Graduate Program Summaries

Accountancy

Degree Granted: Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree is a professional graduate degree for individuals with an accounting background seeking advanced study in the discipline of accounting and broader aspects of business. Specifically, the primary goal of the MAcc is to assist in the preparation of professional accountants. Three supporting objectives of the Program are:

  1. To assist students in dealing with unstructured problems and complex decision making in accounting and business environments;
  2. To assist students in improving their communications skills in a professional setting; and
  3. For those who choose to pursue the CPA designation as part of their professional development, assist in their preparation for the CPA examination.

The Program is intended to fulfill expectations of the public accounting profession by providing a graduate option to fulfilling the 150-hour requirement currently in effect in most public accounting jurisdictions, including North Dakota and Minnesota. While primarily intended for individuals entering public accounting, the MAcc may also serve those who wish to pursue careers in industrial and governmental/nonprofit accounting. Additionally, this Program would prepare those wishing to pursue further study in a doctoral program.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Combined Ph.D./M.D.

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The programs are designed to prepare scholars for academic teaching and research, or for careers in a variety of organizations that conduct research and development in biologically or medically related areas. The research interests of departmental faculty include cancer biology, cell and molecular biology of intracellular signaling, cell biology of extracellular matrix in diabetes, and neurobiology.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Art and Design

Degree Granted: Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

The Master of Fine Arts degree program in Visual Arts is a strongly studio-oriented professional preparation in the major emphasis areas of ceramics, drawing, metal smithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media art. Within and outside the visual arts areas there are many opportunities for balanced study in art history, graphic design, fibers, photo, time-based media and supporting disciplines.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Atmospheric Sciences

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The Master of Science program is intended to serve those who are interested in continuing studies at the doctoral level as well as those seeking advanced knowledge for professional work in the atmospheric sciences in general. The Doctor of Philosophy program is intended to prepare students for leadership roles in academia, government, and private industry in the field of atmospheric science by enabling graduates to fill critical roles in leading research efforts, guiding science policy, educating future scientists, and creating opportunities in private industry.

Our vision is to offer premier atmospheric sciences graduate programs serving our students and the broader scientific community. In striving to achieve this distinction, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences maintains graduate programs that are socially relevant, serve as an advocate for graduate education campus-wide, provide resources that support graduate student research, and foster interdisciplinary programs. Within the context of the broader university community, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences serves to create an academic and intellectual climate that appreciates and respects diversity, values creativity, and supports the academic potential of each graduate student.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Aviation

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The Aviation Department offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree. The M.S. in Aviation degree provides the necessary educational background for aviation industry professionals to solve problems within the field of aviation including the airlines, corporate aviation, general aviation, and airport management. Graduates will gain an understanding of the various complexities facing the industry through a breadth of aviation industry related courses. In addition, graduates will gain an understanding of statistics and research methods, and how they may be applied to research and solving problems within the aviation industry. The program will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills that prepare them for the aviation industry, aviation related government positions and for further research and development in the field of aviation.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Combined M.D./Ph.D.

The department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and, Ph.D., degrees. All programs are research-oriented and students begin research work during their first year. These graduate programs prepare scholars for a variety of careers including academic teaching and research, and research associated careers in various governmental, industrial, and private research laboratories.

The department is housed within the Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Research is conducted in the areas related to cell signaling, epigenetics, protein/protein interactions, and proteomics. Joint faculty from the Department of Pathology (UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences) provides additional research opportunities for graduate students in our program in the areas of heavy metal toxicology, tumorogensis and cancer biomarkers.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Biology

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Biology offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. These programs are designed to prepare students for academic teaching and research, research in government service, research and developmental opportunities in industry, and functioning as a professional biologist.

The Department offers graduate work in the following areas: Cell Biology; Conservation Biology; Developmental Biology; Ecology; Entomology; Fisheries Biology; Genetics and Genomics; Molecular Biology; Neurobiology; Parasitology; Physiology; Plant Biology; Systematics; and Wildlife Management.

Facilities for Graduate Research

The Department of Biology occupies 58,000 sq. ft. in Starcher Hall. This structure houses classrooms, museums, offices, and research laboratories. There are three large rooftop greenhouses with an adjacent preparation area. The animal care facility includes rooms for aquatic organisms, aquatic bird rooms, observation rooms for behavioral study, and a number of rooms for holding small vertebrates. Other departmental research facilities include an herbarium, controlled environmental chambers, vertebrate and invertebrate research museums, plant and animal tissue culture rooms, data analysis facilities, and molecular biology laboratories. Notable recent departmental additions as part of a core Molecular Biology Facility include ultra- and high-speed centrifuges, Microm HM550 cryostat, Bio-Rad Experian microfluidics station, ABI and Bio-Rad real-time PCR systems, Bio-Rad Tetrad multi-block PCR thermocycler, automated DNA sequencer, UVP Autochemi gel documentation system, Nanodrop spectrophotometer, Fluoview Confocal Microscope, and Microbrightfield Instruments design-based stereology system. Highly specialized instruments not presently available in Biology have been made available to our graduate students by other nearby facilities such as the Department of Chemistry, the Medical School, the USDA Human Nutrition Laboratory, and the UND Energy Technology Center.

The Department operates two field stations for research and class use. The Forest River Biology Area is 40 miles from campus and includes 160 acres consisting of spring brook, swamp, moist and dry woods and a section of the Forest River. The Oakville Prairie Field Station consists of approximately 1000 acres of virgin upland and lowland prairie located 12 miles from campus. Oakville Prairie offers rare native tall-grass prairie and saline seeps. Glacial Lake Agassiz receded from the site approximately 9,300 years ago, leaving a series of beach ridges. These ridges have mostly disappeared, but two of the Ojata Beach Ridges remain on the Oakville site along with 8 Saline Seeps (another geological feature not common elsewhere).

