Graduate Admissions Support Center

What are the requirements to apply?

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2016 11:40AM EDT
To apply to a graduate engineering program at Northeastern University, you should provide the following:

1. Complete and submit an application online (we do not accept paper applications).

2. GRE Score
We require a GRE score unless you graduated (or will graduate) from an ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering program (excluding "engineering technology" programs) at a university located in the United States and have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Please note that all Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering applicants must submit a GRE score regardless of their undergraduate institution/degree (unless you have a BS in Engineering from Northeastern).
  • Engineering Management and Information Systems applicants may submit the GMAT in lieu of the GRE. If you are not required to provide a GRE score, simply leave these fields blank in the application when you apply.
  • ALIGN applicants are not required to submit a GRE score. Please note that you are ineligible for ALIGN if you hold (or will hold) an undergraduate engineering degree.
You may complete and submit your application before you take the GRE. You should, however, take the GRE no later than the application deadline.

Please instruct ETS to send the official score report to us at institution code 3665 (no department code is required).

3. TOEFL or IELTS score

A TOEFL or IELTS score is generally required for all international students, regardless of the student's undergraduate language of instruction.

You are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement if you hold (or will hold) a degree from an accredited institution located in the United States of America, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.

You may complete and submit your application before you take the TOEFL or IELTS. You should, however, take the TOEFL or IELTS no later than the application deadline.

Please instruct ETS to send the official TOEFL score report to us at institution code 3665 (you may select any department code you wish).

If you took the IELTS, please arrange to have an official IELTS score report sent to us by courier to:

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Graduate School of Engineering
130 Snell Engineering Center
Boston, MA 02115


4. Unofficial Transcript(s)
You should upload an electronic copy of your transcript (or marksheets) directly to the online application. You should upload an electronic copy of every transcript you received from institutions of higher education, even if you did not receive a degree from the institution. Do not send us a copy of the transcript by mail or courier when you apply.

5. Statement of Purpose
Your statement of purpose should identify your desired degree program/field of study, summarize your academic and professional background, and summarize your likely academic/career goals and plans after graduation. This is your opportunity to help our faculty to get to know you better. Generally, statements of purpose should not exceed one to two pages (350 to 750 words), but there is no strict maximum limit. You may upload your statement of purpose as a Word Document, PDF, or other common document format.

6. Resume or CV
Your resume or CV should be one to two pages and provide relevant history about your academic and professional background. You may upload your resume/CV as a Word Document, PDF, or other common document format.

7. Letters of Recommendation (electronic)
Please provide contact information for at least two (2) recommenders; you may provide contact information for additional recommenders if you wish. It is crucial that you enter correct email addresses, since we will email your recommenders to invite them to submit a letter of recommendation electronically.

You may complete and submit your application before your letters of recommendation have been electronically submitted. You can also edit your recommenders list and their contact information after you submit your application (as long as the recommender has not yet submitted a letter of recommendation).

We only accept letters of recommendation electronically.

8. Application Fee
Before submitting your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $75. You may pay by credit card, debit card, electronic funds transfer, or check. Please note that processing of your application may be delayed if you elect to pay by check. The application fee is non-refundable.

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