Application Materials + Process

The Application

The application to the MSC programs is online.  A complete application will contain the following materials:

Resume
The resume should outline your professional experience, skills, and education history/certifications.

Academic transcripts
Transcripts are required from any institution that has awarded you a degree.  Applicants may upload unofficial copies of your academic transcripts for admissions purposes but official transcripts will be required before you are able to enroll.

Two recommendations
Applicants will submit information for two recommenders in the application. The MSC will contact them with a form for them to complete online.

One essay
You will be asked to answer the question “Why are you applying specifically to the MSC Program at Northwestern University and what unique value do you hope to add to the MSC experience of your classmates?”  You are also able to upload an optional essay in which you may share anything about yourself that you feel hasn’t been covered in the rest of the application materials.

Admission Interview

Once all of your application materials have been submitted you will be invited to interview in person or online with a member of the admissions committee.


“Earning my MSC degree enabled me to make a significant change and step up in my career. I directly apply what I learned in the program daily and love what I do. “

– Tova Vance, Class of 2010


International Applicants

Learn more about the international application as well as details about the visa requirements.

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Application Process


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1. Start an application

You will submit the application and all required materials online. You can begin your application, save your progress and return at any time to do further work or submit.

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2. Submit your application

Once all of your materials are completed and you’ve paid the $50 application fee, you can submit your application for review.

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3. Invite for interview

After an initial review, the admissions committee will determine whether to invite you to interview.

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4. Interview

On campus interviews are scheduled for local applicants. Video interviews are available for those who live outside the Chicago area.

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5. Final evaluation

Our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to application review, measuring each candidate’s motivations and abilities.

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6. Decision and enrollment

You will be informed via email whether your application has been accepted, waitlisted or rejected. If you are offered a seat in the program, you will receive instructions on how to submit a tuition deposit to reserve your spot in the upcoming class.





Learn More: Blog Posts

  • Admissions Interview
    The application to the MSC program at Northwestern University is fairly standard.  We ask you to submit a resume, essay, recommendations, transcripts (no GRE or GMAT though) – and we conduct an admissions interview. The interview can be a source of anxiety for some applicants but that is not necessary.  I would like to briefly explain ... Read more
  • Application Recommendations
    Application RecommendationsSelecting the right people to submit recommendations on your behalf can be a difficult decision.  Let’s take a minute to help you understand the process and maybe provide some insight in to how we use the recommendations in the application evaluation. We try to make the recommendation process as painless as possible for the people submitting ... Read more