About CPSA

CPSA Mission

The College of Professional Studies and Advancement's mission is to provide current and aspiring professionals with the innovative and relevant education, hands-on experience, and personalized guidance necessary to advance their careers and to improve their own lives and the lives of others.

CPSA’s programs are aligned with the needs of employers to better prepare you for your career, and creates additional professional development and career opportunities for you as a graduate.

WHY attend CPSA?

The College of Professional Studies and Advancement offers a holistic, contemporary and leading edge academic and professional experience for our students with the following key student benefits:

Professionally current and relevant

  • The CPSA curriculum is designed to meet employer demands as well as professional standards. To ensure this, CPSA researches needs through employer input and participation as well as professional organizations and associations. 

Adult focused

  • Adult students are the norm, not a minority or defined population at CPSA. Class schedules, services and even student life are developed with the benefit and needs of adult students. Online and blended coursework, as well as convenient campus locations make education accessible and convenient for students. Teaching methodology represents best practices for optimal adult learning, emphasizing discussion, experiences and a focus on real world application.

Professional preparation

  • CPSA leverages various real world applications to expose students to their professions. For students working in their fields, curriculum can be customized so students apply learnings in the context of their current jobs. Additionally, students have access to internships, field-based practical experiences or a progressive mentorship program giving students access to industry experts throughout their program as well as after graduation. An active Career Development department also assists students with employment while attending CPSA as well as post-graduation, with particular focus on the nuances of adult students.

Faculty expertise

  • Full time faculty possess Doctoral degrees as well as vast industry experience. With nearly 50 percent of faculty working in the Chicago area professional community, NLU professors are relevant and diverse as well and cutting-edge.

Social Responsibility

  • CPSA programs and curriculums inherently appeal to students interested in contributing to society – healthcare and human services as well as social and behavioral sciences.  Compared to more traditional colleges CPSA’s business programs are more attractive to students interested giving back professionally in non-profit management and entrepreneurial careers that benefit society. A responsible mindset is imbedded in our culture and flows through to the classroom.  CPSA students and faculty aren’t just motivated to achieve professionally, but also to inspire and give back to their respective communities.  

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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