Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
|Northwestern University School of Professional Studies|
|Dean||Thomas F. Gibbons|
|Location||Chicago, Evanston, Illinois, USA|
The Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS), formerly the School of Continuing Studies, is one of twelve schools comprising Northwestern University, with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. The school was founded in 1933 under its original name of University College.
The School of Professional Studies caters to students with various degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, professional development, and corporate levels. Most courses are offered in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate the schedules of working students.
SPS has campuses in both Evanston and downtown Chicago. Their downtown location is in the Streeterville neighborhood alongside Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. It is only blocks away from the Water Tower, the John Hancock Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Magnificent Mile. SPS also has a Loop campus near the Willis Tower and the Chicago Board of Trade Building. Additionally, SPS offers certain courses in Schaumburg and at Abbott Laboratories.
SPS students have 16 majors to choose from in the following areas:
- Art History
- Biological Sciences: Human Biology
- Communication Studies
- Communication Systems
- English And American Literature
- English Major in Writing
- Information Systems
- Leadership and Organization Behavior
- Organization Behavior
- Political Science
SPS offers twelve different graduate degree programs. Like their undergraduate counterparts, graduate-level classes also meet on evenings and weekends to accommodate working adults. Graduate programs at SPS include:
- Master of Science in Information Systems (campus-based and online)
- Master of Science in Predictive Analytics (online)
- Master of Arts in Creative Writing
- Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
- Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
- Master of Arts in Literature
- Master of Science in Medical Informatics (online)
- Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (campus-based and online)
- Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance
- Master of Science in Global Health (online)
- Medill Integrated Marketing Communications (online)
- Master of Arts in Sports Administration
In addition to its degree programs, SPS also offers certificate programs geared toward professional development. These programs are offered at Northwestern campuses in Evanston, Chicago and Schaumburg. Many of the programs consist of undergraduate courses that can be taken for credit. There are also noncredit programs filled with courses that exist outside the undergraduate curriculum. The general areas within which the professional development programs fall are:
- CFP Certificate Program
- Certified Internal Auditor
- Certified Treasury Professional
- Decision Making for Climate change
- Certificate in Jewish Leadership
- Fundamentals of Leadership
- Divorce Mediation Training Program
- Mediation Skills
- Mobile App Developer
- Museum Studies
- Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations
- Project Management
- Summer Session Institutes in Negotiation, Writers' Conference, and AP Training for high school teachers
SPS also offers certificates in post-baccalaureate programs. Many students use the post-baccalaureate programs to build their academic résumés in preparation for graduate study in business, education, medicine or law, while others enroll in programs to help advance their professional careers. Programs consist of non-credit courses held during the daytime and evening. Duration of programs varies from one day to twelve weeks. Post-baccalaureate certificate programs are offered in 31 different subjects, with general areas including:
- Bridges to Graduate Study and Professional Schools
- Finance and Accounting
- Information Technology
- Leadership and Management
- Professional Health Careers
- Design Your Own Certificate
One of the most popular certificates at SPS is the Professional Health Careers program, a post-baccalaureate program designed to provide students with the pre-medicine background necessary to apply to medical school. The program consists of four concentrations: pre-medicine (dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, osteopathy, podiatry), physical therapy, nursing, and clinical psychology.
SPS oversees Northwestern University Summer Session. Current college students, high school students, and individuals seeking professional development or personal enrichment can choose from over 300 course offerings during the summer, including intensive language and science sequences, where a full year of credit can be earned, or a three-day summer institute. Summer Institutes include:
- Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute
- Summer Writers' Conference
- Summer Institute in Negotiations
- College Bridge Program
- Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Holocaust Education
College Preparation Program
SPS also oversees the Northwestern University College Preparation Program. This summer program for high school students offers three, six, and nine-week options as part of Northwestern’s Summer Session. Students can choose from over 350 undergraduate courses and can earn college credit for the courses they take, allowing students an opportunity to explore a variety of academic areas and get a head-start on a college career.
College Prep holds weekly Get Ready seminars designed to prepare students for the transition between high school and college life, and how to navigate the college admissions and application process.
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- Northwestern University School of Professional Studies Web site
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- School of Continuing Studies on LinkedIn
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