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Unique programs and cutting-edge research give UND graduate students tools for success

The Graduate School at the University of North Dakota provides students with opportunities for advancement, creativity, innovation and more. The School's Dean, Dr. Joseph Benoit says, "We have so many wonderful opportunities at UND for graduate s...

The Graduate School at the University of North Dakota provides students with opportunities for advancement, creativity, innovation and more. The School's Dean, Dr. Joseph Benoit says, "We have so many wonderful opportunities at UND for graduate students in all fields. Students have access to first-class research facilities, renowned faculty who are leaders in their fields, and a whole range of unique and innovative programs. I encourage anyone considering graduate education to look at what UND has to offer. You'll be surprised!"

The University of North Dakota is the state's most comprehensive, intensive research institution. Such enterprise now exceeds $100 million in annual sponsored research activity. These resources feed the University's growing national and international reputation for cutting-edge research and creative scholarship and provide numerous opportunities for students to achieve their goals. At the same time these opportunities reflect the researchers' attention to the world's most pressing concerns. Biomedical and health sciences, energy and environmental protection, aerospace sciences, education, the humanities and engineering are all actively addressing issues affecting the state and beyond, and graduate students play an integral role.

The School has a long history of serving both the community and the nation since awarding some of the first post-baccalaureate degrees in the Northern Great Plains over 100 years ago. We are continuing to build on that tradition today by offering a diverse array of graduate programs across seven colleges as well as online coursework that provides distance education in graduate programs such as business, education, social work, nursing and public administration.

Those seeking an advanced education in Aviation, Space Studies or Atmospheric Sciences will find UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is among the best of its kind in the world. The School has the largest non-military training fleet in the world with 111 aircraft and simulators providing more opportunities and better educated and trained pilots. The online Masters program in Space Studies is just one of the programs delivered worldwide. UND also offers the world's only interdisciplinary graduate program in Space Studies by a fully accredited University in the United States for both campus and distance students.

UND's School of Engineering and Mines offers graduate studies in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Energy, Environmental, Geological and Mechanical Engineering. The faculty in Engineering and Mines view the research laboratory as an extension of the classroom where research and teaching coexist. Innovative programs like SUNRISE (the Sustainable Energy Research Initiative) foster interdisciplinary partnerships between UND departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, and NDSU's Chemistry and Plant Sciences departments. Graduate students work closely with faculty on a variety of complimentary research projects like agriculture-based fuels, biomass utilization and wind energy.


The College of Education and Human Development maintains its leading position in the fields of Teaching & Learning, Educational Foundations and Research, Educational Leadership, Social Work, Counseling and Physical & Exercise Science. Students can choose from over twenty graduate programs from Early Childhood Education to Kinesiology or Counseling Psychology. UND also offers graduate students many distance options in education including online programs in Instructional Design & Technology, Special Education, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and more. In addition, graduate students may take advantage of graduate education programs offered face-to-face in Bismarck or Fargo. UND graduates of these programs are highly sought after and comprise the majority of graduate-trained educators, counselors and social workers in the state.

Seventeen departments in the College of Arts & Sciences offer graduate degrees in disciplines from Biology to Visual Arts. Three of these programs (Biology Ph.D., History D.A. and Theater Arts M.A.) are part of the Western Regional Graduate Program listing and offer North Dakota resident tuition to students from many of the western states. Recently, graduate students with interests in ancient and medieval history had an opportunity to work on a high tech archaeological project on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Fieldwork is also a feature of the Department of Geography which now also offers an online graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISc), one of the fastest growing specializations in the US. The Department of Psychology also offers one of the nation's only online Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology programs. Comprehensive graduate program offerings in Music, Visual Arts, Biology, English and more than a dozen other disciplines offer students many opportunities to develop areas of expertise while working closely with faculty.

Also in high demand nationwide are well-trained nursing graduates. Ranked 11th in the top 100 nursing programs for research funding nationwide, the College of Nursing offers graduate degrees and certificate programs to students seeking to specialize in Anesthesia, Family Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health, Gerontology, Public/Community Health, and Nursing Education. UND's College of Nursing is the collaborative hub for a $20 million National Institutes of Health-funded research facility that will house scholars from several departments including nursing, psychology and aerospace as they work to tackle issues such as operator stress in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) environments. This facility is one of the first of its kind in the nation.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, and Microbiology & Immunology are producing biomedical researchers for the future. Focused research areas include neurobiology, neurodegenerative disorders and infectious diseases. UND is proud to own one of only twelve state-of-the-art microPET™ scanners in US universities allowing our students and researchers to advance work relating to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other medical conditions. In addition to these research focused programs, we offer graduate degrees in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Laboratory Science and Physician Assistant Studies.

UND's College of Business and Public Administration is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the nation for entrepreneurship. It is North Dakota's first accredited business college, promoting the highest standards of education. The Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Business Administration programs are creating the business and public leaders of the future both for the state and the nation. These programs are also available at a distance. Master's programs in Applied Economics and Industrial Technology provide students with the skills and knowledge for the real-world of business. The College of Business and Public Administration is proudly one of only 528 colleges in the world fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Research and creative scholarship are the hallmarks of graduate education at UND and The Graduate School is committed to providing students with an exceptional advanced education in more than 100 graduate degree and certificate programs. "We enroll approximately 2,000 master's and doctoral students. The possibilities are many, but we are still able promote a very personalized graduate education", says Dean Benoit. - Submitted by UND Graduate School.

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