Online Master's Programs and Graduate Certificates

Interested in earning an NDSU degree online? Faculty who teach in our online degree programs work to support each of their students individually – just like they do with their on-campus students.

Students in most of our online programs pay in-state tuition. Students in programs offered through Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP IDEA) pay a different tuition rate. See detailed tuition information here.

Community Development

The online M.S. or M.A. in Community Development is designed for community economic development officials, community leaders, practitioners, specialists nationwide who are already employed in the field, and for those who are committed to people and places. It provides the skills, information, and networks needed to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change. Graduates will be prepared to initiate social action processes and help to maintain balance to improve social economic cultural and environmental situations.

Community development training is essential because it:

  • Initiates social action processes and helps to maintain balance to improve social economic cultural and environmental situations.
  • Encourages people to see the whole picture.
  • Engages citizens in democratic decision-making and action.
  • Teaches critical thought, ethical consideration, careful planning and involvement of all stakeholders.

The program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA).

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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Phone: 701-231-8657
Email: Christopher.Whitsel@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: Melissa.SeldersOrtez@ndsu.edu

Computer Science Education

This online certificate program is a good fit for high school teachers in need of credentials to teach "dual credit" courses in their schools as well as AP Computer Science instructors. In addition to being online, the courses are taught in the summer in a condensed or hybrid format. Additional information about the program, course requirements, faculty members, and more can be found on the Computer Science Education bulletin page.

Construction Management

Individuals working in all types of construction including residential, commercial, industrial, highway, and heavy construction may benefit from an online Master of Construction Management degree This professional program consists of 30 credits of course work and the Associate Constructor (AC) Exam.

The Associate Constructor (AC) Exam is administered by the American Institute of Constructors & Constructor Certification Commission. All students in the Master of Construction Management Program must take the AC Exam before their graduation. There is no requirement that a student has to earn a pass score in order to receive the Master of Construction Management Degree from NDSU. However, students are encouraged to prepare the AC Exam and earn a pass score or better established by the testing agency. The exam may be taken multiple times. The AC exam is the first level in reaching the designation of a “Certified Professional Constructor” (CPC) which is a three-stage process consisting of the AC exam (Level I), 4-5 years of relevant construction management work experience, and the CPC exam (Level II).  The AC Exam is offered twice a year, typically in March and November. International applicants should note that the AC Exam is not offered online and is only offered in the United States.

The Associate Constructor (AC) certification is intended for constructors and supervisors who are in the early stages of their careers. The exam questions are primarily based upon education knowledge. The Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) certification is intended for the Professional Constructor who has been in the field for several years and exam questions cover both education and experience-based knowledge.

 

Certificate

We also offer a nine credit online Construction Management Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.

The Graduate Certificate in Construction Management program provides online course instruction in estimating, scheduling, and project management at the graduate level. These three areas constitute a body of knowledge that represents the fundamental core of construction management.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I don’t have a construction related undergraduate degree can I be accepted into the program?
If you have work experience in construction you may be eligible for admission into the program. Ensure that when you fill out your application that you make it known that you have construction experience. You may also consider getting a letter of recommendation from your supervisor at your construction job. In general, the construction management program looks for individuals with an undergraduate degree in construction, engineering, architecture, or other related disciplines.

If I complete the Master of Construction Management program, what initials can I put behind my name?
Students who successfully complete the requirements for and graduate from the Master of Construction Management program are able to place the credentials MCM after their name. MCM stands for Master of Construction Management and signifies that an individual has completed the requirements to earn that credential.

Are the graduate-level programs in construction management accredited?
The graduate-level construction management programs are accredited through NDSU's accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. At the program level the graduate-level construction management programs do not require any special, additional accreditation.

Can I be admitted to the program if I do not have a 3.0 GPA in my undergraduate work?
Individuals with a GPA lower than 3.0 can be admitted into the online Construction Management Graduate Certificate program. If their GPA in that program is above 3.0, they can then be admitted into the full online Master's in Construction Management program. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 consider applying for the graduate certificate program. Classes in the graduate certificate program can be transferred into the full master's program.

How long will it take to complete this online master's program?
The length of time to completion of the degree can vary between 15 months and five years. Why the wide variation in completion time? Completion time depends on a variety of factors including things such as: how many classes a student can take each semester and whether or not the student takes the AC exam immediately following coursework. It is important to know how many credits you feel you can complete each semester because the courses are taught on a rotational basis. This means if you miss a class in fall semester, for example, you may need to wait until the next fall semester to take that course.

