How to Apply

How to Apply

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Admissions Details

Admissions decisions are based on a holistic evaluation of an applicant's academic and leadership achievements, motivation, professional performance and potential as an educator.

The Master of Science in Education Program has rolling admissions, and students may begin taking courses in any quarter. However, full-time Elementary and Secondary Teaching candidates who want to complete the degree in one year must start in the summer. Educational Studies candidates who want to complete the degree in one year may start in either summer or fall.

Applicants who apply by the early admission deadline have the best chance of being awarded scholarships and graduate assistant positions.


Matriculated and Non-Matriculated Options

You may choose to apply to the program as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. Matriculated students are candidates for the master's degree. Non-matriculated students are not yet candidates for the master's degree but may take up to four courses before they must apply to matriculate. The following are the primary reasons why some students choose to apply as non-matriculated students:

  • The student does not wish to earn a master's degree but does want to take some courses in the program.
  • The student does not have anyone who can serve as an academic reference.
  • The student is unsure whether the program is a good fit and wants to try it out.

See more information about the materials required for the matriculated option and non-matriculated option. Because of visa requirements, all international students must apply for the matriculated status. See more information for international applicants.


Admissions Criteria

GPA and optional entrance exams (GRE, TOEFL) are indicators of an applicant's academic capabilities. When reviewing an application, we are looking for candidates who:

  • have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale),
  • score in the mid-150s on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative sections (on a 170-point scale),
  • score 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing section (on a 6-point scale), and
  • score 100 or higher on the TOEFL (on a 120-point scale).

Please note that these are not minimum scores, and each applicant will be evaluated holistically. The GRE is optional. If applicants take the GRE exam multiple times, we will use the highest score from each section. The TOEFL is recommended for applicants whose native language is not English.


Application Deadlines

Early Admission Deadline
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Summer or Fall 2021 Jan. 8, 2021 June 21, 2021, or Sept. 21, 2021
Regular Admission Deadlines
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Summer 2020 May 4, 2020 June 22, 2020
Fall 2020 Aug. 17, 2020 Sept. 22, 2020
Winter 2021 Nov. 16, 2020 Jan. 4, 2021
Spring 2021 Feb. 8, 2021 March 30, 2021
Summer 2021 May 3, 2021 June 21, 2021
Fall 2021 Aug. 16, 2021 Sept. 21, 2021
Field Placement Deadline
Desired Entrance Quarter Must Commit to Program By Classes Begin
Summer 2021 April 1, 2021 June 21, 2021

Full-time Elementary Teaching or Secondary Teaching students who desire a field placement in Fall 2021 must commit to the program no later than April 1st, 2021. Please time the submission of your application accordingly.


Application Instructions

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Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: msedprogram@northwestern.edu