Here you will find admissions information including application requirements and answers to frequently asked questions.

Prospective students should apply through Northeastern’s online application portal.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at

Mailing Address:

If you will be submitting any supporting documents via mail, please use the following address:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attn: Cathy Bright
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
100 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115


February 1

Final deadline for the Master of Architecture programs

Priority deadline for all other master’s programs:

  • MS in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • MFA/MS in Experience Design
  • MS in Game Science and Design
  • MFA in Information Design and Visualization
  • MA in Journalism
  • MS in Media Advocacy
  • MS in Music Industry Leadership
  • MDes for Sustainable Urban Environments

Applicants who submit completed applications by February 1st will receive priority consideration for scholarships & other funding.

May 1

Final deadline for international applicants

August 1

Final deadline for master’s programs (domestic applicants)

August 15

Final deadline for certificate programs and Special Student applicants (domestic applicants)



Spring admission is available for the following programs: 

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate Certificate in Experience Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Game Analytics
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Design and Visualization
  • MS in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • MS in Game Science and Design
  • MA in Journalism
  • MS in Music Industry Leadership
  • MDes for Sustainable Urban Environments

Please contact the program coordinator for details regarding the modified course sequence for students enrolling in the spring.

October 1

Final deadline for international applicants

November 1

Final deadline for master’s programs (domestic applicants)

November 15

Final deadline for certificate programs (domestic applicants)

December 15

Final deadline for Special Student applicants (domestic students only)

Application Form and Fee

Please submit your application form and non-refundable $75 application fee through the online portal.


Submit a current resume detailing your academic credentials, professional/volunteer experience, skills and achievements.

Personal Statement

Submit a personal essay detailing your interest in the graduate program to which you are applying. Please use your statement as an opportunity to explain your goals and how the CAMD graduate program will help you achieve them. Personal statements are generally 1 – 2 pages in length.

Transcripts & Degree Confirmation

Submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended.

To be eligible for graduate study, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited international institution. For more information about international degree equivalency and required documents, please see the International Applicants tab above.

Students applying during completion of their bachelor’s degree program must submit transcripts of all undergraduate work to date.

Transcripts can be uploaded to the online application portal. Matriculating students must submit official transcripts and degree confirmations by August 15th.

Recommendation Letters

Please submit three letters of recommendation. Letters can be academic or professional and should be written by people who know you well and can speak to your potential for graduate study in your chosen field.

Letters can be submitted directly by your references through the application portal. Your references will receive instructions for uploading their letters to the online application portal once you enter their contact information in the system. You will need to list an email address for each reference.

Additional Requirements

Some CAMD graduate programs require the submission of additional application materials, such as a portfolio of relevant work or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores. Additionally, international applicants must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS exam scores).

Please see the Program Requirements and International Applicants tabs above for additional application requirements.

The admission committee may also wish to conduct an interview as part of the review process.  If so, applicants will be contacted by the program coordinator.

Please note, we do not accept recommendations and other documents from Interfolio.



English Proficiency

To be considered for admission to a CAMD graduate program, international applicants must show proof of English proficiency.  This requirement can be met by submitting satisfactory results on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

Please note that TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.  Scores must be valid at the time your application is received.  Official score reports must be sent to Northeastern University directly from the testing agency.

Our institution code for score reporting purposes is 3682.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

We expect a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT), 250 on the Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT), or 600 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT).  You should plan to take the exam well in advance of our application deadline as it may take up to six weeks for your official score report to be sent to CAMD (depending on your test center location and test format).

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

We expect a minimum overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS.


International applicants can waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they submit documentation that they have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a college or university in which English is the only language of instruction.

Transcripts and Degree Evaluations

Applicants who have received or will be receiving a degree from an institution outside the United States are required to submit all transcripts, as well as certified English translations, with their application.  Accepted students who plan to enroll at CAMD are further required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation.  Please see details below:

At the Time of Application

Please upload copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts and diplomas (if available) as well as certified English translations of all documents to the ApplyYourself application portal.

