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How to Apply

The Department offers programs leading to Master of Science degrees in Biology, Botany, and Zoology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Botany and Zoology. A Master of Science may be earned in either of two options: the Thesis Option or the Comprehensive Study Option. See the Department Head for information on the Comprehensive Study Option.

The Department also participates in interdisciplinary programs in Natural Resource  Management, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics, and STEM Education. Official Graduate School policies and requirements can be found here for both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees:

Degree Policies and Requirements


October 1 for the subsequent Spring semester
January 15 for the subsequent Summer or Fall semesters

Application Components

Online Application:

Statement of Purpose: A statement of Purpose is required for certificate and degree programs. 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. Please see the additional program-specific application materials link to see if your program has more specific statement requirements. 

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts (transcripts in a sealed, stamped envelope from the granting institution and signed by the school official responsible for issuing such records as the Registrar or Controller of Examinations) of all previous undergraduate and graduate records must be received by the Graduate School before the application is considered complete.

Online Letters of Recommendation: Online letters of recommendation are required before action is taken on any application. We do not accept paper letters.

GRE test scores (and if applicable, TOEFL scores): Official GRE and (if applicable) TOEFL scores must be sent by ETS to: The Graduate School. GRE scores are valid for five years and TOEFL two years.

Application fee: $35




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Physical/delivery address: 1340 Bolley Drive, 201 Stevens Hall Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: Biological Sciences, Dept. 2715, North Dakota State University, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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