How do I apply?

Our application is completely online, which you can access here. You can also track your application’s progress/status, and view your decision all through our online application system.

What are the application requirements?

  • All applicants to the PhD and MS programs must submit the following materials:
    • Application with personal statement
    • Application fee ($75)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial scanned copies of undergraduate/graduate transcripts to be uploaded to the online application (Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended indicating degree earned are only submitted at the time of admission)
    • Three letters of recommendation that are REQUIRED to be submitted online, via the application system. Recommendations may come from professors or supervisors or whoever is most familiar with your technical background and achievements.
    • In addition, current GRE and/or TOEFL scores may be required, depending on the program.

What are the application deadlines?

All upcoming deadlines for currently open applications can be found HERE.

Where do I send my application materials/documents?

Our application process is conducted entirely online. As such, no physical application materials or documents should be sent to our office at the time of application. ALL application materials should be uploaded directly to the online application system. This includes academic transcripts, as well as GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores. Any application materials mailed to our office will be discarded. Hard copies of your academic transcripts should only be submitted after you have been notified of your admission to the program, or upon your arrival on campus.

Are GRE scores required?

  • All applicants to the Computer Science and Information Assurance programs are required to submit an unofficial GRE score by uploading a PDF scan or screen shot of your score directly to the online application system. If admitted to the program, you will then submit your official GRE score to the College of Computer and Information Science through ETS.
  • Applicants to the Computer Science ALIGN, MS in Health Informatics, and Graduate Certificate in Data Science programs are not required to submit the GRE.

Do you require the GMAT?

We do not require the GMAT for our graduate applications. The tests which are required, depending on the program, are the GRE and/or the TOEFL/IELTS.

Is the TOEFL required?

  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US university are not required to submit a TOEFL score.
  • All other international applicants are required to submit a valid TOEFL score with their application.

A Master’s degree is NOT a sufficient substitute for the TOEFL.

Do you accept the IELTS, instead of the TOEFL?

We will gladly accept and IELTS score in lieu of a TOEFL. Simply upload an unofficial version directly to the online application system for review.

How do I send official scores from ETS?

Official scores should not be sent at the time of application – simply upload an unofficial PDF scan or screen shot of your score directly to the online application system. If admitted to the College, official scores should then be sent directly from ETS using the following:

    • GRE Department Code 0402
    • TOEFL Department Code 78

What is the minimum GPA required for admission into the program?

The program has no official GPA requirement as it is greatly dependent on what institution the applicant attended, what courses were taken, as well as the content of those courses. As such, each applicant will receive a thorough review based on their individual qualifications. However, successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.0 or better from US institutions, or 1st class degrees from Indian institutions.

How can I check the status of my application?

After you submit your application electronically, you will be able to log back on to the online application system to see an up-to-date status of the materials that we have or have not received for your application. Your application status will not appear as “complete” until we have received and processed all of your application material. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we kindly request that you utilize the online tracking system.

When will the college make a decision on my application?

The graduate admission committee will not review your application until it is complete. The decision process usually takes about 3-6 weeks, depending on the volume of applications we are reviewing. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made and posted on your application website portal.

Are there funding or scholarship opportunities available for this program?

PhD Applicants

Admitted applicants to the Doctoral program will typically receive a fully funded graduate assistantship, which includes a stipend, full-tuition remission, and health insurance coverage.

Masters Applicants

  1. Applicants to CS or IA programs, who are US citizens and are interested in cyber security, are eligible to apply for the  These scholarships provide full tuition and stipend and student fees.
  2. All other applicants who have submitted a complete application by our financial aid/scholarship deadline will be evaluated for their eligibility to receive the Dean’s Scholarship. This scholarship offers up to 1/3 off of the cost of tuition.

Other funding opportunities are made available throughout each semester and are announced to all Masters students.

Can I participate in the Co-Op program?

Our Co-op program (short for “cooperative education”) is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. Our method has proven to be a success: Nearly two-thirds of our graduates are offered full-time positions by former co-op employers upon graduation. Through Co-op, students gain a richer and more meaningful education by gaining up to eleven months of professional experience. Co-op provides experiences that help develop knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to transform students’ lives. Click

Can I take both online and on-ground courses as part of my program?

Yes, depending on your program. We offer courses both online and on-ground for our MS in Information Assurance and Health Informatics programs. Students have the option of completing their degrees in either format, or through a combination of the two in a hybrid format. We recently have expanded our MS in Computer Science program and are now offering online courses as well.  Northeastern will continue to enhance our programs by offering our students the most flexible and high-quality learning experience in the country.

Can I enroll in courses prior to applying?

We do permit applicants to take courses before enrolling in the Computer Science or Information Assurance graduate programs, as Special Students. Applicants are asked to complete the online application, including a short statement that specifies the courses in which you would like to enroll, an official transcript, and two recommendation letters. These items must be submitted at least two weeks before the semester commences. Only students with US citizenship will be considered for Special Student status.

Special Student applicants for the Health Informatics program should click here.

How do I apply for my I-20?

This process does not begin until after your enrollment has been confirmed. If admitted to the program, you will be asked to submit a $100 tuition deposit to confirm your enrollment. Once this step is complete, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions on how to request your I-20 through Northeastern University.