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HDSP students learn how to design research that links policy and development.

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Application Details

Applications are accepted for fall quarter matriculation only.  The application for Fall 2021 admissions is closed. The Fall 2022 application will open in September 2021.  All applicants must meet the deadline of December 1, 2021Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Additional information for prospective students may be found on The Graduate School website.  You may also view frequently asked questions about admissions. NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic GRE scores for Fall 2021 Admissions were not required. The admission committee is still determining whether the GRE will be required for Fall 2022 admissions. 

Interested in learning more? RSVP for one or both of our upcoming online information sessions here. We will hold these events on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Oct. 28 fro 4 to 5 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. CT

Application Timeline

October and November 2021 - Online Information Sessions - RSVP here. 
December 2021 - Online Application due to The Graduate School
January 2022 - Faculty Begin the Application Review Process
February 2022 - Faculty Issue Interview Invitations
February 2022 - Virtual HDSP Interview Days
March 2022 - Faculty Send Admit Letter Offers to Admitted Candidates
April 2022 - Council of Graduate Schools Admit Letter Acceptance Deadline Council of Graduate Schools

Application Materials

All application documents must be submitted electronically. We do not accept paper copies of application documents. The following application documents are required:

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The Graduate Program in Human Development and Social Policy

School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-4329