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.

As you prepare your graduate business application, learn about our application requirements, what we look for in an applicant, and how we evaluate your application through this brief video.

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.

For the 2021-22 and 2022-2023 academic years, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission.

  • Under the new policy, you’ll be able to choose whether or not to submit a GMAT or GRE score. If you don’t submit a GMAT or GRE test score, you will not be penalized or disadvantaged. All applicants will be fully considered for admission and for any merit scholarships.
  • You may submit a GMAT or GRE test score if you feel it would enhance your application. Unofficial scores should be reported in your online application and official scores should be submitted to D’Amore-McKim through the testing agency.
  • English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D’Amore-McKim classrooms. Please review our English Language Proficiency policy below.

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 Management: 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

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.

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 unless you completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction, or you have worked full-time for two years in the United States or other native English-speaking environment.

Demonstrating Proficiency with Test Scores

We accept the following English language proficiency test scores: TOEFL iBT®IELTSDuolingo, 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

For graduate certificate applicants, if you 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 a test score. Virtual 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.

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.

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) and TOEFL, Duolingo, IELTS, or PTE Academic test scores that you have received since the last time you applied to the program.

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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.