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The Graduate School

Where learning, discovery, and creativity flourish.

The Graduate School

Where learning, discovery, and creativity flourish.

Our Charge

Preparing and inspiring scholars to transform our world.

From admission to graduation, The Graduate School (TGS) supports graduate students throughout their experience, awarding doctoral and master’s degrees in more than seventy disciplines. We are a resource throughout your academic journey.

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Points of Pride

See what makes TGS special, by the numbers

A Stipend for the 21st Century

annually for PhD students through fellowships or assistantships. More on stipend rates

Support for Parents

12 weeks
paid parental leave for PhD students who are new parents. All family resources

A smooth transition

of students are international, supported through language and other programs. See all supports

Connected to Campus & City

7 miles
between our Evanston campus and Chicago. Travel by free buses and trains. U-Pass transit programs

Ongoing Inclusion

mentor/mentee pairings in our Diversity Peer Mentor Program. More diversity initiatives

Funding Your Studies

Fellowships, grants, assistantship options, and more

TGS provides most doctoral students with a stipend and scholarship to pay tuition costs; they are supported for a minimum of five years. For master’s students, external grants and loans make graduate study accessible.

Funding Options

Happenings at TGS

Don't miss news, opportunities and announcements.


Monthly Message from Dean Mayo
May 2022 Message from Dean Mayo

This is an exciting time of the year as we near the end of another academic cycle. The passion and accomplishments of Northwestern’s graduate students and postdoctoral trainees are on full display through conference presentations, dissertation defenses, theatrical performances, job interviews, award ceremonies, and many other scholarly endeavors.


Eight-week session ends

August 13, All Day

Eight-week session ends

Master's completion form due for TGS Summer master's candidates

August 19, All Day

Master's completion form due for TGS Summer master's candidates

Ten-week session ends

August 27, All Day

Ten-week session ends


Fall 2022 Welcome Events for TGS Students

Several graduate student organizations and campus partners are hosting welcome events to kick off the Fall Quarter. Please see below for more information.

Congratulations to Damon Williams

It is with decidedly mixed feelings that I write to let you know that Associate Dean Damon Williams will soon depart The Graduate School to take on the challenge of a new position as the associate vice president in the Office of Institutional Diversity at the University of Kentucky.