 

Contact Information

NDSU Department of Construction Management and Engineering
Phone: 701-231-6202

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-8476
Email: Neely.Benton@ndsu.edu

 

Dietetics

The online Dietetics program prepares registered dietitians to practice at an advanced level or pursue doctoral study. The program, offered through Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, provides opportunities for registered dietitians and registration-eligible dietetic graduates to integrate and apply principles from the biomedical sciences, human behavior, and management to design and lead effective food and nutrition programs in a variety of settings. 

This program is a degree tailored for credentialed, practicing registered dietitians who seek to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice or prepare for advanced career opportunities in a dietetics practice.

Students in this program will be able to accomplish the following items.

  • Apply cutting-edge information in food, nutrition, food service management, and wellness to enhance dietetics practice.
  • Evaluate and apply new research concepts and theories within the profession of dietetics.
  • Understand public policy and current systems of health care delivery with particular reference to the role of the dietitian.

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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science
Phone: 701-231-7474
Email: elizabeth.hilliard@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: Melissa.SeldersOrtez@ndsu.edu
 

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The online M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students to plan curriculum for teaching, create a physical and psychological environment for learning, engage students in the learning process, examine the relationship of diverse groups and the educational process, analyze the historical and philosophical underpinnings of family and consumer sciences, assume professional responsibilities, and apply research to practice.

This program, offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a family and consumer sciences (FACS) content specialization or a related area, and are seeking initial teaching certification/licensure in family and consumer sciences.

The program will offer the pedagogy (professional development) courses needed for certification/licensure. Depending on the individual’s bachelor’s degree, there will most likely be several content courses that will need to be taken as well to meet licensing requirements. Licensing also involves state mandated tests. Student teaching is included in this program. Teacher certification/licensure standards vary by state, and students must meet all the requirements in the state in which they wish to become certified. These may include additional courses in the teaching specialization, testing, and other requirements. Prior to admission, students will be required to develop a certification plan based on the standards of the state in which they want to be certified.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does licensing work for the M.Ed. in FACS program if I am not from ND?
There are two ways to obtain a license for the online M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences program. It is usually easiest to get a North Dakota (ND) teaching license and take it to the state in which you wish to teach. There may be a couple of courses that your teaching state will require in addition to having the ND teaching license, but they usually will allow you to teach for a couple of years and take the additional courses during that time. It is very important to make sure that your state will honor a license from ND should you choose this route. 

The second way is to be in very close contact with the state teacher licensing board in the state in which you wish to teach and to take the content area courses (in addition to the Great Plains Master’s courses) which your state requires. In ND, you would be licensed for grades 7-12. 

My undergraduate GPA is lower than a 3.0. Am I still eligible to apply to this program?
You will need to apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student. You will need to take three graduate courses (3 credits each) in the FACS GPIDEA program and achieve at least a B in each of the courses. Then, you can apply to our program as a degree-seeking student. You may only use nine credits taken as a non-degree student towards your degree. Be sure to apply as degree-seeking as soon as possible after taking those courses (or while taking the last of the courses).

I am seeking a FACS teaching license.  Will I need to take any additional courses besides those listed in the GPIDEA master’s program?
You will most likely need to take some undergraduate “content” courses along with the courses in the FACS master’s program. These are not required for the degree, but they are required for licensure. As each state has different requirements, you will need to contact the Department of Instruction or Education Standards and Practices Board in the state where you would like to become licensed. If you are planning to become licensed in ND, Dr. Mari Borr (mari.borr@ndsu.edu) has a list of the required courses.  The exact courses you will need also depends upon the courses taken during your previous college work.

Who is my advisor and how will we communicate?
Your advisor will be Dr. Mari Borr, Associate Professor in Teacher Education. Dr. Borr taught middle school and high school Family and Consumer Sciences for fourteen years in North Dakota. It is important to contact her immediately when you have questions. She will contact you twice a year (Oct. and Mar.) to set up advising meetings to plan your courses for the upcoming semester. Although it is not necessary to meet in person, meeting via phone, FaceTime, or Skype will be important to make sure you are on track with your plan of study and to ensure a timely graduation.

