News & Updates

Here you'll find recent news, updates, accolades, and more regarding our graduate programs, faculty, students, and alumni!


COVID 19 Updates:



Dean Eckert's letter to students regarding COVID-19


Northern Michigan University is asking all admitted and current students to participate in a COVID-19 survey to help our leadership make informed decisions. The survey should only take three to five minutes to complete, and responses will assist NMU with addressing health, safety and course delivery concerns for the upcoming academic year. 

Please go to the following website to lookup your survey link:

We will be collecting new data monthly in order to monitor students’ perceptions and decisions until the fall semester begins.  Please watch for an invitation next month and participate again!

If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact Jason Nicholas, Director of Institutional Research and Analysis at or Graduate Studies and Research at 906-227-2300 or  


CARES Act Information: 


The Federal government has been proactive in its attempts to make relief funding available to students as we face the many challenges related to the coronavirus. You may have heard that CARES Act funds are being released to address, in part, higher education relief needs.


While some details remain to be finalized, we recommend all current students complete a FAFSA form, regardless of financial situation. FAFSA forms are likely to be a key tool used in determining eligibility for corona-related relief funds. Information and access to the forms are available here:


  • YES, graduate students can apply for and receive the grants if they are eligible.

  • To be eligible, you must have completed a Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FAFSA).  If you have not completed a FAFSA for 2020-21, please do so at Once your FAFSA is submitted, you should apply for the CARES Act funding.

  • Global Campus students (undergraduate and graduate) are not eligible for this grant. This is a mandate by the U.S. Department of Education, not NMU. We're sorry distance learning students cannot receive this funding as Northern is fully aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted many Global Campus students. All of the eligibility requirements for the CARES Act grants are from the U.S. Department of Education, not Northern.

  • Although titled an emergency grant, you need not be in a state of crisis to apply. This grant allows eligible students to recoup expenses they have had to cover during the time of the pandemic, including some experienced by the closing of Northern's physical campus (travel/parking, PEIF, etc.).

  • Northern strongly encourages eligible students to apply before the May 25 deadline.  Here is the link:

If you have questions, please contact the NMU Financial Aid Office at or 906-227-2327.



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Exercise Science Faculty and Students with a Paralympian NMU School of Health and Human Performance professors Randy Jensen and Sarah Breen, along with students from the sports and exercise science programs, gave seven presentations at the recent International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports in Oxford, Ohio, making NMU the second-most productive university at the conference. Read the whole article here.
Abdul Alaqil

Inspired by a the death of a close friend at a young age, Exercise Science master's student Abdul Alaqil establishes a foundation. Read more here

NMU biology students in Zambia NMU biology students to field research in Zambia. Read the story here
NMU MFA Student Katie Belliel NMU MFA Student Katie Belliel wins MTU Travel Grant
Board meeting NMU Board of Trustees approves a master's in mathematics for Fall 2019 and a master's in speech-language pathology for summer 2021. 
mental illness in young adult literature "While researching a journal article on mental illness in young adult fiction, Richmond said she was shocked to discover only one book had broached the topic, and its focus was on 20th century literature. She decided a more contemporary account was warranted. Her book analyzes works published since 2000." Read more about Dr. Richmond's new book here
3MT Presenter Graduate and McNair students did a fantastic job during the 3MT competition. Read about the winners and what's next here
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Check out NMU's new podcast, Something Curious!

new graduate student guide

Starting graduate school can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Explore our Graduate Student Welcome Page for next steps and helpful resources. 

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NMU's Online MPA program is one of the most affordable in the nation, according to a new ranking.