Registration Information

See below for important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled. All students register for courses using the CAESAR student registration and records system.

For additional information, contact the SPS Office of the Registrar.

New Student / First-Time Registration

  1. Complete the admissions process and receive notification of acceptance.
  2. Choose your courses from your approved program of study and calculate your tuition. View tuition information.
  3. Log in to CAESAR using the NetID and activation code that will be sent to you 5-7 business days after completing the registration form.
  4. Make a tuition deposit in CAESAR. See the instructions for making a payment on CAESAR. Northwestern University School of Professional Studies requires students to pay 60% tuition plus 100% of fees at the time of registration. Northwestern employees must pay 100% tuition plus 100% of fees minus their benefits at the time of registration.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email once you have made your payment. Once you receive it, forward the email to After SPS receives your payment confirmation or proof of payment, you will be activated in CAESAR. This means that you will have access to use CAESAR to enroll in your selected course(s). Students cannot be activated to register for courses in CAESAR without first making a tuition payment. If you do not receive your payment confirmation email within 48 hours, email
  6. You will receive another email confirmation notifying you once you are activated in CAESAR and can register for courses. See the instructions for adding courses.

Current and Returning Student Registration

Current and returning students register for courses in CAESAR. A valid Northwestern University NetID and password are required to access the system. Students are encouraged to register at the earliest possible date. A $75 late registration fee is applied once the late registration period starts.

Registration Dates

Fall 2024:

  • July 15, 2024 - registration opens
  • September 16, 2024 - late registration starts

Winter 2025:

  • November 11, 2024 - registration opens
  • December 27, 2024 - late registration starts

Spring 2025:

  • February 17, 2025 - registration opens
  • March 17, 2025 - late registration starts

Summer 2025:

  • April 14, 2025 - registration opens
  • June 23, 2025 - late registration starts

Fall 2025:

  • July 14, 2025 - registration opens
  • TBA - late registration starts

A $75 late registration fee is applied once the late registration period starts.

See the Academic Calendar for all dates and deadlines.

Last Updated: July 8, 2024


Adding/Dropping Classes

All students — new and current — can change their registration status through CAESAR (add/drop, credit/audit). If you are withdrawing from all of your courses for the quarter, CAESAR will not allow you to drop the last remaining course on your schedule. Instead, you must complete the Change of Registration Form. Do not send registration change requests to the course instructor or to the Office of Student Accounts; changes to registration can only be made in CAESAR.

Students who drop courses or withdraw from SPS may be eligible for a tuition refund, less any nonrefundable fees and deposits. The tuition refund policy is applied as of the date the request is received. For more information on refund policy when a course is dropped or for a withdrawal, contact the Office of Student Accounts.

See the academic calendar for add/drop deadlines.

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