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Graduate Degree Programs to Change or Advance Your Career

Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs in Chicago and Tampa

Improve your skills, expand your professional options and rise to leadership positions in your organization with a master’s or doctoral degree from National Louis University. Adult graduate students in Chicago and Tampa choose NLU because it offers a supportive, professional learning community designed for the highest degree of student success. At NLU:

Prepare to push your boundaries with academic learning and real-world training to sharpen your professional focus and accelerate your career with a master’s or doctoral degree from National Louis University.   

Experience small classes with flexible schedules. NLU's graduate degree programs are adult-focused to fit your life. We offer part-time and full-time courses as well as online, on-campus, daytime and evening courses.

Tap into your genius with NLU faculty as your guide to push you out of your comfort zone.

NLU was founded in 1886 in Chicago by a woman whose ideas were groundbreaking and far ahead of her time. Start your journey by choosing a graduate degree program and contacting NLU today.

Graduate Degree Programs

Education Graduate Degrees

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) The Ed.S. degree is a post-master's, pre-doctoral degree designed to meet the needs of school leaders who have completed their master's level work and need advanced specialization in the areas of their master's concentration.


Business and Management Graduate Degrees

Communications Graduate Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

  • Written Communication (M.S.)

Health and Human Services Graduate Degrees

Social and Behavioral Sciences Graduate Degrees

Advantages of Earning a Graduate Degree at NLU

Here are the top reasons to choose National Louis University as your graduate school:

  • Innovation – NLU is nationally recognized for its innovative, hands-on preparation of teachers, managers, counselors and human services professionals. Your NLU experience will prepare you to make an immediate impact on the job.
  • Flexibility – A master's degree from NLU fits your schedule. NLU specializes in teaching busy adults with work and family obligations. Choose from 34 daytime and evening classes at seven locations or explore our online degrees.
  • Community – NLU is one of the most diverse learning communities in the Midwest, drawing from every ethnicity, religion and neighborhood in greater Chicago, as well as some of its most progressive schools, businesses and social service agencies. You will learn from both your professors and your peers.
  • Support – We know how challenging it can be to balance work and family obligations with your education. Our graduate school faculty and staff understand the demands on working professionals and are committed to helping you succeed.

How to Apply

Start your journey at NLU today. You can Apply Today or get in touch with an Enrollment Specialist.


    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
    (888) 658.8632
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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
    (888) 658.8632
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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
    (888) 658.8632
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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
    (888) 658.8632
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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
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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