 

Contact Information

NDSU School of Education
Phone: 701-231-7921
Email: Mari.Borr@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: Melissa.SeldersOrtez@ndsu.edu

Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport Option

The online Leadership in Physical Education and Sport graduate option prepares physical education teachers, sport coaches, and sport leaders who wish to extend their content, pedagogical, and leadership knowledge. The program emphasizes academic excellence, the pursuit of knowledge, the development of critical and analytical abilities, and the application of theory into practice so students will assume positions of leadership within the profession.

The degree prepares students to be master teachers, head coaches, department heads, and activities directors at the interscholastic level; assistant coaches, lecturers, and assistant or lead directors at the intercollegiate level; and to become actively engaged in leadership roles within professional organizations. This degree is designed for individuals who wish to improve and expand their professional teaching and coaching skills, acquire self-assessment skills, and develop supervision and leadership competencies.

The courses in this program have been specifically designed to inform teachers and coaches about best practices in contemporary teaching, coaching, and leadership. Course assignments are mainly case study, project based, and relevant to practicing professionals so that they can apply knowledge gained to their individual settings or other appropriate contexts. This does not mean that some courses will not have exams. Most courses will use a project-based format where students read and discuss content online and then apply what they have learned in authentic action projects that are shared online with others. Some courses may require projects or field experiences related to observing, assessing, or teaching/coaching in K-12 or university settings.

There is no required course sequence. Each individual student’s program is developed in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How competitive is the admission process for this program?
The online M.S. in HNES: Leadership in Physical Education and Sport is currently accepting applications for the program; however, this program is nearing its capacity for accepting students. If you are unable to be fully admitted to the program you may consider enrolling as a non-degree seeking student.  Non-degree students can take up to 10 credits prior to being accepted into the program.  As long as the classes you choose are part of the required courses they should transfer into the full program. If you are interested in this program consider applying for full admission as soon as possible. 

Does this program prepare me for a career in sports management?
This program is not a sports management master's program; however, elements of sports management are addressed in this program.  This program educates individuals who want to become head coaches, master physical education teachers, high school athletic directors or assistant athletic directors, athletic department head, or collegiate-level assistant coaches. 

Can I use the credits for this program for licensure renewal or pay scale increases?
We encourage you to check with your licensing agency or school district prior to enrolling in these courses to ensure they will be accepted for licensure renewal or pay scale increases. It often depends on your license type and how flexible your school district is. 

 

Contact Information

NDSU Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences
Phone: 701-231-9718
Email: bradford.strand@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: ndsu.grad.school@ndsu.edu

Human Development and Family Science: Family Financial Planning

Family Financial Planning is an emerging area with job opportunities in areas related to insurance, real estate, investments, retirement, tax and estate planning. Financial planners are increasingly in demand as Americans seek financial service advisers to help manage their income, assets, and debts.

The online M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Family Financial Planning (FFP) option, offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, will enhance your knowledge of personal and family financial management. Students gain eligibility to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination, increase networking opportunities, and improve career options.

Career opportunities available to persons with special training in Family Financial Planning include:

  • Financial planners or financial management consultants use their knowledge of investments, tax laws, and insurance to recommend financial options to individuals in accordance with the individual's short-term and long-term financial goals. Some of the issues that financial planners address are retirement and estate planning, funding for college, and general investment options.
  • Financial analysts assess the economic performance of companies and industries for firms and institutions with money to invest.
  • Insurance agents specialize in life and health insurance or property and casualty insurance and a growing number of "multi-line" agents sell all lines of insurance.
  • Family Financial Planning (FFP) has been registered by the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Board of Standards.  CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® are federally registered service marks of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Board of Standards, Inc. They are granted by the CFP® Board to persons who have fulfilled a comprehensive educational requirement, passed the CFP® Certification Examination, satisfied a work experience requirement, and agreed to abide by the CFP® Board Code of Ethical Conduct.

 

Certificate

We also offer an 18 credit online Family Financial Planning Graduate Certificate and an online Financial and Housing Counseling Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Family Financial Planning master’s program?
A student can earn the Family Financial Planning master’s degree in two years as a full-time student taking nine credits a semester, with no summer classes. Students can take three, six, or nine credits a semester. Students, who also take summer classes may be able to finish one semester early. 

Are students required to come to campus during the program?
No, the program is completely online.

Is a practicum or thesis required for this program?
Students enrolled in the master’s program typically take six credits of practicum. For students interested in further education or research, another option is to do a master’s thesis (6 credits) or a master’s paper (3 credits) plus one additional 3-credit course or practicum.

