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A Message from the Dean




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Diversity Statement

The Graduate School (TGS) considers having a diverse student population a key element to the educational experience of its graduate students. Diversity presents itself in many different forms such as: socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, religion, disability, and unique work or life experience, etc. We value diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and we are invested in the success and academic excellence of our students.


a message from the dean


reetings from The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern University! We’re thrilled that you’re considering graduate educa-tion at Northwestern. Our academic programs are of the utmost quality, our faculty members are world-renowned, and we have thoughtfully assembled the resources necessary to support graduate student life at every stage of your academic career.

Our values at TGS are:

 To Diversify the graduate

student population, cultivating an environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives.

 To Serve students by providing

professional development training, mentoring support, and advocat-ing for the graduate community.  To Engage our community,

fostering connections across academic programs, encouraging interdisciplinarity, and creating opportunities for interaction through outreach programming.

Our community at Northwestern is both on the cutting edge of research across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, and health sciences and supportive of outstand-ing creative and artistic practice and production. We have campuses in Evanston and downtown Chicago and are able to also take advantage of partnerships with a number of area institutions in support of our academic endeavors.

I encourage you to learn more about our academic programs that you may be interested in and to apply for admission.

With Warm Regards,

Dwight A. McBride, PhD Dean of The Graduate School & Associate Provost for Graduate Education, Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, & Performance Studies


connect with us online

Visit us at We’ve also created a new website, just for you. Please and find more information about our programs, funding and our campus.

join our community

“A diverse community is essential to achieve our mission of creating the best possible learning environment and educational experience, because only by exploring issues with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints can we challenge our assumptions, test our ideas and broaden our understanding of the world.”

— Daniel Linzer, Provost Northwestern University



ou’ve done your research and you know graduate school is the next step to prepare for your professional life. The Graduate School at Northwest-ern University is here to help: We’ve created a new website for you to easily navigate the process of discovering if TGS is right for your needs and inter-ests. Visit our website and:

  Learn more about Northwestern

University and The Graduate School

  Browse our degree programs   Review program requirements

and deadlines

  Submit an application online

Learn more about our Evanston and Chicago campuses and the schools we partner with:

  Weinberg College of Arts and


  School of Communication   School of Education and Social


  McCormick School of

Engineer-ing and Applied Science

  School of Law

  Kellogg School of Management   Feinberg School of Medicine   Bienen School of Music

Discover how The Graduate School will enhance your academic experience with professional

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What You


 Dean’s Office

  Administration and


 Academic Affairs

 Academic Student Services

 Admissions and Recruitment

 Communications

 Diversity and Inclusion

  English Language Programming  Financial Aid   Holocaust Educational Foundation  Information Technology

  Outreach and Special


 Postdoctoral Affairs

 Research and Analysis

 Student Life

 Training Grant Support

We’re Here to Help

The many offices of The Graduate School include:

development workshops, lectures, and panel discussions so that you can become your best at:

  Career exploration   Job searching   Presenting

  Writing and editing

  Leadership/management training   Teaching

  Graduate student success

We’ve also provided important contact infor-mation, in case you have questions or need assistance.

The Graduate School is here to ensure you are getting the highest quality education, financial assistance and emotional support, so that you can succeed professionally.

Become part of the chain of knowledge. Stand out from the rest.

Join The Graduate School community.


academic programs

The Graduate School of Northwestern University offers degrees in more than 70 disciplines leading to advanced academic degrees in the following areas: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and several dual degrees. Review our list on the following pages to find a program that fits your interests and academic goals. Visit our website at to learn more.


Application Fee Waiver

Northwestern participates in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s (CIC) FreeApp program which may enable eligible students to apply to Northwestern and other CIC member schools without paying an application fee.

FreeApp eligibility criteria and the online application can be found at the following CIC website: http://www.cic. net/home/students/FreeApp/ Introduction.aspx.

QUESTIONS? Contact The Graduate School’s Admissions and Recruitment Office by calling 847-491-8536 or visit our website at tgsadmission@

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary from program to program, so please consult your specific program directly to find your deadline. For your program’s contact information, please visit our Academic Programs web page at

Meeting a deadline requires that all materials be received by the program you are applying to, on or before the application deadline. Academic programs vary in their willingness to consider late applications. Applications that are incomplete at the time of the deadline may not be considered for admission. As a general rule, the earlier your materials are received, the better your chances for full consideration.



