Application & Timeline (MM & DMA)

Graduate Application Checklist

Fall 2020 Graduate Application Timeline

December 1
Application due
December 1
Prescreening due (if required)
December 1
Final audition via recording due*
Early January
Audition or interview confirmations sent
February 6-16
On-campus auditions and/or interviews
Northwestern Admission Decision released
April 15
Enrollment deposit due

*Final audition by recording is only available for MM applicants who cannot complete an on-campus audition. DMA applicants must audition on campus.

International Applicants

International applicants to Northwestern include citizens of foreign countries in foreign education systems, citizens of foreign countries in the United States educational system, and United States citizens studying abroad. All applicants to Northwestern, international and domestic, apply using the same process and timeline. Northwestern University requires all undergraduate applicants, whether educated in the United States or abroad, to submit the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT Reasoning Test) or; American College Test (ACT) with writing.

International applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency. An evaluation of English proficiency includes reviewing all test scores, grades in classes taught in English, writing samples, and comments by recommenders. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants who complete 3 to 4 years of their secondary school curriculum in English and score 650 or above on the Critical Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Northwestern does not accept scores from other English proficiency exams, including the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (ITP).

See complete requirements for international applicants