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Award winning programs. Convenient online options. Small class and cohort sizes.

Coupled with our personalized student focus, these features make Northern Kentucky University the premier choice for furthering your education and enhancing your career path.  Our graduate programs are born in theory and grown in practice, giving you the core competencies and the confidence needed to succeed and lead in your career.

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Graduate Student Spotlight
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Meet Emily Kuzma, an NKU alumni, who graduated with a master’s of nursing through our online nursing program.

Kuzma chose NKU because of the flexibility the program offers.

“[NKU] allowed for enough flexibility to manage my work and family schedule and also provided a bridge option for me to transition to MSN with my ASN and nursing license and a bachelor's degree in another field. This saved me tens of thousands of dollars in obtaining a second bachelor's that I would not have used,” Kuzma said.

Kuzma received a job offer prior to her graduation.

“With my new degree and training that I got through NKU, I have been able to expand the facility's dual-diagnosis services, which has helped to retain patients in treatment. I look forward to continuing to help close the care gap that these patients often fall into,” Kuzma said.

When asked what piece of advice she would give to someone who is interested in the MSN program, Kuzma said that organization is key.

“Get a really good organization system in place. Manage your expectations in terms of what you will be able to handle outside of your program and other commitments. Expect some sacrifices. Finally, don't be afraid to slow down if you need to. There's a lot to accomplish and a lot of information to cover and retention is going to be more key to passing boards than how fast you’ve covered the material,” Kuzma said.

Learn more about our MSN program, which offers five different concentrations offered in settings including online and online accelerated here.

Is an online program right for you?

Take our survey to find out whether an online program is right for you before applying!

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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.

Register for Orientation

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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.

Academic Policies

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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. 

Graduate Tuition and Fees

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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).

Guidelines for Completion

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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.

Visit Commencement Site

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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.

Life @ NKU 

Program List
Looking for more information about our Online Course Schedules? Visit our Online Student Resources page for more details.
Online Program Cost

*Please note that information regarding online program cost was obtained here

*In-person and hybrid delivery program cost varies. To better calculate the total cost of an in-person or hybrid program, visit here.

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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. 

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