Liberal Studies

Tuition Costs

Each program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies differs in tuition costs. Find information below on financial obligations and tuition costs for the MALS program.

2017–18 Academic Year Tuition

Master of Arts Liberal Studies

  • Tuition per course: $3,153
  • Estimated cost for entire program: $28,377


  • Tuition levels are reviewed on a yearly basis and can be adjusted based on market dynamics. On average, when an adjustment has been made, it has been approximately +/- 3.5%.
  • Estimated cost for entire program does not include books, other instructional materials, technology fees* or proctoring fees**.

Program Fees

*Online courses in this program are assigned a technology fee of $120 per course.

**Four online courses will require a proctored event with an approximate fee of $25-$35 each. Students are responsible for the costs of any assigned proctored events.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

The University's Employer Reimbursement Plan (ERP) is designed for students whose employers offer reimbursement for tuition costs. The plan allows participants to defer their employer-covered tuition payments to Northwestern until after the term has been completed. Please contact the Student Accounts Office for more information and an application form.

Financial Obligation

Students will be required to pay tuition costs and any costs associated with any books and materials.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Federal loan eligibility is usually limited to students taking at least two units of credit in the quarter for which they receive aid. As at most universities, Northwestern University aid, assistantships and stipends are reserved for Ph.D. and MFA candidates.

Graduate students should direct questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid or by calling 312-503-8722.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is not required as part of your application, but we encourage all U.S. citizens and permanent residents to complete the FAFSA if they would like to be considered for any loans.

Pauline Coop Literature Award

Each year the Pauline Coop Literature Award of Excellence is presented to cover the tuition cost of one graduate SPS Literature course. It is awarded to one to three outstanding students as selected by the SPS master’s degree faculty and directors to support their pursuit of their academic, personal and professional goals. Students are eligible to receive this honor once over the course of their graduate career at SPS.

The award was made possible by the Pauline J. Coop Fund for English Literature. Pauline Coop ’66 cheered for the Northwestern Wildcats regardless of their record and whose legacy champions the study and love of English literature.