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Bachelor's Degree Completion

Admission and Transfer Policy


To get your application started, complete an online application. You will be prompted to create a user account to begin an application with Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. Additional requirements and information are outlined below.

Application Checklist

The following materials are required to apply: 

  • A completed online application
  • A statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee (nonrefundable)
  • Official high school transcripts and conferred date of completion (or GED report)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • A current resume or CV
  • Documentation of English Proficiency for students whose first language is not English. See "English Proficiency" below

Supplemental materials, with the exception of transcripts, must be uploaded to the online application. Official transcripts may be sent to our Admissions office at 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 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008

phone: 312-503-2579

Applicants will be notified once all materials have been received and the application is complete.

Application Deadlines

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


International Students

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, 250 or higher on the computer-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.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transcripts from previous institutions must be submitted with the undergraduate application. Once admitted, students must petition to obtain pre-approval to transfer in coursework toward an SPS degree. Students offered performance-based or transfer admission will receive an evaluation of their transfer credit upon admission.

  • Undergraduate degree candidates may satisfy up to one-half of their graduation requirements with coursework completed at other institutions.
    Note: Any previous credit that was applied to a completed bachelor's degree cannot be applied to an SPS degree. Applicants who already possess a bachelor's degree are strongly encouraged to select from post-baccalaureate or master's level program offerings at the School of Professional Studies.
  • Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited institution, passed with a grade of C (2.0) or better, and similar in focus and classroom hours to courses at Northwestern.
  • All previously completed courses are evaluated, regardless of when they were completed.
  • SPS does not accept military or lifelong learning for credit. Independent studies, field experience, externships, seminars, etc. need to be petitioned for approval.
  • SPS does not award credit for data processing or Microsoft applications training. Nor do we evaluate graduate or professional coursework.
  • Students must complete English writing requirements at SPS. Composition courses taken elsewhere can be transferred in as elective credit.
  • Upper-level courses are more rigorous than lower-level courses. Therefore, lower-level classes taken at other institutions may not count as upper-level courses even if content and title appear to be similar.

SPS programs lead to one of three bachelor’s degrees: the bachelor of philosophy (BPhil); the bachelor of science in general studies (BSGS); the bachelor of philosophy in communication (BPhilCom).  

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