Tuition Costs

Each program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies differs in tuition costs. Find information below on financial obligations and tuition costs for the MALS program.


Tuition and Fees: 2023–24 Academic Year

  • Tuition per course: $3,550
  • Estimated cost for entire program: $31,950* (plus technology fees, if applicable)

    * Select courses are offered online. Online courses are assigned a technology fee of $125 per course.


  • 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%.
  • Estimated cost for entire program does not include books, other instructional materials, technology fees* or proctoring fees.**

    ** Select online courses require a proctored event with an approximate fee of $25 to $35 each. Students are responsible for the costs of any assigned proctored events.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Federal loan eligibility is usually limited to students taking at least two units of credit in the quarter for which they receive aid. Please note that depending on course availability, students may need to take a break for one or two quarters to maintain the two-credit minimum course load requirement for financial aid.

As at most universities, Northwestern University aid, assistantships, and stipends are reserved for PhD and MFA candidates.

Graduate students should direct questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid or by calling 312-503-8722.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is not required as part of your application, but we encourage all U.S. citizens and permanent residents to complete the FAFSA if they would like to be considered for any loans.

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