Yes, admission to qualified status may be granted to applicants who have met all requirements except for prerequisite coursework which must be completed prior to advancement to candidacy status for graduation. Generally, students will not be admitted to a degree program with more than six (6) credits of outstanding prerequisites. In such cases, students can enroll in post-baccalaureate or graduate non-degree status. Upon completion of the conditions of acceptance, and provided the student has earned a GPA of at least 3.00 for all work attempted, he/she is eligible to be advanced to Approved Status.Students in qualified status will not be allowed to continue in the program if they fail to meet the conditions of their acceptance.
How Strong of a math background do I need to successfully complete this program?
According to the SpSt admission requirements, you need "one semester of course work in statistics or algebra or calculus or computer science with a grade of B or better" to successfully complete the program requirements. The specific courses in a student’s individual program of study will dictate the math background necessary to complete the program. For instance, students with a technical area emphasis which involves more space science and engineering courses will likely need more exposure to higher-level mathematics than students with a social area emphasis.
The courses listed below require the highest level of undergraduate math skills. Those levels of skill are indicated:
SpSt 405 - Space Mission Design – An educational background that includes trigonometry and vector algebra is strongly recommended.
SpSt 410 - Life Support Systems– An educational background that includes algebra and probability & statistics is recommended.
SpSt 500 - Introduction to Orbital Mechanics -- An educational background that includes trigonometry and vector algebra is strongly recommended.
SpSt 505 - Spacecraft Systems Engineering -- Note that SpSt 405 is a pre-requisite for this course, hence an educational background that includes trigonometry and vector algebra is strongly recommended.
SpSt 506 - Advanced Orbital Mechanics – Differential equations is a pre-requisite, along with SpSt 500.
SpSt 570 – Advanced Topics in SpSt: Quality Engineering for the Space Industry An undergraduate course in probability & statistics is highly recommended.
Will this degree enable me to become an astronaut?
In a simple answer, probably not. While we have many alumni working for NASA and various space industry jobs, none have ever gone on to become an astronaut, even though a few have made it to the final selection rounds. This program is not designed to train you to become an astronaut, but several of our courses will assist you in this endeavor. Please visit the NASA Astronaut Selection website for further recommendations and assistance for planning your education towards becoming an astronaut.
Our program is designed to prepare graduates to lead space exploration and the development of new space activities with an educational background necessary to understand the linkages between space science, engineering, and policy.
Can I be admitted if my overall GPA is below 2.75?
Admission on provisional status may be granted to an applicant who has not met one or more of the general School of Graduate Studies or program level admission requirements, e.g. low GPA, low test scores, lack of a required test, or inadequate writing skills. Students admitted to provisional status because of their previous GPA will be eligible for advancement to approved status after the completion of 9 credits if their GPA for those credits is at least 3.0.Students in provisional status will not be allowed to continue in the program if after one registration their GPA falls below 3.0, or if they have failed to meet otherspecified conditions. Students in provisional status are not eligible for graduate teaching or research assistantships, or tuition waivers.
What are the deadlines for applying to the Space Studies program?
Unlike many graduate degree programs that process applications for admission once per year for the Fall Semester, the Department of Space Studies processes applications for admission throughout the year, allowing students that are accepted into the program to begin their studies in any semester. The deadlines for submitting completed applications for each semester are as follows: April 30 for the Fall Semester, October 31 for Spring Semester, and February 28 for Summer Semester.
*** Applicants are only offered admission for the term that they indicate on the application. Applicants who identify an error on their application, or need to delay their intended term start date must contact The School of Graduate Studies to request a change.***
Must I apply for the fall semester, or do you accept admissions for spring or summer?
Although it is beneficial to apply for the fall semester, students can begin the program each semester – fall, spring or summer. The introductory core course, SpSt 501 Survey of Space Studies, is offered only in the fall semester, and since it is a co- or pre-requisite to most other courses, the best option is to apply for fall semester.
