Message from the Dean

Welcome to Northeastern University College of Professional Studies

Dean John LaBrie

As dean, I ensure that Northeastern University’s more than 100-year tradition of providing students with a high-quality, world-class education is continuing, re-imagined for a new day in the College of Professional Studies.

We are committed to engaging graduate and undergraduate students in rigorous and relevant degree programs that many of our students pursue while working. We educate students for a global economy and workforce. We develop new pathways to higher education for international students and partner with universities around the globe on teaching and higher education best practices. We have achieved international recognition as a leader in providing programs for working professionals.

The College is not focused or limited to traditional disciplines but rather focused on you, the student: your needs, your interests, and your academic and career goals. This allows us to provide an education that is uniquely aligned with your geography, career path, schedule, and aspirations. We have developed a rich curriculum that corresponds to thriving fields such as education, management, health care, and information technology. Our degrees are specifically designed to reflect the needs of today’s industry.

We pioneered distance learning decades ago, using microwave technology to beam classes to engineering students, so finding new ways to connect students and learning is in our DNA. We were among the first to create online courses and are now at the forefront of this powerful teaching and learning method. Online learning at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies provides you with access to 35 areas of study leading to degrees and professional certificate programs and invites you to learn with classmates from 85 countries. Our students learn in physical classrooms, too, from Boston to Hong Kong.

Our faculty are accomplished academics and industry professionals teaching at the intersection of study and work. Our strength lies in this diversity of program offerings, students, and faculty. And, the power of a Northeastern education is demonstrated in the thousands of alumni now leading companies, organizations, schools and universities, starting businesses, changing policies, and making the world better.

We want what you will bring. Your desire to grow, your professional and personal experience and your enterprising spirit will enhance the learning environment, enriching it for your classmates, for you and for your professors. I invite you to discover what we have to offer and consider joining our global community of students.

John LaBrie, Dean
Vice President for Professional Education