Certificate Programs and Non-Degree Applicants
The goal of Graduate Certificate programs at NDSU is to provide didactic course experiences that form a distinct knowledge or skill set identified as a named certificate.
How to Apply
Application to a graduate certificate program requires submission of the following materials. All the materials are submitted to the Graduate School.
- Completed NDSU Graduate School application.
- Official copies of your transcript (grade report) are required from each college or university you have been or are currently enrolled, including all undergraduate and graduate work. Transcripts are considered official only if in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. For international students certified English translations must also be included. You do not need to submit transcripts for prior NDSU coursework; the Graduate School will obtain NDSU records already on file.
- A $35 application fee.
- Statement of purpose outlining your reasons for pursuing graduate study. Specify special interests within your chosen discipline and any relevant skills and/or experience you have acquired. Writing a Statement of Purpose
* Construction Management, Merchandising, and Public Health applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation.
All admission materials must be received and processed by the Graduate School before your file is forwarded to the department for review. Incomplete files will not be reviewed, and it is your responsibility to make sure all materials have been received by the Graduate School. Applying online allows you to track your status.
Once the department has reviewed the application and made a recommendation, the Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies reviews your file and admits or denies admission to a graduate program. You will be notified of the decision by letter at that time.
Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution of recognized standing may enroll as non-degree students. This category is for individuals who desire to pursue study beyond the baccalaureate degree for personal growth and improvement of skills but not in order to work toward an advanced degree objective. To become a non-degree student, individuals must complete an application form and submit the appropriate fees. Students must have the prerequisite courses or background/experience necessary for the course or courses in which they desire to enroll. This may require consultation and approval from course instructors. In courses with limited enrollment, preference will be given to degree-seeking students.
Students enrolled with non-degree status are not eligible for graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, or federal title IV student financial assistance. Students in this category are affiliated with the Graduate School and not an academic program. No more than 10 credits taken under the non-degree status with a grade of B or higher can be transferred to any official program of study should there be, at any future date, a decision to seek degree classification. Professional development graduate courses (numbered 600) are not eligible for graduate degree programs and may be taken without formal admission to NDSU.
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.
How to Apply
- NDSU Graduate School application
- $35 application fee