I submitted my online application and now realize that I need to make a change, what do I do?
The applicant has the ability to request updates of certain information during the application process (i.e. address, contact information, etc.).This request must be made in writing (email preferred) and cannot be done by the department on the student’s behalf. Final approval of some requests may require additional review by the Dean. Applicants may not change the academic program after an application is submitted. Individuals applying to the wrong program are required to submit a new application and associated application materials.
May I register for a single class and not commit to the entire degree?
Yes, you can apply for admission to The School of Graduate Studies as a Non-Degree status student. You can take as many courses as you like as a Non-Degree student. Be aware that you may only apply up to 9 credit hours of course work towards a degree, should you decide at a later time to pursue the M.S. degree.
What scores do I need on the GRE & GMAT to be accepted to the program?
The GRE & GMAT are not required for this program. However, the GRE is required if you are seeking funding (graduate teaching or research assistantships and tuition waivers) from the department or a faculty member.
I have questions regarding my online application, who do I contact?
Please contact The School of Graduate Studies regarding any application questions. You may email email@example.com ; call them toll-free at 800-CALL-UND extension 2784; or direct at
When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
Check your “My GradSpace" page for the most up-to-date information.
I’ve been accepted, what do I do next?
Most importantly, you need to accept your offer of admission. The admission letter clearly states the date (semester) of admission and any other conditions of admission. Applicants accepting an offer of admission are expected to fulfill any associated conditions of admission.
Please refer to the “I’m accepted, what’s next” website for a checklist to help guide you through starting your first semester. This includes registering for classes, creating an online classroom account, activating your UND email account, etc.
I can’t start school in the semester I originally applied for. Can I change that?
If you have been offered admission by a letter published in My GradSpace, you can use the
Request. You would need departmental approval to move your admit term with this procedure. Please download the pdf, and then
send it to the graduate program director for approval. If you do not enroll in program-specific courses in the semester
to which you were admitted, your admission may be rescinded.
If you have not yet received an application decision letter published in My GradSpace, you have the right to make an
Application Change Request. You do not need departmental approval for this. Please download the pdf, and then return it
directly to The School of Graduate Studies. Remember, your application can only be considered for the program and term indicated
on the application, or changed to by this procedure.
Both procedures can only be used once. Failure to enroll in the term admitted voids the admission offer.
Once an admission offer is voided, individuals wishing to be considered for a later date
must submit a new application and associated application materials.
Where can I find more information for International students?
Please visit the UND International Programs webpage for assistance concerning immigration, employment, taxes, health insurance, etc.
Is there an cornerstone I can attend?
Yes, Space Studies will be offering an annual
Cornerstone Week prior to fall semester each year. This conference provides an opportunity to visit the UND campus, meet professors and on-campus students, participate in the official School of Graduate Studies Cornerstone session, and tour the UND Campus, Space Studies labs, and the School of Aerospace facilities.
There will also be sessions with the Space Studies Graduate Director, Financial Aid,
the Chester Fritz Library, as well as training for using HTMLeZ and Campus Connection and
understanding The School of Graduate Studies forms process. Cornerstone is open to all newly admitted students in the program, those already part way through their program, and also prospective students. Attendance is not required, but strongly recommended for your benefit.
Please submit the registration form to reserve your spot.
The School of Graduate Studies also has an online Orientation for the benefit of online students that are not able to attend the Space Studies Cornerstone.
Course Registration and Program Questions
What courses should I register for first?
Students beginning in the fall semester must register for SpSt 501 Survey of Space Studies. This is a pre- or co-requisite to most other courses. Students that begin in the spring or summer semesters may choose a course of their best interest, either 400 or 500 level, as long as the instructor approves any missing pre-requisites. It is recommended to consult your assigned advisor for academic decisions.
Where do I find the schedule of courses planned to be offered each semester?
The space studies class schedule is available at the One-Stop webpage. We try to have about two years of class schedule available to assist students with planning their program of study.
