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How to Apply: Graduate Programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences


You will need to complete your application form through the Internet. The application fees of $35.00 can be paid via credit card, online or you can mail a check or money order to the graduate school (see the address below) with the rest of the application materials (see below). No application will be processed until the application fee is paid. Once you submit your application, send the following documents by post to the graduate school (see the address below).

Application Process and Details

Letters of Recommendation

Two personal reference letters from people acquainted with the academic ability and professional competence of the applicant are required.

Official Transcripts

Applicants who have completed a degree outside the United States must provide a professional transcript evaluation from an evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Examples of acceptable services are Educational Perspectives and World Education Services (WES). Evaluations must include Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation and U.S. degree equivalency. Official international transcripts are waived due to the transcript evaluation requirement. If the applicant has completed a master’s degree in the United States, the transcript evaluation requirement is waived. Applicants with a master’s degree in the United States should submit the official transcripts from their institution. The submitted transcripts become the property of South Dakota State University and will not be returned.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and scores are required for international students from non-English speaking countries. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score is also acceptable, The Institutional Code for SDSU is 6653.

Financial Support

Ph.D. Program: All admitted students will be supported by a teaching or research assistantship from the department. Limited assistantships are available each year. No financial support statement is needed. Applicants who have research support and/or scholarships from government agencies, foreign embassies, foundations or other institutions, should submit a financial support letter along with their application. For other applicants, no financial support letter is needed.

Physical Examination Record

A record of two (2) immunizations for measles and two (2) for rubella is only required after the applicant is admitted to the program.

Selection Criteria

The following basic criteria are used to evaluate applicants:
The quality of your academic performance, TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores if you are an international student without a degree from an English-speaking country, the comments from your references, the nature and quality of your research experience and its fit to the available projects and your motivation and commitment to graduate studies as relayed in your personal statement.

Apply to Graduate School

Your completed application package must be received by the graduate school before April 15:

Graduate School
South Dakota State University
Morrill Hall 130
Box 2201
Brookings, SD 57007-1998