Admissions

A holistic approach to application evaluation
The MSC programs attract students who show a life-long interest in learning and professional development. Because the programs suit a wide variety of industries and careers, we actively seek students with a diversity of experience.

Because our graduate communication programs are focused and highly interactive, we look for students who will add value to their cohort through their experience, perspective, and academic excellence. Each application is reviewed in a holistic context, including a professional resume, academic transcript(s), two letters of recommendation, and an interview with a member of the admissions committee.

Application Deadlines

Admission is competitive, and space in the MSC cohorts is filled quickly by qualified applicants; applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

September 2017 Start
The MSC program is still accepting applications for the upcoming year. Please contact us today to discuss your application.

Email: msc@northwestern.edu
Phone: (846) 467-3668


“This program is incredible, and I am always promoting the MSC to friends and colleagues. It was totally worth the time and investment, and has already begun to pay off within my first year of graduating, with a new position and a new network.”

– Brandi Snodgrass, Class of 2015


The Application

Our application is built around asking the question, “What will you contribute to the cohort?” As such, we do not require a GRE or GMAT and ask only for your resume, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an interview.

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Upcoming Admissions Events


Masters students learn about the Master of Science in Communication program at an open house

Open Houses

During this highly interactive day prospective students will participate in a panel presentation with alumni and staff where they will learn more about the history, philosophy, demographics and curriculum of MSC.  They will have lunch with current students and then wrap up their day with a professor leading a class simulating the experience of a real MSC classroom.

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Class Visits

Prospective students are invited to join us to experience the program in person. You will join the current cohort of students by socializing, attending class and eating lunch to get first hand exposure to the MSC.

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Master of Science in Communication professor Noshir Contractor teaches during a class visit

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