Northwestern University

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2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

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The School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University has a rolling application deadline. The application fee for the Education program at the Northwestern University is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $45,120 per year and part-time: $5,352 per credit. The School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University has 32 full-time faculty on staff with a 1.9:1 ratio of full-time equivalent doctoral students to full-time faculty.

Students looking for a intimate academic community may find an ideal fit at the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), the smallest department at Northwestern University. There are only about 300 graduate students and slightly more than 20 faculty members. Students can live on Northwestern’s lakefront campus in Evanston, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and can complete teaching placements and service work in nearby city schools.

There are five degree options for students to earn a master of arts or science or a doctorate. There is also an accelerated program, NU-TEACH, which puts students in their own, supervised classrooms after a single summer of coursework. Following a successful first year, NU-TEACH students must commit to teaching for at least four more years at Chicago schools.

Students can get involved in research projects at school centers like the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and the Center for Connected Learning. Students can also participate in initiatives like Promote 360, a campus organization committed to the well being of minority students through high school mentoring and advocacy work. After completing a degree, SESP alumni can get job placement help through the Northwestern University Public Interest Program.

Notable alumni of the Northwesten School of Education and Social Policy include Amy Liu, cofounder of the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, and author Shadd Maruna, who wrote the award-winning “Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives.”


Application deadline rolling
Application fee $75
Director of admissions Susan Olson


Full-time faculty (tenured or tenure-track) 32
Student-faculty ratio 1.9:1

Student Body

Total enrollment (full-time) 162
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)



full-time: $45,120 per year
part-time: $5,352 per credit

Required fees $400 per year

Teacher Preparation

Students who took an assessment to become a certified or licensed teacher during 2012-2013 61

* Education School Overview details based on 2013 data

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