North West University Boston

North West University Boston

On May 31, 1850, nine men gathered to begin planning a university that would serve the Northwest Territory.

Given that they had little money, no land and limited higher education experience, their vision was ambitious. But through a combination of creative financing, shrewd politicking, religious inspiration and an abundance of hard work, the founders of Northwestern University were able to make that dream a reality.


In 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University’s founders, John Evans. After completing its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students.

Twenty-one presidents have presided over Northwestern in the years since. The University has grown to include 12 schools and colleges, with additional campuses in Chicago and Doha, Qatar.

Undergraduate Programmes

African American


African Studies (adjunct major)

American Studies


Anthropology (part-time)

Applied Mathematics

Art History

Art History (part-time)

Art Theory and Practice

Asian American Studies

Asian Languages and Cultures

Asian Studies

Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences: Human Biology (part-time)

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering


Cognitive Science

Combined Engineering and Communication Program

Combined Music & Engineering Program

Communication Studies

Communication Studies (part-time)

Communication Systems (part-time)

Comparative Literary Studies

Computer Engineering

Computer Science (BS)

Computer Science BA-CS


Earth and Planetary Sciences


Economics (part-time)

Electrical Engineering

English: Creative Writing

English: Literature

English: Writing (part-time)

English and American Literature (part-time)

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Sciences


Gender and Sexuality Studies

Geography (adjunct major)


Global Health Studies (adjunct major)


History (part-time)

Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME)

Human Communication Sciences

Human Development and Psychological Services

Industrial Engineering

Information Systems


Integrated Engineering Studies (MIES

)Integrated Science Program

International Studies (adjunct major)

ItalianJewish Studies


Latina and Latino Studies

Learning and Organizational Change

Legal Studies (adjunct major)LinguisticsManufacturing & Design Engineering (BS-MaDE)Materials Science and Engineering (BA)Materials Science and Engineering (BS)Mathematical Methods in the Social SciencesMathematicsMathematics (part-time)Mechanical EngineeringMiddle East North African StudiesMusic Performance: BrassMusic Performance: PercussionMusic Performance: PianoMusic Performance: StringsMusic Performance: Voice & OperaMusic Performance: WoodwindsMusic Studies: Composition and Music TechnologyMusic Studies: Music EducationMusic Studies: MusicologyMusic Studies: Music Theory and CognitionNeuroscienceNorthwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)Organization BehaviorPerformance StudiesPhilosophyPhysics and Astronomy

Political Science

Political Science (part-time)


Psychology (part-time)

Radio/Television/ Film

Radio/Television/ Film (part-time)

Religious Studies

Science in Human Culture (adjunct major)

Secondary Teaching

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Social Policy


Sociology (part-time)




Graduate Programmes

Accounting Information and Management PhDAfrican-American Studies PhDAfrican Studies (graduate certificate*)AnalyticsAnthropologyApplied PhysicsArt HistoryArt Theory and PracticeAudiology PhDBiomedical EngineeringBiotechnologyBiotechnology (graduate certificate*)Chemical and Biological EngineeringChemistryCivil and Environmental EngineeringClinical InvestigationClinical Psychology PhDCoaching (graduate certificate)Cognitive Science (graduate certificate*)CommunicationCommunication Sciences and Disorders PhDCommunication Studies PhDComparative and Historical Social Sciences (graduate certificate*)Comparative Literary StudiesComposition and Music TechnologyComputer EngineeringComputer ScienceCooperative Engineering Education Program (Co-op) (certificate)CounselingCreative WritingDirectingDocumentary MediaDriskill Graduate Training Program in the Life SciencesEarth and Planetary SciencesEconomics PhDEducationElectrical EngineeringEngineering Design and InnovationEngineering ManagementEngineering Sciences and Applied MathematicsEnglishEntrepreneurship (minor)Epidemiology and BiostatisticsExecutive Masters in Law (LLM)Executive MBAFinance PhDFrench and ItalianGender Studies (graduate certificate*)Genetic CounselingGeotechnicsGerman Literature and Critical ThoughtGlobal HealthGraduate Program in Law and Business (LLM/Kellogg)Healthcare Quality and Patient SafetyHealth CommunicationHealth InformaticsHealth Sciences Integrated PhDHealth Services and Outcomes ResearchHigher Education Administration and PolicyHistoryHuman Development and Social Policy (HDSP)Industrial Engineering and Management SciencesInformation Design and StrategyInformation SystemsInformation TechnologyIntegrated Marketing CommunicationsInterdepartmental Biological Sciences Graduate Program (IBiS)Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhDInternational Executive MBAItalian Studies (graduate certificate*)JDJD (International Lawyers)JD-LLM in International Human RightsJD-LLM in TaxationJD-MBAJD-PhDJournalismLeadership for Creative EnterprisesLearning and Organizational ChangeLearning SciencesLiberal StudiesLife and Biomedical SciencesLife Sciences and Public HealthLinguisticsLiteratureLLM in Taxation (Full-Time)LLM in Taxation (Part-Time)LLM Program in International Human RightsManagement and Organization and Sociology PhDManagement and Organization PhDManagement for Scientists and Engineering (PhD certificate)Managerial Economics and Strategy PhDMarketing PhDMarriage and Family TherapyMaster of Science in Law (MSL)Materials Science and EngineeringMathematicsMBA (Full-Time): One-Year ProgramMBA (Full-Time): Two-Year ProgramMBA (Part-Time)MD Doctor of MedicineMD-MA Medical Humanities & Bioethics Dual Degree ProgramMD-MS Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety Dual Degree ProgramMechanical EngineeringMedia, Technology, and SocietyMedical AnthropologyMedical Humanities and BioethicsMedical Scientist Training Program: Combined MD and PhDMMM Program: Combined MBA and MS in Design InnovationMovement and Rehabilitation Science PhD (PhD-MRS)Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES)MusicMusic EducationMusic Education and Piano PedagogyMusic Education and String PedagogyMusicologyMusic Theory and CognitionNeurobiologyNorthwestern Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN)Operations Management PhDPercussion PerformancePerformance StudiesPhilosophy PhDPhysical Therapy DPT-PhD (Engineering) Dual Degree ProgramPhysical Therapy PhD (DPT)Physician Assistant ProgramPhysics and AstronomyPiano PerformancePlant Biology and Conservation PhDPolitical SciencePredictive AnalyticsPredictive Science and Engineering Design (PS&ED)Product Design and Development ManagementProject ManagementProsthetics-OrthoticsPsychologyPublic Health: Combined MD/MPHPublic Health (MPH)Public Policy and AdministrationRegulatory ComplianceReligious Studies PhDRoboticsScreen CulturesSegal Design Cluster (PhD – non-degree)Slavic Languages and LiteraturesSocial ImpactSociologySound Arts and IndustriesSpanish and Portuguese PhDSpeech, Language, and LearningSports AdministrationStage DesignStatisticsString PerformanceTechnology and Social BehaviorTechnology Industry ManagementTheatre and DramaTheoretical and Applied MechanicsTransportation Systems Analysis and PlanningUndergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)Voice and Opera PerformanceWind PerformanceWriting for the Screen and Stage

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