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PERT Application Guidelines and Requirements

Applications for the PERT program are due by November 31st for Spring admission and April 15th for Summer/Fall admission. 

  1. Completed and signed Graduate School application form (go to http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/ and click "Apply Online").
  2. Transcripts of undergraduate degree(s) including one verifying graduation with a baccalaureate degree in a STEM-related discipline from an accredited institution.
  3. Three letters of recommendation indicating the student has demonstrated academic strength in undergraduate work and is very good or outstanding in the proficiencies listed in the university's personal reference report.
  4. Applicant's baccalaureate degree cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent (a GPA of at least 3.25 during the final 30 semester credits of graded undergraduate course work, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 10 semester credits of graduate course work).
  5. A statement of career goals consisten with the five propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), http://www.nbpts.org/ as well as reasons applying to the program.  Guidelines for the statement of career goals can be found here.

If you are coming from outside the United States and English is your second language, documenation of English proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following (subject to final review by faculty/graduate office):

  • TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (internet-based)
  • IELTS score of 6.5

NOTE:  The School of Educaiton reserves the right to obtain additional information about the student's professional competence from qualified professionals. 

Admission decisions are based upon the predicted success of the applicant as a student and professional in the chosen field and are made only after conisdering all available data.

A student must meet all requirements for full admission.  The following criteria act as guidelines for full acceptance:  A cumulative baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, a GPA of at least 3.25 during the final 30 semester credits of graded undergraduate course work, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 10 semester credits of graduate course work.


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Published by: Center for Science & Mathematics Education

Last Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:24:59 AM