History

A look at the College of Professional Studies over the years. 

1960: Trustees create University College (UC) as a part-time undergraduate evening college.

1970: University College becomes one of the largest undergraduate part-time colleges in the United States with more than 15 suburban metro-Boston campuses.

1980: Enrollment reached a peak of 14,000 students. Courses were taught in locations around greater Boston, including campuses in Dedham and Burlington.

1990: Noncredit Center for Continuing Education merged into University College, and Lincoln College (evening engineering technology) merged into the School of Engineering Technology.

2004: University College renamed by Trustees to School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Online and graduate degrees launched.

2005: Six new undergraduate and 12 new graduate degrees approved by the university. Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching transferred from the College of Arts and Sciences to the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

2006: First class of master’s and doctoral students graduate. Lowell Institute School merged into the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

2007: The School of Professional and Continuing Studies adds the World Languages Center, School of Education, Global Pathways, Online Education, and Executive Doctorate in Law and Policy. Master of Science in Leadership dual degree program initiated with Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Students graduate with two degrees from two institutions.

2008: The School of Professional and Continuing Studies is renamed the College of Professional Studies.

2009: Doctor of Education program launched after 12-year hiatus.

2010: The Undergraduate Department of Education becomes part of the College of Professional Studies.

2011: Doctor of Education program launched in Hong Kong. First students graduated in 2015.

2012: Northeastern University and National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam teach joint Master of Science in Leadership in Vietnam.

2013: Northeastern forms a partnership with Boston Ballet to educate dancers for life and careers after performing ends.

2015: Lowell Institute School is re-envisioned as a bachelor's degree completion program preparing students for the 21st century technological workplace.

2016: Graduate School of Education established.

2016: Northeastern University creates the Professional Advancement Network, a new way to access education and skills throughout a professional career. It offers — to learners and employers alike — degrees, certificates, bootcamps and experiential learning online, in Boston or at regional campuses. The College of Professional Studies is part of the Professional Advancement Network.