Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

Online Learning

SPS offers online master's degrees and certificate programs covering a range of academic disciplines. Fully accredited, SPS online courses marry the best aspects of online technology with the interactivity of the classroom in a format designed to work with students' busy schedules. Many students question if there is a difference between a degree earned online versus attending class on campus. At Northwestern, students will benefit from participating in a prestigious program with no distinctions made as to whether the degree was an online or on-campus format. Regardless of the method of course delivery, the degrees and curricula are equivalent, classes are taught by outstanding Northwestern faculty and students must meet the same admissions standards. Northwestern currently has approval or is in the process of obtaining approval to offer courses in states that require authorization for programs that are taught entirely online.

Canvas Learning Management System at Northwestern

Northwestern University uses Canvas for its online learning management system (LMS). Canvas is a cloud-based LMS that emphasizes simplicity, ease-of-use and modern design. It is a powerful educational platform that supports a deep focus on teaching and learning.  Canvas offers easy integration of web services such as Google Docs, Google Calendar, Twitter and RSS. Canvas also provides 24/7 support to all users. For more information on Canvas, please visit NUIT

Online Learning at Northwestern

Northwestern's online programs create opportunities for meaningful learning and engagement with instructors, classmates, and course material using many of the tools we're already using every day to communicate, gather information, and manage our lives. 

Video Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Jeff Shuck, MS in Predictive Analytics programJeff Shuck, MS in Predictive Analytics program

Shuck desired a systematic approach to his analytics education. He wanted the value of “a great university like Northwestern,” but needed some flexibility. The fully online format of the predictive analytics program was a perfect fit, and he was pleased to find that it enabled deeper engagement. Read more...

Mike Morotti, MS in Medical Informatics programMike Morotti, MS in Medical Informatics program

Mike Morotti entered Northwestern’s MS in Medical Informatics program with the idea in mind of having a larger impact on clinical outcomes utilizing cutting edge computer software technology. He entered the program at a time when his company was trying to create a revolutionary application that enabled clinicians to access data, bi-directionally from anywhere, virtually anytime. Read more...

Theresa Finney DumaisTheresa Finney Dumais, MA in Public Policy and Administration program

There’s probably nothing SPS administrators would rather hear from a job-seeking graduate than “Exactly what I’ve been wanting to do. Success!” And that’s what the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program heard from 2011 graduate Theresa Finney Dumais. Read more...