Which university will I receive my degree from?
If you apply and are admitted to NDSU, you will receive a degree from NDSU even though some of your courses will be taught by professors from other institutions.

What is the difference between earning a graduate certificate and earning a master’s degree in Family Financial Planning?
A certificate is a way of showing that you have completed a coherent set of courses within a certain field. Both the Financial Planning and the Financial and Housing Counseling Graduate Certificates cover a subset of courses that are included the master’s program. If you are interested in the certificate program and decide to continue on to the master’s program, the courses you take for the certificate program will apply to the master's degree.

Can I transfer previous graduate coursework into this program?
You can transfer up to nine credits into the Family Financial Planning master’s program if they are relevant to the program. You must provide the syllabus of those courses to the Department of Human Development and Family Science graduate program in order to determine if the coursework is relevant.

I am employed full-time and have a family. How many credits would you recommend I take each semester?
For students with family and employment obligations, we recommend taking three credits the first semester. Then students are able to see how it works with their schedule and can determine how many courses they are able to take each semester.

Can I take some Family Financial Planning classes without being admitted to the program?
You can be admitted to the graduate school as a non-degree student and take Family Financial Planning classes without being in the program. Class sizes are very limited and students who are in the program are able to register first. The instructor needs to agree to allow non-degree students into their class. Non-degree students cannot register until a couple weeks before the semester in order to allow students in the program to register.

Will this program prepare me for a Ph.D. program?
If you are interested in applying to a Ph.D. program, we suggest you do a thesis instead of a practicum.

Is the program accredited? 
There is no accreditation in the Family Financial Planning field. Online degrees and classes offered through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and are approved through the academic departments and colleges at NDSU. The Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Board of Standards has approved the FFP master’s program as sufficient preparation for students to take the CFP certification examination.

What impact can I have getting the degree when there are so many online options for families to use Is the degree still valuable today?
Precisely because there is so much “free” information online for families, it’s important to distinguish experts in the field from scammers. Earning the certificate or degree in FFP and then the CFP designation is now more important than ever, because it is a marker for families that you have the necessary background and follow ethical standards of practice.

What is this degree called?
The degree is a Master’s of Science in Human Development and Family Science: Family Financial Planning option. The “Family Financial Planning” option title appears on the student’s transcript. It is an advantage to have the broader field of human development and family science also listed in the title of the degree, to signify that your education in FFP was grounded in a well-established discipline that provides depth of knowledge in the family and social context.

Is there a required degree to be admitted into the program?
There is not a required undergraduate degree to be admitted. Some experience as an undergraduate with social science courses (e.g. psychology, sociology) or business courses is helpful.

What is the application process for the Family Financial Planning program?
To be admitted to the program, applicants must meet the Graduate School admission and application requirements.

What do I do after I am admitted to the program?
Students admitted into the program will be contacted via email by Melissa Selders-Ortez from NDSU’s Graduate School. Students will need work with their advisor to identify the classes they should register for and then will notify Melissa of those classes as soon as possible since class sizes are limited. 

 

Contact Information

NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
Phone: 701-231-7568
Email: Jim.Deal@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: Melissa.SeldersOrtez@ndsu.edu

Human Development and Family Science: Gerontology

Gerontology is an emerging field with job opportunities related to health promotion, education, research, inter-generational activities, senior centers, and retirement communities.

Students enrolled in the online Gerontology program, offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, will gain knowledge of the physical, mental, and social changes associated with aging, investigate societal changes due to an aging population, apply obtained knowledge to policies and programs and will broaden their career options.

Two major tracks for working in the field of Gerontology are available:

  • Direct Service: involves working directly with older persons in such areas as health promotion programs, inter-generational activities for older persons, senior centers, or retirement communities. Direct care to frail elderly, counseling older persons and their families, and assisting persons with financial and personal preparation for retirement are also areas of direct service that need trained professionals.
  • Education and Research: Gerontologists can also work in education and research. This can include evaluating community-based services; conducting research on the aging process and social and developmental aspects of aging; teaching students, professionals, and older adults and their families about aging; aging policy development; and program planning and administration.

 

Certificate

We also offer a 15 credit online Gerontology Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the gerontology program?
A student can earn a Gerontology Master’s degree in two years as a full-time student taking nine credits a semester. Students can take three, six or nine credits a semester.

Are students required to come to campus during the program?
No, the program is completely online.

