The Graduate College


Providing excellence in graduate education

Northeastern Illinois University, through The College of Graduate Studies and Research and the faculty, provides the resources, the facilities and the academic environment to advance learning, to foster creativity, and to nurture intellectual independence in graduate education. Graduate students pursue advanced studies and join the faculty in extending knowledge through research and scholarly activities.

Northeastern Illinois University provides its graduate students with excellent choices from over 35 Master Degree programs in a variety of disciplines.

  • Classes are offered during the late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate individuals who are pursuing a Master’s Degree on a part-time basis
  • Students may attend either full-time or part-time
  • Students may apply as "non degree seeking" without formal admission to a specific degree program
  • Non-degree certificate programs are offered
  • Educational Leadership Type 75 Certificate program is offered on the Northeastern Illinois University main campus, the University Center of Lake County, and Jacob Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS)

All students admitted to a Master’s program are enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies and Research and governed by its policies and procedures. Graduate students, therefore, have different tuition rates, grievance procedures, and registration processing. They are eligible to apply for teaching/research assistantships and tuition scholarships available through the College and departments.

Applications, both for admissions and graduation, are accepted for each academic term as per the schedule provided with the application materials and published in the Schedule of Classes. Applicants are advised to check the College of Graduate Studies and Research website for any changes or special situations.