professionals seeking career advancement. Whether you are from the U.S. or abroad, Northeastern can provide the best-suited educational experience that fit your specific graduate educational goals.

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Application Deadlines

Applications received after the stated deadline dates will be accepted and processed when complete as quickly as possible; however it may not be possible to have a decision rendered in time for the applicant to begin taking classes for the desired term if admitted.

 Funding/Early Action Application DeadlineRegular/Final Application Deadline
Fall Semester Entry  
International Applicants (outside the U.S.)January 15*May 15
International Applicants (inside the U.S.)January 15*July 1
Domestic ApplicantsJanuary 15*August 1
Regional Campus (Domestic) ApplicantsN/AAugust 15
Spring Semester Entry  
International ApplicantsN/ASeptember 15
Domestic Applicants N/ANovember 15
Regional Campus (Domestic) Applicants N/ADecember 15
Summer Term Entry
MS in Engineering Management,MS in Energy Systems, & MS in Information Systems
International Applicants N/AN/A
Boston Part-time (Domestic) Applicants N/AApril 21
Regional Campus Applicants & Online Program (Domestic) Applicants N/AApril 21

Applications submitted by the above referenced dates will receive full consideration for the referenced term. Applications received after the above referenced dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

* Deadline extended to January 21. Applicants who apply by January 21 generally have until February 1 to complete their applications with any remaining documents (e.g. letters of recommendation, official test scores).

Application Requirements

Please note: In order to be minimally qualified to pursue admission through the Graduate School of Engineering, a candidate must have successfully completed or is in the process of completing an undergraduate bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent from a foreign college or university. Any offer of admission is contingent upon a candidate’s successful completion of an undergraduate bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent from a foreign college or university.

  1. Completed online  application  form. (Paper applications are not accepted.)
  2. Application fee of USD $75 to be paid online by credit card, electronic check, or by money order.
  3. Two confidential letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with technical, professional, and personal qualifications submitted through the online application system.
  4. Transcripts. Applicants should (a) acquire official or unofficial copies of their transcripts from each college or university that they have attended (if they do not already have such copies), (b) create scanned versions of same in PDF format (up to 500 KB in size), and (c) when prompted to do so in the application, upload and attach them to the online application. Ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution’s grading scale. Typically such grading scale information is on the backside of the documents or is on a separate page. This is particularly important institutions outside of the U.S. If such information is not readily available, please do not be concerned. Also note for institutions outside of the U.S. that only English versions of transcripts are required; and if transcripts are not in English, please arrange to have official English translations made. Translations provided by applicants themselves are not acceptable. Last, note that foreign credential evaluations of transcripts are not required or needed. Note that only above described scanned copies of transcripts attached to the application are needed initially during the admissions review process. Applicants may arrange to mail final, official transcripts to the Graduate School of Engineering after they are admitted, if they are admitted.
  5. Statement of Purpose. The statement is submitted through the online application system.
  6. Resume. The resume is submitted through the online application system.
  7. For most programs, the GRE is required, except for applicants who have received or will receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program from a college or university that is located within the U.S. Institution code is 3665; no department code is needed. As an exception all applicants to Bioengineering programs are required to take the GRE, and all applicants to Electrical & Computer Engineering programs are required to take the GRE (except applicants who have received or will receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Northeastern University located in Boston). Applicants to the Energy Systems program are exempt from the GRE if they have earned a 3.00 GPA or higher and received their undergraduate degree from a US institution.
  8. Because applicants are not interviewed to assess their English proficiency, taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submitting official scores as part of the admissions process is required of most applicants who are non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents, regardless of the applicant’s undergraduate language of instruction. Institution code is 3665; no department code is needed. Applicants are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS exam requirement if they hold (or will hold) a degree from an accredited institution located in the United States of America, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand. The required minimum  TOEFL  score is 79 (internet-based), 550 (paper-based), and 213 (computer-based). The required minimum  IELTS  score is 6.5. If you do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirements and you are intending to apply to a graduate engineering program at the master of science level, you are encouraged to apply first to Northeastern University's Global Pathways Program , where you can boost your English language skills and academic knowledge before beginning your engineering coursework.
  9. Generally to be qualified for admissions consideration, applicants are required to hold (or be pursuing) an undergraduate engineering or technology degree in a closely related major. However, exceptions exist. Bioengineering applicants may hold any engineering or science degree (e.g. Biology, Chemistry). Chemical Engineering applicants are considered who hold Biology or Chemistry undergraduate degrees. For Engineering Management, mathematics or physics majors with linear algebra and multivariable calculus, or students of any major with the equivalent background in mathematics as an engineering major are acceptable. For Energy Systems, quantitative business or finance majors are acceptable if candidates also have some background in computer science and calculus. For Information Systems, any science, engineering, or other technical major are acceptable as long as the candidate provides evidence of technical or programming skills. For Mechanical Engineering, majors in applied physics are acceptable. For Operations Research, majors in any science discipline including computer science and mathematics are acceptable; other majors considered are economics, business, or other liberal arts with some background in calculus and linear algebra. For Telecommunication Networks, majors in mathematics, physics, or computer science are acceptable.

Additional Information

  • Note that every element of any applicant's background is considered in the admissions process, that there is no single factor that determines whether or not a candidate is admitted, that there are no guarantees of admission for any applicant, and the decision rests solely with the appropriate faculty admissions committee.

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