The Biology Department has a history of cooperative research involving the management of sport and commercial fisheries and wildlife with state (North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) and federal (US Fish and Wildlife Service) agencies.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Business Administration

Degree Granted: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is a professional degree with a program designed to prepare persons for general management responsibilities at the executive level. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The recipient of the degree must have demonstrated critical, analytical, and decision-making abilities in the broad area of management and also must have demonstrated an ability to study and write in one specialized area. The M.B.A. degree program is designed for individuals who have an undergraduate background in a field other than business, as well as for those with undergraduate training in business.

The M.B.A program is available as part of a combined program resulting in both an undergraduate degree in a business area plus an M.B.A. degree in five years.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Chemistry

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Chemistry offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy with majors in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry. The department offers a B.S./M.S. program (using the non-thesis M.S. option) for students who meet the admission criteria listed below.

Current areas of research specialization are synthetic and structural Organometallic Chemistry, Photochemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Electroanalytical Chemistry, X-ray Crystallography, Synthetic Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Optical Spectroscopy, Analytical Instrumentation, Inorganic Compounds for Materials Science, Carbohydrate Chemistry, Physical Biochemistry and Biocatalysis, Theoretical Biophysical Chemistry and Bionanotechnology.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Communication

Degrees Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Communication Program offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Masters program in Communication strikes a purposeful balance between specialization and integration among the various approaches to the study of human communication. The Ph.D. program in Communication and Public Discourse provides the opportunity for specialized study in various aspects of communication. Both the Masters and Ph.D. programs provide a flexible array of advanced coursework and intensive research. For Ph.D. students, the program culminates in the doctoral dissertation. Both the Masters and Ph.D. programs offer the opportunity for students to develop a broad range of professional and scholarly competencies. The Masters program expands the professional options for graduates as well as prepares them for more advanced study. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for positions in the academy, industry, and government. The student’s plan of study is prepared and directed in cooperation with the student’s adviser and faculty committee.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The master’s degree program has been accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. A graduate degree is required for students planning a career in speech-language pathology and audiology. It is anticipated that graduates with a master’s degree will meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the Boards of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Master of Science degree with thesis or without thesis is available with a major emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology and with supporting work in Audiology.

The doctoral program provides a background of study in normal and disordered speech, language and hearing. This program prepares the student for employment in a variety of settings including university teaching and research, clinical services and research, and/or research and consultation in industry.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Computer Science

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Computer Science offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree, thesis and non-thesis options, a combined degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Scientific Computing (emphasizing the development of software, the science and the technology required to support Computational Science). The department is a part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which provides unique opportunities for research by faculty and graduate students. There is strong interest within the department in the areas of artificial intelligence, computer security, database, image processing, internet applications, networks, object oriented design, operating systems, simulation, software engineering, and theoretical computer science.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Counseling Psychology and Community Services

Degrees Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology. The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Graduates of the M.A. program are eligible to apply for licensure as a school Counselor in North Dakota as well as other states. Completion of the M.A. program partially fulfills requirements for certification as a School Counselor or certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor or licensure as an Addiction Counselor in North Dakota. The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology provides preparation for licensure as a Psychologist in North Dakota, as well as other states.

To encourage students who are majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the Department offers a Combined Program in Counseling with a Rehabilitation Emphasis. The Combined Program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services and a master’s degree in Counseling with a Rehabilitation Emphasis in approximately five years. This would be a year less than is typically required to complete these degrees separately.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Criminal Justice

Degree Granted: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Dakota in partnership with the Department of Criminal Justice at Minot State University offers a graduate program of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice. The program is designed to prepare students for academic teaching and research, research in government service, and higher-level administrative positions in criminal justice agencies.

While retaining a traditional core of research and study on national and international issues in the administration of criminal justice systems, this program places special emphasis on the operation and administration of criminal justice agencies and systems in rural and American Indian Tribal jurisdictions. The program also offers a specialized program of study for those individuals holding a Juris Doctorate and wishing to meet educational requirements for teaching and research positions in criminal justice higher education programs.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Earth System Science and Policy

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The graduate program in Earth System Science and Policy is organized around the field of environmental sustainability and offers three degrees: Master of Environmental Management, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Sustainability science has emerged as an intellectually exciting, growing discipline that is a driving concept for major international scientific and environmental policy efforts. By bridging theory with practice, global and local perspectives, and scientific and social disciplines, sustainability science seeks to meet the needs of society while sustaining the life support systems of the planet.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Economics (Applied)

Degree Granted: Master of Science in Applied Economics (M.S.A.E.)

The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) reflects the current state of knowledge and skills used by professional economists. It is characterized by strong foundational courses in economic theory, mathematical economics and applied statistical methods.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Education

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialist Diploma (Spec. Dip.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Graduate programs in Education are housed in three departments of the College of Education and Human Development. Faculty in the Departments of Educational Foundations and Research, Educational Leadership, and Teaching and Learning work closely together in design and delivery of the graduate programs described in this section. The graduate programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2015, and those leading to teacher licensure or endorsement or to an advanced educator credential are approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction as appropriate.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Educational Foundations and Research

Degree Granted: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Educational Foundations and Research provides programs for educators and other professionals interested in educational foundations, educational evaluation, and/or educational research. The department is committed to the encouragement of interdisciplinary efforts and to increased understanding of our multicultural society.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Educational Leadership

Degrees Granted: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Specialist Diploma (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Educational Leadership prides itself on being a leader in the field with an internationally recognized academic program that combines theory and practice to provide a scholar-practitioner educational model. Our innovative and responsive curriculum fosters intellectual vitality and facilitates the development of our world-class students and faculty.

