Fast App

Performance-based admission pathways for select College of Engineering graduate programs.


What is the Fast App?

The Northeastern University Fast App is a performance-based admissions process which allows you to earn graduate admission by completing real coursework.  No need to gather application materials. No need to wait for an admissions decision. Let your performance in your coursework serve as your application into your graduate program.

How it works

After submitting the fast app, eligible learners will get access to two performance-based admissions courses (pathway courses) for the next start date (Spring, Summer, Fall). Get a B or better in both pathway courses and submit the official transcript of your admissible degree by the time you complete the courses and you'll continue into the full degree program the next term.


Each 4-credit pathway course costs $3,000—the same as the courses for the rest of the program. After completing your two pathway courses and getting a B or better,  you'll have already paid for and completed 25% of the degree program.

Degree requirements

In order to matriculate from your pathway courses into the degree program you'll need to:

  • get a B or better in your pathway courses
  • submit an official transcript of your admissible degree* for graduate admission at Northeastern University by the time you complete your pathway courses

*To be eligible for graduate study at Northeastern as a degree-seeking student, you must have completed a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or first professional degree (e.g. JD, MD).

"The performance-based admissions (PBA) process let me jump right in and start my degree. I did not have to waste time on application materials. I could use that time instead to start my classes right away and apply that knowledge to my work."

Subhasish Bhaumik, PBA student

Fast App deadlines

The Fast App is always open to submit and the Online MSIS and DAE programs both offer 3 start dates per year.

TermSubmit your Fast App ByStart Date
Fall 2024August 15September 4
Spring 2025December 15January 6
Summer 2025April 15May 5

About the Online MS in Data Analytics Engineering program

The Online DAE program offers a versatile pathway to a data analytics career, regardless of your prior experience. The program focuses on key specializations like data visualization, database design, and data mining, arming you with the skills to transform raw data into meaningful insights.

As you become adept in essential techniques and programming languages such as R, SQL, and Python, you'll be well-equipped for roles including predictive modeling analyst, advanced software engineer, and data integration engineer, poised to influence the transformative role of data in today's world.


If you have a STEM bachelor's degree or you've obtained tech skills throughout your career: you'll get access to two core courses from the Online DAE program as your performance-based admission pathway.

No tech experience? You'll receive a recommended content path to complete on your own before getting access to two core courses from the Online DAE program to complete as your performance-based admission pathway.

About the Online MS in Information Systems program

With comprehensive training in areas like UX design, software development, and digital business processes, the Online MSIS program not only equips you with the essential tech skills but also instills business leadership best practices.

As a graduate, you'll possess a unique blend of technical and managerial expertise, positioning you for leadership roles in various IT sectors such as IT project manager, systems administrator, and information security analyst, ready to shape the evolving digital landscape.


If you have a STEM bachelor's degree or you've obtained tech skills throughout your career: you'll get access to a core course and an elective from the Online MSIS program for your performance-based admission pathway.

No tech experience? Complete the MSIS Bridge specialization, Information Systems Foundations, through Coursera, before joining the Online MSIS performance-based admissions pathway courses.

Already filled out the fast app?

Provide the name and email you used when filling out the fast app to find out your pathway and get your next steps.


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