Getting Started

Congratulations on your acceptance to Northeastern University and welcome to CAMD! You are joining a dynamic, intellectual, and creative community that will challenge and prepare you for a career in your chosen discipline. CAMD Graduate Studies is here to help before your program begins, and offers support throughout your studies.

If you have any questions, please contact Moki Smith, Graduate Student Services Manager at [email protected].

Spring 2024 Orientation

Orientation for new CAMD graduate students will be held via Zoom at the start of the semester.


Further details will be forthcoming.

After you're admitted


You can confirm your enrollment and submit the $100 tuition deposit via the application portal.

College of Arts, Media and Design Graduate Student Scholarships (GSS)

Admitted master’s students are automatically considered for GSS funding as part of the graduate program application review. GSS award notifications will be available via the application portal at the time of admission or shortly thereafter.


These merit-based scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are intended to support superior academic achievement at Northeastern. GSS awards are determined on the basis of departmental recommendations and are offered as a percentage tuition reduction.


Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are compensated as hourly pay and can take the form of research, teaching, and administrative roles within a student’s academic department. Students are eligible to apply for available assistantship positions after completing at least one semester of their graduate program.


Additional Resources

Northeastern’s Student Financial Services provides information regarding other types of financial aid, including loans, student employment and outside scholarships.


Graduate tuition is charged per credit. The current 2023 – 2024 graduate tuition rate for the College of Arts, Media and Design is $1,894 per credit. Additionally, information regarding fees is available via the link above. All tuition and fees are subject to revision by Northeastern University’s Board of Trustees.


Graduate program requirements are available via the Graduate Course Catalog.

After your admissions notification, you will receive an email with instructions for claiming your Northeastern account.  Your Northeastern username and password provide access to key university services including the Student Hub, email accounts, university networks and other university systems.


To learn more about claiming your account and changing passwords, visit the How do I claim my student account? page.


If you need the Form I-20, a U.S. immigration document issued by Northeastern University to certify that you have met admission requirements for a full-time program of study and have provided sufficient financial support for your studies, the Office of Global Services (OGS) will process the request for the I-20 only after you have accepted the admission offer, paid the deposit and provided the required information and supporting documentation through the e-form in the online portal for Northeastern University international students. The I-20 is required to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate and to be in F-1 status within the U.S., so we encourage you to provide your documentation as soon as possible to provide ample time for the issuance of the I-20 and for your visa application process.


You must either submit financial and biographical information and documents to request an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status, or you must submit your current study eligible visa classification if you will not request an I-20 and choose to remain in your current status.


Please note that some academic programs at Northeastern University have experiential learning requirements (e.g., co-op or study abroad). Immigration statuses other than F-1 may not allow for participation in such activities. If you are currently in another visa status and choose not to switch to an F-1 status, you may impact your ability to study full-time or engage in authorized employment/training, such as an internship, co-op or practicum. Should you have any questions on applying for a change of status to F-1, please email the Office of Global Services.


Once you have completed the proper form and submitted it, your request will be reviewed by the university. You will receive email updates on the status of your submission at your Northeastern University student email account.


If you have questions regarding the I-20 request procedure please contact Moki Smith, CAMD Graduate Student Services Manager, at [email protected].

Formal acceptance to the Graduate School is contingent upon submission of an official transcript confirming the conferral of your bachelor’s degree (and master’s degree if applicable). Transcripts for degrees earned at international institutions must also be accompanied by an official course-by-course transcript evaluation as detailed here under International Requirements >Transcript & Degree Evaluations.


Official transcripts must be received directly from the reporting institution (electronically or by mail). If your institution offers the electronic delivery of official transcripts, please have your documents sent directly to [email protected]. Please note that this a no-reply email and is for incoming official transcripts only. For faster processing, please request to have your Applicant ID included on the transcript.


Alternatively, hard copy official transcripts can be sent via mail.  These transcripts must be submitted in a sealed and signed envelope from the issuing institution and can be sent to one of the mailing addresses below.


