Thank you for your interest Our Admissions Committee carefully considers everything you submit with your application—from academic achievement and leadership qualities to the professional and global experiences you'll bring to the classroom. We want your application process to go smoothly. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have.
“D’Amore-McKim MS in Innovation students are driven professionals. They are here to gain the tools and techniques to recognize opportunities, “sell” their employers on their ideas, then usher their concepts through development, validation, prototyping, and testing—ultimately rolling out a new product or service. These are people that are going to do great things in the next few years.
— Carolyn E. Boviard
Director of MS in Innovation and Specialty Programs
How to Apply
The Admissions Committee will review your application when you have submitted the following materials.
Stay organized! Download and print our application instructions, including a handy checklist.
Complete the online application form by the appropriate deadline. Submit your application as soon as you have completed your part of it, whether or not your recommenders have completed their evaluations. The online application system will automatically match recommendations submitted on your behalf with your application.
Your nonrefundable $100 application fee, to be paid electronically by credit card, is due when you submit your online application.
Please include your name and essay question on each page of your personal statement. It should be presented in 12-point size font, double-spaced. Discuss both your short-term and long-term professional goals. Describe what challenges you may face as well as how your previous experiences will help contribute to your future success. Your answer should highlight why you have decided to pursue your MS in Innovation at this point in your career and how you feel a Northeastern degree will help you achieve success. Upload your personal statement as a PDF or Word document into your online application.
Submit a professional résumé that lists your work history, beginning with your most recent experience. Please include awards or other recognition you may have received for work, community service, or other accomplishments. Upload your résumé as a PDF or Word document in your online application.
Two Letters of Professional Recommendation
Register your recommenders in your online application so that they may submit their evaluations online. We suggest that you obtain recommendations from individuals (such as current or recent managers) who have directly supervised your work and can assess your ability and potential to succeed in a rigorous business school program and achieve career success.
D’Amore-McKim School of Business accepts the GMAC Common Recommendation Form in lieu of our online recommendation. Please enter your recommender information into the online application and advise them to upload a PDF of the GMAC Common Recommendation Form without filling out our online questionnaire.
Applicants without work experience: Both of your recommendations may be from your professors.
Upload scanned copies of your academic transcripts from each degree-granting postsecondary institution (undergraduate and graduate) attended. Please do not submit academic records from your secondary school or high school.
We follow an online application review process so please do not send your paper transcriptions or certified evaluations to our office unless you receive a request from us to do so. The Admissions Committee will review your scanned transcriptions, which are considered unofficial at this stage of the application process.
Submitting Official Transcripts and Test Results
Once admitted, students will be required to submit official paper transcripts (directly from each academic institution attended)—or, if applicable, certified evaluations for institutions from outside the United States from WES or CED—and official test scores before being eligible to enroll. Northeastern University reserves the right to revoke any offer of admission if there is any discrepancy between the unofficial (including scanned transcripts) and official transcripts submitted.
If you were a transfer, study-abroad, or exchange student, you must include scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended, even if some of your courses appear on multiple transcripts. If you are a current student, please include a list of your current classes even if you have not received your final grades.
Please read and sign the Applicant’s Agreement attesting to the authenticity and truthfulness of your work before submitting your online application.
GMAT or GRE Results
Enter your scores and upload a scanned copy of your unofficial test results as a document in your online application. Please request that your official scores be sent to us. The current version of the GMAT includes a section for “Integrated Reasoning.” We accept current as well as previous versions of the GMAT.
D'Amore-McKim School of Business MS in Innovation Program Codes
- GMAT: 276-C0-86
- GRE: 7490
GMAT/GRE waiver for those with 10+ years of work experience. For those with less than 10 years, a waiver can be requested.
Copy of US Permanent Residency Card (if applicable)
If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a copy of the front and back of your permanent residency (Green) card. Upload a scanned copy into the Supplemental Section of your online application.
The MS in Innovation program starts in September on our Boston campus and in January for online students. Our application dates are as follows. We will review all applications received after the final deadline on a rolling basis.
Boston Campus Application Deadlines
|Application Due Date
||Admission Decision Date*
Online Application Deadlines
|Online Application Due Date
||Admission Decision Date*
| October 15
|| November 1
*Candidates will hear from us no later than these dates. It is possible, however, that candidates hear from us earlier.
- Each applicant may be considered for only one graduate business degree program per academic year.
- All applications (including supporting documents) must be submitted online.
- Each applicant is responsible for completing his/her own application and ensuring that the information and material submitted is truthful. Northeastern reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission made to any applicant whose work or any part of the application is found to be false or inauthentic.
- Each submitted application (along with supporting materials) becomes the property of Northeastern University and is nonreturnable.
- Because of the volume of applications, we are not able to provide feedback to candidates who are not offered admission.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to assume the costs of verifying and/or authenticating any documents associated with the application.
- Each application is kept on file for one year after it is submitted. In working with re-applicants, the Admissions Committee may, at its discretion, use some materials from an application submitted up to one year earlier. After one year, a re-applicant must submit a new application and supporting documents.
- Interviews are available by invitation only.
Policy On Equal Opportunity
Northeastern University is committed to providing equal opportunity to students and employees, and to eliminating discrimination when it occurs. In furtherance of this commitment, Northeastern University strictly prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed, genetic information, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, and veteran or disability status. All forms of discrimination or harassment within the University community are unacceptable and will be sanctioned appropriately. Further, University policy and applicable law prohibit retaliation against those who, in good faith, bring or cooperate in the investigation of complaints of discrimination or harassment. The University’s nondiscrimination policies and related grievance procedures are available online and in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Inquiries regarding the University’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to:
Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
125 Richards Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115