Finding the right job, whether you are completing your studies or you are a recent graduate, can be a daunting and intimidating task. The process does not need to be this way. Career Development provides students with the necessary tools and resources to ensure students are educated and prepared in various stages of employment.

Make an appointment by calling or sending an email so we can discuss your options, whether you are a current student or recently graduated. You are always welcome for a walk-in or make an appointment. We can discuss things such as how to write a professional resume, cover letter, different employment options, volunteering, careers related to your major, the graduate school process, etc. The Career Development office is located in May Hall 212 and can be reached at 701-483-2101 or

How To...

Write a Resume

Are you diving into the workforce or applying for graduate programs? Stop in and see Career Development for guidance on writing your resumes and cover letters or check out our helpful tips and guidelines.

Write a Cover Letter

Interview Preparation

Networking Effectively

Transition After University

Graduate School & Alternatives

If you are looking to continue your education beyond Dickinson State University, graduate school may be something you want to consider. Meeting with an advisor in Career Development or in your major department is the best way to start your search for a graduate or professional program. Together you can discuss your options and develop a plan for completing the application process. In Career Development, we offer individual graduate school advising and critiques of personal statements and application essays.

Finding & researching graduate programs:

Financial aid information:

Entrance exam & program-specific information:

Graduate School FAQs

What are Entrance exams?  Many graduate school programs require entrance exams, such as the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT. The GRE, GMAT and MCAT are computer-based tests that are offered throughout the year. The LSAT is a paper-based exam offered four times a year.

Am I required to take these exams?  It depends. If applying to Law School or Medical School, the LSAT and MCAT are required as part of the applications. For other programs, it varies. Make sure you thoroughly research the graduate programs you are applying to and check if General GRE, GRE Subject, and/or GMAT scores are required. Not every program will ask for a test score.

What is the GRE Subject Test? Since the General GRE test measures critical thinking and logical reasoning skills but not subject-specific content, the GRE subject test is a way to measure your knowledge of a particular subject area. A small number of programs require the GRE subject test. Ask the programs you are applying to if a GRE Subject Test is necessary for your application. GRE Subject Tests are paper-based and offered on specific dates during the year. Visit for more information on how to register and when and where to take the Subject Tests.

Where and when is the GRE General Test offered? GRE General tests are administered at ETS testing centers. From Dickinson, the closest GRE testing location is Bismarck, ND. Visit to find a test center, view available test dates, and register for a test.

When should I take the GRE and/or GMAT? If applying for fall admission into your graduate program, most application deadlines are anywhere from January to April. Therefore, most students typically take the GRE or GMAT exams in the fall semester of their senior year.

When should I take the LSAT or MCAT? The timeline for applications to these programs are different from other graduate timelines. Typically, Law School applicants take the LSAT in October or June, and Medical School applicants take the MCAT in the summer months.

How do I study or prepare for these exams? There are a wide variety of study materials to help you prepare.  Some resources include online classes, books and CDs, private tutors and study groups.