Dual Use of Credit Policy

Undergraduate/Master's Dual Credit Courses

The dual credit courses at NAU offer NAU undergraduate students the opportunity to earn credit to be applied toward their bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. The dual credit courses are offered on the undergraduate schedule, at the undergraduate tuition rate, and are taught by master’s faculty. Because the courses are taught on the undergraduate schedule, the students in the dual credit courses are undergraduate. With some exceptions, students are limited to one dual credit course per term. The grade received in the dual credit course will be included on both the undergraduate and master’s unofficial and official transcripts.

In order for NAU undergraduate students to be eligible, they must have the following at the time the dual credit course application is submitted:

  • Complete the equivalent of 120 quarter credits or more.

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

In order for the dual credit to be used toward an NAU master’s program:

  • The student needs to receive a C or higher. (Please note: To graduate with a master’s degree at NAU, students can have no more than two C’s in their master’s level coursework.)
  • The master’s degree in Master or Management or Master of Business Administration must be completed within ten years of dual credit course completion.
  • The student is limited to 13.5 hours of dual credit.

Bachelor's and Master's Program Degrees (4+1)

Students in the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security have the option for dual credit, as well as a 4+1 program, allowing the student to complete the bachelor’s and master’s in a period of five years.

Accelerated BS-MS Track

The accelerated BS-MS track provides high achieving students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a reduced amount of time while maintaining the integrity, objectives, and standards of both degrees.

In the accelerated BS-MS track, the bachelor’s elective courses are reduced from nine courses to five courses, and four of the master’s required courses count both toward the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

This accelerated track maintains the integrity, scope, and objectives of the MS program by retaining its original requirements and incorporating those of the BS program, with which it aligns.

Program Admission Requirements

To apply for acceptance to the accelerated BS-MS program, students must be currently enrolled in a BS program and meet the following criteria:

  • Earned 120 quarter unit credits toward their bachelor’s degree (admitted upon completion of 162 quarter unit credits towards the bachelor’s degree)

  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

Graduation Requirements
Prior to graduation, students of the accelerated bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs will have successfully completed the BS program requirements and four required courses in the MS program, leaving one year of full-time study.  Students are strongly encouraged to pursue their master’s degree immediately following bachelor’s degree conferral.

The student needs to receive a C or higher. (Please note: To graduate with a master’s degree at NAU, students can have no more than two C’s in their master’s-level coursework.)

If you are interested in learning more about dual credit courses, please call a student services advisor at (800) 209-0182 or email nauadmissions@national.edu. If you are a student in the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security, please call a military services advisor at (855) 246-7440 or email nauadmissions@national.edu.

Master's/Doctorate Dual Credit Courses

The dual credit courses at NAU offer NAU graduate students the opportunity to earn credit to be applied toward their master’s and Doctor of Strategic Security degree simultaneously. The dual credit courses are offered on the graduate schedule, at the graduate tuition rate, and are taught by doctoral faculty. Because the courses are taught on the graduate schedule, the students in the dual credit courses are graduate students. The grade received in the dual credit course will be included on both the master’s and doctorate unofficial and official transcripts.
In order for NAU graduate students to be eligible, they must have the following at the time the dual credit course application is submitted:

  • Completed the equivalent of 31.5 quarter credits or more
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

The student needs to receive a C or higher. (Please note: To graduate with a degree at NAU, students can have no more than two C’s in their master’s- and doctoral-level coursework.)