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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Through the Higher Education Leadership program from National Louis University , you'll learn to use data to respond to challenges, celebrate achievements and contribute to higher education as a social institution for the public good.

  • Available online or in a convenient blended format
  • Flexible to fit your busy schedule
  • Complete the specialist program in 1.5 years
  • Earn both your education specialist and doctoral degrees

Through NLU's higher-education leadership programs, you'll learn how to:

  • Advance higher education as a common good by identifying and crafting solutions for urgent, contemporary institutional issues
  • Assess critical issues and challenges related to leading mission-driven, student-centered higher education institutions (HEIs) and/or their functions in the increasingly dynamic and competitive environment.
  • Identify data needs, select appropriate empirical approaches and engage in research related to solving complex issues with multiple stakeholders

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership and Governance in Higher Education 
  • Strategic Marketing and Enrollment Management 
  • Finance and Budgeting in Higher Education 
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education 
  • Academic Affairs: Faculty, Curriculum, and Assessment 
  • Student Development Theory 
  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Submit professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a written statement responding to questions as established and periodically revised by the faculty
  • Submit assessment of writing:
    • Professional writing sample, such as master's degree thesis or final paper for a graduate course, inclusive of cover page, references, and appendices, if any; or
    • If the artifacts discussed above are not available, an alternative written artifact at the discretion of the program Chair
  • Submit a minimum of two professional letters of recommendation, addressing topics/questions as established and periodically revised by the faculty.
  • Sit for a faculty interview and review

Tuition Fee

  • International

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new undergraduate scholarships for international students! The new scholarships are listed below:

10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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