New Institutional Social Science


A New Institutional Social Science certificate expands the graduate student experience and opens up job opportunities by exposing students to diverse tools and ideas surrounding institutions and policies. Students will pursue research topics addressing society’s grand challenges and learn how institutions guide our political, economic, and social interactions. 


The certificate program is open to any student enrolled in an NDSU Graduate School program (masters or doctoral). The program has no additional admissions requirements. 

To Apply

Students enrolled in the NDSU Graduate School can add the certificate to their degree program by completing and submitting this form.

Students are responsible for filling out the top section of the form and providing contact information for members of their home department. The Certificate Program Coordinator for the NISS certificate is Jeremy Jackson, If you have questions regarding the form, please contact Melissa Selders-Ortez at

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses
NISS 701Survey of New Institutional Social Science1
NISS 710Workshop in New Institutional Social Science3
ECON 762New Institutional Economics3
POLS 762New Institutionalism in Political Science3
Elective Course
PSYC 670Experimental Social Psychology3
or SOC 733 Organizations and the State
Total Credits13