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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 take a look around and imagine the possibilities. We look forward to hearing from  you!

Are you ready to take the next step? Before applying, please see admission requirements

General Graduate School Application 

Beginning Spring 2022, for applications to all graduate programs except for those housed in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, please use the application links below. 

All Nursing applicants must complete a Graduate School application (below) and an application through NursingCAS. Visit the Graduate Nursing department for more information. 

 Spring 2022        Summer 2022        Fall 2022                      

**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. 

Graduate School Application for Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering 

Beginning Spring 2022, for applications to the Master of Engineering, Master of Science in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Operations Management, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, Mathematics-Statistics, Statistics, and Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences - Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computational Science & Statistics, and Mechanical Engineering, and certificates in Management Foundations, Systems Management, Mathematics, and Data Science, please use the following EngineeringCAS application. Future terms for application will be added September 2021. 

EngineeringCAS Spring 2022              EngineeringCAS Summer or Fall 2022

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

Need to access your graduate application to upload additional documents or check the status of your application?

SDSU Self Service Center 

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.