Application procedure

After reviewing our program requirements, please download and complete the following three forms. Once completed and signed you may email them to the NMCC Director at or drop physical copies by the NMCC Director’s office (Susan Campbell Hall Room 250a; if no one is there you can slip them under the door).

When should you apply? You should apply as early in your graduate program as possible, and ideally as soon as you decide you want to pursue NMCC. Students are welcome to apply at any point in their studies, however a maximum of 8 credits taken prior to acceptance into the Certificate program may count toward NMCC requirements (in some cases, this maximum can be petitioned up to 12 credits). The Graduate School requires that students be accepted and enrolled in the NMCC by week 5 of the term in which the student officially joins the program. So that we can meet this deadline, please deliver your completed forms to NMCC by Tuesday of week 5 of the quarter in which you intend to join the certificate program.

1. NMCC Application. This is the main application form that describes all the components you need to assemble.

2. NMCC Preliminary Study Plan (Useful references: Sample Study Plan and Courses.) This form requires your signature as well as that of an adviser in your department (this can be your intended thesis/dissertation adviser, your Director of Graduate Studies, or your Department Head). Please keep in mind that this document is indeed merely a “preliminary” plan of NMCC coursework. Your actual study plan can and likely will change as you move through the program due to the vagaries of course scheduling and so on.

3. Graduate School Declaration of Graduate Certificate Form (if the direct link to the left doesn’t work then go to the Graduate School Forms page where the Declaration of Graduate Certificate form is near bottom of the page). This form will be signed by you and the Director of the NMCC Certificate.