Spring 2021 Application Deadline

December 1, 2020

(January 11, 2021 first day of class)



Summer 2021 Application Deadline

April 9, 2021

(May 10 first day of class) 

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

July 16, 2021


Start Your Application

A username and password will be generated and sent to the email you provide. You will have 30 days to complete the online application. Separately from the application, you will need to submit additional items depending on your program. In order to submit the online application, you will be required to upload the following:

  • Statement of purpose that discusses long range goals, interest in the chosen discipline, and the reason(s) for applying to this program.
  • current resume that includes educational and employment history, college extracurricular activities, community activities, honors and leadership roles, hobbies and nonacademic interests.

Submit Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Official transcripts can be sent by mail or electronically. 

  • We give careful consideration to all credentials in an application. The minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 credit hours of coursework is required. 
  • Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Official transcripts can be sent by mail or electronically from verified services. 

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

30 N. Brainard St.

Naperville, IL 60540.

Letters of Recommendation

Two professional letters of recommendation from employers, professors, or others who are able to judge your potential for graduate study. They can be emailed to grad@noctrl.edu. For education programs, you'll need to submit one specific letter of recommendation.

Admissions Interview

Applicants may be invited to an admissions interview if deemed necessary by the School of Graduate & Professional Studies.

Programs with Specific Application Considerations

students in class

Health Professions 

education applicants

Education Degrees

Trauma Informed Educational Practices Certificate

International Applicants

Academic Calendars

The following degrees offer courses in mini-semester sessions:

  • Master of Arts in Higher Education
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Professional & Creative Writing
  • Master of Arts in Sport Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Financial Management
  • Master of Human Resource Management

The following degrees offer courses in semester-long sessions:

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Instructional Coaching
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Athletic Training
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

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