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Welcome! The South Dakota State University Graduate School offers post-baccalaureate programs that are full of proud university tradition, exciting research possibilities, and plenty of options to meet your interests. Our 7 academic colleges providing graduate studies include: Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Education & Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy & Allied Health Professionals.

Feel free to use the navigation on the right to take a look around and imagine the possibilities. We look forward to hearing from  you!

Are you ready to take the next step? Apply now!

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**It is highly recommend that you use a personal email address when completing the online application. Certain government email addresses (ex:, have strong filters that block emails regarding admissions decisions. 

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

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Were you admitted, but are now unable to begin your program for the initial start date listed on your acceptance letter? Complete the deferral request!

Deferral Request

Graduate students who have been admitted into a degree seeking program may request to defer their admission 1 time for up to 1 academic year without needing to reapply to their program of acceptance. Deferral requests are subject to department review and approval. A deferral request does not guarantee approval for a new requested start term. Please reference your admission letter when completing the deferral request to ensure information is accurate. 

Are you a former SDSU graduate student needing to reapply into your graduate program? Complete the reapplication request! 

Reapplication Request 

Graduate students who been admitted and attended SDSU for at least 1 semester may request readmission to their SAME program. Readmission requests are subject to department review and approval. A readmission request does not guarantee approval for the readmission start term. Students wanting to switch programs, must complete a new application for that program. This includes master’s to PhD or vice versa.