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Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science in Executive Management for Design and Construction (EMDC) program. Below you will find information about application deadlines and how to apply.


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Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the EMDC program should have:

  • Eight or more years of progressive experience
  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, architecture, or a discipline consistent with program objectives
  • Evidence that he or she is likely to achieve at least a B-level grade point average at Northwestern University
  • Evidence of professional maturity

Individuals with quantitatively based degrees and/or appropriate work experience will be given serious consideration, and a B-level or higher grade point average at a comparable academic institution is the desired criterion for predicting academic success in the program.

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Application Materials

Applications will not be processed until they are complete; a complete application consists of:

  • An online application for admission to the Executive Management for Design and Construction program
  • A copy of the applicant's resumé
  • Official transcripts (unofficial copies may be accepted temporarily for expediency) from each college or university attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who are able to evaluate your professional experience and your capacity for independent academic work.

A decision on admissibility will usually be made within a week or two after your file is complete.

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Application Deadlines

Application Period Application Deadline Decision Date

Fall Quarter

August 15

September 6

Winter Quarter

November 15

November 30

Spring Quarter

February 15

February 31

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Questions About Admissions

For further information regarding this program, please contact the Admissions Coordinator, Jamelle Apolinar (emdc@northwestern.edu).

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Technology Guidelines for International Online Students

Northwestern University strives to provide access to its online degree programs to all students. While we will do our best to provide access, students must be aware that they may not be able to access course material due to technology or internet limitations. To that end, students are advised that they must meet the following technology requirements:

  • Students are required to have a laptop that meets or exceeds university requirements, with a working webcam and microphone for synchronous sessions.
  • Students are required to have access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection of at least 5 Mbps. While students can connect via Wi-Fi, we highly recommend using a wired internet connection, as faster internet connections improve the online experience.

Course materials are hosted primarily in the learning management system (Canvas), but occasionally courses may link to external content. Any costs associated with procuring access will be borne by the individual student.

In addition, it is a student’s responsibility to understand requirements related to whether an online degree will be recognized in a country other than the United States, how the collection of student data may be used in another country, and whether withholding taxes (in addition to the price of tuition) will apply. Some countries may not formally recognize foreign online degrees, which may have implications for students who later seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment with that country’s government or other employers requiring specific credentials. 

International students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license should first confirm with the appropriate professional licensing board in their country of residence or the country where they intend to work as to whether an online degree will be recognized when seeking licensure or certification.