Are there any changes to the HSIP admission requirements due to COVID-19?
NOTE: Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will not require the GRE. However, at this time, English Proficiency Certification (TOEFL, IELTS, or degree from accredited institution where language of instruction is English) are still required for the upcoming admissions season.
We will not require the GRE for the upcoming admissions season but will still need English Proficiency Certification. We are constantly monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and are aware of changes to test requirements. Currently, the TOEFL have transitioned to online, proctored at-home tests with exception of China and Iran. Please refer to the official ETS website
for regional and the most up-to-date information regarding any changes to test taking. If you are unable to take the TOEFL (if required), we recommend waiting until they are available in your area as they are still a necessary component for the admissions process.
If I apply to the HSIP program, can I get financial support?
Yes, all students who are admitted are offered full tuition coverage, a stipend, and paid coverage in the Northwestern University student health service and insurance plan. HSIP students continue to receive both the tuition coverage and stipend as long as they progress satisfactorily through the program. The stipend for 2020-21 is $33,504.
Is health insurance provided?
Yes, the cost of the Northwestern University student health insurance plan is provided for all HSIP students. More information can be found on the Student Health Insurance page
Does HSIP conduct applicant interviews?
All interviews will be virtual for this upcoming admissions season.
Yes. Applicants selected by the admissions committees for the 2021-2022 academic year will be interviewed via Zoom.
Can I apply online?
Yes, The Graduate School uses a secure online application site. First, review the application instructions
What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline is December 1.
Can I obtain a paper application?
No. Northwestern, no longer issues paper applications.
Are there special forms for my recommendation letter writers to use?
Letters should be submitted via the online application portal. No additional form is needed.
Do I need to take the GRE exam?
No, applications for the upcoming admissions season do not require the GRE.
Do you have a cut off for GPA?
We do not eliminate applicants from consideration solely on the basis of their GPA. Students in entering classes typically have an average undergraduate GPA between 3.2 and 4.0.
Is the TOEFL required for foreign applicants?
Yes. The Graduate School at Northwestern University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the written test, 250 on the computer based test, or 100 on the internet test for admission to the university. Applicants may also take the IELTS. HSIP cannot waive this requirement except for applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees from institutions where English is the language of instruction.
After acceptance into the program, does HSIP provide additional resources to assist with English proficiency?
Yes. HSIP has partnered with Northwestern University's English department to offer free, non-credit resources
for graduate students that can be provided in-person or remotely.
Do I need to know what type of research I want to do when I start?
No, courses and other experiences during your first year will give you an opportunity to explore many types of research before you have to select your dissertation project.
Can I start in winter or spring quarters?
HSIP generally admits students to begin Fall Quarter each year. The exception is for those wishing to pursue the Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety track, who should apply for Summer Quarter because required courses for this track begin in July.
Does HSIP offer a Master's degree?
No, we only offer a PhD.
Do you need a Master’s degree in order to apply to the HSIP program?
No, a Master's degree is not required to apply.
Does HSIP support dual degree programs?
Yes. If a student is interested in a dual degree program (i.e. MD/PhD
, approved Master’s degrees within The Graduate School), you must be accepted into both programs.
Does HSIP have a directory to see which faculty member's research matches my interests or work?