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What interests you? What excites you? From biology to bassoon, psychology to pharmacy, reading to real estate, Roosevelt can help you find your focus. Explore our broad academic choices, outstanding faculty and nearly limitless directions your passions can take you. Availability and locations listed reflect a Fall 2017 start date.

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Accounting Forensics, MSAF
Roosevelt University is one of the very few in the Chicago area to offer the Master of Science in Accounting Forensics program. Find out how you can advance in this growing field by developing strong analytical and deductive skills and enhancing your professional network.
Accounting, BSBA
The accounting program provides business administration and liberal arts students with an understanding of the development and use of accounting records and statements, budgeting funds, and cash flow analysis. For this purpose a two-semester course is offered that covers the development and use of the records, accounts and financial statements of merchandising, service and manufacturing concerns, whether organized as proprietorships, partnerships or corporations.
Accounting, MSA
The Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to enable graduates in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and other fields, as well as graduates in business, to complete a professional accounting program on a part-time or full-time basis.  The masters degree in accounting coursework stresses teamwork and group projects, with many case analyses and written and oral presentations. Above all, we expect each student to contribute to the education of his or her colleagues, believing that adult learners have considerable expertise to share with classmates.   

Employers seek Roosevelt masters of accounting graduates because they have personal, in-depth training from Chicago’s leading industry professionals. Our classes are small, the contact personal. Learn how you can advance your career, earn the credentials you need, and emerge as an expert in your field.
Acting, BFA

Do you aspire to a career telling stories and expressing yourself through characters and the spoken word? Learn from our outstanding faculty of accomplished acting artists, mentors and educators and train today for your career tomorrow.

Actuarial Science, BA or BS
Actuarial science applies probability theory and risk management to the areas of life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, pension plans, and other employee benefit plans. Risk analysts and actuaries, who evaluate the long-term financial impact of these plans on both the issuing company and the purchaser or beneficiary of the plan, are employed by insurance companies, consulting firms, large corporations and governmental agencies. The major in actuarial science emphasizes the mathematical theory that underlies risk evaluation.
Actuarial Science, MS
Actuarial science applies probability theory and risk management to the areas of life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, pension plans, and other employee benefit plans. Students who seek a graduate degree in actuarial science may have earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics, finance, economics, computer science, or other related field. Roosevelt will accept its first graduate actuarial science cohort in Fall 2017.
African American Studies, BA

The BA in African American Studies will help students gain an interdisciplinary understanding on past and present social, economic, and political conditions of Africans and people of African descent, and to connect their struggles for social and economic justice with those of disenfranchised peoples throughout the world.

Bilingual ESL Education, Minor

The minor in Bilingual/ESL Education program prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of English Language Learners. This focused, field-based program prepares everycandidate to work democratically with children and families that have second language backgrounds. It leads to either to the Illinois bilingual or English as a second language teaching credential.

Biochemistry, BS
The BS degree in Biochemistry provides thorough training in the fundamental principles and experimental techniques of chemistry and biology as they apply to biological systems, and emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of these sciences. This program prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including biological or biochemical research, health sciences, government, industry, or with additional coursework in the College of Education, secondary science teaching. For students seeking careers in industry, the biochemistry major may lead to work in interdisciplinary sciences such as biotechnology, forensics, environmental science, or pharmacology, and it is well suited to the needs of pre-professional students, including pre-medical students and pre-pharmacy students.
Biology, BA or BS

The Bachelor of Science in Biology prepares students for jobs in the biotechnology industry, including pharmaceutical companies, university research laboratories, medical research centers, forensic laboratories, museums and government agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, FDA, IDNR, and the Department of Agriculture. It also prepares students to teach biology at the secondary level, and for admission to graduate health professional programs such as medical, dental, veterinary and optometry schools; physician assistant, physical therapy, and nurse practitioner training; and graduate programs in the life sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is an option for students who want an in-depth humanistic education in biology without completing all of the science and mathematics courses required for the BS in Biology. The biology BA allows students the flexibility to fashion a customized undergraduate experience; for example, completing a double-major or multiple minors.

Biology, MS
Our faculty teach with an eye toward the real world applications of scientific inquiry. They bring relevant experience in a variety of research areas and are dedicated to high-quality instruction, personalized mentoring, and student engagement. In our 36-credit hour program, you’ll have flexible scheduling options and research, volunteer and internship opportunities that will prepare you to advance in your chosen field.
Biomedical Sciences, MA

The master's in Biomedical Science is a 9 to 12 month program designed to help students with a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in the sciences, improve their academic foundation in the biomedical sciences and gain admission into medical school or other health professional programs.  The masters degree in biomedical science builds formal skills in analysis of the biomedical literature and of ethical questions that impact the medical profession.

Biotechnology and Chemical Science (Biotechnology Management), MS

The objectives of the Master's of Science in Biotechnology and Chemical Science degree program are to provide practical laboratory skills and a strong conceptual foundation in the many overlapping disciplines that comprise biotechnology, and to prepare students for the application of these skills in the workplace. Biotechnology Management is one of four tracks within the program.

Biotechnology and Chemical Science (Biotechnology), MS

The Master of Science in Biotechnology and Chemical Science (BTCS) prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings, including the food science, cosmetics, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, or for academic research and graduate study. The program is appropriate for students holding a baccalaureate degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related sciences, or for those who have taken the prerequisite undergraduate courses. Biotechnology is one of four tracks within the program.

