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Graduate Admissions

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Thinking of applying to one of our CSSH graduate programs?? It pays to plan ahead and visit CSSH!
Effective December 6, 2016, if you attend a CSSH Open House or Welcome Day, or meet with a Northeastern University staff or faculty member through a graduate program recruitment event, and then apply to a CSSH graduate program, we will waive your application fee. Under the “Affiliation to Northeastern University” section of the application, please enter the name of the staff or faculty member you met with. Important: When you submit your application, you MUST select “Pay by Check” and email us at gradcssh@northeastern.edu to request that we waive the fee. Please again note who you met with and where in your email request. It pays to plan ahead as we will not refund fees already paid.

Admission Information

The following links will give you information regarding deadlines and required documents for admission consideration into our graduate programs. We are looking for students who are of outstanding academic caliber that we feel have compatible research and/or professional interests with our department.

Ready to join our graduate program? Apply today using the ApplyYourself online system.

For questions about admissions, please contact the Graduate Office of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at gradcssh@northeastern.edu or 617.373.5990. Please do not mail or e-mail materials to the Department of Political Science. Submit all application materials, including letters of recommendation, via the online system.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions

Who should I contact regarding concerns related to my application to one of your graduate programs?

All questions related to your application for admission should be directed to our Graduate Office. They can answer questions regarding missing documentation, deadlines, and admission decisions.

I am applying to the PhD program but, if not admitted, would also be interested in pursuing an MA degree. Do I need to complete two applications?

No, students who apply to the PhD program who do not have prior relevant Master’s degrees will automatically be considered for admission to the MA program if they are not admitted to the PhD program.

As a current student in the MA program interested in applying to the PhD program, do I need to follow a special application procedure to apply for the PhD?

Yes, students currently in the MA or MPA programs at Northeastern also must formally apply for admission to the doctoral program. Admission is not guaranteed. Applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program who are currently enrolled in one of our Master’s programs must start the process by submitting the following: Internal Admission Application Notification Form.

Are there cut-offs for GRE scores?

The program does not set a formal minimum requirement for the GRE, but it must be noted that applicants scoring below the 50th percentile will be at a competitive disadvantage. We would not dissuade anyone from applying based on GRE scores alone.

Are there minimum requirements for undergraduate GPAs?

It is expected that applicants to the doctoral program will have earned a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0, or its equivalent. Master’s level applicants should have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or its equivalent. We will review any applicant to one of our programs, but it is rare for us to admit anyone who does not meet the above criteria.

How will I know if all my materials have been received?

The online application system allows you to log-in and check the status of your application at any time. More information can be found on the Graduate Office’s Admissions FAQ page.

How much does graduate credit cost at Northeastern University?

Tuition costs can be found on the Student Financial Services’ tuition and fees page.

How many students are admitted to your graduate programs each year?

We typically admit 5-10 students into our PhD program each fall. For our MA in Political Science we are looking to recruit a class of 30+ students each year.

When can I expect to receive an answer regarding my completed application?

PhD application decisions are made in February.
We begin making decisions on MA applicants for the fall semester in February – March.  Application decisions will be made on a rolling basis through the August 1 application deadline.