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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 for a reason NOT listed above, please contact the Office of Graduate Education at // 859.572.6364 BEFORE submitting payment.

Application Forms + Additional Requirements

The university graduate student application must be submitted and application fee paid prior to submission of any supplemental application material for any prospective student who wishes to apply as a degree seeking student (master's degree or doctoral degree), to a graduate certificate program, or as a non-degree seeking student wishing to take graduate level classes but does not intend to pursue a degree or certificate.

Letters of Recommendation

Unless otherwise specified, please use this Recommendation Letter Form.  Please use the program-specific recommendation form listed below if you are applying to one of the following programs:


Supplemental Application Forms

Please use the program-specific supplemental application form listed below if you are applying to one of the following programs:


Other Forms


Visiting Student Form

Submit the Visiting Student Form to the Office of Graduate Education after applying for admission if course credits are to be transferred to your home institution.  Please complete the form and email it to the director of the program offering the class.


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

Email: — Phone: (859) 572-6364