Here you will find admissions information including application requirements and answers to frequently asked questions.

Prospective students should apply through Northeastern’s online application portal.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at gradcamd@neu.edu.

Mailing Address:

If you will be submitting any supporting documents via mail, please use the following address:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attn: Cathy Bright, Graduate Enrollment Manager
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
100 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115

Application Form and Fee

Please submit your application form and non-refundable $75 application fee through the online portal.

Resume

Submit a current resume detailing your academic credentials, professional/volunteer experience, skills and achievements.

Personal Statement

Submit a personal essay detailing your interest in the graduate program to which you are applying. Please use your statement as an opportunity to explain your goals and how the CAMD graduate program will help you achieve them. Personal statements are generally 1 – 2 pages in length.

Transcripts & Degree Confirmation

Submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended.

To be eligible for graduate study, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited international institution. For more information about international degree equivalency and required documents, please see the International Applicants tab above.

Students applying during completion of their bachelor’s degree program must submit transcripts of all undergraduate work to date.

Transcripts can be uploaded to the online application portal. Matriculating students must submit official transcripts and degree confirmations by August 15th.

Recommendation Letters

Please submit three letters of recommendation. Letters can be academic or professional and should be written by people who know you well and can speak to your potential for graduate study in your chosen field.

Letters can be submitted directly by your references through the application portal. Your references will receive instructions for uploading their letters to the online application portal once you enter their contact information in the system. You will need to list an email address for each reference.

Additional Requirements

Some CAMD graduate programs require the submission of additional application materials, such as a portfolio of relevant work or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores. Additionally, international applicants must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS exam scores).

Please see the Program Requirements and International Applicants tabs above for additional application requirements.

Master of Architecture

Current Northeastern BS in Architecture Seniors:

Submit your completed Transition to Master’s Form to the Architecture Office by February 1*. You can bring completed forms directly to 151 Ryder or email to Mary Hughes at ma.hughes@neu.edu.

Note: Peter Wiederspahn is your advisor.

*Only students transitioning directly from the BS program into the M.Arch program may apply in this manner.

Northeastern BS in Architecture Alumni:

Students who have taken time off after graduating from the BS program must submit all of the application materials listed here.

Please note that your personal statement should not exceed one page and that two of your three reference letters should be academic.

Additionally, students who graduated prior to 2010 are required to provide work samples that demonstrate proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and SketchUp. PDFs of one student project and one professional project should be sent to gradarch@neu.edu.

External Candidates:

In addition to the general requirements, external candidates must submit a portfolio.

Please also note that your personal statement should not exceed one page.

Portfolio Requirements: M.Arch 1, 2, and 3

Portfolios are required for all one-year candidates from schools other than Northeastern and all two-year candidates.

Three-year candidates with a design, art, and architectural studies (other than a BS in Architecture) background wishing to obtain any advanced placement must provide a portfolio. Portfolios are not required for three-year candidates with non-visual arts/non-architecture undergraduate degrees and/or no visual arts course work to show.

The portfolio must include the following in the order listed:

  1. A cover page with your name, most recent degree (and any architectural degrees if they pre-date your terminal degree), and the college/university where the degree(s) was received.
  2. A one-page resume summary that includes a list of relevant software skills (for example: SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe CS, etc.) and a list of your past architecture design studio courses that includes year, level, credit hours and subject focus (for example: introductory design or urban housing)
  3. Academic projects in reverse chronological order. Include course name and a brief synopsis of the design problem.
  4. If professional projects (not required) are included, they should be in a separate section of the portfolio and list project name, firm, a synopsis of your role, and a synopsis of the project brief.
  5. Any non-architectural creative work (not required), such as painting, drawing, photography, etc. should be included in the last section of the portfolio. Labels for the work should follow the same format as architectural design work (see No. 3)

Portfolios can be submitted as a hard copy or online via Slideroom. Please submit your portfolio by one method only.

Hard copy portfolios should be no larger than 9 x 12 inches and should be sent to,

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attn: Cathy Bright, Graduate Enrollment Manager
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
100 Meserve Hall
Boston MA 02115

Electronic portfolios can be submitted online via Slideroom. The fee for this service is $6. Technical guidelines are available at Slideroom.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

MA in Journalism

Applicants to the MA in Journalism program are required to submit only the application documents detailed here. On the application form, please indicate whether you are applying for the Media Innovation or Professional Journalism concentration.

Applications to Northeastern’s School of Journalism are judged on a number of factors. Although an applicant’s academic history is important, the School is also looking for evidence of commitment to journalism. Previous professional experience will be taken into consideration, as well as interesting life experiences and perspectives. In short, we want our students to be curious, engaged and eager to enter our profession with a sense of purpose.

