Before You Apply

Before you begin the Graduate Application for Admission, please review the information below. 
Types of Applications (New, Readmission, Bachelor's/Master's Degree, Nondegree)
The Graduate School's Academic Programs: 
Before starting the application process, please be sure to check The Graduate School's academic program list. Only the programs on this list are administered through The Graduate School. A number of professional degrees (for example, the master of business administration, master of sports administration, master and doctor of music, doctor of audiology, doctor of medicine, and a variety of engineering, law, and journalism degrees) are not conferred by The Graduate School, but by the respective professional schools: the Feinberg School of Medicine, Kellogg School of Management, Medill School of Journalism, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Communication, School of Education and Social Policy, School of Law, Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, and School of Continuing Studies. If you would like to apply to a program outside the purview of The Graduate School, you should not use The Graduate School's online application. For application information, please contact these schools directly.
Academic Requirements: 
Admitted students must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree, or a comparable non-U.S. degree, from a regionally accredited institution. The Graduate School will accept applications from international students with 3-year bachelor's degrees. You may be considered for admission before you finish your undergraduate degree, but you must complete this degree before you enroll at Northwestern.
Types of Applications:

New Applicants
If you are applying to Northwestern as a graduate student for the first time, you should use The Graduate School's online application
Withdrawn Students and Alumni
Students that have been admitted to TGS but have not registered for more than two terms will be withdrawn from the University and must apply for readmission through Student Services using the Application for Readmission. The decision to readmit a former student is at the discretion of the program. Please contact Student Services with questions.

Individuals that have already earned a degree from The Graduate School and wish to apply to a new program must also use the Application for Readmission form. The program admission office will decide which supplemental materials they wish to require. Returning graduates should NOT use the online application.
Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program 
The Graduate School (TGS) offers academically strong, motivated Northwestern University undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a concurrent, combined bachelor’s/master's degree program. This program is restricted to Northwestern University undergraduates and limited to certain degree programs within the University. Bachelor's/Master's applicants do not use The Graduate School's online application to apply. Applicants to the combined bachelor's/master's program follow a distint application process and should consult the bachelor's/master's website for more detailed instructions.
If you are applying for admission as a nondegree seeking student through The Graduate School, you will need to submit The Graduate School’s Online Application. If you are applying as a nondegree seeking student through The School of Continuing Studies' Office of Special Students, you will not need to complete The Graduate School's application.
Apply Online:
The online application is available each application cycle beginning the first week of September.
Please be sure to read the application instructions thoroughly and to check with your department for additional information. Many departments accept students for the fall semester only.
The Graduate School only allows applicants to submit one application per year. For example, if you submitted an application for Fall quarter 2013, the earliest you may apply again is for Fall quarter 2014. Applicants may not apply to more than one program per year, nor may applicants apply to the same program multiple times within one year.

Duplicate applications will not be reviewed and application fees cannot be refunded.
All materials submitted in support of your application become the property of the University and will not be returned or forwarded.
The Graduate School also reserves the right to admit or deny admission whenever it believes that it has sufficient evidence to do so.
Application Fee:
You must submit an application fee when you apply. The application fee is $95 and is not refundable. All application fees must be paid via credit card. Please be aware that paying the application fee is not the final step in the online application process. Once you provide your credit card payment, the application will direct you to the final “Signature Page" of the online application. Please be sure to click “Submit” on the “Signature Page”, only then will your application be submitted.
Contact Departments:
Questions regarding admission (Deadlines, Admission Requirements, Application Materials, Application Status, etc) should be directed to your individual admitting department.  Contact information for The Graduate School's departments is available via the Program Contact List.
Departments set their own application deadlines. Please be sure to review your department’s website to determine your department’s application deadline. Late applications are not guaranteed review and application fees cannot be refunded.  
Northwestern University Admission Policy:
It is the policy of Northwestern University not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, age, disability, citizenship, or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services, or in the educational program or activities it operates, in accordance with civil rights legislation and University commitment. Any alleged violations of this policy or questions regarding the law with respect to nondiscrimination should be addressed to the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Labor Relations, 720 University Place, Evanston, Illinois 60208-1147; phone 847/491-7458; or the office of the Provost, Rebecca Crown Center, Evanston, Illinois 60208-1101; phone 847/491-7041; Web site
Applicants seeking disability accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 847-467-5530 in Evanston or 312-503-4042 in Chicago. Information regarding Services for Students with Disabilities is available via the following website:
Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act: 
As provided by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,  you are entitled to request and receive a copy of Northwestern University’s Annual Security Report.
This report includes statistics for the previous 3 years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Northwestern University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies on drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Northwestern University Police Department Deputy Chief at (847) 491-3256. The report can also be accessed and printed from the University Police website at