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Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

Admission

What to expect when applying to SPS

How to Apply

All applicants are required to submit an online application. Applicants can check the status of their application at any time by logging into the online Self Service Center portal.

Official Transcripts

Please list all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts must arrive in our office in the original sealed envelope issued by the institution. Northwestern University School of Professional Studies accepts electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions via secure electronic transcript providers. Consult with your institution to see if they are part of a secure e-delivery network.

Official electronic transcripts must be requested from the college or university and sent directly to spsadmissions@northwestern.edu.

Official mailed transcripts can be sent to:

Attn:(program of interest)
Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, Sixth Floor
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008
spsadmissions@northwestern.edu

Supplemental Documents

Supplemental materials, with the exception of transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the online application.

International Students

Degree Programs

SPS welcomes international applicants to apply and, if admitted, enroll in our graduate degree 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. 

Students that are admitted to the accelerated MPPA program are eligible to apply and receive a student visa. 

Please contact the International Office with any questions at (847) 491-5613.


International Transcripts

Official transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. are required to be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Applicants are required to have an official course-by-course evaluation completed. The course-by-course evaluation will serve as the official transcript for studies completed outside of the U.S. 

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies will only accept official course by course evaluations if the evaluation explicitly indicates that the individual’s course of study is the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree).

Specifically, if the degree requirement for admission is a conferred bachelor’s degree, the course-by-course evaluation must read equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. If the degree requirement for admission is a conferred master’s degree, the course-by-course evaluation must read equivalent to a U.S. master’s degree. Additionally, an applicant that has earned a U.S. master’s degree and has a bachelor’s degree from outside of the U.S. must still submit an official course by course evaluation that indicates that the applicant has the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Applicants are also required to ensure that the language of instruction is included in the course-by-course evaluation.

NACES approved evaluation companies, ECE and Educational Perspectives, are highly recommended by the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. 

Additional instructions for international applicants are listed below.


English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is a School of Professional Studies admission requirement for international applicants. 

International applicants can provide proof of English Proficiency by submitting one of the following:

  • Provide an official transcript demonstrating a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Provide an official course-by-course evaluation where the language of instruction is indicated as English.
  • Provide official scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and achieved the required score (official scores must be provided)
    • TOEFL – 100 or higher on the iBT (internet based TOEFL)
    • IELTS – 7.0 or higher on the Academic IELTS

Graduate Application Deadlines

Fall Quarter: July 15
Winter Quarter: October 15
Spring Quarter: January 15
Summer Quarter: April 15

NOTE: The Accelerated Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program only admits for fall term. The first round deadline is January 15, 2020 and second round deadline is March 15, 2020.

Questions?

Contact the admissions team for assistance.
phone: 312-503-0875

How to Apply

Post-baccalaureate students must submit the online SPS Application for Admission. SPS does not accept paper applications for admission.

Application Materials

All items in the list below must be received by SPS Admissions before your application will be reviewed:
  • Completed online application, including personal statement
  • Select your intended certificate or enter your specialized course plan
  • Official transcript showing bachelor's degree conferred
  • Documentation of English Proficiency for students whose first language is not English. See "International Students" below for more information.

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.

Post-baccalaureate Admissions
Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, Sixth Floor
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
spsadmissions@northwestern.edu

International Students

SPS welcomes international students to apply and, if admitted, enroll in our post-baccalaureate 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 at 847-491-5613.

International Transcripts

Applicants with international transcripts must request an official course-by-course evaluation by a NACES member. The equivalency of a U.S. bachelor's degree is required.The evaluation 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.

Post-baccalaureate Application Deadlines

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

Questions?

Contact the admissions team for assistance.
phone:312-503-0875

How to Apply

Premedicine and Professional Health Careers students must submit the online SPS Application for Admission. SPS does not accept paper applications for admission.

Application Materials

All items in the list below must be received by SPS Admissions before your application will be reviewed:
  • Completed online application
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • College/university transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume or CV
  • Documentation of English Proficiency for students whose first language is not English. See "International Students" below for more information

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.

Professional Health Admissions
Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
Wieboldt Hall, Sixth Floor
339 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008
spsadmissions@northwestern.edu


Premed/Professional Health Application Deadlines

  • Fall Quarter: June 1*
  • Winter Quarter: November 1
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer Quarter: March 1*

*Pre-medicine, Pre-physician assistant, Pre-physical therapy and Pre-nursing students may only apply for the summer or fall quarters.

International Students

SPS welcomes international students to apply to our professional health 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.

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.

Questions?

Contact the admissions team for assistance.
phone: 312-503-0875

How to Apply

Undergraduate applicants must submit the online SPS Application for Undergraduate Admission. SPS does not have a paper application for admission.

Application Materials

All items in the list below must be received by SPS Admissions before your application will be reviewed:
  • Completed online application, including personal statement
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee
  • Official high school transcript reflecting graduation (or GED report)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Current resume or CV
  • Documentation of English Proficiency for students whose first language is not English. See "International Students" below for more information

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 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
scsundergrad@northwestern.edu

International Students

SPS welcomes international students to apply and, if admitted, enroll in our undergraduate degree 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 at 847-491-5613.


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 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 a high school or undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent, where the language of instruction is English.
Please contact the admissions office for more information on TOEFL, IELTS, and transcripts for international applicants.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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

Questions?

Contact the admissions team for assistance.
phone: 312-503-0875
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