The academic experience is designed to provide our students with an understanding of basic concepts and advanced knowledge of educational leadership. The academic offerings apply to leadership positions in the elementary, middle, secondary, and higher education levels as well as for the non-profit sector.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Early Childhood Education

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The focus of the M.S. program in Early Childhood Education is on the advanced preparation of teachers and leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education. The program addresses the education of children age 3 through grade 3 by concentrating on the study of children ages 3-8 and the implications such study holds for educational practice. This degree does not lead to initial teacher licensure. Those pursuing this program will be prepared as professional teachers/leaders in a variety of early childhood settings, including public and private schools (Pre-K-grade 3), Head Start programs, child development and childcare centers, and college and University settings.

The Early Childhood education program is administered through the Department of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education and Human Development (EHD) and the UND School of Graduate Studies. The programs follow the policies of Early Childhood Education, the Department of Teaching & Learning, EHD, UND, UND School of Graduate Studies and NDUS.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Elementary Education

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Science (MS) and the Master of Education (M.Ed) degrees are offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. These two Elementary Education Master Programs strive for excellence in education for all learners. The Programs are dedicated to the professional development of responsive teachers as learners, active agents of learning, and articulate visionaries. We provide high quality educational experiences that emphasize inquiry, reflection, and collaboration. In order to be accessible to our graduate students we offer Programs in a variety of formats including campus based and distance degrees.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

English Language Learners (TESOL)

Degree Granted: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Graduate Certificate in ELL Education and the M.Ed. in ELL Education are designed to provide licensed teachers and other professionals with in-depth and specialized knowledge in teaching K-12 and adult English language learners in the U.S. and abroad. Both programs are offered on-line; on-campus options are also available. Both programs require a field experience. Note: K-12 licensure is not required for admission; however, these programs do not lead to initial teacher licensure, which is required for North Dakota ELL teacher endorsement. Educators from other states seeking ELL teacher endorsement should check to determine whether the Graduate Certificate program or the Masters degree program best meets their state requirements.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Education: General Studies

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

This M.S. degree program (thesis and non-thesis) is designed for both the licensed secondary or middle level teacher who seeks a major in education with a cognate or a minor in another field (Track I), or for those who wish to pursue a graduate degree in education that broadly will inform their own professional practice (Track II). Track I requires a teaching license; Track II does not require, nor does it lead to, teacher licensure.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Higher Education

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

This major incorporates the examination of the governance, organization, and administration of colleges and universities; internal and external factors leading to student access, development, and success; evaluation and assessment of students, programs, institutions, and systems; and ethical and historical implications of the higher education enterprise.

Instructional Design and Technology

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Graduate Certificates

The Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program is a collaboration between the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. The designers believe the program benefits from the expertise of a diverse faculty, the various resources of the different organizational units, and a collaborative decision-making structure among the three units. The IDT program is administered through the College of Education and Human Development (EHD) and follows the IDT, EHD, UND, UND School of Graduate Studies, and NDUS rules and policies. The IDT program currently offers a Master of Science, a Master of Education, a Certificate in K-12 Technology Integration, a Certificate in eLearning, and a Certificate in Corporate Training and Performance. IDT also offers a doctorate through the Teaching and Learning Ph.D. program, in which IDT is an area of emphasis (see Teaching and Learning in the graduate catalog).

The IDT master’s and certificate programs are available for on-campus and distance delivery, making it possible to attain these degrees via distance delivery, on-campus attendances, or a combination of both. Online students and on-campus students are peers in the same class sessions and experience the same educational opportunities. Courses typically have a few synchronous (live) class sessions, where students may attend on-campus in the actual classroom or they may participate through our distance delivery system. In this manner, class lectures, discussion, presentation, and collaboration are done seamlessly, in a nearly identical fashion to traditional classes.

Asynchronous sessions (those done at the time and place of the students’ choosing each week) are handled through a course management system. Students use these tools to read material loaded by the teacher, turn in assignments, communicate through message boards, participate in discussions through threaded discussion tools, take tests, and receive their grades. There are assignments and participation activities every week, whether the class meets live or not. In this way, students get the best of both worlds: the flexibility of online learning and the personal contact and connection of face-to-face instruction.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements, and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Reading Education

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Reading Education programs are designed for educators or other professionals interested in the study of individual readers and writers, reading/language arts instruction in the classroom and/or in the reading specialist setting, reading/language arts curriculum and assessment. A unique feature of these programs is that students become engaged in teaching literacy in a supervised practicum experience. With careful planning, licensed teachers can take course work that meets the requirements for obtaining the North Dakota Reading Credential.

Certified teachers with a bachelor’s degree in education may pursue either the Master of Education or the Master of Science. Non-certified individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field of study other than education may only pursue the Master of Science.

