Why NIU?


Over 5,000 graduate students from around the world attend NIU each year. With 66 masters degree programs, 22 doctorate degree programs and 81 certificates of graduate study, you will advance your education and your career with a post-secondary degree from NIU. 

We offer our graduate students outstanding opportunities for research, innovation, and hands-on learning across every academic program. 

Our university and individual programs of study rank nationally year after year. Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies NIU as a High Research Activity University.

We value diversity in our programs, faculty, and most importantly, in our students. Watch our video to hear what graduate students say about diversity at our university.