Post-Baccalaureate Students

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At NMU, a "post-baccalaureate" student is someone who has obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree (at NMU or another institution) and is pursuing an additional degree, certification, or coursework at the undergraduate level. Admitted students can find next-steps information here


Academic Opportunities

Post-baccalaureate students at NMU may seek an additional undergraduate degree, certificate or education certification. There is also a post-baccalaureate non-degree option for those wishing to take pre-requisite coursework for graduate school, or take courses for personal or professional enrichment.  You can browse our programs here or explore individual courses here

Students may earn additional degrees or certificates in academic areas or programs other than any previously earned degrees or certificates. Students must meet all current requirements relating to their new degree or certificate. Students who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and who seek a second bachelor's degree will be considered to have met the University-wide General Education and Graduation Requirements, but must satisfy all school/college, department and program requirements.

Degree-seeking students work directly with the academic department after admission to determine a plan of study and courses required to complete their programs. To qualify for an additional degree at NMU, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits (baccalaureate), 16 credits (associate), or 8 credits (certificate) beyond their first degree program.

More information about our academic standards and polices are available in the University Bulletin.


Academic Tools

Interested in exploring your potential degree path?  Although the best resource is your faculty adviser, you may be interested in seeing how your past work may apply to your intended program. This resource allows a search through previously evaluated courses from many U.S. colleges and universities:  NMU Course Equivalency Database. You can then review advising sheets to see how your past courses may apply to your desired degree. Please confirm with your adviser prior to registering for courses.


Admissions Requirements

Post-baccalaureate students with a conferred baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution are admissible to NMU.  There is no GPA requirement beyond the conferred degree for general admission to NMU, though some departments may have additional requirements.  Applicants should provide transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions. We are able to offer admission upon receipt of the transcript showing the earned degree (and the $35 application fee or waiver form), but will need to receive all transcripts prior to enrollment. You can apply using these instructions.


Costs & Aid

Post-baccalaureate students taking on-campus classes at NMU pay undergraduate, upper-division tuition at either resident or non-resident rates. Students taking online classes should refer to undergraduate extention rates. You can view tuition details here.  Non-Michigan residents who earned their associate or bachelor's degree from NMU are eligible for in-state tuition rates based on NMU's Residency Policy.

Though financial aid isn’t as abundant for post-baccalaureate students as it may be for others, post-baccalaureate students may still qualify for loans and can apply for other forms of aid. Be sure to complete your FAFSA and send it to NMU to determine your eligibility with our Financial Aid Office. Non-degree students are not eligible for Federal financial aid. You can also explore our donor-funded scholarships, some of which are open to students at any degree level. Eligible students may utilize our Senior Citizen Scholarship.   


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