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Northwestern University Graduate School Report

14,044 Graduate Students
$56,567 Avg Graduate Tuition & Fees (In-State)
2.3% Took Classes Online
If you want to know more about Northwestern University Graduate School, such as what degree programs it offers, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. You can jump to any section of this page using the following list.

Northwestern University Graduate School Rankings

#3 Master's Degree School in U.S.
#8 Doctorate Degree School in U.S.

The goal of College Factual's yearly Best Quality Schools rankings is to help students find graduate schools that provide excellent learning environments that are a great fit for them. Our methodology places a high weight on things such as post-graduation wages, time to graduate, and student-per-faculty ratio. Post-graduation debt, faculty and staff diversity, and other factors are also taken into account.

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Best Master’s Degree Schools Ranking

Out of the 1151 colleges and universities analyzed in College Factual's 2023 Best Master's Degree Schools in the U.S. ranking, Northwestern University took the #3 spot. This rank is quite an honor since it puts the school in the Top 1% of the country for overall quality. As a result, Northwestern is a recipient of this year's Best Master's Schools badge.

In addition, Northwestern took the #1 spot for Best Master's Degree Schools in Illinois.

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Best Doctorate Degree Schools Ranking

Of the 676 institutions of higher learning that were examined in the 2023 Best Doctorate Schools in the United States ranking, Northwestern came in at #8. This rank is quite an honor since it puts the school in the Top 5% of the country for overall quality. Northwestern was awarded this year's Best Doctorate Schools badge for this accomplishment.

For the Best Doctorate Degree Schools in Illinois, Northwestern came in at #1.


Northwestern University Graduate Student Diversity

14,044 Graduate Students
51.3% Women
28.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Around 14,044 graduate students chose to attend Northwestern University during the most recent year for which we have data. In order to come up with a feel for how diverse the school is, College Factual analyzed the demographics of these students. Keep reading to learn more.

Northwestern Graduate Student Male-Female Ratio

Athough the male-female ratio may vary depending on the degree program, 51.3% of the total graduate students at Northwestern are women and 48.7% are men.


Northwestern Graduate Student Racial-Ethnic Diversity

Of all the graduate students at Northwestern, around 28.6% belong to a racial-ethnic minority group. Americans aren't the only ones who appreciate the graduate programs at Northwestern. Around 20.2% of graduate students are international. For more details on graduate school diversity at the school, check out the chart below. If you click on it, you'll be taken to a page with more details.


Northwestern Graduate School Cost of Attendance

$56,567 Avg Tuition & Fees (In-State)
Part-time graduate students at Northwestern University pay $7,123 per credit hour to attend the school. In-state students receive no discount.

The average graduate full-time tuition and fees is shown in the table below.

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $56,067 $56,067
Fees $500 $500

Average Salary of Northwestern Grads with Master’s or Doctorate

$80,937 Avg Salary (Master's)
$93,954 Avg Salary (Doctorate)

Master’s Degree Average Earnings

Graduate students earning a master's degree from Northwestern enter careers with an average starting salary of $80,937. That's good news for those graduates since it is 39% higher than the national average of $58,425.


Doctorate Degree Average Earnings

The average starting salary for graduate students who earn their doctorate degree at Northwestern is $93,954. That's good news for those graduates since it is 25% higher than the national average of $75,260.


Location of Northwestern University Graduate School

Illinois State
Small City Campus Setting
Private Public/Private
Northwestern University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Evanston, Illinois. The location of Northwestern is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for Northwestern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-491-3741

Online Learning for Northwestern Grad Students

2.3% Took At Least One Online Class
2.3% Took All Classes Online

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 2.3% of the graduate students at Northwestern took at least one online course. Approximately 2.3% of grad students took all their classes online during that same time period.


Northwestern University Master’s Degree Programs

The only degree programs listed here are those in which master’s degrees were awarded in 2020-2021.

Master’s Degree Program Annual Graduates
Allied Health Professions 35
Anthropology 1
Applied Mathematics 22
Arts & Media Management 52
Astronomy & Astrophysics 9
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 6
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 8
Biomedical Engineering 27
Biotechnology 34
Botany/Plant Biology 11
Business Administration & Management 465
Business/Managerial Economics 3
Chemical Engineering 13
Chemistry 4
Civil Engineering 46
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 267
Communication & Media Studies 92
Communication Sciences 47
Community Organization & Advocacy 31
Computer Engineering 43
Computer Information Systems 22
Computer Science 106
Design & Applied Arts 6
Drama & Theater Arts 22
Economics 32
Education Philosophy 31
Educational Administration 28
Electrical Engineering 55
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 19
Engineering Mechanics 3
Engineering Physics 1
Engineering Technology (Other) 44
Engineering-Related Fields 32
Ethnic Studies 4
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 9
Finance & Financial Management 38
Fine & Studio Arts 7
General Biology 1
General Business/Commerce 114
General Education 1
General English Literature 23
General Psychology 12
Geological & Earth Sciences 5
Germanic Languages 2
Health & Medical Administrative Services 16
Health & Physical Education 62
Health Sciences & Services 31
History 5
Human Development & Family Studies 5
Human Resource Management 6
Industrial Engineering 10
Information Science 40
Legal Professions (Other) 82
Legal Research 95
Liberal Arts General Studies 1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 2
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 1,785
Marketing 248
Materials Engineering 31
Mathematics 4
Mechanical Engineering 56
Medical Illustration & Informatics 25
Medical Science 32
Mental & Social Health Services 45
Music 58
Natural Resources Conservation 26
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 10
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 4
Other Education 3
Other Engineering 93
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 10
Philosophy 2
Physics 23
Political Science & Government 12
Public Administration 69
Public Health 46
Public Relations & Advertising 52
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 284
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 48
Romance Languages 2
Sociology 2
Statistics 13
Systems Theory 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1
Writing Studies 14

Northwestern University Doctorate Degree Programs

Just like the master’s degree programs, only programs that had doctorate degrees awarded in 2020-2021 are shown here.

Doctorate Degree Program Annual Graduates
Anthropology 7
Applied Mathematics 7
Astronomy & Astrophysics 5
Biomedical Engineering 16
Botany/Plant Biology 2
Business/Managerial Economics 5
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 23
Chemical Engineering 6
Chemistry 43
Civil Engineering 10
Communication & Media Studies 3
Communication Sciences 48
Computer Engineering 6
Computer Science 14
Drama & Theater Arts 4
Economics 19
Electrical Engineering 6
Engineering Mechanics 2
Engineering Physics 6
Ethnic Studies 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 5
Finance & Financial Management 4
Fine & Studio Arts 1
General Biology 14
General English Literature 6
General Psychology 8
Geological & Earth Sciences 5
Germanic Languages 2
History 10
Human Development & Family Studies 2
Human Resource Management 4
Industrial Engineering 9
Law 296
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 6
Marketing 3
Materials Engineering 34
Mathematics 12
Mechanical Engineering 21
Medicine 158
Music 17
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 17
Other Education 2
Other Health Professions 1
Philosophy 4
Physics 6
Political Science & Government 11
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 11
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 90
Religious Studies 1
Romance Languages 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2
Sociology 9
Statistics 5
Systems Theory 7

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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