Welcome to the College of Graduate Studies

Mission Statement of Graduate Education

The College of Graduate Studies at Northern Michigan University supports the mission of the university by providing a diverse array of academic programs and contemporary research opportunities, preparing our students for careers requiring advanced education and enabling them to become leaders in their areas of expertise.

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 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 challenges its students and employees to think independently and critically, develop lifelong learning habits, acquire career skills, embrace diversity and become productive citizens in the regional and global community.