Program Overview:

Specialized Studies for Career Advancement

Career changers and professionals seeking to advance within their organization can create a customized program of study to meet their goals. Students in this program collaborate with an adviser to develop a specialized academic plan of four to eight courses that capitalizes on their background and that suits their professional and personal objectives. For example, a student might build a plan comprised of business courses from different subjects (such as accounting, finance, and marketing), or of a grouping of courses across disciplines (such as information systems and communication studies).

Students interested in creating a specialized program to prepare for graduate or professional school and PhD programs should explore the Pregraduate Concentrations and Specialized Studies post-baccalaureate program to view specific subject area concentration and interdisciplinary options.

Program Details

Time to Completion

  • Two quarters to two years, based on your goals and number of courses


  • Courses are available on Northwestern's Evanston and Chicago campuses


  • Evening and Saturday courses


  • Work with an adviser to develop a specialized academic program


  • When applying, select Specialized Studies as Certificate Program

Areas of Specialization

Create a plan of study to suit your academic requirements, choosing courses in the following subjects:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication Studies
  • Economics
  • English and American Literature
  • History
  • Information Systems
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Organization Behavior
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Radio/TV/Film
  • Sociology

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