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Developmental Science Doctoral Program Application Process

Due Date

Early, preferred application due date is February 1st.
Late, final application due date is June 1st.
Applications will be accepted during either of these dates, but priority funding will be provided to those who apply by February 1st.  Additionally, you may contact the Developmental Science Coordinator or the faculty member you are interested in working with to determine if slots are still available in the program.

Application Components

Applications must be submitted online and include the following components:

  • Online application form
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Thesis or writing sample
  • 3 letters of recommendation (recommenders should be identified in the online application and then will be contacted electronically to complete the form/letter)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores for those whose native language is not English
  • Official transcript from all previous colleges/universities

NOTE: A key component for acceptance into our program is a match between your interests and those of a core faculty member(s). Thus, it would be helpful to indicate your research interests and the faculty member(s) you would like to work within your personal statement. For more information on current research projects and core faculty members, click here.

Apply Online - Click Here

You will be linked to the graduate school application procedure.  When selecting program, select: Human Development and Family Science - Developmental Science

Admission Criteria

Criteria for admission include but are not limited to:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Well-written personal statement with research interests that match with the department
  • GRE verbal and quantitative exams required
  • Previous research knowledge and experience (preferred)
  • For those entering with a Bachelor's degree:

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution in child development, developmental psychology, human development, developmental science, psychology, or other related area
    • At least one course in statics and one course in research methods (preferred)

  • For those entering with a Master's degree:

    • Master's degree from an accredited educational institution in child development, developmental psychology, human development, developmental science, psychology, or other related area
    • At least one course in statistics and one course in research methods, with grades of a least a B
    • Completion of an empirical Master's thesis (this document must be sent along with your application)

  • For non-native English speakers:

    • Subscores on the TOEFL at a least 24 for speaking and 21 for writing

Some Helpful Tips


Writing a Personal Statement

Letters of Recommendation

For more information on financial opportunities, click here
Review Graduate School information, click here
For additional questions, please contact our Developmental Science Program Coordinator, joel.hektner@ndsu.edu


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