The following criteria are applied when admitting graduate students:
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 80 on the web-based TOEFL. Applicants may also complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 or a minimum score of 58 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for students who are from a recognized English-speaking country, or for those who have successfully completed an English writing course with a grade of “C-” or better and have earned a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited U.S. college/university.
Northwestern is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant graduate students. In addition to the regular graduate admission criteria, special admission procedures are necessary for students who are not U.S. citizens. Evidence of sufficient financial resources must be presented prior to admission, which must occur before student visa arrangements can be made.
Certain programs may have additional admission requirements, stipulations, or restrictions. Exceptions to admission criteria may be made by the Dean of GOAL in consultation with Admissions.
Your application will be considered complete when Northwestern has received the following:
Completed application and items listed above should be mailed or faxed to:
University of Northwestern – St. Paul
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113-1598
When will I be notified of my acceptance status?
Once your file is complete and has been reviewed by the admissions committee, you will be notified of your admission status within 1–2 weeks. Contact your admission counselor if you have any questions about the application process. Additional essays, references, or interviews may be requested.
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