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Human services degrees prepare you to make an impact—with people, in companies and schools, and in communities. If you want to make a difference in the world, and aspire to work in counseling, psychology, criminal justice, or human and organizational behavior fields, the College of Arts and Sciences at NLU is ready to provide the connections for your career success.

Complete the Request More Information form to learn about program options at NLU, and an Advisor will guide you to the learning path that might be best for you.


Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences [+]
Learn the insights, skills, and theory to work with and lead groups in NLU's interdisciplinary program. You'll explore approaches from psychology, sociology, communications, and cultural and organizational studies, graduating prepared to work in a variety of settings or pursue advanced study.
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications NEW! (Online hybrid) [+]
NLU's new degree is designed with input from industry experts to deliver the real-world skills you'll need to succeed in professions such as Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Advertising, or Journalism. You'll be connected to industry professionals through our revolutionary mentorship program and receive a free MacBook* upon enrollment.

This program is offered online and includes one face-to-face workshop each term.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (Also available online)[+]
NLU's Criminal Justice program, with majors in Criminal Justice Administration or Forensic Social Justice, prepares students to work in fields addressing the effects of criminality on individuals, communities, and society. The degree equips graduates to serve in the law enforcement, courts, or corrections systems, or to work in related private industries.
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services [+]
If you love the idea of working directly with people, consider NLU's B.A. in Human Services degree. You'll train to be a successful employee in organizations that provide support, service, and other general social work-related activities for individuals, families, and communities in need.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology [+]
If you're interested in the science behind human behavior, NLU's program will expand your knowledge of psychological concepts, theories and more. The coursework provides a great foundation for working in community or business settings as well as graduate study.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science [+]
Gain a broader understanding of human and social behavior by studying the interdisciplinary perspectives of anthropology, economics, history, political science and sociology in this undergrad degree program. And if social science is your passion, you may want to parlay your studies into a secondary teaching degree.


Master of Science in Counseling (CACREP Accredited) [+]
Designed for students who are interested in working as a School Counselor or Clinical Mental Health Counselor. NLU's MS in Counseling program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Master of Arts in Psychology [+]
NLU's Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) is designed for those passionate about the study of human behavior and the many diverse career options available in helping, business and teaching professions. One of today's most respected graduate degrees, the MAP is also designed for students intent on furthering their careers or continuing to the doctoral level.
Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration [+]
Now more than ever, we need people dedicated to improving peoples' lives on a macro level. Gain a solid foundation in both academic theory and practical methodology. Learn how to review, analyze, shape and administer programs and policies in local, state and federal governments, as well as non-profit organizations and private sector businesses. Choose from one of three cutting-edge concentrations in:
  • Health Services Administration
  • Global Social Policy
  • Public Service Administration
Master of Science in Written Communication [+]
Do you want to teach at the college level? Write novels, essays, plays or screenplays? Or would you like to move into a professional position that requires more effective writing skills? If so, learn more - this NLU program is designed with you in mind.
Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Psychology (Ph.D.) [+]
If you've got what it takes to get your doctorate in psychology - passion, focus and dedication - you're right for this program at NLU. It will develop your skills for advanced work with individuals, organizations, communities, and public policy by training you in quantitative and qualitative methods, grant writing, prevention and intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and community development.
Psychology Certificates [+]
Psychology graduate certificates are available to students looking to enhance their master's degree, professional skills or want additional study in psychology beyond their bachelor's degree.
You can choose from one of the following certificates:
  • General Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychology: Health
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychology: Human Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychology: Organizational
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychology: Psychological Assessment
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    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, the campus 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, Florida 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

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