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Expanding the Circle: Online Graduate Opportunities

South Dakota State University is committed to providing higher education opportunities to fulfill the need for faculty members at Tribal Colleges and Universities to acquire graduate credits to meet HLC standards, as well as offer online graduate level courses for faculty/staff at technical and community colleges and K-12 schools. If you are interested in enrolling in an online graduate course, please complete the process outlined below. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Graduate School Application Process

  1. Go to our online application.
  2. Create an account and choose a password. You will then be issued a PIN number.
  3. Once you are in the application, indicate that you are a Domestic Non-Degree Seeking Applicant in the term section.
  4. Include course name and course code (listed below). You do not need to upload any documents.
  5. Select pay via cash/check on the application fee page. We will waive the application fee for you.

Once we process your application, we will register you for the requested course(s) and send a confirmation email to you. In that email, you will be provided your student ID number and additional non-degree seeking information. Thanks for choosing SDSU!


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Semester Dates

2023 Spring Semester

  • January 9, Monday - Start Date/Instruction begins
  • January 16, Monday - Martin Luther King Day Holiday
  • January 18, Wednesday - Last day to drop or add and adjust final fees
  • January 19, Thursday - Spring tuition and fees payment due; “W” grade begins
  • February 20, Monday - Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • March 6, Monday - First half Spring Term ends
  • March 13-17, Monday – Friday - Spring Break
  • April 3, Monday - Last day to drop a course
  • April 7-9, Friday – Sunday - Easter Recess
  • May 1-5, Monday – Friday - Final exams
  • May 6, Saturday - Commencement

2023 Summer Semester

  • May 8, Monday – May 26, Friday - May Interim
  • May 29, Monday - Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 30, Tuesday – August 4, Friday - 10-week Academic Summer Session
  • June 16, Friday - Last day to submit a graduation application for Summer 2023
  • June 19, Monday - Juneteenth Holiday
  • July 4, Tuesday - Independence Day Holiday
  • August 7, Monday - August 18, Friday - August Interim

Contact Dr. Nicole Lounsbery if you are still interested in registering for a course after the add/drop date.

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Spring 2023 Courses

Online General Education Core Courses

Natural Sciences:

BIOL 743 : Cell Biology

CHEM 773 : Equilibria and Acid-Base Chemistry

CHEM 777 : Action Research in the Secondary Classroom


GEOG 525 : Population Geography

GEOG 540 : Health Geography

GEOG 573 : GIS: Data Creation and Integration

GEOG 573L : GIS: Data Creation and Integration Lab


ENGL 792 : Tp: Tech & Prof Writing


MCOM 513 : International Media

MCOM 653 : Mass Communication Teaching Methods

MCOM 710 : Cross-Platform Storytelling

MCOM 746 : Cross-Platform Campaigns


STAT 510 : SAS Programming

STAT 541 : Statistical Methods II

STAT 545 : Nonparametric Statistics

STAT 602 : Modern Applied Statistics II

Summer 2023 Courses

Online General Education Core Courses

Natural Sciences:

CHEM 691 : IndSty:IntroGreen Chem HS Tech

CHEM 691 : IndSty:Adv Green Chem HS Tech


GEOG 501 : Geography of Languages

GEOG 554 : Sustainable Communities

GEOG 559 : Political Geography

GEOG 573 : GIS: Data Creation and Integration

GEOG 573L : GIS: Data Creation and Integration Lab

GEOG 590 : Sem:Geog of World Sport


MCOM 730 : Media Law Case Studies


STAT 514 : Basic R Programming

STAT 541 : Statistical Methods II

STAT 600 : Statistical Programming

You can find a list of online graduate courses here or you can find a full list of SDSU courses here.