Tuition costs differ for each Northwestern University School of Professional Studies program. Find information below on financial obligations and tuition costs for the Clinical Research certificate program.


2023–24 Tuition

  • Tuition per course: $4,444
  • Estimated cost for a four course certificate program: $18,276*

Tuition levels are reviewed on a yearly basis and can be adjusted based on market dynamics. On average, when an adjustment has been made, it has been approximately +/- 3.5%.

Program Fees

* Online courses in this program are assigned a technology fee of $125 per course. This fee is included in the estimated total above.

** In addition, some online courses require a proctored exam. These exams typically cost approximately $25 to $30 each. Students are responsible for the costs of all proctored exams taken.

Financial Obligation

Students will be required to pay tuition costs and any costs associated with any books and materials.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

The University's Employer Reimbursement Plan (ERP) is designed for students whose employers offer reimbursement for tuition costs. The plan allows participants to defer their employer-covered tuition payments to Northwestern until after the term has been completed. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for more information and an application form.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Graduate certificate programs do not qualify for federal student loans. Private education loans may be available to assist with tuition and fee expenses. For more information about these loans, including information on how to apply, please visit the Chicago Office of Financial Aid or by calling 312-503-8722.


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