Admissions

Who gets in?

Because our MS program maintains a close student-faculty interaction, we accept only 30 full-time and 30 part-time summers-only students per year.

Here’s who we accepted in 2013:

Full-time

 

Part-time Summers-Only

 
30% of applicants43% of applicants
GPA average was 3.72GPA average was 3.35
GRE verbal percentile higher than 66GRE verbal percentile higher than 46
GRE quantitative percentile higher than 51GRE quantitative percentile higher than 36
GRE writing percentile higher than 62GRE writing percentile higher than 47

    

Application process

International students

International applicants applying with FI J1 visa status may apply for the CSD Full-Time Regular track or the Full-Time Leveler track only.  Students applying to the Part-time Summers-Only track must contact Karen.Cornelius@nau.edu.   For more information, please refer to the following link:  http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/International/Application-Process/. 

 

Prospective student 

Be sure you have read the important information on the Prospective Student document in the blue menu bar before proceeding.  Ready to apply? Here’s what you need:

 

Two applications are required 

You are required to submit two separate applications—one through the CSD Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and the other through the NAU Graduate College.  Follow all of the steps below to ensure that you complete all of your application requirements.

Please note, on Section 4 of the NAU Graduate Application at the bottom of the page, it states "go back to page 1 and make sure your campus says 'online'".  This is no longer a requirement;  you do not need to make a campus change on page 1.  

Requirements for each application 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are submitted to CSDCAS and the NAU Graduate College by January 15.  Refer to the three sections below:  1)  CSDCAS, 2) NAU Graduate College and 3) Application Dates. 

1.  CSDCAS  

CSDCAS Customer Service Information:  Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM EST.  Phone:  617-612-2030.  Email:  csdcasinfo@csdcas.org
CSDCAS Applicant Portal Link:  https://portal.csdcas.org
CSDCAS Address:  CSDCAS Verification Department.  P.O. Box 9113.  Watertown, MA  02471.
Submission requirements:
  • personal essay explaining your reasons for applying  
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended, including any college prep class or international class.  All official transcripts must be sent directly to CSDCAS from the colleges or universities to:  CSDCAS Verification Department, PO Box 9113, Watertown, MA  02471.
  • letters of recommendation 
  • Check your CSDCAS application progress, weekly, until it says, "mailed". The application must proceed through the statuses of "Complete", "Verified" and "Mailed" before it is available for review by NAU.  

2.  NAU Graduate College 

  • NAU application link and CSDCAS application link are listed in the next section.
  • NAU Application for Admission, select "Flagstaff Mountain" as the campus option.  If you do not receive a confirmation email immediately after submitting your NAU application, go back into your electronic application and make sure you have completed the SUBMIT process.  To confirm whether you have completed an application, check your Activity Log using your use name at https://www.applyweb.com/cgi-bin/ustat.  If you cannot remember your log-in or password, please access the appropriate links at https://www.applyweb/com/apply/northazg/.  Technical support for the online application can be sought at help@applyweb.com.  If you continue to have questions about your NAU application, please contact the NAU Graduate Admissions office at 928-523-4348.  
  • GRE test results (within the last 5 years).  REQUIRED.  http://www.ets.org/gre/.  All applicants are required to have ETS (Educational Testing Services) submit directly to NAU    "(code 4006 Northern Arizona University)" your official GRE scores which are no more than five years old.  CSD does not specify minimum GRE scores but uses values from all three sections of the general GRE to rank applicants.  We recommend that you prepare thoroughly for the exam.  You may take the GRE multiple times.  Your best score is the one that is used from each subtest.  Subtest scores below the 20%-ile are not competitive.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended must be uploaded to your NAU application.  If accepted, you will then need to submit official transcripts before you can register for classes.  It will be your responsibility to remember this.
  • List of CSD program prerequisite courses taken.

3.  Application Dates and Links 

September 17, 2014 

By November 15, 2014 

  • Take the GRE by this date to ensure that your scores arrive at the NAU Graduate College on time.  Have ETS send your scores to "code 4006 Northern Arizona University".  It takes 4-6 weeks for GRE scores to reach NAU.  Scores must be within the last five years.
  • Notify your academic and professional references to expect an e-mail from CSDCAS.  CSDCAS will begin e-mailing your references after this date.
  • Request that each college and university you attended send official transcripts to CSDCAS.  This includes college prep and international courses.  

By January 15, 2015 

  • Deadline to E-Submit applications for admission through CSDCAS and NAU Graduate College. This includes official transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal essay, and GRE scores. Deadline is precisely at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard time (8:59 PM Pacific Standard time)!  NOTE:  Both application deadlines are set, even though the electronic CSDCAS application may remain open for other purposes.

By March 31, 2015 

  • Acceptance offers are emailed to students.

Full-Time and Full-Time Leveler Tracks begin in the Fall session (August) and the Part-time Summers-Only Track begins in the Summer session (June).