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.
Categories of Admission
Applicants for degree or certificate programs may be admitted to Approved, Qualified, Provisional, or Deferred status. The School of Graduate Studies has established minimal academic criteria for admission. Individual departments may have additional requirements. The various categories of admission are detailed in the following paragraphs.
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.
Admission to Conditional status may be granted to an applicant who has not met the English Language Proficiency requirement set by the School of Graduate Studies and is enrolled in or will be enrolling in the ELS Language Centers Intensive English Program. Students admitted under conditional status will not be allowed to enroll in courses until after they have passed the ELS Language Center's Intensive Level 112.
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.
The purpose of this status is to provide a procedure for individuals to take a limited amount of academic work for cultural, intellectual, continuing education needs, or with the intent to complete prerequisite coursework for an eventual application to a graduate program. A student registered in Post-Baccalaureate status may not change to another status until the completion of the term. Students in Post-Baccalaureate status are not eligible for graduate teaching, research, or service assistantships or School of Graduate Studies tuition waivers.
Eligibility for Faculty to Pursue Graduate Degree
A faculty member at any rank may take coursework toward a degree at the University if he or she has the approval of the dean of his or her college or school. Members of the Graduate Faculty must also obtain approval of the Graduate Dean. Upon enrollment in a graduate program, graduate faculty membership, and faculty rank or role in any department in which the coursework is being taken, will be suspended. The suspended faculty rank and role, including graduate faculty membership, will be automatically reinstated upon completion of the graduate degree or departure from the degree program. Any member of the faculty may, with the approval of the dean and of the instructors concerned, take courses for credit as non-degree seeking students without changing his or her faculty status. Arrangements to audit classes or to take courses for credit are made through the School of Graduate Studies and/ or Registrar’s Office. (Reference: UND Faculty Handbook)
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.