What to Expect
Attending graduate school is very different from an undergraduate experience. Graduate School is self-directed. Students are responsible for learning the policies and procedures necessary to earn the graduate degree. Students can expect academic rigor, including a higher level of reading and writing.
There are also wonderful opportunities that are part of the graduate student experience. Students often develop collegial relationships with other students. There are opportunities to conduct and present research, choose areas of research specific to interests, participate in department and college committees and development opportunities.
You will also find the traditional educational, cultural and athletic offerings of a university campus at NDSU.
It is the responsibility of
the student to be familiar with and complete the requirements for the degree or certificate being sought.
the advisor to ensure that the student accurately understands the requirements for the degree or certificate being sought.
the program to ensure that the requirements for the degree or certificate are clear to all.
the Graduate School to verify that degree or certificate requirements have been managed and achieved.
The Graduate School
The Graduate School is the processing center for all documents necessary for completion of the graduate degree, from admission to graduation. Graduate School staff work with students to provide policy interpretation, assistance with completing forms, auditing of completion requirements, and disquisition review. In addition, the Graduate School offers opportunities for professional development, support services, and funding.
The Student Service Associates work with specific colleges and the departments within those colleges. They serve as a liaison among the Graduate School, students, and the department; s/he monitors students’ progress, interprets policy, and serves as a resource for academic departments. Please contact your Student Services Associate for assistance. We want you to be successful in your graduate studies.
The Graduate School office is located in 106 Putnam Hall. Putnam Hall is south of Old Main and east of the main Library. Our phone number is (701)231-7033. The Graduate School staff is here to help.
Graduate departments and advisers play a key role in the academic life of students. When a graduate student enters a department to do graduate work, s/he is assigned a faculty adviser. It is the graduate adviser who formally approves students' plans of study, advises them on advancement to candidacy for higher degrees, etc.
Departments may hold their own orientation programs and activities. To learn whether your department or program will have an orientation and specific activities please contact your department directly.