Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Masters in Learning and Organizational Change 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 masters degree, organizational and leadership coaching certification or graduate certificate. Every student's path is a 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. Tuition, fees and associated program costs are all subject to change.


Tuition 2017-18

The 2017-18 base tuition rate – beginning in fall quarter 2017 – is $4,599 per credit. Each course is one credit.

The base tuition rate is the same for degree and certificate students. Tuition is paid once per academic quarter and is based on the number of courses taken. Average annual tuition increases are approximately 4 percent.


Degree Candidates

In addition to tuition for 15 courses, degree candidates should plan for the following.

Application and commitment fees:

  • $100 application fee (nonrefundable) due upon submission of application
  • $400 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $80 per year program activity fee (paid every Fall quarter)
  • $400 MSLOC Retreat/Foundations course fee (paid upon enrollment in Foundations course - Fall quarter only)
  • $400 alternative schedule course fee (paid only when enrolling in alternative schedule courses - does not apply to evening schedule courses)

Other costs to consider:

  • $160 Hogan Leadership Series assessment (part of on-boarding and individual development planning)
  • Full-time students must purchase health insurance or show proof of insurance to waive fees. See Student Health Insurance for additional details.
  • Books, assessments and other materials average $100 per course
  • A laptop is required

These estimates do not include living or travel expenses. Masters degree students who later decide to pursue the Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification will be subject to the $800 coaching certification commitment fee.


Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification Candidates

In addition to tuition for four courses, Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification candidates who are not also pursuing the full masters degree should plan for the following.

Application and commitment fees:

  • $100 application fee (nonrefundable) due upon submission of application
  • $800 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $400 alternative schedule course fee for three of the four certification courses

Other costs to consider:

  • $160 Hogan Leadership Series assessment (part of on-boarding and individual development planning)
  • Books, assessments and other materials average $100 per course
  • A laptop is required

These estimates do not include living or travel expenses. Coaching certification candidates who later decide to pursue the full masters degree will be subject to annual program activity fees and the Retreat/Foundations course fee (see Degree Candidate program fees, above).

Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certification Candidates

In addition to tuition for four courses, Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certification candidates who are not also pursuing the full masters degree should plan for the following.

Application and commitment fees:

  • $100 application fee (nonrefundable) due upon submission of application
  • $800 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $400 alternative schedule course fee for each of four certification courses

Other costs to consider:

  • Books, assessments and other materials average $100 per course
  • A laptop is required

These estimates do not include living or travel expenses. Desinging for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate candidates who later decide to pursue the full masters degree will be subject to annual program activity fees and the Retreat/Foundations course fee (see Degree Candidate program fees, above).


Graduate Certificate Candidates

Candidates pursuing a graduate certificate (other than organizational and leadership coaching) should consider course tuition as well as the following fees.

Application and commitment fees:

  • $100 application fee (nonrefundable) due upon submission of application
  • $100 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $400 alternative schedule course fee (paid only when enrolling in alternative schedule courses - does not apply to evening schedule courses)

Other costs to consider:

  • Books, assessments and other materials average $100 per course
  • A laptop is required

These estimates do not include living or travel expenses. Graduate certificate candidates who later decide to pursue the full masters degree will be subject to annual program activity fees, Retreat/Foundations course fee and - if applicable - the Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certification fee.


MSLOC Work Opportunities for Degree Students Only

Graduate assistantships are offered each fall quarter. To be considered for a graduate assistantship, you must apply to the program by the April 10 deadline. Eligible students will be notified of the opportunities via email.

Teaching assistantships are usually available each quarter during the academic year.


Financial Aid for Degree Students Only

Financial aid is available in the form of US-sponsored and private loans. Eligibility for US-sponsored loans requires US citizenship and enrollment in at least two courses per quarter (not including summer). If you are interested in financial aid to help cover the costs of attendance, you can find the necessary forms and information on how to get started at The Graduate School* (TGS) of Northwestern University's financial aid website.

To ensure timely receipt of financial aid, applicants should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible after January 1 for the upcoming year. The FAFSA is available from many libraries and financial aid offices or by calling 800/4FED-AID or visiting the FAFSA website.

Private loans offered through Northwestern University are available for US citizens and international students (generally a US citizen is required to co-sign international loans).

If you have further questions, please contact the Financial Services office at 847/491-8950.

*MSLOC is housed within the School of Education and Social Policy and is not officially part of TGS. However, we adhere to many TGS policies and make use of their resources and sources of information.

Contact Us

Master's in Learning & Organizational Change

First Floor, Annenberg Hall
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7376

Email: msloc@northwestern.edu