Apply to the QSB Program

Applications for admission to the QSB program will be accepted from December 1st until May 16th.  Interview and rolling admissions will begin February 1st.

To apply, follow the steps below:

1. Apply to the QSB program through The Graduate School at
Northwestern ApplyWeb portal.

About the online application:

  • You will be given an application PIN and User ID via Apply Yourself.
  • You will use the online application to submit required and optional supplemental materials.
  • Using the PIN and User ID, you may access the online application as many times as necessary
    before submission.
  • You will use the online application system to view your admission decision and accept the offer of
    admission to the QSB program.  

Helpful answers to some online application questions:

  • On the Program Choice Page, choose the QSB program by entering “Quantitative” in the “Search for a Program" box
  • The correct school is  “Weinberg College or Arts and Sciences”
  • The program is  “Quantitative and Systems Biology: MS     Program code Q10MS”    
  • The entry Quarter for this program is always the Fall of the application year.
  • Attendance = Full time.

2. Provide supplemental materials

The requested supplementary materials are essential for the application:

  • The admissions committees relies on the research experience, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and personal Statement of Purpose in making choices for admission.
  • Please note that materials submitted in support of an application become property of The Graduate
    School and cannot be released for other purposes or returned.

GRE score information:

  • The GRE must be taken no more than five years prior to the intended quarter of entry.
  • Scores must come directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), using our ETS institution code
    of 1565. 
  • To ensure that test scores are received in a timely manner, you are encouraged to take the test at least
    three months before the department's Jun 15 application deadline.
  • For more details on GRE scores, visit TGS's Test Scores webpage.

TOEFL or IELTS scores:

  • Students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS examination unless the
    applicant has received a bachelor degree from certified institutions where the primary language is English.
  • To submit your score:
  • ETS must send TOEFL scores to The Graduate School using our ETS institution code of 1565.
  • Copies of your IELTS scores must be sent directly from IELTS to the QSB program.
  • To ensure that test scores are received in a timely manner, you are encouraged to take the test at 
    least three months before the department's Jun 15 application deadline.

 Letters of recommendation:

  • The admissions committee is most interested in recommendation letters from those who are best able
    to assess your academic and research abilities in areas related to your field of study.

Official transcripts:

  • While completing your online application, you will be required to submit one scanned copy of your
    transcript or academic record from each school you have attended.
  • For more details on transcript requirements, visit The Graduate School’s Transcripts webpage.

Statement of purpose:

  • All applicants are required to upload a Statement of Purpose while completing the online application.
  • Your Statement of Purpose should describe your purpose and objective for undertaking graduate study,
    any special research interests or qualifications you possess, as well as, why you chose to apply to
    Northwestern University.

 Please review the following advice for preparing your Statement of Purpose:

  •  Curriculum vita or resume

3.  Application Decisions

  • Rolling admissions to the program begin Feb 1st, but applications will be accepted through May 16th.
  • Any relevant documents received after the deadline will be marked "Late Applicant," which means applicants
    who submitted on time will be given first priority by the admissions committee, and late applications may be
    reviewed as time permits.

If you have any questions, please contact us.