Sophomore Admission

The MMSS Program admits approximately 30 first-year 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.

First-year students already enrolled at Northwestern are invited to apply to enter the MMSS program beginning their sophomore year. First-year students enrolled at another university who are applying to transfer to Northwestern may also apply to enter MMSS as sophomores.

Entering sophomores are excused from the taking the first-year MMSS mathematics sequence if they have taken another mathematics sequence in their first year covering the same material.  In this case, students take the second-year MMSS mathematics sequence in their sophomore year.  Sequences that substitute for the first-year MMSS mathematics sequence include: Math 230, 234, 240; Math 230, 234, Gen Eng 205-1; Math 290-1,2,3; Math 291-1,2,3; and ES APPM 252-1,2, Gen Eng 206-1.  Although a relatively large share of entering sophomores have generally taken one of these sequences, applications are also welcome from students that would need to take the first year MMSS mathematics sequence in their sophomore year.

It is possible that sophomore entry applicants may have taken ECON 310-1 as first-year students. In these cases, students are excused from taking MMSS 211-1 upon acceptance to the program.

The application deadline for students wishing to enter the program as sophomores is April 1. Completed applications will include the following:

  • The two-page MMSS application.
  • An up-to-date college transcript. (NU students should submit a transcript that includes winter quarter grades.)
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a professor. Letters of recommendation should be e-mailed to mmss@northwestern.edu.

Application for 2018 Fall admission