An informative, smartly written, well-rounded, and interesting personal statement is critical to your application. It is your first writing sample. It should speak to who you are, what you plan to study and why you want to attend our program. It should be one to two pages in length, single-spaced.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

MDes in Sustainable Urban Environments

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the MDes in Sustainable Urban Environments one year track must also submit a portfolio (a portfolio is not required for applicants to the two year track).

Portfolios may be submitted as a PDF or as a URL to an online portfolio via email (gradcamd@neu.edu); or via Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service. The fee for this service is $6 and technical guidelines are available at Slideroom.

Please submit your portfolio by one method only.

Portfolios should be 8 – 12 pages in length and include examples of previous studio projects and professional design or planning work, if available.  Additionally, one or two examples of other types of creative work can be included such as photography, drawing, graphic and web design, horticultural design and other art forms. Include labels for each project indicating project title, date, and if applicable, the medium or software used to create it.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

MFA in Information Design and Visualization

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the MFA in Information Design and Visualization program must submit a portfolio via Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service. The submission fee is $12.00 (USD).

The application portfolio requires a minimum of 15 (maximum of 20) individual documents (each can be a single-page image/pdf file or a multi-page pdf file) of recent original work that demonstrates design or other relevant project-based experience. Your portfolio should, if possible, include work that is focused primarily in the area in which you will focus your graduate study; however, related work is acceptable. Portfolios typically include:

  • Visualization projects, infographics, data analyses, maps, diagrams, or charts
  • Creative work from other disciplines (Art, Graphic Design, Architecture, Journalism, Photography, or Film)
  • Research projects (choose an appropriate visual representation)
  • Ideas, sketches or prototypes
  • Professional projects
  • Screenshots from websites or interactive applications

Provide authorship information, year, title and other relevant information (such as course name and instructor) for each project.

Technical guidelines are available at Slideroom.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program must submit a portfolio via Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service. The submission fee is $12.00 (USD).

The application portfolio requires 15 – 20 samples of recent original creative work. Your portfolio may include:

  • Still images: drawing, painting, sculpture, design, photography, architecture, participatory action or performance, concept sketches, etc.
  • Video: documentary/narrative/experimental film, animation, video art, documentation of performance, installation or live event
  • Audio files: sound art, audio documentary, original music, etc.
  • Text: optional sample of creative or scholarly writing

Provide authorship information, year, title, and other relevant information (such as course name and instructor) for each project. For collaborative work, provide a brief description and explanation of your role. Please provide no more than three files documenting any individual project.

Technical guidelines are available at Slideroom.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

MFA in Studio Art with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (SMFA)

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the MFA in Studio Art program must submit a portfolio via Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service. The submission fee is $12.00 (USD).

The application portfolio requires a minimum of 15 individual images (20 maximum) of recent original work that demonstrates visual art experience.  Your portfolio should include work that is focused primarily in the area in which you will focus your graduate study. A portfolio typically includes:

  • Art projects, conceptual art, paintings, sculpture, or still images
  • Creative work from other disciplines (Photography, Film, Graphic Design, and other fields of study)
  • One or two written samples of creative writing or research, contemporary theory and cultural studies
  • Ideas, sketches, and concepts
  • Professional projects

Provide authorship information, year, title, and other relevant information (such as course name and instructor) for each project.

Technical guidelines are available at Slideroom.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

MS Game Science and Design

Applicants to the MS in Game Science and Design program are required to submit all application documents detailed here.

The following item is also required:

Additionally, you are encouraged to include a description of any experience you have in the games field in your personal statement.

Candidates for the MS in Game Science and Design program come from various fields including, but not limited to, Computer Science, Information Science, Informatics, Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Psychology, Social Science, Interaction Design, and Game Design.

MS in Music Industry Leadership

Applicants to the MS in Music Industry Leadership program are required to submit only the application documents detailed here.

The MS in Music Industry Leadership program welcomes applications from motivated individuals whose previous education and other accomplishments show potential for leadership and creative problem solving. Candidates come from diverse fields, including music (BMus, BA or BS), communication studies, business, media studies and other liberal arts programs.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

Arts Administration Certificate

Applicants to the Arts Administration Certificate program are required to submit all application documents detailed here; however, only one letter of recommendation is required, not three.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

Game Analytics Certificate

Applicants to the Game Analytics Certificate program are required to submit all application documents detailed here.

The following item is also required:

Additionally, you are encouraged to include a description of any experience you have in the games field in your personal statement.

English Proficiency

To be considered for admission to a CAMD graduate program, international applicants must show proof of English proficiency.  This requirement can be met by submitting satisfactory results on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

Please note that TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.  Scores must be valid at the time your application is received.  Official score reports must be sent to Northeastern University directly from the testing agency.

Our institution code for score reporting purposes is 3682.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

We expect a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT), 250 on the Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT), or 600 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT).  You should plan to take the exam well in advance of our application deadline as it may take up to six weeks for your official score report to be sent to CAMD (depending on your test center location and test format).

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

We expect a minimum overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS.

