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May 2010 Graduation Notice

If you applied for spring 2010 graduation but will not be completing all requirements for your graduate degree by May 7, 2010, please contact the Graduate College in order to have your Application for Graduation moved to either summer or fall 2010.  You may contact Lucinda Topham at or (928) 523-9636.

Note that graduation applications will be moved forward one time only. If the requirements are still not completed, the application will be withdrawn from the system, purged, and a new Application for Graduation packet will need to be submitted.


Make the most of your summer! NAU summer term enrollment is now open. We offer more than 400 graduate level classes and five summer session start dates. Take an accelerated class this summer to earn extra units to graduate early, enroll in courses that fill up quickly, or earn credits to advance your career.

New to NAU? Summer is also a great time to explore your options with NAU and to get started in one of our many graduate programsApply now!

For more information about the summer term, visit  You can also contact the Extended Campuses Student Service Center at or (800) 426-8315.

New Graduate Programs Available Fall 2010

New Program: M.S. Climate Science and Solutions

The new M.S. in Climate Science and Solutions offers interdisciplinary and focused training to prepare students for careers in climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation. The program emphasizes skill development in the design, implementation, verification and assessment of emission reduction and offset projects, renewable energy, carbon sequestration technology, carbon footprint management, and environmental responsibility.

Watch for program information on the Graduate College website soon!

New Certificates        

  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based)
  • Certificate in Math or Science Teaching (CMOST)
  • Certificate in Career and Technical Education
  • Certificate in Community Planning
  • Certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences
  • Post Master’s Graduate Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioners

Policy Changes

Official policy changes approved by the University Graduate Committee in 2009-10:

  • Master’s degree minimum requirement set at 30 hours. Be aware that many programs require additional hours.

  • Eighteen (18) hours minimum of formal coursework for research intensive 30-hour master’s degrees with thesis versus 24 hours minimum of formal coursework for non-thesis master’s degrees. Again, many programs require additional hours.

  • Require a minimum of one (1) dissertation or thesis hour the semester of final defense (instead of the previous three). Some programs require you to enroll for additional hours.

Grad College on Facebook a Good Resource

Graduate students are invited to become fans of the Graduate College on Facebook. We post national articles exploring provocative issues in higher education such as research ethics, how to keep up with new books in your discipline, helpful advice on college teaching, the state of the academic job market, and how to stand out when you interview. We also search out and request notice of articles featuring our grad students, announcements of opportunities and events, and pertinent NAU and Arizona news.

Also consider joining the NAU Grad Students Group on Facebook for opportunities to meet, network, and socialize with other NAU grad students on campus and statewide.

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