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North Dakota State University


NDSUIn 1883, the Dakota territorial legislature drew lots for state agencies, including an agricultural college. Grand Forks had already been chosen for one institute of higher learning, which became the University of North Dakota, so it was decided that another college would be placed in Fargo. In 1889, the territorial legislature recommended that the Agricultural College be placed in Fargo. The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station was established in 1890 based on the Hatch Act, federal legislation designed to promote production, marketing and utilization of farm products that were essential to the health and welfare of the public. That same year, the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo was named as the land grant college of the state.

Today, North Dakota State University is a student-focused, research university that is highly ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The university enrolls more than 14,700 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The university also supports a distance and continuing education program that provides the same exceptional degree programs and coursework to students online.

North Dakota State University Accreditation Details

North Dakota State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary schools of the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, specific programs at the college are also accredited by related professional organizations.

North Dakota State University Application Requirements

Incoming freshman must complete an application for admission and acceptance is based on the total high school record. Students with no college courses must have successfully completed:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of Math
  • Three units of Laboratory Science
  • Three units of Social Science

Students must have a GPA of 2.5, an ACT composite score of 21 or higher or a combined SAT score of 970 or higher. Students 19 years of age or older may apply for admission with a GED as long as their score is 150 or higher in each of the four content areas.

Students transferring from another college or university with fewer than 24 transfer credits will have their high school record taken into consideration for admission. Students who have completed more than 24 college credits will be judged on their cumulative GPA from all previously attended colleges or universities. In most cases, a 2.0 GPA or higher is necessary for admission.

Graduate students must complete an application for admission and provide official transcripts from every college or university attended. Some programs require submission of official GRE or GMAT scores. Students must provide a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation. There may be additional materials required by the specific program.

North Dakota State University Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition at North Dakota State University for full time students is as follows:

  • North Dakota Resident – $6,604
  • Minnesota Resident – $7,396
  • Tuition Exchange Resident – $9,906
  • Other Non-Resident – $17,633

In general, tuition for online programs is the same as tuition for North Dakota residents.

Financial aid is available through Student Financial Services in the form of grants, loans and scholarships. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for financial aid. North Dakota State University also offers work/study programs and accepts VA Education benefits as well as employer aided tuition.

North Dakota State University Online Degrees Available

North Dakota State University offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs online.  Here is a look at a few of those offerings.

B.S. in Agricultural Communication

Agricultural communication prepares students for careers in agricultural and scientific industries, including scientific writing, agricultural promotion, as well as agricultural planning and assessment. The program is offered online and emphasizes written as well as oral communication skills. Students are prepared through courses that include:

  • Introduction to Agricultural Communications
  • Communication Analysis
  • Rhetorical Traditions
  • Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Communication Ethics
  • Introduction to Media Writing
  • Business and Professional Speaking
  • Advanced Media Writing
  • Editorial Processes

In addition, students must take agricultural core classes and electives.

B.S. in Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social interaction and the B.S. in Sociology degree at North Dakota State University helps students develop the research and analytical skills necessary to address social concerns. The program is offered online so that students are provided the flexibility to manage work, family, social and educational obligations. Students study subjects that include:

  • Small groups
  • Population
  • Inequality
  • Diversity
  • Gender
  • Social change
  • Families
  • Community development
  • Organizations
  • Health care
  • Aging

Career opportunities for successful graduates include urban planning, community service, industrial development, population analysis and other careers that need a strong sociology background.

Master of Transportation & Urban Systems

The online Master of Transportation & Urban Systems at North Dakota State University is designed for professional planners and engineers who need to address the complex relationships that exist between transportation and urban environment. The degree focuses on:

  • Urban Transportation Systems
  • Relationships between transportation, land use, environment, emergency response and logistical delivery systems
  • Coordinated planning, operations and security
  • Spatial dimensions of urban systems

Students develop an understanding of public transportation systems, geographic information systems, freight transportation and logistical delivery systems as well as urban geography and land use. Students also develop skills and knowledge in the environmental impacts of transportation systems, security and sustainability.

M.S. in Transportation and Urban Systems

The online Master of Science in Transportation and Urban Systems focuses on urban transportation systems and the relationships between transportation, land use and other factors related to transportation. Students take courses that include:

  • Transportation System Security
  • Transportation Planning and Environmental Compliance
  • Transportation System Modeling
  • Urban Transportation Systems Analysis
  • Context Sensitive Solutions
  • Transportation Systems Laboratory
  • Public Transportation
  • Logistics Systems
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Crisis Analysis and Homeland Security
  • International Logistics Management
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning
  • Technology Advances and Logistics
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Adaptive Planning in Logistics
  • Logistics Research Methods
  • Acquisition Contracts: Law & Management
  • Spatial Analysis in Transportation
  • Research in Transportation and Logistics
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Transportation Planning

Online degrees available at North Dakota State University make it easier for working adults to achieve their higher education goals. North Dakota State University online degree programs allow for flexibility in order for students to meet family, work and social obligations while furthering their education.