Biotechnology and Chemical Science (Chemical Science), MS

The Master of Science in Biotechnology and Chemical Science (BTCS) prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings, including the food science, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, or for academic research and graduate study. The program is appropriate for students holding a baccalaureate degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related sciences, or for those who have taken the prerequisite undergraduate courses. Chemical Science is one of four tracks within the program.

Brass Performance, BM

The Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance prepares students for a career as a solo, chamber, and ensemble performer through development of performance capability, musicianship, and ensemble skills.

Brass Performance, MM

The Master of Music in Brass Performance prepares students for a career as a solo, chamber, and ensemble performer through development of performance capability, advanced music analytical abilities, and ensemble skills.

Brass, Diploma

The Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, or Tuba Performance Diploma comprises performance studies in both applied music and ensembles.
Business Administration, MBA
Roosevelt Master of Business Administration graduates have pursued jobs with Fortune 500 companies; federal, local and state enterprises; or have started their own ventures. Major organizations seek out our masters in business graduates because they enter the workforce informed about the realities of a global marketplace. Through small classes, mentoring and internship programs, networking events, and international study opportunities, you will emerge with the advanced problem-solving, management and decision-making skills to lead in a complex marketplace.
Chemistry, BA or BS

Roosevelt University offers two chemistry degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry, in addition to a minor in chemistry. The BS Chemistry degree is recommended for students whose career goals include direct employment as a professional chemist, or graduate school in chemistry, engineering or other physical sciences.

The BA Chemistry degree is appropriate for students who wish to combine a strong background in chemistry with substantial coursework in another discipline. The BA is a popular choice for students who intend further study or work in a chemistry-related area such as pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, government, business, environmental science or policy, education, or law.

Classical Guitar, BM

The Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional classical guitarist. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities, and stylistic knowledge.

Classical Guitar, MM

The Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance prepares students for life as a professional classical guitarist through development of technical and musical abilities, lessons and ensembles, and advanced musicianship and analytical skills.

Classical Guitar, Diploma
The Classical Performance Diploma allows advanced students to undertake an intensive period of performance study to concentrate on repertories and genres of their choice.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA

The Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) prepares students to help children and adults cope with difficult life events such as physical illness, death of loved ones, and relationship problems or divorce. It also shows students how to diagnose and manage serious mental illnesses and obtain resources and support. The intensive, field-based curriculum prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse individuals and families. The program satisfies academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor and clinical professional counselor in the State of Illinois. It also meets the academic requirements for national certification in mental health counseling (CCMHC) and for national counselor certification (NCC).

Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice), MA
This program is designed for those who are interested in clinical practice at the master’s level. In Illinois (and many other states), completion of this program qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC, and later LCPC). The program is 60 semester hours that provides broad-based training in psychological assessment and intervention as well as in the theory and research that supports these practices. This program also provides appropriate preparation for those wishing to apply to PsyD and PhD programs in clinical psychology.
Clinical Psychology, MA
This is a 39 to 40 semester-hour program that provides broad-based training in psychological assessment and intervention as well as in the theory and research that supports these practices. This program is designed for those who are currently employed in fields such as social work, counseling, nursing or business, and wish to broaden their areas of expertise. This program also prepares students who wish to pursue a doctorate degree in psychology. The program does not fulfill educational requirements for a master's level license to practice in Illinois. for license eligibility, please see the MA in Clinical Psychology: Counseling Practice program.
Clinical Psychology, PsyD

Graduates of Roosevelt's Doctor of Psychology program work in a broad array of settings and roles, including providing psychotherapy and psychological testing services in private practice, hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, university counseling centers, and VAs; developing and directing programs to support mental health and wellness; engaging in applied research and program evaluation; and teaching, education and clinical supervision.

Community Development and Action, MA

We’re excited to announce that the Applied Sociology, MA program has now evolved into an original new program replacing the current sociology master's program indefinitely. The innovative new program is titled the Master of Arts in Community Development and Action, also known as MACDA. Offered at Roosevelt University’s downtown Chicago campus, MACDA will begin in the Fall of 2017 semester.

Computer Science, BS
This computer science program follows an enhanced traditional curriculum, with its emphasis on data, data theory and computing systems theory. It prepares students to pursue careers in highly advanced areas such as data systems, systems programming and software engineering, or to go on to pursue graduate degrees in computer science.
Computer Science, MS

In the rapidly-changing world of technology, staying competitive requires constant learning. Our Master's in Computer Science graduates enter the workforce ready to thrive in exciting jobs in software development and information technology, and to pursue doctoral programs in computer science.    

The master's degree in computer science is designed for individuals who want to upgrade the knowledge they already have in the field of computer science or those who desire a career change into one of these fast-growing, sought-after fields.  With the wide selection of courses, this degree may be shaped as a professional computer science master's degree as well as a step in pursuing a doctoral degree.

Conflict and Mediation, MACM

Conflict is everywhere. Fortunately, skilled, fair-minded mediators can play a powerful role in the resolution of disputes between people and organizations.

Mediators work in courts, government, education, health care, human resources, project management, customer service, politics, insurance and sales. Common employers include corporations, educational institutions, health care organizations, insurance companies and banks. The degree can also enhance a professional’s ability to manage conflict in their current organization. Professionals in the fields of organizational development, human resources, law and criminal justice can make ready use of the variety of skills learned in this program.

Creative Writing, MFA
Roosevelt’s close-knit community of writers allows you the time and attention to develop your craft and challenge your artistic boundaries. Prepare for your life as a writer in Chicago’s thriving literary community.
Criminal Justice, BACJ

Roosevelt's criminal justice degrees prepare students for leadership roles within the criminal justice field. Our courses explore the tensions and challenges in the criminal justice system from a social justice perspective, seeking to improve our current system for the benefit of all. For prospective students, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, as well as a minor in criminal justice.

