Why Get a Graduate Education? Why NDSU?
Graduate education plays a central role in developing a highly skilled workforce and is essential for innovation in all fields of endeavor, from the arts and humanities to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Graduate degree holders bring increased value to the workforce and to society through their specialized knowledge and problem-solving ability. Graduate education develops leaders for business, nonprofit and government sectors and prepares the K-12 workforce and future college and university faculty. Graduate degree holders are involved in research and innovation, technology transfer and commercialization, entrepreneurship, promoting public health, strengthening communities, and enhancing society through arts and humanities.
Graduate degree holders also have higher job security and higher lifetime earnings. In a knowledge-based economy, a graduate education is the best investment you can make.
Graduate Education at NDSU
As a graduate student at NDSU you will learn from the best. We have preeminent faculty who are recognized world-wide as experts in their field. They integrate research into their classes and into their mentoring of graduate students; they serve as editors of international scholarly journals, as officers of professional societies, as members of advisory boards for companies and government agencies, and give invited presentations at conferences and universities around the world. We also have state-of-the art facilities and equipment to support advanced study and research.
At NDSU, you are an integral part of the educational experience, charting your own course for traditional scholarly inquiry or pushing the boundaries of modern theory. Along the way, you’ll l have access to state-of-the-art, technologically advanced research facilities and numerous public-private partnerships that enhance your graduate education. NDSU is ranked 40th among all US universities without medical schools in total research and development expenditures by the National Science Foundation.
The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education ranks NDSU in its top Doctoral Research University "Very High Research Activity" category. Not only is NDSU in the top quarter of U.S. universities in research expenditures, it is one of the top 108 universities in the country. This includes universities like Harvard, Yale, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin and other respected peer institutions. NDSU has enjoyed vigorous growth and has an enrollment of about 14,400 students, with approximately 2,200 graduate students.