Northwestern University - Master's Degree

Northwestern University is home to a dozen colleges and schools across three campuses: a 240-acre campus in Evanston; a 25-acre campus in Chicago and a campus in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern is a leading research university that has more than 90 school-based centers and nearly 50 University research centers. With an interdisciplinary culture, its research spans a spectrum of areas including neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology and drug discovery.

  • Average Tuition USD 68,060

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Northwestern University was conceptualised when nine men came together on May 31, 1850 to plan a university that would serve the Northwest. The university however was officially established in 1951 when its Acts of Incorporation was passed by the Illinois legislature. With little money, land and limited higher education experience, the vision of these nine men was ambitious, but nevertheless in 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago, and established a campus. After completing its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students.

Over the years, the University has grown tremendously; it now has 12 schools and colleges, as well as campuses in Chicago and Doha, Qatar. The University’s 3,344 full-time faculty members include Tony Award winners, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur Fellowship Recipients and members of numerous honorary and professional societies including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Council of Learned Societies. Some Of Northwestern’s notable alumni include Michael Barratt, Astronaut and physician for NASA, Saul Bellow, Writer and recipient of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize for Literature and Virginia Rometty, Business executive currently Chairman, President and CEO of IBM.

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  • Minimum GPA 3.00


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    Established in 1951


    Northwestern University has a Happiness Club which specialises in events that make people say, “Aw, that made my day.” Their flagship event is ‘Free Hugs and Hot Chocolate’ before exam week, right after the all-campus primal scream. 

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          • Testimony
            2005-2007, Executive Scholar

            I was fascinated to have classmates who were as ambitious, energetic and passionate as anybody I've ever met. Their passion was for the mission of their nonprofit organization, and those missions were fascinating and diverse. It was a delightful experience. They also have generous financial aid so it is an incredible bang for the buck.

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            1993 -1997, BS

            Yes, academically, Northwestern is well known to be a challenging school. And, I learned a lot about Computer Science and other subjects. And, I got a lot more out of my 4 years in Evanston. I met my closest friends and partners at NU, including my wife. I made my first web page in the EE computer room. I gained a lot of credibility just from Northwestern's name on my diploma. I learned that I was not cut out to be a professional bassoon player. I played pickup basketball as often as I liked (pretty often.) I'm a big fan of higher education in general and an even bigger fan of my alma-mater. If you're curious about NU and want to talk, feel free to connect.

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            2012 -2016, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

            As an engineering student, I love to focus on those specific academic classes, but do not want to miss out on the classical liberal arts education that is so important every collegiate student experience to some degree. Northwestern's six specialized undergraduate schools allow you to focus in on your passion, surrounded by incredible peer talent and plentiful resources, but also lend flexibility to experiment with other classes across the spectrum, be it in Anthropology, Theatre, or Journalism. This is a true rarity these days and Northwestern offers a unique opportunity to take advantage of this educational compilation.