Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Graduate Studies at the College of Arts, Media and Design.

Here you will find admissions information including application deadlines and requirements.

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

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Contact

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Cathy Bright
Graduate Enrollment Manager
College of Arts, Media and Design
gradcamd@northeastern.edu
617.373.2566

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

Application Deadlines

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 1 will receive priority consideration for scholarships and 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 Game Science and Design
  • MA in Journalism
  • MS in Media Advocacy
  • 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 Requirements

 

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.

 

Submit a personal essay detailing your interest in the CAMD graduate program. Please use your statement as an opportunity to explain your goals and how the program will help you achieve them. Personal statements are generally 500–1000 words.

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. 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 portal. Matriculating students must submit official transcripts and degree confirmations by August 15.

 

Please review International Student Graduate Admissions for information about international degree equivalency and required documents.

 

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 online portal. Your references will receive instructions for uploading their letters to the portal once you enter their contact information in the system. You will need to list an email address for each reference.

 

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. International graduate applicants must submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS exam scores). Please see the sections below 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.

 

We do not accept recommendations and other documents from Interfolio.

Program Requirements

Architecture (M.Arch)

  • Current Northeastern BS in Architecture Seniors:

Submit your completed Internal Application Form to the Architecture Office by February 1*. You can bring completed forms directly to 151 Ryder or email to Mary Hughes at ma.hughes@northeastern.edu.

Note: Tim Love is your advisor.

*Only students transitioning directly from the BS program into the M.Arch program may apply in this manner.

  • Northeastern BS in Architecture Alumni:

Students who have taken time off after graduating from the BS program must submit all of the application materials listed above.

Please note that your personal statement should not exceed one page and that two of your three reference letters should be academic.

Additionally, students who graduated prior to 2013 are required to provide work samples that demonstrate proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and SketchUp. PDFs of one student project and one professional project should be sent to gradarch@northeastern.edu.

  • External Candidates:

In addition to the general requirements, external candidates must submit a portfolio.

Applicants to the M.Arch 3 program must have taken one semester of college-level physics and one semester of college-level calculus.  Students who enter into the program without physics and calculus have one year from the date of matriculation to complete and pass these courses, which can be taken outside Northeastern.

Please also note that personal statements should not exceed one page.

  • Portfolio Requirements: M.Arch 1, 2, and 3

Portfolios are required for all one-year candidates from schools other than Northeastern and all two-year candidates.

Three-year candidates with a design, art, and architectural studies (other than a BS in Architecture) background wishing to obtain any advanced placement must provide a portfolio. Portfolios are not required for three-year candidates with non-visual arts/non-architecture undergraduate degrees and/or no visual arts course work to show.

The portfolio must include the following in the order listed:

  1. A cover page with your name, most recent degree (and any architectural degrees if they pre-date your terminal degree), and the college/university where the degree(s) was received.
  2. A one-page resume summary that includes a list of relevant software skills (for example: SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe CS, etc.) and a list of your past architecture design studio courses that includes year, level, credit hours and subject focus (for example: introductory design or urban housing)
  3. Academic projects in reverse chronological order. Include course name and a brief synopsis of the design problem.
  4. If professional projects (not required) are included, they should be in a separate section of the portfolio and list project name, firm, a synopsis of your role, and a synopsis of the project brief.
  5. Any non-architectural creative work (not required), such as painting, drawing, photography, etc. should be included in the last section of the portfolio. Labels for the work should follow the same format as architectural design work (see No. 3)

Portfolios must be submitted via SlideRoom, an online portfolio submission service. The submission fee is $6.00 (USD).  Technical guidelines are available at SlideRoom.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

 

Applicants to the graduate programs in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship are required to submit all application documents detailed above. Two letters of recommendation are required for the MS program and only one letter of recommendation is required for the certificate programs.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the MFA and MS in Experience Design programs must submit a portfolio via SlideRoom, an online portfolio submission service. The submission fee is $12.00 (USD).

