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International Applicants

Each year, Medill welcomes international students from around the world. To apply, international students must have an undergraduate degree (or earn one prior to enrollment).

Below is some general information for international applicants. Please also see the specific application requirements for the MSJ program.


Medill’s Master of Science in Journalism degree is STEM designated. The CIP code is 09.0702.

For eligibility and additional details on the OPT extension, please visit Northwestern’s Office of International Student Services.


Applicants with international transcripts must provide an English translation with their application if the transcripts were not originally issued in English. Applicants with international transcripts also need to provide an independent course-by-course credential evaluation and degree verification from a NACES provider (see the NACES website for a list) at the time they submit their application.

TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo

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) or Duolingo scores. The TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo test 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. The IELTS test must be the Academic version. If you are submitting IELTS scores you can provide the TRF number on your application instead of sending an official report. Please send Duolingo scores to Medill Graduate Admissions.

Please email Medill Graduate Admissions if you have questions about your eligibility for a waiver. We will consider waivers for applicants with significant English language skills from four years of study in the United States (college-level, high school, and/or relevant post-graduate work experience).

Financial aid

International MSJ applicants are eligible for some Medill scholarships. All students are encouraged to research potential sources of external scholarships.

Loans for international students may be available under certain circumstances, but international students are not eligible for U.S. federal student loans. Visit our financial aid page for more information.


Information about applying for a student visa is provided upon admission to the program.