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Effective March 1, 2022 through July 31, 2022 all non-degree, master's, post-master's, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs application fees are waived.  This waiver is for summer and fall 2022 applications only!

Also, if you are applying to the following programs: MAcc(Accountancy), Communications, and Masters in Education and EdS programs for fall 2022 and spring 2023 and admitted, you will receive your last course FREE.  Please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Education should you have any questions.


Summer and Fall 2022-Registration Opens Thursday, March 31!


Go to your MyNKU Portal and log in.  Once in the portal-click the Student Self Service tab, then Academics, and click online registration.

If you have difficulty registering, contact the Office of the Registrar at 859-572-5556 or at  For course advising information, contact your graduate program director.  

Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Education at 859-572-6364 or email us at 











Building on your career.

Online micro-credentials can demonstrate your mastery of relevant workplace skills, abilities and competencies, which is professionally invaluable not only to you, but also to your employer. NKU micro-credentials may be displayed on online platforms—including your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook pages—as well as on your resume as you look to secure a job or advance professionally.  




Whether you are a part-time or full-time student, relocating or local, pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, new graduate student orientation is designed to assist both on campus and online students in your transition to graduate study at Northern Kentucky University.



 Academic Polices & Forms


General graduate student policies can be found in the graduate catalog. Students are governed by the catalog for the year he/she was admitted.  The student Honor Code sets standards of academic integrity and provides procedures that offers basic assurances of fundamental fairness to anyone accused of violations of these rules.

Financial Aid, Tuition & Fees


Several options are available to finance your graduate degree.  Financial aid is available for any degree-seeking student who has been fully admitted into a graduate degree program, as well as for students who have been admitted to the first term provisionally. 





Thesis, Dissertation & Capstone


After successful completion of the program requirements for the dissertation/thesis/project and after the committee has indicated the student has passed, the student should make all required changes to the document (if applicable to the student’s particular work).



Graduation & Commencement


Commencement exercises at Northern Kentucky University are held in both May and December. The December ceremony is for students completing degree requirements in the fall and preceding summer semester. The May ceremony is for students completing degree requirements in the spring semester. Information regarding the ceremony, purchasing caps, gowns, hoods, and ordering announcements will be sent to all degree candidates.

Graduate Student Life


There is no shortage of things to do in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. Activities - both on and off campus - will entertain, and help you grow as a student and a person.  From Community Connections to the Campus Recreation Center, NKU offers ways to help the community and help yourself. 

Participate in Norse traditions by attending music and theater performances, athletic events and more.


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

Email:  graduate@nku.eduPhone: (859) 572-6364 — Fax: (859) 572-6670