Is a practicum or thesis required for this program?
Students enrolled in the master’s program have three options: six credits of practicum, three credits of practicum and three credits of master's paper or six credits of master's thesis. For students preparing for direct care or direct service work, the six-credit practicum is recommended for experience. Students interested in education or research are recommended to take either the practicum and master’s paper option or the master’s thesis option.

Which university will I receive my degree from?
If you apply and are admitted to NDSU, you will receive a degree from NDSU even though some of your courses will be taught by professors from other institutions.

What is the difference between earning a graduate certificate and earning a master’s degree in gerontology?
A certificate is a way of showing that you have completed a coherent set of courses within a certain field. The Gerontology Graduate Certificate covers a subset of courses that are in the master’s program. If you are interested in the certificate program and decide to continue on to the master’s program the courses you take for the certificate program will apply.

Can I transfer previous graduate coursework into this program?
You can transfer up to nine credits into the Gerontology Master’s program if they are relevant to the program. The syllabus of those courses will need to be provided to the Department of Human Development and Family Science graduate program in order to determine if the coursework is relevant.

I am employed full time and have a family, how many credits would you recommend I take each semester?
For students with family and employment obligations we recommend taking three credits (one course) the first semester. Then students are able to see how it works with their schedule and can determine how many courses they are able to take each semester.

Can I take some gerontology classes without being admitted to the program?
You can be admitted to the graduate school as a non-degree student and take gerontology classes without being in the program. Class sizes are very limited and students who are in the program are able to register first. The instructor needs to agree to allow non-degree students into their class. Non-degree students cannot register until a couple weeks before the semester in order to allow students in the program to register.

Will this program prepare me for a Ph.D. program?
If you are interested in a Ph.D. program we recommend our dual major Ph.D. program in Developmental Science and Gerontology. Students can go directly into the Ph.D. program without getting their master’s degree first. If you are already in the master’s program but interested in the Ph.D. program, we suggest they do a thesis instead of a practicum.

Is the program accredited?
There is no accreditation in the gerontology field. Online degrees and classes offered are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are approved through the academic departments and colleges at NDSU.

Why go into the gerontology field?
The gerontology master’s program will prepare you for an array of different careers working with older adults including: health care, nursing, social work, counseling, hospice, working in government sectors, long-term care in administration and recreation, adult education, business, hospitality and travel. There will be a tremendous growth in career opportunities within the field in the next few decades. Organizations are especially looking for individuals with advanced degrees.

Is there a required degree to be admitted into the program?
There is not a required undergraduate degree to be admitted. Most of the coursework is focused on social sciences, so some experience as an undergraduate with social science courses is helpful.

What is the application process for the gerontology program?
To be admitted to the program, applicants must meet the Graduate School admission and application requirements that can be found on the Graduate Bulletin.

What do I do after I am admitted to the program?
Students admitted by NDSU into the program will be contacted via email by Melissa Selders-Ortez from NDSU’s Graduate School. Students will need work with their advisor to identify the classes they should register for and then notify Melissa of those classes as soon as possible since class sizes are limited.

 

Contact Information

NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
Phone: 701-231-7099

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: Melissa.SeldersOrtez@ndsu.edu

Human Development and Family Science: Youth Development

An online master's degree in Youth Development prepares students for careers in organizations such as 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, non-profits, faith based groups, community recreation, juvenile justice facilities, middle and high school programs, extension services, and military youth programs.

Youth Development has a positive orientation, meaning its focus is on promoting the positive development of youth.  Professionals in this field put developmental research and theory into practice in structuring and implementing programs and services for adolescents.

The online Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science: Youth Development option is a collaborative, inter-institutional program offered by Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), a web-based distance education program. The program requires 36 credits, including a practicum experience. A master's paper or thesis is optional. Students can complete the program in two to three years.

 

Certificate

We offer online certificates in Youth Development and Youth Program Management and Evaluation. Each certificate option is 13 credits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Youth Development master’s program?
A student can earn the Youth Development master’s degree in two years as a full-time student taking nine credits a semester, with no summer classes. Students can take three, six, or nine credits a semester. Students who also take summer classes may be able to finish one semester early.
 
Are students required to come to campus during the program?
No, the program is completely online.

Is a practicum or thesis required for this program?
Students enrolled in the master’s program typically take five credits of practicum. For students interested in further education or research, another option is to do a master’s thesis (6 credits) or a master’s paper (3 credits) plus one additional 3-credit course or practicum. 

