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.

The D'Amore-McKim graduate admissions team accepts online applications from two different systems. Please visit our application page to find the application for your program.

Many of our programs use the BusinessCAS™ centralized application service. Once you have created your application, please select your Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business program to directly submit your application to us. If you apply through BusinessCAS, you'll access your admission decision through a Northeastern University application portal.

D'Amore-McKim offers application fee waivers to applicants that meet at least one of the following criteria:

U.S. Military servicemembers and veterans—please provide proof of service which could include a copy of your military ID, military orders, DD-214, or other documentation.

AmeriCorps, Leadership Brainery, Peace Corps, or Teach for America volunteers who have served within the past three years—please share your participation including the name of the organization.

Posse, ROMBA, or Prospanica members—please share your participation including the name of the organization.

Citizens of one of the United Nations (UN) least developed countries.

Current Northeastern University community members, including alumni, current students, Global Pathways, and employees.

Applicants meeting the requirements above should request a fee waiver by emailing gradbusiness@northeastern.edu after starting an application. Please provide two weeks before the application deadline to allow processing time. Requests must include your application ID number and proof of eligibility.

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Many of our programs require the submission of a Kira Talent online assessment, and some programs will invite select candidates for Zoom interviews.

Kira Talent Online Assessment

Conducted through Kira Talent's online assessment platform, this interview consists of both a video and a written component responding to questions the admissions committee has pre-recorded. The entire interview will take 10 to 15 minutes. If you're required to submit a Kira assessment, you'll be prompted via email after you submit your application.

Zoom Interview

You may be invited for a Zoom interview by our admissions team. These interviews are conducted by our admissions representatives, who will provide interview details when the date and time are scheduled.

You will need to provide official transcripts prior to enrollment. Official transcripts are verified documents that come directly from your institution through a transcript service. Official transcripts must include degree conferral date, so transcripts should be requested after graduation.

FOR DOMESTIC (U.S.) DEGREES:

We accept official transcripts from the National Student Clearinghouse (www.studentclearinghouse.org), Parchment (www.parchment.com), and eSCRIP-SAFE (www.escrip-safe.com). Please note, transcripts can take 2-4 weeks to process.

You can request to have your transcript emailed to us at gradtranscripts@northeastern.edu or select your program name through the services as follows:

For campus-based and hybrid programs, including the Online MS in Business Analytics, select:

  • Parchment program name: Northeastern University, D'Amore-McKim School of Business
  • National Student Clearinghouse program name: Northeastern University-D'Amore-McKim Grad Programs

For online programs, excluding the Online MS in Business Analytics, use:

  • Parchment program name: Northeastern University, D'Amore-McKim School of Business ONLINE
  • National Student Clearinghouse program name: Northeastern University-D'Amore-McKim Online Grad Prg

To have official transcripts submitted by mail, they must be sent directly from the institution in a sealed envelope to this address:

Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Graduate Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 1413
Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA

FOR INTERNATIONAL DEGREES:

If you have earned a degree outside the U.S., you must provide a course-by-course international credential evaluation, which must be written in or translated into English. The credential evaluation will serve as your official transcript. The Admissions Committee will accept an evaluation by any organization recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org/members). Many of our applicants use World Education Services (www.wes.org).

Graduate Accounting students are encouraged to use Center for Educational Documentation (CED) for international transcript evaluation. If you are planning to apply to sit for the CPA exam, Massachusetts only accepts evaluations from CED.

For further information on credential evaluations, please refer to the FAQ “What are the admissions requirements for international candidates?”

You may choose to submit a GMAT or GRE score. You will not be penalized or disadvantaged if you don't submit a GMAT or GRE test score. All applicants will be fully considered for admission and merit scholarships whether or not they submit standardized test scores.

If you feel it would enhance your application, you may choose to submit GMAT or GRE test scores. You can include scanned or unofficial scores in your online application, but you must provide official scores through a testing agency prior to enrollment.

Official test scores can be requested for GMAT through www.MBA.com, GRE and TOEFL iBT through www.ETS.org, and IELTS through www.IELTS.org. You can find the list of program codes in the FAQ for test program codes.

Written and verbal English proficiency is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. Please refer to the FAQ “What are the admissions requirements for international candidates?” for more information.

Northeastern does not currently require a GMAT or GRE score to complete an application for admission. If you include an unofficial test score with your application, you must provide an official copy of your test score report as a condition of enrollment.

Official test scores can be requested for GMAT through www.MBA.com, and GRE through www.ETS.org. When requesting official scores, use the following codes:

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

Online MBA: 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

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 and MS in Quantitative Finance: GMAT, 276-C0-53; GRE, 7920

MS in International Management: GMAT, 276-C0-84; GRE, 8338

MS in Management (MS x): GMAT, 276-C0-58; GRE, 1015

We accept the following English language proficiency test scores: TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, Duolingo, and PTE Academic. Use the following codes when ordering test scores:

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 graduate admissions requirements, the following apply to international candidates:

English Proficiency

Written and verbal English proficiency 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 or qualifying academic or professional experience.

We accept the following English language proficiency test scores: TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, Duolingo, and PTE Academic. We do not accept TOEFL's MyBest™ scores. In your application, enter your scores and upload a scanned copy of your results. Results from these tests are valid for two years. If you are accepted to one of our programs, you will need to provide official test scores prior to enrollment.

You may demonstrate English proficiency if you have completed a bachelor's or master's degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction, or if you have worked full-time for two years in the United States or another native English-speaking environment. During the application process, you may include an explanation of your experience in your optional additional essay.

For candidates who earned an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from the following countries, a test of English proficiency is not required: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Greenland, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Singapore, South Africa, Tobago, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Academic Transcripts

We require academic transcripts to be submitted in English. If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated before you submit them. In your application, you may submit unofficial, scanned academic transcripts. Each transcript must be accompanied by a transcript legend. You should Include all postsecondary educational institutions, technical or professional schools, and all diplomas or degrees earned. Do not include transcripts from your secondary school or high school. If you are accepted to one of our programs, you will need to provide official transcripts prior to enrollment. Find instructions for submitting official transcripts in the Graduate Admissions FAQ.

You must request a course-by-course international credential evaluation if you earned a degree outside the United States. The Admissions Committee will accept an evaluation by any organization recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Many of our applicants use the services of World Education Services (www.wes.org).

Graduate Accounting students are encouraged to use Center for Educational Documentation (CED) for international transcript evaluation. If you are planning to apply to sit for the CPA exam, Massachusetts only accepts evaluations from CED.

Passport

If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States and applying to a campus-based program, you must submit a scanned copy of your passport into the Documents section of your online application.

If you are a permanent resident of the United States and applying to a campus-based program, you must submit a scanned copy of both your passport and Green Card to the Documents section of your online application.

We are not accepting paper copies of admissions documents submitted through the mail, with the exception of official transcripts. Please refer to the FAQ, “How do I submit my official transcripts?” 

All documents must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Team in electronic format. Please send documents in either PDF or Word format to gradbusiness@northeastern.edu.

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If you've applied to a graduate business program within the last year, you must submit the following: 

  • A completed application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $100 USD.
  • Your updated resumé.
  • A brief essay that describes why you are re-applying. Please respond to the re-applicant prompt in your application and share any changes in your experience or qualifications since you last applied.
  • Any new transcripts or test scores you'd like to share, including GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, Duolingo, IELTS, or PTE Academic.

Additional questions? We can help!

We're available for virtual meetings and look forward to connecting with applicants. Sign up to join an admissions event, or schedule a 15-minute phone conversation with one of our admissions representatives.