Application materials

On the application, please indicate whether you are applying for the Media Innovation Concentration or the Professional Concentration. In addition to the application, we will need:

  • your essay
  • three letters of recommendation
  • your undergraduate transcript
  • International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

For a complete list of required application materials, admissions deadlines, and the online application, please visit the CAMD Graduate Studies Web site.→


Will my life and employment experience be a factor for admissions?

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.

What are the academic requirements for admissions?

We consider past academic history. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. A GPA of at least a B (3.0) is preferred.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required of applicants to the journalism program. Applicants who have taken the GRE and wish to submit their scores in support of their application are welcome to do so. Northeastern’s GRE institution code is 3682. Scores will be sent directly to the Graduate School of the College of Arts, Media and Design by the ETS.

What is the tuition for the graduate program?

For up-to-date information about tuition and other financial information, please visit the Student Financial Services website.

What is the difference between the Professional Concentration and the Media Innovation concentration?

They are very different programs. In general, the Media Innovation Concentration is designed for those news media professionals who have experience in the news business and want to advance their careers. The Professional concentration is designed for individuals with little or no professional news experience who are looking to enter the field of journalism.

How important is my personal statement?

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.

What factors do you consider in the letters of recommendation?

Students must submit three letters of recommendation. Ideally, applicants request letters from a mix of professional, academic and personal contacts. You should choose people who can speak to your character, drive, work ethic and commitment to the field of journalism.

Do you accept transfer credits from other institutions?

The School of Journalism graduate program accepts a maximum of nine-semester hours of credit obtained at another institution that might be applied to toward your degree provided that these credits:

  • are no more than five years old, and
  • consist of work taken at the graduate level for graduate credit, and
  • have been earned at an accredited institution in the United States, and
  • carry grades of B (3.000) or better, and
  • have not been used toward any other degree or certificate, and
  • are approved by the graduate faculty of the School of Journalism as being appropriate for the program.

Transfer credit grades do not count toward a GPA at Northeastern University.

Where should I have my official transcript sent?

Have your official transcript sent to: Moki Smith, Coordinator, Graduate Student Services; College of Arts, Media and Design; 360 Huntington Avenue; 122 Meserve Hall, Boston, MA 02115

Should I include samples of my work?

Applicants who have been published in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, books, etc. can include samples of their work. Copied clips or CDs of PDFs are all acceptable. Students who have worked in radio or television should feel free to include tapes with their materials. Samples will not be returned.

What if I don’t have published samples?

Some students enter the program because they are changing careers and might not have published work.  In this case, we will look at the writing in your personal statement, your letters of recommendation, your GPA and your GRE score.  Because you have little news writing experience, you are encouraged to take the Intensive Reporting seminar offered prior to the fall semester.

What are the requirements for applying for departmental financial assistance?

The School of Journalism offers full or partial funding to a small number of qualified students. Students interested in financial assistance should note this on their applications. The official deadline for departmental financial assistance is early February.
For more information about federal financial aid visit the Financial Aid Website.

Is housing available for graduate students?

Northeastern University offers limited housing for full-time graduate students. For more information on housing, please visit the Housing & Residential Life webpage.

What are the application deadlines?

Applications received by Feb. 1 are given priority by the selection committee. However, applications from domestic applicants are accepted through August 1. The deadline for applications from international students is May 1. Typically, applicants are informed of the admission decision within one month of receipt of the application and supporting materials. Feb. 1 is also the deadline to be considered for financial aid.

International students

Northeastern’s School of Journalism has a rich history of attracting students from around the globe. International students go through the regular application process as well as a few additional requirements explained below.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

To be successful in our master’s program, applicants must be skilled in written and spoken English.  Applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency. Satisfactory evidence includes (1) a minimum score of 100 (Internet-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); (2) a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); (3) proof of a minimum of four years of study culminating in the receipt of a degree from an undergraduate institution where the medium of instruction is English. Northeastern’s TOEFL and IELTS institution code is 3682.

Important forms for international applicants/students

A completed I-20 Request Form must be submitted at least 16 weeks before enrollment.  Students cannot receive visa application forms – required to register for courses- unless they file the e-form, certifying that they have financial support to cover all educational and living expenses.

International applicants already in the United States must also submit copies of a current SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 form, current visa, I-94 card (front and back), the first 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.

Official transcript submission for international applicants

Applicants are required to submit unofficial and official transcripts form all institutions of higher education.

    • Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to ApplyYourself as part of your application.
    • Official transcripts are required of all admitted applicants within 30 days of matriculation.

All students that attended an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. This evaluation is not just an English translation (if applicable), but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted within 30 days of beginning graduate classesWe do not accept recommendations and other documents from Interfolio.

Please request a detailed, 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
Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087

For more help, information, and resources please contact the International Student & Scholar Institute.

Application deadline for international students is May 1.


Although the College of Arts, Media & Design offers a limited number of scholarships and stipends, there are many outside scholarships that are available to graduate students.

Below are links to a variety of outside scholarship opportunities:

Peterson’s Grad School Bound

US News & World Report

Martin Luther King Fellowship – Apply through the Northeastern University John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute.

Double Husky Scholarship – This scholarship is for applicants who received their undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.

Veterans Benefits and Yellow Ribbon Program – This site explains scholarships that’s available to veterans.

Fulbright Scholarships – Visit Northeastern’s Fellowships & Scholarships for more information on the Fulbright Scholarships