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Admission

What to expect when applying to SPS

How to Apply

The online application system will allow you to upload your statement of purpose and resume/curriculum vitae. The system will also allow your recommenders to submit their recommendations online. You can enter the names of the persons completing recommendations on your behalf by accessing the "Recommendations" link located on the left-hand navigation menu within the online application. If your recommenders will be submitting your letters electronically, they do not need to submit hard copies as well.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities. 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. All electronic transcripts should be sent to spsadmissions@northwestern.edu. Please note transcripts are not accepted by fax or email. If you are currently enrolled, please submit an official transcript showing courses in-progress. Applicants with international transcripts must request an official course-by-course evaluation of transcripts from a NACES member such as WES or ECE. A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degrees and grades to U.S. equivalencies.

Supplemental Documents

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.

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

International Students

Degree Programs

SPS welcomes international students 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. Please contact 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 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.

Graduate Application Deadlines

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

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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