Graduate Admissions FAQ

Applying to college and graduate school is a complicated decision, and we want to make the process as smooth as possible. Below you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions our admissions officers field. Do not hesitate to contact us with additional questions, should you have any.

We’re working to provide you with many opportunities to engage with our community through a series of exciting virtual activities. Our currently scheduled list of events will continue to be updated with new events as they are scheduled.  

You will use different application systems for different programs. Please visit Start Your Application to find the right one.

If you are invited to participate in an interview, your interview will be virtual. Our admissions representatives look forward to connecting with you online and will provide you with all of the details when you set up your interview.

Full-time MBA: GMAT, 276-C0-88; GRE, 8332

MBA x Computer Science: GMAT, 276-C0-88; GRE, 8332

Part-time MBA: GMAT, 276-C0-92; GRE, 8335

JD/MBA: GMAT, 276-C0-88; GRE, 8334

LLM/MBA: GMAT, 276-C0-07; GRE, 8339

Executive MBA: GMAT, 276-C0-81; GRE, 8337

MS in Accounting: GMAT, 276-QH-99; GRE, 6924

MS in Accounting/MBA: GMAT, 276-QH-86; GRE, 7489

MS in Business Analytics: GMAT, 276-C0-51; GRE, 7508

MS in Finance/MBA (full-time or part-time): GMAT, 276-C0-26; GRE, 8333

MS in Finance (full-time or part-time): GMAT, 276-C0-53; GRE, 7920

MS in Innovation: GMAT, 276-C0-86; GRE, 7490

MS in International Business (full-time or part-time): GMAT, 276-C0-84; GRE, 8338

MS in Taxation: GMAT, 276-QH-18; GRE, 6925

MS in Technological Entrepreneurship (full-time or part-time): GMAT, 276-C0-14; GRE, 3857

We encourage you to apply online today, complete as much of the application as you can, and submit it prior to the deadline. Our admissions representatives will work with you as you complete your application. We recognize the challenges that you are facing are unprecedented and we are here to help you.

If you have not already taken your test, virtual testing options are available. Northeastern University will accept these scores as equivalent to the tests for the fall 2020 enrollment term. In some cases the test may be waived, please complete our GMAT waiver request form.

Online Test Options

GMATTM Interim GMATTM www.mba.com/exams/gmat-online
GRER GRER General Test at Home www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home

GMAT Online Exam

GMAC is temporarily offering a GMAT Online Exam. The test includes the Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning sections (omitting the Analytical Writing Assessment Section). Each section will contain the same number of questions and time per section as the current in-person GMAT exam.

GRE General Test at Home

ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the GRE General Test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.

GMAT/GRE waivers may be offered. To find out if you qualify for a waiver, please complete our GMAT waiver request form.

As always, our graduate certificate programs do not require a GMAT for admissions.

If you have concerns regarding the application process, please get in touch with us by emailing gradbusiness@northeastern.edu.  

We encourage you to apply online today, complete as much of the application as you can and submit it prior to the deadline. Our admissions representatives will work with you as you complete your application. We recognize the challenges that you are facing are unprecedented and we are here to help you.

If you have concerns regarding the application process, please get in touch with us by emailing gradbusiness@northeastern.edu.

Until further notice, we are not accepting paper copies of admissions documents submitted through the mail. All documents sent to the Graduate Admissions Team must be in electronic format. Please send documents in either PDF or Word format to gradbusiness@northeastern.edu.

Official transcripts can still be sent via email by National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, or eScript-Safe and official test scores can still be submitted through MBA.com (GMAT), ETS.org (GRE/TOEFL) or IELTS.org.

Please note that you may submit your application at any time. We will create an admissions file for you and will add supporting materials, such as your official test scores or letters of recommendation, as we receive them.

In addition to the general admissions requirements, the following apply to international candidates.

English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D’Amore-McKim classrooms. If you are not a native English speaker, we require a standardized test of English language proficiency. Exceptions are granted to those who completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction, as well as to those who have worked full-time in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or other native English-speaking environment.

