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Potential applicants are welcomed to schedule a call with Department Head, Dr. Jensen (Cell: 701-219-4293, Email: to explore how one of our graduate programs can meet your personal and professional development goals and needs.

A meeting is the best way for you to get timely and thorough answers to alll of the questions you might have--don't hesitate to reach out and get a meeting scheduled today.

Schedule a Campus Visit (Optional)

Potential applicants are encouraged to arrange a campus visit with Department Head, Dr. Jensen, by emailing her at 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.

Comprehensive study track master's program applicants need only submit their application and related materials to the Graduate School (including the Graduate School application, transcripts, letters of reference, GRE scores (if applicable), and academic writing paper samples).

Thesis track master's and doctoral program applicants apply in a two stage process. The first stage is the same as above. Faculty will invite those they think have aptitude and goodness-of-fit for the program will be invited to complete the second stage of the admissions process.

Admissions Process
The two-stage admissions process for graduate studies in the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science is as follows:

1. All applicants to any graduate program must first complete the Graduate School's online application form and submit the required materials. 

Note: 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. 

Note: 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 to the thesis track master's or doctoral program who are invited to participate in the second stage of the admissions process will take part in a Zoom-based 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.

Following the interview, Department faculty determine whether the applicant will be admitted (and into which track, comprehensive study or thesis, at the masters level) and communicate that decision to the Graduate School, and 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  page has information about general NDSU application requirements.

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