Graduate Admissions Policy
Eligibility for Graduate
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If you have a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, you are eligible to apply for admission to Northern Arizona University as a graduate student. International institutions must be officially recognized by their Ministry of Education.
We expect you will have adequate undergraduate preparation for your intended major area. Depending upon the program, as little as a minor (18 units) or as much as a major may be required to prepare for your graduate study. At the discretion of your departmental advisor, you also may be required to have, as a pre-requisite to graduate study, any undergraduate course that is normally required of undergraduate majors in the field.
Graduate College Requirements
Generally, you must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent, in the last two years of work leading to the bachelor's degree. The minimum requirement is a cumulative 2.50 GPA on your undergraduate degree. As a student in a graduate program, you are expected to have undergraduate educational experiences, including general education studies, that are similar to those required for the baccalaureate at Northern Arizona University.
Requirements of the Academic Program
Academic programs, departments, or colleges may have admission requirements in addition to those of the Graduate College. Many graduate programs require scores from a national admissions test such as the Graduate Record Examination, Graduate Management Admission Test, or the Miller Analogies Test. Some programs require a portfolio, letters of recommendation, or a statement of goals. For specific requirements, contact the academic program to which you intend to apply.
Faculty/Administrators Pursuing Advanced Degrees
Northern Arizona University permits administrators and faculty to obtain advanced degrees at Northern Arizona University only with the approval of the employee’s supervisor and with the filing of a management plan for potential conflicts of interest.
The Application Process
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To apply for graduate school at Northern Arizona University, you must:
- complete the online Application for Graduate Admission,
- pay a $65 nonrefundable application processing fee (or $35 if you are applying for admission as a non-degree student), and
- attach unofficial transcripts from the universities where you received your bachelor's degree (and graduate degrees, if applicable) to the Graduate College application. Unofficial transcripts are required as part of the online application. If you are admitted to a program, official transcripts will be required at that time. If you received your degree at a non-U.S. institution, you must attach unofficial transcripts to the online application, and send official, sealed transcripts, in the language of instruction. If the language of instruction is not English, then an English translation of the transcript is also required.
You need not submit transcripts for coursework completed at Northern Arizona University.
Transcripts are not required if you are a non-degree student.
Contact the department in which you wish to study for departmental application materials and requirements, including application deadlines.
International graduate students should follow the international admission process detailed on the Graduate College website.
Applications are processed as they are received. However, please be aware:
- many academic units have specific and early deadlines;
- many units review applications only once per year, usually in January or February for fall admission.
Application Review and Deadlines
Some programs review applications as they are received. In this case, you can expect a decision about six to eight weeks after submitting your application (assuming there are no extraordinary delays in receiving transcripts or other materials).
Other programs review all applications received by their stated deadline at one time. In this case, you will probably be notified of the decision approximately one to two months after the application deadline.
In the absence of a specific deadline, apply as early as possible. If the program to which you apply does not have a deadline, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible, but at least six weeks before the semester or summer session in which you wish to enroll.
International Student Admission Timelines
If you are an international student you must submit your application by March 1 for fall semester admission or by September 15 for spring semester admission (if the academic program admits students for spring semester).
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Higher Standards May Apply to Competitive Programs
Admission to many academic programs is on a competitive basis, and those programs frequently set higher standards than those established by the Graduate College. Many qualified applicants are denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year.
Notice of Admission Status
Academic programs make admission recommendations to the Graduate College based on their review of all required application materials. The Graduate College will notify you by letter of your admission status.
Notification of Admission Decisions
Only the Graduate College can make formal offers of admission. The Graduate College notifies all applicants in writing of the admission decision.
All academic credentials and supporting materials received by the university in connection with an application for admission become the property of Northern Arizona University. If the applicant does not enroll in the university within one year, the admission documents may be destroyed.
The date (month/day/year) on the Graduate College letter of admission is the actual date of admission. If you are enrolled in courses on the admission date, those courses, if applicable, may be considered part of your program of study. Courses taken the semester before this date are considered non-degree units, which may be transferred to your program of study within six years if approved.
We admit graduate students in one of three
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If you fulfill all requirements for admission and are academically acceptable to both the academic program and the Graduate College, you are granted regular admission.
If you are not qualified for regular status (for example, if you lack pre-requisites or are deficient in some other admission requirements), you may be granted conditional admission. Your admission may also be conditional if your bachelor's degree is not complete when you are admitted.
To change from conditional status to regular status, you must complete all admission requirements and remove all deficiencies noted in your admission letter. Your advisor or academic department should contact the Graduate College to request a change in admission status when you have completed the conditions of your admission.
If you are not interested in earning a degree or you are not ready to apply to a degree program, you may apply for admission as a non-degree student. The application process is streamlined and does not require you to submit transcripts or test scores. Graduate non-degree seeking students are not subject to special credit limits. You can apply up to 12 units of appropriate course work taken as a non-degree graduate student toward a graduate degree, if the course work is appropriate for your program of study.
The six-year maximum time limit applies to non-degree credit units appearing on a master's degree program of study. In addition, because of pre-requisite requirements and limited class size and resources, certain academic programs may limit the enrollment of non-degree students.
Readmission and Second Admission
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Change of Enrollment Term
If you are offered admission to a graduate program at Northern Arizona University and decide not to attend in the term in which you are admitted, you must contact your academic department to request a change to your term of enrollment. The department will notify the Graduate College, and your admission term will be updated.
Applying for Readmission
If you have previously been admitted to NAU as a graduate student but have not been in attendance for more than three of the previous Fall or Spring terms, you must apply for readmission.
Readmission Application Deadline
Your application for readmission is due at least one month before the beginning of the semester in which you plan to resume your studies.
Admission for a Second Graduate Degree
If you have completed a graduate degree at Northern Arizona University and wish to begin another graduate program, complete a new Application for Graduate Admission for the new program. You must reapply whether you wish to work toward a second master’s degree or toward a doctoral degree.
You may not pursue two graduate degrees concurrently without permission from both academic programs and the Graduate College.
Academic Plans and Program Change
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Determination of Academic Plan Requirements
You will graduate under the curriculum, course requirements, and regulations that were in effect at the time of your admission to a graduate degree program at Northern Arizona University. You may also choose to graduate under any subsequent catalog issued. However, to determine your graduate requirements, you may use only one catalog.
Be aware that some changes in policies and procedures affect all students regardless of the catalog used. These policies and procedures may appear in the catalog or in other university publications.
Change of Graduate Plan
you decide to change your graduate program, please contact the Graduate College
to determine what materials you will need to submit. Students who switch
graduate programs may have to reapply to the new program.