International Admissions Requirements
Communication crosses all borders. Bring your perspective to Northwestern’s MSC degree program and gain new leadership skills to advance your career. The Custom Leadership Program offers a full-time, in-person and on-campus option for international students.
Submit your TOEFL or IELTS score, completed within the past two years.
The language requirement can be waived for students who earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at an English-speaking university.
MSC Program TOEFL Code: 6162
MSC Application Interview
Relax and converse with a member of the MSC Admissions Committee and tell us about yourself — your story, experiences and philosophies.
The Admissions Interview is meant to help us delve into who you are and why you’re applying to the program. At the same time, it’s a chance for you to get to know us and ask any questions you have.
MSC Application Essay
The Essay Prompt:
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 also have the opportunity to write an additional essay that includes information you feel may not be adequately addressed through the other application materials.
Toby Cortelyou and alumni Naazish YarKhan discuss the application essay.
International Admissions Deadlines
Custom Leadership Program
Learn more about the Custom Leadership Program. Each quarter, you’ll take two Saturday classes and a series of seminars designed to maximize your learning and Northwestern university experience.
International Tuition & Cost of Attendance
Earn a degree from one of the United States’ most highly-regarded universities and launch a new era for your career and future.
Tuition includes 4 quarters of instruction, course materials, and weekly lunches. Students must provide their own laptops.
You’re billed per credit unit at the beginning of each quarter with payment due before the start of classes. You enroll in a minimum of 3 credit units each term, with exception to the final term of study, as per U.S. student visa (F1) guidelines.
International Student Funding
While international students are ineligible for U.S. sponsored federal loans, there are many resources available.
Note: not all lenders offer loan programs for international students. Often lenders require a creditworthy cosigner who is a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
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International Requirements & Visas
If you are accepted into Northwestern’s Master of Science in Communication program, there are a few additional requirements you will need to fulfill.
If accepted, you will be required to provide documentation that you have funding for tuition, housing, and living expenses — a total of $XX,XXX — prior to beginning the program.
Once matriculated, you will need to purchase health insurance through Northwestern’s vendor, Aetna Student Health. We’ll give you specific details once you are admitted to the program.
If you do not require immigration sponsorship from the University (your immigration status is sponsored by an employer or spouse), you are responsible for knowing the requirements of your visa.
The MSC Student Experience
Located just north of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, the School of Communication offers access to academic lectures, artistic performances, local food, sports, and more.
Join a community of bright minds and explore big questions in student clubs, seminars, guest lectures, and local performances — all within minutes of campus.
Gather with your cohort at local restaurants, coffeehouses, shops, and beaches and experience the college town of Evanston — or head downtown and explore the global city of Chicago.