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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

$33,504
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

34%
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

1:1
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.

News

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Paid Medical Leave (MLOA) Benefit Expansion

After a successful pilot phase, The Graduate School is pleased to announce that we are launching a full-fledged paid medical leave of absence (MLOA) program for funded TGS PhD and MFA students beginning in the Fall 2020 Quarter.

Events

Dissertation, PhD Final Exam, and change of grade forms due to TG...

August 7, All Day

Dissertation, PhD Final Exam, and change of grade forms due to TGS for Summer PhD candidates

Eight-week session ends

August 15, All Day

Eight-week session ends

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

August 21, All Day

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

Announcements

Fall Quarter TGS Activity Fee and U-Pass Access

"Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the fact that many courses will be taught remotely this fall, The Graduate School will not charge a Fall Quarter activity fee for full-time students and will not activate any U-Passes for the Fall Quarter unless you choose to opt in." Read the full message from TGS Associate Director, Student Life, Lauren-Ashley Buchanan, PhD.

Your Northwestern Academic Experience in the Fall

"We look forward to welcoming you in the fall, whether you are enrolled in remote or in-person classes. Faculty, advisers, and staff are busy preparing for the new term, and as we do so, we are prioritizing your health and that of the rest of our community while also keeping in mind the importance of your ability to make progress toward your Northwestern degree." Read the full message from Interim Dean Mayo.