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Graduate and Professional Studies

Master's Degree Programs

Lead Your Profession

Our master's degrees will challenge you to apply theory into practice. We encourage collaboration among our students, which is why you’ll learn in teams across different disciplines just as you do in professional settings. With classes offered in the evenings, you can keep your job while earning your degree.

Master of Arts in Education

We offer two unique curriculum tracks with teaching endorsements that will help you meet your career goals.

Master of Leadership Studies

You’ll learn to create solutions, discover new ideas and skills and develop the ability to engage and motivate others.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Become a more seasoned writer and critical thinker, while exploring topics that suit your professional needs and intellectual curiosity.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

We tailor our business courses to real-world conditions and challenges so you can apply what you learn in class to the workplace right away.

Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Become a competent, confident changemaker who makes a difference in the world by leading the nonprofit sector.

Master of Occupational Therapy

Grow and develop the professional knowledge, leadership, and ethical behaviors necessary to be purposeful and competent entry-level practitioners.

Be central in your career.

For over 30 years, North Central College graduate students have become ethical and purposeful leaders in local, national, and global contexts. So, whether you are looking to advance your business career, develop leadership skills, increase your appreciation for liberal arts, or be at the forefront of education, we invite you to join our community of learners that will help you grow professionally and personally to impact the lives of others. 

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Financial Aid

Financing Your Education

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


Education Alliance Grant

Eligible employees from local businesses and school districts can receive 20% off tuition in five 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 federal direct loan opportunities.

Alumni Admission Graduate Scholarship

New graduate students who are recommended by an alumnus/alumna of a North Central graduate program can receive a scholarship.

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