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 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 the Graduate Studies admissions portal .
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
PLEASE NOTE: 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 3.0 or better.
- Three credits of course work in statistics or algebra or calculus or computer science.
- Six credits of course work in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering.
- Six credits of course work in the social sciences, history, management, or law.
- Three credits 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.
- Take 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. This is the same as the graduate school’s requirement of a statement of goals.
- All required application materials as required by the UND School of Graduate Studies, including three letters of recommendation, all official transcripts, etc., as outlined on their “how to apply” website.
Categories of Admission
Applicants for a Master of Science Degree in Space Studies are admitted on Approved, Provisional or Non-Degree Seeking status.
Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements stipulated by the School of Graduate Studies and have met all departmental requirements for admission may be admitted into Approved status. Admission to this status implies only that a student is permitted to commence graduate work which normally will lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate. 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 School of Graduate Studies or program level admission requirements, e.g., low G.P.A., low test scores, lack of a required test, or other concerns about the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate study. Generally, students will not be admitted into Provisional status with more than nine (9) credits of outstanding prerequisites.
Students admitted to Provisional status because of their previous GPA will be eligible for advancement to Approved status after the completion of nine semester hours of graduate level coursework if their GPA for all work attempted is at least 3.00. Students in a Provisional status may be dismissed after one registration if their GPA is below 3.00, or if they have failed to meet other conditions specified at the time of admission.
The first obligation of students admitted to Provisional status is to meet all of the conditions specified at the time of admission. Students in Provisional status are eligible for graduate assistantships and tuition waivers at the discretion of the department.
Applicants who wish to enroll in graduate level classes as a non-degree seeking student should seek admission into Non-Degree status. All applicants for non-degree status must have met the English Language Proficiency Requirement, and have a recognized baccalaureate degree. Permission of the academic department will be required to enroll in a class as a non-degree student. Therefore, the applicant should consult with the department(s) offering the courses before completing an application. 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. Non-degree students are not eligible for graduate teaching, research, or service assistantships or School of Graduate Studies tuition waivers.
Eligibility to Work for an Advanced Degree
Only those who have been officially admitted to the School of Graduate Studies as Degree Students on the basis of a letter from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies may work for an advanced degree. Any conditions stipulated in the admission letter must be satisfied according to the terms of the letter. Degree or certificate students who do not satisfy the conditions of the admission letter will be dismissed. Students may petition the School of Graduate Studies for an extension if they are unable to satisfy the conditions of admission. Such petitions must be filed prior to any deadlines that are in the admissions letter.
Delaying or Moving Matriculation
An applicant offered admission to a degree or certificate program in the School of Graduate Studies may request to delay or move his/her matriculation into the program for up to one year. Requests to delay or move matriculation will require approval of the program faculty and the School of Graduate Studies. There is no guarantee that students denied delayed matriculation will be offered admission at a later date.
Students who do not enroll in program specific coursework as specified in the admission letter the semester that they are admitted, and do not gain approval to delay or move their matriculation, will have their admission offer rescinded. In such instances, a new application for future enrollment will need to be submitted with no guarantee that the application will result in another offer of admission. Academic departments may petition the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for exceptions to this policy.