Data Analytics, BS
This degree teaches students to use technology to gather, analyze and interpret data, facilitating decision-making. Students will learn methods, tools and algorithms used in modern data analysis and analytics.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, BS

Diagnostic medical sonography technologists are involved in direct patient care. Diagnostic medical sonographers use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues and blood flow inside the body. This is a 3+1.5 program in which the first three years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final year and a half completed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Roosevelt University is the only university that is affiliated with all four of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Clinical School programs. Our downtown Chicago location allows students to continue to live on campus and have access to the RU support services and activities.

Documentary Studies, Minor
The documentary studies minor is interdisciplinary (journalism/art/media studies/English/film studies) and will engage students interested in documentary photography, video, audio and narrative production fieldwork. The courses incorporate practical, theoretical, and historical content and methods and will introduce students to, and expand their knowledge of, documentary practices. Most courses will consist of readings, classroom discussions, and laboratory work in photography, video, audio, or narrative production.
Dual Language Teacher Leadership, MA
The MA in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) prepares licensed teachers to implement innovative instructional and leadership strategies that support dual language education—a dynamic, highly effective form of education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add both the Bilingual/ESL and Teacher Leader endorsements to their Illinois teaching license.
Early Childhood Education, BA

The BA in Early Childhood Education (ECHD) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children from birth to third grade. This intensive, field-based program preparesevery candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. It leads to a combination of Illinois teaching credentials.

Early Childhood Education, MA

The MA in Early Childhood Education (ECHD) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children from birth to third grade. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. It leads to an Illinois teaching credential.

Economics, BA

At Roosevelt economics goes beyond the curriculum that is currently being taught at universities around the world. It presents and challenges students with radically different economic perspectives and alternative schools of thought. Roosevelt is one of the few universities in the United States where students can study economics from green, institutionalist, Post Keynesian, anarchistic, rhetorical, Marxist and other points of view, while gaining technical proficiency in conventional Neoclassical and Keynesian methods. Our faculty are drawn to the study of economics by a commitment to social justice. Economics students are prepared to be socially conscious citizens and leaders in their professions, whether in business, public service, research, teaching or other careers.

Economics, MA
Roosevelt is one of the few universities in the United States where students can study economics from heterodox points of view. A commitment to pluralism, intellectual tolerance, and diversity of thought and method are essential to the Roosevelt approach to economics. Courses at Roosevelt include eclectic, institutionalist, Post Keynesian, feminist, and Marxist approaches to economic analysis in addition to standard Neoclassical and Keynesian approaches. Our objective is not to replace one orthodoxy with another but rather to encourage students to view economics as an evolving discipline that can help them make sense of the world around them and succeed in a rewarding career.
Educational Studies, BA

The BA in Educational Studies (EDUC) prepares undergraduates to support the learning and socio-emotional needs of children and adolescents in roles that do not require teacher licensure, such as teaching assistant, coordinator of tutoring, and student support specialist. This field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. It leads to employment credentials that are recognized by schools, child care agencies, and non-profit community organizations. EDUC majors may concentrate in Early Care and Education or Youth Development and Education.

Elementary Education, BA

The BA in Elementary Education (ELED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children from 1st through 6th grades. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. It provides opportunities to earn a combination of Illinois teaching credentials.

Elementary Education, MA

The MA in Elementary Education (ELED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children from 1st through 6th grades. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. It provides opportunities to earn a combination of Illinois teaching credentials.

English, BA
Students who major in English will undertake a course of study designed to develop knowledge in literary trends, themes and genres, as well as skills in critical interpretation, research, writing and speaking. In advanced courses, students will investigate the structure, style, intellectual content, historical significance and cultural context of the literature produced in Great Britain and the United States, as well as Anglophone literature from around the world. This extensive textual study will foster appreciation of diverse cultural values and of the means by which culture is transmitted through language.
Environmental Science, Minor
At Roosevelt University, students pursuing degrees in chemistry, biology, sustainability studies or any discipline may take a minor sequence of courses in environmental science in order to prepare for a career or explore an interest in addressing the relationship between humans and the environment. The minor is appropriate for individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects in government agencies, environmental law, nonprofit organizations or environmental consulting.
Film Studies, Minor
Students who earn the film studies minor gain knowledge of the history of cinema, both technical and cultural, and complete a range of courses that provide them with practice in interpreting film texts as cultural artifacts.
Finance, BSBA

This program has been designed to offer students the opportunity to major in both traditional and emerging financial fields. Course offerings give students a broad exposure to contemporary issues in the financial world. Courses in finance have been designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Teach the concepts and skills necessary to provide funds for a business and to control, plan and evaluate the flow of funds through the enterprise
  • Provide advanced education in business finance to those seeking employment in corporate finance, banking, securities exchanges and personal financial planning
Fine Art, Minor

The minor in fine art teaches students to be creative and critical thinkers as well as innovators and problem solvers, which may lead to successful careers in fields as diverse as education, art therapy, nonprofit management, marketing, media, technology and business. In addition, the study of art encourages students to address and contemplate life's big questions: Who am I? What is my work ethic? Where do I fit in the world? What do I have to say?

