Completing a graduate degree is an outward sign that you set goals for yourself, have a willingness to succeed and, perhaps most of all, have a commitment to education. All of these are highly attractive to potential employers and can help you move up the ladder in a career.
National American University offers online graduate programs in nursing, education, and business. Learning online can be a convenient graduate school optionfor those who want to maintain work and family responsibilities while getting the education necessary to take their careers to the next level. The benefits of earning a graduate degree are easily apparent no matter the industry you happen to work in. Additional knowledge, communication and problem-solving skills can help you in a number of ways. You can:
- Get a raise
- Take on more responsibility
- Advance up the corporate ladder
- Explore new opportunities
How to get into graduate school
The admissions requirements for graduate schoolvary by program. NAU does not require GRE or GMAT test scores, but there are some requirements that must be met in order to be accepted into each program.
MBA and Master of Management programs
Regular Admissions Status
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or from an international institution of higher learning recognized by the ministry of education or other appropriate government agency, and
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75 achieved for all undergraduate work, or
- A minimum grade point average of 2.9 achieved for the last one-half of the credits earned toward a Bachelor's degree, or
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in two or more graduate level courses taken at a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning or recognized foreign equivalent.
Probationary Admissions Status
Students may be admitted on a probationary status if they hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning, or international institution of higher learning recognized by the ministry of education or other appropriate government agency, but do not meet the minimum grade point requirements as described above. See the graduate catalog for additional information.
International Student Admissions Requirements
International graduate student applicants must satisfy certain criteria. Click here to learn more or see the graduate catalog for additional information.
Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN program reviews applications and admits students every academic quarter. Admission decisions are made and communicated in writing once the program application and admission requirements have been completed and reviewed.
- Graduation from a baccalaureate degree program in nursing from an accredited institution.
- Current active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license from any state within the United States. Evidence of current licensure must be present in the student’s departmental file.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale during the baccalaureate degree completion.~
- The following NS courses may be considered for transfer or prior learning assessment (PLA) credit into the MSN program of study: NS6115 Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/Ethics/Health Policy; NS6125 Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment / Pathophysiology; NS6135 Facilitating Health II: Advanced Pharmacology, and NS6160 Technology Utilization in Advanced Nursing Roles. In addition, NS6240 Nurse Educator Roles may be considered for prior learning assessment credit.
- All international nurses must have a current active unencumbered RN license to practice (in the state of their choice in the Unites States) and an international professional evaluation of their prior education credentials.
~ Please note that the MSN program will pilot the following changes in the admission criteria from fall 2015 through fall 2017 in order to be consistent with other NAU graduate programs: Admission GPA will not be taken into consideration for student admission into the MSN program. During the pilot project period, the MSN program team will monitor student academic success (progression) in the program. Academic support services and individual advising are available to students. The program team will review pilot project outcomes in fall 2017 and make a final decision regarding revisions in admission criteria.
Admission GPA will not be taken into consideration for student admission into the MSN program. During the pilot project period, the MSN program team will monitor student academic success (progression) in the program. Academic support services and individual advising are available to students. The program team will review pilot project outcomes in fall 2017 and make a final decision regarding revisions in admission criteria.
^The following courses may be considered for prior learning assessment (PLA) credit: Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/Ethics/Health Policy; Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment/Pathophysiology; Facilitating Health II: Advanced Pharmacology; Technology Utilization in Advanced Nursing Roles; and Nurse Educator Roles.
The Online MSN program is offered through NAU Distance Learning in all states except Tennessee nor Arkansas.