Jigdan College New Agreement with American university of Northern Illiniois…..
THIS AGREEMENT is made and entered into this 18th day of November ,2016,by the board of trustees of Northern Illinois University,USA,hereinafter referred to as “NIU,” functioning through its Division of International Affairs, and the Jigdan College,Addis Ababa,Ethiopia hereinafter reffered to as”JC”.

Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies NIU as a High Research Activity University.

We value diversity in our programs, faculty, and most importantly, in our students. Watch our video to hear what graduate students say about diversity at our university.

Welcome to the NIU Graduate School

The graduate school at Northern Illinois University offers over 80 graduate degree programs and 50 specializations. In addition to master’s and doctoral degrees in our six colleges, we offer graduate certificates in over 65 courses of study.

Contacting the individual program office is the quickest and best way to get the information you need about program requirements, research opportunities or faculty expertise. View our list of master’s programs and doctoral programs.

To help you plan your course of study, you may search NIU’s future course offerings.

The graduate school website guides prospective students through the online application process. Questions about the application process can be addressed to the graduate school. For application deadlines and requirements, review our list of master’s programs and doctoral programs.

Become a member of the Graduate Career and Professional Development Community Portal, a centralized site of professional development programming through use of hands-on workshops that engage graduate students in job discovery and diverse career opportunities.

If you are a current NIU graduate student, visit our Student Resources where you will find helpful online forms, graduation information and links to the Thesis/Dissertation Office.

Over 5,000 graduate students from around the world attend NIU each year. With 66 masters degree programs, 22 doctorate degree programs and 81 certificates of graduate study, you will advance your education and your career with a post-secondary degree from NIU.

We offer our graduate students outstanding opportunities for research, innovation, and hands-on learning across every academic program.

Applying to NIU

Before starting the online application, make certain you understand the information on this page and on all linked pages.

If you intend to apply as a non-degree seeking student (student-at-large), you must read important information about applying before getting started.

To apply online: Go to CollegeNet’s website.

Time to apply: If you have carefully prepared to apply, you can submit a complete application dossier within about 15 minutes.

Cost to apply: Degree-seeking application is $60. Student-at-Large application is $10.

Learn More

We encourage you to explore our master’s or doctoral programs of study to find the one that best fits your academic preparation and professional goals. Follow the links on the program webpages to learn more about curriculum, requirements and faculty.

Read our Tips for Applying page.It has important information about the application process and how to gather the correct documents before applying.


Graduate admission decisions are made upon the recommendation of the faculty in the program of study to which you apply. The Graduate School coordinates the admission process, but admission recommendations are made by faculty in your intended program of study.

As you prepare to begin your application, refer to the tips below:

  • Carefully read the description of the master’s or doctoral program of study to which you intend to apply. Explore the links on that page to learn more about the curriculum, faculty and application requirements. Contact information for the program office appears on those pages.
  • Read our Tips for Applying page which has even more detailed information about how to apply.
  • Know the deadline by which all application materials must be received. Many of the deadlines are set and enforced by the program to which you are applying.
  • Be sure that your statement of purpose outlines your preparation for graduate study in the field, as well as your goals for graduate study and beyond. It should also explain why you believe the program at NIU can best help you meet those goals.
  • Finalize your resume/curriculum vitae. No program requires a resume/cv. But many applicants want to submit one, so you will have an opportunity to upload your resume/cv during the application process.
  • Communicate with individuals who you will ask to write letters of recommendation. Make certain that they are willing to write a letter that addresses your preparation for graduate study, your ability to succeed in the specific program and your goals. Tell your referees when you will begin the application and the date by which their recommendation must be received. As part of your application, letters of recommendation must be uploaded by your referee via CollegeNet. Referees will be contacted by CollegeNet.
  • Gather your transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (except U.S. community colleges from which you transferred credit to a prior degree) and proof of degree. If you are an international student, learn more about transcripts and proof of degree requirements. As you apply, you can upload an unofficial copy of your university/college records. If you are admitted, we require receipt of official transcripts and proof of degree. Official transcripts and proof of degree must be mailed; you can mail them at any time. But you must upload copies of the documents as part of the application process.
  • Collect your required test scores (GRE, GMAT, or MAT and TOEFL or IELTS).
  • Students who received a degree outside of the U.S., New Zealand, Austria, and the United Kingdom are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless they indicate that they are also seeking admission to the Intensive English Program at ELS-DeKalb. During the application process, you can upload a student copy of your test scores. If you are admitted, we require test scores received directly from the testing agency. You can have those sent at any time during the application process, but you must upload unofficial copies to submit the application.
  • Some programs require that you submit additional supporting materials along with your application. You can learn more about those requirements on the master’sand doctoral program pages. Those supporting materials (except art portfolios and music auditions) must be uploaded during the application process.
  • Read the File Upload Requirements so your materials are in the correct format.

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