Leadership and Organization Behavior


Admission to the Leadership and Organization Behavior (LOB) program requires prospective students to complete an online application. You will be prompted to create a user account to begin an application with Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. Additional requirements and information are outlined below.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, the school recommends that LOB applicants have completed:

  • One to two years of college coursework (30-60 semester hours or 45-90 quarter hours)
  • 5-7 years of professional experience
  • One English composition course

Application Checklist

The following materials are required to apply to the LOB major:

  • A completed online application
  • $50 application fee
  • High school transcripts
  • College/university transcripts
  • A current resume or CV

Supplemental materials can be uploaded to the online application, or submitted via mail to our Admissions Office in Chicago.

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, 6th floor
339 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008
Phone: 312-503-2579
Fax: 312-503-4942
Email: spsadmissions@northwestern.edu

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

Cohort Program Details

While applications are accepted year-round, only students admitted for the fall or winter quarters may join that academic year's cohort. Depending on individual needs, students admitted to the LOB program in the spring or summer quarters may enroll in non-LOB courses in the interim period before the following fall quarter, when a new cohort is formed. In that way, students may make progress towards their degree during their first quarters of admission but before the next cohort forms. All course decisions should be made in collaboration with an academic adviser. LOB classes are open to non-cohort students.

Transfer Credit Policy for the Major

Students who have taken comparable courses before enrolling in the SPS Leadership and Organization Behavior Program may transfer up to four courses within the program. Exceptions may be made for additional courses and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Admitted students will receive a credit evaluation in their admission packet. This credit evaluation will outline what, if any, courses were transferred within the major and what courses were transferred in to fulfill general degree requirements.