NAU GPR Graduate
ASKED APPLICATION QUESTIONS (FAQ)
BS-MS Integrated Program Applications
Also see our General
Graduate Application FAQ, which covers questions related to all of our GPR
(A) If a students took a
400 level course as an undergraduate that is coconvened
with a 500 level class, can the student then take the 500 level coconvened course and apply it toward a graduate
certificate (or even a MS degree)?
- You would not
need to retake the 400 level class at the 500 level. You would, however,
need to find another class to replace the coconvened
400/500 level class that you already took for your undergraduate degree.
- If the 400
level class was applied toward a bachelor degree or undergraduate
certificate it cannot be applied to a graduate certificate or degree.
However, if you do not include the class in your application for
undergraduate graduation (you need to specifically exclude the course from
the undergraduate graduation application), then it could be applied to a
graduate certificate or degree. (This does not apply if you are in the
B.S.-M.S. Integrated program, which allows for two undergraduate courses
to double-dip in both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.)
- If you want
to apply the 400 level class to a graduate certificate, it would be best
(though not required) to take the 500 level version of the class instead
of the 400 level. 500 level classes are open to senior at NAU. Remember to
exclude the class from your undergraduate degree application form.
(B) Does the 6 unit course reduction for BS-MS students apply to both the
thesis option and the practicum option?
- Yes, it
applies to both the Thesis Practicum. However, please be aware Practicum
students are required to take more regular classes than Thesis students,
who can take more independent study-type classes.
- Also, we
strongly encourage BS-MS students to take the Practicum route to ensure
that they finish their degree in a timely manner. Writing a thesis can
potentially extend your time in school significantly. If you really want
to write a thesis, you must get approval to do so from your masters degree advisor.
(C) I cannot take
681 in the Fall because it conflicts with a class that I need to complete my
undergraduate degree. What should I do?
your undergraduate degree take top priority. If you absolutely have no
other option, we will allow you to delay GSP 681 until the following year.
(D) I am a graduating
senior and will finish my degree before I start the MS coursework. Can I still
apply for the BS-MS Integrated Program?
- You must
have at least one semester of overlap when you are enrolled both in the BS
and MS degree at the same time. So if you are graduating in May, you must
be admitted to the BS/MS Integrated Program before the start of the Spring
Semester in January. If you are graduating in December, you must be admitted
to the BS/MS Integrated Program before the start of Fall semester.
(Summers do not count as an overlap period.)
(E) When can I register
for GSP 681/687?
- As an
undergraduate, you will not be able to register for these classes until
after you have been fully admitted to the MS degree program. The NAU
Graduate College has a special category that they are put into in their
system to allow you to register for them. The classes will not apply
toward your undergraduate degree.
(F) Is the admission
process the same for the BS-MS Integrated Degree program as for the typical MS
Applied Geospatial Sciences degree?
- Yes. There
are some slight differences (as noted in the BS-MS degree program
description page). However, you still need to apply for the MS Applied
Geospatial Sciences degree on the NAU Graduate College webpage.
(G) I am applying specifically for the Integrated
Program and as far as I have been able to tell there has not been any questions
or options throughout the application regarding this detail. Am I missing
something, or will those who review the application conclude this from my
- No you are
not missing anything. There are no specific questions related to this
anywhere in the formal application materials. You just need to be aware of
the slight differences as they are outlined on our website. By indicating
when you will graduate, the Graduate College will identify you as a
potential BS/MS Integrated Program applicant, which they will then confirm
with our department.
(H) Where do I find and
send the department application forms and letters?
The application form is mostly
done online through the NAU Graduate College.
Non-NAU Transcripts must be
sent to the NAU Graduate
College (information is on their online application form).