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Due to the impact of COVID-19, South Dakota State University is operating on a limited basis the remainder of the Spring semester and all in-person course instruction has been moved online.  Students, faculty and staff should have prior approval to access campus buildings/offices. SDSU will closely monitor the situation and provide any updates via email and through the official COVID-19 Management website.  

Graduate students completing final oral exams or holding any type of committee meeting should make accommodations to utilize zoom or other electronic capabilities during this time. Due to the extension of Spring Break, the Graduate School has altered the final oral exam deadline from April 17th to April 24th and the thesis/dissertation deposition deadline from May 1st to May 8th. A full list of Spring 2020 deadlines can be found here.  

Students who also serve as Graduate Assistants may request VPN (Virtual Private Network) access. This service allows Graduate Assistants to access university drives and systems off campus. VPN must be approved by a student’s supervisor and will only be granted if deemed necessary. Additional VPN information can be found on InsideState.    

At this time, for the safety of our graduates and families, SDSU has made the difficult decision to postpone graduation ceremonies and all events through May 15th. SDSU has implemented a team to work through what the next steps will be and further information will be forth coming. Please continue to check the site for further information. 

For answers to additional questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts graduate students at SDSU, please click here.

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!   

Summer 2020             Fall 2020

SDSU is currently waiving application fees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the financial impacts the pandemic may have on students and families and want to offer support to allow students to continue to move forward in the application process. Please use the discount code, COVID19, as you complete your application.

Do you have questions about the admissions process? Visit the admissions FAQ tab for more information! 

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