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How to Apply

You will need to complete your application form through the Internet by visiting this link. 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).

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

  2. 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.

  3. TOEFL/GRE Scores Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for international students from non-English speaking countries. A minimum score of 550 paper-based, 79 Internet-based, or above is required. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score is also acceptable (6.0 or higher). No minimum score is set for GRE test. The Institutional Code for SDSU is 6653.

  4. A Statement of Personal Goals and Philosophy The statement should be brief and no more than one page.

  5. Financial Support All admitted students will be supported by a teaching or research assistantship from the department. 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.

  6. 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.


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