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Admission Process Overview

To apply and be accepted to any graduate program at NMU, students must:

  1. Complete an NMU application for admission
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
  3. Pay a $50 application fee

Be sure to review the specific additional requirements for admission for your program of interest. Some programs require additional materials such as test scores, recommendation letters or an essay.

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International Graduate Students

Our College of Graduate Studies & Research staff work closely with our International Programs Office to provide international students with the answers they need. Visit our international graduate admissions page for step-by-step instructions. 

Admissions Events

Review our list of admissions events for prospective students. Virtual and in-person campus visits and informational sessions are available to provide you with the help you need depending on where you are in the application process. 

Program-Specific Graduate Admission Requirements

For additional admissions requirements by program of interest, select a program from the list below. Each will list the additional application requirements and link to more detailed program and admissions information. 

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Completion of the NMU Master’s in AT Application - Athletic Training Application
  • Submission of 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • Proof of a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA upon submission of application.
  • Proof of a minimum of 100 athletic training clinical observation hours completed in conjunction with ATR 310 and ATR 311
  • Completion of a formal interview with members of the athletic training faculty and selected staff

Explore NMU's Athletic Training Master's Degree

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Two 500-word responses to these questions: 
    • What are your goals as they relate to obtaining the NMU Education Specialist with the possibility of applying and completing the Doctorate in Education at Central Michigan University?
    • What experiences and skills do you possess that will contribute to your success in the Education Specialist program?

Explore NMU's Administration and Supervision degree

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Letter of application describing your background, research interests and career goals
  • Memorandum from Biology Department faculty member indicating their willingness to serve as your graduate thesis advisor and your potential for success in the graduate program
  • 3 recommendation letters (recommendation letters should be mailed or e-mailed directly from the recommender)

   Deadlines:

  • Fall (August) semester - completed applications will be considered between March 1st and May 1st of the same year
  • Winter (January) semester - completed applications will be considered between September 15th and December 1st of the year prior

Explore NMU's master's programs in biology

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Letter of application describing your background, research interests and career goals
  • Memorandum from Biology Department faculty member indicating their willingness to serve as your graduate thesis advisor and your potential for success in the graduate program
  • 3 recommendation letters (recommendation letters should be mailed or emailed directly from the recommender)

  Deadlines:

  • Fall (August) semester - completed applications will be considered between March 1st and May 1st of the same year
  • Winter (January) semester - completed applications will be considered between September 15th and December 1st of the year prior

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Applicants are required to comply with the regular admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education. In addition, applicants are expected to have:

  • official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions
  • a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university**, be enrolled in the 4+1 Accounting program at NMU, or meet Special Admission requirements
  • an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • a GMAT or GRE-equivalent (see below for GMAT/GRE waiver conditions)
  • a statement of purpose
    • 2-3 page essay format
    • Stating the reason that you are pursuing an MBA at NMU
    • Stating what unique perspective, qualifications, experiences and educational assets you would bring to share with your class. Also include your goals and how the program will help you move closer to them.
  • a current resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should be written by faculty members or professionals who are familiar with your academic progress and can address your strengths as a candidate for the program. They should be written on letterhead and include their professional contact information.
  • international students must provide the additional information, found here, prior to being admitted

The results of the GMAT, the applicant's undergraduate grade point average and relevant work experience will be evaluated together to determine eligibility for the program.

Application materials are reviewed by the director of MBA program and/or a three-person faculty graduate screening committee.

All first-time admits must contact the Director of the MBA Program for a scheduled Mandatory Advising/Orientation before the start of the student's intended first semester.

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  • Non-degree status 
  • Official transcripts are required for certification/endorsement programs

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  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Essay – Statement of intent that includes labs skills and experiences along with reason for pursuing this degree.
  • 3 letters of recommendation (from instructors or professional references). Recommendation letters must be submitted directly by the recommender through the application.

