Application Assistance

An application is the first step towards transforming both your career and your view of healthcare. We understand that the application journey can be daunting. Consult the checklist below to help you navigate the application process with confidence.

*Limited number of seats still available for the MSHC Class of 2018, starting in September. Please apply or contact us with any questions at healthcomm@northwestern.edu.

Application Checklist

+ Getting Started

  • Click the Apply Now button on any page.
  • If you are starting an application for the first time, click “Create Your Account.” You will be asked to create a password so that you may log in at a later time to finish your application or check the status of your recommenders. If you have started an application and are returning, click, “Online Application.”
  • You will be asked to select a program from a drop-down menu. Select, “Master of Science in Health Communication.” Select the appropriate term. Click, “Save,” and then click, “Next Page.”

Next, you will see the Welcome/instruction page. If you have the below documents prepared before you begin, the application should take between 10-20 minutes to complete.

You can always save your work and return to the application, but if you have all the documents ready in advance, the application can be completed in no time. All documents can be uploaded into the application. You will need:

  • Your Resume. Generally, a one page resume is best unless you have extensive professional experience.
  • Transcripts from any undergraduate and/or post-graduate institutions from which you have graduated. You may upload on unofficial transcript to get started. We will ask for an official transcript later in the process.
  • A Statement of Purpose , approximately 500-600 words in length, describing why you are applying to the Master of Science in Health Communication program as related to your background, career aspirations, personal and professional qualities, and potential contributions that you will bring to the classroom.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are mandatory for students whose native language is not English or if the language of instruction at your undergraduate institution was not English. Test scores are valid for two years from the date you took the test to the date of application.
  • The names and email addresses of three (3) persons who will submit recommendations for you. Recommenders should be familiar with your professional or academic work and should be able to comment meaningfully on your potential for success in a graduate course of study. Please note that ALL letters need to be received in order for your application to be considered complete.

+Background Information

  • Page three of the application asks for background information like your name, contact info, and address.
  • Page four asks for demographic information. You can easily select appropriate answers from the drop down menus.

+Academic Information

  • Page 5 of the application asks about your academic background. Click on the purple “Find College/University” box in the top left to find your school. If you graduated outside of the United States, you’ll see another link at the bottom of the page. Once you have selected your school, you will be asked to provide additional detail about your study.
  • You can upload an unofficial transcript on this page.

+Statement of Purpose

  • Your statement should be limited to 500-600 words or roughly two (2) double spaced pages in 12 point font. The statement should describe why you are applying to the Master of Science in Health Communication program as related to your background, career aspirations, personal and professional qualities, and potential contributions that you will bring to the classroom.

+Resume

  • You can upload your resume on page six of the application.

+Transcripts

  • Transcripts from any undergraduate and/or post-graduate institutions from which you have graduated. You may upload on unofficial transcript to get started. We will ask for an official transcript later in the process. All students who completed a bachelor's or advanced degree outside of the U.S. must submit an ECE or WES course-by-course verified transcript.

+Letters of Recommendation

  • You will enter three names and three email addresses. Once you hit “submit” under each name, the application system will email that person with information on how to submit a recommendation on your behalf.
  • Once your recommenders receive the form, they will complete and submit. All recommendation forms come directly to the program office. You do not need to collect recommendations. You can track their progress on page eight of the application.

+Additional Information

  • If you would like to report standardized test scores, you may do so on page seven.
  • You will be asked to certify your information on page nine.

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