Hispanic Studies, Minor
The Hispanic Studies minor combines the study of the Spanish language and an interdisciplinary approach to the Hispanic world. It develops writing, reading comprehension, and speaking skills in Spanish.
History, BA
A major in history is one of the most flexible liberal arts degrees you can obtain. In addition to history, you’ll learn critical reading, writing and thinking skills that prepare you for any position requiring research, writing and analysis. You will learn to examine historical forces, people and events from multiple perspectives and with global awareness, all while honing your communication skills.
History, MA

The study of history is critical to the creation of a just society. Like Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, for whom our University is named, our history master’s program encourages students to take this ethos and put it to work as teachers and experts across a variety of fields. Students in the MA program have the option to earn an additional certificate at a partner institution for work in archives or other institutions devoted to preservation of historical resources.

Histotechnology, BS

Roosevelt's program is the only bachelor's level histotechnology training program in the state of Illinois. The affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Hospital is exclusive and only current RU students are eligible to apply for the clinical training portion of the program.


Hospitality and Tourism Management, BSHTM

Established in 1984 to serve and support Chicago's number one industry, the Manfred Steinfeld program is the premier four-year hospitality program in Illinois. Named for Manfred Steinfeld, the program's benefactor and chairman and former CEO of Shelby Williams Industries, the Roosevelt program seeks to produce leaders and innovators in hospitality management. With Chicago as our campus, the curriculum is implemented by an experienced faculty and staff culled from the nation's hospitality industry. Students include a lively mix of entering freshmen, transfer students, working professionals and a representative international population.

Hospitality and Tourism Management, EMHTM
In Roosevelt’s fully online Executive Master of Hospitality & Tourism Management program, you can earn your degree in just one year, perfect for busy hospitality executives. Chicago’s first program of its kind, the innovative EMHTM online degree delivery allows students to live, work and travel anywhere in the world while simultaneously completing their degree from a fully accredited, highly recognized university.
Hospitality and Tourism Management, MSHTM
No better place exists to learn this industry than the Chicago metropolitan area with its wealth of world-class hotels and restaurants, and its rich blend of ethnic cultures and cuisines, arts and entertainment, sports and recreation. Our dedicated faculty of hospitality and tourism professionals will share knowledge and wisdom from their years of experience working in the field. The faculty is eager to help you nab internships and other opportunities, and from our spot in the heart of downtown Chicago, the possibilities are endless.
Human Resource Management, BSBA
The human resource management major at Roosevelt is unique given our small class sizes, student-focused faculty and real-world curriculum that prepare you for the demands of today's fast-changing HR landscape. Our faculty teach both theory and the real-world skills necessary to be a successful HR professional. You will get hands-on education that uses real-world cases, project, and experiential exercises to simulate precisely the types of activities you will do as a future HR professional, so that when you graduate you are prepared for the demands of the profession.
Human Resource Management, MSHRM
 Whether you are a current HR professional looking to enhance your career potential, or an individual looking to change careers and become an HR professional, the MS in human resources degree at Roosevelt University can provide you with the educational foundation needed to achieve your career goals. Our small class sizes, student-focused faculty, and real-world curriculum result in a program that will prepare you to manage human talent effectively in a dynamic organizational environment.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, MA
Learn the methodology to diagnose and solve organizational problems, and earn the statistical and critical thinking skills to succeed in the business world. Our graduates enter the workforce ready to thrive in exciting jobs in organizational consulting and human resources.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, MA/MBA
Roosevelt offers one of the only dual degree programs in the country that allow students to get both an MA in I/O Psychology and an MBA at the same time. You will learn expertise in both I/O psychology and business, and become marketable in the workforce for a variety of jobs.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD

The PhD in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology prepares graduates to conduct scientific research and compile and analyze complex data sets examining problems that challenge companies and employees. I/O psychologists study issues such as, but not limited to, working styles, employee morale and office productivity. They are an invaluable asset in policy-making; organizational development; and employee training, screening and selection.

Roosevelt's doctoral program is located at its Chicago campus. Not only are students able to take classes amidst the beautiful Chicago skyline, but the campus' prime location allows students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom at organizations all over the Chicagoland area.

Information Technology, BA
A comprehensive program of study in the techniques, management and technologies of information infrastructure and tools used in modern enterprises and society.
Instructional Leadership, MA
The Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership (ILED) prepares licensed teachers to become effective and democratic instructional leaders in diverse school environments. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add either the principal or teacher leader endorsement to their Illinois teaching licenses.
Integrated Marketing Communications, BA

Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) is the term for the broad field that includes advertising, public relations, direct marketing, sales promotion and numerous other forms of professional persuasive communications activities. Through course work and a required professional internship in the field, students are prepared for entry-level work in any area of this broad field, including agencies, organizations and companies in advertising, public relations and marketing.

Integrated Marketing Communications, MSIMC
Build brand relationships with customers. Create brand reputations. Manage business crises. Develop and launch the new products and services the world has been waiting for. With a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications, you create the brand conversation. 

