Degrees and Programs


The Application Process

To find out when your application is due, visit your chosen degree’s page or review our applications deadlines table. To apply to any program above, complete these steps:

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  1. Complete the online combined (Graduate College and Educational Psychology Department) application. The online application will ask you to provide email addresses for three individuals who will provide recommendations. We highly recommend attaining recommendations from at least two academic professors/instructors. Recommenders can also be supervisors, but should not be friends or family members. All recommendation forms must be received by the application deadline. NOTE: please be advised that your electronic recommendation form won't be sent to your identified recommenders until your application has been submitted. Also note that we only accept the electronic recommendation forms for consideration. The online application checklist will allow you and the EPS office to monitor when recommendations are received.

  2. Submit official transcripts from all previous universities attended to:

    Graduate College, NAU
    PO Box 4125
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4125
     
  3. (Except for the MEd in Human Relations degree) Submit an official report of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate College at Northern Arizona University by the application deadline and use the following codes: Institution Code: 4006, Department Code: 3403. GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time of application.

  4. International students interested in applying to the M.Ed. Human Relations program -- before applying online, please contact the NAU Graduate College for advisement 928-523-9284 or Graduate@nau.edu.

The Application Review Process

For PhD Candidates

Applicant files are evaluated by faculty using an objective, multi-criteria system. Points are assigned for each applicant using the following weighted percentages associated with each criteria:

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  • 60 percent - academic aptitude for graduate study (GRE scores and GPA)
    • Note: GRE Scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1 - June 30).
  • 15 percent - life experiences (autobiographical questions)
  • 7.5 percent - work-related experiences (relevant paid and volunteer work)
  • 7.5 percent - potential to contribute to profession and program (professional activities and letters of recommendations)
  • 10 percent - applicant fit to the program (areas of focus congruency, fit to College of Education mission, and professional characteristics)

You will be ranked within the applicant pool after points have been assigned. If you are a highly-ranked candidate, you may be invited to participate in a telephone interview.

Interviews, if conducted, will generally be held during the second week of February. Up to 7 people are offered admission each year.

If you’re accepted, you must begin the program during the subsequent summer or fall semesters. If you’re unable to begin at this time, you must re-apply to the program. 

For EdS, MA, and MEd Candidates (not for the MEd Human Relations Degree)

Applicant files are evaluated by faculty using an objective, multi-criteria system. Points are assigned for each applicant using the following weighted percentages associated with each criteria:

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  • 50 percent - academic aptitude for graduate study (GRE scores and GPA)
    • Note: GRE Scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1 - June 30).
  • 15 percent - life experiences (autobiographical questions)
  • 15 percent - work-related experiences (relevant paid and volunteer work)
  • 10 percent - potential to contribute to profession and program (professional activities and letters of recommendations)
  • 10 percent - applicant fit to the program (areas of focus congruency, fit to College of Education mission, and professional characteristics)

Approximately 10-16 individuals (depending on degree program) are selected during the spring semester. If you are selected, you must begin during the subsequent summer or fall semesters.

Approximately 20 students are admitted into statewide cohort programs. You must begin the program in the semester specified and take coursework as planned for the cohort.

If you’re unable to begin during the semester specified, you must re-apply to the program.