Program Admission Requirements

The Graduate Committee will select applicants from amongst those who meet the following criteria:


A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in biology, chemistry, medical technology, pharmacy, chemical engineering or a related field.
At least two semesters undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) in each of the following: mathematics (including calculus), biology, physics, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.

Note: Applicants with deficiencies in their baccalaureate courses may be admitted to the MS Program and allowed to take undergraduate courses at Northeastern University concurrently with certain graduate courses. Students admitted with deficiencies must remove them within the first year of graduate study. Applicants for the PhD Program must meet all admission requirements.

Application Deadline

PhD: December 6, 2020 for Fall 2021 admission
MS: June 1, 2021 for Fall 2021 (Students needing a visa should apply as early as possible).

GPA and Testing

  • A minimum (undergraduate) grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better.
  • A high score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for students whose native language is not English, or whose baccalaureate education was at an institution where English was not the language of instruction. For TOEFL suggested score of 100 internet with 22 spoken. The written or computer-based exam is no longer accepted. Suggested score for IELTS is a minimum of 7.5.
  • A high score in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This test must be taken within the last five years. Specialty subject GRE’s are not required. (suggested score: 305 — A minimum score of 150 Verbal Reasoning and 150 Quantitative Reasoning is preferred).

Please send all required documents to:

Northeastern University
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Graduate Admissions
123 BK, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


[email protected]

The ETS code for the Bouve College of Health Science Graduate Office is #3629.

International Student Information

Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation from one of the agencies listed below. We require the iCAP WES package that evaluates your transcripts course by course. Transcript evaluations will allow our reviewers to better understand the educational system in which you studied, which may be beneficial for your application review.

International applicants are also required to submit the official transcript or a scanned version of the official transcript as part of their application.

Credentialing Agencies for Transcript Verification

Educational Credential Evaluators
P. O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

Additional Information

Applicants for the Master of Science Program can request full or part time study (for international students only an I-20 visa requires that a student be full time). The Ph.D. Program is full time only.

For information regarding PhD funding, please see the PhD network website

If you have any additional questions about the graduate programs please email [email protected].

If you have questions about any missing documents in your application such as your GRE or TOEFL scores, please email the Bouvé graduate office at [email protected].