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South Dakota State University    
  Nov 22, 2017
2006-2008 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Address from the Dean

Welcome to South Dakota State University and thank you for considering the graduate programs in the SDSU Graduate School. Attending graduate school at SDSU is a wise choice. As South Dakota’s Land-Grant University, you will be provided with opportunities in 35 graduate programs that encompass areas such as agriculture, engineering, social sciences, health sciences, education, biological sciences, nursing, computation, and geospatial sciences.

Graduate-level courses and exciting research programs abound at SDSU. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently classified SDSU as the state’s only Research University with high research activity. Graduate education and research programs provided by seven academic colleges provide outstanding opportunities for advanced education and respected credentials.

South Dakota State University offers M.S., M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. programs, as well as a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. Many of the Master’s-level programs offer a choice of thesis, design paper, or coursebased pedagogies. Each graduate student works closely with a faculty committee to develop a research program and plan of study to match the student’s interests.

Research opportunities are expanding at SDSU. Of course, research is a core part of SDSU’s historic land-grant mission. SDSU is a Space Grant as well as a Sun Grant university with programs in remote sensing, geospatial sciences and engineering, and renewable energy. Our involvement in numerous EPSCoR programs provides linkages to several federal research programs. Lately, the South Dakota Governor, state legislature and Board of Regents have enhanced research through the South Dakota 2010 Research Initiative.

This Graduate Catalog is a valuable resource to learn about SDSU’s graduate education programs. SDSU’s web page ( is also an important resource to learn about individual departments and faculty. The SDSU Graduate School has information available at

If you have any questions about the Graduate School at SDSU, please feel free to call 605/688-4181, stop by to visit the campus, or send an e-mail to We look forward to assisting you.

Kevin D. Kephart
Vice President for Research
Dean, Graduate School