You will also find the class schedule at Campus Connection, but that is for the coming semester only.
How do I register for courses?
To register for courses, update your student account information, view your tuition account balance and grades, you will need to log on to UND CampusConnection. Your UND CampusConnection User ID and Password will be e-mailed to your UND email account, or you may follow the steps below to retrieve them:
Click on “Log In UND CampusConnection” (large black arrow at the right)
Click on “What is My User ID?” (in the blue menu box at the left)
Complete the information and your User ID will display on the screen.
Click on “Forgot My Password” (in the blue menu box at the left)
Complete the information and your password will be e-mailed to your Und email account.
Remember your username and password and keep it secure. Refer to the Campus Connection registration guidelines for course registration.
How do I enter a special permission number in Campus Connection?
Various courses may require special permission for registration in CampusConnection. Examples are student initiated courses such as: SpSt 593 Individual Research; SpSt 996 Continuing Enrollment; SpSt 997 Independent Study; SpSt 998 Thesis, and courses requiring missing pre-requisites over-rides.
Please contact Bev Fetter for special permission numbers when registering for these courses. You will be given a student-specific number for successful course registration. Follow these directions:
Login to Campus Connection Click on Student Center Click on Enroll If you are eligible to register, a link will appearfor that semester. Select the term and click continue. Enter the class number in the box, then click enter. Enter permission number under the class preferences page. Click; Next Click; Proceed to Step 2 of 3 Click; Finish Enrolling
If the permission number was accepted, the status will show: a green check mark indicating success. If you receive an error, the status will show: a red x and the error message information.
I have a hold on my CampusConnection account and cannot register, what do I do?
There are many issues that may result in a hold being placed on your Campus Connection account that prevents registration and the release of transcripts and diplomas. For more information, click on the Hold under your "Holds and To Do" list in Campus Connection.
Below are a few common reasons for a hold in Campus Connection that will prevent you from registering for a course.
a. Prerequisites not completed on time as stated in your admission letter
b. Enrolled in the maximum amount of 996 continuing enrollment credits
c. Failure to complete certain admission stipulations (ex.GRE tests)
e. Special Permission to Register required
f. Unpaid tuition from previous semester, or other financial matters
How do I add a course after the deadline?
To add a course after the published deadline for registration, you must complete a Registration Action Form. Obtain the required signatures as indicated on the form and submit the form to The School of Graduate Studies for approval and processing.
How do I drop courses after the deadline?
To drop a course after the deadline, you must complete an Administrative Procedures petition. This form can be found on The School of Graduate Studies website. This form, with signatures and recommendations for approval or disapproval, must be brought to The School of Graduate Studies for the GraduateDean’s signature. Explain clearly why you are requesting to drop a course after the deadline. Clearly specify the course and term you are requesting to drop. The administrative procedures committee will meet on these petitions throughout the semester, and you will be notified by letter.
How do I access the online classrooms?
Each Space Studies course has a website where you will find the course syllabus, assignments, collaboration and chat tools, and other important course material. Course websites are powered by the eZ Learning Management System. Course websites are password protected andaccessible only by authorized students. You must be enrolled in the course to gain access to the course website. Generally, course website access will be available one week prior to the date of instruction for that course. Go to eZ to create an account which will enable you to request access to the classroom. Once access is granted, your classrooms will appear in your eZ control center for easy access.
Can I skip a semester?
Students who wish to take a leave of absence from their program must
notify their graduate program and The School of Graduate Studies by submitting
a “Graduate Readmission or Leave of Absence” form in advance of their
leave. This form requires department approval. Degree seeking students
who do not submit a leave of absence will be required to apply for
readmission using this same form.
I forgot to request a leave of absence last semester and now I can’t register, what do I need to do?
Students who do not submit a leave of absence will be required to
submit a "Graduate Readmission or Leave of Absence". This form requires
a departmental signature. Applications for readmission will be
reviewed and approved by the program and The School of Graduate Studies Dean.
