Graduate Programs

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We have partnered with various departments and programs on campus to guarantee admission into specific NIU graduate programs. This benefit allows you to pursue an enhanced academic program at the undergraduate level and then seamlessly transition into graduate work.

All current University Honors Program students can apply to have their $60 graduate school application fee reimbursed for the following select programs. To apply, visit AcademicWorks and search for the University Honors Program Graduate Application Scholarship.

The Department of Accountancy guarantees admission in the Master of Accountancy program for University Honors students who are graduating with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than accounting. This program qualifies you to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Illinois.

To learn how to expand career options available to you, speak with an Honors advisor or the Department of Accountancy at accy@niu.edu.

A select number of seats in the Master of Communicative Disorders, specialization in speech-language pathology program are exclusively reserved for University Honors students who enter NIU as freshmen. To take advantage of this program, students must graduate with a Communicative Disorders undergraduate degree and complete full University Honors requirements within four years.

To learn more about working to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat various forms of communication disorders, speak with an Honors advisor or the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders at ahcd@niu.edu.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has reserved seats in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs exclusively for University Honors students who are majoring in Chemistry or a related area. Dependent on entry tests scores, students may seamlessly transition into either the M.S. or Ph.D. program upon completion of their baccalaureate degree and successful fulfilment of University Honors program requirements.

To further your education by diving into research on novel chemistry and interdisciplinary projects, speak with an Honors advisor or contact Dr. Victor Ryzhov at ryzhov@niu.edu.

The Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment guarantees admission in the Master of Science in Educational Research and Evaluation program for University Honors students.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Research and Evaluation program is designed to prepare individuals whom are broadly trained in both the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation, and assessment/measurement. Students learn to design, conduct, and evaluate educational research and evaluation studies; select and implement suitable qualitative and quantitative data analytic procedures; design and evaluate assessments and other instruments; and relate empirical findings to educational and social science policies and practices. Such skills are highly-valued and marketable in today’s workplace. The program is offered in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats.

To learn how to learn more about the Educational Research and Evaluation program and career opportunities, speak with an Honors advisor or the Educational Research and Evaluation advisor, Judy Puskar at 815-753-6085 or etra@niu.edu.

While any undergraduate major is eligible, this degree is a logical next step for students majoring in education, psychology and sociology. The Graduate Record Examination (GRS) application requirement is waived for University Honors students and Graduate Assistantships with tuition remission and stipends are available for well-qualified students. You must explicitly indicate that you are a University Honors student in your statement of purpose in bold font, as part of your application.

As a University Honors student you can take advantage of guaranteed entry into the accelerated B.S./M.S. program in Electrical Engineering. To qualify, students must be a declared major in the department and complete 90 credit hours by the end of your junior year.

To learn more about how to gain key skills, discover and apply new scientific principles, and become a leader in the field, speak with an Honors advisor or contact the Department of Electrical Engineering at 815-753-9974.

The College of Business guarantees admission into the Global MBA for University Honors students pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field. In addition, various forms of financial support (e.g., scholarships, assistantships, etc.) are available for select students.

To learn more about how to fast-track your professional career, speak with an Honors advisor or the College of Business MBA office at mba@niu.edu.

The Department of Technology guarantees admission into the M.S. in Industrial Management for University Honors students who graduate with an undergraduate degree in engineering, technology, industrial education, or a related field.

Courses in this program are offered online and are specifically designed for working professionals. The program seeks to educate our graduates with advanced management skills that will allow them to provide leadership and advanced applications skills in industrial settings, as well as prepare them to assume leadership positions. If working in the field of engineering to identify, test, and solve complex problems to better society appeals to you, speak with an Honors advisor or contact the Department of Technology at 815-753-1349.

University Honors students can take advantage of guaranteed entry into the accelerated B.S./M.S. program in Industrial and Systems Engineering. To qualify, students must be a declared major in the department and complete 90 credit hours by the end of their junior year.

Additionally, the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering guarantees graduate assistantships, which include a tuition waiver and stipend, to Honors students who take advantage of this program when they enroll as a full-time graduate student at the M.S. level.

To learn more about various research opportunities, funding, internships, and how a master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering would enhance your marketability/employability, speak with an Honors advisor or contact the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at 815-753-1282.

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education has reserved seats in the M.S.Ed. in Kinesiology and Physical Education and M.S. in Sport Management programs exclusively for University Honors students. This means as an honors student, you're eligible for guaranteed admission into either program.

If working in the fields of fitness, performance, and/or sport is your passion, speak with an Honors advisor or contact the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at knpe@niu.edu.

The Department of Operations Management and Systems Information guarantees admission for University Honors students into both the M.S. in Data Analytics and the M.S. in Management Information Systems programs. Additionally, a limited number of $2,000 scholarships are available for Honors students who enroll in the M.S. in Data Analytics beginning in either the summer or fall of 2019.

To gain analytical and problem-solving skills that can be utilized in a variety of contexts, organizations, and industries, speak with an Honors advisor or the Department of Operations Management and Systems Information at omis@niu.edu.

University Honors students can take advantage of guaranteed entry into the accelerated B.S./M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering. To qualify, students must be a declared major in the department and complete 90 credit hours by the end of their junior year.

If gaining and applying knowledge to design, analyze, manufacture, and improve mechanical systems are of interest to you, speak with an Honors advisor or contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering at 815-753-9979.

A select number of seats in the Political Science accelerated B.S. or B.A./M.A. are exclusively reserved for University Honors students. This means as an Honors student you're eligible for guaranteed admission if you meet the entrance requirements.

If combining undergraduate and graduate coursework in topics such as: government, politics, and civic awareness interests you, speak with an Honors advisor or contact the Department of Political Science at pols@niu.edu.