Degrees and Degree Requirements

Graduate Programs

The School of Graduate Studies offers programs of study leading to the doctoral degree in 26 fields. Fifty-four fields offer work leading to the master’s degree. Many combinations of major and minor or cognate work are available for the degrees mentioned. Thesis and non-thesis programs are available. Graduate certificate programs are also available in several areas.

Degrees Granted

The degrees conferred for graduate work are the Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Engineering (M.Engr.), Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Music (M.M.), Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.), Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Master of Science in Applied Economics (M.S.A.E.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Doctor of Arts (D.A.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.). The Specialist Diploma is offered in Educational Leadership.

For information on graduate courses, prospective students should refer to the departmental statements in other parts of this Catalog. Updates may also be available on the School of Graduate Studies website. Courses with 500 and 900 series numbers are graduate courses and are normally open only to graduate students. Only courses listed in the School of Graduate Studies Section of this Catalog carry graduate credit. Courses numbered over 300 in the Undergraduate section of this Catalog may, in certain instances, be included in a cognate area. Exceptions may apply to language courses where lower level courses may be allowed for a cognate.

Certificate Programs

Some graduate programs offer certificate programs in addition to the degree programs. Certificate programs generally require a minimum of nine to twelve credit hours in approved graduate courses with the following requirements:

A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required to earn the certificate.

Degree seeking students may simultaneously be enrolled in a degree and certificate program and apply courses to both. Courses from completed degrees at UND and courses from other institutions may be used to satisfy certificate requirements with departmental approval and subject to the conditions of the UND transfer policy.

UND graduate certificate courses can be transferred to a degree program, up to one-fourth of the credits required for the degree.

Courses transferred from another university to a certificate program have to meet the conditions of the transfer policy as stated in the Transfer of Graduate Credits in this edition of the UND Graduate Catalog.

Combined Degrees

The University of North Dakota is currently offering combined degrees in Applied Economics, Business Administration, Chemistry, Counseling, Public Administration, Chemical, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science. The intention of these programs is to allow qualified undergraduate students to complete requirements for both a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree in a shorter period of time. This program allows students to designate two three-credit graduate courses to count for both degrees. The selected courses must have graduate course standing and be designated when a student requests admission to the program.

Students who qualify may be admitted to a Combined Program (undergraduate status) as noted for each of the following programs:

Engineering
95 credits admitted to Combined Program
125 credits admitted to School of Graduate Studies
Applied Economics
90 credits admitted to Combined Program
125 credits admitted to School of Graduate Studies
Counseling
95 credits admitted to Combined Program
125 credits admitted to School of Graduate Studies
Chemistry
95 credits admitted to Combined Program
125 credits admitted to School of Graduate Studies
Computer Science
90 credits admitted to Combined Program
125 credits admitted to School of Graduate Studies
Public Administration
90 credits admitted to both Combined Program and School of Graduate Studies

Once a student is admitted to graduate status, all of the financial aid and billing will switch to graduate status. The student must be enrolled in six or more graduate credits to be eligible for federal financial aid. Once admitted to graduate status, students are no longer eligible for undergraduate financial aid, including Federal Pell Grants.

Students interested in these programs need to refer to the individual departments for admission and program requirements.

Applications must be completed by:
August 15 for Fall Semester Admittance
December 15 for Spring Semester Admittance
April 15 for Summer Semester Admittance

Engineering Combined Degree Programs

To encourage undergraduate engineering students to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the College of Engineering and Mines has a combined program, which permits students to earn both bachelors and master’s degrees in an engineering discipline. This program allows students to designate two three-credit graduate courses to count for both degrees. The selected courses must have graduate course standing and be designated when a student requests admission to the program.

Students may be admitted to the engineering combined degree program after the completion of 95 credit hours towards the bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 and before completion of the bachelor’s degree. The student is admitted to the School of Graduate Studies upon completion of 125 credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The two three-credit hour courses designated for both degrees must not have been completed at the time of application and they must have graduate course standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Continuing Education

Master and Doctoral Degrees Offered at a Distance

The University of North Dakota School of Graduate Studies, through the Division of Continuing Education, offers master’s degrees and doctoral degrees at a distance to North Dakota citizens as well as to students located throughout the United States and internationally. Many of the degree programs are delivered through videoconferencing utilizing the North Dakota Interactive Video Network (IVN). Other distance delivery methods are available, depending on the program. Students wishing to enroll in these programs must apply to and gain admission to the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to all School of Graduate Studies policies and procedures. Graduate Degree programs currently being offered include:

Master’s Degree Programs:

Adult Gerontological Nursing (CNS or NP)
Advanced Public Health Nursing
Applied Economics
Aviation
Business Administration (MBA)
Counseling with a K-12 School Emphasis
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education
English Language Learners (ELL) Education
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Forensic Psychology (M.A.)
Higher Education
Instructional Design & Technology
Master of Public Health
Nurse Educator
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CNS or NP)
Public Administration (MPA)
Social Work (MSW for BSW Students)
Social Work (MSW for non-BSW Students)
Space Studies
Special Education

Doctoral Degree Programs:

Educational Leadership (PK-12 Emphasis)
Higher Education
Nursing

The University is always looking to expand distance degree programming. For more information and a current list of degree programs and/or courses offered at a distance, please contact the UND School of Graduate Studies or Division of Continuing Education.

Degree Requirement

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the requirements for a degree. The student may receive guidance from the advisor and the staff in the School of Graduate Studies. The requirements are listed in this section of the catalog and in the section entitled “Departmental Programs.”

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