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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. 

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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 any 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.

Early Admission Deadline*
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Summer or Fall 2020 Jan. 8, 2020 June or Sept.
Regular Admission Deadlines
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Winter 2020 Dec. 2, 2019 Jan. 6, 2020
Spring 2020 Feb. 17, 2020 March 31, 2020
Summer 2020 May 11, 2020 June 22, 2020
Fall 2020 Aug. 10, 2020 Sept. 22, 2020

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*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