Degree Programs

The list below shows the graduate programs at Northwestern University administered through The Graduate School and the types of degrees for which students are admitted to each program. Click on the school or academic program name for more information.



Accounting Information and Management, MS*, PhD
African-American Studies, MA*, PhD
Anthropology (also see Medical Anthropology, below) MA* , PhD
Applied Physics, MS*, PhD
Art History, MA*, PhD
Art Theory and Practice, MFA
Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program, Combined BA/MS or MA
Biological Sciences: Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences (DGP), (See Life and Biomedical Sciences, below) MS*, PhD
Biological Sciences (IBiS), (See Life and Biomedical Sciences, below) MS*, PhD
Biomedical Engineering, MS, PhD
Chemical and Biological Engineering, MS, PhD
Chemistry, MS*, PhD
Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS, PhD
Clinical Investigation, MS
Clinical Psychology, MS*,  PhD
Communication Sciences and Disorders, MA*, PhD
Communication Studies, MA*, PhD
Comparative Literary Studies, MA*, PhD
Computer Engineering, MS, PhD
Computer Science, MS, PhD
Counseling, MA
Documentary Media, MFA


Earth and Planetary Sciences, MS*, PhD
Economics, MA*, PhD
Electrical Engineering, MS, PhD
Engineering Design and Innovation, MS
Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, MS, PhD
English, MA, PhD
Epidemiology/Biostatistics, MS
Finance, MS*, PhD
French and Italian, MA*, PhD
Genetic Counseling, MS
German Literature and Critical Thought, MA*,  PhD
Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program, PhD
Health Services and Outcomes Research, MS
Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety, MS
History, MA*, PhD
Human Development and Social Policy, MA*,  PhD
Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, MS*, PhD
JD/PhD, Combined JD/PHD


Learning Sciences, MA, PhD
Life and Biomedical Sciences (IBiS/DGP), MS*, PhD
Life Sciences and Clinical Investigation Combined PhD/MS
Life Sciences and Public Health, Combined MPH/PHD
Linguistics, MA, PhD
Management and Organizations, PhD
Management and Organizations and Sociology, PhD
Managerial Economics and Strategy, MS*, PhD
Marketing, MS*, PhD
Marriage and Family Therapy, MS
Materials Science and Engineering, MS, PhD
Mathematics, MS*, PhD
Mechanical Engineering, MS, PhD
Media, Technology and Society, MA*, PhD
Medical Anthropology, Combined MPH/PHD
Medical Humanities and Bioethics, MA
Medical Scientist Training Program, Combined MD/PhD
Medicine and Public Health, Combined MD/MPH
Music, MA*, PhD
Neurobiology, MS
Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN), MS*, PhD
Operations Management, MS*, PhD


Performance Studies, MA, PhD
Philosophy, MA*, PhD
Physical Therapy and Engineering, Combined DPT/PhD
Physics and Astronomy, MS, PhD
Plant Biology and Conservation, MS, PhD
Political Science, MA*, PhD
Psychology, MA*, PhD
Public Health, Combined MD/MPH
Public Health, MPH
Religious Studies, MA*, PhD
Screen Cultures, MA*, PhD
Slavic Languages and Literatures, MA*, PhD
Sociology, MA*, PhD
Spanish and Portuguese, MA*, PhD
Speech, Language and Learning, MS
Statistics, MS*, PhD
Technology and Social Behavior, MS*, PhD
Theatre-Design, MFA
Theatre-Directing, MFA 
Theatre and Drama, MA*, PhD
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, MS, PhD
Writing for the Screen and Stage, MFA

*Denotes the department does not admit students to a Master's program, but awards a Master's in some cases.