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Develop the knowledge and skills to lead and promote change in the areas of higher education administration and policy.

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Our Application Process

To submit a strong and competitive application, attend one of our numerous in-person and virtual information sessions, which are offered at a variety of times to accommodate your schedule as much as possible.  The information sessions are interactive, helpful, and informative. Full-time applicants will learn how to request an application fee waiver.

All MSHE applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to submitting their application. The admissions committee takes information session attendance into consideration when reviewing an application.

If you are unable to attend any of the currently scheduled sessions, contact ms-highered@northwestern.edu to discuss your options.

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Our students bring a variety of experiences directly from undergraduate institutions, as well as those with industry experience.  Wherever you come from, your background is a valuable part of what you bring to our program.  Apply for our outstanding master's program today!

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Application Deadlines

The MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy degree has rolling admissions, and students may begin taking courses in the spring, summer, or fall quarter.  However, full-time students who want to complete the master's degree in one year must begin in the summer or fall quarter. Full-time degree applicants who apply by the early admission deadline have the best chance of being awarded partial tuition scholarships, graduate assistantships, and paid internships.

Regular Admission Deadlines
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Fall 2022 Matriculated: August 15, 2022 (International applicants encouraged to submit their application by July 11, 2022 for visa processing purposes.)
Non-matriculated/Certificate: August 29, 2022
September 20, 2022
Summer or
Fall 2023
Early Admission Deadline: January 6, 2023  (to receive best consideration for partial tuition scholarships, graduate assistantships, and paid internships) June 20, 2023
September 19, 2023
Spring 2023 PART-TIME ONLY
Matriculated: February 10, 2023
Non-matriculated/Certificate: February 24, 2023
March 28, 2023
Summer 2023 Matriculated: May 5, 2023 (International applicants encouraged to submit their application by April 7, 2023 for visa processing purposes.)
Non-matriculated/Certificate: May 19, 2023
June 20, 2023
Fall 2023 Matriculated: August 4, 2023 (International applicants encouraged to submit their application by July 17, 2023 for visa processing purposes.)
Non-matriculated/Certificate: August 11, 2023
September 19, 2023

Read more about the application process for more information about applying to each of our degree programs.


*Preview Days

Preview Northwestern Days is a special event for applicants who are admitted to the program for the January early admission deadline. At this event, admitted students interview for internships and graduate assistantships, meet with an academic adviser, and get to know faculty, alumni, current students, and future classmates. Preview Days takes place annually in early March.

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MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program

1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 7300
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7526

Email: ms-highered@northwestern.edu