Roosevelt's master of science in integrated marketing communications  program prepares you to lead creatively and strategically with hands-on coursework and faculty members with major-brand business experience focused less on theory and more on preparing leaders for the business world
Interdisciplinary Studies, BAIS
The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is an adult degree completion program that gives students the opportunity to create an academic program tailored to their specific interests. Working with an adviser and with the approval of the assistant dean of the College of Professional Studies, students may choose up to four academic areas in which to complete 48 semester hours of coursework. Careful selection of academic areas will allow students to craft a program of study that fits their long-term career goals.
International Studies, BA
International studies is a growing interdisciplinary field that offers students the opportunity to study politics, economics, history, sociology, anthropology and communication as parts of a complex and evolving global system. Rather than focusing just on relations between states in the international system, the international studies major affords students the opportunity to create a focus on particular geographic areas of the world, the evolution of the international system itself, or on global race, gender and activism.
Jazz and Contemporary Music, BM
The Jazz and Contemporary Music program develops students' improvisation abilities and helps each student realize her or his unique voice as a performer and as an arranger/composer.
Journalism, BA
The journalism program at Roosevelt University is a mix of hands-on professional courses and theoretical courses focused on issues common to all journalistic fields. The program offers state-of-the-art technology to allow students to research their subjects, shoot and edit photos as well as digital video and audio, write articles, and design publications in print and online. Students who complete this "convergence" program will have completed coursework in online, broadcast and print journalism and are thus prepared for work in today's multimedia news environment.
Legal Studies, Minor

Legal studies is a minor designed to help students understand what the law is, where it comes from, and how the laws of a community or nation interact with its culture to affect social justice outcomes. The minor prepares students for a professional career in a law-related field (law, politics, business) and is open to anyone interested in law in society and legal development.

Roosevelt University and The John Marshall Law School cooperate in offering combined credit programs leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor and the baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) in six years. Under these programs, successful completion of the first 29 credit hours at John Marshall Law School may be credited toward the completion of the baccalaureate degree at Roosevelt.


Management, BSBA
The BSBA in Management prepares students to become managers in a wide variety of of settings. There are many types of management positions in small, medium or large organizations within industry, government or service fields. The management major at Roosevelt University prepares you to succeed in these various settings whether it be your own start-up business, a small or large organization, or a non-profit. In all of our course work, we teach you about management from both practical and ethical standpoints. Your course work will include studies in finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, business law and information systems, as well as more specific management areas such as operations management, social entrepreneurship and organizational behavior.
Marketing, BSBA

Roosevelt's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing is one of the leading undergraduate marketing programs in the Chicago area offered by a private independent university. The program offers the prestige and visibility of a renowned private university, with classes taught by an outstanding faculty mix of PhD-qualified professors and knowledgeable experienced business practitioners. In addition, small class sizes, combined with Roosevelt University's outstanding facilities and convenient locations in the Chicago metro area, make the program exceptional.

Students completing a major in marketing may pursue a wide variety of careers. These include: brand and product management, marketing research, digital and social media marketing, advertising, retailing, sales and sales management, public relations, marketing logistics, and new product planning.

Mathematics, BA or BS
Mathematics is a beautiful and interesting subject that will help you gain analytical and problem-solving skills. Mathematicians are problem solvers that combine a deep knowledge of statistics, numbers, functions, shapes, structures and their interconnections to solve real world problems. Mathematics opens the doors to many promising career paths. A study by PayScale shows that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees have a common element: mathematics. Popular mathematics careers include teaching, computer science, operations research, biomathematics, cryptography, and finance.
Mathematics, MS

Establish yourself as an expert in combining computer programming or statistics with mathematics. In both applied and theoretical courses, Roosevelt mathematics graduate students gain the personalized attention and expertise necessary to become leaders in their field.

Media Studies, BA
The media studies major provides students with the objective knowledge, tools and skills needed to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages using all forms of media technologies. The major in media studies prepares students for graduate study as well as for work in the media industries and careers involving mediated communications.
Medical Technology, BS
Medical technologists perform a variety of tests on blood, tissues and body fluids using the techniques of hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry and urinalysis. They work in conjunction with pathologists, physicians, or scientists in hospital laboratories. This is a 3+1 program in which the first three years of course work are completed at Roosevelt University with the final year completed at the clinical affiliate site.
Music Composition, BM
The Music Composition program challenges individual composers to hone their creative skills. Students will cultivate the ability to use all of the building blocks of music to create a diverse portfolio of original works, gain necessary professional skills, and explore a wide variety of musical styles as they develop their unique voices.
Music Composition, MM
The Master of Music Composition program offers students advanced study in the art of composition. Through the creation of extended works, students develop a breadth of technique and a synthesis of influences and experiences that result in personal compositional style.
Music Education and Performance, BM
The Music Education and Performance program offers a combination of teacher preparation course work with the full spectrum of performance-related studies.
Music Education, BM

The Music Education program prepares students for a career in K-12 music education through coursework in musicianship, performance, teaching methodology and professional education, and general studies.

Music History/Theory, Minor
The Music History and Theory minor offers additional studies for students seeking a bachelor's degree in Performance, Music Education, or Composition.
Musical Arts, BMA
The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree is an interdisciplinary program with intentional curricular flexibility. It is designed for the student with a strong academic background who wishes to combine the study of music with an emphasis in a second field outside music. Students' programs are individualized according to their interests and culminate in a senior project that melds their work in music with their second discipline.
Musical Theatre, BFA
Do you aspire to a career telling stories and expressing yourself through song? Learn from our outstanding faculty of accomplished musical theatre artists, mentors and educators, and train today for your career tomorrow.
Musical Theatre Dance, BFA

Do you aspire to a career telling stories and expressing yourself through dance? Learn from our outstanding faculty of accomplished musical theatre artists, mentors and educators, and train today for your career tomorrow.

Nuclear Medicine Technology, BS

Nuclear medicine technologists are involved in direct patient care. Nuclear medicine provides unique information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is the ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function at the molecular level that separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities. Nuclear medical technologists work with physicians to administer radioactive nuclides for the diagnosis of disease and to provide therapy. Most nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals. This is a 3+1 program in which the first three years of course work are completed at Roosevelt University with the final year completed at the clinical affiliate site.

