Frequently Asked Questions

What are admissions deadlines?

Please view our admissions page to get a better understanding of our admissions deadlines for part-time, full-time, and international students.

How do I pay for my $50 application fee?

$50 application fee payable in US funds. All application fees are paid through the application system. Please note that applicants that attend a MEM Information Session will have their application fee waived.

What is the tuition cost?

Tuition costs change on a yearly basis. The proposed costs for the Academic Year can be found on the Master of Engineering Management tuition web page.

IS MEM a stem degree?

Yes, Northwestern MEM is a STEM degree. Here is a link to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website listing all the STEM degrees. MEM STEM degree's CIP code is 15.1501.

What Areas of Specialization are available?

MEM degree students may attain optional concentrations by choosing 3 courses within these categories:

  • Managerial Analytics
  • Design & Innovation
  • Project and Process Management

Are grants or teaching assistantships available?

MEM does not currently offer any grants or teaching assistantships. The MEM Staff will help ensure that your employer receives the required information for tuition reimbursement, if applicable.

Please review other options on the Master of Engineering Management financial aid web page.

Who needs to submit a TOEFL score?

Much of your success in graduate study in the United States will rest on your ability to understand, read, write and speak English.

All applicants whose native language is not English must certify their proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These scores are also required of all applicants whose undergraduate training, in whole or in part, was taken at an institution in a country where English is not the native language. This includes bilingual or multilingual institutions in bilingual or multilingual countries. United States citizenship or permanent residency status is not an automatic waiver of this requirement.

Official scores must be less than two years old and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institutional code assigned to Northwestern University Master of Engineering Management is B823. Be sure to include this number on your test form. If your results are not sent to this code, we will never receive them. Do not have your scores sent to any departmental code that may be listed. Personal copies are not considered official, nor are "attested" or notarized copies. However, it is to your advantage to include an e-copy of your score report with your application. This helps us verify your scores quickly, should there be any delay in receiving the official report.

For the TOEFL, you must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test, 250 or higher on the computer-based test, 100 or higher on the internet-based test. For the IELTS, you must receive a score of 7.0 or higher.

Can I take any course in any order?

All new students should plan on taking the MEM402 Engineering Management gateway course as one of their first courses. It introduces students to business functions through the creation and simulation of a comprehensive business plan which provides the background for advanced engineering management courses.

Following the gateway course, it is advised that all new students complete the core courses of Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Leadership, and Decision Tools as early in their academic career as possible. Students will benefit greatly by having completed these courses early in their MEM career since all other MEM courses rely on a business core. The program is flexible in many cases, but this is the most advisable approach. The MEM437 Strategic Management capstone course should ideally be taken as one of a student's last courses.