FAQs

Q. What is the application deadline each year?
For full consideration have application materials no later than March 1; after March 1, there will be a rolling admissions based on availability of openings.

Q. Is there a GPA requirement for admittance into the program?
No, but students enrolled for academic year 2016-17 have an average GPA of 3.82.

Q. Are GRE and MCAT scores required?
No, they are not required, but if you have taken these exams, we ask that you send in your scores. The ETS code for Northwestern University is 1565.

Q. What kind of research experience is required?
We look for students who have worked closely with a professor in a lab on a scientific project for a significant period of time - a period of at least nine months. We take particular interest in those who have demonstrated high aptitude for work in research laboratories.

Q. If I don’t have research experience, will it hurt my chances of getting into the program?
Yes, since this is a one-year research-intensive program, we look for students with a research background.

Q. Can I still submit my application even if all my materials have not been sent in?
Yes, please go ahead and submit your application. Once we receive all of your materials, you will get an email notification that your application is complete.

Q. On the application, there is a section for a writing sample. Is a writing sample required?
 Yes, you should submit a paper 2 to 3 typewritten pages double spaced which demonstrate your abilities to collaborate and communicate through writing.  Your subject does not necessarily have to be about the sciences but should share your interests.  You can use a present or past piece of writing.

Q. On the application, there is a section for a diversity statement. Is the diversity statement required?
The submission of the diversity statement is optional for all applicants. The Graduate School at Northwestern University considers having a diverse student population a key element to the educational experience of its graduate students. Diversity presents itself in many different forms such as: socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, disability, unique work or life experience, etc. We invite you to use this space to tell us how you may contribute to the diversification of The Graduate School, your program and Northwestern University.

Q. I have a publication, where can I upload it?
Uploaded publications will not be read. Instead, please discuss in your own words your research when completing the Statement of Purpose, where you can make reference to any of your published work(s).

Q. What is the cost of attending the program?
 The tuition cost of the program can be found here.  This does not include housing costs.

Q. Do you offer any assistantships?
No

Q. What are your requirements for international students?

  • The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required
  • You must take the exam within two years of application to the program
  • Once accepted, the Versant English Test is required for non-native English speakers

Q. Is there a waitlist?
We do have a short waitlist some years. If you are waitlisted, you will be notified in late May/early June.