About CPS

Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies connects learners with the knowledge, tools, and expertise to pursue their highest aspirations. Founded in 1960 as University College, our mission has always been to provide access to education for a diverse community of part-time, working and returning students—without requiring them to pause their professional lives.

The College of Professional Studies

Our faculty of respected scholar practitioners and industry leaders offer academic programs grounded in theory and applied in practice, pushing through the traditional barriers between work and education and providing a rich academic program that reflects the expectations of ambitious learners and the demands of a rapidly evolving professional landscape. Studying part-time, full-time, in-person or online, you’ll join networks of peers and professionals committed to a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to build your expertise and unleash your potential.


We meet you where you are with flexible, experience-driven programs and a global network that breaks down boundaries between work and learning.

Impact and History

From Northeastern’s roots in night classes in a Boston YMCA to a global leader in adult learning, the College has evolved dramatically. Discover our story of growth and broad impact.

Dean and Administration

Educators helping learners blaze their academic and career trails.

Employer Partnerships

Explore the possibilities of partnering with the College of Professional Studies. Contact [email protected].


Learn more about two schools that are part of the College of Professional Studies and the degree programs they offer.


We engage with our communities on critical questions related to education and lifelong learning through our centers and networks.


Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and holds accreditation through several accrediting agencies for specific degree programs.


As a member of the Northeastern family, you unlock a variety of benefits and connections in 180+ countries for a global web of possibilities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do at the College.

News & Events

Priscilla Douglas speaks from the podium at the 2022 May CPS Graduation Ceremony

Graduation 2022

Dr. Priscilla H. Douglas spoke of interconnectivity, perseverance, and the power of ‘Not Yet’ to the Class of 2022.

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