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Army ROTC/Military Science

The North Dakota State University Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program provides college-trained officers for the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Army ROTC enhances a student's education. It provides unique educational opportunities by combining leadership and management theory with actual hands-on experience. Army ROTC helps the student to develop self-discipline, physical stamina and poise—the qualities basic to success in any worthwhile career.

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Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Army ROTC program may pursue careers as officers in the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, or the Active Army. Students selected for active duty will receive a generous salary in excess of $53,000 per year, plus housing and medical benefits, and will have opportunities to travel to assignments throughout the world. Students selected for reserve components receive more than $7,700 per year for drills and annual training while pursuing their civilian careers. More importantly, the professional experience in management and leadership will enhance the student's marketability in any profession, civilian or military.


Army ROTC offers the NDSU student outstanding scholarship opportunities. Four-, three- and two-year scholarship opportunities are awarded to qualified students. Four-year scholarships are awarded to college freshmen, as well as high school seniors prior to enrolling in college. Two, three, and four-year scholarships are available to students who are enrolled in, or plan to enroll in, the Army ROTC program. Scholarships pay for all tuition and fees, provide a $1,200 allowance for books and pay $300 to freshmen, $350 to sophomores, $450 to juniors and $500 to seniors monthly. Army ROTC awards more scholarships than any other service.

Program Description

The Army ROTC program consists of a two-year Basic Course and a two-year Advanced Course. The Basic Course is normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years. During these two years there is no military obligation for non-contracted cadets, and a student may withdraw at any time. Students who have taken Junior ROTC, have active duty military experience, or are currently a member of a Reserve/National Guard unit may receive placement credit for the Basic Course.

Basic Course Highlights

ROTC classroom instruction covers opportunities in the various branches of the Army, orienteering, basic first aid, rifle marksmanship and leadership.  In the leadership laboratory, students participate in rope bridging, drill and ceremonies, rappelling, weapons training and squad tactics techniques. During the sophomore year, course work in military leadership and land navigation is offered. Students also can attend the ROTC’s 29-day Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Ky., with pay and get credit for all the Basic Course classes.

Advanced Course Highlights

Only eligible students are authorized to enter the junior year of ROTC. Juniors receive a $425 monthly stipend while seniors receive $500. At this phase, students agree to complete the Army ROTC program and obtain a commission. Students attend a 29-day Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Ky., between the third and fourth years. This course permits students to put into practice the principles and theories they have acquired from on-campus instruction. Students receive pay for this course plus travel expenses, room and board, and medical and dental care.

Eligibility for the Advanced Course

The Advanced Course is open to any full-time student who

1.   Has two academic years of course work remaining;
2.   Satisfies one of the following:
      a. Veteran with honorable discharge,
      b. Completed ROTC Basic Course,
      c. Has high school JROTC,
      d. Attended Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Ky., or
      e. Is a member of National Guard or Reserve and has completed Basic Training;
3.   Passes an Army physical;
4.   Has a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
5.   Has a desire to become an officer in the U.S. Army.

Alternative Financial Benefits

1.   Scholarships (full tuition and fees with $1,200 for books per year)
2.   Monthly stipends for contracted students: $300 (freshmen), $350 (sophomores), $450 (juniors) and $500 (seniors)
3.   Options for simultaneous membership in Reserve/National Guard which include additional incentives such as Montgomery GI Bill, GI Bill Kicker, 100% tuition reimbursement, federal and state tuition assistance, drill and annual training pay
4.   Other scholarships available through affiliated military organizations

Military Science Minor

Required Courses


MS 101

Foundations of Officership


MS 102

Basic Leadership


MS 201

Individual Leadership Studies


MS 202

Leadership and Teamwork


MS 301

Leadership and Problem Solving


MS 302

Leadership and Ethics


MS 310

Leadership Laboratory


MS 320

Leadership Laboratory


MS 401

Leadership and Management


MS 402



MS 410

Leadership Laboratory


MS 420

Leadership Laboratory


Select one of the following history Courses:


NDSU Courses:

HIST 103

U.S. to 1877

HIST 104

U.S. Since 1877

HIST 422

American Civil War and Reconstruction

HIST 424

U.S. History 1917-1960

Concordia Courses:

HIST 314

U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

HIST 338

Hitler's Germany (3)

HIST 365

Global Issues (3)

MSUM Courses:

HIST 121

U.S. History I (3)

HIST 122

U.S. History II (3)

Total Credits


Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

Bentson/Bunker Fieldhouse
Room 103

The Bentson/Bunker Fieldhouse is located on the corner of Centennial Boulevard and University Drive (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Army ROTC Enrollment Officer
North Dakota State University
Bentson Bunker Building 103
Dept #2495, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7575 / (800) 798-7575

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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