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Northwestern Programs

Northwestern University offers a wide variety of degrees and certificates with a professional focus and flexible class schedules that accommodate typical work schedules. The categories below will take you to pages that will provide a listing of offerings and information about professionally focused programs at Northwestern that may interest eligible full-time employees that with to use their Employee Reduced Tuition or Employee NU Certificate Tuition plan.  

The following educational programs are all available to full-time staff because they offer flexible or non-standard classroom schedules and part-time options.  Follow the hyperlinks to learn more about each program, including the admissions process and program qualifications. These programs are eligible for the Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits for graduate study (plan ID: ER or EER).

School of Communication

School of Education and Social Policy

McCormick School of Engineering

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Kellogg School of Management

Feinberg School of Medicine

School of Professional Studies 

These following professional certificate programs are eligible for the Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits for graduate study for professional and advanced degree programs (plan ID: ER or EER) or undergraduate study for post-baccalaureate programs (plan ID: ER or EER).  

Learn more about eligible certificate programs by type. Jump to information about: 

Professional certificates

The following educational programs are all available to full-time staff because they offer flexible or non-standard classroom schedules and part-time options.  Follow the hyperlinks to learn more about each program, including the admissions process and program qualifications. 

School of Education and Social Policy

Certificates of advanced graduate study

Certificates of advanced graduate study are a unique opportunity for targeted study in a field for students who already hold a graduate degree. These certificates are open to individuals who hold a graduate degree in a certain area of focus (corresponding to the certificate) from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. Each certificate is designed around a specialized area of focus, allowing students to explore new trends in their field or to refresh their skills in preparation for a career change.

School of Professional Studies

Advanced data science:

Information systems:

Liberal studies:

Literature:

Health informatics:

Public policy and administration:

Regulatory compliance:

Sports administration:

Post-baccalaureate certificate program

Post-baccalaureate certificate programs are an opportunity for targeted study, to advance your career or prepare for graduate or professional school. They are intended for students who have a bachelor’s degree but have not completed or have never taken the courses generally required for admission to these schools. Many students use post-baccalaureate programs to strengthen their academic transcript, show recent academic success and secure current letters of recommendation from Northwestern faculty.

School of Professional Studies

Accounting and finance:

Business:

Information Technology:

Management:

Pre-graduate study:

Premedicine and professional health careers:

These certificate options to help individuals prepare for a career change to the healthcare field. They allow college graduates to complete undergraduate science courses to prepare for application to schools of medicine and related professions including dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and podiatry. Additional concentrations are offered to prepare students for graduate programs in clinical psychology, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant and speech pathology.

The following educational programs are all available to full-time staff because they offer flexible or non-standard classroom schedules and part-time options.  Follow the hyperlinks to learn more about each program, including the admissions process and program qualifications. These undergraduate programs are eligible for the Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits for undergraduate study (plan ID: ER or EER). 

School of Professional Studies programs

Professional Development Programs at the School of Professional Studies offer students the opportunity to enhance or develop new professional skills through non-credit coursework, and can help working professionals to prepare for a variety of certification exams including CFP®, CTP®, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP℠) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP℠). Three Project Management certificate tracks are also available, designed to satisfy the project management training hours required to sit for PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, and Project Management for Professional (PMP)® certification exams. Elective courses offer PDU credit toward maintaining those certifications.

School of Professional Studies

The following educational programs are all available to full-time staff because they offer flexible or non-standard classroom schedules and part-time options.  These programs are eligible for the Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits for undergraduate study (plan ID: ER or EER). 

Summer Session

Summer Session offers institutes open to all that provide an opportunity to learn in seminar-style programs taught by leading experts in their fields. Programs are open enrollment, offered in-person on the Chicago campus, and run in the summer time. The following summer session certificate programs are eligible for the Employee NU Certificate Tuition benefit (plan ID: EC).

Many schools at Northwestern have developed their own modules and courses to offer students a variety of online, blended and distance learning opportunities. Listed here are just a few of these offerings.

School of Education and Social Policy

The McCormick School of Engineering

  • Master of Science in Executive Management for Design and Construction - The delivery method includes interactive weekly webinars between students and faculty, group projects, guest seminars by leaders in the industry and student project presentations are intended to forge the same interaction between students and faculty that is typically achieved in face-to-face courses.  Students also view recorded video lectures prior to the associated webinar.

The Graduate School

  • Master of Arts in Counseling- In conjunction with the Graduate School, the Family Institute at Northwestern offers this online full-time degree program. Throughout the program, students travel to campus twice for immersion experiences.

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

The Pritzker School of Law

  • Executive LLM in Madrid, Spain - Offered in collaboration with IE Law School, this program employs a blended approach, combining online instruction with periods of on-campus learning in both Madrid and Chicago.
  • Master of Science in Law - This degree program includes several blended learning courses featuring substantial online components

Feinberg School of Medicine

School of Professional Studies 

Read more about the School of Professional Studies’ distance learning philosophy. SPS offers several Master's degree programs that can be taken partly or completely online including: