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Tuition and Financial Aid

The Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program offers a great deal of flexibility in how each individual may choose to pursue a Graduate Certificate. Every student's path is unique - and with that, every student's financial commitment.


The following outlines tuition rates and various program fees that you may use to develop an estimate of program costs for financial planning purposes. Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate students who later decide to reapply for the Master's degree will also be subject to a degree commitment fee. The base tuition rate is the same for degree and certificate students. Tuition is billed quarterly and is based on the number of enrolled courses. Tuition, fees, and associated program costs are all subject to change.

Tuition (per course) $5,207 x 4 ($20,828 total)
Other Costs $3,810
Program Total $24,638
Tuition (per course) $5,311 x 4 ($21,244)
Other Costs $3,810
Program Total $25,054

Fees and Other Costs

In addition to tuition for four courses, Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate candidates who are not also pursuing the full Master's degree should plan for the following:

Application and Commitment Fees

  • $175 application fee (nonrefundable) due upon submission of application
  • $1,250 commitment fee (nonrefundable) which reserves place, funds orientation and professional mentoring received upon entry into the program

Program and Course Fees

  • $465 onsite fee for each course with an in-person intensive onsite (4), which pays for food, venue, technology, and staff
  • $75 quarterly program activity fee (billed every quarter you are enrolled in courses) which pays for career programming and community events

Other Costs to Consider

  • Books, assessments, and other materials average $100 per course
  • A laptop is required
  • Estimates do not include living or travel expenses
  • Annual tuition increase can vary 1½-4%

Scholarships and Awards

MSLOC Leadership Scholarships

Each year, the MSLOC Program offers partial first-quarter tuition scholarships to certificate students with outstanding leadership or strong change leadership potential. These scholarships are available for students’ first quarter in the program. There is no separate application for these scholarships. Your resume and answers to the essay questions will be used to determine scholarship eligibility. You may indicate you want to be considered for scholarships in the online application form's "Financial Aid and Awards" section. A limited number of awards are available, so we strongly encourage you to apply for the priority application deadlines.

TLC Scholarship Fund

Each quarter, the MSLOC Program offers several non-tuition scholarships of up to $465 per onsite course to help offset the additional fees for those courses with an in-person onsite. All MSLOC students are eligible. Interested students must complete a short form each quarter to apply.

Other Scholarships

Students are encouraged to investigate scholarships offered through various civic and professional organizations, foundations and state agencies. One place to search for scholarships is the financial aid information web page sponsored by the National Association of Student Aid Administration. Another useful resource is Northwestern University's Office of Fellowships.

Financial Aid

Private Loans

Private loans offered through Northwestern University are available for US citizens (taking less than 2 courses/quarter) and international students (generally a US citizen is required to co-sign international loans).

External Work

Employer reimbursement is accepted and there may also be contract work opportunities available in any quarter.

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