Graduate Programs Overview

Northwestern University is a four-years, private (not-for-profit) school located in Evanston, Illinois. It offers graduate degree programs as well as undergraduate degree programs. For academic year 2021-2022 the graduate school tuition & fees are $56,567 in average for all students.

It offers two hundreds eighty-six graduate programs: 157 Master's, 85 Doctorate, 23 Post-Bachelor's, 21 Post-Master's programs. Some of those programs are offered by distance learning. 4,820 students have been conferred Master's degree and 992 students have received Doctorate degree last year.
Graduate Programs Key Facts
School NameNorthwestern University
Typefour-years, private (not-for-profit)
Address633 Clark St, Evanston, IL
Graduate School Students14,044 students
329 students enrolled online exclusively
Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)$56,567
Student to Faculty6:1 (16.67%)
Number of Offered Graduate ProgramsTotal 286 Graduate Programs
157 Master's, 21 Doctorate, 44 Post graduate certificates

2022 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees

The following table and chart describe 2021-2022 graduate tuition & fees at Northwestern University with tuition changes over the last 5 years. Each cost is an average amount over the offered programs. The tuition & fees is $56,567 for all students.The tuition per credit hours for part-time students (or full-time students who taking extra credits) is $6,649.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: March 14, 2022)
2022 COATuition Trends
2022 Graduate School Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs
Cost per Credit$6,649
Books & Supplies$1,566
Room & Board$18,264 (On-Campus) / $18,264 (Off-Campus)
Personal Expenses$3,240 (On-Campus) / $3,240 (Off-Campus)
On-Campus Total$79,637
Off-Campus Total$79,637
Graduate Program Tuition Changes (2018-2022)
Tuition & Fees$52,679$54,620$56,567$56,567$56,567

Graduate Programs By Area of Study

Northwestern University offers Masters, Doctorate, Post-Bachelor's Certificate, Post-Master's Certificate graduate degree/certificate programs through 286 major areas - 149 Master's (4 online programs), 83 Doctorate , 22 Post-Bachelor', 20 Post-Master'. The following table summarizes the total number of completers by degree and gender.
Total Number of Conferred Graduate Degree
Master'sDoctorate Post-Bachelor'sPost-Master's
Below, you can check major programs and concentration for each area of study with offered degrees and completers. ONLINE denotes the program offered by distance learning (online degree). You may want to see all graduate schools offering a major program by following the link on the title of the program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
Communication and Journalism
Computer And Information Sciences
Engineering Technology
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
Work and Family Studies
Legal Studies
English Language And Literature
Liberal Arts And Sciences, Humanities
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Mathematics And Statistics
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
Philosophy And Religious Studies
Theology And Religious Vocations
Physical Sciences
Science Technologies/Technicians
Human Services
Social Sciences
Visual And Performing Arts
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences

Graduate Student Population

Total 22,603 students enrolled in Northwestern University including both undergraduate and graduate programs, with full-time and part-time status. In graduate schools, 14,044 students are enrolled to earn graduate degrees. By gender, it has 6,841 male and 7,203 female graduate students. By attending status, there are 9,641 full-time and 4,403 part-time students in graduate schools. It offers online degree programs and 329 students enrolled to earn their graduate degree through online exclusively.
Graduate Students Gender Distribution
Men Students6,841
Women Students7,203
Graduate Students Attending Status Distribution
Full-time Students9,641
Part-time Students4,403
By race/ethnicity 6,177 White, 758 Black, and 1,871 Asian students are attending at Northwestern University. The detail graduate enrollment distribution by race is shown in the below chart.
Graduate Students Race Distribution
American Indian /
Native American
Native Hawaiian /
Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races379
Distance learning, also called online education, is very attractive to students, especially those who want to continue education and work in the field. At Northwestern University, 329 students are enrolled exclusively in online courses and 0 students are enrolled in some online courses.
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment Distribution
Total Enrollment14,044
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses329
Enrolled in Some But Not All Online Courses0
Not Enrolled In Any Online Courses13,715
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment By Student Location
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses329
Illinois Resident123
Other State In U.S.206
Outside of U.S.0

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