History of the School of Graduate Studies
The oldest institution of higher education in the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Western Minnesota, UND has been educating generations of students for more than one hundred years. An established regional and national leader, it offers students a stimulating university environment, the state's largest library, the resources of its medical and law schools and research center, and a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities. At UND, we combine that diversity with a tradition of caring and what has been called "a remarkable sense of family."
Harrison A. Bronson
In 1889, the same year North Dakota gained statehood, UND initiated its first postgraduate research program, looking for ways to better utilize the region's mineral resources. In 1895, the University presented its first graduate degree, an M.A. in Latin, to Harrison A. Bronson for a study of Greek life in the plays of Terence. The discernment and discipline reinforced by this work served Harrison well as he went on to become a Justice for the Supreme Court of North Dakota.
George R. Davies
George R. Davies received UND's first doctoral degree in 1914 in the fields of sociology and history. He studied with John Gillette, widely regarded as the "Father of Rural Sociology," and the renowned historian Orin G. Libby. His academic career lead to numerous scholarly publications and a faculty position at the University of Iowa.