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NIU offers a variety of convenient options for working adults seeking degrees, certificates, or other educational credentials.  Whether you are just starting your college journey, already have an associate’s degree, or are looking to enhance your career with a master’s, NIU has a program specially designed to meet your needs.

No other public university offers NIU’s range of high-quality options at locations throughout the Chicagoland area (as well as online).  Long known for its commitment to the adult learner, NIU offers a variety of support services that help busy, working professionals compete in today’s competitive marketplace with affordable, top-quality credentials.   

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