How to Apply

Applications are found at The Graduate School's online application portal.

What's the deadline for applications?

Applications received by June 1, 2017, will receive full consideration for all our open slots. Applications will be reviewed until July 1, 2017.

When will decisions be made?

Decisions will be made beginning in May.

How much does the application cost?

The application fee is $95 and is paid during the on-line application process. 

What documents must be submitted in the online application?


Transcripts of work completed or in progress at all colleges or universities attended.

Please make sure scanned transcripts are legible before uploading them. Illegible transcripts will not be reviewed.

Please do not upload foreign language transcripts unless English language transcripts are impossible to obtain. If you only have access to foreign language transcripts, your foreign language transcripts must be accompanied by an official English translation bearing the original ink signature and seal of the issuing university.

Please do not mail official copies of your transcripts to The Graduate School before you have been admitted AND submitted your enrollment decision. Any transcript submitted prior to that point will not be kept and you will be required to submit those transcripts again. 

Letters of recommendation

At least two letters of recommendation from professors familiar with your work must be submitted through the online application portal. Professors will be sent an email through which they can submit their recommendations.

Test scores

The General GRE and GRE Physics scores are required. For both sets of exams, we will accept the results of exams taken before June 1st even if we do not receive the scores until after June 1st.

English-language tests

International students are required to submit scores from tests such as the TOEFL.

Students who attended an institution where English is the main language of instruction may be exempt. Please email the Graduate Program Assistant for more information.

Admitted Students

What should admitted students do?

Admitted students must make a decision in the application portal

Admitted students must mail one official copy of each transcript to The Graduate School Admission Office as soon the transcripts are available. Transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution in sealed, unopened envelopes. Please be sure that official transcripts list all the degrees earned prior to enrolling at Northwestern University.

Failure to submit all your transcripts (including degree awarding transcripts) by the end of your first quarter of study (early December of the first year) will result in registration holds

Where should transcripts be sent?

The Graduate School's address is:

Northwestern University
The Graduate School
Rebecca Crown Center
633 Clark Street
Evanston, Illinois, 60208