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Admission Requirements

Below are the requirements for admission to our Master of Science in Reproductive Science & Medicine (MS-RSM) degree. For a full list of what to include in your application and to start the application process, see our Application Process page.


Undergraduate Major

Applicants must have a bachelor or post-baccalaureate degree in biology, life sciences or a related field from an accredited college or university. Applicants with nursing or medical degrees are also encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate GPA

GPA must be at least 3.0 with relevant course work (rigorous biology and chemistry coursework). Life and professional experiences will also be considered for applicants.

Research Experience

Prior research experience is not a requirement but is considered a positive factor for the overall application. Students who select the thesis track should have some research experience and have completed a least one biology course with laboratory or equivalent.

GRE/MCAT Scores (Optional)

Applicants are NOT required to submit GRE or MCAT test scores. If submitting test scores, applicants should follow all instructions within the online application.

English Language Proficiency

International students are required to demonstrate proficient English language skills. Applicants must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams. Scores must be from exams taken within two years of the intended quarter of entry at Northwestern.

  • Minimum TOEFL score: 80 (internet based), 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based)
  • Minimum IELTS score: 7
Students who earned undergraduate or graduate degrees from institutions where English is the language of instruction are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS.

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