NAU GPR Graduate Programs
FREQUENTLY ASKED APPLICATION QUESTIONS (FAQ)
BS-MS Accelerated Program Applications
Also see our General
Graduate Application FAQ, which covers questions related to all of our
GPR graduate programs, and our MS Application FAQ.
(A) If a students took a 400 level course as an undergraduate that is co-convened
with a 500 level class, can the student then take the 500 level co-convened
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 co-convened 400/500 level class that you already took for your
- 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. Accelerated program, which allows for two
undergraduate courses to double-dip in both the undergraduate and graduate
- 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
- 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
(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?
- Completing 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 Accelerated 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 Accelerated
Program before the start of the Spring Semester in January. If you are
graduating in December, you must be admitted to the BS/MS Accelerated
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 Accelerated 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 Accelerated
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 Accelerated
Program applicant, which they will then confirm with our department.
(H) I need to be full-time for my undergraduate scholarship. If I am
taking both graduate and undergraduate courses, how many credits is full time?
Until you finish your Bachelors
degree, you will need to take 12 units or more to be considered full time.
After you Bachelors degree is awarded, then you would
be considered full time with 9 units of graduate classes.
(I) Where do I find and send the department
application forms and letters?
application form is mostly done online through the NAU Graduate College.
Transcripts must be sent to the NAU Graduate College (information is on their online