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Spotlight on Northeastern Engineering

Prodigy Finance - August 10, 2018

Ready to learn everything you need to know about engineering and STEM masters degrees at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering? You're in the right place!

Prodigy Finance spotlight on Northeastern engineering

Northeastern University was founded in 1898 and by 1909, the College of Engineering joined the family. The focus on co-operative learning and internships sets this school apart from many others.

Boston offers a world of opportunities, though many students opt to live on campus, using it as a springboard into the city and country. That, combined with the co-op programme allows for infinite possibilities; wherever you want to go, an MS from Northeastern can take you there. 

Northeastern fast facts

Private university

University enrollment: 26,660

Living alumni: 245,000+ alumni in 164 countries

Full-time graduate students: 8391

Engineering grad students: 5161

Engineering masters students: 4444

International student enrollment growth: 502% since 2006

Most represented countries in engineering: India, China, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia

Where is Northeastern University?

  • City: Boston, Massachusetts (MA)
  • City population: 673,184, with a metropolitan population of 4,682,910
  • Region: Northeast
  • Climate: Humid continental climate type: winters are cold and stormy (Jan mean: -1.7°C/29°F) with occasional periods of heavy snow; summers are warm and humid (Jul mean: 23°C/73.4°F)
  • Nearest airport: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Time zone: EST from November-March (GMT -4); EDT from March to November (GMT-5)

What can you study at Northeastern University College of Engineering?

In addition to many of the major MS programmes you expect to see at top engineering universities, there are some unique degrees as well as a number of business and public policy crossovers you may just want to check out. 





MS in Bioengineering


MS in Chemical Engineering

35 civil / 36 enviro

MS in Civil Engineering

MS in Engineering and Public Policy

MS in Environmental Engineering

MS in Sustainable Building Systems

39 elect / 36 comp

MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering

MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering Leadership

MS in Data Science (Interdisciplinary)

43 mech / 32 ind

MS in Data Analytics Engineering

MS in Energy Systems

MS in Industrial Engineering

MS in Mechanical Engineering

MS in Engineering Management

MS in Operations Research

MS in Robotics

Multidisciplinary Masters Programmes


MS in Information Systems

MS in Telecommunication Networks

Northeastern University engineering job placement

Experiential learning is key at Northeastern University - and they’ve long integrated career opportunities and networking experiences into the curriculum. As such, job training is often part and parcel of the classroom and you may want to consider one of the co-op experiences if you can’t wait to get out into the field.

Of course, Northeastern offers a number of more traditional job search avenues for MS engineering students, including a career services office that assists students through every step of the job search - and there are special resources for international students.

In addition to general career fairs on campus, there is one dedicated to students participating in the co-op programme and an Engineering & Technology career fair which takes place in the spring. 

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engineering co-op employers accepted 800+ grad students

What's it like to live at Northeastern University?

Boston is a big city and filled with opportunities around every corner. It’s the same on campus; Northeastern offers it all. In addition to affordable grad student housing (which, being Boston, you will want to investigate), there are a variety of meal plan packages.

The international student office at Northeastern is very active on campus and students shouldn’t experience difficulties connecting before and during their time in Boston. There are also a wide variety of fitness options.

Plus, the whole of Boston - and indeed the US - is at your doorstep just waiting for you to take advantage of everything that’s out there. 

How to get into Northeastern University Engineering

Admission to masters-level engineering at Northeastern is fairly competitive. Of the 12,036 applicants last year, only 5479 were accepted. Be sure to spend time perfecting your statement of purpose essay when applying to this school.

Remember that experiential learning is central to this engineering school and you’ll want to demonstrate your specific interests and how this aspect of the programme will help you achieve your plans.

Boston offers a lot of opportunities for international students and you may want to mention how this setting plays into your goals.

While there isn’t a specific minimum for the GRE, pay attention to the averages so you can address any areas where you may not have the numbers.

  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.26
  • Average GRE scores: 149 verbal, 162 quantitative, 3 analytical writing
  • Mean TOEFL score: 97 iBT

Northeastern Engineering admissions details

Fall early admission deadline: 15 January

Fall international student deadline: 15 May

Spring international student deadline: 15 September

Application fee: $75

Resume: required

SOP essay: required

Recommendations: 2, completed online

GRE test: required, no min score for general entry

GPA: no min specified

Language test: required for non-native English speakers; waivers are given for some students that completed undergrad degrees in select countries; TOEFL and IELTS scores are accepted

Min TOEFL score: 79 iBT, 550 pBT

Min IELTS score: 6

Northeastern engineering CoA (for 2018/19 academic year)

Tuition and fees: $25,846

Living expenses: $17,784

Total CoA for 1 year*: $43,630

* These are the figures you’ll need to prove to secure your I-20 form and include the figures provided below

Room: $5375 - 7135

Books and supplies: $1000

Health insurance: $2224

Food and personal expenses: $9185

Does Northeastern University offer scholarships to international students?

Much of the financial aid disbursed at Northeastern comes from the US government and from private sources. As most international students won’t qualify for US federal aid, it’s important to focus on private scholarship options.

Northeastern University does provide a starting point for students, but you’ll also want to spend time researching scholarship options in your home country.

Research and teaching assistant positions are generally reserved for PhD students, but you may want to consider the co-op options if you are hoping to offset some costs

TIP: You can apply for a Prodigy Finance loan for the full amount you need - and reduce it at any point before you arrive on campus. That's useful for securing your funding and still keeping your scholarship options open. 

Prodigy Finance international student loans for Northeastern University

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international masters students at the College of Engineering at Northeastern University

Students from supported countries pursuing masters programmes that can be completed in less than 2 years are eligible to apply.

  • Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of the school-provided cost of attendance (tuition plus living expenses)
  • Minimum loan amount: $15,000
  • Typical interest rates: 7 - 8% (fixed) over the 3-month US Libor base rate (variable)
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates

Prodigy Finance also supports loans for Northeastern University students pursuing masters degrees in these schools:

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