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Earn your bachelor's degree online or on campus

Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs

Advance your career with a degree from Northwestern — online and on campus

Earn your bachelor's degree in a part-time program tailored for the busy schedules of professionals. Choose from fully online bachelor’s degrees or on-campus undergraduate majors. Online courses are designed to ensure robust and engaging learning experiences. Students in on-campus majors attend evening classes on Northwestern's beautiful Chicago and Evanston campuses. All undergraduate courses are led by Northwestern faculty members and prominent industry professionals and offer the high level of academic rigor that Northwestern is known for. 

Online Bachelor's Degree Majors

Five career-focused, online majors are designed to help build pathways to high-demand careers. As part of your degree, you'll also choose from a range of specializations to broaden your expertise, perspective, and marketability.

On-Campus Bachelor's Degree Majors

Choose from 12 on-campus majors, including an accelerated business leadership program that can be completed in as little as two years, to meet your professional and personal goals. Courses are scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays on Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses. Each program carries its own set of requirements, so you can select an academic path that suits your needs.

Daniel Mojica, Leadership and Organization Behavior major; Executive Director, Vertiport Chicago

The School of Professional Studies has amazing programs tailored to you with professors who truly want you to grow and want to understand what your goals are. ”

Daniel Mojica, Leadership and Organization Behavior major; Executive Director, Vertiport Chicago

Susanne Tedrick, Communication Systems major; Client Technical Specialist, IBM

I knew my classes would be taught by industry professionals who knew exactly what they were talking about. I am thrilled that I earned my degree at SPS. ”

Susanne Tedrick, Communication Systems major; Client Technical Specialist, IBM


Quarterly application deadlines are (fall) August 1, (winter) November 1, (spring) February 1, and (summer) May 1. Apply now and receive an admission decision in four to six weeks.

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Stephanie Fox, English major, Journalism minor

Going to SPS allowed me to work and make money to pay back my loans while I was in school and it also allowed me to take on a lot of internships. ”

Stephanie Fox, English major, Journalism minor

Schedule Information

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Featured Faculty

Jen Baker
My students begin knowing that persuasion exists, but not how often it actually affects their lives. They tend to assume it’s a bad thing, but it really isn’t. You need to understand how its power works and find the balance between persuasion and manipulation or deceit.
Jennifer Baker, communication studies instructor
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Karl Muth
Taking part-time coursework at SPS isn’t as radical a change in lifestyle or in how one spends his or her day as one could envision it being from the outside… SPS allows students to take courses at their own pace.
Karl Muth, economics, organizational behavior, public policy, and statistics instructor
Elena Lanza
"The professors at SPS are on your side. There may be some sacrifices, but they’ll be temporary. SPS gives you a chance to meet new personal and professional goals, and we are here to help you achieve them.
Elena Lanza, Spanish instructor

Student-at-Large Courses

Students who enroll in SPS undergraduate courses and are not seeking a certificate or degree at SPS are considered students-at-large. Enrolling in SPS undergraduate courses as a student-at-large is an excellent way to experience what returning to school is like before committing or applying to a program. Students-at-large may enroll in SPS undergraduate on-campus and online courses for credit, or may audit SPS undergraduate courses that allow auditing.

Eden Porsangi

I loved many of my classes. The networking opportunities at Northwestern are priceless. Getting a degree at SPS was the best decision I’ve ever made. ”

Eden Porsangi, Organization Behavior: Business Leadership major

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a bachelor’s degree?

The amount of time it takes to complete your bachelor’s degree at Northwestern depends on several factors, including existing credits from other institutions and the amount of time you can dedicate to coursework.


Can I finish my bachelor’s degree online?

Yes; earn your bachelor’s degree online by choosing from one of three career-focused programs. Online degree options include information systems, enterprise leadership, strategic communications, social sciences (starting 2023), and health sciences (starting 2024). All of Northwestern’s online bachelor’s degree programs are imbued with the same rigor and innovation that characterize the university's on-campus courses.


How do I decide whether an online bachelor’s degree program is the right choice for me?

An online college degree program is often the best option for those balancing busy personal and professional lives with the desire to complete their education. By opting for virtual classes, you’ll have the flexibility to attend class and complete coursework at the time most convenient for you, allowing you to fulfill your other commitments. However, this flexibility also requires greater levels of self-motivation, organization, and time management.


If I am a virtual student, will my degree reflect that is online in any way?

No; the diploma you receive from your online bachelor’s degree program will not specify whether you completed the coursework virtually or on campus.


Can I take courses online and in person?

Yes; if the course is the same, students pursuing their bachelor’s degree online can register for either the online or on-campus format.


How many credits does it take to earn a bachelor’s degree?

The SPS Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science in General Studies require a total of 45 units, including writing and distribution requirements, a major, and electives. The Bachelor of Philosophy in Communication degree that is earned by students majoring in communication studies, communication systems, or radio/television/film requires a total of 42 units, including a writing and distribution requirements, a major, and electives. See the requirements for these degrees for more details. The SPS online Bachelor of Science degrees in enterprise leadership, information systems, strategic communication, social sciences, and health sciences each require 45 units, including writing and distribution requirements, a major, a concentration, and electives.

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