Graduate students

Requirements for Second Master's Degrees

Policy Number: 100813

Current Policy

Category: Academic » University Requirements



With the approval of the student's advisor or committee, the student can use up to 9 units of course work from a previous master's degree (earned at Northern Arizona University or another university) to satisfy the requirements for a second master's degree at Northern Arizona University. The student must meet all program requirements for the second master's degree and all but the 9 units must be earned at Northern Arizona University.

The six-year time limit does not apply to courses from a previous master's degree.  

Units Required for Master's Degree Programs

Each Master’s degree program at NAU requires a minimum of 30 credit units. Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 credit units.

Reapplication for Admission Is Required

If students have completed one master's degree at Northern Arizona University, students must reapply for admission through the Graduate College before beginning work on another degree. The reapplication process is required whether the student wishes to work toward a second master’s degree or toward a doctoral degree.  

General Procedure

Students should discuss their options with their graduate advisor or committee.


Special Circumstances

Students can appeal or petition for exception

Graduate students may petition for an exception to any academic, non-grade-related, graduate regulation for which no specific appeal or petition process exists. Petitions should be submitted, in writing, to the Associate Dean of the Graduate College. When applicable, the student’s advisor and department chair may endorse the petition letter. In some specific instances, utilizing the Graduate Academic Appeal Policy is more appropriate.

Students should contact the Associate Dean of the Graduate College for clarification on which process to initiate.

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