McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

Current Graduate Student Resources

As a graduate student, you almost certainly have a lot on your mind. Here you’ll find resources to help you address at least a few topics you may be unable to stop thinking about: funding your education (through both McCormick and Northwestern fellowships), graduation, finding work after graduation, and tending to your psychological well-being.

Northwestern's Office of Fellowships

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The Office of Fellowships at Northwestern helps launch your search for national and international fellowship competitions that meet your educational, intellectual, and personal needs. Some fellowships provide funding to attend graduate school; others allow you to study or to conduct research overseas to gain practical experience in your field of study.

McCormick Fellowships and Internships

Graduate students at McCormick have a variety of opportunities to fund their studies and sharpen the focus of their research as they work toward a postgraduate degree. These fellowships are available both through McCormick and through external institutions.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Students in McCormick Masters Programs

Federal regulations require recipients of federal financial aid to maintain satisfactory academic progress in their program of study. It is the University's expectation that students make progress toward degree completion. Review of such progress must apply to all terms of enrollment within an academic year, including terms for which no federal financial aid is granted, as explained below.

Students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in three fundamental ways:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

  2. Complete two-thirds of all credits attempted per academic term if enrolled full-time or one-half of all credits if enrolled half-time

  3. Complete program within a specified period of time

Please download the full policy for more information on these requirements as well as suspensions, appeals, and first-time financial aid applications.

University Career Services

University Career Services (UCS) at Northwestern offers comprehensive career services to graduate students. Students across all graduate departments are eligible to receive services to address their career planning and job search needs. UCS offers career counseling and assessment, individual job search help, access to multiple job databases, and much more.

Counseling And Psychological Services

Northwestern’s Office of Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS) provides counseling to individuals and groups as well as workshops and outreach programs. CAPS has a team of highly qualified and experienced mental health professionals who are dedicated to helping students work through developmental needs, emotional difficulties, adjustments, and crises.


Learn more about Commencement, PhD hooding, and Master’s Degree Recognition ceremonies at McCormick.

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