Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Click on the links below to learn more about each program. Complete an on-line application when you find your desired program. Unless otherwise noted, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

See Admissions Procedures or International Student Information for detailed application instructions.

For ALL programs except non-degree seeking status, please supply the following items:

  1. Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges or universities. Northern Michigan University transcripts and final transcripts already on file at NMU are not needed. We can accept official electronic or regular mail transcripts.
  2. $50 application fee - Students may pay online, mail a check or money order or can pay by credit card over the phone. Applicants should pay the non-refundable application processing fee unless they: 1) qualify for the senior citizen tuition waiver (age 62 or older); 2) have already attended NMU at the same degree level for which they are applying (ie., students pay once before the receipt of a baccalaureate degree and once at the graduate level. NOTE: students that have paid a $35/30 post-baccalaureate fee are required to pay an additional $15/20 via phone to reach the graduate level application fee level); or 3) were a McNair Scholar at their undergraduate institution. McNair Scholars must have a letter or e-mail sent from their undergraduate institution verifying their McNair status. A waiver of the fee may be available to any applicant whose financial circumstances warrant it. To apply for a financial hardship fee waiver, please submit a brief request letter/e-mail.

If noted in the requirements below, please also provide the following items:

  1. Test scores - All test scores must come directly from the testing company via their normal delivery method.
  2. Additional documents - If your program requires additional supporting documents (resume, recommendation letters, essays, etc.) for admission, they may be mailed, e-mailed or delivered in person to the Office of Graduate Education and Research, 401 Cohodas Hall, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI  49855, graduate@nmu.edu.

Admission requirements are listed below each program. Departments may require items not listed here. All international students need to provide additional documents. Unless noted otherwise, programs are based on the NMU campus in Marquette, Michigan.

Administration and Supervision (Education Specialist/Post-Master's – winter 2015 planned start) (online)
Please save the vita/resume and the essays as one Word document. Please use your name in the file name (“FirstName_LastName_EdS_Application”). E-mail document to ncarter@nmu.edu
  -Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  -Two 500-word responses to these questions-1. 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? 2. What experiences and skills do you possess that will contribute to your success in the Education Specialist program?
Biology
   -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 letters of recommendation
   -GRE test scores
   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
Biology/Biochemistry
   -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 letters of recommendation
   -GRE test scores
   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
Business Administration (Master of Business Administration-MBA)  (On campus with evening courses)
  -Essay – 2-3 page essay format that states the reason that you are pursuing an MBA at NMU and 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. 
  -Resume
  -GMAT test scores (waived for students with a terminal degree) - NOTE: If your GMAT scores do not meet MBA requirements when evaluated with your undergraduate GPA, you may be granted conditional admission until the GMAT is retaken and an acceptable score is received.
Certification and Professional/Personal Development Programs for Educators
  -Non-degree status 
  -Transcripts are required for certification/endorsement programs
Clinical Molecular Genetics - Fall semester start only (Online with a one-week lab experience at NMU)
  -Essay – Statement of intent that includes labs skills and experiences along with reason for pursuing this degree
  -3 letters of recommendation (instructors or professional references)
Criminal Justice (currently suspended-no new applicants will be accepted)
Educational Administration: Administration and Supervision (online)
Educational Administration: American Indian Education Administration and Supervision (online)
Educational Instruction (online)
English - Master of Arts in English
  *NOTE: Students must have either: 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.
English - Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (DEADLINE: February 1, 2015 for fall 2015 consideration) See the English department for detailed application instructions.
  -Department application (see the link above for this form and application procedures)
  -Statement of purpose addressing your interest in the program, ability to succeed and teaching experience (if applicable)
  -Resume or curriculum vitae
  -Critical essay/paper (10-20 pages)
  -3 recommendation letters addressing your promise as a writer and your ability as a potential teacher
  -Writing sample (10 pages of poetry or 20-30 pages of fiction or creative writing)
Exercise Science - Fall semester start only
Facilitating Training Certificate
Family Nurse Practitioner – Doctor of Nurse Practice (next cohort will start in fall 2018)
  -See link above for departmental application requirements
Higher Education in Student Affairs (Online and real-time)
  -Resume
  -Cover letter
  -Personal interview (phone, Skype, in person, etc.)
Individualized Studies (available only in departments with existing graduate programs/courses)
  -Plan of study with supporting advisers from each department
  -Statement of the special need, interest, or employment opportunity that identifies the major reason for pursuing the proposed program of study; a set of specific educational goals that are related to the special need, interest or employment opportunity previously identified; statements indicating the direct relationship between each specific goal and each course included in the program of study; and a statement summarizing the reason why existing degree programs do not meet the specific goals identified.
  -Approval of plan of study by the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) before admission
Learning Disabilities (online)
Mathematics Education (currently suspended)
Non-Degree Seeking/Professional Development
  -Bachelor's degree must be earned prior to admission in this status 
  -No application fee or transcripts required
Performance Improvement Certificate
Post-Secondary Biology Education
  -Essay – Statement of interest in the program and goals
Professional/Personal Development Programs for Educators
  -Transcripts are not usually needed for this non-degree seeking status
Psychology – Applied Behavior Analysis (On campus with a summer practicum)
  -Curriculum Vitae (resume if not available)
  -Personal statement (letter of application outlining goals and expectations)
  -3 letters of recommendation
  -Optional – GRE test scores for general and psychology
Psychology - General
  -Curriculum Vitae (resume if not available)
  -Personal statement (letter of application outlining goals and expectations)
  -3 letters of recommendation
  -Optional – GRE test scores for general and psychology
Psychology - Training and Performance Improvement
  -Curriculum Vitae (resume if not available)
  -Personal statement (letter of application outlining goals and expectations)
  -3 letters of recommendation
  -Optional – GRE test scores for general and psychology
Public Administration (Master of Public Administration-MPA)-Portfolio or Thesis Option (online)
  -Resume
  -Cover letter
  -Personal interview (phone, Skype, in person, etc.)
Reading Endorsement (online)
Reading K-8 (online)
Reading Specialist K-12 (online)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate