Welcome. Congratulations on your acceptance to Northeastern University and welcome to the College of Arts, Media and Design! You are joining a dynamic, intellectual and creative community that will challenge and prepare you for a career in your chosen discipline.

Graduate Studies at the College of Arts, Media and Design will help orient you to the college before you begin your program, and will continue to offer support throughout your studies at Northeastern. As Graduate Student Services Coordinator, I can also refer you to the many other offices on campus that are available to help you make the most of your time at Northeastern.

I hope that during your time with us you will take advantage of the wealth of concerts, plays, lectures, conferences and symposia, and clubs available on campus, and that you will also get to know many of your fellow students and members of our exceptional faculty.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at gscamd@neu.edu. I look forward to seeing you on campus.

Moki Smith

Graduate Student Services Coordinator
College of Arts, Media and Design

Before you arrive


Before you arrive at Northeastern to begin your graduate studies we strongly suggest you review this checklist of all the materials required prior to your arrival. Although not exhaustive, completing this list will make sure you have completed many of the administrative requirements necessary, thereby allowing you to concentrate on your studies.


All issues associated with bill payment can be found on the Web site of the Office of Student Financial Services. Questions about payment, late fees, and discrepancies in billing should be addressed directly to the Office of Student Financial Services.


Graduate housing on campus is limited and not guaranteed. Information about on-campus housing can be found at the Northeastern University Housing and Residential Life Web site. The office of Off-Campus Student Services can assist you in finding suitable housing in the Boston area, help you with any related issues associated, and answer your housing questions.

International Students

International students are an important part of our community. In an effort to make the transition from your native country to the United States, there are several requirements, and services to assist you. Detailed information can be found on the International Student & Scholar Institute Web site.


New students should register via their myNEU account as soon as possible for the term in which they were admitted. The date on which registration begins and the registration procedure can be found on the Registrar’s Office website. If you are unsure of the course(s) in which you should enroll, please contact your academic department.

Once you’re on campus

Academic and Events Calendar

CAMD seeks to expand opportunities for students to engage in academic, artistic and cultural events that lead to research, creative projects and programs that enhance their knowledge and experience at Northeastern University. The Center for the Arts, CAMD’s own art and research hub, presents vibrant programming with renowned and innovative artists and thought leaders to spark imagination and showcase the creative and intellectual dynamism of our faculty and students. A full listing of events can be found on the Northeastern Center for the Arts Web site.

The academic calendar is found on the Registrar’s Office Web site and lists essential dates throughout the school year.


Complete program information and course descriptions for all CAMD graduate degrees can be found in the Banner Course Catalog. Course descriptions (please remove hyperlink) are arranged by subject and subject code in a large searchable, navigable, printable PDF file.

Husky Card

The Northeastern Husky Card is the official identification card of Northeastern University. Along with identification, the Husky Card is also used for building/dorm access, parking, laundry, printing, vending, off- and on-campus vendors, dining, library book check-out, discounts and more.

The Husky Card can also be used as a debit card. When you add money to your Husky Dollar account, you will be able to pay for food and services at hundreds of locations in and around the university.

Husky Cards are considered a valid form of identification in Massachusetts. A government issued photo ID must be presented at the time of receiving your Husky Card. Failure to comply with the policies of the university or the Husky Card Office may result in judicial action.

There is a $15 nonrefundable fee to replace a lost or stolen Husky Card. The fee will be billed to your tuition account, or you can make the payment at the Cashier’s Office, 354 Richards Hall, and bring your receipt to the Husky Card Office, located in 4 Speare Commons, to obtain your new Husky Card.


You can apply for an e-mail account through myNEU. If you have any problems, please contact InfoCommons, 184 Snell Library, 617.373.4357 or help@neu.edu.

Additional Resources

Address Changes

If your address changes, please update through the myNEU portal and notify your department and the Graduate Studies Program for the College of Arts, Media and Design.

Health Services

Fostering an environment in which high priority is given to personal health and well-being supports the overall commitment of CAMD and Northeastern University to help students reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

University Health and Counseling Services delivers excellent medical care, psychological services and preventive education to enable students to take responsibility for their own health. UHCS is also a key source of accurate and timely information about personal and community health, disease, and prevention.

Parking Permits

Student Financial Services in 354 Richards Hall issues parking permits for Northeastern students who wish to commute by car. To obtain a parking sticker, students must complete the on-line parking permit application.

The Office of Graduate Student Life

The Office of Graduate Student Life, in conjunction with Student Affairs and other University offices, provides a number of services and resources for Northeastern Graduate students. Please visit their website to explore the resources available to graduate students.


Feel free to contact us at gscamd@neu.edu with any questions in regards to your upcoming arrival to CAMD.


