Admissions Process

The admissions process at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business follows a deadline-driven timetable, which means applications are reviewed—and decisions rendered—depending on the date the application was submitted. It is always advantageous for you to submit your application as early as possible. The committee will review applications as they are submitted. Visit our Admissions Application Deadlines page to see the next admissions deadline.

We’ll continue accepting applications on a space-available basis, contact us today for more information.

What Makes a Strong Application

The Admissions Committee will evaluate each application on the following elements:

  • Academic preparation for graduate work
  • Career potential in the areas of international business; work experience is not required
  • Quality, length, and level of work experience, if applicable
  • Potentially unique or individual contributions to the classroom
  • Strength of recommendations

Application Components

To apply for the MSIB program, you will submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Personal essay addressing your professional and academic achievements that will help you to succeed in the field of international business
  • Two Professional Recommendations (Academic Recommendations may be accepted in lieu of Professional Recommendations, particularly for candidates with little/no work experience)
  • Academic Transcript
  • Current Resume
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS if applicable

Application Requirements

You will need to have successfully completed three prerequisite undergraduate business courses from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent with a minimum grade of a 3.00 in each class. You may enroll or be enrolled in classes fulfilling the prerequisite courses while you apply for admission to this program. Please provide official transcripts showing the completed coursework when available.

Prerequisite Undergraduate Business Courses

  1. Introduction to Financial Accounting or Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  2. Organizational Behavior or Introduction to Marketing
  3. Financial Management

GMAT/GRE Requirement

Although we are a GMAT-preferred graduate school, we accept either GMAT or GRE test scores. Please upload a scanned copy of your unofficial test results in your application and request that your official scores be sent to us. Our GMAT code is 276-C0-84 and our GRE code is 8338.

English Language Requirement

We welcome students from around the globe. Our program is built upon a learning experience that encourages group discussions and active class participation. To succeed, you will need proficiency in written and oral English. If you are not a native English speaker, you will submit TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE Academic results unless you completed a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction. (Your academic transcript must indicate that all instruction is in English.) Please enter your test scores and upload a scanned copy of your results as a document in your application. Our TOEFL test code is 3671.

How to Fulfill Prerequisite Course Requirements

You can fulfill your prerequisites by enrolling in our Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

You have two options: you may either apply directly to the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and after successful completion apply to the MS in International Business, or you may apply directly to the MS in International Business and secure conditional admittance pending successful completion of the prerequisite courses.

You may complete all of the prerequisite courses in one of three semesters each year (January–April, May–August and September–December). Courses must be completed before the MSIB program. The MS in International Business enrolls in September.

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Northeastern University Scholarship Opportunities

There is no separate application for scholarship consideration. All admitted candidates are automatically considered.

Double Husky Scholarship

Are you a Northeastern graduate who is considering going back to school to earn your graduate degree or certificate? The Double Husky Scholarship helps Husky alumni finance their graduate education by providing a tuition discount of up to 25 percent.

The Parent and Family Scholarship

Are you a parent or sibling of a current Northeastern undergraduate student? Northeastern offers a first-of-its-kind Parent and Family Scholarship for parents and siblings of full-time undergraduate day students to pursue part- or full-time graduate degree and certificate programs with a 25-percent discount. To be eligible, you will need to provide the Northeastern University ID number of your son, daughter, or sibling (who must be currently enrolled at Northeastern as a full-time undergraduate day student) at the time of your application.

D’Amore-McKim MS in International Business Scholarship

The D’Amore-McKim MS in International Business Scholarship is a highly competitive award offered to our most promising candidates. Successful candidates have typically distinguished themselves by their potential to be a leader in their communities.

Have Questions?

We look forward to receiving your application in the near future. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617.373.5992 or

We encourage you to begin your application online as soon as possible.

MS in International Business

Program Overview

Enhance your career potential. Download the program overview and learn how the MS in International Business can advance your professional career.