Which university will I receive my degree from?
If you apply and are admitted to NDSU, you will receive a degree from NDSU even though some of your courses will be taught by professors from other institutions.

What is the difference between earning a graduate certificate and earning a master’s degree in youth development?
A certificate is a way of showing that you have completed a coherent set of courses within a certain field. Both the Youth Development and the Youth Program Management and Evaluation certificates cover a subset of courses that are in the master’s program. If you are interested in the certificate program and decide to continue on to the master’s program, the courses you take for the certificate program will apply to the master's program.

Can I transfer previous graduate coursework into this program?
You can transfer up to nine credits into the Youth Development master’s program if they are relevant to the program. The syllabus of those courses will need to be provided to the Department of Human Development and Family Science graduate program in order to determine if the coursework is relevant.

I am employed full-time and have a family. How many credits would you recommend I take each semester?
For students with family and employment obligations, we recommend taking four credits (the Foundations course plus one other course) the first semester. Then students are able to see how it works with their schedule and can determine how many courses they are able to take each semester.

Can I take some Youth Development classes without being admitted to the program?
You can be admitted to the graduate school as a non-degree student and take Youth Development classes without being in the program. Class sizes are very limited and students who are in the program are able to register first. The instructor needs to agree to allow non-degree students into their class. Non-degree students cannot register until a couple weeks before the semester in order to allow students in the program to register.

Will this program prepare me for a Ph.D. program?
If students are interested in a Ph.D. program, we recommend our Ph.D. program in Developmental Science. Students can go directly into the Ph.D. program without getting their master’s degree first. If students are already in the master’s program but interested in the Ph.D. program we suggest they do a thesis instead of a practicum.

Is the program accredited? 
There is no accreditation in the Youth Development field. Online degrees and classes are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are approved through the academic departments and colleges at NDSU.

Why go into the Youth Development field?
There is an increasing demand for employees of youth-serving organizations to obtain graduate degrees, certificates, and/or licensure. A master’s degree in Youth Development will benefit elementary, middle, and high school educators; extension educators; and military youth specialists.

Is there a required degree to be admitted into the program?
There is not a required undergraduate degree to be admitted. Some experience as an undergraduate with social science courses (e.g. psychology, sociology) is helpful.

What is the application process for the Youth Development program?
To be admitted to the program, applicants must meet the Graduate School admission and application requirements.

What do I do after I am admitted to the program?
Students admitted by NDSU into the program will be contacted via email by Melissa Selders-Ortez from NDSU’s Graduate School. Students will need work with their advisor to identify the classes they should register for and then will notify Melissa of those classes as soon as possible since class sizes are limited. 

 

Contact Information

NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
Phone: 701-231-8269
Email: Joel.Hektner@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: Melissa.SeldersOrtez@ndsu.edu

Merchandising

The online Master of Science (M.S.) in Merchandising, offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, prepares graduates of the program to work in product development, promotions, and retail management.

In the ever changing and global atmosphere of retailing, the ability to merchandise the product to the consumer is a strategic advantage. Understanding merchandising at every level, which this degree provides, will distinguish a person among their peers. Retailing is a major impact on the U.S. economy, representing one-third of the total U.S. economy or $4 trillion.

An advanced degree or certificate in merchandising is ideal for professionals in a variety of retail-related fields. You may have chosen retailing, apparel design or business as a profession but don’t have the theoretical background of merchandising. Through your Merchandising coursework, you will learn to deliver the consumer the right product or service in the right place, in the right quantities, at the right time, and the right price. This program can position you for career advancement or a new career in merchandising.

Students in the M.S. in Merchandising program will be able to:

  • Gain leadership skills for ever-changing situational contexts.
  • Advance within the field of merchandising or begin a new career.
  • Work at every level, from product development to promotions and retail management.
  • Think critically about issues related to consumers, technology, industry trends, product development and distribution, the research and strategic planning process, ethics and social responsibility.

 

Certificate

We also offer a 12 credit online Merchandising Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.

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Contact Information

NDSU Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management
Phone: 701-231-5273
Email: Linda.Manikowske@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-5945
Email: Melissa.SeldersOrtez@ndsu.edu
 

Public Health

The online Master of Public Health is a professional degree designed for graduates and employees in health-related fields who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in their field of practice. In addition to completing the core course work, students in the program specialize in American Indian Public Health, Community Health Sciences, Management of Infectious Diseases, or Food Safety. Students in the program can choose to complete the degree at a distance through videoconferencing into the live course in real time. Students may choose to take a combination of distance-based and on-campus courses.

