Biological Sciences — Veterinary Pathobiology Specialization

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 210 / Year(s) Foreign:$ 445 / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:4741 Duration:36 months

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The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences offers degrees in both Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The PhD program is offered as a Doctorate in Biological Sciences and requires either 90 credits beyond a BS degree, or 60 credits beyond an MS from either a Canadian or American University.
The interaction of service, discovery, and education that takes place within the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences results in new knowledge, timely information, and students prepared for careers that make a difference for animals and people alike.


The student, major advisor and Advisory Committee select the discipline specific emphasis area of the biological sciences. The courses will be identified on the students Plan of Study no later than the end of the first year of study.

* XXX 790 or 890 Seminar Credit: 1 - Selected with advisory committee approval

* GSR 601 - Research Regulations Compliance Credit: 1

* Minimum of 3 credits of STAT courses numbered 500-level or higher
* XXX 898D Dissertation Credits: 30-40 - Students are required to present a seminar on their dissertation

Research in pursuit of the dissertation requirement is expected to address a question of fundamental scientific importance and is expected to generate data of publication quality.


GRE: Not required

Admission to the program is dependent upon admission to the SDSU Graduate School and identification of a suitable mentor. Applicants are not accepted into the program unless an assistantship can be provided. Funding for assistantships comes from a variety of sources including the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, federal granting agencies, and the animal health product industry. Those interested are encouraged to contact the Department to identify opportunities.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 525 TOEFL iBT® test: 71



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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