Graduate Brochures

Digital brochures are available to download as an overview to each of our graduate programs.

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.

English Proficiency

Evidence of English proficiency may consist of satisfactory results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), satisfactory results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or proof of a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college or university in which English is the only language of instruction.

The only code required for reporting purposes is our institution code, which is 3682.

Please note that TOEFL and IELTS scores are only valid for two years. Scores must be valid at the time the application is received.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If English is not your native language, you must submit results from the TOEFL. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance and applicants must attain an acceptable score on this test. We expect a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or 250 on the Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT). You should plan to take the TOEFL well in advance of the application deadline since (depending on the test center location and the test format) it may take six weeks for your scores to be sent to CAMD.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Students may choose to submit results from the IELTS in place of the TOEFL. CAMD expects a minimum score of 7.0 from an IELTS examination.

Certification of Finances

International students must include a completed Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) form. Please go to the ISSI website to download the Form 601, which must be submitted along with supporting documentation to the CAMD Graduate Studies program at least sixteen weeks before enrollment to guarantee visa requirements.


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.

Health and Counseling

The health and well-being of our graduate students is a priority. To ensure that you meet the requirements of Massachusetts state law and understand your health care options, here is some important information that will assist you.

Health Report

All students must submit a health report that includes a physical exam within the last 12 months, documentation of a tuberculosis test within the last 10 years, and proof of immunity to tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella. Please download the health report form from the University Health and Counseling Services’ Web site. The form must be returned no later than 30 days prior to the start of classes. If you do not submit the form, Health Services will block you from registering for your second semester at Northeastern.

Health Plans

As a graduate student you are automatically charged for the Northeastern University Health Plan. If you have comparable Massachusetts required insurance, you may elect to waive the Northeastern University health plan by the deadlines listed here. The waiver form is available through the MyNeu portal.

Health and Counseling Services

Northeastern University’s Health and Counseling Services comprises board certified clinicians (nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and physician assistants) and behavioral health experts (mental health counselors, a psychiatrist, psychologists, and social workers) who are committed to meeting the university’s health care needs. Open from 8 a.m. daily and on Saturdays, the University Health and Counseling Services also maintains a close relationship with local hospitals to provide superior health services.

Portfolio Requirements

Programs in Art + Design and certain programs in Architecture require students to submit a portfolio.

Art + Design applicants are required to submit their portfolio via Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service. The fee for using the portal is $12. Detailed instructions for using SlideRoom are available on the site.

Architecture applicants have the option to submit a physical copy of their portfolio or submit an electronic portfolio via SlideRoom. SlideRoom charges $6 for using this submission option.

Apart from your electronic submission, certain programs suggest more specific ideas or requirements in the form of a portfolio. 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 by 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.


Portfolios are required for all two-year and three-year candidates with a design, art, and architectural studies (other than a BS in Architecture) background. Applicants may submit a hard-copy portfolio or an electronic copy via SlideRoom. This requirement is waived for three-year candidates with non-visual arts/non-architecture undergraduate degrees and/or no visual arts course work to show.

For applicants to the 2-year program and those 3-year program applicants who have a visual arts background, the portfolio requirements are as follows:

  1. A cover page with your name, your most recent degree and the college/university where you received your degree.
  2. A one-page (maximum) resume summary on the second page 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 including year, level, instructor’s name, credit hours and subject focus (for example: introductory design or urban housing)
  3. Your academic projects in reverse chronological order, including course name, instructor and a brief synopsis of the design problem.
  4. If you include professional projects (not required) they should be included in a separate section of the portfolio and should include project name, firm, supervisor, a brief synopsis of your role, and a brief synopsis of the project brief.
  5. All non-architectural creative work, 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 #3).
  6. Your portfolio should be no larger than 9 x 12 inches.

Further information about portfolio requirements can be found on the School of Architecture Web site.


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