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1. Am I eligible to apply to your program?

Students meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply to the program. These criteria include:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institute of recognized standing.
  • Have adequate preparation in biochemistry/chemistry and the biological sciences, including microbiology, and show potential to undertake advanced study and research as evidenced by academic performance and experience.
  • At the baccalaureate level, have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all courses of at least 3.0 or equivalent.


2. Does your program require the GRE?  What scores are required for acceptance into the program?

The Cereal Science program does not require a GRE score. However, we do recommend taking the exam if you plan to apply for scholarships from professional organizations.


3. Is the TOEFL exam required?  What score is required for acceptance into the program?

The minimum score of 71 (internet based score) or 550 (paper based score) is required. However, please be aware that achieving the minimum score does not guarantee acceptance into the program. 


4. Are there other English Language Test Score requirements?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) are two other tests measuring English proficiency.   IELTS score of 6 or PTE Academic score of 53 are required if one these tests is taken in place of the TOEFL exam.


5. Is there funding available to support my studies?

The minimum annual stipends for M.S. and Ph.D. students are $12,000 and $13,200, respectively. Assistantship stipends may be increased as the student progresses through their program after achieving milestones such as proposal defense, preliminary exam completion, etc.  In addition, graduate tuition is waived for students with assistantships.


6. Can I be accepted into the program without financial support by the program and receive a tuition waiver?

No. The program policy requires students be funded by a faculty member or the program director. The lack of available funding sometimes serves as a reason for non-acceptance into the program.


7. Should I contact specific professors regarding questions about acceptability into their research group?

No. Only contact a professor if you are inquiring about his/her research interests. Acceptability into the program is dependent of the final application received from the Graduate School and reviews of the faculty. Please do not send a resume or CV to individual faculty or program director. These emails will be deleted without being read due to internet security issues.


8. How do I apply to your program?

Please see the appropriate application at the Graduate School website:


9. How much will it cost for me to attend graduate school?

Please see the tuition rates at the following website: https://www.ndsu.edu/onestop/accounts/tuition/#c8074


For further questions regarding graduate school, please see the Graduate Application FAQs page at the Graduate School website.

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