I’ve been called to active duty, who do I notify?
Enrolled students who are members of military reserve or National Guard units and who are called to active military duty should review the details at the Office of the Registrar. Please also notify the department of Space Studies by email or phone.
What are UND’s course drop and withdrawal policies?
A 100% credit is automatically posted to your Campus Connection account ONLY during the first 9% of the semester for which you have dropped a class. Students will be responsible for 100% of the tuition and fees charged for courses that are dropped after the first 9% of the semester. See the Registrar’s calendar at One-Stop for exact dates.Courses can only be dropped utilizing Campus Connection. Please note: A student cannot drop to zero credits on Campus Connection as this is considered a drop from school.
A student who is registered for classes and wants to unregister for ALL classes is considered as withdrawing from school. However, if you do not officially withdraw from school, you will be responsible to pay for 100% of the tuition and fees charged to your Campus Connection account. You cannot officially withdraw from school online using Campus Connection. Students MUST complete and submit awithdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar. The withdrawal form can be found online at the Student Account Services webpage. Please refer to the official registrar’s withdrawal/drop policy at that site. Students must also submit a School of Graduate Studies withdrawal/change program form to notify The School of Graduate Studies. Refer to The School of Graduate Studies policy.
Where do I go for technical support?
For tech support concerning eZ online classrooms and chat sessions, please submit an online tech support trouble ticket, or call 701-777-4688.
For general UND tech support for CampusConnection, email, etc., go to the ITSS Help Desk.
Can I forward my UND email account to my preferred email address?
For general UND tech support for CampusConnection, email, etc., go to the ITSS Help Desk.
Can I get grades over the telephone?
No, it is not possible for us to give out over the telephone. Grades are available via Campus Connection.
How do I find my final grade?
Students may check their grades using
Sign into Campus Connection > Click on the Self Service menu item > Click Enrollment > Click View
My Grades. The most recent term will be listed. Click on the Change Term button if you want grades
for a previous term.
Sign into Campus Connection > Click on Student Center > Click on the Drop-Down Menu in the
Academics Section > Select Grades from the list > Click the Go button. The most recent term will be
listed. Click on the Change Term button if you want grades for a previous term.
Can I take 400-level courses for the Space Studies Master’s degree?
Yes, but they must be approved for graduate credit. At least one-half
of the credits for your degree must be in courses numbered 500 or higher. Refer to the
course listing for approved 400-level courses.
Are the policy courses aimed mainly for American students or does the program have sufficient international policy material (i.e. European or Russian) to be of benefit to international students?
The focus on the United States in policy courses will reflect its relative position in the world as one of the two major space-faring nations since the 1960s. However, as civil space activities are by nature, global activities, courses also reflect the growing role of cooperation and the contributions of many nations. The specific roles of a number of organizations like ESA, UNCOPUS, EUMETSAT, and others, are raised in some courses, as well as policies of individual nations.
It is anticipated that by making the Space Studies degree available through distance learning technologies, participation of students from a variety of nations will strengthen the international component of all classes.
Where do I find all the necessary forms and instructions?
Space.edu has a forms page that contains links to many of the necessary forms you will need throughout your program. The School of Graduate Studies forms page will contain many of the same forms, but also other forms that you may need. The Graduate Student Handbook is a helpful guide for the forms process; please refer to it as you move through your program. Most importantly, the Space Studies Student Handbook can answer many questions about the space studies master’s program.
Where can I find important dates and deadlines that I need to follow?
Can I include transfer credits to the Space Studies degree?
The UND School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Space Studies have certain criteria and guidelines for transfer of credits. Please refer to One-Stop for the transfer credit guidelines.
Can I take courses for S/U grading?
Graduate students do not have the option of electing S-U grading for graduate courses, unless that is the only way they are offered, like in the case of thesis or colloquium credits.
I received a D or F in one of my courses – can I retake it?
