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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 

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. 

Current SDSU students who are applying to add an additional credential or are switching programs, will not be required to pay the $35 application fee for a second time. Please contact the Graduate School ( for a fee waiver. Students who are graduating and will be applying into a higher level degree are still required to pay the application fee. 

   Summer 2022        Fall 2022            Spring 2023                    

**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 

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. 

 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 have been admitted and attended SDSU for at least 1 semester, and who were last enrolled at SDSU less than 3 semesters ago, 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.

Are you a current SDSU graduate student wanting to change graduate programs? Complete the graduate program change request! 

Graduate Program Change Request 

Current graduate students who have been admitted and would like to change their program major or adjust their degree level (ex. MS to PhD) or specialization within the same discipline may submit the form. Students applying to an additional program or credential must use the formal online application. Program change requests are subject to department review and approval. A program change request does not guarantee approval for the newly selected program.