Schedule a Campus Visit (Optional)
Potential students are encouraged to arrange a campus visit with our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Ge (Office Phone: 701-231-6687, Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org). Don't hesitate! We arrange visits frequently for prospective students. Most visits involve meetings with the department head, department faculty and current graduate students, observation of graduate classes, and tours of campus and Fargo. Get yours scheduled to day to learn first hand why getting a graduate degree at NDSU is the right choice for you!
Apply for Admission
Completed applications are reviewed monthly for potential admission the next semester. Accepted applicants may start either Spring or Fall semester.
Applicants are evaluated in a two stage process. In the first stage, the applicant’s Graduate School application, letters of reference, GRE scores (if applicable), and academic writing paper samples are reviewed by the Department of Emergency Management faculty. Applicant’s demonstrating goodness-of-fit with the Department of Emergency Management’s mission and goals and an aptitude for graduate study will be invited to complete the second stage of the admissions process.
The three-stage admissions process for graduate studies in the Department of Emergency Management is as follows:
1. Applicants must first complete the Graduate School's online application form and submit the required materials.
2. Applicants must submit transcripts from the higher education institutions they have attended to the Graduate School.
3. Applicants must submit three letters of reference through the Online Application tool. Academic references are preferred.
4. All applicants who have not completed a master's degree in the United States must submit GRE scores. If an applicant has completed a master's degree in the United States, then GRE scores are not required but still strongly recommended. It is helpful to have as much data about an applicant and their aptitude for graduate work in our program. In no case are specific GRE discipline tests required. At this time, however, no specific score totals are used as a cutoff. Applications are evaluated holistically using all indicators of student aptitude for successful completion of graduate study in this program. Applicants must submit GRE scores by requesting ETS-GRE send the NDSU Graduate School their score.
5. Applicants must submit electronic copies of two writing samples that you have written through the Online Application tool. The samples may be a publication, material from prior coursework, or specifically written for this application. The samples do not have to focus on emergency management or disasters. The samples must be written in English. Writing samples are used to gain information on the applicant's writing style and ability to write research-based papers. Samples submitted in support of an application would ideally be eight or more pages in length. In addition, to meet the objective of the admission criteria the paper must employ formal citations. Writing samples will most typically be library-based research papers but papers based on original data gathering are also encouraged. The latter might be more likely to come from an applicant with a master's degree.
1. Applicants invited to participate in the second stage of the admissions process will take part in a conference call interview with two or more of the program faculty. Applicant interviews are designed to provide two-way communication between the faculty and prospective applicant. Faculty will ask questions but will also want the applicant to pose questions about the program and Departmental educational objectives. The interview should assist the applicant and faculty to further assess the goodness-of-fit between the program and the applicant.
1. Department faculty determine whether the applicant will be admitted (and into which track, comprehensive study or masters, at the masters level) and communicate that decision to the Graduate School.
2. Department faculty determine whether admitted applicants will be offered an assistantship based on funds available.
3. The Graduate School notifies the student of the decision made.
Graduate School Resources
NDSU's Graduate School webpage has a variety of resources for prospective students. For instance, the Graduate School's Funding Opportunities page has information about sources of funding for graduate tuition and research and the Graduate School's Prospective Students page has information about general NDSU application requirements.