How to Apply
We appreciate your application to the Graduate School at North Dakota State University. Our application procedure places responsibility on the applicant for gathering all supporting credentials and verifying your application is complete. All application materials sent to the Graduate School cannot be returned.
The deadline for submission is dependent upon the program. Please check the individual program requirements on the program pages of the web site. If no deadline is listed, all application materials must be received before May 1 for the fall semester and prior to August 1 for the spring semester.
Required Application Materials
- Online Application and $35 application fee
- Statement of Marks (Transcripts)
There are two different ways that your statement of marks (transcripts) can be submitted. The preferred option is for your educational credentials to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) on the course-by-course basis or another NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member. The other option is to send one official copy of your statement of marks (transcripts) from each college or university where you have been enrolled or are currently enrolled to NDSU directly. Include both undergraduate and graduate work. The statement of marks and degrees should bear the original stamp/seal and signature of the school official responsible for issuing such records, such as the registrar or controller of exams for that institution. Notarized, faxed or scanned copies are not considered official. Only degrees received from colleges and universities recognized by the Ministry of Education of a foreign country or regional/global accreditation bodies are accepted. Request that the institution(s) send the statement of marks directly to the Graduate School.
Transcripts must be sent in a sealed, stamped envelope. Statement of marks from non-U.S. institutions are expected to be in the official language of the country in which they were earned. English language translations are also required. We will accept literal (not interpretative) English translations from any qualified translator, and the translations should be sent in addition to (not in lieu of) the official academic record. Statement of marks (transcripts) should be mailed to the Graduate School.
- Test scores
A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required of ALL applicants whose native language is not English. The score must be submitted before your application will be considered. A minimum score of 525 (paper-based), 197 (computer-based), or 71 (internet-based) must be achieved on the TOEFL, or a score of 6 on the IELTS, to be considered for admission. The test date must be within two years of the date of the application to the Graduate School.
The requirement of a TOEFL or IELTS score may be waived for applicants from countries where English is the official language or for students who have earned a degree from a U.S. university or college.
GRE and GMAT
Some departments require Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general and/or subject test scores. The individual program pages of our website state whether a GRE score is required. Business Administration requires Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores.
Please arrange to have any official test scores sent directly to the Graduate School. When requesting that official test scores be sent to NDSU, use code 6474. All official test scores must be within five years of the date of the application to the Graduate School.
- Statement of purpose: Please state your 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 that you have acquired. Writing a Statement of Purpose
- Three letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievements. Letters cannot be more than two years old. Letters must be sent to the Graduate School via the online application process. By including your recommenders' e-mail addresses in the appropriate fields on the application, they will be sent an e-mail that instructs him/her how to send the recommendation electronically. We will not accept paper recommendation letters.
- Additional program-specific application materials: Programs may require additional application materials.
If you choose to apply to more than one graduate program, you must submit a separate application using a new email address, a statement of purpose, and a $35 application fee. If you would like to use any previously submitted documents, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it has been more than two years since your previous application was submitted, you must also request three new online letters of recommendation, new test scores, if required, and any new transcripts. If you wish to change your program of application after you have submitted the application form, you must complete a new application.
Any transcripts, certificates, translations, or examination results that appear irregular will be verified with the appropriate school or examination authorities, and the application process will be delayed until verification is received. If it is determined that an applicant has submitted false records or omitted information about previous school attendance, his/her application will be denied, and legal action may be taken.
Once the Graduate School has received a complete application, it will be forwarded to the department for review. Each graduate program makes its own recommendation, but the final admission decision is the responsibility of the Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Phone: (701) 231-7033
NDSU Graduate School
NDSU Dept. 2820
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108
Delivery Address (for courier deliveries):
NDSU Graduate School
106 Putnam Hall
1349 12th Avenue NW
Fargo, ND 58102
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