Deadlines & Required Materials

Deadlines & Required Materials

Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Please note that some programs only accept students in the fall term.


Applicants must submit the online application and all required admission materials (found in the Required Materials section below) no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission.

Fall Term
January 10: PhD program (priority deadline)
February 1: Masters applicants (priority deadline)
May 1: Masters applicants (international)
August 1: Masters applicants (non-international)
August 25: Special Student applicants (non-international only)

Spring Term
October 1: Masters applicants (international)
December 1: Masters and Certificate applicants (non-international)
December 15: Special Student applicants (non-international only)

Required Materials

All required application materials must be uploaded and/or received by the stated deadlines in order for the application to be considered.

Certificate applicants only need to provide items 1-4 and 8 and one letter of recommendation. Please note that CSSH certificate programs do not meet compliance eligibility requirements for F-1 and J-1 visa classifications.

Special Student applicants only need to provide items 1-4.


Required Materials:
1.    Application – ApplyNow
2.    Application fee – US $75.00
3.    Personal Statement
4.    Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended *

Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the ApplyYourself system as part of the application. If admitted, students will have 30 days after classes start to provide an official copy of all degree-bearing transcripts. If official transcripts are uploaded into ApplyYourself, these may be deemed sufficient.

  • Transcripts from international applicants must be in English and, if applicable, also in the language of instruction. English translated transcripts must be from
    • the institution, or
    • an officially certified translator, or
    • an educational credential evaluation agency.

5.    Three Letters of Recommendation for all degree programs submitted online via ApplyYourself.

6.    GRE General Scores (ETS institution code is 3682)


  • Public Administration
  • Security and Resilience Studies
  • Urban Informatics
  • Urban and Regional Policy

7.    Writing Sample

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice – all degree applicants
  • English – all applicants (including non-degree, Special Students)
  • History – all degree applicants
  • Political Science – PhD and MA
  • Sociology – PhD

8.    Resumé

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Political Science – all applicants (including Special Students)
  • Public Administration
  • Urban and Regional Policy
  • Security and Resilience Studies
  • Certificate Programs in Public Policy and Urban Affairs

9.    Special Questions – as noted on the Supplementary Section

  • History – PhD advisor question
  • Law and Public Policy – Law School question
  • Public Administration – online question

10.    English proficiency for all international applicants

  • Proof of degree earned from a U.S. institution, or
  • Official exam scores from either the TOEFL iBT (ETS institution code is 3682),  IELTS  or PTE exam
    • 100 TOEFL iBT (or IELTS or PTE equivalent): Department of Political Science (PhD, MA, MS) and all programs in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • 90 TOEFL iBT (or IELTS or PTE equivalent): All programs in the Department of English and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    • 79-80 TOEFL iBT (or IELTS or PTE equivalent): All programs not previously mentioned

* Send official transcripts (only upon enrollment) to:
Graduate Office
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Northeastern University
180 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Please note that materials submitted for admission consideration are university property and will not be returned to the  applicant.