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School of Professional Studies Courses

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS) offers evening and weekend programs that are primarily intended to meet the educational needs of working adults.

Under special circumstances, students may want to enroll in an SPS course. SPS courses may be applied to a SoC degree if they are similar to classes taught in the six undergraduate schools at NU; however, approval will only be granted if extenuating circumstances prevent a student from enrolling in a class that is also taught in an undergraduate school.  Classes must be approved by the Undergraduate Dean; and students are asked to provide a course description or syllabus when they apply to take an SPS course. Students may apply a maximum of four approved SPS courses toward an SoC degree.

To enroll in a course in the School of Professional Studies, students must complete both an SPS Course Petition and an Authorization for Dual Registration slip, and submit them to for review and evaluation by the SoC Undergraduate Dean. If the Undergraduate Dean approves the registration, the forms are forwarded to the Office of the Registrar.

SoC students will not be enrolled in SPS courses until the first week of the given quarter because priority is given to SPS students. If the SoC Undergraduate Dean has approved, and if space is available at the start of the quarter, students will be enrolled in the SPS course by the Office of the Registrar.