Current Students
Once Accepted


We are thrilled that you have decided to become a part the Northwestern MEM family. By accepting this offer of admission you are also joining an accomplished and engaged community of more than 230,000 Northwestern alumni worldwide. We are excited for the adventure you are about to begin and the MEM program team is here to make sure your transition from applicant to student is a seamless as possible. Below is a short list of steps you need to take in order to make your decision official. If you have any questions as you move through these steps please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at

Step 1: Activate Your NetID

Your NetID is your key to all the tools and resources Northwestern has to offer, including your email account, grades, tuition information, research tools, and more.

Follow this link to activate the NetID you received in your acceptance email.

Step 2: Activate Your Email

It’s important that you set up and check your Northwestern email account regularly. After your deposit email, email communications from the program will be sent to this account. Your account provides email, calendaring, Google Sites and Google Docs, spreadsheets, and presentations. Visit this page to set up your email account.

Bookmark the login page and be sure to keep track of your original username and password–you’ll need them throughout the program.

Click here for more information about setting up your account on various devices.

Step 3: Make Your Tuition Deposit

A non-refundable tuition deposit of $1000 payable by online deposit or check (made out to Northwestern University) is required within one month of receiving your admission decision. This amount will be automatically deducted from your first quarter’s tuition.

Click here to read a step by step explanation of how to make your tuition deposit. Please note that you do NOT need to make a second housing deposit for this program.


Send in official transcripts for all schools attended within six weeks of accepting your offer of admission (if you are still completing your undergraduate degree, please wait until you have your final transcript to send in).

E-Transcripts can be sent to

Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

Northwestern University MEM Program
2145 Sheridan Rd
Suite A334
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Tuition, Expected Costs, and Financial Assistance

All participants in the MEM program are responsible for their tuition and fees in accordance with the schedules established by Northwestern University. The current tuition rates can be found on the MEM Tuition page and are updated prior to each academic year.

Estimate of $7,500 for textbooks and miscellaneous expenses during the program.

Estimate of $4,000 for Northwestern health insurance (option to obtain waiver discussed below).

Students must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and be enrolled in at least 2 units to be eligible for federal student loans. Please direct any questions about financial aid or loans to the Evanston Office of Graduate Financial Aid.

Visas for International Students

International students can begin the student visa process once you activate your NetID.

Health Insurance

Northwestern requires all degree-seeking students to carry the appropriate health insurance coverage. Consequently, the university defaults each student into the Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) for the quarter they are admitted and start their MEM degree.  Newly admitted students must confirm enrollment or waive NU-SHIP during that quarter’s open enrollment period.  In addition, at the start of each subsequent academic year (Fall quarter) a student will need to confirm or waive NU-SHIP enrollment online in CAESAR. For additional information about NU-SHIP coverage, confirming or waiving NU-SHIP enrollment, or annual Northwestern insurance requirements, please see the Northwestern Student Insurance website.


Help with housing can be found at these links:

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

Vaccination Requirement

Students in on-campus, for-credit programs must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the 2022-23 academic year to support the health of our community and to position us for in-person classroom and co-curricular activities. Please visit this page for more detail regarding requirements and policy connected to COVID-19.


All Northwestern Engineering graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate, and you will be required to complete 12 MEM courses to satisfy our degree requirements. The degree consists of 7 core courses, 2 Advanced Engineering Methods courses, and 3 electives. Please review the MEM Student Policies document for more information.

Statistics Requirement

A calculus-based statistics background is a prerequisite for many of the MEM courses. During summer quarter, MEM requires all new and incoming students to complete a free, no credit, on-line calculus-based statistics course. Completing this course will adequately prepare students for the MEM curriculum. Details about the summer course will be sent in late spring 2020. The stats course grade will not appear on a student’s transcript, but MEM will require all students to obtain a “B” or better from the instructor in order to register for subsequent MEM courses. The summer online course is 8-weeks and it will run from late June to mid-August. Furthermore, students cannot enroll in MEM407: Decision Tools until successfully completing the statistics course.

Feel free to email us at with any questions. 

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