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Advanced Graduate Study


Resources for New and Current Advanced Graduate Study Students

The Graduate Student Handbook

The Graduate Student Handbook is your guide to your SPS graduate program of study and Northwestern University. It will provide you with information about various practical aspects of graduate life and is intended to help you navigate through your program and its administrative procedures. The handbook is your reference tool for a wide range of student concerns, from course registration to your culminating project. In many cases, it is the quickest path to an answer. If, after consulting the handbook, you still have questions or unresolved issues, please contact your Academic and Career Adviser.


In addition to the policies contained in the SPS Graduate Student Handbook, you are also expected to be familiar with University-enacted rules and regulations, which are found in the Northwestern University Student Handbook.

Curriculum Requirements

Access archived curricula here.

Everything you'll need to know for a strong start at Northwestern

To help you get started at Northwestern University, the Student Services Department of Northwestern University School of Professional Studies has developed an Online Orientation for all new students. For program-specific tutorials (distance learning students), see the links below. 


Technical Requirements for Online Students

Graduate students enrolled in Distance Learning programs should refer to the following page for the system requirements and technical information related to their academic program.

WildCARD: Northwestern Student ID

Once admitted, students are able to obtain a WildCARD student identification card, which provides access to computer labs, library facilities and University services.

  • On-campus students can visit the WildCARD offices in Evanston and Chicago to obtain a WildCARD.
  • Online students who are not in close proximity to the WildCARD offices may use the process below to obtain a WildCARD:

1. Upload a digital photograph of yourself (NetID required, Internet Explorer recommended)

2. Mail a notarized copy of your driver’s license, state ID or passport to:

Northwestern University
School of Professional Studies
339 E. Chicago Ave, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
attn: WildCARD

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