Application Process

Application Process

1. Online application form

  • Under "Program and Degree," select "Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Program."
  • Under "Type of Application," select "Matriculated," "Non-Matriculated" or "Certificate" as appropriate.
  • Due to visa requirements, all international applicants must apply for the "matriculated" status. In order to make the visa process run as smoothly as possible, it is important that the name you supply on your application for admission match the name of your passport exactly. In addition, the address you supply on your application must be a street address -- it cannot be a PO box.

2. Essays/statement of purpose

  • Matriculated applicants answer three essay questions.
  • Non-matriculated applicants submit a single statement of purpose.
  • Certificate in Higher Education Administration applicants submit a single statement of purpose.

3. Official transcripts

  • We do accept official e-transcripts from institutions that offer this service, but they must be sent directly from the institution to the Higher Education Administration and Policy department. Hard-copy transcripts must be in an unopened envelope from the institution to be considered official.
  • Include all undergraduate and graduate institutions you've attended, even if you did not earn a degree from that institution.
  • If your name is different from the name that appears on your transcript (due to marriage or other reasons), please notify our admissions coordinator via email at mshe-apply@northwestern.edu to ensure that your transcripts are filed with your application.
  • If you earned your undergraduate degree from an institution outside the United States, you must submit your transcript for a course-by-course review by a transcript evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A list of approved evaluators is available on the NACES website at www.naces.org/
 
  • All hard-copy transcripts (or transcript evaluations) should be sent to this address:
  • MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy
    Attention: Admissions
    Annenberg Hall
    2120 Campus Drive
    Evanston, IL 60208
  • All secure electronic transcripts should be sent to mshe-apply@northwestern.edu

4. Resume

  • Please use PDF format.
  • Applicants to the Certificate in Higher Education must have at least three years of higher education work experience.
  • Previous education course work or experience is not required for applicants to the MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy degree.

5. Letters of recommendation

Matriculated applicants submit two letters of recommendation

  • One letter must be an academic recommendation from an instructor at the college level or above whose course you took.
  • The second letter of recommendation may either be academic or professional. A professional letter should come from someone who has supervised you in a workplace setting.

Certificate in Higher Education Administration applicants submit one letter of recommendation, which can be either an academic letter from an instructor at the college level or above whose course you took OR a professional letter from someone who has supervised you in a workplace setting.

Non-matriculated applicants do not need to submit a letter of recommendation.

  • Letters of recommendation are submitted through the online application system. When you start your application, you will enter the names and contact information of your recommenders. We will contact the recommenders with instructions for submitting the letter of recommendation and supplementary materials.
  • It is generally a good idea to contact your recommenders in advance to tell them about your career aspirations and why you are applying to the program.

6. $100 nonrefundable application fee

  • Fee must be paid by credit card through the online application system before the application is submitted.
  • Applicants may request to waive the application fee on the basis of significant financial hardship. We evaluate waiver requests based on the following criteria:
    • Ability to prove financial hardship
    • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
    • An overall GPA of at least 3.2 out of 4.0
  • To request the fee waiver, send a message detailing why you need to request the waiver to our admissions coordinator at mshe-apply@northwestern.edu.

7. Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (matriculated applicants only)

  • Submit scores to code 8844 (not 1565 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY)
  • If you take the GRE multiple times, we will use the highest score from each section, even if those scores appear on different test dates.
  • GRE scores are valid up to five years after the test date.
  • Applicants who hold a doctoral degree (MD, JD, PhD, EdD) may petition to waive the GRE requirement. To submit a petition, please email our admissions coordinator at mshe-apply@northwestern.edu
  • Applicants may petition to submit GMAT or LSAT scores in place of the GRE. To submit a petition, please email our admissions coordinator at mshe-apply@northwestern.edu

Contact Us

MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7526

Email: ms-highered@northwestern.edu