Graduate degrees and programs


Open enrollment graduate courses

View the open enrollment graduate courses for Spring 2017.

Browse our programs―A to Z 

Quickly browse our program listing to find the Master or doctoral or graduate certificate programs that interest you to learn more from the department.

What is the difference between a Master's Degree and a Graduate Certificate?

A Master's degree is an academic degree granted to students who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or are of professional practice.  Within the area studied, graduates will develop advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics, analytical and critical thinking skills or professional application, and the ability to solve problems and think independently.  Master's degrees typically involve 30 hours or more of graduate coursework.

A Graduate Certificate is a degree program designed to provide students with specialized knowledge in a particular discipline, teach them about new developments in their fields, and provide specialized training to enhance professional skills.  Graduate Certificates typically involve 12 to 18 hours of graduate coursework.

Search for a program  

Search our programs and see an overview of the programs that interest you and review program requirements.

Programs of Study

See details on a program's coursework and credit hour requirements in its program of study.

Special programs

NAU offers several special programs, including accelerated bachelor and master’s degree programsProfessional Science Master's programs, and the Western Regional Graduate Program

Graduate Study Abroad

NAU graduate students can study abroad through the Center for International Education (CIE).  Exchange programs allow graduate students to continue to pay their regular tuition to NAU while tuition is waived at host institutions abroad.  CIE offers programs in all academic disciplines, with courses taught abroad in English and/or a foreign language.  For more information, contact Education Abroad.

Apply Now!

The Graduate College is your resource hub for graduate studies. Once you have chosen your program, you will need to:

  1. Apply to the NAU Graduate College 
  2. Check with a graduate program contact in your department to see if there are any other special requirements.
  3. Review details on a program's requirements for coursework and credit hours in its program of study.