Admissions Policies and Procedures
Application for Admission to School of Graduate Studies
Those who have earned or will earn a four-year bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of this degree in another country, will be considered for admission to the School of Graduate Studies at UND. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
Applicants may apply for admission to the University of North Dakota during their final year of undergraduate study, but must furnish proof of graduation before registration.
The School of Graduate Studies application process is entirely online. For more information, contact the School of Graduate Studies or visit us online:
School of Graduate Studies Admissions
University of North Dakota
264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8178
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8178
Phone (701) 777-2947, 1-800-CALL UND
FAX (701) 777-3619
The University of North Dakota maintains deadlines for all graduate programs; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to assure a complete review and full consideration for financial aid. The School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee that applications received less than three weeks before the beginning of the semester will be able to be acted on in time for the beginning of the semester. Many programs have specific application deadlines. The School of Graduate Studies website provides the most current list of deadlines. Applicants should consult this website for program specific application deadlines.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that domestic applicants submit and complete an application at least three weeks prior to the program deadlines. The School of Graduate Studies recommends that international applicants submit applications three months in advance of program deadlines. Applications are complete when all materials required by the program, e.g. transcripts, recommendation letters, official test scores, written statements, etc., have been received by the School of Graduate Studies. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required admissions materials are sent to the School of Graduate Studies.
Those who wish to be considered for graduate study are required to submit an application and supporting materials to the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants are required to use the online application which is available at: http:// graduateschool.und.edu. All applicants are required to submit the following:
- application form;
- application fee;
- three letters of recommendation;
- one official copy of all academic transcripts; and
- statement of Goals and Objectives.
Additional information, such as writing samples, test scores, portfolios, etc., may be requested by some departments. An application fee is required for each application submitted. The application fee is waived for McNair Scholars. Applicants are encouraged to contact the School of Graduate Studies or the individual program with any questions regarding the application process.
Minimum General School of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements
- A four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university (for U.S. degrees, accreditation by MSA, NASC, NCA, NEASC-CHE, SACS-CC, or WACS,Sr.). Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. For combined degree programs, refer to the admission requirements under each department.
- A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work (2.5 for M.Engr.) or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).
- ADMISSIONS TESTS. All graduate admissions tests (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, etc.) must be sent directly by the Testing Service. The institution code for the University of North Dakota is 6878 for the GRE, TOEFL, and GMAT. The institution code for the MAT is 1380. Photocopies of test scores are not accepted. Not all graduate programs require testing for admission. Please consult the School of Graduate Studies website (http:// graduateschool.und.edu) for current information on admission tests.
- All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for approved status admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for approved admission status until the English Language Proficiency Requirement has been met. The English Proficiency Requirement will not be waived for any reason. This requirement may be satisfied in any of the following ways:
- A bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized institution in the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, or English Speaking Canada;
- An overall band score on the IELTS of at least 6.0;
- A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) an overall score of 76 is required.
- Successful completion of English Language Service (ELS) Language Center’s Intensive Level 112.
The programs below require additional and/or higher scores on the TOEFL test to be considered for admission:
Program iBT Listening Writing Reading Speaking
Applied Economics 79
Atmospheric Sciences 76 19 17 19 19
Business Administration 79
College Teaching 76 19 17 19 21
Communication 76 19 17 19 21
Communication & Public Discourse 76 19 17 19 21
Earth System Science & Policy 76 19 18 19 20
Educational Foundations & Research 76 23 22
Educational Studies 76 23 22
Elementary Education 76 19 17 19 21
English Language Learner 76 18
Nursing (degrees & certificates) 76 26 26
Physical Therapy 89 18 24 21 26
Physician Assistant Studies 93
Public Admin. (degrees & certificates) 79
Teaching & Learning 76 19 17 19 21
Graduate Teaching Assistants must be proficient English language communicators. Language proficiency will be established on the basis of the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) by earning a score of at least 26 on the spoken section, or on the basis of the IELTS test by scoring an overall band score of 6.5. The applicant must meet all other admission requirement. Contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.
Applications are considered only for the program, degree, and admit term indicated on the application. A person must submit separate applications for each program, degree, and admit term he or she wishes to be considered for admission. An applicant may change the program, degree, and/or admit term of a submitted application one time, but not after an admission decision has been published regarding the application.
Applications for which the School of Graduate Studies has not received all of the required application materials and have a status of incomplete at the fourth week census of the semester indicated on the application are administratively denied.
Some programs have additional admission requirements or require supplemental information at the time of application. Please consult the individual program listings in this catalog or contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.
Students who meet all of the stated admission requirements are eligible for consideration for Approved Status admission, but are not guaranteed admission. The entering classes will be chosen from all qualified applicants on the basis of the quality of the applicants' previous work, the adequacy of their preparation for graduate study at UND, and enrollment capacity. The School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant on the basis of scholastic or other reasons. Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for Approved admission may be considered for Provisional admission status.
Transcripts, references, and/or any other materials sent prior to submission of an application will be kept active for six months. Applicants should send all application materials directly to the School of Graduate Studies, not to the program to which they are applying.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the School of Graduate Studies has received all application materials; therefore, periodically checking on the status of the application by the applicant is advisable. Once an application is complete, it will be forwarded to the program for evaluation. Each graduate program makes its own admission recommendation, but the decision is not final until it has been reviewed and approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
The School of Graduate Studies will use transcripts which were received officially so long as the transcripts have been retained according to UND's Records Retention Policy. Because written statements (statement, goals, essays, etc.) and letters of recommendation are written to a specific program, an applicant must provide new written statements and letters of recommendations for each application. Because test scores have expiration dates, a test score must be considered current by the testing agency in order to be used for an application.
