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 University Admissions Office or visit us online:

University Admissions Office

Gorecki Alumni Center

3501 University Ave Stop 8357

Grand Forks, ND 58202-8357

Phone (701) 777-3000, 1-800-CALL UND


Application Deadlines

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 University Admissions Office 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. The specific program's website will list the application 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 University Admissions Office 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 University Admissions Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required admissions materials are sent to the University Admissions Office.

Application Procedure

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: All degree seeking applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. application form;
  2. application fee;
  3. three letters of recommendation;
  4. one official copy of all academic transcripts; and
  5. 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 or on a case-by-case scenario as approved by the Director of University Admissions. Applicants are encouraged to contact the University Admissions Office or the individual program with any questions regarding the application process.