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Applying as a graduate student

What you need to know

Advance your knowledge—and increase your earning potential—when you apply for graduate study at NAU. 

With a wealth of master’s and doctoral degrees to choose from, along with many graduate certificate options, you’ll find a program that will help you reach your goals. And we make the application process easy, so you can focus on your next steps toward influencing the future.

Are you eligible for graduate study?

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If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an appropriate regional accrediting association, you are eligible to apply for admission to NAU as a graduate student.

NAU admission requirements are the same whether you apply to the main campus in Flagstaff, an online graduate program, or any of our statewide locations.

Deadlines for graduate study

Find the application deadline for your program.

Admissions requirements for graduate study

Most NAU Graduate College programs require a minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) on bachelor’s degree studies to be considered for regular admission. Admitted students are expected to have undergraduate educational experiences that are similar to those required for a baccalaureate at NAU. Some graduate programs have different GPA and admission requirements. Refer to specific degree programs for detailed requirements.

Admission decisions for graduate study

Residency classification and establishing domicile

Residency classification for tuition purposes is based on policies set by the Arizona Board of Regents.

What type of resident are you?


For a student to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, they must, at minimum:

  • be physically present in Arizona 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment
  • be employed and paying Arizona taxes
  • have documentation of up to 24 months of financial independence
  • have graduated from an Arizona high school with at least two years attended at that school

Students establishing domicile in Arizona with the sole intent of becoming a resident for tuition purposes will not be eligible for in-state tuition.

For more information, review residency classification policy, forms, and deadlines.


Not meeting all of the above criteria for residency classification will result in a student being classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes.