Get ready for doctoral degree success.
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program encourages students to prepare for graduate studies by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research, and to develop the skills and student faculty mentor relationships vital to success at the doctoral level.
McNair Scholar Criteria
To qualify for the McNair Program, college students must have completed their sophomore year (60 semester credits) and are either:
- Are first generation college student and meet Federal income guidelines, and/or
- Are from a group underrepresented in doctoral studies
Additional criteria include:
- Have a minimum of 3.00 college GPA.
- Creative, independent undergraduates with good writing skills.
- Intellectually curious and interested in conducting research under faculty guidance.
- Planning to complete a Ph.D.
Interested students who do not yet meet credit hour or GPA requirements may qualify to participate in the Pre-McNair Academy.
- Open to all TRIO eligible students (First generation income qualified or underrepresented in doctoral studies)
- Participate in monthly McNair Seminars
- Academic Advising specific to graduate school preparation
- GRE Prep
- May be eligible for priority consideration to the McNair Scholars Program once they meet the standards for admission
UND McNair Program receives 100% of its annual budget from the U.S. Department of Education.
What the McNair Program Offers
- Graduate school preparation
- Faculty mentorship
- Academic and personal counseling
- Seminars and workshops related to graduate education
- Research stipends
- Research opportunities and skill development
- Travel to local, regional, and national conferences
- GRE preparation
- Graduate school visits
- Academic advisement
- Opportunities for tuition and fee waivers
Dr. Birgit Hans, my McNair faculty mentor during my undergrad at UND, told me how important it was to pursue my Ph.D.