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Accepting applications for Winter '21 + Fall '21

Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

    Application fees for winter 2021 admission have been waived. Applicants will be taken directly to the submission confirmation page when they submit and will not be asked to pay the $40 application fee.

    Please contact program staff at creative@northwestern.edu if you experience any issues.

    Winter 2021 Applicants

    The application for winter 2021 admission is open! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions will be communicated within 3 weeks after each deadline if all materials have been received. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.
    First Deadline: September 8, 2020
    Second Deadline: October 26, 2020
    FINAL DEADLINE: December 1, 2020

     

    Fall 2021 Applicants

    The application for fall 2021 admission is open! 
    First Deadline: December 1, 2020
    Second Deadline: February 1, 2021
    Third Deadline: March 15, 2021

    Applications are  accepted on a rolling basis. Admission is competitive and space is limited. The earlier an application is submitted, the higher the chance is for acceptance and for receiving a merit-based scholarship (for US + Canadian applicants only). Applications will continue to be accepted after the final deadline as space in the program allows.

    The final deadline for international applications is March 15, 2021.

    Application Instructions

    Click the button below to start the online application. For full application instructions and a list of required documents, expand the appropriate section below. If you are starting an application for the first time, click on the ‘Start Application’ button below and then select ‘Create Account’. Applicants with an account should select ‘Online Application’ to return to their started application or to check on the status of a submitted application.

    Start your application

    Domestic Applicants

    The MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises online application consists of the following items:

    • Online application form
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Why does the MSLCE program appeal to you and what makes you a strong candidate? How will the MSLCE program further your career goals?
      • Approximately two pages, double spaced
    • Resume
    • Transcripts
      • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
      • Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for the purposes of the application. Once admitted, official transcripts from the college or university must be submitted before the first day of classes. Official transcripts must be sent in envelopes sealed by the issuing colleges or universities. PDF files originating from the issuing college or university are acceptable when sent directly to the Admissions Office at creative@northwestern.edu. Transcripts not received in this manner are not considered official and will not be accepted.
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic or professional work and can comment meaningfully on your potential as a graduate student
      • Recommenders are emailed directly by the online application once contact information has been entered.
    • $40 application fee

    Domestic students who earned their bachelor’s degree outside the US should see the international applicant section on how to get their transcript evaluated.

    GRE/GMAT scores are not required and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

    Official transcripts may be mailed to the MSLCE Office at:
    MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises Admissions
    Northwestern University
    2240 Campus Drive, Rm 1-256
    Evanston, IL 60208

    International Applicants

    The MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises online application consists of the following items:

    • Online application form
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Why does the MSLCE program appeal to you and what makes you a strong candidate? How will the MSLCE program further your career goals?
      • Approximately two pages, double spaced
    • Resume
    • Transcripts or Transcript Evaluation from ECE or WES if degree is earned outside the US
      • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. See instructions below.
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic or professional work and can comment meaningfully on your potential as a graduate student
      • Recommenders are emailed directly by the online application once contact information has been entered.
    • Official TOEFL score
    • $40 application fee

    GRE/GMAT scores are not required and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

    A minimum overall score of 100 is required with a minimum score of 26 on the “Speaking” section. Students with TOEFL scores below these standards will not be accepted. The test must have been administered no more than two years prior to the application date. The TOEFL code is 5956. The program does not accept the IELTS  or other tests.

    The TOEFL may be waived for applicants who earned their bachelor’s or graduate degree from a university where English was the primary language of instruction.

    Official TOEFL scores may be emailed to creative@northwestern.edu or sent to the address below:
    MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises Admissions
    Northwestern University
    2240 Campus Drive, Rm 1-256
    Evanston, IL 60208

    Transcript Evaluation Instructions

    Applicants who earned or will earn their bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S. must submit all transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) for a course-by-course verification. Applications will not be reviewed without the degree verification. Be sure to select the MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program as the recipient of your evaluation. Foreign transcripts sent directly to our office will not be accepted.

    Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org)
    After creating an account and entering in all necessary information to order a course-by-course evaluation, you must order an additional report copy to be delivered to the MSLCE office.  Under the Additional Report Copies page, you should click the Search for Institution button and type “Northwestern”.  A list of programs within Northwestern University that accept ECE evaluations will appear.  Select “Northwestern University-MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises”. (Note that another program at the School of Communication will also be listed under a similar address.  DO NOT select the program that delivers to “MSC Office of Admissions” or the processing of your evaluation will be delayed.)  You should see the following text: “Your report copy will be sent to this institution electronically.”  Click Continue, and please make sure to follow all other necessary steps to completely submit your order.  You should receive an ECE reference number to keep on file.

    World Education Services (www.wes.org)
    After creating an account and entering in all necessary information, navigate to the Your Evaluation tab and select a course-by-course report.  Click Add Recipient, and you should see a drop down box that will allow you to choose Educational Institution.  Click Continue and type in “Northwestern”.  Select Northwestern University-Illinois, then School of Communication- MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises. On the next page, you should see our mailing address as 2240 Campus Drive, #2-156.  (Note that there will be several other programs within the School of Communication listed.  DO NOT select any of these other programs, and DO NOT select the generic “Office of Admissions” or the processing of your evaluation will be delayed.)  Please make sure to follow all other necessary steps to completely submit your order.  You should receive a WES reference number to keep on file.

    Questions and Status Updates

    Applicants can review the status of their supporting materials by logging into their application and reviewing the application checklist. Contact admissions at 847-467-7117 or creative@northwestern.edu with questions regarding the application process or for an update on the status of your application. Students should allow two weeks for all supporting materials to be received after the application has been formally submitted.

    Application Decisions

    After the admissions committee has reviewed your completed application, you will receive a letter informing you of its decision. Qualified applicants may be invited to interview with the admissions committee.

    Once Accepted

    Please return the Admission Decision/Intent to Register form along with a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit by the deadline listed in your acceptance letter. Your place in the incoming class is not secure until both items have been received. Students risk losing their space in the upcoming class if they do not confirm their intent to register in a timely manner.

    If you are unable to return your Admission Decision/Intent to Register form and deposit promptly, contact admissions at 847-467-7117 or creative@northwestern.edu.

    Accepted Student Checklist:

    • Return the Admission Decision/Intent to Register form with a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit.
    • Activate your Northwestern email account upon receipt of Net ID activation code.
    • Complete the Entrance Health Requirements for Non-Healthcare students as mandated by the state of Illinois.
    • If eligible and interested, apply for Federal Loans. See Tuition + Financial Aid or visit Northwestern University’s Student Financial Services Office. Please note that the MSLCE program is under the School of Communication and is not connected with The Graduate School.
    • If you were in the process of completing your degree when you applied, have your degree-awarding institution issue an official copy of your final transcript to the M.S. in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program, showing degree conferral.
    • International students should begin the student visa process after submitting the Admission Decision/Intent to Register form and non-refundable tuition deposit.

    Students are eligible to enroll in the student NU-SHIP health insurance plan on a voluntary basis. To enroll, students must complete the application and submit payment during the first quarter of enrollment. Students who do not elect coverage in the first quarter of enrollment will not be able to enroll in health insurance thereafter.