Each year the MPM program welcomes 50 new students from all over the world.Each year the MPM program welcomes 50 new students from all over the world.


Thank you for your interest in the Master of Project Management (MPM) program. This page contains information about application requirements and deadlines.

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Application Deadlines

Recommended fall deadline: August 15
Recommended winter deadline: November 15
Recommended spring deadline (US part-time students): February 15

For the best chance of admission, ALL application materials should be submitted before recommended submission deadline. We will review all applications received before then and a decision on your admissibility to graduate study in this program will usually be made within a month after your file is complete.

Please note: Deadlines for international students are three months earlier in order to accommodate the processing of I-20 forms and issuance of a visa.

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Admission Requirements

Before applying to the MPM program, please read the admission requirements detailed below.


Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or architecture, but individuals with quantitatively based degrees and/or appropriate work experience will be given serious consideration, provided certain basic engineering, science, and mathematics requirements are satisfied in addition to the stated requirements of the program.


Minimum of 3.0 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work.


All colleges and universities attended must be listed on the application form, whether or not a degree has been awarded, or is expected to be awarded, and an official transcript from each institution must be filed with the application. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Unofficial transcripts are helpful for preliminary evaluation, but they are not acceptable for admission.

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from people who are able to evaluate your professional experience and your capacity for independent academic work. The recommendation letters will be used to aid in the admission decision, but they will not become part of the student's permanent file.

GRE Scores

Unless a written waiver is obtained, all applicants must provide either GRE or GMAT scores. For the GRE, the Institution Code is 1309 (no Program Code is required) and for the GMAT, the program code is 6WZ-TL-06.


You must upload a current resume or CV in the online application.

Personal Statement

All applicants will be required to write a personal statement covering their career plans, background information from their life, why they believe MPM will help satisfy their career objectives, and which courses they are most interested in and why.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $50 application fee is required. Payment can be made either online by a credit card or by a check payable to Northwestern University (all checks must be in U.S. funds and drawn on a U.S. bank). Payment cannot be waived or postponed.

Financial Requirements

This is a professional degree program and all participants are responsible for their tuition and fees in accordance with the prevailing schedules established by the University. Limited financial aid is available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but no aid is offered to international students. Visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page of this website for more information.

The MPM program supports military veterans and active duty personnel in their pursuit of graduate education.  Limited financial aid is available to match funds provided by the Yellow Ribbon Program and to assist those who might not be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.

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International Students

International student applicants must submit all required application materials. Official academic records (certificates, mark sheets, examination results, etc.) must be provided from all colleges and universities attended. "Official records" are copies of original documents certified by an official of the school issuing the original document, an official of the American Embassy, the Institute of International Education, or the American Friends of the Middle East. An international student currently registered in a college in the United States may have a copy of his original records certified by the registrar of that college. Documents certified by any person other than the officials listed above cannot be used as a basis for admission. If the original documents are not recorded in English, translations certified by one of the above officials must accompany the application.

English Language Proficiency

All international student applicants whose native language is not English and who have resided in the United States for less than two years must furnish certification of proficiency in the English language by means of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An absolute minimum TOEFL iBT score of 85 is required for admission, but a score over 90 iBT is highly desired. The INSTITUTION CODE for the MPM Program is 0331. A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required for admission.

For visa issues contact the International Office.

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Mailing Address

All documents submitted via mail, such as official transcripts, reference letters not submitted online, or IELTS scores, should be sent to the following address:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, Illinois 60208-3109

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Where can I learn more?

For more information about the Project Management MS degree program, contact the Program Director, Professor Raymond J. Krizek or 847-491-4040.