The Reading Education programs are administered through the Department of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education and Human Development (EHD) and the UND School of Graduate Studies. The programs follow the policies of Reading Education, the Department of Teaching & Learning, EHD, UND, UND School of Graduate Studies, and NDUS. The Reading programs are approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Special Education

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Special Education Program offers graduate coursework leading to a Master of Science or Master of Education degree in Special Education in the specialization areas of: Developmental/Cognitive Disabilities; Early Childhood; Emotional Disturbance; Learning Disabilities; Strategist; Visual Impairment; and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Special Education programs are designed for educators or other professionals interested in the study of children, adolescents, and/or adults with disabilities. Certified teachers with a bachelor’s degree in any area of education may pursue either the Master of Education or the Master of Science in any of the specialization areas. The Master of Education degrees have a foundation of education focus, whereas the Master of Science degrees have an assessment and research focus. Non-certified individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field of study other than education may only pursue the Master of Science. The Special Education programs are administered through the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development (EHD) and the UND School of Graduate Studies.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Teaching and Learning

Degrees Granted: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs in Teaching and Learning are designed to prepare individuals for leadership and teaching positions in schools, colleges and universities, and public or private agencies. The doctoral program in Teaching and Learning offers three areas of emphasis:

  • Higher Education (preparation to be a college or university professor of an academic discipline and all of its responsibilities).
  • Teacher Education (preparation to be an educator of teachers in a college or university setting and/or as a person providing consultation and in-service to teachers in pre-K-12 schools).
  • Instructional Design and Technology (preparation to be researchers and scholars. The focus is on understanding various areas in instructional design, human learning, and the integration of technology).

Coursework for all areas of emphasis is offered by faculty from the department of Teaching and Learning. Faculty members are able to serve as advisors to doctoral students.

Students are specifically admitted to the Ed.D. or the Ph.D. program.

  • The Ed.D. degree emphasizes professional practice and educational foundations and theory.
  • The Ph.D. degree emphasizes research, creative scholarship, and educational theory.

The doctoral student and advisory committee design the doctoral program of study to meet individual needs within the framework of guidelines set by the School of Graduate Studies and by the program faculty. School of Graduate Studies requirements for the Ph.D. and the Ed.D. are stated in the Degree Requirements section.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Engineering

The College of Engineering and Mines offers the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science degree with majors in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering. The Master of Science degree is offered with majors in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, geology, and mechanical engineering. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered with majors in engineering and geology, and the Doctor of Philosophy in chemical, civil, electrical, geological, and mechanical engineering, and the multi-disciplinary focal areas of energy and environmental engineering is also offered.

Degree Granted: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering program provides a student with specialized training customized to meet his or her specific interests and goals. Faculty advisors work with each student to structure a graduate program consisting of traditional engineering study, complementary multidisciplinary studies, strong interaction between fellow engineering students, and high quality research. The program is based upon the research strengths of faculty, and includes studies in the major engineering disciplines. Students receive a Ph.D. of Engineering with a specified track of: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.

The program includes a significant research component characterized by substantial interaction between the student and their adviser. Research topics are determined based upon the mutual interest of the student and research adviser. Students develop a strong research methodology and apply this research method to a specific engineering problem as directed by their adviser. Student’s attendance is required at a weekly seminar. This seminar is used to enhance the research methodology, by allowing students to present their research during various stages of development. The seminar also serves the important role of providing exposure of all students to a diverse range of multidisciplinary work.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Chemical Engineering

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Chemical Engineering graduate program, administered from the Department of Chemical Engineering, offers the Master of Science with thesis and non-thesis options, the Master of Engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The department also sponsors the Energy, Environmental, and Interdisciplinary Engineering tracks of the College of Engineering and Mines Ph.D. Engineering program, administers the Sustainable Energy Engineering masters program and participates in the multidisciplinary Environmental Engineering masters program. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are the most common options and financial aid is provided to the vast majority of students working towards these degrees. The M.S. or M.Engr. degree is typically completed in 18-24 months of full time study by students holding an accredited baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering.

The Department also offers a combined program including a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)/Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.Ch.E.) or a B.S.Ch.E./Master of Engineering (M.Engr.). The intent of the combined program is to allow qualified students to complete requirements for both degrees in one year beyond that required to receive the baccalaureate degree. Students may apply for this program upon completion of 95 credits toward the Bachelor’s degree.

Research interests in the department include: coal and bio-based fuels and chemicals; energy technologies, processes, and policies; heterogeneous catalysis; photocatalytic oxidation; polymer reaction engineering, synthesis, and rheology; organic aerosol formation and partitioning; mathematical modeling of multicomponent aerosols; polymeric membranes and composite materials; biocomposite, nanocomposite, and nanobiocomposite materials; organic photovoltaic materials; environmental impact of heavy metals and particulate matter; and development of carbon from waste material sources. Projects are often conducted through our interdisciplinary Sustainable Energy Research, Infrastructure and Supporting Education (ND SUNRISE) research program or in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC).

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Civil Engineering

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

The Department of Civil Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Engineering degree and the Master of Science degree. The Master of Engineering degree permits specialization in the following options: soils-structures engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, and general civil engineering. The Master of Engineering degree program is designed to provide an opportunity for engineers to achieve formal education beyond the Baccalaureate level with a strong and directed emphasis toward the practice of engineering. The focus of the program is on the development of competency in the area of engineering design. The goal of the program is development of the student as a practitioner capable of systematically solving complex problems of society within his or her field.

The Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering prepares students for careers in research, practice and further studies toward a Ph.D. degree in a speciality area of civil engineering. The M.S. degree is typically completed in 18-24 months of full-time study for students holding a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an accredited school. The M.S. degree requires independent research for a thesis in the student’s area of interest. The faculty research interests are in the broad areas of environmental, geotechnical, pavements, structural engineering and mechanics, and water resources engineering. Graduate students are encouraged to explore various topics for their M.S. theses depending on the mutual interest between them and the faculty.

The Department offers combined Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Master of Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Master of Science degree programs. The intention of the combined program is to allow qualified students to complete requirements for both a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree in 12 to 18 months beyond the time required to complete the baccalaureate degree. See Combined Degree Program under the School of Enginering and Mines section for additional details.