All courses taken by graduate students, for which a grade of D, F, or U was received, may be repeated once for credit, with only the second grade to count in the grade point average. This option does not apply to a student who has been dismissed. Courses with grades of C or better may not be repeated without the written approval of the Dean of The School of Graduate Studies. It is up to the student to notify The School of Graduate Studies when a course has been retaken so that the grade point average can be recalculated. Courses taken as an undergraduate may not be taken again as a graduate student and used on a program of study.
What happens if I can’t complete a course on time?
If you can’t complete a course on time because of something beyond your control, you may request to receive an incomplete grade. Your instructor may allow this if they feel that there is reasonable certainty that you will successfully complete the course without retaking it. There is a form called, “Report of Incomplete Grade”, that will need to be completed by the instructor. Please be aware that the work needs to be completed by the specified deadline that your instructor indicates on this form or the grade may be reported as an “F”.
What is considered full time?
To be considered full time, the minimum credits taken in the fall and spring semesters are 9 and during the summer semester are 6. Students with an assistantship will be considered full time by registering for a minimum of 6 credits. To qualify for Federal Financial Aid you must be registered in a minimum of 6 credits (half-time status).
What happens if my GPA falls below 3.00?
If you fall below a 3.00 GPA your record will be reviewed. Students having accumulated 12 or more credit hours will be placed on academic probation for one semester; students having accumulated fewer than 12 credit hours will be placed on academic probation until either (a) the GPA is raised to at least 3.00 or (b) 12 graduate credit hours are accumulated, whichever occurs first. If, at the end of the probationary period, the GPA is still less than 3.00, the student will be dismissed.Students on provisional or qualified status will be dismissed without the probation period, so it is to your advantage to meet the conditions of your admission as early as possible. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA to be eligible for assistantships or tuition waivers.
Where can I find information about The School of Graduate Studies’s policies and procedures?
Contact The School of Graduate Studies regarding their specific policies. The School of Graduate Studies can be reached by calling (701) 777-2784 or toll-free 800-CALL-UND ext. 2784. Or you may review their policies at their website.
How do I notify The School of Graduate Studies of my advisor or committee selection?
Complete the form “Request for New Advisor or Committee Appointment” and submit it to The School of Graduate Studies with the proper signatures. Refer to the Space.edu forms page to obtain this form.
How do I change my advisor or committee?
Complete the form “Request for Change of Advisor or Committee Appointment” and submit to The School of Graduate Studies with the proper signatures. Refer to the Space.edu forms page to obtain this form.
How do I change my program of study?
After consulting with your advisor, fill out the form “Changes to a Program of Study. This will indicate which courses are to be removed, and which courses are to be added. After your advisor signs the form, submit it to The School of Graduate Studies for the Dean’s approval.
Can I change from a thesis option to a non-thesis option or vice versa?
As you develop your program of study, work with your advisor on making this choice. You can petition the Dean of The School of Graduate Studies to change from a thesis option to a non-thesis option but you should have clear reasoning as to why you wish to change. Petitions may or may not be approved. Do not enroll in thesis credits until you are sure. Any changes to a transcript for previous semesters have to go through the administrative procedures committee. A permanent SP or UP for thesis credits already taken will be recorded on your transcript.
It is more common to change from non-thesis option to thesis option as students work through their program and determine their research focus.
What are the residency requirements for thesis?
ND residency for fee structure is not to be confused with the department residency requirement for thesis option. Students selecting the thesis option are required to spend a minimum period of time in residence during their course of study. Please check with your advisor on your particular residency requirement. Typically, online students must spend approximately one week per semester during their thesis research period. This starts with the semester in which they defend the thesis proposal. Typically a one-week visit for both your thesis proposal presentation and your thesis defense is required.
What can I enroll in if I’m finishing my independent study or thesis?
