Admission Requirements

The Professional Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications program starts in the fall quarter each year and starting 2023, January winter quarter. Consult the academic calendar below to see our upcoming priority deadlines, final deadlines and start dates.

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Fall 2022 TermWinter 2023 Term
Application Opens January 17, 2022July 1, 2022
Priority Application Deadline May 2, 2022 September 16, 2022
Priority Decision Date June 1, 2022 October 7, 2022
Final Application DeadlineJuly 15, 2022November 4, 2022
Final Decision DateJuly 29, 2022November 18, 2022
Final Deposit DeadlineAugust 8, 2022December 2, 2022
First Day of ClassSeptember 20, 2022January 3, 2023

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Application Requirements

Northwestern Medill is working with prospective IMC Professional students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your health and well-being, along with that of the Medill community, are our top priority. If you are unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS due to COVID-19 restrictions, please reach out to MedillGraduateadmissions@northwestern.edu for information on waiver options.

You must have a Bachelor's degree.

When you apply, you must submit academic transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. You are not required to submit a transcript for non-degree course work for certificates or MOOCs. Please list non-degree coursework on your resume. If you have transfer credit for three or more courses, you must submit a transcript from the original grade-granting institution even if the transfer credit appears on your home institution transcript.

For application review, you can submit either official or unofficial transcripts. You can upload unofficial transcripts in the "Academic Experience" section of the application. Please make sure that uploaded unofficial transcripts are complete and legible; if they are not, the processing of your application could be delayed. If the size of your unofficial transcript file is too large to upload directly into the system, please email your transcript to the email address provided below.

You can also send official transcripts via secure e-transcript provider to MedillGraduateAdmissions@northwestern.edu or via mail directly from the institution to:

Medill Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid
Northwestern University
1845 Sheridan Road
Suite 104
Evanston, IL 60208-2101

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit official and final copies of all of your transcripts 30 days prior to enrollment (start of classes), including your final undergraduate transcript with proof of your degree and the date it was conferred. Medill reserves the right to withdraw an admission offer if we do not receive these official transcripts by this deadline. It is your responsibility to request an official transcript from the registrar of each institution and to ensure transcripts are sent to Medill.

Applicants with international transcripts must also submit an independent course-by-course credential evaluation and degree verification from a NACES provider (see NACES' website for a list) and an official English translation of the transcript (if they were not originally issued in English).

Please note: The Northwestern University Medill Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Office is a separate office from Northwestern University’s The Graduate School. Transcripts must be routed directly to the Medill Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid.


Send materials that cannot be uploaded or entered into your online application account to:

Medill Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid
Northwestern University
1845 Sheridan Road
Suite 104
Evanston, IL 60208-2101

Please note that application materials become property of Northwestern University and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application. You can also email materials to MedillGraduateAdmissions@northwestern.edu.

Medill reserves the right to revoke admission if new information is obtained that would warrant such action.

In exceptional circumstances, Medill reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to waive any documentation normally required for admission. Medill also reserves the right to admit or deny admission whenever it believes that it has sufficient evidence to do so.

Admissions Deadlines
Sep
16
Priority Deadline
Winter 2023 Quarter
Oct
7
Priority Decision Notification
Winter 2023 Quarter
Nov
4
Final Deadline
Winter 2023 Quarter
Nov
18
Final Decision Notification
Winter 2023 Quarter
Dec
2
Deposit Deadline
Winter 2023 Quarter
Jan
3
First Day of Class
Winter 2023 Quarter