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Graduate and Professional Studies

Exceed Your Personal Best 

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. 


Join Us for an Upcoming Virtual Information Session


Be introduced to the graduate programs at North Central College and explore your options.  Gain a better understanding of which degree program fits you and your goals.  Learn about the admission and application process.  Let the admission staff help guide you on your journey to becoming a North Central College graduate student.


  • Tuesday, December 7 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Business Degrees (MBA and Master of Human Resource Management)
  • Thursday, December 9 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Leadership Degrees (Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership, Master of Arts in Sports Leadership)




Learn How You Can Save Up to 20% in Graduate Tuition

Lead Your Profession

Whether you are enrolled in an online, blended, or residential master's degree, our expert faculty will prepare you to make an impact in your field. We invite you to further your education and grow your skills and knowledge so that you will be ready to practice your profession at an advanced level.

Business Degrees

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Master of Financial Management

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Master of Human Resources Management

Business Certificates

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Financial Management Certificate

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Human Resource Management Certificate

Leadership Degrees

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Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership

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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

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Master of Arts in Sport Leadership

Liberal Studies and Writing Degrees and Certificates

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


Master of Arts in Professional and Creative Writing

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Creative Writing Certificate

Education Degrees and Certificates

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M.Ed. in Instructional Coaching with Eligibility for Teacher Leader Endorsement

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Eligibility for Principal Endorsement

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Trauma-Informed Educational Practices for Children and Adolescents Certificate Program

Health Profession Degrees

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Master of Athletic Training

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Master of Occupational Therapy

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 

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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Master’s in Business, Financial Management & Human Resources

100% Online

Online courses, a weekend professional development conference, and specialized degree options are at the core of our three business master's degrees. The residency component allows you to network with peers and participate in seminars. And no GMAT or prerequisites are required.

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Record-setting $3.2M grant from Kern Family Foundation

North Central College has been awarded a $3.2 million grant to develop principals and teachers who foster “cultures of character” in their schools. The grant will provide scholarships to M.Ed. in Educational Leadership students who are underrepresented in administrative ranks or who currently serve underserved communities.

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Meet Our Alumni

Our strong alumni community understands the quality of our education. We're proud of our alumni's accomplishments, and they are a testimony of our faculty's deep commitment to develop well-trained professionals in both the theory and practical sides of leadership. 

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.


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Education Alliance Grant

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

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Graduate Assistantships

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

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

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Alumni Admission Graduate Scholarship

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

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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If you still have questions or did not find the information you were looking for, please submit your information and we will get back to you as soon as possible! 

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