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Additional Requirements

 

Some programs require additional application materials. Below is a list of those programs and what is required. These materials must be submitted for the application to be considered complete, unless otherwise noted.

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Accountancy

  • The statement of purpose should be no more than two pages long, outlining reasons for wanting a Master of Accountancy degree.
  • 2 Letters of recommendation. 
  • Official GMAT scores.
  • Students who are attending or have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States must submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES). 

Agribusiness and Applied Economics

  • Official GRE score are required for all applicants not receiving their bachelor's degree from the United States, Canada or partner university, and all applicants who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships. 

Athletic Training

  • The statement of purpose should be a one page letter explaining why you are interested in the MS in Advanced Athletic Training program at NDSU.  Also, include your research interests and the athletic training faculty you would like to work with, clinical interests, and your future goals.
  • Writing Sample: Please answer the following questions about the article provided.  Please ensure that your response is thoughtfully written using a clear and concise scientific writing style.  Answers should be 1-2 pages (double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman or equivalent).  We are interested in your critical thinking skills and your ability to communicate in writing.
    Reading:  Miller, K. C., Mack, G., & Knight, K. L. (2009). Electrolyte and plasma changes after ingestion of pickle juice, water, and a common carbohydrate-electrolyte solution. 44, 454-461. 
    Questions:  
    1. Suggest 2-3 research ideas which would extend the results of the current study.
    2. What implications does this research have for how athletic trainers treat exercise-associated muscle cramps?
    3. What are the authors assuming about the origin and treatment of muscle cramps in this study?
    4. How could the authors have changes the experimental design to improve the external validity of this study?

Athletic Training (MATrg)

  • The statement of purpose should include why you want to be a certified athletic trainer and how you feel you can impact the profession. It should be two pages, double spaced, 12 pt font, one inch margins on each side, and your name should be typed in the top right hand corner of the paper.
  •  Of the 3 letters of recommendation required – at least one must be from an instructor/professor. They must testify to integrity (i.e. professionalism, communication skills, work ethic).

Please send these additional requirements address below:

  • Copy of a signed Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider card (front and back).
  • Verification of observation hours (with ATC signature). Form can be found on MATrg website.

MATrg Application Coordinator
North Dakota State University
PO Box 6050 Dept 2620
Fargo, ND 58108
701-231-8093
pamela.j.hansen@ndsu.edu

Biochemistry

  • Statement of purpose indicating your desired area of study (Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or undecided) and outlining your reasons for pursuing graduate study. 
  • Official GRE scores.

Biology/Botany

  • Official GRE scores.

Business Administration

  • Official GMAT scores.

Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Official GRE scores.

Chemistry

  • Statement of purpose indicating your desired area of study (Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or undecided) and outlining your reasons for pursuing graduate study. 
  • Official GRE scores. 

Coatings and Polymeric Materials

  • Official GRE scores (required for international applicants, recommended for all applicants).

Communication

  • Official GRE scores.
  • Ph.D. applicants: 
    1. CV or resume which clearly identifies your current position, including your responsibilities, span of authority, and sphere of influence; your professional publications and papers; your service and professional activity; and your teaching and training experiences.
    2. A professional writing sample, which could be a master's thesis, a final paper for a course, a conference paper, a briefing paper or a news article. 

    Computer Science

    • Official GRE scores

    Construction Managment

    • Official GRE scores (M.S. applicants)

    Couple and Family Therapy

    • See Human Development and Family Sciences

    Criminal Justice

    • 3 Letters of recommendation, at least one must be from a person who can evaluate your academic work.
    • Official GRE scores.

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Developmental Science

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE
  • For those entering with a Master’s degree:
    • Master’s degree from accredited educational institution in child development, developmental psychology, human development, developmental science, or related area
    • At least one course in statistics and one course in research methods, with grades of at least a B
    • Completion of an empirical Master’s thesis
  • For those entering with a Bachelor’s degree:
    • Bachelor’s degree from accredited educational institution in child development, developmental psychology, human development, developmental science, or related area
  • Statement of purpose should be 500 words or less and address the following:
    • How your interest in this field developed.
    • Why you chose our program at NDSU.
    • The experiences you have had (e.g. informal, academic, employment, volunteer) that you see as  related to this graduate program or your professional goals.
    • What your research interests are and how they might fit with the current research emphases in the department. If you have questions about this, the HDFS faculty research interests are described on the HDFS webpage.
    • What your professional goals are and how this graduate program will help you accomplish your professional goals
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Thesis or writing sample
  • For non-native English speakers, TOEFL ibT score of at least 100 or IELTS score of at least 7
  • Subscores on the TOEFL ibT are at least 24 for speaking and 21 for writing

Education

    • Master's applicant's statement of purpose needs to include reasons for applying to the program and to be consistent with the five propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS— http://www.nbpts.org).

