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How to Apply

Prospective students for College of Science Master’s, Graduate Certificate, Doctorate or
other Graduate level programs must apply online using ApplyYourself. You can check the status of your application at any time on ApplyYourself, where all updates will be tracked.

Candidates must meet one of the following pre-requisites prior to being accepted into a program and must supply official confirmation:

  • Have received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Have received a master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Have received a first professional degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Be an undergraduate enrolled in a PlusOne program at Northeastern University

Application Materials Required for Graduate Programs

Master’s, PhD, Graduate Certificates and Special Students

An application for admission and all required application materials must be received by published deadlines.

All programs require a completed application via ApplyYourself.

Application Fee – $75

Letters of Recommendation for degree programs should be submitted via ApplyYourself.

  • Master’s Degree – 2 Letters required
  • Graduate Certificates – 2 letters required
  • PhD – 3 Letters required
  • Special Student – 0 letters required

GRE General Scores (Institution code is 3682, valid for 5 years).

  • Master’s Degree – NOT required
  • Graduate Certificates – NOT required
  • PhD –GRE General Test recommended but not required, GRE Subject Test for Physics and Math recommended but not required
  • Special Student – NOT required

Include a personal statement submitted via ApplyYourself.

  • Master’s Degree –required
  • Graduate Certificates –required
  • PhD –required
  • Special Student – NOT required

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended should be uploaded to ApplyYourself as part of the application for all programs. Official transcripts, in certified English translation if from an institution outside of the United States, are required of all enrolled students by the first day of the entry term and must be mailed directly from the institution in a mailed and sealed envelope to:

Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Northeastern University College of Science
206 Mugar Life Sciences Building
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Proof of English Proficiency is required for all applicants and for all programs (from one of the following):

Degree earned or in progress at an U.S. institution*

– or –

Degree earned or in progress at an institution where English is the only medium of instruction

– or –

Official exam scores from either the TOEFL iBT( (institution code is 3682), IELTS, PTE exam or Duolingo English Test. Scores are valid for 2 years from the test date. Please refer to individual program requirements.

Include a resume submitted via ApplyYourself.

  • Master’s Degree –required
  • Graduate Certificates –required
  • PhD –required
  • Special Student – NOT required

Applicants to the Master of Science in Biotechnology, please complete the required pre-requisite form, located under the College of Science Supplemental Section.

Masters Degree Applicants:

  • Fall Domestic:  August 1st Spring Domestic: December 1st
  • Fall International: June 1st Spring International: October 1st
  • International currently on a F1 visa in the US: Fall: July 15th and Spring: October 31st

Graduate Certificate Applicants:

  • Fall Domestic:  August 1st Spring Domestic: December 1st
  • Fall International: June 1st Spring International: October 1st (F1 compliant certificates only)
  • International currently on a F1 visa in the US: Fall: July 15th and Spring: October 31st  (F1 compliant certificates only)

PhD Applicants:

  • Fall admissions only
  • Priority deadline for completed applications: December 1st
  • Rolling admissions until March 15th. Check with department to see if there is availability

Special Student Applicants:

  • Fall: August 1st
  • Spring: December 1st

Application Materials Required for PlusOne Programs

First visit the PlusOne page to review the program(s) for which you are eligible.

  • Transcripts: The Graduate Admissions and Student Services staff will upload your transcript after your application is submitted.
  • GRE exam scores are not required.
  • A Program Plan must be submitted in the personal statement section.
  • Letters of recommendations are not required. Complete the recommendation section using the following contact information:
  • The application fee will be waived. Select “Pay by Check” when prompted for payment at the end of the application.

Fall Semester: August 1

Spring Semester: December 1

MS Chemistry – Submit a letter of recommendation from thesis advisor confirming support of the thesis project

MS Biotechnology – Complete the pre-requisite form located in the  College of Science Supplemental Section

All materials submitted for admission consideration become University property and will not be returned to the applicant.

The College of Science reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission at any time prior to or after enrollment if one or more of the following occur:

  • There is a discrepancy between the unofficial or self-reported transcript and/or test scores submitted at the time of application and the official transcripts and/or test scores received by the College of Science.
  • Applicant does not submit a final transcript showing conferral of a bachelor’s, master’s, first professional, or equivalent degree from an accredited institution within 30 days of matriculation.
  • Applicant fails to meet the deadlines and/or other credential requirements of the degree program to which the applicant applied.

Questions?

Get in contact with the College of Science Graduate Admissions and Student Services Office at [email protected].

We can help you navigate the application process.