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Top-tier education. World-class faculty. Unparalleled support.

Find your path at Northwestern

Northwestern University is second-to-none for higher learning. Explore what makes us special.

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Academic excellence

The Graduate School offers PhD and master's degrees in more than 70 disciplines. Our interdisciplinary certificates and clusters provide additional opportunities to connect with students and faculty outside your department. Find statistics for our programs.

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World-class faculty

Our faculty are leaders in their field. They are Nobel Prize laureates, Tony Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur Fellows, and more. Explore a database of Northwestern Scholars.

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Cutting-edge resources

Northwestern University is a leading research university with an annual budget of $2 billion and sponsored research in excess of $500 million, and our library system boasts more than 4.6 million volumes. Visit the Northwestern Libraries website.

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Supportive environment

Our supportive graduate community is committed to the success of its members. Develop your professional skills and network with fellow graduate students through one of the many student groups and activities. See all services and support offered by TGS.

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Great location

Students can take advantage of the cultural and professional opportunities found both in Evanston and Chicago. Learn more about what you can experience here. Visit our campus.

Application steps

If you are ready to make Northwestern your academic home, familiarize yourself with our admissions process.

  1. Explore programs

    Find a program that fits your interests and academic goals. Browse academic programs.

  2. Check your program requirements

    Many academic programs have separate academic deadlines and requirements beyond what is listed on the TGS website. Refer to the Academic Programs page to access program websites to review requirements.

  3. Submit your application

    Submit your application online, and pay the application fee (via credit or debit card only). If your program requires mailed materials, send those to your program directly. Start your online application.

  4. View your admissions decision

    An admissions decision will be posted to your online application. Response times vary depending on the program. Review the Admission Decision and Enrollment pages.

  5. Apply for aid (if applicable)

    Review loan, assistantship and fellowship options. Visit our Funding section.

  6. If admitted, review next steps

    See the enrollment procedures for newly admitted students and learn about our orientation program. See steps for newly admitted students.

Ready to apply? Visit our online application.

Guidance and assistance

If you have questions or need assistance as you progress through the admissions process, we’re here to help.

See more support resources for applicants.