Education Doctoral Programs

  • A statement of purpose of at least 500 words, typed and double-spaced, that addresses your educational background, philosophy, and professional experiences and goals consistent with the goals of the Education Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs outlined on program website. The statement should clearly indicate which degree program (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) and which option area (Institutional Analysis or Occupational & Adult Education) you are currently interested in pursuing and provide an explanation why each choice is an appropriate fit for your goals.
  • Applicant's master's degree GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be requested to help determine admittance when there are unusually high numbers of applicants as determined by faculty advising load or when necessary to demonstrate sufficient academic preparation to begin doctoral studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation indicating that you have demonstrated academic strength in your undergraduate and/or master's (or equivalent) degrees.

Educational Leadership

  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purspose to include a minimum of 500 words that address your leadership ability, educational philosophy, background, goals and aspirations. Please use the following points to assist you in the development of  your statement. 
      1. Define Leadership - especially in the context of an educational setting.
      2. Identify a person you would consider a good/effective leader. This could be a person at the local, state, or national level. What characteristics and/or abilities does this person possess that makes him/her a good/effective leader? Why are these characteristics/abilities important in your eyes?
      3. How would you describe your leadership style, skills, and capabilities?
      4. Describe a time in your life when you had an opportunity to show your leadership ability. In what ways did you apply your leadership in this situation?
      5. What are your goals and aspirations in the field of education and how have you prepared yourself to this point?
      6. What educational philosophies have influenced your development as an educational leader?  

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Official GRE scores.

Emergency Management

  • Official GRE scores
  • Submit electronic copies of two academic library-based research papers about any topic (written in English, 8 or more pages in length, with formal citations) that you have written to: Daniel J. Klenow, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Emergency Management (daniel.klenow@ndsu.edu ). Writing samples are used to gain information on the student's writing style and ability to write research-based papers.  Papers based on original data gathering  from an applicant who already earned a master's degree are also encouraged.
  • Master’s and doctoral applicants who meet application criteria for admission will participate in a conference call interview with two or more of the program faculty.  During the interview, faculty will ask questions and expect applicants to pose questions about the program and our educational objectives to determine a candidate's fit within the program.  Interviews will assess the applicant's ability to engage in evidence-based reasoning.

Engineering (Ph.D.)

  • Official GRE scores required for international applicants and recommended for domestic applicants.

English

  • Official GRE scores
  • Statement of purpose that includes the following: coursework you plan to complete in the program, faculty members with whom you wish to study, scholarship you plan to pursue, a sense of what you hope to do once you have completed a master's degree in English and how your education and/or life experience have prepared you for graduate work.
  • A writing sample or samples that show quality of work and a range of scholarly and writing abilities. Ten to fifteen pages of writing is recommended; more than one paper can be submitted.
  • For Ph.D. applicants, an additional 10-page paper is prefered.
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation, ideally addressing your abilities as a student and your potential for graduate work. 
  • If applicable, a letter of application for teaching assistantship, which should request the opportunity to teach first-year writing and specify experience and qualifications. Minimum qualifications for TA's whose first language is not English are the same as those for admission--600 TOEFL score (paper test) or 247 (computer test)-- plus they must score at least 55 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and 6 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

Entomology

  • Statement of purpose indicating reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in entomology and expressing the applicant's research interests.

Family Financial Planning

  • See Human Development and Family Science.

Food Safety

  • Official GRE scores.

Gerontology

  • See Human Development and Family Science.

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Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science

  • The statement of purpose should include an essay discussing professional philosophy and professional goals.
  • Complete the supplemental application for graduate assistantship ( if seeking graduate assistantship). Include a written statement regarding your reasons for seeking an assistantship.
  • Official GRE scores (Exercise Science and Nutrition option)

History

  • Statement of purpose should clearly outline your interests and purpose for seeking a Master's or Ph.D. degree in History. The department uses this statement to assess the applicant's ability to organize thoughts, formulate a plan of academic study, and complete the graduate program. This statement also enables the department to determine whether NDSU's Graduate History program suits your needs and objectives.
  • Submit a writing sample. A substantial paper submitted for an upper division history class or for the humanities and social sciences should provide evidence of your ability to synthesize information, organize your thoughts logically, and communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Official GRE scores.

Horticulture

  • Official GRE scores.

Human Development

  • Complete Human Development supplemental application. 
  • List names of two additional persons who may be contacted for further information.
  • Provide a statement of purpose that describes explicitly your professional goals, research interests/experiences, teaching experience, and any further information relevant to your interest and capacity for graduate study.

Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) (Including Couple and Family Therapy, Family Financial Planning, Gerontology, Youth Development and general)

  • Statement of purpose indicating reasons for pursuing graduate study, specifying your special interests within your chosen discipline and including your background preparation in that area. Mention any relevant skills or experience you have acquired. In addition, be sure to address the following, in 500 words or less:
    1. How your interest in this field developed.
    2. Why you chose our program at NDSU.
    3. The experiences you have had (e.g. informal, academic, employment, volunteer) that you see as related to this graduate program or your professional goals.
    4. What your research interests are and how they might fit with the current research emphases in the department. If you have questions, the HDFS faculty research interests are described on the HDFS webpage.
    5. What your professional goals are and how this graduate program will help you accomplish your professional goals.
    6. If applying to CFT, how your interests and experience fit with the program's emphasis on social justice.
  • Complete CDFS supplemental application.
  • If applying to Couple and Family Therapy, complete the Couple and Family Therapy supplemental application.

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

  • Official GRE scores.

International Agribusiness

  • Statement of purpose that provides a short summary of academic and professional interests.
  • GRE scores are required for all applicants not receiving their bachelor's degree from the United States, Canada or partner university, and all applicants who wish to be considered for graduate assistantships.

International Infectious Disease Management & Biosecurity

    • GPA requirement of  3.0
    • No requirement for GRE
    • Statement of purpose that addresses each of the following:
      1. Infectious disease experience or interest
      2. One health, public health, animal health, or ecosystem health experience or interest
      3. Ability and willingness to travel internationally
      4. Experience working in teams
      5. How the degree will help achieve career goals
    • Three letters of recommendation.  At least one letter of recommendation should address the applicant's academic performance.  Where possible, letters of recommendation should address the applicant's qualifications under items 1-5 above.

Managerial Logistics

  • Official GMAT scores.

Mass Communication

  • Official GRE scores.

Materials and Nanotechnology

  • Official GRE scores.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Official GRE scores for international applicants.

Merchandising

  • Complete Merchandising supplemental application
  • In the statement of purpose, in addition to your reasons for pursuing graduate study, address in 500 words or less: How learning about 1) diverse perspectives, 2) critical thinking, and 3) effective leadership will enhance your understanding of merchandising.

Microbiology/Molecular Pathogenesis

    • Official GRE scores.

Music

  • Provide a writing sample on an academic music subject of approximately 500 words from an academic research paper, program notes, publication, or similar source.

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Nursing

  • Copy of current unencumbered RN licensure. 
  • A statement of purpose of at least 500 words, typed and double-spaced, that represents your highest level of academic writing. Provide a description of your professional experiences and background that have contributed to your readiness for graduate education. Specify those experiences that prepared you for your desired specialty track. State your professional goals and indicate your potential to achieve this degree.
  • 3 letters of recommendation, two from professional colleagues that address clinical competence and potential for graduate education, and one other reference. 

Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Official GRE scores.

Physics

  • Official GRE scores.

Plant Sciences

  • Official GRE scores.

Psychology

  • Official GRE scores.

Psychological Clinical Science

  • Official GRE scores

Public Health

  • Standardized test scores.* The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), and United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) are accepted. While there is no minimum score required for admission on standardized tests, performance is used an indicator of an applicant's verbal and quantitative skills. 

*A standardized test is not required of applicants who are currently enrolled in good academic standing or have completed a degree in a graduate program at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution of higher learning that required a standardized test score for admission. This test is also waived if applicants can show a minimum of five years of relevant experience in public health that would show ability to engage in graduate level coursework in the field of public health. Please contact the MPH Program Coordinator, stefanie.meyer@ndsu.edu, if you would like to be considered for this waiver.

  • Written Statement of Purpose and Goals – applicants must submit a one-page, written narrative describing their education, relevant work experience and current professional career goals.  Applicants are expected to comment on plans they have to use their education and training in public health and any personal qualities, characteristics and abilities they believe will enable them to be successful in achieving their professional career goals.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who the applicant feels are most qualified to evaluate their academic achievement; clinical, public health or other professional experiences; or leadership potential in public health.

Speech Communication

  • Official GRE scores.

Social Science (Political Science)

  • Official GRE scores.

Software Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)

  • Official GRE scores. (beginning Fall 2012)

Transportation and Logistics

  • Official GRE required for applicants without an M.S. degree.

Transportation and Urban Systems

  • All applicants must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score at the time of the application. If a student has a recent GMAT score it may be substituted for the GRE.

Youth Development

  • See Human Development and Family Science.

Zoology

  • Official GRE scores.

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