Demonstrating Proficiency with Test Scores

We accept the following English language proficiency test scores: TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, Duolingo, and PTE Academic . Enter your scores and upload a scanned copy of your results as a document in your online application. Results from these tests are valid for two years.

We do not accept TOEFL’s MyBest™ scores.

Demonstrating Proficiency with an Admissions Interview

If you are applying to a Graduate Certificate program, and have not completed an English language proficiency test, feel that your scores are not an accurate representation of your abilities, or simply prefer an interview, you may request an intake interview in lieu of providing test scores. Interviews are typically 30 minutes long and are arranged at the time of application review.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the standard application requirements, we also require a passport and English translations of academic transcripts.

If you are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a scanned copy of your passport into the Supplemental Section of your online application.

Any scanned academic transcripts that you submit through our application must include an English translation. Include all postsecondary educational institutions you have attended—as well as any technical or professional schools—and your diploma or degree earned. Do not include transcripts from your secondary school or high school.

TOEFL iBT (all programs): 3671 (program code); 02 (department code)

PTE (all programs): W9H-K8-65

IELTS: There is no IELTS code. When you register there is a drop-down where you can select Northeastern University – D’Amore-McKim.

Duolingo: There is no Duolingo code. To have your results shared with us, please select “Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business” from the graduate school list.

We encourage you to apply online today, complete as much of the application as you can and submit it prior to the deadline. Our admissions representatives will work with you as you complete your application. We recognize the challenges that you are facing are unprecedented and we are here to help you.

In addition to the TOEFL and IELTS*, D’Amore-McKim will accept scores from the online Duolingo English Test.

Virtual testing options are available. Northeastern University will accept these scores as equivalent to the tests for the Fall 2020 enrollment term.

Online Test Options

TOEFLR TOEFL iBTR Special Home Edition www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home
IELTS IELTS Indicator www.ieltsindicator.com
Duolingo Duolingo English Test englishtest.duolingo.com

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.

IELTS Indicator

IELTS is temporarily offering the IELTS Indicator. To ensure that the test focuses on real-life conversation skills, students will conduct their speaking test face to face with a trained IELTS Examiner via video call. IELTS Indicator has the same format and timing as the in-person IELTS. Tests will be marked by official IELTS Examiners.

Duolingo English Test

Duolingo offers an online Duolingo English Test. The test is administered using computer adaptive technology, meaning that the question difficulty adapts to each test taker. The test also integrates a video interview and a writing sample.

If you have concerns regarding the application process, please get in touch with us by emailing gradbusiness@northeastern.edu.

*Official English proficiency test scores are required if your undergraduate instruction was conducted in a language other than English, unless you have at least two years of full-time work experience in the United States.

Yes. If you have applied for a graduate business program within the last year, you must submit the following to re-apply:

  1. A completed Admission Application. Please note, when you complete your application, select the check-box to indicate that you are re-applying to the program.
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $100 USD ($50 for graduate certificate programs) is required. When you apply online, you may pay by credit card. Other payment options are either a check drawn from a U.S. bank or a money order in U.S. currency payable to Northeastern University. 
  3. Be sure to include an updated resume.
  4. Also, include a new essay that briefly describes why you are re-applying to the program; notes any changes that have occurred since you last applied; and highlights new qualifications that the Admissions Committee should be aware of as they evaluate your application.
  5. Be sure to include any new official transcript(s), official GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test scores that you have received since the last time you applied to the program. (For MBA applicants, please note that while you may submit the GRE, the GMAT is preferred by admissions officers.)

You can explore Northeastern’s Boston campus right from your laptop or tablet at YouVisit.com/Northeastern.

Hybrid NUflex is a model designed to deal with density restrictions and to provide flexibility to faculty and students.

The concept is this—Some students will be in the classroom and some students will learn remotely, in real time, supported by classroom technology and, in some classes, with an instructional assistant in the classroom.

The fall semester will begin and end as currently scheduled. Students and faculty will be masked and distanced from each other in the classroom.

Additional Questions? We Can Help!

We’re available for virtual meetings and look forward to connecting with applicants. Schedule a 15-minute phone conversation with one of our admissions representatives.