NAU GPR Graduate Programs
FREQUENTLY ASKED APPLICATION QUESTIONS (FAQ)
General FAQ for
NAU GPR Graduate Certificate Program Applications
(GIS & Community Planning)
Also see our General Graduate Application FAQ, which
covers questions related to all of our GPR graduate programs.
1) When is
the deadline for application to the certificate programs?
2) What are
the requirements for admission to the certificate programs?
- For both certificates, you must have a Bachelor degree
by the time you start taking certificate classes.
- For the GIS Certificate, if you do not have any mapping
background, then you may be required to take an introduction to mapping
class (such as our GSP 130 [formerly GGR 230]). In the application, what
we are mostly looking for is evidence that you can successfully complete
the required curriculum.
are no prerequisites for the Community Planning Certificate.
3) What is the
total cost of the certificate?
- There is a $50 course fee for all of our GIS/Computer
classes to support the software and equipment necessary to deliver the
degree/courses. This is on top of the GIS Certificate program fee ($250)
and NAU graduate tuition and fees. Graduate certificate students pay either Mountain
Campus (on campus students) or Extended Campuses (online students) and
Resident (of Arizona) or Non-Resident Graduate Student tuition rates.
is no Community Planning Certificate program fee. Some planning classes
have technology fees, while most do not.
thousand dollars (graduate tuition and fees) for a certification seems a bit
5) How long
it will take to finish the certificate.
you start in the Fall, you should be able to finish in one year (12
months) as a Full Time student. (This is excluding that intro mapping
class that might be required for the GIS Certificate program, as noted
the GIS Certificate, you must take 5 classes. If you start in the Fall
Semester, you would select from: GSP 531 and 536, plus 538 (optional),
which would be followed in the Spring Semester with selections from GSP
533 and 535. plus 537 (optional). The main decision for most students is
between 537 and 538 as the fifth class. The GIS Certificate advisor can
help you make this decision.
6) Are the
certificate courses based upon another Masters degree at NAU? What is
it? Could some of the courses be counted toward
another Masters degree at NAU?
· Yes. The
courses are part of the Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Sciences degree
(which is offered in our department) and the Master of Administration-Land Use
Planning Emphasis (which is an interdisciplinary degree for mid-career
professional and is offered through NAU Extended Campuses).
difficult is it to change from the certificate program into the Masters of
Applied Geospatial Sciences once you complete the certificate?
- It is not too difficult. You can apply for the MS at
any time and we can use some of your material from the Certificate
application. Most students who do both end up graduating with their
Certificate and their MS at the same time.
may apply all the Certificate courses that you have taken toward the MS
degree. The only issue is that classes will only count toward the degree
if they have been completed within 6 years of the date of graduation.
Older classes will not count toward the degree, per NAU policy.
I apply the certificate courses to a Masters degree in a different
department at NAU or at another university?
· Yes, but
only with approval by the other department. Many Masters programs limit the
number and type of classes that can be taken in departments outside of the home
department for the degree. You would need to discuss this with your Masters
Advisor. Any courses that are approved by the home department will be applied
to both your Masters degree and the certificate at the same time
(double dipping), and must be completed within 6 years of completing the
Masters and the certificate, per NAU policy.
the online classes scheduled in a way that you can complete the certificate in
Except if your start the GIS Certificate in the Spring, then it might take
you three semesters. Please see the Degree
Progression Plan for
10) Do I
need to take the GRE for the certificate?
certificates do not require the Graduate Record Exam
11) What are
the admissions requirements to be qualified for the Certificate program?
- A Bachelor degree in any discipline, a 3.0 undergrad
GPA (you can still be admitted conditionally if it lower), and one letter
- Students with less than a 3.0 GPA may be admitted
"conditionally" and will be required to maintain a 3.0 (B
average) in their first 9 units of coursework.
12) Are all of these
classes transferable to your Masters Program in case I decide to go
further with my education?
- Yes. In addition:
- Courses may be
doubled-dipped in the MS and Certificate – that is, you do not need to
take additional credit hours beyond the MS degree to get the Certificate,
if all the Certificate classes were taken as part of the MS degree.
- You can apply for the
Certificate after you have graduated with your MS degree. If, for
example, you only need one more course for the Certificate, you can
graduate, and then be admitted to the Certificate program later to take
that one course to get the Certificate. Note that all courses applied to
the Certificate must have been taken within a 6-year time period (7 years
with an approved extension).
13) Can I start classes at any
time, or just at the start of the semester?
- You can only start classes at the start of the Fall or
14) Is there a demo or test
portal that I can log into to see how your online interface is set up for the
there is no demo site. Classes do vary in the types of skills taught and
how they are taught by different professors, so no one site could do
separates your online GIS program from the competition?
believe that our certificate differs from other in the degree of GIS
skills that students who successfully complete the certificate achieve.
Most other GIS certificates are fairly basic in the content that they
cover, and seldom get into advanced programming to the degree that we do.
That is why our certificate is 20 semester credit hours, which is more
than most others.
do I find and send the department application forms and letters?
** Click Here for GIS Certificate Application
** Click Here for Community Planning Certificate Application
The application form is mostly done online through the NAU Graduate College.
from U.S. universities are required to submit an unofficial digital copy of
their undergraduate transcripts with their application. They are only required
to submit official transcripts after they have been admitted by the GPR
Department. Students will not be able to enroll in classes until their official
transcripts are received by NAU.
· Applicants with
a Bachelor degree from NAU do not need to submit transcripts.
Students from non-U.S.
(international) universities must submit official transcripts to NAU before
their application will be reviewed by the NAU Graduate Collage and the GPR
Official transcripts must be sent to the NAU Graduate
College from your home university. You must request these separate from the
NAU Graduate Collage application.