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South Dakota State University    
  Feb 17, 2018
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

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South Dakota State University 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

2016-2017 Graduate Catalog cover2016-2017 Graduate Catalog PDF   (Published to PDF July 2016)

The Graduate Catalog is the official source of the university’s academic programs and courses. The catalog should be used as a guide in planning a course of study and in meeting requirements for graduation. The South Dakota State University Policy and Procedure Manual may be viewed online at: That website is the definitive source for the most current South Dakota State University policies. Policies duplicated on other websites or in print may not be the most current version. All policies documented on the site are official and supersede policies located elsewhere. South Dakota State University is governed by state and federal law, administrative regulations, and policies of the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) and the State of South Dakota. South Dakota Board of Regents policies may be viewed online at:

Per SDBOR Policy 2:20

The information contained in this catalog is the most accurate available at the time of publication, but changes may become effective before the next catalog is published. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to stay abreast of current regulations, curricula, and the status of specific programs being offered. Further, the university reserves the right, as approved by the Board of Regents, to modify requirements, curricula offerings, and charges, and to add, alter, or delete courses and programs through appropriate procedures. While reasonable efforts will be made to publicize such changes, a student is encouraged to seek current information from appropriate offices.

South Dakota State University Non-Discrimination Policy

The University offers equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in education, extension, and other services at the University to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience, and ability for the various levels of employment or academic program or other University service, without discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination.

The University, in conjunction with state and federal law and applicable SDBOR and University policies, is committed to the objectives of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued at law, or through the procedures established in University Policy 4:6 through the University Title IX/EEO Coordinator.

Michelle Johnson, Ed.D., Title IX/EEO Coordinator & Affirmative Action Officer
Human Resources, Morrill Hall Room 100
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: 605-688-4128
Email 1:
Email 2:

SDSU has adopted a Compliance Hotline that offers two additional ways to report concerns, including the option to report anonymously, if you choose: 

Toll-Free Reporting: 1-844-880-0004
Web Reporting:

For more information on the policies established to promote equal opportunity and eliminate discrimination and harassment at SDSU visit:

Features of the Online Catalog

The online catalog contains a number of features to assist you, including a personal portfolio to store favorite programs, courses and frequently accessed policies and procedures, advanced search options, intuitive navigation, and archived catalogs.

  • Looking for a different catalog?  Select the desired catalog from the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Advanced Search features allow searching by course prefix, course number, exact match, or descriptive phrases.
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  • Use the “My Personal Catalog” feature to save course and program information in a personal space (similar to an online shopping cart) accessible from any computer with internet access.  Get started with an e-mail address.
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  • Share catalog information on Facebook and Twitter.
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  • Each section of the catalog has a Print-Friendly view for cleaner, more compact printing.
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  • Catalog assistance is readily available -click the Help icon at the top right of each page.
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  • Print Degree Planner is available in the top right corner of all program pages.

For assistance selecting courses or a degree program, please contact your advisor.  Graduate students with additional questions may contact the Graduate School.