The Department of Civil engineering also participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. Engineering Program. See Ph.D. Program under the School of Enginering and Mines section or contact the Civil engineering Department.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Electrical Engineering

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to either a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degree. The M.S. degree is offered with both the thesis and non-thesis options. The non-thesis M.S. degree requires completion of an independent study. The M.Engr. degree is an engineering practice-oriented degree that requires the completion of an engineering design project.

The Department also offers combined programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)/Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) and a B.S.E.E./M. Engr. The intent of the combined programs is to allow qualified students to complete requirements for both degrees in one year beyond that required to receive the baccalaureate degree. Students may apply for this program upon completion of 95 credits toward the Bachelor’s degree.

The Department of Electrical Engineering maintains strong research emphases in aerospace payload and sensor development, applied electromagnetics, biomedical signal and image processing, control systems and robotics, embedded systems, renewable energy systems, systems engineering, and wireless communications. Additionally, the department participates in the school-wide Ph.D. in Engineering program. The research programs, laboratory facilities, close student-faculty interaction, and strong mentoring and academic advising facilitate an environment of scholarly activity and prepare students for corporate and government positions in research and development.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Environmental Engineering

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

The Environmental Engineering graduate program combines those aspects of Chemical, Civil, and Geological Engineering most applicable to environmentally related problems. This program is, to our best knowledge, unique in the combination of these three disciplines for the training of graduate students in environmental engineering. These interdisciplinary M.S., M.Engr., and Certificate programs provide high-quality education and skill development opportunities, preparing students to be professionally successful, to be life-long learners, and to be knowledgeable, contributing members of a multicultural, global society. The faculty of the three participating departments and participating UND Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) personnel represent a tremendous wealth of environmental expertise based on past and current field and laboratory research, consulting experience, professional organization involvement, and formal continuing education and technical training. They also have strong working relationships with personnel from a wide variety of industries, municipalities, consulting firms, governmental agencies, and research-funding organizations. These relationships will provide many opportunities for collaboration and research, which will be beneficial to all stakeholders of the programs.

The program is oriented primarily towards a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. A research project, culminating in a master’s thesis is a major part of this program. The program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to Environmental Engineering from Chemical, Civil, and Geological perspectives and includes the three major environmental areas relating to the mitigation of environmental impacts from gaseous, liquid, and solid-phase emission sources. Students benefit from the interactions between the proposed programs and the EERC. The EPA-certified laboratories, pilot processes, research specialists, and ongoing research opportunities at the EERC are phenomenal assets.

In addition, a number of on-campus laboratory facilities, including the multi-disciplinary Environmental Analytical Research Laboratory (Leonard Hall), Civil Engineering Environmental and Hydraulics Laboratories, and Chemical Engineering Laboratories are well equipped and fully available to the proposed programs. Enhanced research opportunities and additional analytical laboratory expertise will be available through established off-campus relationships with numerous state agencies, industries, consulting firms and communities.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Geological Engineering

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Geological Engineering is designed to develop students into highly qualified engineers capable of conducting research and solving complex problems related to petroleum/geothermal energy, geo-environmental concerns and natural hazards. The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. Students completing the non-thesis option will be highly qualified professionals capable of working in applied engineering fields. Students completing the thesis option will possess the necessary research skills to pursue a terminal degree, such as the Ph.D. in Engineering offered at UND.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Mechanical Engineering

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to either the Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degrees. The M.S. degree is a research-oriented degree that is available in either thesis or non-thesis options. The non-thesis M.S. degree requires completion of an independent study. The M. Engr. degree is an engineering practice-oriented degree that requires completion of an engineering design project.

The Department offers combined B.S./Master’s programs that allow a student to complete a master’s degree in as little as one year beyond the bachelor’s degree. The master’s degree may be either an M.S. or M. Engr. See “Combined Degree Program” under the College of Engineering and Mines section for additional details.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Sustainable Energy Engineering

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Responding to climate change, rising energy costs, and security issues facing society, the College of Engineering and Mines offers Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Sustainable Energy Engineering. These degree programs continue UND’s tradition as a world leader in energy-related research and education. The Sustainable Energy Engineering program educates graduate students in the growing field of sustainable energy engineering which includes the absorption and conversion of wind energy; geothermal energy conversion; renewable fuels and chemicals; hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and utilization; energy efficiency; the environmentally acceptable use of coal; the absorption and conversion of solar energy and other technologies. Coursework is designed to help students develop a broad background in the technical, economic, and societal factors needed to develop sustainable energy. Research projects provide focused, experiential learning in areas of sustainable energy engineering. Projects are often conducted through our interdisciplinary Sustainable Energy Research, Infrastructure and Supporting Education (ND SUNRISE) research initiative, the Petroleum Research, Education and Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (PREEC) or in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Research Center.

This program is designed to equip students for careers associated with sustainable energy technologies as well as to conduct research and development activities or to pursue advanced studies associated with technologies that will provide sustainable sources of energy in the future. Coursework will be designed to help students develop a broad background in the technical, economic, and societal factors needed to develop sustainable energy. Graduates from this program are expected to find employment in the emerging renewable energy economic sector as well as in the coal-fired utilities industry and supporting engineering companies. The M.S. degree is the most common option in the Sustainable Energy Engineering program and financial aid is provided to the vast majority of students working towards this degree.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

English Language and Literature

Degrees Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The University of North Dakota Department of English offers a varied program of studies in English and American literature, writing, and the English language. The academic atmosphere is intimate, class size for graduate courses is small, and students are encouraged to work closely with members of the graduate faculty. The curriculum varies from year to year and includes courses in genres, periods, specific authors, critical theory, rhetoric/composition, interdisciplinary study, creative writing, cinema/film theory, linguistics, and research methods. Faculty in the Department also work in interdisciplinary areas such as American Studies, Peace Studies, Composition Studies, American Indian Studies, and Women Studies. The Department works closely with the University’s College of Education and Human Development in the area of English Education. In all areas of work, students are encouraged to utilize a variety of critical and theoretical approaches.