Clinical Molecular Diagnostics program information

  • Applicant must have a bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics or equivalent.
  • GPA of 3.0 from an accredited bachelor's degree granting institution.
  • Graduate Application Fee $50
  • Official Transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Computer Science Program Page

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Program information

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Program information

Must have or be eligible for K-12 teaching license

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Program information

The following required documents can be uploaded at the end of your online application. If you do not submit them at the time of your application, please e-mail them to english@nmu.edu. See the English department for detailed application instructions.

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Department application (available at the department website)
  • Statement of purpose addressing your interest in the program, ability to succeed and teaching experience
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Critical essay/paper (10-20 pages)
  • Writing sample (10 pages of poetry or 20-30 pages of fiction or creative writing)
  • 3 (or more) recommendation letters addressing your promise as a writer and your ability as a potential teacher

Deadline: February 1 for Fall semester consideration.

MFA Program Information

Applicants must possess: a). a bachelor's degree in English, or  b). a minimum of 30 credit hours in undergraduate English courses, or equivalents, demonstrating broad familiarity with literature in English, with a minimum GPA in these courses of 3.0.  Transcripts of applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • English department application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Critical essay/paper
  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume

MA-English Program Information

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • 3.0 GPA 
    • *Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.75 must submit 3 letters of recommendation in order for application to be considered.

Priority Deadline: July 15

MS-Exercise Science Program Details

**Next cohort to start in 2023

FNP-DNP Program Information

**Fall 2021 cohort full. Next cohort starts 2024

  • Graduate Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Must have a BSN from an accredited nursing program with minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completed Application for Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Copy of current RN license
  • Current resume
  • Three recommendations: one academic (candidates who have graduated within the last three years must include a faculty recommendation) and two clinical colleagues or manager. Use forms provided on the department page
  • One-page written description of your goals for graduate study. This is completed and submitted with the application materials. The document should be typed using Times New Roman, 12pt. font, and double spaced.

Must have or be eligible for K-12 teaching license

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Program Details

  • Bachelor's degree must be earned prior to admission in this status 
  • No application fee or transcripts required
  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

MS-Mathematics Program Information

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Essay/statement of interest in the program and goals

MS-Postsecondary Biology Education Program Details

Transcripts are not usually needed for this non-degree seeking status

Program details

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume if not available)
  • Personal statement (letter of application outlining goals and expectations)
  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Optional – GRE test scores for general and psychology

Deadline for Fall Semester start: February 1 for first consideration

MS-Psychological Science Program Details

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Cover letter - A written statement describing how your experience in work and other settings and your choice of graduate study in Public Administration will lead to achieving your career goals. (1000-word maximum length.)
  • Two letters of recommendation

MPA program details

Must have or be eligible for K-12 teaching license

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Reading Endorsement Program Details

Must have or be eligible for K-12 teaching license

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Program Details

Must have or be eligible for K-12 teaching license

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Program Details

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Personal statement (career goals, experience, values, and ethics of profession, preferences, etc - use linked template)

Deadlines: December 1st for early-decision (only for students with NMU as their first choice) and Advanced Standing (students with a BSW starting in May). February 1st for all other applicants.

MSW Program Details

  • Graduate application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

TESOL Program Details

Admission Policies

 

Students seeking admission to a graduate level program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution or an equivalent foreign institution and satisfy the admission requirements listed below. The admission policies presented here are the minimum requirements. Specific graduate programs may have requirements that exceed these minimum levels, which you can view here. These additional requirements may include tests, valid teaching certificates, letters of recommendation, personal interviews, specific course preparation or a grade-point average above the minimum established by the Office of Graduate Education. 

Admission to graduate-level coursework does not equate admission to candidacy for a graduate degree in a specific program.  The requirements and procedures for admission to candidacy are described following this section.

Applications for admission to graduate programs are reviewed by the department responsible for the program to which the applicant seeks admission.

Admission to graduate studies is granted in one of the following categories based on the qualifications and educational objectives of the applicant. Eligibility for enrollment is based solely on the applicant’s academic qualifications without regard to gender, race, marital status, color, age, religion, handicap or national origin.

