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 2022-23

The 2022-23 base tutiion rate beginning in September 2022 is $5,105 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
  • $500 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $85 per year program activity fee (paid every Fall Quarter)
  • $400 onsite fee

Other costs to consider:

  • $160 Hogan Leadership Series assessment (part of on-boarding and individual development planning)
  • Degree-seeking 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 $980 coaching certification commitment fee.


Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate Candidates

In addition to tuition for four courses, Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate 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
  • $980 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $400 onsite fee for each of four certificate 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. Designing 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).

Leading Equity and Inclusion in Organizations Certificate Candidates

In addition to tuition for four courses, Leading Equity and Inclusion Certificate 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
  • $980 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $400 onsite fee for each of four certificate 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. Designing 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).

Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate Candidates

In addition to tuition for four courses, Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate 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
  • $980 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $400 onsite fee for three of the four certificate 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 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
  • $150 commitment fee (nonrefundable) due upon acceptance of offer for admission

Program and course fees:

  • $400 onsite fee

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 Certificate fee.


Work Opportunities for Degree Students

One or more g raduate assistantships are offered each year, typically starting in Fall Quarter. To be considered for a graduate assistantship, you must apply to the program by April 1. Eligible students will be notified of the opportunities via the Hive collaboration platform and email. Most graduate assistantships require some on-campus work in Evanston and begin in Fall Quarter. Additional opportunities, including remote work opportunities and/or assistantships starting in other quarters, may also be available.

Teaching assistantships usually are available each quarter during the academic year in the School of Education and Social Policy and in other schools at Northwestern. These positions vary, but typically are one quarter in length with approximately 10 hours work/week. Eligibility includes current students and, in some cases, alumni.

Scholarships and Awards

 

MSLOC Leadership Scholarships

Each year, the MSLOC Program offers a number of partial tuition scholarships to degree students with demonstrated outstanding leadership or strong change leadership potential. This scholarship is available for students’ first quarter in the program. There is no separate application for these scholarships. Your resume and answers to the essay questions will be used to determine scholarship eligibility. You may indicate that you would like to be considered for scholarships in the "Financial Aid and Awards" section of the online application form. A limited number of awards are available, so we strongly encourage you to apply for the priority application deadlines.

TLC Scholarship Fund

Each quarter, the MSLOC Program offers a number of non-tuition scholarships of up to $400 per onsite course to help offset the additional fees for those courses with an in-person onsite. All MSLOC students are eligible. Interested students must complete a short form each quarter to apply.

Northwestern Alumnae Scholarship

The Alumnae of Northwestern University offers the Alumnae Graduate Fellowship (AGF) to Northwestern alumni (those who earned their undergraduate degree at Northwestern University), preferably women, who show promise of achieving distinction in their field and bringing credit to the University. The award is valued at up to $20,000.

Criteria for selection include quality of scholarship, leadership, community service, professional experience and financial need. Students who plan to pursue a career that serves the public good receive special consideration. The application is available through the Fellowship Office from January through April.

Other Scholarships

Students are encouraged to investigate scholarships offered through various civic and professional organizations, foundations and state agencies. One place to search for scholarships is the financial aid information web page sponsored by the National Association of Student Aid Administration. Another good resource is Northwestern University's Office of Fellowships.

VA Benefits

Students in approved programs at Northwestern may use VA educational benefits.

  • VA Benefit Overview provides information regarding VA benefits and how they are processed at Northwestern.
  • Whether you are a current or prospective student, you may have questions about VA Benefits, so be sure to review the VA Benefit Contacts to help you determine how you can find out more information.
  • For students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program, the School of Education and Social Policy has 3 partial tuition scholarships per year of up to $15,000 per student. Please indicate your interest on your application, and also contact your financial aid representative if you have any questions

Financial Aid

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 Jan. 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

1800 Sherman Avenue
Suite 3500
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7376

MSLOC Staff In-Person Office Hours - Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

MSLOC Staff Remote Office Hours - Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Email: msloc@northwestern.edu