Opera, PED

The Professional Diploma in Opera program offers singers and pianists of exceptional career promise two years of continued guidance in their development as artists. Participants are given weekly voice lessons, vocal and dramatic coaching, seminars, and performance classes concentrating on audition preparation with CCPA's illustrious faculty, all while receive a 100 percent tuition scholarship.

Orchestral Studies, MM

The Orchestral Studies program prepares students majoring in a woodwind or brass instrument, harp, double bass, or percussion for a career as orchestral musicians.

Orchestral Studies, Diploma

The orchestral studies program prepares students majoring in a woodwind or brass instrument, harp, double bass, or percussion for a career as orchestral musicians.

Organization Development, MAOD

The Flex-Track master's degree in organization development is focused on improving workplace performance in a 21st century global business world. With changes in globalization, information technology and managerial innovation, organizations need professionals to build systems to support and improve both people and performance in the workplace. Professionals in organization development help build adaptable organizations while advancing employee capabilities to achieve higher levels of success.  


Organizational Communication, BAOC

This program provides students with an education that focuses on an understanding of the relationship of communication (both internal and external) to goal achievement. There is a significant emphasis on virtual communication practices, crisis management and using various internet-based tools in engaging and impactful ways.

Organizational Leadership, BAOL

Skilled leaders are invaluable in the ever-changing modern workplace. Prepare to drive positive change, develop direction and improve the way organizations work — and do it on your schedule, so you can maintain your commitments to work and family. Adult degree completion scheduling means you can take classes when it works for you, including evening and online courses. In fact, you can complete the entire Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program online if you wish. Classes are taught by faculty members with extensive leadership experience and a passion for helping adult learners succeed and advance their careers.

Paralegal Studies, BAPL

For 40 years, Roosevelt University’s ABA-approved paralegal studies program has produced graduates ready to have immediate impact inside a firm or another legal environment. Roosevelt-trained paralegal professionals are knowledgeable, effective and a critical part of the legal team. Upon completion of their degree requirements, students are awarded both a bachelor of arts degree in paralegal studies and a paralegal certificate.

The program has an emphasis on civil litigation, including hands-on training in widely used litigation software and e-discovery applications.

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Paralegal Studies, Post Baccalaureate Certificate

For 40 years, Roosevelt University’s ABA-approved paralegal studies program has produced graduates ready to have immediate impact inside a firm or another legal environment. Roosevelt-trained paralegal professionals are knowledgeable, effective and a critical part of the legal team.

Paralegals perform substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney. Paralegals must have a knowledge and understanding of legal concepts, because they perform a wide variety of tasks including: conducting interviews with clients and witnesses, gathering facts, researching the law, managing databases, reviewing, analyzing and assembling records and documents, and drafting legal pleadings and discovery items such as complaints and interrogatories and maintaining conflicts of interest systems. Experienced paralegals often accompany counsel during trial and help with document management and organization, witness preparation and research. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Eight, three-semester hour courses are required to earn the certificate. The post-baccalaureate program is a non-credit certificate program. Students must have completed their bachelor’s degree before starting classes in order to be eligible for this program.

For more information on the paralegal profession and the type of work paralegals perform in different practice areas, visit the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the National Association of Legal Assistants.

For detailed information on the program’s admission process and costs, please click on the green button below labeled "Post-Baccalaureate Certificate" and then scroll down to the green-shaded area below the Testimonials section.

To talk or meet with a representative of the program, please fill out the form on this page or call (312) 281-3186.

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Percussion, BM

The Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.

Percussion, MM

The Master of Music in Percussion Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.

Percussion, Diploma

The Percussion Performance Diploma comprises performance studies in both applied music and ensembles.

Performing Arts Administration, MA

The Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration is designed to hone the skills of current and aspiring administrators and to cultivate the next generation of great professionals within the field. Students in this selective program will take a broad range of courses in the areas of marketing, public relations, finance, development, technology, community engagement and more. Course work is taught by current and former senior administrators of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and League of American Orchestras, among others, all of whom have firsthand knowledge and experience in the field.

Pharmacy, PharmD

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program at Roosevelt University is designed to prepare pharmacists to work in a variety of health care settings. Through a combination of academic coursework and introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, students will graduate with the requisite competencies for entrance into the profession of pharmacy.

The Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810; (312) 664-3575, (800) 533-3606; Fax (312) 664-4652; or www.acpe-accredit.org.

Philosophy, BA

Of the dozens of majors offered at Roosevelt University, philosophy is perhaps the one most closely aligned with the university’s mission to educate socially conscious citizens. Through deep and precise reading in philosophical texts, students not only interrogate essential human questions, they learn thinking, writing and speaking skills that they may use in service of social justice. Philosophy students often go on to careers in law, education, medicine, business, science, mathematics, ministry, social work and many other areas.

Piano Performance, BM

Our world-renowned piano faculty, comprised of distinguished pedagogues and some of today's most pre-eminent concert artists, offers the highest quality of teaching. The type of students we cultivate become more experienced performers, but also learn to explore their creativity and have a more informed sense of the historical and philosophical context behind the music. Students learn how music works in conjunction with art and literature, become acquainted with historical performance practice, develop a hunger to discover excellent contemporary music, and most importantly, develop their own individual artistry and musical vision.

