The priority application deadline for Fall 2020 is January 1, 2020. Applications received after January 1st may be considered, depending on space availability. Applications must be submitted electronically.


Once logged in, select the college (College of Science) and then the program (Network Science).


Many research opportunities are available to Network Science PhD students. On your online application, we strongly recommend that you indicate interest in specific Network Science Institute faculty and/or research areas. While dissertation advisors are not determined until after you complete your second year, the match between your interests and our current research programs is a factor in admittance decisions. We strive to align students with the most relevant research opportunities offered at the Institute.


The following material must be included as part of your application:

  • Application and application fee
  • Transcript(s)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)*
  • Three reference letters
  • A statement of interest (1-2 pages), including a description of why you wish to pursue the Network Science PhD program, your career goals, and how your experiences and/or coursework have influenced your development and interest in this field.

* International students must receive a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam, or a degree earned at an institution where English is the medium of instruction. The TOEFL, IELTS, and GRE scores should be sent to the College of Science (Institution Code 3682).

For more information on the program or the requirements for admission, please contact our Network Science PhD Program Coordinator Mark Giannini at or 617.373.8856.


There are several resources available to help you finance your graduate education at Northeastern. All students who enter the Network Science PhD program are eligible for full financial support—including tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend—regardless of income and assets. Support is primarily maintained through research or teaching assistantships, which includes an expected commitment of 20 hours per week of assigned responsibilities.

Occasionally, graduate students have a need for supplemental financial support, such as loans or other types of aid. To be eligible for federal assistance, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid but may qualify for alternative loan financing. Additionally, graduate assistantships may be available to qualified applicants. Students interested in assistantships should contact Network Science PhD Program Coordinator Mark Giannini at or 617.373.8856.