What's so special about our graduate programs?
Mentorship and Professional Partnerships
Northern Arizona University is open, collaborative, and a great place to
forge relationships and pursue graduate study. You can expect one-on-one
interactions with outstanding faculty and a close working relationship with
your advisor. Faculty mentors help guide you to service, publication, presentation, and research opportunities, plus access to premier facilities and
equipment required for your thesis or dissertation research.
Within the tight-knit academic community, you will know your fellow graduate
students well and can easily explore related fields and interdisciplinary
projects. For distance education students, NAU offers an increasing number of
cohort classes with students who move through a program together, encouraging
students to network and make lasting connections.
High-level Opportunities for Research, Service, and Teaching
Research: Innovative, scholarly, and creative research
here spans more than 50 departments and 30 institutes and centers,
and generates approximately $50 million in grants and contracts each year.
Sponsored program support at NAU has increased more than 300 percent since 2000. Graduate students and research assistants find themselves working
closely with high-profile faculty. See www.research.nau.edu for
information on research support services and facilities.
Teaching: More than 300 Flagstaff campus graduate
students hold teaching assistantships and receive substantive training in
undergraduate instruction. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, you are regarded
as part of the faculty team.
Service and Outreach: Service and outreach
opportunities abound, and you'll find support and guidance in creating new
ones. Representative programs include Engineers Without Borders, which is
addressing critical water issues in Ghana. The College of Health and
Human Services and School of Nursing offer field study in public and
environmental health in Kenya. The Student Association of School Psychologists
hikes each year to one of the most remote sites in the nation to bring books
and literacy to Native American children.
Because of the university's strategic location on the Colorado
Plateau, organizations like the Diablo Trust, Grand Canyon Association,
Centennial Forest, Museum of Northern Arizona, and Coconino Coalition for
Children and Youth call upon faculty and student expertise and offer
partnerships, internships, and research opportunities.
A Diverse Cultural and Geographical Landscape
Northern Arizona is unique in its diverse ecosystems and
cultures. The Flagstaff campus lies within a landscape of unparalleled natural
beauty with nearby cultural and natural destinations including the Grand
Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, and the Navajo and Hopi nations. Flagstaff is
the cultural hub of northern Arizona, with a bustling music, art, and
entertainment scene and the Snowbowl ski resort. At 7,000 feet, there
are marvelous summers and an average annual snowfall of 109 inches.
university values and promotes an ethnically rich and diverse academic
community. Recent reports from Diverse Issues in Higher Education typically
rank the university in the top ten for awarding master’s degrees in education
to all minorities and Hispanics, and first in the nation for Native Americans.
One fourth of NAU graduate students are ethnic minority, and 2 percent are
A Green Campus
You will see
sustainable practices all around campus: progressive recycling efforts, shuttle
buses powered with biodiesel, and several energy-efficient buildings certified
by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Flagstaff campus is home to the Applied
Research and Development Building, the greenest building in Arizona and one
of the three greenest in the world. Sierra magazine named NAU among
the nation’s “coolest schools” for our efforts to stop global warming.
Quality + Credibility in Distance Education
NAU is accessible to all learners and seamlessly integrates
on-campus and distance education options. NAU recently was awarded a 21st
Century Best Practice Distance Learning Award for leadership,
innovation, and technology in distance education. Classes and programs are
offered on-site at more than 30 locations across the state as well as