Master's Degree

Students enrolled in the master's programs will use the following definitions:

Full-time Student

A master's student who is enrolled in nine or more master's-level quarter hours of credit in a given quarter will be considered a full-time student.

Part-time Student

A master's student who is enrolled in less than nine master's-level quarter hours of credit in a given quarter will be considered a part-time student.

Special (Non-degree Seeking) Status Students

Special status students at NAU are those students who wish to take NAU courses, but who are not seeking a master’s degree from the university. No more than 18 quarter credit-hours may be taken through the "special" status. Students wishing to take more than the 18-quarter credit-hour limit must enroll in the master’s program, including entry testing and placement as applicable, and must complete all required courses and their prerequisites per university policy before enrolling in additional classes.

Special students generally are not eligible for federal financial aid, however, alternative loan programs may be available. Contact the NAU financial aid office for more information at naufinancialservices@national.edu.

The dean of the graduate school or the provost may approve exceptions.