Accounting Information and Management MS*, PhD African-American Studies MA*, PhD Anthropology (also see Medical Anthropology, below) MA* , PhD Applied Physics MS*, PhD Art History MA*, PhD Art Theory and Practice MFA

Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program Combined BA/MS or MA Biological Sciences: Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences (DGP) MS*, PhD

Biological Sciences (IBiS) MS*, PhD Biomedical Engineering MS, PhD Chemical and Biological Engineering MS, PhD Chemistry MS*, PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering MS, PhD Clinical Investigation MS Clinical Psychology MS*, PhD Communication Sciences and Disorders MA*, PhD Communication Studies MA*, PhD Comparative Literary Studies MA*, PhD Computer Engineering MS, PhD Computer Science MS, PhD

Counseling MA

Documentary Media MFA Earth and Planetary Sciences MS*, PhD Economics MA*, PhD Electrical Engineering MS, PhD Engineering Design and Innovation MS Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics MS, PhD

English MA, PhD

Epidemiology/Biostatistics MS Finance MS*, PhD French and Italian MA*, PhD Genetic Counseling MS German Literature and Critical Thought MA*, PhD Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program PhD Health Services and Outcomes Research MS Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety MS Health and Biomedical Informatics MS History MA*, PhD Human Development and Social Policy MA*, PhD Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences MS*, PhD JD/PhD Combined JD/PHD


Learning Sciences MA, PhD Life and Biomedical Sciences (IBiS/DGP) MS*, PhD Life Sciences and Clinical Investigation Combined PhD/MS Life Sciences and Public Health Combined MPH/PHD Linguistics MA, PhD

Management and Organizations PhD Management and Organizations and Sociology PhD Managerial Economics and Strategy MS*, PhD Marketing MS*, PhD Marriage and Family Therapy MS Materials Science and Engineering MS, PhD Mathematics MS*, PhD Mechanical Engineering MS, PhD Media, Technology and Society MA*, PhD

Medical Anthropology Combined MPH/PHD Medical Humanities and Bioethics MA

Medical Scientist Training Program Combined MD/PhD Medicine and Public Health Combined MD/MPH

Music MA*, PhD

Neurobiology MS Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN) MS*, PhD Operations Management MS*, PhD Performance Studies MA, PhD Philosophy MA*, PhD Physical Therapy and Engineering Combined DPT/PhD Physics and Astronomy MS, PhD Plant Biology and Conservation MS, PhD Political Science MA*, PhD Psychology MA*, PhD Public Health Combined MD/MPH Public Health MPH

Religious Studies MA*, PhD Screen Cultures MA*, PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures MA*, PhD Sociology MA*, PhD Spanish and Portuguese MA*, PhD Statistics MS*, PhD Technology and Social Behavior MS*, PhD Theatre-Design MFA Theatre-Directing MFA Theatre and Drama MA*,PhD Theoretical and Applied Mechanics MS, PhD Writing for the Screen and Stage MFA


The Graduate School is your partner in graduate work. Prospective students can visit the Resources for You section on our new website to learn more about our:

  Top-tier education status   World-class faculty   Cutting-edge resources   Supportive environment   Great location

Visit our Before You Apply web page to learn more about what steps you can take now:

  Explore programs

  Review TGS’s requirements

  Check your program’s requirements

  Discover how to submit an application online   View Admission’s decision

  Find funding options

The Graduate School is here to answer your questions and help you navigate the application process.


Application Requirements

Admission requirements vary from program to program. Please be sure to visit the website of the program to which you are applying for their program requirements and deadlines.

In general, to apply to The Graduate School, you will be required to:

  Submit an application online

  Pay an online application fee by credit card   Submit your Statement of Purpose   Upload your transcript or academic record

  Submit your test scores (if required by your admitting program)   Upload two to three Letters of Recommendation

Whether you are a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student, The Graduate School has created an on-line application form for all students who wish to apply for admission. Once you know all the require-ments, your application deadlines, and have all your materials and pro-cedures, you are ready to begin.

Step One

Visit our Admissions section and click on the Application Require-ments page. There you will find a link to submit your application online.

Step Two

Each program has a different review schedule. Once a decision has been made on your application, a “View Decision” link will appear on your application. You will also receive an admission letter that includes your enrollment decision deadline.

Step Three

If admitted, you will be able to submit your decision to enroll via the online application form. Be sure to submit your decision by the enroll-ment decision deadline that was shared you in your admission letter.

How to


We can help. If you are a doctoral degree-seeking student, The Graduate School (TGS) may provide you with a fellowship or scholarship to fund your education and research pursuits.

