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The world is changing more rapidly than ever, and in this confusing and sometimes contentious time, society needs people who are working to steer and shape that change in positive and productive ways.

We know the best kind of change requires the best research, faculty, students, staff, and resources.

SESP brings together a wide range of disciplines – psychology, economics, computer science, the law, and more – along with many modes of inquiry, to study everything from tiny infants to massive organizations. Our pathbreaking faculty help guide the next generation of leaders, and, together with students, staff, and alumni, shape the practice and the implementation of innovation across the nation and the world. 

Where We Succeed

The School of Education and Social Policy is ranked the #3 in the 2023-24 U.S. News and World Report Best Education Graduate Schools for a reason.

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Impact and Influence

Our deep, complex, and multifaceted work and research lead to life-changing discoveries with real impact.

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Academic Diversity

SESP brings together a wide range of disciplines, along with many modes of inquiry. We focus on thorough interdisciplinary training and hands-on experiences that are rare in higher education.

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SESP at a Glance

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For nearly 100 years, Northwestern's school of education has been driving innovation in the fields of education, learning sciences, human development, social policy, and learning and organizational change.