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International Student Admissions

Global Classrooms for Global Professionals

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business is a vibrant global community. International students are invited to complete a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at D’Amore-McKim’s lively campus in the center of Boston. This is an exciting opportunity to develop an international professional network and fulfill your dream of studying in the U.S.

Invest a Few Months—Earn Lifelong Rewards

If you are joining the program from outside the U.S., you can choose between two certificate program formats. Graduates of both formats receive the same Graduate Certificate of Business Administration upon successful completion.

The 8-Month International Student Cohort follows a set, 5-course curriculum. If you choose to pursue this option, you will be enrolled full-time for two semesters. Learning from world-renowned faculty, your coursework will cover innovative business practices, financial reporting, management of people and organizations, market strategies, and more. You will take your courses alongside a familiar, steady group of other international students.

The 4-Month Accelerated Curriculum is a shorter option for students looking to quickly gain specific training. This one-semester, four course (12-credit), is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant community of D'Amore‑McKim.

You may select any four 3-credit courses from our available MBA course offerings. Northeastern is AACSB accredited, so with proper approval and communication with your home university, these credits may transfer back into your home program. In this program format, you will learn alongside American as well as international students.


Interested in US work authorization?

International Students, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

As an international student, you may have the opportunity to gain valuable professional training after completing the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. When you successfully complete an 8-month, 15-credit Graduate Certificate program, you will be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. OPT authorization allows graduates 12 months of work eligibility in the U.S.

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English Language Requirement

English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. If you are not a native English speaker, we require a standardized test of English language proficiency. Exceptions are granted to those who completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction, as well as to those who have worked full-time in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or other native English-speaking environment.

Demonstrating Proficiency through Test Scores

We accept the following English language proficiency test scores. Enter your scores and upload a scanned copy of your results as a document in your online application. The TOEFL iBT, IELTS, and PTE Academic results are each valid for two years.

Demonstrating Proficiency through an Admissions Interview

If you have not completed an English language proficiency test, feel that your scores are not an accurate representation of your abilities, or simply prefer an interview, you may request an intake interview in lieu of providing test scores. Interviews are typically 30 minutes long, may be completed remotely or in-person, and are arranged at the time of application review.

Additional International Application Requirements

In addition to the standard application requirements, there are also additional materials we request from international applicants.

Your Passport

If you are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a scanned copy of your passport into the Supplemental Section of your online application.

English Translations of Academic Transcripts

Any scanned academic transcripts that you submit through our application must include an English translation. Include all postsecondary educational institutions you have attended—as well as any technical or professional schools—and your diploma or degree earned. Do not include transcripts from your secondary school or high school.