Northwestern University (NU) is a private research institution with campuses located in Evanston and Chicago on Lake Michigan and a third campus in Doha, Qatar. The university was founded in 1851 by nine Chicago businessmen led by John Evans for the purpose of providing education to the residents of what was known as the Northwest Territory – an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.
Today, Northwestern University is regarded as a top-tier research institution consistently listed among "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. It has 12 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools and colleges. One of these 12 schools and colleges – the School of Continuing Studies – was established in 1933 to provide busy working professionals with the opportunity to further their education by offering professional online master’s degree programs in a wide variety of concentrations. Some of these degree programs include Master of Science in Information Systems which is offered both online and on campus; Master of Arts in Public Policy & Administration also offered both online and on campus; and Master of Science in Medical Informatics which is only offered online. Northwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its online courses and degree programs are all consistent with the university’s dedication to excellence and commitment to providing the most distinguished teaching method available.
Cost of tuition per online course is US$4,340 for M.S. in Information Systems; US$2,665 for M.A. in Public Policy & Administration; and US$3,290 for M.S. in Medical Informatics. All online courses charge a technology fee of US$110. Financial aid is extended in the form of grants, loans or scholarships.