Welcome to the College of Graduate Studies

Mission Statement of Graduate Education

The College of Graduate Studies at Northern Michigan University encourages an education that:

  1. upgrades professional competence by providing programs designed to train for careers in a wide variety of areas;
  2. prepares individuals for advanced academic work, particularly in the academic disciplines;
  3. provides research opportunities such that the student becomes knowledgeable regarding research techniques and participates actively in research;
  4. serves the unique needs of students by providing post-baccalaureate educational opportunities for individuals and groups at convenient geographic locations and times; and
  5. serves the university and the student by
    a. providing a synergy between undergraduate and graduate student learning and faculty research, and
    b. contributing to the provision of a cost-effective education that enhances learning and career opportunities for future success in both the realm of the discipline and society's ever-evolving demands.

About Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University was established in 1899 by the Legislature of the State of Michigan as a Normal School to provide teacher preparation programs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 1963, Northern was designated as a comprehensive university serving the diverse educational needs of Upper Michigan. Accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Professional Studies.

Graduate education was inaugurated in 1928 when courses at the master’s degree level were offered in cooperation with the University of Michigan. In 1960, Northern established its own graduate program.

Currently, Northern Michigan University’s College of Graduate Studies offers more than 14 graduate programs leading to masters' degrees and an educational specialist degree. Additionally, numerous courses designed to meet the continuing educational and professional development needs of local residents are offered.

Northern Michigan University is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, a city with breathtaking vistas and 20,000 lucky residents. Marquette County is the proud recipient of an All-America County award—the nation’s most prestigious community recognition award—and was named one of the “Most Livable Communities” in the United States.

The Northern Michigan University Graduate Bulletin is published by the College of Graduate Studies, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, Michigan 49855-5323, 906-227-2300, gdcoll@nmu.edu, www.nmu.edu/graduate_studies.

Northern Michigan University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to administering all employ­ment and educational policies and practices without unlawful discrimination. Inquiries or complaints about discrimination may be addressed to the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office, 502 Cohodas Administrative Center, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, Michigan 49855, www.nmu.edu.

Northern Michigan University Mission Statement

Northern Michigan University, by providing quality academic programs, strong student support, and extensive regional service for its stakeholders in the upper Midwest, challenges its students, faculty, staff, and alumni to strive for excellence, both inside and outside the classroom, and to become outstanding citizens and leaders.

To accomplish this mission, Northern provides a supportive living and learning environment that includes high-caliber undergraduate and graduate programs, personal attention, extensive use of modern technology, and continuous improvement of curriculum and services through systematic assessment. Challenging themselves and their students, Northern faculty and staff are dedicated to effective teaching and intellectual inquiry; to including students as learning partners in their research, scholarship, and other professional activities; and to advancing the university’s roles as a service provider and as a cultural and recreational center in the Upper Peninsula. Northern Michigan University students will study ethics, humanitarian values, and cultural awareness in a strong general education program as well as master specific knowledge in a major career field. As graduates who are lifelong learners, they will possess the skills and attitudes to succeed in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, multi-cultural world. As alumni, they will be challenged to continue an NMU tradition, that of distinguishing themselves in their careers and communities.