Once Accepted

Please return the Confirmation of Intention to Register form by the deadline listed in your acceptance letter. Once received, you will be sent instructions on how to pay the non-refundable $500 tuition deposit. Your place in the incoming class is not secure until both items have been received. Students risk losing their space in the upcoming class if they do not confirm their intent to register in a timely manner. If you are unable to return your Confirmation of Intention to Register form and/or deposit promptly, contact the program office at 847-467-7527 or

Preliminary Program Exam:

  • Once admitted, incoming students of the MSAI program will be administered a programming exam in person approximately one week before classes begin. The purpose of this exam is to assess student coding ability as we want our incoming students to have the skills necessary to start in an aggressive computational environment. The exam may be completed using any language of proficiency (Python, Java, C, etc.) and will be written (closed-computer, closed-book). Those scoring below threshold will be required to enroll in a Northwestern faculty-led intensive programming class in parallel with fall quarter course requirements. Please note code examples such as Github included as part of the application will not be considered in place of the preliminary programming exam.

Accepted Student Checklist:

  • Return the Confirmation of Intention to Register form.
  • Using instructions provided (following receipt of Confirmation of Intention to Register form), logon to pay $500 non-refundable tuition deposit. Deposit may also be paid by check or money order and mailed to:  Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering-MSAI Program, 2133 Sheridan Road, Office 3.324, Evanston, Illinois 60208. Students may also pay by wire transfer (contact the program office for instructions).
  • Official transcripts should be sent to the address above within four weeks of accepting your offer of admission. You may also have e-transcripts sent to .
  • Active your Northwestern email account upon receipt of NetID activation code.
  • Complete the Entrance Health Requirements for Non-Healthcare students as mandated by the state of Illinois.
  • If eligible and interested, apply for Federal Loans. Visit the Funding + Loans page or visit Northwestern University Student Financial Services Office. Please note that the MSAI program is under the McCormick School of Engineering and is not a program within The Graduate School.
  • If you were in the process of completing your degree when you applied, have your degree-awarding institution issue an official copy of your final transcript to the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence program.
  • International students should begin the student visa process after submitting the Confirmation of Intention to Register form and $500 non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • Use your NetID to get your Wildcard!

Students are eligible to enroll in the student NU/Aetna health insurance plan on a voluntary basis. To enroll, students must complete the application and submit payment during the first quarter of enrollment. Students who do not elect coverage in the first quarter of enrollment will not be able to enroll in health insurance thereafter.