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Application Process

The application to the MSHC program is online. There is a $40 fee to submit the application.  International applicants, see the International Application instructions.


Click the Apply Now button on any page. You can always save your work and return to the application.

  • If you are starting an application for the first time, click “Create Your Account.”
  • If you have started an application and are returning, click, “Online Application.” The online application will walk you through submitting the following materials:

Generally, a one page resume is best unless you have extensive professional experience.

You must upload an unofficial transcript in the application portal from any undergraduate/graduate institution.

If you are accepted and intend to matriculate, official transcripts are required. Official transcripts are sent directly from the institution. Please work with your institution’s registrar office directly to send official transcripts to the MSHC program via email ( or mailing address below.

All students who completed a degree outside of the US must submit an ECE or WES course-by-course verified transcript. Order the course-by-course transcript at or and mail it to the MSHC office address below.

MS Health Communication Program
Northwestern University
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, 15th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Your Statement of Purpose should be approximately 1-2 pages, double spaced, 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.

Submit the names and email addresses of two (2) people 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, recommenders should be able to speak to your academic and/or professional capabilities.  We do not accept friends and family members as recommenders.

You will enter each required field for the two recommenders in the online application. Once you hit “submit” under each name, the system will email that person with information on how to submit a recommendation form on your behalf. Once your recommenders receive the form, they will complete and submit it. All recommendation forms come directly to the program office. You can track the progress of your application within the application portal.

If you would like to report standardized test scores, record your scores in the online application and send an official score report to the MSHC office.

The GRE code for the MSHC program is 1539. Other official test reports may be sent to:

MS Health Communication Program
Northwestern University
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, 15th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

TOEFL scores are required if your 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. We require a minimum overall score of 100. The TOEFL code for the MSHC program is 6397.

The interview is the final component of an application. Once you have submitted your online application, the MSHC Admissions Committee will conduct an initial review and determine whether or not to extend an interview invitation. Some applicants will not progress to the interview stage.

If you are invited to interview, you will receive an email with instructions for scheduling. Interviews are conducted in the MSHC office, or virtually. In-person is preferred when possible, though virtual is acceptable if your location or schedule prohibits an in-person meeting.

You will receive an admission decision over email about 3-5 weeks after all components of the application are complete.