Northern Illinois University Graduate Schools

Northern Illinois University (referred to as Northern Illinois) is a Public, 4 years school located in Dekalb, IL. It is classified as a Research University (high research activity) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice. The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Northern Illinois University is $11,390 for Illinois residents and $11,390 for out-of-state students. The school has 4,400 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 16,234 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Northern Illinois University (referred to as Northern Illinois) is a Public, 4 years school located in Dekalb, IL. It is classified as a Research University (high research activity) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice.
The school is accredited by Higher Learning Commission (1/1/1915 - Current[Estimated Date]).
Northern Illinois Directory Information
School NameNorthern Illinois University (Northern Illinois)
Address1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., Dekalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone800-892-3050
Webhttps://www.niu.edu
Online Applicationhttps://www.niu.edu/apply/index.shtml
Financial Infohttps://www.niu.edu/fa
The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Northern Illinois University is $11,390 for Illinois residents and $11,390 for out-of-state students. The school has 4,400 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 16,234 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 155 graduate programs through Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice). Among them, 2 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$11,390
$11,390 for Illinois Residents
Student Population4,400
Offered Degrees/ProgramsMaster's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs155 graduate programs
(2 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio15 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at Northern Illinois University is $11,390 in average for the academic year 2021-2022. The tuition per credit hour is $496.
Northern Illinois University offers the alternative tuition planstuition guarantee, prepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan, including tuition guarantee, prepaid payment plan, tuition payment plan.
Northern Illinois University offers the distance education programs. All course works for completing a degree program can be done through online exclusively for graduate programs. In addition, the distance learning courses are offered for students who are not enrolled online exclusively.
On its campus, academic/career services, employment services for students, placement services for completers, on-campus daycare for students' children are provided for their students.
Special Learning Opportunities & On-campus Services
Distance Learning (Online Classes)2 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army)
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification
On-Campus Student Services
  • Academic/career services
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers
  • On-campus daycare for students' children

2022 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2021-2022, the graduate school tuition & fees of Northern Illinois University is $11,390. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 2.74% compared to previous academic year.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2021-2022 Graduate Tuition & fees
TuitionFees
2017-2018$20,473$2,078
2018-2019$11,904$2,503
2019-2020$8,922$2,358
2020-2021$8,858$2,228
2021-2022$8,942$2,448
The graduate school tuition & fees of Northern Illinois is inexpensive compared to public graduate schools in Illinois. The average graduate school tuition for all graduate schools in United States is $19,225 and the Illinois graduate tuition is $18,541 (public) / $20,078 (private).
The next table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
Northern Illinois University$11,390
All Graduate Schools$15,964$19,225
Public$11,349$20,502
Private$19,232
Illinois Graduate Schools$18,762$19,321
Public$11,929$18,541
Private$20,078
For academic year 2021-2022, the living costs are $13,440 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at Northern Illinois University. On-campus living costs are decreased by -2.25% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $13,440. Off-campus living costs are decreased by -2.25% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2017-2018$10,880$2,218$10,880$2,218
2018-2019$10,880$2,220$10,880$2,220
2019-2020$10,880$2,090$10,880$2,090
2020-2021$10,880$2,870$10,880$2,870
2021-2022$11,000$2,440$11,000$2,440
For academic year 2021-2022, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $496 at Northern Illinois University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 0.81% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Tuition
2017-2018$916
2018-2019$853
2019-2020$496
2020-2021$492
2021-2022$496
The law school tuition at Northern Illinois University is $24,642 for Illinois residents and $24,642 for out-of-state students for academic year 2021-2022. Next table shows the tuition & fees for law school and/or medical schools at Northern Illinois University.
2021-2022 Law School/Medical School Tuition at Northern Illinois University
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
Law$21,994$2,648$21,994$2,648