If you have finished all your courses on your program of study, you must enroll in SpSt 996 continuing enrollment (1-9 credits) to finish your independent study or thesis. Generally, only one credit of 996 is necessary, although the number of credits should be determined by the advisor to reflect the proportion of time devoted to the student’s academic study that semester. After two regular semesters of 6 to 9 credits in 996 for master’s students, and after four regular semesters for doctoral students, a student wishing to enroll in additional 996 credits will be required to petition The School of Graduate Studies Dean.
Will my credits for 997 independent study or 998 thesis remain incomplete until I am finished?
Yes, they will remain an incomplete until your final copy is finished. A grade of "SP" Satisfactory Progress, or "UP" Unsatisfactory Progress, will be assigned. The "SP" or the "UP" grade, which usually span several semesters, will be replaced by a grade at the conclusion of the activity, usually a student’s final semester. Grades of "SP" or "UP" are not calculated into term or cumulative GPA values and will be expunged from the record upon submission of final grades.
Where do I get a policy manual for writing my thesis?
The Style and Policy Manual is available on The School of Graduate Studies website as a PDF document.
Where do I take my thesis for a format check?
The School of Graduate Studies will provide one format check. A list of formatters/editors is also available at the Graduate
School if you prefer to hire your own formatter.
Submit a complete draft of your thesis or dissertation to Rita Amundson at the Graduate
School so that the format review can begin. Her email address is
If you have scheduled your defense in advance of the
you must submit the complete draft within two weeks before the defense date.
Please note that it is expected there will be content revisions needed after receiving feedback from your
committee. However, it is also expected that the document is ready to defend, meaning that your document is in
its final stage of completion.
More details are provided
What are the requirements for submitting my final thesis/dissertation?
After your format has been checked by The School of Graduate Studies and you have made the final changes recommended by your committee,
you will submit the final version of your document electronically to The School of Graduate Studies via UMI/ProQuest. You will
upload your thesis/dissertation in PDF format to the ProQuest ETD Administrator site. Once you electronically submit your final copy for publishing, no changes can be made to the format or content. Therefore, the
burden of how the manuscript looks is entirely the responsibility of the student author. Complete details are available at The School of Graduate Studies’s
How do I apply to graduate?
You need to be advanced to candidacy the semester before you can apply to graduate. This means you need to
be on approved status (not qualified or provisional), by having your program of study and topic proposal
approved by The School of Graduate Studies. You will receive a status sheet every time one of these forms is approved by
The School of Graduate Studies. When the above requirements are met, The School of Graduate Studies will process your advancement
to candidacy and mail you a revised status sheet. They will provide instructions to apply for graduation online,
or follow the link for the application for graduation in the space studies
Please be aware of the deadlines, which are at the
The School of Graduate Studies website .
Do I need to notify UND if I am planning to attend commencement?
Graduation candidates do not need to notify UND of their participation in the graduation ceremony. Organizers plan for a certain percentage of graduates to attend. Guests are welcome, and notification of their attendance is not necessary. It is recommended that online students notify the department of your intent to attend the graduation ceremony, so that they can plan accordingly.
Is there a time limit on finishing my degree?
Yes, graduate courses more than seven years old are considered obsolete and may not be counted to fulfill course requirement for an advanced degree program. Programs of study more than seven years old also are obsolete. Obsolete UND graduate courses may be revalidated and may be counted toward an advanced degree on the recommendation of the student’s faculty advisory committee and the dean of The School of Graduate Studies. Please contact your advisor for more information on the revalidation process, which generally includes a form of testing to show that your knowledge of the course is still current. Graduate work from another institution, which is overage, cannot be revalidated and will not count towards transfer to a UND degree.
Do I need to be enrolled during the semester of my graduation?
Students who have previously registered for all of the necessary credits of coursework to complete
their program of study in previous semesters, MUST register for SpSt 996 Continuing Enrollment for
each additional semester that they continue on completion of their degree. See the UND academic
catalog for additional information.
When will I receive my diploma and final transcript?
