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Secrets of Success in Graduate School

While each individual is different, there are a few tips that should help anyone seeking their graduate degree. First is planning. There are several steps that need to be takien in order to complete your degree. Familiarize yourself with the required paperwork and timelines to avoid issues down the road. Resources available for planning include the Graduate Bulletin,  Department Handbook, a Student Service Associate and the NDSU Graduate School web site.  All forms required are available on our website under Current Students.

Get to know other students. Students provide a support system that will help you not only with moral support, but possibly advice regarding your department, NDSU and the Graduate School.Use your resources. Your adviser, department and the Graduate School want you to be successful. Utilize them when you need assistance. There are also other resources on campus to help: the Center for Writers, Counseling Center, etc.

Memorize your student ID number. You will need this number to identify yourself when contacting departments on campus.

The NDSU Grad Leaders (administrators and leaders of graduate programs) were asked to provide a piece of advice for new graduate students. Read what they have to say.

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Admission Status

Full admission status These students have met all requirements for admission and have been accepted by a program leading to a graduate degree. A student must have full graduate standing to receive a graduate degree.

Conditional admission status may be granted to an applicant who does not satisfy the formal university requirements for full admission status and/or have deficiencies in prerequisite course work but show potential for successful graduate study.

To become full-standing status, a student must: 

  • complete at least nine semester credit hours of graded graduate-level courses as a graduate student,
  • complete prerequisite course work assigned by the admitting department, and 
  • earn a cumulative grade point average of B or above (3.00).

Any student admitted in CONDITIONAL status is automatically placed on academic WARNING until the conditions of admission are met. If a student on academic warning fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the subsequent semester of attendance, the student will be placed on academic probation. The student may not earn more than 12 semester hours of graduate credit while in conditional status.

Final Transcripts

Students who were admitted prior to completion of their last study should arrange to have their final official academic record and proof of any degree earned sent to the Graduate School.   These documents must be received before a student may register for courses.

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Important Policies

While it is important to familiarize yourself with Graduate School and NDSU policies, here are a few of the most important policies of which to be aware. There is also a Code of Student Behavior by which students must abide.

Scholastic Standards
To be in academic good standing and to receive a graduate degree, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0.

Continuous Enrollment
Students are required to register for at least one credit each semester (fall and spring) until all degree requirements are completed, including submitting final copies of a thesis, paper, or dissertation. The graduate dean will not approve the degree until the student has registered for the number of credits of research for any semesters not covered by either registration or leave of absence, but not more than four (4) credits total.

A student who has not registered for longer than a continuous two-year period must also reapply for admission and is subject to the degree requirements at the time of readmission.

Leave of Absence
Students who interrupt their graduate program prior to the completion of all degree requirements must maintain continuous enrollment for the Fall and/or Spring Semesters of the absence or obtain a leave of absence, using the Request for Leave of Absence from Graduate Studies form. Leaves of absence do not amend in any way the seven and ten-year time limitations.


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Calendars/Dates and Deadlines

NDSU and the Graduate School have many dates and deadlines in which paper work must be submitted, tuition paid, etc. Please check the NDSU calendar and the Graduate School homepage regularly for this information.

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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address:  NDSU Dept. 2820/PO Box 6050/Fargo, ND 58108
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:14:48 PM