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Due to the impact of COVID-19, all faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering when entering any building on campus. This includes all classrooms, offices, labs, etc. Students who have questions should contact the Graduate School via email whenever possible as opposed to physically coming into the office. Students needing to speak to someone in person, are highly encouraged to set up an appointment in advance. SDSU will closely monitor the situation and provide any updates via email and through the official COVID-19 Management website.  

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Prepare to make an impact

If you want to make a difference in your life, career or the world around you, South Dakota State University offers an abundance of graduate study options to get you started. At SDSU you will find:

  • 53 Graduate programs in seven academic colleges
  • Affordability through funding resources such as Graduate Assistantships
  • Online courses, courses at off-campus sites and select online degrees, providing flexibility and options to fit your needs
  • Innovative faculty that actively pursue research projects, providing countless research opportunities for graduate students
  • An education that will prepare you to make a difference

Are you ready to get started? Apply now!   

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Ph.D. in mechanical engineering to start in August

A doctor of philosophy in mechanical engineering degree has been in the works for some time at South Dakota State University’s Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. The degree program starts when classes begin in August.

SDSU repeats as the safest campus in South Dakota ranked South Dakota State University as the state's safest college campus for the second-straight year.

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SDSU planning for fall semester launch

South Dakota State University will resume normal fall operations on campus, including face-to-face teaching and learning, as announced today by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Fall semester classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 24.