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Master's Degree Options

The School of Education and Social Policy currently offers a variety of masters degree options across four academic areas. 

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MS in Education in Educational Studies

Educational Studies is designed for practitioners and newcomers to the field of education who are interested in studying a particular set of educational topics, including learning, child development, schooling, and social policy in America. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Jan. 2023 or Mar. 2024
Start Date: Sept. 2024
Modality: In Person
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MS in Education in Elementary Education

This two-year program prepares students to be elementary school teachers. Upon completion, graduates will earn an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) for grades 1-6. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Jan. 2023 or Mar. 2024
Start Date: Sept. 2024
Modality: In Person
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MS in Education in Secondary Education

This two-year program prepares students to be secondary teachers in English, Math, Science, Social Science, or Spanish. Upon completion, graduates will earn an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsements for grades 5-12. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Jan. 2023 or Mar. 2024
Start Date: Sept. 2024
Modality: In Person
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MS in Education in Learning Sciences

Learning Sciences prepares students to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning. This program is intended for people with a variety of interests, including research, teaching and training, educational technology, and the design of learning environments. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Jan. 2023 or Mar. 2024
Start Date: Sept. 2024
Modality: In Person
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Accelerated MS in Education for Northwestern Undergraduate

Northwestern undergraduates have the opportunity to take classes toward a master's degree while earning their bachelor's degree. The Accelerated Master’s program is available in all concentrations: Educational Studies, Elementary Teaching, Learning Sciences, and Secondary Teaching. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Jan. 2023 or Mar. 2024
Start Date: Sept. 2024
Modality: In Person
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MS in Higher Education Administration & Policy

The Higher Education Administration and Policy program prepares both new and current higher education professionals to be leaders who transform the lives of individuals, the trajectory of organizations, and the impact of institutions – all within the higher education landscape. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Rolling
Start Date: Mar., Jun., or Sept.
Modality: In Person
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MS in Learning & Organizational Change

The Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) offers an alternative to MBA programs and master's programs in organizational development, organizational behavior, industrial/organizational psychology, human resource development or similar graduate programs. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Jan., Apr., Jun. or Nov.
Start Date: Sept. 2023
Modality: Hybrid or Virtual
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MS in Social & Economic Policy

This dual-degree program, designed by SESP and the Department of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), explores applied economics and its application to real world policies in both Chinese and US contexts.Students attend classes on campuses in Sha Tin, Hong Kong for 10 months and Evanston, Illinois for 7 months. Learn How to Apply

Application Deadline: Oct. 2023
Start Date: Sept. 2024
Modality: In Person