  1. Regular Degree Admission is granted to the student who wishes to pursue a master’s degree and who has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). For regular admission, a student must meet all of the admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education, as well as any additional requirements for the program of their choice.
  2. Conditional Admission may be authorized, based upon a recommendation from the department or by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, for students who do not meet the requirements of regular admission. Conditional admission can be granted to students in their final semester or session of enrollment in an undergraduate program if the academic record is satisfactory, based on the final transcript sent by the student. The conditions for regular admission are recorded on the letter of admission that is sent to the applicant. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their admission by the completion of 8 semester hours of graduate credit are denied further registration. The determining factors for the conditions of admission are the responsibility of the assigned adviser with the endorsement of the appropriate department head and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Students will not be granted regular admission status until all the requirements and conditions for regular admission have been met.
  3. Non-Degree Admission is granted to students who do not wish to obtain a graduate degree, but have an interest in work beyond the baccalaureate degree, or who graduated from a non-accredited undergraduate program. Included in this category are those students selecting special workshops or those who wish to pursue additional study for educational benefits. Students who are non-degree can later elect to change to a degree-seeking program by submitting an application to that program. 
  4. Certification or Endorsements Admission is granted to education students seeking professional teacher certification, professional development, or endorsements but not wishing to pursue a master’s degree.  Admission for certification or endorsement in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree program. A student who wishes to later apply for regular admission to a degree program must fill out an application for that program. All admission requirements of the school and the Office of Graduate Education must also be met.
  5. Guest Student: A student enrolled in another accredited graduate school in Michigan may register for a limited number of graduate credits at Northern Michigan University under the Guest Student status. The Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS) Program is a cooperative program established by a group of Michigan Universities to provide an opportunity for "guest" graduate students to participate in unique educational opportunities throughout the state without changing their status of enrollment at their present university. For more information on this program see the Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS) application.

A graduate student's record remains open for three years from the date of last enrollment unless the student graduates, withdraws, or is dismissed. Graduate students who no longer have active student status must reactivate their files by completing another admission application before enrolling in graduate courses.

Applications from undergraduate students who have yet to complete course work for their bachelor's degree will only be processed if the student is in his/her final semester of undergraduate course work. Transcripts from the university that he/she currently attends should not be sent until that time. Admission to graduate programs for these students will be on a conditional basis, and the student will be required to furnish a final transcript for their undergraduate work once their final grades and bachelor's degree is conferred and listed on that transcript. The final transcript will be reviewed by the NMU academic department in which the student has conditionally been admitted, and if acceptable, the student's admission status will be changed to regular status.

In addition to completing an application, students must supply the following items for admission:

 

  1. Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges or universities: We require official electronic or mail transcripts. An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution. It must bear the college seal, date, and signature of the registrar. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements are not considered official. If you have not completed your Bachelor's degree, do not send transcripts until you are in your final semester and your grades have posted from the previous semester.
  2. $50 application fee - Students may pay online, mail a check or money order, or pay by credit card over the phone (906-227-1221). Applicants should pay the non-refundable application processing fee unless they:
    1. Have financial circumstances that make payment an undue hardship. To apply for a financial hardship fee waiver, please submit a brief request letter/email to graduate@nmu.edu
    2. Were a McNair Scholar at their undergraduate institution. McNair Scholars must email the McNair Fee Waiver Request Form verifying their McNair status to graduate@nmu.edu 
    3. Have already attended NMU at the same degree level for which they are applying and have not graduated with that degree
    4. Are a qualifying senior citizen with the NMU Senior Citizen Scholarship (age 62 or older and located in the Marquette area and taking on-campus classes)
    5. On active military duty or who are veterans. If you are requesting a military fee waiver you must also complete the 'additional information' page that accompanies the application for admission.
    6. Are applying as a non-degree student*

*Non-degree seeking students are not required to supply transcripts or additional documentation or pay the application fee. However, please be aware the non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid or graduate assistantships.

Documents which cannot be delivered electronically may be mailed, emailed, or delivered in-person:

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
401 Cohodas Hall
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI  49855

(906) 227-2300
Fax: (906) 227-2315
graduate@nmu.edu

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis unless restricted by departmental guidelines.

NMU's Cohodas Hall building