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NLU's social and behavioral sciences programs can prepare you to launch or advance your career in a variety of fields, including behavioral science, criminal justice, psychology, public administration and more. You'll learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and develop skills that can help you succeed no matter where you are in your professional journey.


[+] 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 Criminal Justice (Also online)
NLU's criminal justice program prepares students to address the effects of criminality on individuals, communities and society. This degree equips graduates to serve in the law enforcement, courts or corrections systems, or to work in related private industries. Students can narrow their focus further with majors including criminal justice administration classes or forensic social justice classes.

All criminal justice classes are offered online or on-campus to fit your schedule.
[+] Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
If you're interested in the science behind human behavior, National Louis University's psychology program will expand your knowledge of psychological concepts, theories and more. The coursework provides an essential foundation for working in communities 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 further your studies into a secondary teaching degree.
[+] Entrepreneurship Concentration
NEW! Add a concentration in entrepreneurship to your bachelor's degree and gain a set of career-enhancing skills that will help you to start your own business or be a more effective contributor as an intrapreneur in any organization. No additional credits required. Not available with the Social Science degree.


[+] Master of Arts in Psychology (Also online)
National Louis University's M.A. in psychology is designed for those passionate about the study of human behavior and interested in the many diverse career options available in helping, business and teaching professions. One of today's most respected graduate degrees, NLU's master's in psychology is also designed for students who want to teach at the collegiate level or continue their studies in a doctoral program.
[+] Master in Public Administration
Now, more than ever, our country needs people dedicated to improving lives on a macro scale. NLU's public policy program provides a solid foundation in both academic theory and practical methodology. You'll learn how to review, analyze, shape and administer programs and policies at local, state and federal levels, as well as at non-profit organizations and private sector businesses. M.P.A. students will select a concentration in one of the following areas:
  • Community Psychology
  • Health Services Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Organizational Development
  • Public Policy
  • Public Safety and Justice Leadership
  • Teaching of Public Policy and Administration
[+] Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Also online)
The application of the science of psychology in the workplace is one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying fields in psychology today. National Louis University's flexible, comprehensive program will prepare you to meet the needs of employers while allowing you to work in a variety of fields, including business, consultancy, human resources, private practice and psychology.
[+] NEW! Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis
Interested in a career in behavior analysis? Your Master's of Science in A.B.A. prepares you to practice as a behavior analyst in a variety of clinical or educational settings through extensive training in behavioral learning theory, experimental research, and the design and implementation of behavior analytic programming.
[+] NEW! Educational Specialist in Applied Behavior Analysis
Are you a helping professional interested in furthering your current knowledge base and expanding your career options? Your educational specialist in A.B.A. degree prepares you to practice as a behavior analyst in a variety of clinical or educational settings through extensive training in behavioral learning theory and the design and implementation of behavior analytic programming.
[+] Psychology Certificates
A graduate certificate in psychological assessment from NLU will expand your credentials, enhance your master's degree and provide applicable professional skills in your career field. This certificate provides an understanding of intellectual and personality assessments, as well as organizational assessments. Completing this certificate prepares you to work as a psychological assistant or psychometric technician.


[+] Ph.D. in Community Psychology
National Louis University's Ph.D. program in community psychology focuses on essential psychological, research and collaborative skills to address an array of social problems including, but not limited to, poverty, affordable housing, urban education, child abuse, substance abuse, violence, health and the environment.


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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
    (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
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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
    (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 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 Sunforest Drive, 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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