NIU Graduate School


The graduate school at Northern Illinois University offers over 80 graduate degree programs and 50 specializations. In addition to master’s and doctoral degrees in our six colleges, we offer graduate certificates in over 65 courses of study.

Contacting the individual program office is the quickest and best way to get the information you need about program requirements, research opportunities or faculty expertise. View our list of master's programs and doctoral programs.

To help you plan your course of study, search NIU’s future course offerings.

The graduate school website guides prospective students through the online application process. Questions about the application process can be addressed to the graduate school. For application deadlines and requirements, review our list of master's programs and doctoral programs.

Become a member of the Graduate Career and Professional Development Community Portal, a centralized site of professional development programming through use of hands-on workshops that engage graduate students in job discovery and diverse career opportunities. 

If you are a current NIU graduate student, visit our Student Resources where you will find helpful online forms, graduation information and links to the Thesis/Dissertation Office.

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Contact Us

The Graduate School
Williston Hall 100
815-753-6366 (fax)

Office Hours

8-11:30 a.m.
12:30-4:30 p.m.

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