The Department sponsors an annual week-long writers conference that gives graduate students a chance to hear contemporary writers read their work and discuss the writing process. Visitors have included Salman Rushdie, Czeslaw Milosz, Louise Erdrich, Larry McMurtry, Leslie Silko, James Welch, August Wilson, Luisa Valenzuela, Peter Matthiessen, Tim O’Brien, Ursula Hegi, Barry Lopez and Mary Gaitskill.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Geography

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Certificate in Geographic Information Science

The Geography Department graduate program includes both thesis and non-thesis options leading to the M.S. and M.A. degrees. The principle areas of concentration are community and urban development, environmental geography, geographic education, and geospatial techniques (cartography, GIS, and remote sensing of the environment). The graduate programs provide close student-faculty interaction, easy access to current computer technology and field equipment, a broad liberal arts academic setting, and an abundant number of research topics within the American Great Plains and Canadian Prairie Provinces. In addition, the department offers an array of courses in geospatial technologies to allow students to build expertise in GIS, remote sensing, cartography and spatial analysis. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply by February1 (for Fall enrollment) and October 15 (for Spring enrollment) of each year to receive fullest consideration for acceptance and funding.

The M.S. option in environmental geography reflects a geographic focus on land use, and land-use change, climatology, water resources, human impact, biogeography, geomorphology, and landscape ecology. Students follow a sequence of required and elective courses that reflect an environmental emphasis. The M.S. program prepares students for doctoral study or a professional career in government, industry, or education in a wide variety of environmentally related fields. Students also must take cognate or minor courses in biology, geology, atmospheric sciences, or other related fields.

The M.A. option in community and urban development emphasizes the background education students need to enter careers in community development, local economic development, land use planning, federal government service, historic preservation, and travel and tourism. This option also provides the background for those students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in human geography. Students in the M.A. option take a selection of courses in population, economic, social, urban, cultural, historical, and regional geography. They also can take minor or cognate courses in business and public administration, international relations, anthropology and archaeology, sociology, languages, and other fields appropriate to their goals.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Geology

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers programs of study leading to the degrees Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Research emphasis is currently in the following areas:

  1. hydrogeology and environmental geology;
  2. economic geology of petroleum and coal;
  3. sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology;
  4. glacial geology, geomorphology, and soils;
  5. petrology and geochemistry;
  6. geophysics and tectonics;
  7. engineering geology and,
  8. interdisciplinary geological projects involving several research areas including integrated basin analysis, ecohydrology, climate change, carbon sequestration, remote sensing, and underground coal gasification.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

History

Degrees Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Doctor of Arts (D.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of History offers programs leading to the Master of Arts degree, the Master of Education degree, the Doctor of Arts degree, and the Ph.D. degree. The M.Ed. degree is also available for students who wish to complete an education degree with an area of concentration in History. See the M.Ed. requirements in the Degree Requirements section for further information. The program advisor for the M.Ed. will be in the Department of History, but students planning to take this option should also consult an advisor in the College of Education and Human Development.

Some Teaching Assistantships, providing stipends and waivers of tuition, are available. Applications for assistantships should be submitted by March 1, but later applications will be considered. M.A. students are eligible for four semesters of assistantships and doctoral students are eligible for six semesters of assistantships.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Kinesiology and Public Health Education

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education offers individualized programs of study that lead to the Master of Science (thesis or non-thesis option) with a major in Kinesiology. The program provides students with opportunities to study the scientific foundations of kinesiology as well as several of its professional applications. Faculty and students work together to develop programs of study to meet the M.S. degree requirements (see below), to assist with students’ academic and professional goals, and to contribute to the Department mission.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Linguistics

Degree Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.) and Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Literacy as Applied Linguistics

The graduate program in Linguistics provides graduate education in linguistics, with a particular focus on theoretically-informed descriptive linguistics in preparation for careers involving minority-language communities and lesser-studied languages. It is particularly appropriate for students anticipating careers in language development, documenting endangered languages, language survey, translation, and literacy.

It is a cooperative program between UND and SIL International, and operates primarily during a nine-week summer session every year. Students are initially accepted into the program only in the summer session when the program’s faculty members are on campus.

Students may take the linguistics courses without applying to a degree or certificate program. U.S. citizens who wish to take linguistics courses (whether in a degree/certificate program or not) should apply directly to SIL each year, preferably by April 1. International students should start their applications by February 15. In addition, if people want to enter the M.A. program in a given summer, they must complete all UND application requirements by March 1; for entering the certificate program, the deadline is May 1.

Application and other information is available at: http://arts-sciences.und.edu/summer-institute-linguistics/ or call 1-800-292-1621. The director of the linguistics program is Albert Bickford, SIL-UND, 16131 N. Vernon Dr., Tucson, AZ 85739 (director_silund@sil.org) and the director of graduate studies is John Clifton (john.clifton@und.nodak.edu). Information is also available from the SIL office on campus when the courses are in session during the summer (777-0575).

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Mathematics

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Department offers courses leading to the M.S. (thesis and non-thesis) and M.Ed. degrees with a major in mathematics. The Department also offers a graduate minor in statistics.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Medical Laboratory Science

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The Department of Pathology Medical Laboratory Science Program offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science (CLS), non-thesis option. The course of study enhances the student’s knowledge and skills in several major categorical areas of medical laboratory science. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers as administrative laboratory directors, clinical laboratory consultants, technical supervisors or laboratory educators. Students are required to attend a one-week laboratory course within the first 18 months of enrollment and a one-week capstone course within the last 18 months of enrollment on campus.

