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Learning and Organizational Change, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Learning and Organizational Change program of Northwestern University examines key concepts and ideas about formal and informal change across levels of society- for example, individuals, groups, organizations and sectors. Students learn how to analyze and solve organizational problems across contexts.
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The Learning and Organizational Change program of Northwestern University offers students knowledge and skills about leading, anticipating, and responding to change. This concentration draws from theoretical and empirical research and practice from disciplines as diverse as the organization and management sciences, learning sciences, sociology, psychology, economics, and design.

All LOC students complete a one-quarter practicum internship for academic credit during their junior year, during which they put into practice the skills and knowledge introduced in the classroom. The experience also includes conducting social science research. The program is offered year-round in Chicago and during the summer in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

  • Recent LOC practicum sites have included the following:
  • Mission Measurement
  • The Cambridge Group
  • HUB International
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Evanston Township High School

In addition to core courses in life span development, quantitative and qualitative research, and statistics, students have the flexibility to tailor the program to their own interests. Many students choose to specialize, double major or minor while maintaining LOC as their primary focus. Classes typically encourage team projects, presentations, frequent discussions, and reflection.

Career paths

With a strong interdisciplinary understanding of forces of organizational change, learning and organizational majors are well prepared for leadership with for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Some graduates go directly into the workforce upon graduation while others go to graduate school or pursue a fellowship. Graduates who enter the workforce often pursue jobs in consulting, change management, instructional design, training or organizational development. Below are some examples of jobs and graduate degree programs that recent learning and organizational change majors have entered.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Identity and Motivation
  • Emotional Mysteries
  • Team Dynamics
  • Health Program Planning
  • Human Development, Generativity, and the Study of Lives

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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