Coursework centers on graduate-level courses in the discipline area, a common core of DBER courses, and elective courses focused on research training. An interdisciplinary team of faculty supervised the candidate's dissertation research, which will investigate teaching and learning within/across one or more STEM disciplines.

Although interdisciplinary in nature, graduate students in the DBER Ph.D. Program have an academic home in the STEM department/program of their discipline preference. Graduate committee membership includes faculty from the DBER program and from the department/program of discipline preference.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will not be considered without a core faculty member who has agreed to serve as the major adviser. Applicants for the DBER Ph.D. program must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Completed a masters (or Ph.D.) degree in a STEM discipline.
  • Accepted into an NDSU master’s program in a STEM discipline.
  • Accepted into an NDSU Ph.D. program in a STEM discipline.