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Welcome

Congratulations!

We are thrilled at the prospect of you joining the Northwestern MSLCE family. By accepting our offer of admission you will become part of an accomplished and engaged community of more than 220,000 Northwestern alumni worldwide. We know there is a lot of information to review and consider as you make your admissions decision and invite you to review the MSLCE Admissions Packet below.

Admissions Packet

Ready to make a decision?

If you would like to accept our offer of admission, please follow the steps below to begin your graduate education adventure at Northwestern; the MSLCE program team is here to make sure your transition from applicant to student is a seamless as possible. If you have any questions as you move through these steps please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 847.467.7117 or by email at creative@northwestern.edu.

If you have decided to decline our offer of admission, please email creative@northwestern.edu.

Step 1: Activate Your NetID

Your NetID is your key to all the tools and resources Northwestern has to offer, including your email account, grades, tuition information, research tools, and more.

Note: Northwestern Staff members and Current Students should NOT activate their NetID. Skip this step.

Step 2: Activate Your Email

It’s important that you set up and check your Northwestern email account regularly. After Orientation, ALL email communications from the program will be sent to this account. Your @u.northwestern.edu account provides email, calendaring, Google Sites and Google Docs, spreadsheets, and presentations.

  • Visit this page to set up your email account
  • Bookmark the login page and be sure to keep track of your original username and password-you’ll need them throughout the program.
  • Click here for more information about setting up your account on various devices

Note for Northwestern Staff: You are invited to create a u.northwestern.edu mail account if you would like to keep your school work separate from business. This is not required.

Step 3: Make Your Tuition Deposit

  • Click here to read a step by step explanation of how to make your tuition deposit. Please note that you do NOT need to make a second housing deposit for this program. You should only make a housing deposit if your application for housing has been approved by the Graduate On-Campus Housing Office (see below for more information on housing).

About Double Deposits

Double deposits are when a student makes a tuition deposit to more than one program, school, or university. Sometimes this is done because students are delaying making a decision on which program to attend, or are waiting to hear about another school’s waitlist. Double deposits are considered unethical for a couple of reasons.

  • First, the tuition deposit is your signal that you intend to attend a program. If you make a deposit knowing that might not be the case, that’s dishonest.
  • Second, it’s unfair to other applicants. Once a student has signaled that they intend to enroll, other students could be denied admission based on the class size. If you make a deposit at more than one program, you are depriving other interested students from attending.

If you have questions or need an extension to make your deposit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at creative@northwestern.edu. We are happy to have a conversation.

Once you have completed steps 1-3, you will be contacted by the MSLCE program staff with further information on how to get ready for your first quarter of the program. Please continue to complete the following steps applicable to you as soon as possible. Students may also be interested interested in reviewing the information below on housing and funding resources; this information was also included in the admissions packet above.

Step 4: Submit Your Health Forms and Official Transcripts


While you will be able to register for the Fall quarter with your health forms and official transcripts still outstanding, it’s extremely important you begin working on these now because you will NOT be able to enroll in the Winter without them and they can take weeks to complete.


  • Submit your Admission Health Record
    • All degree-seeking Northwestern students are required to have adequate health insurance. Additionally, as a Northwestern Student enrolled in 2 or more classes, you are required by Illinois law and University regulations to show proof of immunizations and to submit a completed “Admission Health Record for Non-Healthcare Students.
    • Answers to many questions about Northwestern’s health requirements can be found here.
  • Submit your Official Academic Transcripts
    • Many applicants submit unofficial academic transcripts for admission purposes. We require official transcripts for you to be able to enroll in classes. Official transcripts are most commonly sent to us directly from the institution that awarded them. Many institutions are able to submit official transcripts electronically and may email those to creative@northwestern.edu. Anyone submitting hard copies of their transcripts may submit them in a sealed envelope from your institution to the address below:
MSLCE Program
2240 Campus Dr.
Suite 1-275
Evanston, IL 60208

International Students: Request Your I-20 or SEVIS Transfer


  • Visit this page and click on “New Students” on the left side.
  • If you need to transfer your SEVIS Record, click on “SEVIS Transfer In Request”

  • If you need to request an I-20 scroll down to “F Student I-20 Requests” and then choose “School of Communication Graduate Student I-20 Request”
  • In both situations, you will need to create a login. Follow the instructions here starting on page 2.

If you have any problems logging in the system or requesting the documentation you need, please email intadmit@northwestern.edu and copy creative@northwestern.edu.

On-Campus and Off-Campus Housing

  • On-Campus Housing: MSLCE students are eligible to apply for on-campus graduate housing. Applications for on-campus housing open on April 1 and more information can be found at https://www.northwestern.edu/living/housing-options/graduate-housing/ 
  • Off-Campus Housing: For students who are new to the Evanston/Chicago area and would like to live off campus, Northwestern has provided a list of resources, which you can find here.


Funding Resources

  • MSLCE Scholarships: If awarded, scholarship amounts from the MSLCE program are included in your admission letter. These scholarships will be added to your account about four weeks prior to the start of the quarter. 
  • External Fellowship/Scholarship Resources: The Northwestern Office of Fellowships lists fellowships for both domestic and international students that have previously been awarded to Northwestern students. They also provide a list of databases and resources that students may also find helpful when looking for further funding opportunities.
  • Graduate Student Loans: For more information please visit the Graduate Financial Aid Office. Your NetID and email address must be active before the financial aid office can begin working with you.