Master’s vs. PhD

PhD students are typically full-time and fully-funded. Master’s degree students may be provided small scholarships from programs, but student loans are also available.

Funding Options

Whatever path you’re choosing to take in your graduate studies, TGS has options for you to find the support you need to follow your dream. Visit our new website at tgs. and review our

Funding section to learn more about:

  PhD vs. Master’s degree funding   Internal vs. external funding   Fellowships and grants   Assistantships

  Federal vs. private student loans   Eligibility for financial aid   Other institutional resources

You’ll also find important contact information and links to Student Financial Services, who can help with:

  Tuition and fees   Loan instructions

  Billing and payment methods

For information about applying for external fellowships or funding, visit our Cost of Attendance web page and find helpful links to the Office of Fellowships, where you can:

  Explore thousands of funding

opportunities available to students and alums

  Learn more about the Fulbright


  Meet their academically-trained

staff who can assist you in find-ing the fundfind-ing that you need




raduate students at North-western University (NU) are always encouraged to take advantage of the rich cultural envi-ronment and intellectual resources on campus, with:

  Distinguished speakers who visit

daily, offering most lectures to students without charge   Students, faculty and guest

art-ists in theater, music and opera performing almost every eve-ning during the academic year   The presence of students from

nearly every country in the world, adding to the cultural diversity on campus

To enhance our student’s academic experience, The Graduate School coordinates events and activities to build the student’s sense of commu-nity through:

  Student associations

  Volunteerism and community

outreach activities

  Community building grants that

integrate academic and social activities

Throughout your experience at NU, graduate students are encouraged to participate in social activities organized by fellow graduate students and The Graduate School.


Northwestern University’s Evanston and Chicago campuses are located on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan, where you’ll find a variety of scenic and recreational opportuni-ties. Whether you are a prospective

student, parent, faculty or staff mem-ber, we welcome you to come visit our campus and learn more about Northwestern University, The Gradu-ate School, and the conveniences of lakefront living.

Learn more about Chicagoland’s:

  Arts and cultural events

  Sporting and athletic events

  Housing and public


  Restaurants and shopping,

  Health, wellness and spa


  Museums, zoos, trolley rides

and fun activities

Visit and click on our Campus Life section to learn more about our:

  Student groups and activities

  Child and family resources

  Legal services

  Resources for new students


Visit Right


Visit our

Campus Life webpage and click on the Our Campuses link to take a virtual tour now. View our

Campus Photo Gallery or the

Rock Wildcam to see one of NU’s best-known landmarks, The Rock, and view what’s happening now.

Plan Your Visit

Visit Our Campuses


Community Building Grants TGS funds as many proposals as possible for the Community Building Grants program, welcoming proposals from both independent groups of students and sponsored associations. The Community Building Grants program is designed to:

  Bring people together in a social


 Integrate academic and social

aspects of graduate life

 Improve communications and


  Encourage creative expression

through the arts

  Serve as a model for community

building Student Associations In addition to a number of disci-pline-based organi-zations and special interest groups, there are nine major graduate student associations serving students on the Chicago and Evanston campuses:

  Graduate Student Association


  Chicago Graduate Student

Association (CGSA)

  Black Graduate Student

Association (BGSA)

  Chinese Students and Scholars

Association (CSSA)

  Indian Graduate Students and

Scholars Association

  Graduate Student Association

for Latino and Spanish Activities (G-SALSA)

  Queer Pride Graduate Student

Association (QPGSA)

  Turkish Intercultural Club

  McCormick Graduate Leadership

Council (MGLC)

These groups promote interactions among graduate students, providing academic and social programs, and serving as advocates for graduate students on both campuses.

TGS Day Out TGS Night Out

To promote a stronger sense of community for our graduate students, The Graduate School sponsors quarterly TGS Night Out events held at local venues. TGS Day Out events are

dedicated entirely to graduate student parents, postdoctoral fellow parents, and their families.


Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. There are always fun things to do to support you in creat-ing a healthy work/life balance.

Getting around town is easy — you can take a bus, the train, bike or walk. If you choose to drive, there is always ample parking both on and off campus.

lakefront living

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resources for you/prospective students: prospective admissions: academics: funding: diversity: campus life:

The Graduate School is your partner in education. We’re here to help. Visit

to learn more about our programs!


633 Clark StreetRebecca Crown Center, 1-502Evanston, Illinois 60208-1113




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