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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the IMC Part-Time program?

You can complete the program in two years but have up to five years to finish.

When can I begin the program?

The part time program begins in September of each year.

Is it preferable to have some work experience before applying?

Work experience is not required. However, it is preferable to have some exposure to your chosen field. This can be accomplished through a combination of coursework, undergraduate activities, internships and/or full-time or part time work experience.

Does the Admissions Committee favor certain majors?

No. We seek to admit students with a variety of majors. We consider both breadth of academic background and areas of specialization in your undergraduate program, as well as any prior graduate work. See what we look for in prospective IMC graduate students.

Is there a minimum GPA required?

No. However, this is not to say that GPA and test scores are not important. We review applications holistically to see if all elements in the file, taken together, indicate potential to succeed in our program. See what we look for in prospective IMC graduate students.

Is there a minimum GRE or GMAT score required?

No. We review applications holistically, and the GRE or GMAT score is just one of several criteria we consider for admission.

What if I haven’t taken the GRE or GMAT?

You will probably receive your unofficial test scores (test-taker copy) before we receive your official scores. These usually reach us around three weeks after you take the test. If you have received your test scores, indicate them in the space provided for self-reported scores in the online application.

If you don't have your scores by the time you apply, email a copy to MedillGraduateAdmissions@northwestern.edu as soon as you receive them. Scores sent this way are unofficial, but they will enable us to start reviewing your file. We cannot complete reviewing a file without test scores.

Official test scores must be sent directly to Medill from ETS or GMAC.

  • Medill’s GRE code: 1699
  • Medill’s GMAT code: 6WZ-XH-66

You may request a waiver of the GRE and GMAT requirement if:

  • You are a current degree-seeking Northwestern University student or degree-holding Northwestern University alumnus/a;
  • You have five or more years of full-time professional work experience in marketing or a closely related field.

You can request this waiver in the Test Information section of the application. If you request a waiver, Medill may still recommend that you take the GRE or GMAT if we think it will allow us to give better consideration to your application. Please email MedillGraduateAdmissions@northwestern.edu if you have questions about your eligibility for a waiver.

Are there any special requirements for international applicants?

Yes. Please see the International Applicants page.

Is there a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required?

No. We review applications holistically and the TOEFL or IELTS score is just one of several criteria we consider for admission.

Does Medill accept transfer credits?

No. In some cases entering students may be granted a waiver for a course that would substantially replicate prior graduate-level coursework or equivalent professional work experience. However, students granted such waivers must still complete the required number of credits at Medill for their degree program. Waivers do not shorten the time it takes to earn a degree.

If I applied before and was denied admission, may I reapply?

Yes. If you applied to a graduate program at Medill within the past two years, you may reapply by submitting a new essay, an updated resume, an additional letter of recommendation from a person who did not previously write one for you, and any additional transcripts of academic work you completed since you last applied. An interview is required of all reapplicants.

Does Medill allow students to defer their enrollment?

Yes. Deferral requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Deferrals are intended to assist admitted students who encounter unexpected changes in their life or work situations that make it difficult or impossible to matriculate at Medill in the quarter for which they were admitted.

An admitted student seeking to defer enrollment must send a written request (email is OK) to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The request should include the reasons for seeking the deferral. If the deferral is approved, the student must submit a second $500 nonrefundable deferral deposit, in addition to the original $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit, in order to hold a place in a future class. Both deposits will be applied toward tuition upon enrollment; however, neither will be refunded if the student does not enroll.

If you have a question about whether your situation would qualify for a deferral, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Whom do I talk to about receiving accommodations?

AccessibleNU serves, supports and empowers Northwestern students with disabilities by ensuring equal access to fully participate in academic programming and all other facets of university life. For more information about receiving accommodations, please visit AccessibleNU’s frequently asked questions page.