Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 210 / program Foreign:$ 445 / program  
StudyQA ranking:7074 Duration:36 months

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The Ph.D. in Agricultural, Biosystems and Mechanical Engineering shares a common core between the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and department of Mechanical Engineering. All students will be required to complete 14 credits of core course work shown below. Core courses will provide a broad foundation covering basic graduate concepts in A.B.M.E., compliance and research ethics. Several core courses are unique in the nation and make this program novel and highly integrated. Elective coursework will provide students with the opportunity for greater depth in a topical area and will usually be directly related to their dissertation research topic. Students entering with a Bachelors degree must complete 90 credits (30 coursework and 60 dissertation) and students entering with a masters degree must complete 60 credits (20 coursework and 40 dissertation).

Students who undertake this graduate degree normally have as their goal a better understanding of the current theories, principles, issues, and problems in agricultural, biological and mechanical systems. Graduate studies improve the students ability to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision-making and problem solving.


This program offers students an opportunity to undertake research and advanced study in specialization areas such as:

* biorenewable energy and bioresource conversion technologies,
* engineering of advanced precision agriculture systems used in production agriculture,
* natural resources engineering for utilization and conservation of soil and water resources, and
* advanced manufacturing and quality control technologies focused on composition, properties, and integrity of materials.


The application file must be complete with the application form, application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificates, letters of reference, and other materials as required by specific programs before processing of the application will begin.

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, 60-credit plan, will usually have a Masters degree. This degree must be awarded from an approved, accredited institution. In those cases where applicants do not have a Masters degree, departmental requirements will apply, either requiring completion of a Masters degree or permitting an individual to move directly into a doctoral program, 90-credit plan.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79


Financial assistance in the form of research assistantships and project assistantships is available on a highly competitive basis.



South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

* Dedicated faculty and staff
* Quality new facilities
* Excellent student leadership
* Shared governance
* Partnerships with local community
* Robust and Integrated assessment program
* Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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