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Seeking a master's degree or professional development?

We've got you covered!

Your University and master’s degree or graduate certificate could be just across the street. Complete your degree through one of our partner universities at the University Center!


We partner with many universities across the state to offer you graduate degree programs locally in Lake County. Now you don’t have to compromise on your major or your university of choice. Internship opportunities, the majors you want, and the universities you trust and respect.

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Same Curriculum.  Same Degree.  Different Campus.

Looking for a bachelor's degree program?  We've got those too!

Classes offered on the University Center campus and online.

 

Speak to our university representatives to learn more about your local options and which universities are closer to you than you think! Hear about admission requirements, transfer requirements, and how to get started on your transfer.  

Hover over the boxes below for the majors available

business

​BUSINESS MASTER'S DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

BUSINESS MASTER'S & DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS:

  • MS in Accounting -
    Roosevelt University

  • MS in Cybersecurity - 
    Webster University

  • MSEd in Workforce Education & Development - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Master of Nonprofit Administration - 
    North Park University

  • MBA - Business Administration -                     North Park University

  • Master of Human Resource Management - 
    North Park University

  • Master of Organizational Leadership -     North Park University

  • Doctorate of Business Administration - Concordia University Chicago

​BUSINESS CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:

  • Business Analytics - North Park University

  • Business Process Management - North Park University

  • Church Administration - North Park University

  • Conflict Management - North Park University

  • Fundraising Management - North Park University

  • Higher Education Administration - North Park University

  • Human Resource Management - North Park University

  • Leadership - North Park University

  • Nonprofit Finance - North Park University

  • Nonprofit Governance - North Park University

  • Nonprofit Management - North Park University

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Education

EDUCATION MASTER'S DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

EDUCATION MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS:

  • MAT in Elementary Education - 

  • National Louis University

  • MSEd in Instructional Technology -          Northern Illinois University

  • MSEd in Literacy Education -              Northern Illinois University

  • MSEd in Workforce Education & Development -  Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Master in Higher Education Administration - 
    North Park University

  • MA in Curriculum & Instruction - 
    Concordia University Chicago

  • MA in Curriculum & Instruction: ESL Endorsement -  Concordia University Chicago

  • MA in Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement - Northeastern Illinois University

EDUCATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:

  • Higher Education Administration - North Park University

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement - Concordia University Chicago

  • Postsecondary Developmental Literacy & Language Instruction - Northern Illinois University

  • Postsecondary Developmental Literacy & Language Instruction - Northern Illinois University

  • School Business Management - Northern Illinois University

  • Special Education Endorsement (LBS1) - Southern Illinois University Carbondale​

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psychology 
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​PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK MASTER'S DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS: 

  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling -
    Concordia University Chicago

  • MA in School Counseling
    Concordia University Chicago

  • Master of Social Work - 
    Dominican University

  • MA in Conflict Resolution -                Dominican University

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:

  • Conflict Resolution - Dominican University

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Wellness & Health Sciences 

WELLNESS & HEALTH SCIENCES MASTER'S DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

MASTER'S PROGRAMS:

  • Master's Entry to Nursing Practice -        DePaul University

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:

  • Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate - Northeastern Illinois University

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Frequently asked questions

How does this all work?


The University Center is a nonprofit organization created by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to supplement the higher education programs available through CLC. So, in the simplest of terms, we are like an extension campus for these universities. University Center will not appear on your transcripts or academic records; you get the same degree as if you were attending the main campus. There is no difference in your curriculum or your degree; it’s just a different campus.




How do admissions work/how do I apply?


You complete the online admissions application to your university and program/major of choice on the university’s own website, send official copies of your transcripts, and get your admissions status within 2-4 weeks. UCLC staff are available to assist.




How will the university know I want to take classes at the University Center?


When you complete the admissions application, there will be some indication of what campus you plan to attend classes, you would select University Center here. If you miss this part, don’t fret, your advisor will speak with you and help you register for classes at the UCLC campus if this is what you are looking for.




Can I apply for Financial Aid?


Yes! The same Financial Aid you would be eligible for on campus, you are eligible for off-campus at the University Center as well. When you complete the FAFSA application, make sure you put your university school code. Remember, University Center does not exist for Financial Aid purposes, so, you would only put your particular university as the school code.




Are there scholarships available?


Yes! You have full access to each university’s scholarship page.




Will my degree or transcript say University Center?


No. Nothing on your transcripts or diploma will say University Center. Your degree will be from the specific university that you attend.




Who will teach my classes?


Your classes are taught by a mix of tenured faculty and adjunct faculty. The same faculty who teach the on-campus programs teach the off-campus programs at the University Center.




Do I have access to the library or student services?  How does that work?


Yes, you get full access to the University student services including library services, academic advising, the career center, tutoring center etc. Depending on the university, some of the services are provided virtually (online/video chat/zoom) or face-to-face at the University Center, or face-to-face at the University Main Campus or other extension campus. Either way, you have a team of people interested in supporting you on your academic journey.




How much is tuition?


You pay the tuition rate of the particular university. But since you are not commuting to a campus farther away, living in dorm, or paying extra fees, you save money.




Can I do an internship?


Yes! Many of the programs have internships embedded within their curriculum. So, this means that you get solid work experience in your field and can build connections with local organizations in Lake County while you complete your bachelor’s degree. If your program doesn’t have an internship embedded, no worries, you can still do an internship and often times it can count for credit or it can be a paid internship and a side job for you.




Who can I reach out to if I have more questions?


Reach out to our advising team at transfer@ucenter.org or schedule a free advising appointment on our talk to an advisor page here. We offer convenient appointments both online and via the phone. We are here to support you along your educational journey.