Graduate Programs at Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois University offers 93 graduate programs for Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The next table lists number of programs by offered degree and online availability along with number of completers by degree/certificate programs. Last year, 1,418 students have completed their study at Northern Illinois University.
Offered Degrees at Northern Illinois University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree6621,181
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship20099
Doctor's degree - other40108
Post Master's Degree3030
Total9321,418
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Northern Illinois University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Educational Leadership and Administration program with 19 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Business Administration and Management program with 146 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Law program with 80 completers.
Northern Illinois University offers 93 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 1,418 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 1,181 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 108 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 30 students have earned/completed Post-Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Communication and Journalism [+] 14 completers-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric14-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 118 completers-
Information Technology76-
Computer Science42-
Education [+] (1 completers) 328 completers-
Education14-
Curriculum and Instruction18-
Educational Leadership and Administration17$39,300
Adult and Continuing Education Administration27-
Educational Administration and Supervision (other)16-
Educational/Instructional Technology29$57,400
Educational Evaluation and Research12-
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education0-
Special Education and Teaching60$48,900
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services32$45,000
Elementary Education and Teaching0-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching9-
Art Teacher Education7-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching37-
Reading Teacher Education48-
Biology Teacher Education2-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas (other)0-
Engineering [+] 76 completers-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering19-
Mechanical Engineering15-
Industrial Engineering42-
Engineering Technology [+] 19 completers-
Engineering/Industrial Management19-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 4 completers-
French Language and Literature0-
Spanish Language and Literature4-
Work and Family Studies [+] 10 completers-
Human Development and Family Studies10$37,800
English Language and Literature [+] 7 completers-
English Language and Literature7-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 6 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences6-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 12 completers-
Mathematics5-
Financial Mathematics1-
Statistics6-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] 27 completers-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management27-
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 11 completers-
Philosophy11-
Physical Sciences [+] 13 completers-
Chemistry3-
Geology/Earth Science5-
Physics5-
Psychology [+] 23 completers-
Psychology22-
Educational Psychology1-
Human Services [+] 35 completers-
Public Administration35$48,400
Social Sciences [+] 24 completers-
Anthropology3-
Economics3-
Geography2-
Political Science and Government5-
Sociology11-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 36 completers-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts6-
Art/Art Studies2$23,100
Fine/Studio Arts6-
Music21$24,900
Music Performance1-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 85 completers-
Communication Sciences and Disorders20$53,200
Public Health14-
Health Services Administration2-
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor6-
Dietetics/Dietitian16-
Nursing Science27-
Business [+] (1 completers) 324 completers-
Business Administration and Management143$86,400
Accounting18$61,700
Finance15-
Financial Risk Management0-
Management Science28-
Business Statistics0-
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods (other)80-
Marketing (other)29-
Taxation11-
History [+] 9 completers-
History9-
Total1,181
Doctorate (Research) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 56 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction7-
Educational Leadership and Administration7-
Adult and Continuing Education Administration26-
Educational/Instructional Technology10-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services6-
Art Teacher Education0-
English Language and Literature [+] 3 completers-
English Language and Literature3-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 1 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences1-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 5 completers-
Mathematics5-
Physical Sciences [+] 5 completers-
Chemistry3-
Geology/Earth Science0-
Physics2-
Psychology [+] 16 completers-
Psychology14-
Educational Psychology2-
Social Sciences [+] 10 completers-
Economics5-
Geography2-
Political Science and Government3-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 0 completers-
Fine Arts and Art Studies (other)0-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 2 completers-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (other)2-
History [+] 1 completers-
History1-
Total99
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Legal Studies [+] 73 completers-
Law73-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 35 completers-
Audiology/Audiologist7-
Physical Therapy/Therapist24-
Nursing Practice4-
Total108
Post-Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] 19 completers-
Educational Leadership and Administration19-
Psychology [+] 4 completers-
School Psychology4-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 7 completers-
Music Performance7-
Total30

Graduate Student Population at Northern Illinois

For academic year 2021-2022, total 4,400 students enrolled into Northern Illinois University graduate schools where it has total 16,234 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 1,895 full-time and 2,505 part-time graduate students. By gender, 1,797 male and 2,603 female students are attending graduate schools. The next table summarizes the graduate student population by gender and attending status.
Graduate School Student Population By Gender
TotalMaleFemale
Total4,4001,7972,603
Full-time1,895904991
Part-tme2,5058931,612
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 2,577 White (58.57%), 360 Black/African American (8.18%), 517 Hispanic (11.75%), 219 Asian (4.98%), and 727 students with other races. 597 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total4,4001,7972,603
American Indian/Native American633
Asian21991128
Black/African American360146214
Hispanic517189328
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander101
White2,5779811,596
Two More973760
Un-Known261610
Non-resident Alien597334263
Northern Illinois University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 1,335 graduate students (30.34% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 1,222 graduate students (27.77% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total4,400
Enrolled Online Exclusively1,335
Enrolled Some Online Courses1,222
Not in Online Courses1,843
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Northern Illinois University. 1,134 students are aged 20 to 24 (25.77% of total students), 1 students are aged below 20 (0.02%), 304 students are aged above 50 (6.91%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Northern Illinois University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total4,4001,7972,603
Age 18-19101
Age 20-21471829
Age 22-241,087488599
Age 25-291,155500655
Age 30-34657266391
Age 35-39502218284
Age 40-49647232415
Age 50-6428369214
Over 6421615

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