Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs (Non-credit)

Professional Development Programs at the School of Professional Studies offer students the opportunity to enhance or develop new professional skills through noncredit 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.

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: ERU).  Learn more about the online application for tuition benefits and employee eligibility.

Follow the hyperlinks below to learn more about each program, or visit the FAQ. There is no admissions process for PDP programs below, except for the Northwestern Coding Boot Camp.

School of Professional Studies

Agile Practices

Business Analytics for Practitioners (Online)

Business Analytics for Decision Makers

Coding Boot Camp

Certified Financial Planner (On-campus)

Certified Treasury Professional

Divorce Mediation Training Program


Mediation Skills Training Program

Museum Studies (Online)

Negotiation for Professionals

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations

Project Management (On-campus, Online)

SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preparation

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):

Summer Session

Summer Writers’ Conference