 

The application portfolio should consist of recent original work that demonstrates design or other relevant project-based experience. Documents can be a single-page image/pdf file or a multi-page pdf file. Your portfolio should, if possible, include work that is focused primarily in the area in which you will focus your graduate study; however, related work is acceptable. Portfolios can include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Graphic, product or spatial design projects
  • Ethnographic research projects
  • Data visualizations, infographics, maps
  • Concept sketches and images
  • Strategy blueprints and systems diagrams
  • Interactive design projects, storytelling projects and/or analytical projects

MFA and MS applicants: minimum of 10 documents required

Provide authorship information, year, title and other relevant information (such as course name and instructor) for each project.

 

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Experience Design are strongly encouraged to submit 1 – 3 samples of previous work relevant in the context of experience design as detailed above.  Work samples can be submitted via SlideRoom.

Please note that applicants to the graduate certificate program must only provide one letter of recommendation, not three.

 

Additionally, the GRE is NOT required for admission to the graduate programs in Experience Design.

Applicants to the Game Analytics Certificate program are required to submit all application documents detailed above.

The following item is also required:

Additionally, you are encouraged to include a description of any experience you have in the games field in your personal statement.

In addition to the general application requirements, applicants to the MS in Game Science and Design program must submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores. Our institution code for score reporting purposes is 3682. Additionally, you are encouraged to include a description of any experience you have in the games field in your Personal Statement.

 

Candidates for the MS in Game Science and Design program come from various fields including, but not limited to, Computer Science, Information Science, Informatics, Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Psychology, Social Science, Interaction Design, and Game Design.

In addition to the general application requirements, applicants to the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program must submit a portfolio via SlideRoom, an online portfolio submission service. The submission fee is $12.00 (USD). Technical guidelines are available at SlideRoom.

 

The application portfolio requires 15–20 media files documenting recent original creative work. Your portfolio may include any combination of the following:

 

  • Still images: drawing, painting, sculpture, design, photography, architecture, participatory action or performance, concept sketches, etc.
  • Video: documentary/narrative/experimental film, animation, video art, documentation of performance, installation, or live event
  • Audio files: sound art, audio documentary, original music, etc.
  • Text: sample of creative or scholarly writing (Not required)

 

Provide authorship information, year, title, and other relevant information (such as course name and instructor) for each project. For collaborative work, provide a brief description and explanation of your role. Please provide no more than three files documenting any individual project.

 

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

Applicants to the MA in Journalism program are required to submit only the application documents detailed above. On the application form, please indicate whether you are applying for the Media Innovation or Professional Journalism track.

Applications to Northeastern’s School of Journalism are judged on a number of factors. Although an applicant’s academic history is important, the School is also looking for evidence of commitment to journalism. Previous professional experience will be taken into consideration, as well as interesting life experiences and perspectives. In short, we want our students to be curious, engaged and eager to enter our profession with a sense of purpose.

An informative, smartly written, well-rounded, and interesting personal statement is critical to your application. It is your first writing sample. It should speak to who you are, what you plan to study and why you want to attend our program. It should be one to two pages in length, single-spaced.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

Applicants to the MS in Media Advocacy program must submit all required application materials.

 

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

Applicants to the MS in Music Industry Leadership program must submit all required application materials.

The MS in Music Industry Leadership program welcomes applications from motivated individuals whose previous education and other accomplishments show potential for leadership and creative problem solving. Candidates come from diverse fields, including music (BMus, BA or BS), communication studies, business, media studies, and other liberal arts programs.

 

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the MDes for Sustainable Urban Environments one year track must also submit a portfolio (a portfolio is not required for applicants to the two year track).

Portfolios must be submitted via SlideRoom, an online portfolio submission service. The fee for this service is $6.00 (USD) and technical guidelines are available at Slideroom.

Portfolios should be 8 – 12 pages in length and include examples of previous studio projects and professional design or planning work, if available.  Additionally, one or two examples of other types of creative work can be included such as photography, drawing, graphic and web design, horticultural design and other art forms. Include labels for each project indicating project title, date, and if applicable, the medium or software used to create it.

Please note that the GRE is NOT required for admission.

International Applicants

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.

 

TOEFL/IELTS Exemption

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.

 

Transcript & 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:

 

Online 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 online 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

 

A detailed 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
www.ece.org
Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
www.cedevaluations.com
World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
www.wes.org

 

 

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.