Admissions Deadline Dates

Admission to the LPP programs is on a rolling basis throughout the year. Key admission deadline dates are found below.

Fall Term (September Enrollment)

  • Januarty 1st: PhD application deadline

Required Admissions Materials

Required materials for admission consideration include:

  • Completed online application
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial copies of all transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement explaining career interests and reasons for applying to this program
  • Application fee (Waived for AmeriCorps, McNair Scholars and PPIA SJI Alumni)
  • GRE general scores (Northeastern code R3682)

All admissions materials must be submitted electronically via the online application system. Unofficial documents are acceptable for application purposes. Any materials not included in the online application should be submitted directly to the Graduate Office, either by scanning and emailing to (preferred method) or mailing hard copies to:

Graduate Office
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Northeastern University
180 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Undergraduate Record

Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.  We welcome applicants from any background who have relevant experience and are committed to pursuing careers in law and public policy.

English Proficiency for all International Applicants

International students are required to provide one of the following:

  • Degree earned at a U.S. institution

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Program Specific Information

Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy

Most applicants to the doctoral program have a J.D. or a master’s degree, but students with only a bachelor’s degree and professional experience are considered. The application package requires a completed application form, a personal statement, official transcripts from all previous degrees, and three letters of recommendation. Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. The code for Northeastern University for the GRE is R3682. The personal statement should explain how your academic or professional interests and background fit the nature and content of the LPP program. In particular, you should describe your field of interest and how you would like to build an interdisciplinary specialization. The letters of recommendation should speak to your ability to conduct graduate-level research. All materials and fees should be submitted at the same time. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only.

Dual J.D./M.S. in Law and Public Policy

Applicants to the School of Law interested in pursuing the JD/MS degree do not need to duplicate each school’s request for letters of recommendation, transcripts and standardized test scores. Applicants should complete the law school application and note on it that they are applying to LPP. In addition, applicants must submit the Graduate Programs Office of Social Sciences and Humanities application form, along with a third letter of recommendation, directly to the Graduate Programs Office of Social Sciences and Humanities as instructed on the application. For the J.D./M.S. program, applicants must apply separately to the Law School (for the J.D.) and the Law and Public Policy Program (for the M.S. portion). The deadline for the Law School is March 1 each year for fall admission. For the M.S. portion, students may apply when they apply to law school or during their first year of law school (LSAT accepted for the MS application in lieu of GRE). Applications are accepted for fall semester only.

Law School Deadline: March 1st

 Graduate Programs Office of Social Sciences and Humanities

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