Application Fee

  • $40 for all non-degree, master's, post-master's, or graduate certificates
  • $55 for doctoral programs

Application Fee
Waiver Criteria:

  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from NKU
  • Applicants who have earned a graduate certificate from NKU
  • Active duty military and veterans
  • Eligible faculty and staff

If you believe you are eligible for an application fee waiver please contact the Office of Graduate Education at // 859.572.6364 BEFORE submitting payment.

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As a graduate student at NKU, you will join a diverse community of students enrolled at one of the region's top public universities.


For admission into any graduate program, NKU requires all applicants to submit both the university requirements and specific program requirements listed below by the appropriate application deadline.


University Requirements 


  • Complete the online application for graduate admission.
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts* of ALL college level work, from a regionally accredited institution. 

*An official transcript is a transcript submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Education by the college or university or a transcript submitted by the applicant in the original sealed envelope from the college or university.  NKU transcripts do not need to be submitted.


Program Requirements

*Additional Requirements

*Additional Requirements

Master's Programs
Program Additional Requirements
Accountancy 4+1 program - only statement of purpose and resume required.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Supplemental application, successful interview, and prior statistics class.
Communication Sample of academic writing.
Computer Information Technology Applicants with undergraduate GPA below 3.0 but above 2.5:  Contact MSCIT Program Director to be considered for regular admission.  You will be asked to submit additional evidence of your potential in the program; such evidence may include: previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, graduate work at a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or above, work experience in IT field, GRE or GMAT scores, up to two letters of recommendation, and/or professional certifications.
Computer Science At least three semesters in computer programming and data structures,
one course in computer systems, two semesters of calculus, and one course in discrete mathematics
Education: Teacher as Leader Teaching certificate, Teacher as Leader admission agreement
(available here; print, sign, and submit to Office of Graduate Education).
Statement of Professional Goals (approximately 300-400 words in length. 
More information here).
English Writing sample.
Executive Leadership & Organizational
Current career essay and future career objectives essay; three years
professional experience; full-time employment.
Health Sciences Applicants must have a course in statistical methods with a C grade or
better (equivalent to STA 205 or STA 212 at NKU); successful interview.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Nine semester hours in psychology, statistics class with a B or better.
Legal Studies Supplemental application, available to download here
LL.M. in U.S. Law Supplemental application, available to download here
Nursing (MSN) Copy of nursing license, 1,000 clinical hours of experience, letter from 
employer verifying employment (use employment verification form),
successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course; AGACNP applicants must submit critical care verification form.
School Counseling Criminal background check, supplemental application, successful interview, prior statistics class.
Social Work Situational essay, supplemental application, successful interview, prior classes in
psychology, sociology, and statistics.
Public Administration In-career applicants: 5 years professional experience, resume,
portfolio of 2-3 work products
Pre-career applicants: 10-12 page writing sample or written portion of GRE exam; applicants with 3.0 or higher GPA are exempt from the GRE requirement.
Teaching Criminal background check, interview, Praxis II in content area.

Post-Master's Programs 
Education Specialist - 
Educational Leadership
Teaching certificate, professional folio, successful interview.
Education Specialist - Teaching & Leading Teaching certificate showing Rank II status, Master's degree in Education, Statement of Professional Goals (approximately 300-400 words in length). 
Superintendent Certification Teaching certificate, three years full-time teaching, two years in leadership 
position, Level I and Level II preparation and certification for leadership
positions, (see program admissions page for more information).
Post-MSN Certificate Copy of Nursing License with clearly visible expiration date, MSN from ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program of nursing, proof of 1,000 RN practice hours via employment verification form.
Nurse Practitioner Advancement Copy of Nursing License with clearly visible expiration date,  MSN from ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program of nursing, proof of 1,000 NP practice hours via employment verification form.

Doctoral Programs
Doctor of Education Admission interview.
Doctor of Education: Nurse
Educator Specialization
MSN from regionally accredited institution, five years nursing leadership experience, admissions interview.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master's Specialization Unencumbered RN license, a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing at or above the bachelor’s level from a nationally accredited school, employment verification (use employment verification form), successfully completed an undergraduate (or higher level) statistics course.
Doctor of Nursing Practice: NAP Specialization BSN from an accredited nursing program (ACEN, NLNAC, or CCNE), Unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (licenses in KY and OH required prior to admission), One year minimum full-time (2,080 hours) of critical care experience as RN within the past two years with employer verification, admissions interview, letter from employer verifying employment (use employment verification form).


Northern Kentucky University — Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Email: — Phone: (859) 572-6364 — Fax: (859) 572-6670