Graduate Application

Apply online to a graduate program and view admission criteria and application requirements.

Apply for 2024!

Applications are now open for Fall 2024.

2024 Application

The following criteria are applied when admitting graduate students:

  1. Evidence of a new birth in Jesus Christ.
  2. Willingness to abide by the conduct expectations as outlined in the “Declaration of Christian Community.”
  3. Likelihood of academic success at Northwestern.
  4. Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally, nationally, professionally, or specialized accredited institution (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education).
  5. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from all earned Bachelor’s degrees and previously taken graduate coursework. If GPA is below 3.0, an Academic Performance Essay will be required.
  6. Submission of application and two required essays.
  7. Submission of all official transcripts from post-secondary institutions at which a Bachelor’s degree was earned and graduate coursework was previously taken.
  8. Submission of two academic/professional reference contacts.
  9. Submission of a current resume (MBA, MOL, Leadership Certificate, Healthcare Management Certificate, and Data Analytics Certificate applicants only).
  10. Ability to demonstrate English language proficiency (see below for requirements).
  11. All application materials will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee, and the applicant may be contacted for an interview.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 80 on the web-based TOEFL. Applicants may also complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 or a minimum score of 58 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for students who are from a recognized English-speaking country, or for those who have successfully completed an English writing course with a grade of “C-” or better and have earned a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited U.S. college/university.

Due to the online nature of our programs, we cannot accept residential international students.

Certain programs may have additional admission requirements, stipulations, or restrictions. Exceptions to admission criteria may be made by the Dean of GOAL in consultation with Admissions.

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