College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences North Dakota State University

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND
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Programs of Study

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at North Dakota State University equips students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in their professional and personal lives, including the following:

  • Ability to think critically
  • Ability to effectively communicate in all media
  • Understanding the diverse ideas that constitute the intellectual marketplace
  • Recognition of the significance of all traditions in creating cultures throughout the world

The college offers several graduate programs through eight of its twelve departments: Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Communication; Criminal Justice and Political Science; Emergency Management; English; History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies; Music; and Sociology and Anthropology.

Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: The Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture focuses on the challenges related to designing landscapes and built environments. It offers a nationally accredited Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program for individuals interested in pursuing advanced careers in the field.

Department of Communication: The Department of Communication provides students with the expertise to build rewarding careers in a wide variety of professions. Its graduate programs include the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Mass Communication and in Speech Communication, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication.

Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science: The Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science prepares students for positions that protect and serve people and communities, create and strengthen political and social systems, and enhance quality of life. It offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Criminal Justice.

Department of Emergency Management: The Department of Emergency Management trains students to protect people and communities, and it facilitates research that strengthens theory and practice in the field. It has two graduate programs: the M.S. in Emergency Management and Ph.D. in Emergency Management.

Department of English: The Department of English cultivates students’ appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of the English language. It offers the following graduate programs: the M.A. in English Composition; M.A. in English Literature; and Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture.

Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies: The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies encourages active learning and provides diverse learning opportunities. It provides the M.A. in History and Ph.D. in History programs.

Challey School of Music: The Challey School of Music prepares students for excellence in musical performance and scholarship. It provides a Master of Music program with options in performance, conducting, and music education, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts program with options in performance and conducting.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology provides comprehensive study of human behavior in social settings. It has six graduate programs: the M.A. in Anthropology, M.S. in Anthropology, M.S. in Natural Resources Management (social science option), Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management (social science option), M.S. in Sociology, and an online master’s in Community Development.


Faculty members and students actively engage in research regarding a wide range of subjects. Faculty members are awarded millions of dollars in research grants and contracts annually, and their work is published in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications each year. Students assist faculty members with their research and conduct individual research that contributes to the body of knowledge in their fields.

Financial Aid

Graduate students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may receive financial aid from employer tuition reimbursement programs, fellowships, graduate assistantships (teaching or research), loans (through federal programs or private lenders), military and veteran assistance, and scholarships from the university and private funders.

Cost of Study

The most current information on tuition and fees can be found online at

Living and Housing Costs

Information about on-campus housing for graduate students can be found at https:// While there is no specific residence hall for graduate students, they are able to live in the University apartments. There are also numerous housing options in the Fargo community.


Faculty members, like Stephenson J. Beck, Ph.D., are talented teachers and scholars. Dr. Beck is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication. His research focuses on relational communication in groups, communication strategy, and macro-cognition. His goal is to understand how people alter messages to achieve individual and group goals and to examine how this process influences group processes and message perception. Dr. Beck has authored and co-authored many articles and books about his research. He has also presented his work at several conferences, colloquia, and symposia. In addition, he has served on editorial boards of journals, participated in policy and planning and other committees, and operated a consulting practice.

Student Life

North Dakota State University provides students with the resources and opportunities to create vibrant and fulfilling college careers. They receive academic, career, support, and wellness services from the following departments: - Career Center - Counseling Center - Graduate Center for Writers - Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services - Office of Multicultural Programs - Wallman Wellness Center Social resources include arts and culture, community outreach, intramural sports, recreational programs, and student organizations.


North Dakota State University is located on the eastern edge of North Dakota in Fargo, the state's largest community. With its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota, directly across the Red River, Fargo is one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle and offers a family-friendly environment with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and a low crime rate; an active arts and cultural scene, including a symphony, civic opera company, art museums, and community theater; and many places to shop and eat, including numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and a newly refurbished downtown district.

The University

In 1890, North Dakota State University became North Dakota’s first land-grant university. Today, this esteemed research institution offers more than 14,400 students nearly 100 undergraduate majors, 86 master’s programs, and 53 doctoral programs.

It is recognized nationally and internationally for providing high quality education, excellent service, and innovative research. In fact, the National Science Foundation determined that several of its programs rank within the top 100.

Location & Contact

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

North Dakota State University

1340 Administration Avenue
Fargo, ND 58102
United States

Dr. Kent Sandstrom


Phone: 701-231-8338
Fax: 701-231-1047

Elizabeth Worth

Marketing, Recruitment, and Public Relations Coordinator

Phone: 701-231-8476
Fax: 701-231-6524

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Architecture (M Arch)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Education (M Ed)
      Master of Music (MM)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
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    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $35
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
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    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty70
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPolynesian prehistory, terrorism of Western Europe, survey of ethnic grave monuments in plains, biomechanics of sound production, juvenile crime in urban and rural settings
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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