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How to Apply to Northeastern University

The application process is simple, with 4 steps to Northeastern University admission:

  1. Submit an online application or complete a PDF application form and send us your supporting documents, including academic transcripts.
  2. When all required documents have been received, your application will be submitted to the university within 24 hours of receipt. You’ll be notified about your offer as soon as the university has made its decision.
  3. Once you’ve accepted your offer, you’ll be advised on how to pay your deposit (the first installment toward your tuition fee).
  4. Finally, once you have received your I-20 form, you will be eligible to apply for your student visa. You can interview for your visa as early as 120 days before the start date listed on your I-20.

We will guide you through how to apply to Northeastern University. Our team of education advisors speaks many languages in addition to English, including Arabic, Cantonese, French, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

When should I apply to Pathways at Northeastern?

It depends on the program you are applying for. You are advised to apply as early as possible, and at least 3 months in advance of your preferred start date. This will allow enough time for your visa to be processed, and for you to secure accommodation.

Check the fees and dates page for exact deadlines and available start dates, by program.

Already accepted an offer?

If you have already accepted an offer to study at Northeastern, please visit the pre-arrival area so we can guide you through the steps you need to take before you leave home.


What grades and English level do I need for Northeastern?

You need good grades in previous academic study that are equivalent to the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for entry to your chosen degree, whether you join a pathway or enter directly.

You can start with a pathway program if your English level does not yet meet the requirements for a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Your English proficiency determines the length of your pathway program, 1 or 2 semesters.

Generally, we accept scores from any of the following English language exams:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Kaplan iBT
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

If you have advanced English proficiency, you may be able to join a graduate program immediately.


For detailed entry requirements by degree, download the Northeastern University International Pathways and Admissions Guide.

English and GPA requirements by pathway

  • Bachelor's Completion Program
    • At least 32 university credits
    • Minimum GPA 2.25 (or equivalent)
    • TOEFL/Kaplan iBT 79 / IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any skill) / PTE 53
  • Graduate Global Pathways program

    Program A:‭ for progression to College of Professional Studies; LLM Law; ‭College of Engineering; MA Economics

    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Minimum GPA 2.5–3.0 (or equivalent)
    • Minimum TOEFL/Kaplan iBT 61 / IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any skill) / PTE 46

    Program B: for progression to School of Business; ‭College of Science; MS Computer Science; MS Information Assurance; MS Pharmaceutical Sciences

    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Minimum GPA 3.0–3.4 (or equivalent)
    • Minimum TOEFL/Kaplan iBT 74 / IELTS 6.5 / PTE 50
  • College of Professional Studies master's direct admission
    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (or equivalent)
    • TOEFL/Kaplan iBT 79–85 / IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any skill) / PTE 53
  • School of Business direct admission

    MBA and MS degrees

    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Minimum GPA 3.5–3.8 (or equivalent)
    • TOEFL/Kaplan iBT 100 / IELTS 7.0 / PTE 68

    Graduate Certificates

    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Minimum GPA 2.7 (or equivalent)
    • TOEFL/Kaplan iBT 85–90 / IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any skill) / PTE 56
  • School of Law direct admission

    LLM degree

    • An LLB, bachelor’s degree in law, or equivalent
    • Minimum GPA 3.0 (or equivalent)
    • TOEFL/Kaplan iBT 85 / IELTS 7.0

Additional admission requirements

  • Supporting documents

    For a completed Northeastern University application, you usually need to submit the following documents:

    • ‭Proof of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL®, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Kaplan iBT).
    • 3 years of academic transcripts from previous study (including grade scale and English translation if originals are in another language)
    • Personal statement – 500 words minimum
    • Reference letters (1 for American Classroom; 2 or 3 for graduate programs; not required for Bachelor’s Completion
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)/résumé

    Visa documents

    If you have been granted a place in a program at Northeastern, you will need to submit the following documents in order to be issued a Form I-20. This will you allow you to apply for a US study visa.

    • Passport color copy
    • Evidence of finances to cover your study costs
    • I-20 request form. This will be included in your admissions offer packet, along with detailed instructions.
  • Previous classes or degrees

    The Bachelor’s Completion program and a few other degrees require you to complete specific classes in previous study, and to submit the grades you earned, when you apply to their program.

    Master’s programs may require that you studied a specific degree subject (or “major”) during your undergraduate studies.

  • Graduate admission tests

    Some Northeastern master’s degree programs require students to submit graduate admission test scores (GMAT or GRE) before their application is considered.

    D’Amore-McKim School of Business:

    • ‭GMAT score 550 for Graduate Global Pathways
    • ‭GMAT score 720 to progress after Graduate Global Pathways
    • ‭GMAT score 600–750 for direct entry to MBA or MS degrees

    School of Engineering

    • ‭GRE score of 155–159 to progress after Graduate Global Pathways

    MS Computer Science; MS Information Assurance; MS Pharmaceutical Sciences; College of Science; MA Economics:

    • ‭GRE score to progress after Graduate Global Pathways
  • Work experience

    D’Amore-McKim School of Business requires 3 years of relevant work experience for direct admission to the MBA degree.

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