First-Year Admission

The MMSS Program admits approximately 30 first-year students and 30 sophomores each year. A student who enters the program as a first-year student completes the MMSS coursework in his or her first and sophomore years; while a student who enters the program as a sophomore completes the MMSS coursework in his or her sophomore and junior years. Both first-year-entry and sophomore-entry students write their thesis during senior year.

High school seniors are invited to apply to enter the program as first-year students. Applicants must apply both to Northwestern University and to the MMSS program. The MMSS application can be completed online at this Web site (see note above). A strong high school curriculum, including a year of calculus, is required for admission. Students without any calculus background should take introductory calculus their first year and apply to enter the MMSS program as a sophomore. First-year candidates may apply to both MMSS and Northwestern under early decision or regular decision.

Early decision candidates must apply to Northwestern by November 1 and to MMSS by January 1.

Regular decision candidates must apply to Northwestern by January 1 and to MMSS by March 1.

(Although the MMSS program will consider late applications, late applicants may be at a disadvantage due to the limited number of spaces in the program.)

You will receive your MMSS decision letter separately from your Northwestern decision letter. For accepted early decision candidates, you will receive your MMSS decision letter in early February.

For accepted regular decision candidates, you will receive your MMSS decision letter 1-2 weeks after you receive your Northwestern acceptance (typically early April). If you are waitlisted, you will not receive a decision letter from MMSS until you have been moved from the waitlist to the first-year class roster. If you are not accepted to Northwestern, you will not receive a MMSS decision letter.

Application for first-year admission

More information about applying to Northwestern