At CAMD, students preregister themselves for major classes and electives using the MyNEU portal. CAMD operates on an early registration system. The Office of University Registrar provides registration dates, procedures and general information. Classes for fall semester are chosen in March. Classes for spring semester are chosen in November. Classes for the summer sessions are chosen in February. However, Architecture conducts some of their course selection just prior to classes beginning in the summer.

Information about registration procedures is posted on the Registrar’s Office Web site. There you will also find electronic versions of the Course Announcements and the Catalog along with additional information about registration.

Banner Course Catalog

Complete program information and course descriptions for all divisions of CAMD can be found in the Banner Course Catalog, which is highly searchable and includes information about when courses are offered.


Each program’s Graduate Handbook outlines the requirements for student conduct, academic life and the responsibilities of the students and the college to one another. Each handbook is specific to individual CAMD graduate programs with the addition of a general regulations handbook that lays out the protocols for the college.

The University Graduate Student Handbook contains Northeastern University’s primary statements about student academic life, conduct, and the responsibilities of students and the University to one another, as authorized by the President or the Board of Trustees.

University handbooks are not intended to be and should not be regarded as contractual. The information in the handbooks is subject to change at the discretion of the University.

  • CAMD Graduate Studies General Regulations (download)
  • Architecture Graduate Handbook (download)
  • Art + Design Graduate Handbook (download)
  • Journalism Graduate Handbook (download)
  • Music Graduate Handbook (download)

Important Forms

Students can find important forms and information below. Contact the Graduate Studies Program at gscamd@neu.edu if you have further questions.

Leave of Absence

Requests for non-medical leaves of absence should be made to departments prior to the start of the semester for which the leave is being requested. This form is appropriate for all non-medical leaves.

Download a leave of absence form →

Transfer Credit

This form must be completed by students who wish to transfer credits from an accredited U.S. institution or from the College of Professional Studies.

Download a transfer credit form →

Internal Admission Application Notification

This form must be completed by current students who wish to apply to a degree program from Special Student to Master’s or one Master’s program to another within the same department.

Download an internal admission application notification form → 

Directed Study and Reading Courses

Students who wish to enroll in Directed Study or Reading courses must complete the Directed Study and Reading Contract prior to the start of the semester in which they intend to enroll. Specifics such as reading lists, reading assignments and deliverables as well as the grading method must be provided by the instructor. Upon approval, registration for the course must take place prior to the end of the second week of the semester.

Download a directed study and reading courses form → 


Feel free to contact us at gscamd@neu.edu with any questions about your current status at CAMD.

You must initiate the commencement process by applying to graduate via your myNEU account. This will place your name on the commencement list and start the commencement process. You should register even if there is a chance that all of your requirements will not be completed in time to graduate on a specific commencement date.

Please complete the following steps by the deadlines outlined below:

  1. Review your academic record for accuracy. Unofficial transcripts are available via your myNEU account. Continuous registration is required of all degree candidates.
  2. Ensure that all of your financial obligations have been met. Go to Student Financial Services, 354 Richards, to verify your status. In order for your diploma to be released, financial obligations must be met before commencement.


NOTE: January 2015, May 2015 and August 2015 graduates should plan to participate in the May 8, 2015 ceremony.

January 2015 Graduates

Friday, December 12, 2014 – Last day to have theses submitted electronically via Proquest in order to be cleared to graduate in January 2015.

Friday, January 2, 2015 – Last day to have theses submitted electronically via Proquest without having to register for Continuation in Spring 2015 (for May 2015 graduation date).

Friday, January 9, 2015 – January 2015 graduation date (no ceremony). Diplomas will be dated January 9, 2015.

May 2015 Graduates

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Last day to have theses submitted electronically via Proquest in order to be cleared to graduate in May 2015.

Friday, May 8, 2015 – Commencement Ceremony for January 2015, May 2015 and August 2015 graduates..

Friday, May 8, 2015 – Last day to have theses submitted electronically via Proquest without having to register for Continuation in Summer 2015 (for August 2015 graduation date).

August 2015 Graduates

Friday, August 14, 2015 – Last day to have theses submitted electronically via Proquest in order to be cleared to graduate in August 2015.

Monday, August 31, 2015 – August 2015 Graduation date (no ceremony). Diplomas will be dated August 31, 2015.

Friday, September 4, 2015 – Last day to have theses submitted electronically via Proquest without having to register for Continuation in Fall 2015 (for January 2016 graduation date).

NOTE: Students submitting a thesis between Monday, May 11, 2015 and Friday, September 4, 2015 must register for Continuation in the Summer 2015 semester.

Thesis Guidelines

The following guide is provided by CAMD Graduate Studies in an effort to assist you with preparing, formatting, and electronically submitting your document to Proquest. In addition, at the end of the document, the guide also contains a checklist to assist you with ensuring all responsibilities have been met. We hope you find this information helpful as you work toward completing your degree requirements.

Download Thesis Preparation & Submission Guidelines PDF →