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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. A limited number of application fee waivers are available for full-time applicants. Attend an information session to learn if you would be eligible!

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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 summer, fall or winter 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
Winter 2021 November 23, 2020 Jan. 4, 2021
Summer or Fall 2021

Early Admission Deadline: January 8, 2021
(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.)

June 21 or Sept. 21, 2021
Spring 2021 Not eligible to begin program. N/A
Summer 2021 May 17, 2021 June 21, 2021
Fall 2021 August 16, 2021 Sept. 21, 2021

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


*Preview Days

Preview Northwestern Days is a two-day 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