Academic Programs

What type of program is best for me?

Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies offers a wide range of study options to meet the needs of adult learners.
DegreesEarn your degree in part-time programs led by distinguished Northwestern faculty and leading industry experts.

Master's Degrees
SCS offers part-time graduate study in ten areas. On-campus courses are offered in the evening in Evanston and Chicago. Six programs can be completed entirely online.


Bachelor's Degrees
Choose from 16 majors and complete your degree with part-time evening courses in Chicago and Evanston.

CertificatesAdvance your career with a credential from Northwestern University.

Advanced Graduate Study
Four-course sequences that offer advanced degree-holders opportunities to gain new skills, build expertise in new areas, stay current with technology and industry advances, and earn new credentials.


Post-baccalaureate
Targeted study that enables bachelor's degree holders to advance their careers or prepare for application to graduate or professional schools.


Professional Development
Complete a certificate program to enhance your resume and provide gateways to professional accreditation.


Summer Institutes
Seminar-style programs taught by leading experts in their fields. Programs are open enrollment and range in length from one day to one week.

Individual CoursesSCS offers a number of ways for students to access select Northwestern courses.

Student-at-large (Undergraduate)
SCS offers evening and weekend courses in more than 30 subjects on the Chicago and Evanston campuses.


Non-degree Special Student (Undergraduate)
Non-Northwestern students who demonstrate a need for specific Northwestern day school courses may apply for Non-degree Special Student status.


Summer Session (Undergraduate)
Choose from more than 300 undergraduate courses offered through Summer Session's convenient open enrollment.


Visiting Scholar (Graduate)
Select SCS graduate programs offer courses on an individual basis. For details, see the Acceptance Criteria section of the MA programs in Creative Writing, Liberal Studies, Literature, Public Policy and Administration, and Sports Administration.


Specialty ProgramsDesigned for those with very specific professional and educational needs.

Center for Public Safety
A worldwide leader in law enforcement professional development and education.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
A vibrant educational and social community serving seasoned learners who range in age from their 50s to 90s.