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How to Apply


We appreciate your application to the Graduate School at North Dakota State University. Our application procedure places responsibility on the applicant for gathering all supporting credentials and verifying your application is complete. The following instructions will be helpful to you as you complete your application. 

The deadline for submission is dependent upon the program. If no deadline is listed on the program's bulletin page, all application materials are due at least one month prior the start of the semester.

Required Application Materials


 Online Application and $35 application fee.

In order to be considered for admission, your bachelor's degree must have been received from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association. If you attended a non-U.S. college or university, your degree must have been received from a recognized institution where the requirements for the bachelor's degree are similar to those at North Dakota State University.

Official transcripts from each college or university where you have been enrolled or are currently enrolled are required. Include both undergraduate and graduate work. Request that your previous and/or current institution(s) send the transcripts directly to you in a sealed envelope or directly to the NDSU Graduate School at the address listed below. If official copies of your transcript are mailed from the institution to you, do not open them. We cannot accept transcripts unless they are in a sealed, stamped envelope. 

Test scores
Some departments require Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general and/or subject test scores. The individual program pages of our website state whether a GRE score is required. You may register for the GRE on the online at When requesting that official GRE test scores be sent to NDSU, use code 6474. Business Administration requires Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. GMAT scores can be requested by visiting Please arrange to have any official test scores sent directly to the Graduate School. All official test scores must be within five years of the date of the application to the Graduate School. 

 Statement of purpose
Please 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. Writing a Statement of Purpose

 Three letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievements. Letters cannot be more than two years old. Letters must be sent to the Graduate School via the online application. By including your recommenders' e-mail addresses in the appropriate fields on the application, they will be sent an e-mail that instructs him/her how to send the recommendation electronically.  We will not accept paper recommendation letters.

Additional program-specific application materialsPrograms may require additional application materials. 

Multiple Applications
If you choose to apply to more than one graduate program, you must submit a separate application using a new email address, a statement of purpose, and a $35 application fee. If you would like to use any previously submitted documents, please email us at

If it has been more than two years since your previous application was submitted, you must also request three new online letters of recommendation, new test scores, if required, and any new transcripts. If you wish to change your program of application after you have submitted the application form, you must complete a new application.

Fraudulent Records
Any transcripts, certificates, translations, or examination results that appear irregular will be verified with the appropriate school or examination authorities, and the application process will be delayed until verification is received. If it is determined that an applicant has submitted false records or omitted information about previous school attendance, his/her application will be denied, and legal action may be taken.

Application Process
Once the Graduate School has received a complete application, it will be forwarded to the department for review. Each graduate program makes its own recommendation, but the final admission decision is the responsibility of the Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.



Phone: (701) 231-7033

Mailing Address:
NDSU Graduate School
NDSU Dept. 2820
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108

Delivery Address (for courier deliveries):
NDSU Graduate School
106 Putnam Hall
1349 12th Avenue NW
Fargo, ND 58102

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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address:  NDSU Dept. 2820/PO Box 6050/Fargo, ND 58108
Page manager: NDSU Graduate School

Last Updated: Thursday, March 03, 2016 9:45:17 AM