 

Certificate

We also offer online Public Health Graduate certificates in:

  • American Indian Public Health
  • General Public Health
  • Health Systems Leadership
  • Infection Prevention

Certificates are a valuable tool for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate level instead of completing an entire Master’s degree. Credits from the NDSU graduate certificate are designed to roll into the full MPH degree program.

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*Prospective applicants in F-1 or J-1 VISA status must contact the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services (701-231-7895) prior to submitting an application for this program.

 

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Can international students take this program fully online? 
For international students interested in the Master of Public Health degree only one online course in fall and spring counts toward F-1/J-1 status each semester. International students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to enroll in courses offered physically on-campus at NDSU and are not allowed to complete the MPH program as a fully online degree. Additional questions about this should be directed to the Office of International Student & Study Abroad Services or by contacting your assigned international student advisor.

 

Contact Information

NDSU College of Health Professions
Phone: 701-231-6549
Email: stefanie.meyer@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: ndsu.grad.school@ndsu.edu
 

Software Engineering

The online Master of Software Engineering (MSE) degree is designed for professionals seeking to update or upgrade their credentials as well as to gain current skills and knowledge in software engineering. All assignments are completed through distance education. Projects and larger assignments can be customized to fit your specific needs.

 

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We also offer a 10-credit online Software Engineering Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.

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*Prospective applicants in F-1 or J-1 VISA status must contact the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services (701-231-7895) prior to submitting an application for this program.

 

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Does this program require a GRE exam for admission?
The Master of Software Engineering online program does not require the GRE exam.

Can international students take this program fully online? 
For international students interested in the Master of Software Engineering degree only one online course in fall and spring counts toward F-1/J-1 status each semester. International students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to enroll in courses offered physically on-campus at NDSU and are not allowed to complete the MSE program as a fully online degree. Additional questions about this should be directed to the Office of International Student & Study Abroad Services or by contacting your assigned international student advisor.

 

Contact Information

NDSU Department of Computer Science
Phone: 701-231-8562
Email: Gursimran.Walia@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: ndsu.grad.school@ndsu.edu

Supply Chain Management

The Department of Transportation, Logistics and Finance offers an online Master's degree in Supply Chain Management (MSCM). The degree is awarded through the College of Business in collaboration with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to transportation and logistics and attracts students with a multitude of backgrounds.

The online MSCM program targets aspiring logisticians, industry professionals, military officers and DOD civilians who want to meet the logistical challenges of the 21st century. A wide range of career opportunities exists in the sectors of the logistics industry, including logistics and supply chain management, operations management, purchasing and demand management, emergency management, consulting, retail, and many more.

The program’s core competencies, which are a direct derivative of the Army's National Logistics Curriculum and private industry needs, include:

  • Supply chain management in the military and private sectors
  • Global supply chain management and the design of international logistics systems
  • Change management in a turbulent environment
  • Hands-on experience with SAP software, including data analytics
  • Spreadsheet modeling for transportation analysis and planning for logistics
  • Crisis analysis and rapid logistical response
  • Logistics support for homeland security
  • Transportation systems cyber and physical security analysis

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Contact Information

Department of Transportation, Logistics, and Finance
Phone: 701-231-7767
Email: jody.bohn.baldock@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: ndsu.grad.school@ndsu.edu

Transportation and Urban Systems

The online Master of Transportation and Urban Systems (MTUS) degree is a non-thesis degree that is primarily intended to give professional planners and engineers the skills needed to address the complex relationships between transportation and the urban environment. Students enrolled in the MTUS program focus on practical application, with less emphasis on research.

This degree focuses on:

  • Urban transportation systems
  • Relationships between transportation, land use, environment, emergency response, and logistical delivery systems
  • Coordinated planning, operations, and security
  • The spatial dimensions of urban systems

Graduates from this program lead transportation agencies and municipalities in improving livability in communities by integrating transportation with other components of the urban environment. They will apply new technology and techniques in planning, operations and security. NDSU's program is unique in its systems approach and emphasis on analytical and spatial concepts.

 

Certificate

We also offer a nine credit online Transportation and Urban Systems Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.

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Contact Information

Department of Transportation, Logistics, and Finance
Phone: 701-231-7767
Email: jody.bohn.baldock@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: ndsu.grad.school@ndsu.edu