It will take approximately six weeks to process verification of your degree, record this information on your permanent record, and prepare your diploma for mailing. These documents will be mailed to your address listed as address type “home” in Campus Connection. Please make sure you have the correct address listed.
Online Program Questions
Is the online program aimed at allowing you to work full time and do the course part time?
Yes, we expect a majority of our students will be working full-time, and studying part-time. The required chat sessions are scheduled during weekday evening hours for convenience.
How much time per week should I expect to spend on online program coursework?
It is difficult to predict how much time a student will spend on a particular class. It depends on individual skills and study habits. A typical three credit class would involve about three hours of lecture time per week, an hour long chat session, plus reading time. Add to this homework, papers, and test preparation. A reasonable estimate is that you should expect to spend 3 to 5 hours per week, per credit hour in a graduate course.
The short answer is that it depends on the student. Some may be comfortable taking two classes each semester as well as doing independent study, while others may feel one class per semester is all that their busy schedules and personal lives will allow.
I live outside of the United States; will there be a contact available for academic advisement and general questions?
All questions can be handled by our faculty and staff here. We are only as far away as your computer or phone. Academic advice will be handled by the professor teaching the course or your academic advisor. Contact Bev Fetter for general assistance.
How do I access the online classrooms?
Each Space Studies course has a website where you will find the course syllabus, assignments, collaboration and chat tools, and other important course material. Course websites are powered by the eZ Learning Management System. Course websites are password protected and accessible only by authorized students. You must be enrolled in the course to gain access to the course website. Generally, course website access will be availableone week prior to the date of instruction for that course. Go to eZ to create an account which will enable you to request access to the classroom. Once access is granted, your classrooms will appear in your eZ control center for easy access.
How do I order my textbooks?
Online students may purchase textbooks from the online bookseller of their
choice using the textbook requirements posted in the course description within the
What materials can I expect to receive before the semester starts?
Some courses will have recorded lectures professionally produced on DVDs that will be shipped out to the online student prior to class. Non-U.S. students may incur a shipping fee. Courses that are offered on-campus and online simultaneously will have the recorded lectures uploaded to the online classroom. Other necessary study materials, except for textbooks (see above), will be provided within the online classroom.
Will I need to purchase additional software for any online classes?
In most cases, additional software will not be required. A couple of courses may have an additional course fee that will cover the software required. This will be noted in the course description.
Will I ever have to visit the physical campus?
Yes, a campus visit will be required of all online students. Non-thesis track students will be on campus during the Capstone conference as part of the SpSt 595 Capstone course. This is generally during the last year of your program. Thesis track students will visit the campus as required by your thesis committee. Typically a one-week visit for both your thesis proposal presentation and your thesis defense is required.
Establishing face to face contact, though not required, is recommended early in the program. The fall Cornerstone program is an opportunity to visit campus. It is also common for our online students to visit campus at other times at their own convenience.
Do I need to be online at a specific day or time?
Yes, most courses have a required one-hour weekly chat session via the Internet. These times are posted in the course description and are available prior to registration. The scheduled times are also posted in the online classroom once you begin the semester. Chat sessions are scheduled during the weekday evening hours.
You may access your online classroom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your instructors will set the deadlines for assignments and exams to be completed—just like they would for on-campus courses.
How are the online chat sessions offered, and what are they like?
Most chat sessions are via eZ Chat, an IRC-based chat solution, through your course website. All of the students login to the chat session simultaneously and interact with each other by typing in text. The moderator, usually the instructor, controls the pace and the content of the session. All of the chat sessions are transcribed and put online for further reference by students.
How are exams given?
Written examinations will be given via your online classroom. These online exams will be similar to paper exams and consist of timed multiple choice, true/false, short answer, or essay questions, depending on the instructor.
I live in a different time zone from North Dakota; will chat sessions and course activities be feasible for me?
