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Graduate and Professional Studies

Exceed Your Personal Best 

For over 40 years, North Central College graduate students have become ethical and purposeful leaders in local, national, and global contexts. Through our programs you can advance your business career, develop leadership skills, excel in your health profession, increase your appreciation for liberal arts, or be at the forefront of education. Join our community of learners that will help you grow professionally and personally to impact the lives of others.

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Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

We invite you to further your education and grow your skills so that you will be ready to practice your profession at an advanced level. 

Business Degrees

Leadership Degrees

Writing Degrees

Education Degrees

Entry-Level Health Profession Degrees

Post-Professional Health Profession Degrees

Certificate Programs

Financing Your Education

We offer merit- and need-based financial aid, graduate assistant positions, and awards to help you pay for college. Your life goals are well within reach at North Central.

Education Alliance

Eligible employees from local businesses and school districts can receive 20% off tuition in some of our graduate degrees.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are designed to provide professional experiences that complement your studies and offer 100% tuition remission. 


Graduate students may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for up to $20,500 in federal direct loan opportunities annually.

North Central Alumni

North Central College alumni can receive 20% off tuition in our online non-health graduate degree programs! 

Graduate News & Announcements

The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process is going to look a bit different than in the past. Our Financial Aid team is here to help keep you informed and navigate these changes. 

North Central College’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked among 2023 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs. U.S. News assessed schools in the online MBA program category based on a variety of objective factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies. Designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education, this year’s edition evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Graduate Student Spotlight

MBA Graduate Student

“It’s been great to use what I am learning in my MBA classes to help run the business and launch a new startup roasting business in the coffee lab.” - Connor McGury '18, M '20

Master of Leadership Studies Graduate Student

"North Central College has given me the opportunity to continue learning about other cultures while providing a support system for international students." -Michelle Weber M '19

MBA Graduate Student

North Central has given me the opportunity to work for the Alumni Engagement Office as their Graduate Assistant. This so far has been a great experience that has allowed me to form new relationships with alumni." -Oscar Garcia '18, M '20

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