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A Message from the Dean
Application Fee Waiver
Our Degree Programs
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
Greetings 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
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Visit us at facebook.com/tgsnu. We’ve also created a new website, just for you. Please visittgs.northwestern.edu and find more information about our programs, funding and our campus.
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“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
You’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
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
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The many offices of The Graduate School include:
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Career exploration Job searching Presenting
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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.
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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 tgs.northwestern.edu 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@ northwestern.edu.
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
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:
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.
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.
Visit our Admissions section and click on the Application Require-ments page. There you will find a link to submit your application online.
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.
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.
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.
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. northwestern.edu 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
Graduate 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:
Volunteerism and community
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 tgs.northwestern.edu and click on our Campus Life section to learn more about our:
Student groups and activities
Child and family resources
Resources for new students
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
Black Graduate Student
Chinese Students and Scholars
Indian Graduate Students and
Graduate Student Association
for Latino and Spanish Activities (G-SALSA)
Queer Pride Graduate Student
Turkish Intercultural Club
McCormick Graduate Leadership
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.
fun facts about evanston & chicago
Evanston has over... Cultural Arts Division hosts...The City of Evanston’s Evanston has...
FAMILY-FRIENDLY BEACHES on it’s southwestern shores
of Lake Michigan
FREE starlight concerts or movies in seven different
city parks each year
Chicago is home
to more than... Chicago has over... Chicago is also home
to more than...
PARKS AND19 MILES OF LAKEFRONT BICYCLE PATHS
resources for you/prospective students: tgs.northwestern.edu/resources-for/ prospective admissions: tgs.northwestern.edu/admission academics: tgs.northwestern.edu/academics funding: tgs.northwestern.edu/funding diversity: tgs.northwestern.edu/diversity campus life: tgs.northwestern.edu/campus-life
The Graduate School is your partner in education. We’re here to help. Visit
tgs.northwestern.eduto learn more about our programs!
633 Clark Street Rebecca Crown Center, 1-502 Evanston, Illinois 60208-1113