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Welcome Alumni

As a graduate of Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, you are part of a growing community of peers in a diverse set of professional fields and academic disciplines. Alumni join our nationwide, and increasingly global, alumni network. In this network, you’ll make connections with fellow alums and gain access to program-specific resources which include annually updated labor statistics and marketplace trends, as well as career-focused webinars and special events. We encourage you to get involved in order to develop and maintain relationships with alumni who possess similar interests and access the benefits this network can offer you.


Educating Adults Since 1933

SPS is enmeshed in many parts of the University — sharing faculty members, creating innovative programs, and setting the standard for higher education for adults. SPS alumni become part of a network of more than 230,000 Northwestern graduates who have made pioneering contributions to materials science, nanotechnology, economics, the humanities, and more.

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SPS Launches Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies offers a unique post-graduate educational opportunities to master's degree-holders. Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study are designed to give professionals with one or more advanced degrees the opportunity to gain new skills, build expertise in new areas, stay current with technology and industry advances, and earn a new credential by completing a targeted four-course sequence. Find out more.

We’re Grateful for Our Alumni

For many of our deserving undergraduate students, the State of Illinois’ Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides essential financial aid. But with gridlock in Springfield and no state budget, no grants are being awarded this term—threatening many students’ ability to earn their degree. Thanks to our generous alumni and the resources of the Annual Fund, SPS is offsetting the MAP grants and providing nearly $100,000 to 26 SPS students.

Northwestern helped give me the vocabulary and structure for what I was already doing...I found it useful to go in with specific goals and a plan for how I wanted to interpret the coursework, then I let the curriculum grow on that interpretation. ”

Kathreen Fontecha, MS in Information Design and Strategy ('17)

The best part about getting the degree from Northwestern is that it's solidified me professionally and now I can carry over my experiences from the program into the fields I want to...I'm excited to get out there and take action. ”

Chris Rinere, MS in Information Design and Strategy ('17)

What's important today is how you got here, and what you do when you leave here. ”

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