Those who have earned or will earn a 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 The School of Graduate Studies at UND
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. Those who wish to apply are required to submit an application and supporting materials to the UND School of Graduate Studies. Applicants are required to submit an online application through My GradSpace
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.
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 their admission is completed.
The admission application deadlines for each semester are as follows:
- Fall Semester: April 30
- Spring Semester: October 31
- Summer Semester: February 28
All application materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc., must be received by the above deadlines.
All applicants are required to submit the following:
- Online application
- Application fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- One official copy of ALL college and/or university academic transcripts
- Statement of goals
Admission Requirements for Space Studies M.S.
The requirements for admission to the Space Studies degree program are as follows:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better, or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work.
- One semester of course work in statistics or algebra or calculus or computer science.
- Two semesters of course work in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering.
- Two semesters of course work in the social sciences, history, business, or law.
- One semester of course work in English composition or technical writing.
- Pre-requisite courses from 2 to 5 above must have been completed at college level, preferably with a grade of B or higher.
- The General Record Examination (GRE) General Exam if you plan on seeking funding (graduate assistantship, tuition waivers) via the department or a faculty member. Otherwise, it is not required for admission to the MS program.
- Submission of a written statement of goals highlighting the candidate’s interest in space studies and motivation to undertake this program.
Applicants for degree programs may be admitted to Approved, Provisional, Qualified, or Non-Degree Status.
Students who have met the minimum admission requirements stipulated by The School of Graduate Studies and have met all departmental requirements for admission are granted admission to Approved Status. Admission to this status implies only that a student is permitted to commence graduate work, which normally will lead to a degree or diploma. However, admission to Approved Status does not guarantee that a student will be allowed to become a candidate for a degree or diploma.
Admission to Provisional Status may be granted to an applicant who has not met one or more of the general The School of Graduate Studies or program level admission requirements, e.g., low G.P.A., low test scores, lack of a required test, or inadequate writing skills. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent and must meet the minimal language requirements prior to matriculation. The first obligation of students admitted to Provisional Status will be to meet all of the conditions specified at the time of admission. Students admitted to Provisional Status will be eligible for advancement to Approved Status after the completion of 9 to 12 semester hours of work if their GPA for all work attempted is at least 3.00. Only those students that have advanced to approved status are eligible to graduate. Students in Provisional Status are not eligible for graduate teaching, research, or service assistantships.
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. 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. Only those students that have advanced to approved status are eligible to graduate.
Applicants who do not wish to earn a graduate degree but want to take graduate courses are classified as Non-Degree seeking applicants. Applicants for this status MUST possess either a graduate degree earned at an accredited North American institution or a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution.
* Subject to the approval of the department and the dean of The School of Graduate Studies, a maximum of nine (9) semester credits taken as a graduate Non-Degree student may subsequently be counted toward a graduate degree subject to all other regulations.
An applicant who has been admitted to The School of Graduate Studies may request to delay his/her term to enter for one semester only. After this point, the applicant will be required to submit a new application packet and be re-evaluated for admission. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request an admission deferral. Failure to request a deferral can result in the applicant being denied admission at a later date.
Students who do not matriculate in The School of Graduate Studies program in which they were admitted and do not request a delay in admission are counted as “no shows” and need to submit a new application if they wish to be admitted at a later date.