TOEFL/IELTS Exemption

International applicants can waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they submit documentation that they have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university in which English is the only language of instruction.

Transcripts and Degree Evaluations

International applicants who have received or will be receiving a degree from an institution outside the United States are required to submit all transcripts, as well as certified English translations, with their application.  Accepted students who plan to enroll at CAMD are further required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation.  Please see details below:

At the Time of Application

Please upload copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts and diplomas (if available) as well as certified English translations of all documents to the ApplyYourself application portal.

Matriculating Students

If you are accepted and plan to enroll in a CAMD graduate program, you must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating conferral of an undergraduate degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.   This evaluation is more than an English translation; it is a document provided by an accredited evaluation agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral.

A copy of your final transcript/mark sheets must accompany your evaluation.  If your evaluation agency does not include a copy of your transcript with their report, please send a copy to our office at:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attn: Cathy Bright, Graduate Enrollment Manager
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
100 Meserve Hall
Boston MA 02115

This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted by August 15th

Please request an official course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
www.ece.org
Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
www.cedevaluations.com
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087
www.wes.org

We do not accept recommendations and other documents from Interfolio.

Certification of Finances

Accepted international applicants planning to enroll at CAMD must submit a completed I-20 Request Form at least 16 weeks prior to the start of classes.  Students cannot receive visa application forms, required to register for courses, unless they file the e-form certifying that they have enough financial support to cover all educational and living expenses.

International applicants already in the United States must also submit a copy of their current SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 form, current visa, I-94 card (front and back), identity page of a valid foreign passport, and an ISSI Transfer-in Form.  If you do not require an I-20 or DS-2019, please complete the Data Form.

Graduate Application

How can I check the status of my application?

You must log in to the ApplyYourself system to check the status of your application.

Why is my application “incomplete” even though I submitted all of my materials?

Although you may have submitted all the required materials, it is a manual process to match your submitted materials with your online application. Please note that this may take a few business days.

Why can’t I confirm that my application has been submitted?

You may not have clicked the “Submit” button. After you complete the online portion of your application, please be sure to click the “Submit” button located at the top of the application page. Otherwise, we will not be able to move your application forward in the review process.

My application status is “on hold.” What does this mean?

A status of “on hold” means that you neglected to pay the US $75 application fee.

Can I waive my application fee?

The application fee cannot be waived or refunded.

Application Materials

How should I submit my portfolio?

Portfolios can be submitted online through SlideRoom, or physically to CAMD Graduate Studies (360 Huntington Avenue, 144 Meserve Hall, Boston, MA 02115).

For hard copy portfolios, return postage is required if you wish to have your portfolio returned first class. International students should send postal coupons to cover return postage. Portfolios will be returned no later than September 30. Please note: All portfolio materials will be handled with great care, but CAMD does not take responsibility for loss or damage.

Why can’t I see that my supplementary materials have been received?

Although you uploaded these documents, the ApplyYourself system does not reflect receipt of them until the Graduate Studies staff manually updates your record. Please allow a few days to complete this process after you have submitted your application.

Whom should I contact if my recommenders are having trouble submitting letters of recommendation?

Please contact the CAMD Graduate Studies Office at gradcamd@neu.edu.

How should I submit my transcript(s)?

Please upload a copy of your transcript(s) to the ApplyYourself online application system before submitting the application.

I am having trouble uploading my transcript(s).

If you are having difficulties uploading your transcript, please contact the CAMD Graduate Studies Office at gradcamd@neu.edu.

When will my ApplyYourself record reflect receipt of my transcripts?

Once you submit your application, the CAMD Graduate Studies Office matches your transcripts with your record. The transcript is then manually entered into ApplyYourself.

When do I have to submit an official transcript(s)?

You must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended directly to the CAMD Graduate Studies Office by August 15th (June 15th for MArch 3 students).

What happens if I cannot view receipt of my materials by the February 1 deadline?

February 1 is our priority deadline. If we have your materials, they will be processed and your application will be reviewed. Please be patient.

Financial Aid

How is financial aid awarded?

College financial aid is awarded on a merit basis.

What type of financial aid is available?

College, university and external aid is available.

When is the deadline for accepting a placement offer?

As a courtesy, we ask that you please confirm your enrollment status on the ApplyYourself system within three weeks of notification of our offer of admission.

I am interested in taking a course or two. Do I have to apply and be accepted in order to register for a class?

Graduate Studies at CAMD offers a part-time, non-degree option called “Special Student” status. Special students apply through the online application system, ApplyYourself. Special students are enrolled on a part-time basis and cannot exceed more than 2 courses per semester. A maximum of twelve semester hours over time may be earned prior to applying to a degree program. Please refer to the applicable materials required and deadlines for special students.

Contact

Whom can I contact if I have questions?

Email is our preferred method of communication with applicants. If the FAQs above do not address your questions, please email us at gradcamd@neu.edu. We will respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.