Matriculating Students

If you are accepted and plan to enroll in a CAMD graduate program, you must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating conferral of an undergraduate degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.   This evaluation is more than an English translation; it is a document provided by an accredited evaluation agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral.

A copy of your final transcript/mark sheets must accompany your evaluation.  If your evaluation agency does not include a copy of your transcript with their report, please send a copy to our office at:

CAMD Graduate Studies
Attn: Cathy Bright, Graduate Enrollment Manager
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
100 Meserve Hall
Boston MA 02115

This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted by August 15. 

Please request an official course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087

Certification of Finances

Accepted international applicants planning to enroll at CAMD must submit a completed I-20 Request Form at least 16 weeks prior to the start of classes.  Students cannot receive visa application forms, required to register for courses, unless they file the e-form certifying that they have enough financial support to cover all educational and living expenses.

International applicants already in the United States must also submit a copy of their current SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 form, current visa, I-94 card (front and back), identity page of a valid foreign passport, and an Office of Global Services Transfer-In Form.  If you do not require an I-20 or DS-2019, please complete the Data Form.

Graduate Application

How can I check the status of my application?

You must log in to the ApplyYourself system to check the status of your application.

Why is my application “incomplete” even though I submitted all of my materials?

Although you may have submitted all the required materials, it is a manual process to match your submitted materials with your online application. Please note that this may take a few business days.

Why can’t I confirm that my application has been submitted?

You may not have clicked the “Submit” button. After you complete the online portion of your application, please be sure to click the “Submit” button located at the top of the application page. Otherwise, we will not be able to move your application forward in the review process.

My application status is “on hold.” What does this mean?

A status of “on hold” means that you neglected to pay the US $75 application fee.

Can I waive my application fee?

The application fee cannot be waived or refunded.

Application Materials

How should I submit my portfolio?

Portfolios can be submitted online through SlideRoom.

Why can’t I see that my supplementary materials have been received?

Although you uploaded these documents, the ApplyYourself system does not reflect receipt of them until the Graduate Studies staff manually updates your record. Please allow a few days to complete this process after you have submitted your application.

Whom should I contact if my recommenders are having trouble submitting letters of recommendation?

Please contact the CAMD Graduate Studies Office at

How should I submit my transcript(s)?

Please upload a copy of your transcript(s) to the ApplyYourself online application system before submitting the application.

I am having trouble uploading my transcript(s).

If you are having difficulties uploading your transcript, please contact the CAMD Graduate Studies Office at

When will my ApplyYourself record reflect receipt of my transcripts?

Once you submit your application, the CAMD Graduate Studies Office matches your transcripts with your record. The transcript is then manually entered into ApplyYourself.

When do I have to submit an official transcript(s)?

You must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended directly to the CAMD Graduate Studies Office by August 15th.

What happens if I cannot view receipt of my materials by the February 1 deadline?

February 1 is our priority deadline. If we have your materials, they will be processed and your application will be reviewed. Please be patient.

Financial Aid

How is financial aid awarded?

College financial aid is awarded on a merit basis.

What type of financial aid is available?

College, university and external aid is available.

When is the deadline for accepting a placement offer?

As a courtesy, we ask that you please confirm your enrollment status on the ApplyYourself system within three weeks of notification of our offer of admission.

I am interested in taking a course or two. Do I have to apply and be accepted in order to register for a class?

Graduate Studies at CAMD offers a part-time, non-degree option called “Special Student” status. Special students apply through the online application system, ApplyYourself. Special students are enrolled on a part-time basis and cannot exceed more than 2 courses per semester. A maximum of twelve semester hours over time may be earned prior to applying to a degree program. Please refer to the applicable materials required and deadlines for special students.


Whom can I contact if I have questions?

Email is our preferred method of communication with applicants. If the FAQs above do not address your questions, please email us at We will respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.