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International Applicants

Each year, Northwestern University Medill welcomes international students from around the world. To apply to the Integrated Marketing Communications Professional master's program, international students must have an undergraduate degree considered to be the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.

Below is some general information for international applicants. Please see the specific application requirements for IMC Professional. As a part-time designated program, Medill is unable to issue I-20s or provide student visas for IMC Professional. International applicants looking to study on-campus should apply to the IMC Full-Time program.

Transcripts

Applicants with international transcripts must provide an English translation if the transcripts were not originally issued in English. To expedite the application review process, we strongly suggest that applicants with international transcripts submit an independent course-by-course credential evaluation and degree verification from a NACES provider (see www.naces.org for a list) at the time they submit their applications. This will allow the admissions committee to have an accurate assessment of your academic history.

Admitted students with an international transcript (except Fulbright candidates) must submit an independent course-by-course credential evaluation and degree verification from a NACES provider (see www.naces.org for a list) and an official English translation of the transcripts (if they were not originally issued in English). If you did not already provide these with your application, the credential evaluation and degree evaluation form is due 30 days prior to enrollment.

If your undergraduate degree is a three-year degree, we will determine if it is sufficient preparation for our program.

TOEFL or IELTS

Note: If you are unable to take the GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTS tests due to COVID-19, you can still apply for the 2020-2021 school year. Please reach out to Ryan Hays at ryan.hays@northwestern.edu for information on test score waiver options.

If you are an international student who earned an undergraduate degree at a college or university where the primary language of instruction was not English, submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. The TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken within two years of your application submission date. Send TOEFL scores to Medill using code 1699-18. The IELTS test must be the Academic version. If you are submitting IELTS scores, you can provide your TRF number on the application instead of sending an official report.

If you earned your entire bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. institution where the primary language of instruction was English, you do not need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Instead, please check the appropriate box requesting a waiver from this requirement. You will also need to provide official documentation from your college or university that the primary language of instruction was English.

If you completed your bachelor's degree at an institution (U.S. or non-U.S.) where the primary language of instruction was English, but you did not study at this institution for all four years of your degree, you will need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to complete your application.

Medill allows you the option to self-report your test scores in your application. Once you submit your application, we will review these unofficial scores along with the rest of your file. If we decide to offer you admission based on these unofficial scores, it will be on the condition that you send us your official scores at least 30 days prior to enrollment.

If you earned your four-year bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. institution where the language of instruction was English, you may request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver. To request a waiver, please provide official documentation from your college or university that the language of instruction was English and your resume to Director Julie Collins at collinsj@northwestern.edu.

Financial aid

All admitted students will be considered for a limited number of partial tuition scholarships. Part-time students may be eligible for private loans. You can find a list of private loan lenders provided by Northwestern’s Student Finance Office. For questions about financing your Medill education, please contact Associate Director Melissa Sersland at melissa.sersland@northwestern.edu.

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