Northeastern University – College of Arts, Media and Design – Applicant ID: XXXXXXX
Graduate Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 1415
Portsmouth, NH 03802 USA




Northeastern University – College of Arts, Media and Design – Applicant ID: XXXXXXX
Graduate Application Documents
101 Belvidere St, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02115 USA


Northeastern University’s transcript policy requires enrolling graduate and professional degree program students to submit to Northeastern official transcripts including evidence of the completion of the bachelor’s degree and the date of degree conferral within 30 days from the start of their first academic term. Additionally, transcripts for degrees earned at international institutions must also be accompanied by an official course-by-course transcript evaluation as detailed here under International Requirements >Transcript & Degree Evaluations. Failure to complete this requirement will result in a registration hold being placed on the student’s account preventing future term course registration.

Admitted students have the option to defer their start date for one year.


To officially defer, students must submit their enrollment confirmation and $100 tuition deposit.  Deferral requests can be submitted via the application portal. Scholarship awards cannot be deferred; however, students are automatically reconsidered for scholarship funding for their new start term.

Before you arrive

Before arriving at CAMD to start your graduate program, we suggest reviewing the below list of administrative tasks and completing any required materials—so you can concentrate fully on your studies.


New students should register via the Student Hub as soon as possible for the term in which they are admitted. Visit the Registrar’s Office for the registration start date and procedure. If you’re unsure of the course(s) in which you should enroll, please contact your graduate program coordinator.


All issues associated with bill payment, late fees, and billing discrepancies should be addressed directly with the Office of Student Financial Services.


Once you have claimed your Northeastern account, you can access your Northeastern email via the Student Hub.


The office of Off Campus Engagement and Support can help you find suitable housing in the Boston area and assist with any off campus related housing issues. 


International students are an important part of our community. Visit the Office of Global Services to review the requirements and services available to assist you as you make the transition to the United States.


Important arrival resources are available via the Office of Global Services here.


The health and well-being of our graduate students is a priority. Please review the important information below to ensure you meet the requirements of Massachusetts state law and understand your healthcare options.


Health Report 

All students must submit a health report that includes a physical exam within the last 12 months, documentation of a tuberculosis test within the last 10 years, and proof of immunity to tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Please download the University Health Report form from University Health and Counseling Services, and return it no later than 30 days prior to the start of classes. If you do not submit the form, Health Services will block you from registering for your second semester at Northeastern. 


Health Plans 

Graduate students are automatically charged for the Northeastern University Student Health Plan (NUSHP). If you have comparable Massachusetts-required insurance, you may elect to waive the Northeastern health plan by the waiver deadlines. The waiver form is available on the Student Hub. 


Public Transportation

Details regarding the Student Semester Pass Program are available here.  Passes are disbursed via the Husky Card Services Office.


Parking Permits

MasParc issues parking permits for Northeastern students who wish to commute by car. To obtain a parking sticker, please complete the parking permit application.

Once you’re on campus


Please review the Registrar’s Office academic calendar for important dates throughout the school year.


CAMD seeks to expand opportunities for students to engage in academic, artistic, and cultural events that lead to research, creative projects, and programs – and enhance your Northeastern experience. We hope you’ll take advantage of the wealth of concerts, plays, lectures, conferences, and symposia on campus, and that you will also get to know many of your fellow students and members of our exceptional faculty.


Explore the CAMD Calendar


The Northeastern Husky Card is the official identification card of the university. You can also use it for building/dorm access, parking, laundry, printing, vending, off- and on-campus vendors, dining, library book check-out, discounts, and more. 


The Center for the Arts, CAMD’s art and research hub, presents vibrant programming with renowned and innovative artists and thought leaders, while also showcasing the creative and intellectual dynamism of our faculty and students.


Whether you want to start your own business, play in a music ensemble, or host a radio show, student clubs and organizations are a fantastic way to make your CAMD experience your own by doing what you love, both in and out of the classroom.


CAMD events, hackathons and conferences are collaborative environments focused around a unifying theme. These interactive, forward-thinking events are designed to facilitate collaboration between students of diverse backgrounds and skill sets as they engage around shared passions and explore solutions to tangible, real-world issues.


Complete program information and course descriptions for all CAMD graduate degrees can be found in the course catalog. Course descriptions are arranged by subject and subject code in a large searchable, navigable, printable PDF file.