School of Professional Studies in Chicago

School of Professional Studies

Empowering. Experiential. Adaptive.

Compassionate. Responsive.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) gives you the opportunity to earn credit for life experiences, training, certification, or licensure—bringing you one step closer to completing your degree.


Our programs are designed with working professionals in mind. Finish your bachelor’s degree in digital marketing, business, nonprofit, counseling, supply chain management, or organizational leadership.

Graduate Degree

The MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program prepares graduates for careers as professional counselors in a variety of settings. Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois.

A Word from the Dean

The School of Professional Studies at North Park University empowers degree-completion and graduate students through a supportive environment, flexibility, and adaptable programs that address current market needs. Our Christ-centered environment and dedicated faculty and staff meet students where they are with grace and support to enable the achievement of personal, academic, and career success.

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When Can I Start?

Classes Start Every 7 Weeks


Spring Quad B: March 18, 2024

Summer Quad A: May 13, 2024

Summer Quad B: July 1, 2024

Fall Quad A: August 26, 2024

Fall Quad B: October 21, 2024

All classes take place over a seven-week period (quad). Some program start times may vary.  Call (773) 244-4577 for full schedule details.

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Be equipped with practical skills to help you achieve more and advance faster in your career.

Innovative Programs for Your Future

The perfect program for your future. With six innovative programs to choose from, SPS offers the degree you need to excel in the career you want. Every one of our majors will equip you with practical skills and help you to achieve more and advance faster in any professional field.

Tailored to Fit Your Life

Flexibility is built into everything we do. Our programs are designed to let you balance the demands of work, family, and school. With classes starting every two months and seven-week accelerated courses that meet just one night per week—or online—we’ll fit right into your life.

Transferring Is Easy

You can get your transcripts evaluated for free by sending your transcripts to our Admissions Department for an unofficial evaluation. This will give you a good idea of where you can start in the degree-completion program. By transferring credits and studying part-time, the average SPS student completes their degree in two years.


Faculty and Staff

You are a real person with a real life. You need a college that treats you like one. We strive to understand and support each of our students with grace. Our faculty and staff will learn your story, address your practical questions and concerns, and help you find a path that works regardless of the barriers you may face.


“I needed flexibility with my work and family. I took evening classes and finished in 18 months. Having a degree has opened up a lot of doors. It also opened the door for a new passion…”

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Provides you with opportunities for growth through relationships, curriculum, and self-reflection.

Nimble, innovative, and agile programs advance you into the marketplace.

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Getting Started With the School of Professional Studies

Finding your fit at North Park is straightforward, and we’ll be here to help you along the way. Here are the three most important steps.


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