To be admitted to the ECS program the applicant must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution of recognized standing.
  2. Have adequate preparation in the desired area of advanced study and the potential to undertake advanced study and research as evidenced by academic performance and experience.
  3. At the baccalaureate level, have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or equivalent.
  4. be sponsored by a member of the ECS Graduate Faculty.

Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate records will be evaluated by the Graduate School before the application is complete. Three letters of reference are generally required before action is taken on any application. Personal reference report forms are included in the online application process. 

Funding should be arranged through the faculty mentor. Limited competitive funding is available through ECS. Students wishing to compete for these funds must submit their complete applications by March 1st (Fall semester admission) or October 15th (Spring semester admission).

Follow the link to the NDSU Graduate School for information on applying for graduate study.

Admission Deadlines

Applications can be considered at any time, but only if an ECS Faculty member has agreed to sponsor & fund the applicant.  

International applications are due: 

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: August 1

Domestic applicants should apply at least one month prior to the start of classes.

Instruction for International Student Admission

North Dakota State University and ECS Graduate Program welcome international students as part of the student body, and the Graduate School encourages applications from qualified students throughout the world.

English language proficiency examination is required of international applicants whose primary language is not English (TOEFL ibT 79 or IELTS 6.5).