A Northern Michigan University senior with at least a 3.00 NMU grade point average and a 3.00 grade point average in the area of concentration, who is within 12 credit hours of graduation, may petition to enroll for a maximum of eight credit hours of graduate credit. These credits may be applied to the undergraduate degree, at the department’s discretion, or toward a master’s degree from NMU, but not both.

Students admitted to an NMU Accelerated Program may instead follow the program plan and guidelines of that Accelerated Program in regard to graduate-level course registration and credit use. Students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA to remain eligible to enroll in graduate-level coursework. Students in an accelerated program may not register for more than 50% of the credits necessary for a graduate program.

Credit to be applied toward a master’s degree at NMU will be accepted and recorded as graduate credit only after admission to a specific graduate program and the successful completion of an additional 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Permission forms to take a graduate course are available from the Registrar’s Office, 2202 C.B. Hedgcock, or on the College of Graduate Studies Web site. They require approval from the instructor of the course, the adviser and the registrar (if the credit hours are for an undergraduate degree) or by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (if the credit hours are to be applied towards a graduate degree).