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Graduate Studies

If you are interested in furthering your higher education at Northwestern, we offer three master’s degree programs – Education, Counseling Psychology and American Studies – and one doctorate program in Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP online). 



REQUIRED COURSE – EDUC 5010 Graduate Study Seminar

  • EDUC 5010 Graduate Study Seminar -- Attend one of 5, 7-scheduled seminars during first semester of enrollment, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Students need only attend ONE session
  • MCP and American Studies students will attend only the first half of the session since their programs have no portfolio requirement.
  • MED students will attend the entire session and will set up and develop their graduate portfolios during the second half of the session by using the new ALCA (Aurora Learning Community Association) assessment system.
  • There is no additional textbook required; all other information will be provided by the instructor.


Each master's degree student must pass a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of his or her graduate program in order to receive the appropriate master's degree.

Master of Arts in American Studies Candidates are required to pass a multi-question essay exam about the core and elective courses that each candidate has taken. Specific questions will be composed by members of the candidate's graduate advisory committee in consultation with the candidate. The exams will then be graded by committee members with a consensus vote of pass/fail. Approximately one month after the exam, candidates will orally defend their answers at a mutually-agreed-upon date and time with their graduate advisory committees.

Master of Counseling Psychology Candidates are required to pass a multi-question essay exam. The exam is pass/fail, graded with a consensus vote of the advisory committee and/or the psychology department faculty. Candidates must also orally defend their exam answers at a later scheduled date after the exam was taken.

Master of Education candidates must develop and defend a portfolio according to guidelines developed by the Division of Education and approved for the graduate program by the Graduate Committee.

Details about the M.A. in American Studies exam, the M.C.P. exam, and the M.Ed. portfolio defense can be found in Section 2, pages 9-10 in the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog.





Shawn Holliday, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Alva, Fine Arts, Office #212 
(580) 327-8589

Lydia Campbell, M.S.
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Fine Arts, Office #212 foyer
(580) 327-8410

Please contact Ms. Campbell for questions concerning applying to graduate school, enrolling in courses, etc.


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