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Professional Development Certificates

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Professional Development Program Area

Professional Development Certificates FAQ

Find answers to commonly answered questions regarding the Professional Development program area at SCS.

Registration and Payment

Is there an admissions process to become enrolled in the certificate programs?
There is no formal admissions process for any program, with the exceptions of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership and the Decision Making for Climate Change certificate, which requires an application through the University of Washington.

Can I enroll in individual courses without having to complete the program?
Yes. Students who plan on earning a certificate should move through the program in the recommended order, but classes may also be taken individually and out of sequence.

What is the enrollment deadline?
Students may register up until 5:00 p.m. the day that class begins, provided space is available. We recommend that you register as early as possible. If the class is full, and you do not register online, we reserve the right to to refuse your participation.

Is there a cancellation policy/fee?
The University reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollments, instructor illness, severe weather or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, registrants will be notified immediately and all fees are returned.  

Student generated cancellations must be reported by dropping the class in CAESAR (course registration system). In order to receive a complete refund, students must have dropped the course in CAESAR before the first meeting of the course; however, a $50 processing fee will be withheld from the refunded amount. Please note that no refunds will be issued after the class begins. If you cancel, you may apply for a waiver using our online petition.

Books, Materials and Instructors

Are course materials included in the cost of the tuition?
Please see the individual course listing for more information. Some courses do not require specific books and course materials are provided to you at the time, while others do require students to purchase books or materials. 

Where can I purchase books and materials?
Textbooks and/or required course materials will be posted with the course offering information. Students may purchase books online at such sites as or

Who are the instructors that teach in the program?
Our instructors are experienced professionals from the Chicago area. Instructors work as a team to develop and deliver a dynamic classroom experience. For instructor biographical information, please see the course listings.  

How do I get in touch with my instructor?
All students will have access to the Blackboard CMS system where they can contact fellow students in the class as well as the instructor. Students can also use the Northwestern University Directory to locate instructor contact information.

Completion of your Program

How do I get my Certificate of Completion?
Within three months following the completion of your final course, complete and return the Program Completion form (PDF format) to the Registration Office on the Chicago Campus. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing and mailing certificates.

I submitted my completion form and have not received my certificate. Who should I contact?
You may contact the Office of Professional Development at or 312-503-0714. You may also contact the SCS Registration Office directly at