Categories of Admission
Applicants for degree or certificate programs may be admitted to Approved, Qualified, Provisional, or Deferred status. The School of Graduate Studies has established minimal academic criteria for admission. Individual departments may have additional requirements. The various categories of admission are detailed in the following paragraphs.
Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements stipulated by the School of Graduate Studies and have met all departmental requirements for admission may be admitted into Approved status. Admission to this status implies only that a student is permitted to commence graduate work which normally will lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate. However, admission to Approved status does not guarantee that a student will be allowed to become a candidate for a degree or diploma.
Admission to Provisional status may be granted to an applicant who has not met one or more of the general School of Graduate Studies or program level admission requirements, e.g., low G.P.A., low test scores, lack of a required test, or other concerns about the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate study. Generally, students will not be admitted into Provisional status with more than nine (9) credits of outstanding prerequisites.
Students admitted to Provisional status because of their previous GPA will be eligible for advancement to Approved status after the completion of nine semester hours of graduate level coursework if their GPA for all work attempted is at least 3.00. Students in a Provisional status may be dismissed after one registration if their GPA is below 3.00, or if they have failed to meet other conditions specified at the time of admission.
The first obligation of students admitted to Provisional status is to meet all of the conditions specified at the time of admission. Students in Provisional status are eligible for graduate assistantships and tuition waivers at the discretion of the department.
Admission to Conditional status may be granted to an applicant who has not met the English Language Proficiency requirement set by the School of Graduate Studies and is enrolled in or will be enrolling in the ELS Language Centers Intensive English Program. Students admitted under conditional status will not be allowed to enroll in courses until after they have passed the ELS Language Center's Intensive Level 112.
Applicants who wish to enroll in graduate level classes as a non-degree seeking student should seek admission into Non-Degree status. All applicants for non-degree status must have met the English Language Proficiency Requirement, and have a recognized baccalaureate degree. Permission of the academic department will be required to enroll in a class as a non-degree student. Therefore, the applicant should consult with the department(s) offering the courses before completing an application. Subject to the approval of the department and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, a maximum of nine (9) semester credits taken as a graduate Non-Degree student may subsequently be counted toward a graduate degree subject to all other regulations. Non-degree students are not eligible for graduate teaching, research, or service assistantships or School of Graduate Studies tuition waivers.
The purpose of this status is to provide a procedure for individuals to take a limited amount of academic work for cultural, intellectual, continuing education needs, or with the intent to complete prerequisite coursework for an eventual application to a graduate program. A student registered in Post-Baccalaureate status may not change to another status until the completion of the term. Students in Post-Baccalaureate status are not eligible for graduate teaching, research, or service assistantships or School of Graduate Studies tuition waivers.
Eligibility for Faculty to Pursue Graduate Degree
A faculty member at any rank may take coursework toward a degree at the University if he or she has the approval of the dean of his or her college or school. Members of the Graduate Faculty must also obtain approval of the Graduate Dean. Upon enrollment in a graduate program, graduate faculty membership, and faculty rank or role in any department in which the coursework is being taken, will be suspended. The suspended faculty rank and role, including graduate faculty membership, will be automatically reinstated upon completion of the graduate degree or departure from the degree program. Any member of the faculty may, with the approval of the dean and of the instructors concerned, take courses for credit as non-degree seeking students without changing his or her faculty status. Arrangements to audit classes or to take courses for credit are made through the School of Graduate Studies and/ or Registrar’s Office. (Reference: UND Faculty Handbook)
Eligibility to Work for an Advanced Degree
Only those who have been officially admitted to the School of Graduate Studies as Degree Students on the basis of a letter from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies may work for an advanced degree. Any conditions stipulated in the admission letter must be satisfied according to the terms of the letter. Degree or certificate students who do not satisfy the conditions of the admission letter will be dismissed. Students may petition the School of Graduate Studies for an extension if they are unable to satisfy the conditions of admission. Such petitions must be filed prior to any deadlines that are in the admissions letter.
Delaying or Moving Matriculation
An applicant offered admission to a degree or certificate program in the School of Graduate Studies may request to delay or move his/her matriculation into the program for up to one year. Requests to delay or move matriculation will require approval of the program faculty and the School of Graduate Studies. There is no guarantee that students denied delayed matriculation will be offered admission at a later date.
Students who do not enroll in program specific coursework as specified in the admission letter the semester that they are admitted, and do not gain approval to delay or move their matriculation, will have their admission offer rescinded. In such instances, a new application for future enrollment will need to be submitted with no guarantee that the application will result in another offer of admission. Academic departments may petition the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for exceptions to this policy.
Note to International Students
It is strongly recommended that the application be completed three months prior to the term in which the applicant wishes to matriculate.
In general, the following guidelines indicate the level of preparation expected of all international applicants for admission to UND:
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal: 1st Class Bachelor’s degree in engineering or medicine with a minimum of four years of study; master’s degree in all other fields.
Other Asian countries: Bachelor’s degree requiring a minimum of four years of study.
British or British-patterned education: Bachelor’s degree with honors with a minimum of four years of study.
French or French-patterned education: Diplome with a minimum of four years of post-baccalaureate study.
Other European, Latin American, Middle Eastern countries or Canada: University degree requiring a minimum of four years of study.
Three-year Bologna process degrees from countries within the European Union will be considered on an individual basis. Three-year degrees from other countries may also be considered. Applicants may be requested to provide a credential course-by-course transcript evaluation in addition to official transcripts from their university.
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for approved admission status. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. The English Proficiency Requirement will not be waived for any reason.
International students are required to submit a certification of finances to the Office of International Programs after an offer of admission has been made. Approximately $35,000 annually is required for educational and living expenses.
Applicants admitted to a graduate program will be issued an I-20 Form after all required documentation has been submitted.