Piano Performance, MM

Our world-renowned piano faculty, comprised of distinguished pedagogues and some of today's most pre-eminent concert artists, offers the highest quality of teaching. The type of students we cultivate become more experienced performers, but also learn to explore their creativity and have a more informed sense of the historical and philosophical context behind the music. Students learn how music works in conjunction with art and literature, become acquainted with historical performance practice, develop a hunger to discover excellent contemporary music, and most importantly, develop their own individual artistry and musical vision.

Piano, Diploma

Our world-renowned piano faculty, comprised of distinguished pedagogues and some of today's most pre-eminent concert artists, offers the highest quality of teaching. The type of students we cultivate become more experienced performers, but also learn to explore their creativity and have a more informed sense of the historical and philosophical context behind the music. Students learn how music works in conjunction with art and literature, become acquainted with historical performance practice, develop a hunger to discover excellent contemporary music, and most importantly, develop their own individual artistry and musical vision.

Political Science, BA

Political science is the study of the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics including the outcome of elections, the acquisition and exercise of power, the causes of war, the design and function of electoral systems; the history of political thought; the adoption and implementation of public policies; the comparative efficacy of political systems around the world; the operation of legal systems, and many more.

Psychology, BA

Courses in the Psychology BA program address a wide variety of topics within the discipline. In your classes, you will examine how people "work" -- Why do people behave the way they do? How are personalities formed? What is normal and abnormal behavior? How do psychologists help people with psychological disorders? The major addresses the research and experimental foundations of psychology. You will learn how psychologists ask and answer questions. This perspective will help you understand topics such as how the brain influences our behavior, how our senses and minds perceive the world, and how we learn and remember.

Psychology, BPS

The adult degree completion bachelor’s degree in psychology prepares adult learners to help and motivate people in a variety of fields. Students graduate ready to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues with a constant concern for social justice.

The BPS in Psychology is solid preparation for those considering master's or doctoral work in psychology, and similarly provides an excellent foundation for graduate work in counseling and social work.

Public Administration, MPA

Government is the largest single employer in the Chicago metropolitan area, several health care organizations are among the top 25 area employers, and the nonprofit sector is growing more rapidly than ever. Be a leader in this rich practice of public service.

This program is rolling out a fully online option, but right now it offers some online courses and the possibility for live, remote attendance through Zoom.

Radiation Therapy Technology, BS

Radiation therapy technologists are involved in direct patient care. Under the supervision of radiation oncologists, they use high energy X-rays, electron beams or radioactive isotopes to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapists must be able to interact compassionately and effectively with people who range from healthy to terminally ill. This is a 3+1 program in which the first three years of course work are completed at Roosevelt University with the final year completed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Radiography, BS

Radiology technologists are involved in direct patient care. Radiographers position imaging equipment and adjust controls to produce diagnostic quality images and assist radiologists in performing specialized imaging procedures. Radiographers work in a variety of settings including hospitals, diagnostic centers, doctor's offices, clinics, and orthopedic practices. Certified radiology technologists may go on to be trained in other advanced imaging techniques, including Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), mammography, and interventional radiography. Advanced career options in education, administration and research are also possible.

Reading, MA

At the heart of our nationally recognized Reading program is a commitment to teaching all learners to read, write, and speak with passion, curiosity, precision, and confidence.

The Master of Arts in Reading (READ) prepares licensed teachers to become effective and democratic leaders in language and literacy learning. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add either the reading specialist, reading teacher, or bilingual/ESL endorsement to their Illinois teaching licenses.

Real Estate, MSRE

Advance your commercial real estate career or enter the profession with the Roosevelt University Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) degree. Most MSRE students are employed in the real estate industry or a related field and this degree allows them to advance in their profession and/or firm.  Other MSRE students are entering the industry and the degree provides core “hands on” knowledge as well as networking opportunities.

School Counseling, MA

The Master's in School Counseling (SC) program prepares counselor candidates to support and advocate on behalf of the learning and social-emotional needs of children and adolescents in K-12 schools. The intensive, field-based MA in school counseling curriculum prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse students and families. The program leads to an Illinois school counselor credential.

Secondary Education (Dual Degree Program in Math/Business), MA

The Dual Degree Program in Math/Business and Secondary Education is designed for undergraduates who wish to become secondary teachers in mathematics or business. Students earn a BA degree in four years in math or business and then earn an MA degree in secondary education in a fifth year. Students who successfully complete the dual degree program earn a State of Illinois teaching license with an endorsement in math or business, grades 9-12.

Secondary Education, MA

The MA in Secondary Education (SEED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of adolescents in grades 9 through 12. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families in the subject areas of biology, business, chemistry, English, history, and math. It provides opportunities to earn a combination of Illinois teaching credentials prior to the completion of the MA degree, including the middle school endorsement.

Secondary Teacher Education, Minor

The minor in Secondary Education (SEED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of adolescents in grades 9 through 12. This intensive, field-based program prepares everycandidate to work democratically with diverse children and families in the subject areas of biology, chemistry, English, history, and math. It provides opportunities to earn a combination of Illinois teaching credentials, including the middle school endorsement.

Social Entrepreneurship, BSBA

The major in social entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in using their business skills in the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact. The core BSBA program provides a strong foundation for any student looking to become a successful business leader and create social change.

Social entrepreneurship is a form of leadership that permanently changes the way problems are addressed on a global and local scale. Social entrepreneurs take innovative and creative approaches to develop sustainable solutions to a range of problems from poverty, malnutrition, and homelessness and to lack of access to education, health care and dignified work. These methods allow social entrepreneurs to develop and implement pattern-breaking solutions for previously intractable social problems in ways that are sustainable and have a long-term orientation.

