Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
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Established 1933[1]
Type Private
Dean Thomas F. Gibbons
Location United States Chicago, Evanston, Illinois, USA
Campus Urban, Suburban

The Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is one of eleven schools comprising Northwestern University, with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. The school was founded in 1933 under its original name of University College.

The School of Continuing Studies caters to non-traditional students with various continuing education and degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, professional development, and corporate levels. Most courses are offered in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate the schedules of working students.

SCS has campuses in both Evanston and downtown Chicago. Their downtown location is in the Streeterville neighborhood alongside Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. It is only blocks away from the Water Tower, the John Hancock Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Magnificent Mile. SCS also has a Loop campus near the Sears Tower and the Chicago Board of Trade Building. Additionally, SCS offers certain courses in Schaumburg and at Abbott Laboratories.

Patti Solis Doyle and Chester Gould are some of SCS’s notable alumni.


Academic programs


The School of Continuing Studies offers three different degrees: Bachelor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Science in General Studies, and Bachelor of Philosophy in Communication.[2]

SCS students have 16 majors to choose from in the following areas:


SCS offers nine different graduate degree programs. Like their undergraduate counterparts, graduate-level classes also meet on evenings and weekends to accommodate working adults. Graduate programs at SCS include:

Professional Development

In addition to its degree programs, SCS also offers certificate programs geared toward professional development. These programs are offered at Northwestern campuses in Evanston, Chicago and Schaumburg. Many of the programs consist of undergraduate courses that can be taken for credit. There are also noncredit programs filled with courses that exist outside the undergraduate curriculum. The general areas within which the professional development programs fall are:

Post-baccalaureate Certificates

SCS also offers certificates in post-baccalaureate programs. Many students use the post-baccalaureate programs to build their academic résumés in preparation for graduate study in business, education, medicine or law, while others enroll in programs to help advance their professional careers. Programs consist of non-credit courses held during the daytime and evening. Duration of programs varies from one day to twelve weeks. Post-baccalaureate certificate programs are offered in 31 different subjects, with general areas including:

One of the most popular certificates at SCS is the Professional Health Careers program, a post-baccalaureate program designed to provide students with the pre-medicine background necessary to apply to medical school. The program consists of four concentrations: pre-medicine (dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, osteopathy, podiatry), physical therapy, nursing, and clinical psychology.[3]

Summer Session

SCS oversees Northwestern University Summer Session. Current college students, high school students, and individuals seeking professional development or personal enrichment can choose from over 300 course offerings during the summer, including intensive language and science sequences, where a full year of credit can be earned, or a three-day summer institute. Summer Institutes include:

College Preparation Program

SCS also oversees the Northwestern University College Preparation Program. This summer program for high school students offers three, six, and nine-week options as part of Northwestern’s Summer Session. Students can choose from over 350 undergraduate courses and can earn college credit for the courses they take, allowing students an opportunity to explore a variety of academic areas and get a head-start on a college career.

College Prep holds weekly Get Ready seminars designed to prepare students for the transition between high school and college life, and how to navigate the college admissions and application process.


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