Northwestern University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.15 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CACREP
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 21,823 (8,791 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 30% part-time, 70% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $52,679
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4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Statistics
Graduation Year: 2018

I'm about to graduate from Northwestern University with a Masters of Science in Predictive Analytics. It's a distance learning (online) program, but I did get to go to campus (the Chicago Campus) during one class for a week. I originally had a B.S. in Statistics, so a lot of the classes for my degree were familiar. I have to take 12 courses in order to graduate. 8 core classes, 2 electives, a leadership or project management class and a capstone project or thesis. I enjoyed the online program, because I was able to be in classes with people from all over the world, from Hawaii, to Belgium to Dubai. Some of the courses were a review of undergrad stats and math courses, but I did learn a lot. When I graduated from college, everyone programmed stats in SPSS, SAS or STATA. In this program I reviewed SAS, but also learned R, Python, TensorFlow and Tableau. My current work is creating a new position once I graduate at a higher salary, but I am confident that with this degree it will open doors and I can work as a data scientist at a variety of companies.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018

As a graduate student enrolled in Northwestern's online counseling program, I can certainly attest to the powerful impact this university has had on my professional and personal life. Due in major part to the university's exemplary faculty, Northwestern has empowered me to pursue a meaningful career as a mental health counselor. By engaging in asynchronous learning as well as in live sessions with students across the country, I have been so impressed by the high standards of my program. Currently, I am in the midst of my internship fieldwork, which means that I work alongside individuals across the allied mental health professions. As such, I am able to see firsthand the degree to which my university has prepared me for this work. Throughout my fieldwork, supervisors and colleagues have continually remarked on my strong knowledge base -- a quality that I can entirely attribute to Northwestern's stellar academic quality. My experience as an online student is a testament to Northwestern's consistency across all levels of learning. I am ready for a future in counseling in a way that I believe no other school could have possibly prepared me, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to receive this unparalleled education remotely. Not only has Northwestern given me the necessary tools to perform well professionally, but it has also afforded me with a learning community that will be with me throughout the rest of my career. As an online student, I am connected with some of the greatest minds in my field across the country. I have developed trusted colleagues and dear friends who challenge me to stay curious and strive for more. Being a student in my program has strengthened me as a therapist, and I am certain that my clients have been strengthened as a result. Northwestern is a force for good in this world, and I am so proud to be a part of it.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019

Northwesterns faculty and advisor network are incredibly supportive, intelligent, available, and amazing at what they do. This masters program has taught me an incredible amount in the short time Ive been enrolled. There is not any wasted time and the platform software is easy to use and aids in the learning process.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2007

as long as there is a path to employment then it is a very useful tool
3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2010

I liked the independent style of the university's programs.
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2011

Immersive course with good real life scenarios used as background to explain core concepts.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2013

Northwestern is a private institution that prides itself on providing a quality education and an extensive network. It does do both, however, for students pursuing doctoral degrees in the hard sciences there was not enough career planning assistance. It was not advertised that getting a PhD in Biology isn't very useful in the job market if you do not plan to be a professor or research scientist after you graduate. We were not told about other possible career options, or that the job market was flooded with PhD's who could not find a job in their field since there were more applicants than available jobs.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2010

Northwestern University has a very high standard for academic rigor and provides an abundance of opportunities to really explore subjects. The professors are all very knowledgeable and the class sizes are very small so students truly get individualized attention.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2006

Great location and challenging academic environment. I'm glad to have chosen this school.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2008

After attending Northwestern I was very well prepared for the job force. I very exciting and innovative course work with great professors and studied amazing materials.
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