Social Justice Studies, BA

Roosevelt University is proud to offer one of the only social justice studies majors in the country. This interdisciplinary major, housed in the Department of Economics, provides practical and theoretical tools from the fields of economics, history, political science, and sociology to examine theories of and movements for social justice, particularly economic justice. Recent graduates work in government, non-for-profit organizations, and the private sector. Others have gone on to graduate school. Extensive training in writing, research and critical thinking prepare students well for any post-graduate path they choose to take.

Sociology, BA

Sociology, like the other social sciences, focuses on human behavior and what it means to be human in constantly evolving social interactions that are part of personal identity, group behavior, and collective action. What distinguishes sociology is its emphasis on social structure as a means of analyzing and interpreting behavior, and the systematic study of the development, structures, institutions, and patterns of social interaction. A degree in sociology provides students with analytical skills, the ability to design research projects, and real insight into the human condition that can lead to successful careers in nonprofit organizations, social services, public services, education, government, sales, marketing, and administrative management. The BA in Sociology also prepares students for graduate study in sociology, as well as law, psychology, social work, and medicine.

Second Language Special Education, MA

The Master of Arts in Second Language Special Education (SLSE) prepares licensed teachers to effectively instruct English Language Learners and students with special needs. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add both the Bilingual/ESL and LBS1 endorsements to their Illinois teaching licenses.

Special Education, BA

The BA in Special Education (SPED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children and adolescents with learning and intellectual disabilities, severe emotional and behavior disorders, and other disabilities. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. It leads to the Illinois LBS1 teaching credential.

Special Education, MA

The MA in Special Education (SPED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children and adolescents with learning and intellectual disabilities, severe emotional and behavior disorders, and other disabilities. This intensive, field-based program preparesevery candidate to work democratically at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. It leads to the Illinois LBS1 teaching credential.

Statistics, Minor

The study of statistics allows you to look critically at data. Learn how to work with data sets and understand what type of information you can learn from a data set. Any job with a quantitative aspect will be enhanced by knowledge of statistics.

Strings, BM

The Bachelor of Music in String Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.

Strings, MM

The Master's of Music in String Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.

Strings, Diploma

The Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass or Harp Performance Diploma comprises performance studies in both applied music and ensembles.

Sustainability Studies, BA

The first sustainability bachelor’s degree in the Chicago area, this program prepares graduates to tackle the sustainability problems of the 21st century. Using insights and analytic methods from science, policy, and environmental justice, students explore natural and social ecosystems, recognize national and international implications of sustainability issues, and apply their knowledge on behalf of campus and community projects.

Sustainability Studies, BASS

The adult degree completion sustainability studies program is the first of its kind in the Chicago area. Our adult learners graduate ready to tackle the sustainability problems of the 21st century.

The first sustainability bachelor’s degree in the Chicago area, this program prepares graduates to tackle the sustainability problems of the 21st century. Using insights and analytic methods from science, policy, and environmental justice, students explore natural and social ecosystems, recognize national and international implications of sustainability issues, and apply their knowledge on behalf of campus and community projects.

Teaching and Learning, MA

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (TLRN) prepares licensed teachers to become more effective and democratic classroom instructors and leaders. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add an endorsement to their Illinois teaching license and they will have a deeper understanding of the expectations embedded in the Danielson Framework for Teaching and other teacher evaluation frameworks.

Theatre Directing, MA

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district and the Tony award-winning Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre — and our students have graced the stages of them all. An outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students with placements at some of Chicago's best theatres, and upperclassmen in good standing are allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA, adding valuable professional credits to their resumes prior to graduation.

The MA in Directing is a summer adult degree completion program for current teachers and theatre directors. This program is not intended for recent graduates looking to become directors.

Training and Development, MATD

The master's in Training and Development program prepares tomorrow’s leaders in the growing field of workplace learning and performance. Our students develop a highly marketable skill set and are prepared to take an integral role in reshaping tomorrow’s workforce. As you interact with expert faculty and practitioners, you will develop skills linked to a wide array of career opportunities in corporate training, e-learning, instructional design, educational technology and learning development. Having the choice to earn your masters in training and development online or in the classroom offers flexibility.

Voice, BM

The CCPA voice program provides a nurturing environment to develop young artists, led by world-class artist-teachers. All students in our program study privately with their applied teacher for the duration of their degree program, and starting in the sophomore year also have a weekly private lesson with our vocal coaches.

Voice, MM

The CCPA voice program provides a nurturing environment to develop young artists, led by world-class artist-teachers. All students in our program study privately with their applied teacher for the duration of their degree program, and starting in the sophomore year also have a weekly private lesson with our vocal coaches.

Women's and Gender Studies, BA

The women's and gender studies program emphasizes an interdisciplinary framework in which students explore and synthesize multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary issues concerning women, gender and sexuality. This approach stresses intersectional analysis of gender and sexuality in relation to race, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality, ability, and other factors that shape experiences, identities, cultural productions, and ways of knowing.

Woodwinds, BM

The Bachelor of Music in Woodwind Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.

Woodwinds, MM

The Master of Music in Woodwind Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.

Woodwinds, Diploma

The Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone or Bassoon Performance Diploma comprises performance studies in both applied music and ensembles.

Writing, Minor

The writing minor is designed to develop student skills in writing for multiple purposes. Students will work with faculty in a wide range of writing practices who will guide students in developing their writing skills in order to articulate their identities; to address multiple audiences; to organize information effectively; to confront issues critically; and to discover new knowledge about themselves, society, and the world.