Northwestern Integrated Marketing Communications


The graduate IMC program starts in the Fall quarter (September) only.

Full-time Program Priority Deadline: December 1; Notification Date: on or before February 15

*Applicants can still apply after "priority deadline."

Medill reviews late applications from outstanding applicants on a space-available basis.


Communication skills are important for success in the program and in subsequent careers. Your answers to these essays help us understand your critical and analytical thinking skills and how well you are able to organize and communicate your thoughts and ideas. With that in mind, please answer the following questions (please limit your response to a combined total of 1200 words):

1. Describe your interest in Medill's Integrated Marketing Communication program. What experiences have led you to apply? How will this program help you achieve your career goals? What experiences have drawn you toward a career in integrated marketing communications and what steps you have taken to prepare for or advance your career? (upload document)

2. Choose a statistic that made a strong impression on you (any fact or set of facts expressed in numbers, percentiles, etc.) Identify your source for the data (publication, web page, broadcast report and date, etc.) What do you find significant about this statistic? Why should anyone else care about it? (upload document)

3. What do you see as the biggest challenge you would face as a student in Medill's IMC program, and what strategies you would use to overcome it? (upload document)


Medill requires three letters of recommendation from persons who can comment meaningfully on your academic and professional abilities (e.g. current or former professors, employers, supervisors etc.)

Please upload a letter addressing the following points:

  • How long and in what capacity have known the applicant?

  • What do you consider to be the applicant's most outstanding talents?

  • Do you think the applicant is committed to their career goals? On what do you base your impression?

  • What do you think are the applicant's weaknesses? Is there any reason you think the applicant might not be a good candidate?

  • How does the applicant compare to other similarly situated people you have known in your professional career?


William Kartsimas

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Office: Fisk Hall 104 D

Phone: (847) 491-5906