Undergraduate Program Area

Northwestern Part Time Degree Admissions

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies must apply for admission to the undergraduate degree program. This page references all policies and procedures related to the admissions process. Contact the Office of Admissions with questions as directed below.

Application Checklist

The following materials are required to apply:

  • A completed online application
  • A statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Official high school transcripts and conferred date of completion (or GED report)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • A current resume or CV
  • Documentation of English Proficiency for students whose first language is not English. See "English Proficiency" below

Supplemental materials, with the exception of transcripts, must be uploaded to the online application. Official transcripts may be sent to our Admissions office at spsadmissions@northwestern.edu or mailed to our Chicago office. Please be sure to include the name of your intended program when addressing transcripts.

Undergraduate Admissions
Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, Sixth floor
339 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008
phone: 312-503-2579
email: spsundergrad@northwestern.edu

Applicants will be notified once all materials have been received and the application is complete.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall quarter: August 1
  • Winter quarter: November 1
  • Spring quarter: February 1
  • Summer quarter: May 1

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Undergraduate degree candidates may satisfy up to one-half of their graduation requirements with coursework completed at other institutions.
  • Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited institution, passed with a grade of C (2.0) or better, and similar in focus and classroom hours to courses at Northwestern.
  • All previously completed courses are evaluated, regardless of when they were completed.
  • SPS does not accept military or lifelong learning for credit. Independent studies, field experience, externships, seminars, etc. need to be petitioned for approval.
  • SPS does not award credit for data processing or Microsoft applications training. Nor do we evaluate graduate or professional coursework.
  • Students must complete English writing requirements at SPS. Composition courses taken elsewhere can be transferred in as elective credit.
  • Upper-level courses are more rigorous than lower-level courses. Therefore, lower-level classes taken at other institutions may not count as upper-level courses even if content and title appear to be similar.

All transcripts from previous institutions must be submitted with the undergraduate application. Once admitted, students must petition to obtain pre-approval to transfer in coursework toward an SPS degree. Students offered performance-based or transfer admission will receive an evaluation of their transfer credit upon admission.

SPS programs lead to one of three bachelor’s degrees: the bachelor of philosophy (BPhil); the bachelor of science in general studies (BSGS); the bachelor of philosophy in communication.  

View degree requirements.

View CLEP credit information.

International Applicants

SPS welcomes international students to apply to our undergraduate programs. SPS does not  process I-20 or DS-2019 forms for full-time student or exchange visas. Our programs are designed as part-time programs for working professionals and cannot be used to maintain legal status in the United States. Please reach out to the International Office with any questions.

International Transcripts

Applicants with international transcripts must request an official course-by-course evaluation of those transcripts from a NACES member. A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degrees, and grades to U.S. equivalencies. The evaluations must be prepared for Northwestern University School of Professional Studies and must arrive in our office in a sealed envelope issued by the evaluator.

English Proficiency

All applicants to SPS programs whose first language is not English must demonstrate language proficiency in one of the following three ways:

  • Provide official scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The test must be taken no more than two years before the intended quarter of entry. For the TOEFL, applicants must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test or 100 or higher on the internet based test. SPS's institutional code for the TOEFL is 9019. For the IELTS exam, applicants must receive a score of 7.0 or higher.
  • Provide official transcripts verifying an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent, where the language of instruction is English.
  • Provide official transcripts verifying a graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.

Please contact the admissions office for more information on TOEFL, IELTS and transcripts for international applicants.