Northern Michigan University
Northern Michigan University is a public college in Marquette, Michigan and has been named to the Best 100 Online Colleges and Best Colleges for Adults award lists. Its online program features 9 online degree options. The part-time student body is 854 students. The in-state on-campus net price to attend is $15,042 and the per-credit hour charge is $465. The school offers weekend/evening classes, credit for military training, credit for life experiences, academic counseling services, career services, and more.
- Distance education:Yes
- Career services:Yes
- Weekend/Evening classes:Yes
- Credit for life experiences:Yes
- On-Campus day care:No
- Remedial services:Yes
- Full-time undergrad students:5,880
- Undergrad students over 25 years old:842
- Pell Grant students:2,268
- Online and distance education undergrad students:700
Students over 25 years old11%
Online & Distance Programs
Bachelor's degrees offered
- Foreign Languages Literatures and Linguistics(1)
- Homeland Security Law Enforcement Firefighting and Related Protective Service(1)
- Public Administration and Social Service Professions(2)
- Business Management Marketing and Related Support Services(2)
- Retention rate for part-time students:46%
- Graduation rate for part-time students:15%
Military & Veteran
- Credit for military training:Yes
- Dedicated staff member:Yes
- Student veteran organization:Yes
- Yellow Ribbon Program member:Yes
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges member:Yes
- Online synchronous classes
- On campus day classes
- On campus night classes
- Hybrid classes
- Transfer credit accepted
- CLEP exam
- DANTE exam
- Prior learning credit
- Military service credit
- Professional certificate credit
- Financial aid
- GI Bill certified
- Yellow Ribbon Participant
- Writing center
- Career services
- Dining services
- Recreational services
Featured Programs & Degrees
Criminal Justice Overview
The Criminal Justice Department provides students with an understanding of the process by which justice is distributed in our society, the function and operation of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections), and the role of individuals in the allocation of justice.
The associate degree is designed for a smooth transition into the bachelor’s degree program for students who choose to continue their education after receiving the associate degree.
The department offers bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and loss prevention, and associate degrees in criminal justice and law enforcement.
The curriculum prepares students for a range of careers in law enforcement, adult and juvenile corrections with federal, state or local criminal justice agencies, or for graduate study. The faculty is dedicated to providing a challenging learning experience and to graduating outstanding candidates for entry into their professional careers or graduate school. The department is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, careers in protective services are projected to grow four percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in about 153,900 new jobs. Median annual wages were $38,660 in May 2016, which was slightly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040.
Courses may be taken online through NMU’s Global Classroom, or in the classroom. NMU also offers a forensics laboratory and Regional Police Academy.
Get more information on the criminal justice program here.
Applied Workplace Leadership
The School of Education, Leadership & Public Service offers professional studies courses leading to the Michigan professional or provisional teaching certificate at the elementary and secondary levels as well as courses for continuing professional development through the master’s degree. All NMU education programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.
Most education courses at Northern Michigan University include field experience in K-12 classrooms. A number of education courses meet in public school buildings to expand teaching opportunities. Another learning opportunity is an apprenticeship in special education, which provides students with a chance to refine goals and polish skills.
Get more information on the education program here.
Clinical Lab Sciences/Laboratory Medicine
The bachelor’s degree prepares graduates to perform a variety of laboratory assays on human and other types of specimens in clinical, research, commercial and forensic laboratories to provide diagnostic information necessary to support healthcare, ensure quality control, facilitate product development and solve problems.
Affordability & Admissions
All students wishing to enroll in the first semester of a CLS program may do so, providing they have an adequate background for the courses. A faculty member and/or academic advisor may require the student to complete some remedial work. Transfer credit is based on Professional Certification. Applicants who have completed a radiography, respiratory therapy or surgical technology program but have not received an associate degree in radiography, respiratory therapy, or surgical technology respectively, may apply for transfer credit for the associate degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. It will add 2.3 million new jobs. The report also confirms the median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $63,420 in May 2016. Healthcare support occupations earned a median annual wage of $27,910 in May 2016.
This degree is offered online, through NMU’s Global Campus, as well as on-campus in Marquette, Michigan.
Get more information on the health sciences program here.
RN to BSN
This degree is designed for students who already hold an RN license, but who have not completed a baccalaureate program. The BSN program prepares students to function as professional nurses in a variety of hospital and community settings. Students acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to practice across a variety of settings with diverse populations within the healthcare system and to be independently skillful in the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention of disease, and the management, coordination and supervision of client care.
Affordability & Admissions
Credit for a maximum of 47 semester hours of selected previous nursing courses will be granted to those individuals transferring from an accredited nursing program or community college. RNs that enter the BSN program with a deficit in nursing credits can make up the deficit with credits by taking courses offered within the School of Nursing including nursing electives. If the scheduling and/or staffing of nursing courses does not allow the student the opportunity to make up the credit deficit from nursing courses, other courses may be substituted with department approval.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024. This is expected to be much faster than average for all occupations. Registered nurses earned a median annual wage of $68,450 in May 2016.
Courses can be taken on-campus or online through NMU’s Global Campus.
Get more information on the nursing program here.
The Department of Psychological Science offers courses and programs suitable for majors and minors interested in psychology. Students are encouraged to participate in the rigorous search for the how and why of behavior and the identification and potential resolution of significant problems.
The major programs in psychology can lead either to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. Students desiring a major in psychology choose one of three areas of emphasis: psychology, behavior analysis, or behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. The department also offers minor programs in psychology and child care services.
The department maintains human and animal experimental laboratories, student research rooms, laboratory classrooms, computer labs, and student study areas. The department also houses the Behavior Education Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center, which provides therapeutic services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders.
Courses can also be taken online through NMU’s Global Campus.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Handbook reports job growth for psychologists is expected to reach 19 percent between 2014 and 2024. In May 2016, the median annual wage for psychologists was $75,230.
Get more information on the psychology program here.