Graduate Orientation Overview

Welcome! We have set up this self-guided online orientation for your convenience. This online orientation process is optional for graduate students. However, both new and returning students may find useful information by reviewing this process. Use the orientation information below to complete the following steps:

  1. Activate your MyNMU account (includes your NMU e-mail address)
  2. Determine your degree and/or course requirements
  3. Get your Wildcat Express ID card (for on-campus students)
  4. Complete the FAFSA if you would like to be considered for federal loans (NMU's code is 002301)
  5. Register for courses, pay tuition, start classes
  6. Enjoy the many opportunities available at NMU and in the surrounding area

All graduate students seeking a degree or certificate should work closely with their academic adviser to schedule courses. 


Please contact us at or (906) 227-2300

Information for Graduate Assistants

All new fall semester Graduate Assistants are required to attend a portion of new faculty orientation in August and may also have additional departmental orientation requirements. This orientation is only for students that have a new employment contract with NMU as a Graduate Assistant. Please consult with your department to make sure you are meeting all the expectations of your new or continued position.


NMU uses your MyNMU account to distribute information to you, including legally required notices. It is important to set-up your online account as soon as possible and check it regularly. Set-up your MyNMU account on the New User Page by following the instructions provided.

Log-in to your MyNMU account using your NMU username and password. From your account, you can do things such as:

  • Update personal information
  • Search and register for courses (registration instructions), view course schedule and grades, reserve textbooks
  • Run an unofficial degree audit (Degree Evaluation - CAPP), view your unofficial transcript, and request official transcripts
  • Allow Proxy Access for someone else to view your account
  • Pay tuition, purchase your parking decal ($140 per year), register your bike (free), purchase a recreation membership
  • Any many more options

If you have ever set-up your MyNMU account, your username and password are the same. If you need assistance with accessing your previous account, see the MyUser page to reset your password or contact the NMU Help Desk at (906) 227-2468.


Male and female student on a laptop near Lake Superior

NMU Computer Distribution

Pick-up your NMU mobile device (for full-time students/8 credits a semester) according to the distribution schedule of your starting semester. NOTE: You will need your Wildcat Express ID (see below) to pick up your mobile device on campus. Mobile devices may be picked up at Micro Repair in the lower level of the LRC after fall distribution or for winter semester. Be sure to view NMU's ​mobile device policies. If you are a web-based full-time student and would like to use a NMU mobile device, see the off-campus mobile device policy and contact (906) 227-2818. Students that are not full-time may choose to rent a mobile device See the Mobile Device Rental Policy for information.


Male graduate student working on a desktop computer in an office


EduCat is NMU's online learning portal. If you are an online student or take any course online, you must complete the Online Course Preparation Tutorial prior to accessing online courses. The tutorial is a self-paced module in NMU EduCat that provides information about the strategies, tools, and technology needed to be a successful online learner at Northern Michigan University. The tutorial is a one-time requirement. After completing it, you will gain access to all of your currently ongoing online courses within 20 minutes, and you will not be prompted to complete it again in future semesters.

Marvelous Marquette

Northern is located in the city of Marquette (pop. 20,000) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The city combines a dramatic natural wonderland of shoreline, forest and hills with a vibrant cultural community, progressive education, business and healthcare. Residents are known for their can-do attitude and warm friendliness, despite the area receiving over 180 inches of snow each year.

Master's Degree Requirements

We've highlighted some quick links here from the Graduate Bulletin related to degree completion. Please be sure to consult with your adviser and use the correct graduate bulletin before selecting courses, and note that you are responsible for meeting all areas specified in your graduate program before being granted a degree. NMU uses Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) as an advising tool for both students and advisers to evaluate coursework against degree requirements. CAPP degree evaluations can be accessed through MyNMU.

Additional Information for International Graduate Students

Getting Started


Below are on-campus and off-campus resources which you may find helpful. You can also view a more comprehensive list of links on the Current Students page. 




This is a partial list of available resources and is intended as a starting point. Existence on the list does not imply endorsement by Northern Michigan University. Please research all of your available options.