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.

Deadlines

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 applicants (non-international)
December 15: Special Student applicants (non-international only)

Required Materials

Please note that in addition to the online application, all required application materials must be received by the stated deadlines in order for the application to be considered.
The GRE and TOEFL institution code is 3682.
Special Student applicants only need to provide items 1-5 and 8.

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.

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

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

  • No Letters of Recommendation are required for non-degree Special Status applicants with the following exception:
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice (2 letters required)

6.    GRE General Scores (Institution code is 3682)

EXCEPT in:

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

7.    Writing Sample

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice – PhD, MSCJ
  • English – all applicants (including Special Students)
  • History – PhD and MA
  • 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

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,  IELTS  or PTE exam
    • 100 TOEFL iBT (or IELTS or PTE equivalent): Department of Political Science (PhD, MA) 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.