The courses are offered through online WEB based learning. Students participating in online coursework are required to have Internet access. Specific computer requirements are available from the MLS program. A limited number of teaching and research assistantships are available for students wishing to study on campus.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section and at: med.und.edu/cls.

Microbiology and Immunology

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Ph.D./M.D.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers graduate programs leading to the M.S., Ph.D., and PhD/MD degrees. Graduate study is available in a number of subdisciplines including cell biology, pathogenic microbiology, genetics, immunology, immunogenetics, autoimmunity, microbial physiology, molecular biology, and virology. The goals of the program are to provide scientific training and experience for careers in research and teaching in universities, clinical and research laboratories and in fields of related employment. Additional background is available in disciplines such as biochemistry, computer sciences, statistics and electron microscopy in other departments in the School of Medicine and the University.

Core requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees include courses in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, statistics and graduate seminars. For both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, students are expected to carry out original research suitable for publication in a professional journal.

Master’s degree candidates are required to write a thesis and defend their research in a final oral examination. Doctoral candidates are required to successfully complete both a written and oral comprehensive examination as well as to write a dissertation and defend their research in a final oral examination.

A new, modern science building and an adjacent bioinformation learning resources center which house the research laboratories, library and teaching facilities of the School of Medicine were constructed in 1994. These facilities provide a state-of-the-art environment for teaching and research. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology occupies the fourth floor of the research building. Other basic science departments in this facility include the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. Additional resources include the Department of Pathology, the Energy and Environmental Research Center, the USDA Human Nutrition Center and the Computer Center. The proximity of these departments and facilities provides the opportunity for cooperative and collaborative research and training in the basic sciences.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Music

Degrees Granted: Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Music Department offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Music degree with specializations in Music Education, Performance, Pedagogy, Composition, Choral Conducting and Intrumental Conducting; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education.

The mission of the University of North Dakota Department of Music is to inspire our students and community through education, performance, scholarship, and human relationships in music. Our professional and liberal arts degrees provide rigorous courses of study that cultivate the highest degree of artistic performance, innovative teaching, thorough professionalism, and critical inquiry. The University of North Dakota is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Nursing

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines offers graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. or the Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in nursing. Information on any newly approved programs of study since the printing of this catalog will be available on the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines website at: www.nursing.und.edu/.

There are currently six Master of Science tracks, six post-master’s certifications, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing offered in the graduate nursing program. Capstone projects include the thesis or non-thesis independent study options at the master’s level and the comprehensive examination and dissertation in the doctoral program. For the majority of the master’s tracks, a nationally based certification examination is available, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing-Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing-Nurse Practitioner (NP), Gerontological CNS, Gerontological NP, Advanced Public Health Nurse, and Nurse Educator.

The Master of Science degree in nursing is targeted to prepare advanced practice nurses in areas of clinical specialization, as nurse practitioners or nurse educators, and to expand the scientific knowledge for nursing practice through research. The entire program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The course of study for Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.

The Master of Science program offers eight areas of specialization:

  1. Advanced Public Health Nurse
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  3. Gerontological Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist or Gerontological Nursing Nurse Practitioner
  4. Nurse Anesthesia
  5. Nurse Education
  6. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist or Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Nurse Practitioner

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Occupational Therapy

Degree Granted: Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

The Occupational Therapy Department offers a five-year entry level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Degree. Occupational Therapy as a profession is based on the belief that occupation, including its interpersonal and environmental components, may be used to prevent and mediate dysfunction and elicit maximum adaptation. For information regarding the program, the website is: http://www.ot.und.edu/index.html.

The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). For information regarding accreditation, contact ACOTE at (301) 652-2682, or 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220. All basic professional programs must comply with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, 2006. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national entry-level certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT, 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150; phone 301-990-7979. After successful completion of this examination the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; state licenses may be based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

A satellite professional level MOT program, also accredited by ACOTE, is available at Casper College, Casper, WY. Tuition and other information regarding the program are available by contacting the Occupational Therapy Department at Casper College, Casper, WY, telephone 307-268-2613.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics provides coursework and research opportunities leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. The research interests of our faculty cover a wide range of topics including aging, neurodegenerative disease, neurotoxicology, synaptic transmission, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular physiology, renal physiology and molecular pharmacology.

Active participation in Departmental activities such as journal discussion groups and seminars is an integral part of training and is expected of students.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Physical Therapy

Degree Granted: Doctor of Physical Therapy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Physical Therapy offers the clinically-oriented, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Students interested in the physical therapy program at UND should stay in contact with the PT department to keep informed of the pre-professional and professional curriculum. Our website address is: http://www.med.und.edu/microbiology/.

Physical therapists provide services to patients who have impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. Physical therapists assist patients in restoring health; alleviating pain; examining, evaluating, and diagnosing changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. Physical therapists are also involved with intervention, prevention, and the promotion of health, wellness, and fitness. They are employed by hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home care, school systems, industrial settings, athletic facilities, and in private practice.

The Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Granted: Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)

The Department of Family and Community Medicine offers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. This 24-month graduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants, Inc. (ARC-PA). Enrollment is limited to licensed healthcare professionals with a minimum of three years professional experience. A minimum of a baccalaureate degree is required. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification test administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. (NCCPA). For additional information, or to begin the application process, go to our website at: http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/physicianassistant.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Physics and Astrophysics

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Physics and Astrophysics offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Current research in the department emphasizes solid-state physics, materials science, astrophysics, and health physics. Departmental facilities permit both theoretical and experimental research investigations.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Psychology

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Psychology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Dakota offers graduate degrees in Forensic Psychology (M.A. and M.S.), General/Experimental Psychology (Ph.D.), and Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.). The Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Psychology Department does not admit students who wish to earn only a Master of Arts degree in general psychology without continuation on to the Ph.D. degree in either clinical or general -experimental psychology. Students are admitted directly into the Ph.D. program in clinical or general-experimental psychology and will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in general psychology upon completion of the following requirements:

  • Completion of “Scholarly Tool” coursework to develop skills in PSYC 543 Experimental Design as well as PSYC 541 Advanced Univariate Statistics and PSYC 542 Multivariate Statistics for Psychology;
  • Completion of an empirical PSYC 998 Thesis, 6 credits);
  • Completion of a minimum of 20 elective PSYC course credits at the 500-level or above which are approved by the respective advisory committee and documented in the Program of Study. A maximum of eight credits may be transferred from another institution. Fifteen credits must be completed on campus through UND.

A list of all programs offered, including admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Public Administration

Degree Granted: Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The purposes of the M.P.A. program are to prepare students for positions in the public service, non-profit, and health sectors and to increase the skills of persons already in those areas. The program achieves these purposes through a multidisciplinary curriculum that requires the students to have a basic understanding of the American political system, instructs the students on the fundamental concepts of public administration, and prepares the students to apply basic administrative principles in public management. The department offers a joint MPA/JD with the School of Law, three certificate programs, a multidisiplinary Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, and a combined BSPA/MPA or a BA/MPA program for students who meet the admission criteria.

A list of all programs offered, including admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Public Health

Degree Granted: Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

The Department of Public Health offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Public Health with specializations in Health Management and Population Health Research and Evaluation. The MPH program will prepare individuals to carry out the broad public health functions in local, state, national, and international settings. Goals of the MPH program:

  1. Students will be knowledgeable in the core discipline areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, and health policy and management.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate competence in communication, informatics, diversity and cultural awareness, bio-medical skills, professionalism/leadership, and systems thinking.
  3. Students will be able to apply relevant competencies to meet public health needs.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Social Work

Degree Granted: Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

The Department of Social Work offers the following degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Social Work. The mission of the Department of Social Work at the University of North Dakota is to prepare entry-level and advanced generalist Social Workers within the region to advance practice knowledge, values and skills consistent with the highest ideals of the profession by:

  • empowering vulnerable, oppressed, disadvantaged, and rural populations;
  • maximizing opportunities for every individual to realize his or her highest potential; and
  • promoting respect, awareness, and appreciation for culture and social justice at every level of society.

Graduates of the MSW program will:

  • Engage in advanced-level social work practice that is informed by the best available evidence.
  • Understand the impacts of culture, oppression, and human diversity in a multi-cultural society.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide their professional practice.
  • Advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services through policy practice.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to work with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities.
  • Identify themselves as professional social workers and act accordingly.

Social Work courses were first offered at the University of North Dakota in 1905; the Social Work program was formally established in 1939. The Council on Social Work Education (2002) states, “The purposes of social work education are to prepare competent and effective professionals, to develop social work knowledge, and to provide leadership in the development of service delivery systems. Social work education is grounded in the profession’s history, purposes, and philosophy and is based on a body of knowledge, values, and skills. Social work education enables students to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession for competent practice.”

The Master of Social Work program at the University of North Dakota is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. All MSW students must complete both Foundation and Advanced Generalist Concentration social work courses. Foundation courses are not offered through the Campus Program; instead, students who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field may apply to the Fast Track BSSW Program. Advanced Generalist Concentration courses may be completed through the Campus Program, or the part-time Distance Program. The Campus Program can be completed in three semesters, and the Distance Program can be completed in two years for students with a BSW, or as few as three years for students without a BSW.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Sociology

Degree Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Thirty graduate credits, including thesis work, are required for a Master of Arts degree. The program of study is divided into four components: scholarly tools, core curriculum, cognate, and thesis. The core courses include sociological thought, social theory, research design, and analytical methods. Courses in the scholarly tools component include one course in statistics and other courses in research methods. The cognate includes nine credits in a minor or cognate; and thesis is comprised of four credits.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Space Studies

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The Department of Space Studies offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Science degree. Non-thesis and thesis options are available. The all-encompassing nature of space exploration requires people who possess broad backgrounds that link policy, business, law, science and engineering. The Department of Space Studies seeks to train this vital segment of the community through the non-thesis option. The goal is to integrate, rather than separate, traditional disciplines related to space. Specialized training is also an essential part of the space community and this is achieved through the thesis option that gives students the opportunity to specialize in an area of faculty research.

Our programs are designed to prepare students for futures in the academic, commercial, and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Technology

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The Department of Technology offers two program options (thesis and non-thesis) leading to the Master of Science. The program for the degree is designed on an individual basis to serve students who desire to go on to college, technical institute, or secondary level teaching, administration, or to technical/managerial careers in business, government or industry.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Theatre Arts

Degree Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Department of Theatre Arts offers graduate study leading to a Master of Arts degree. The Master of Arts program is designed to prepare students for either a Master of Fine Arts degree or a Ph.D. The program is individualized so that the student may select a special area of emphasis such as acting, directing, design and technical theatre, playwriting, dramatic literature, feminist theatre, cultural studies, or history. Coursework emphasizes both the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline. An active production schedule provides students with opportunities in all areas.

The Master of Arts program has been designated a Western Regional Graduate Program by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) because of its uniqueness and strength. It is, therefore, open to residents of the thirteen western states at resident tuition rates.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

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