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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

$34,176
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

Graphic of snowflakes that says "Happy Holidays from The Graduate School"
Holiday Greetings from The Graduate School!

“2021 was full of twists and turns, and your resiliency and commitment to graduate education were constants. You all have remained diligent in following health and safety practices, and you continue to lift up one another through the very real challenges facing our society. You should feel pride in fostering this deep sense of connection, and The Graduate School will continue to lead, partner, and support you in these endeavors.” Read the full message from Dean Mayo.

Events

Suspension of classes for observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Da...

January 17, All Day

Suspension of classes for observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Last day for tuition adjustment related to enrollment changes (to...

January 21, All Day

Last day for tuition adjustment related to enrollment changes (to or from full-time). No reductions are made to bills fo...

Application for a degree due to The Graduate School to receive a ...

January 28, All Day

Application for a degree due to The Graduate School to receive a degree in Winter Quarter

Announcements

Q&A with Associate Director of NCA, Brett Boettcher

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is a comprehensive campus career center that offers career development services to graduate students. Providing customized, one-on-one appointments with advisers and counselors, NCA supports students at various stages of career development.

OSL Spotlight: Indivisible Northwestern

Indivisible Northwestern (INU) is a chapter of Indivisible, a grassroots movement of thousands of groups with a mission to elect progressive leaders and rebuild American democracy. The goal of INU is to provide students with action-oriented opportunities to develop organizing and leadership skills, and to meet and work with other people who are interested in addressing social issues like climate change and social justice.