We try to make the chat sessions convenient to all students. Typically chat sessions are held between 6 and 9 pm Central time to cater to students residing in both U.S. east and west coast time zones. However, no matter how hard we try, some will probably find the time less than ideal. For example, someone may have to stay up late to participate. Students residing overseas may find it more inconvenient. Most students find that successful completion of a Graduate program does involve some sacrifice. In general, students find the conveniences of online education outweigh the inconveniences.
How long does it take to complete the online program?
You can complete the required 33 credits in about two years if you take at least 5 three credit courses per year. The typical online student completes the degree in 3-4 years, as work and family commitments may not allow more than one course per semester.
Tuition and Finance Questions
When is tuition due?
Tuition and fees are due the first day of the semester. Check with Student Account Services for payment deadlines. Unpaid tuition accounts at the deadline date will incur a late payment fee of up to $200. Unpaid tuition accounts will generate a hold on any further registrations in future semesters.
How do I pay my tuition and fees?
Because students have 24/7 online access to their accounts via Campus Connection, Student Account Services does not mail any paper statements or bills. Student Account Services will post a monthly e-Bill online. Students will receive an email notification to their UND email account when a new e-Bill has been posted. To view e-Bills, go to Campus Connection and select Student Center > Pay Online Now.
Students have the convenience of paying their bills online, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world. Payments may be made online through Campus Connection using e-Check or specific credit cards.The e-Check option is a fast, free, and convenient method to pay the bill directly by debiting your bank account. More information about payment options is found at the Student Account Services website.
My employer will pay for my tuition, how do I arrange this with UND?
Student Account Services must receive a letter or some form of authorization from your employer authorizing the University to bill your employer directly for your tuition and fees. This information must be submitted to Student Account Services before the posted deadline for payment for the semester, or your account will be charged the late fee. If the employer needs to see the grade you earned for the course before paying tuition, you must pay the original bill and have the agency reimburse you after grades are posted. If you have additional questions about 3rd Party Billings, you should contact Heidi Smart of Student Account Services by phone at 701-777-4701.
I have been awarded a tuition waiver. When will my tuition waiver be credited to my account?
Students are notified of their tuition waiver award via a mailed letter from The School of Graduate Studies.
Tuition waiver awards are a paperless system and “acceptance” of your award is no longer required.
However, you must notify The School of Graduate Studies if you wish to decline the award. Generally, waivers
are applied to your tuition account by the end of the first week of the semester. Be sure to notify
the Grad School and the space studies department if you will be unable to use the tuition waiver award
so that it can be transferred to another needful student.
I have been awarded a graduate assistantship. What do I need to do?
The School of Graduate Studies will mail a physical award letter to notify you of your assistantship offer. If you accept the offer, you must sign your award letter and return it to The School of Graduate Studies---electronically is acceptable. The deadline to accept your offer is the first day of classes for the semester of the award. You must complete all payroll documentation prior to your start date---coordinate this with Bev Fetter of the Space Studies department. Finally, contact the faculty member you have been assigned to work with to schedule your work assignments and time schedule.
I want to drop a course, where do I find if I would be eligible for a refund of tuition and fees?
A 100% credit is automatically posted to your Campus Connection account ONLY during the first 9% of the semester/session for which you have dropped a class. Students will be responsible for 100% of tuition and fees charged for courses dropped after the first 9% of the semester/session. Courses can only be dropped utilizing Campus Connection. Go to Student Account Services to view a schedule of refund allowances.
Please note: A student cannot drop to zero courses on Campus Connection as this is considered a withdrawal from school. If a student wishes to withdraw from the University, he/she must contact the Registrar’s Office. Further, Campus Connection will not allow students to drop to zero courses.
Where can I find financial assistance information?
The School of Graduate Studies lists financial aid resources at their webpage. These resources include federal financial aid, The School of Graduate Studies scholarships and tuition waivers. The department of Space Studies also has funding for tuition waivers and graduate research or teaching assistantships. Visit the space.edu One-Stop webpage for further info.