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The graduate curriculum in economics prepares students for professions in business and government as well as for further graduate study. The program is built on a core curriculum of economic theory, which consists of courses in advanced microeconomics, advanced macroeconomics, and econometrics, and allows students to design individualized programs in one of the following four areas of emphasis:

* Agricultural Business
* Agricultural and Resource Economics
* Business Economics
* General Economics

The Department of Economics offers an accelerated Masters program, which allows qualified students to study towards a Masters degree while completing their undergraduate degree. By combining course requirements for the Bachelors and Masters degrees, students enrolled in the accelerated Masters program may be able to complete a Masters degree within five years.

Students may apply for admission into the accelerated Masters program as early as the end of their sophomore year, but must have a GPA of at least 3.5 in Department of Economics courses to be considered for acceptance in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should contact the Department of Economics graduate coordinator to obtain application requirements. Application and admission to the Graduate School is required.

Coursework - Required:

* Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
* Advanced Microeconomic Theory
* Econometrics
* Research Methodology

* The minimum prerequisites for unconditional admission into the program are successful completion of ECON 301, ECON 302, and undergraduate courses in statistics and calculus. * Two letters of reference are required. * Students may apply for admission to the accelerated master's degree program once they have completed 64 undergraduate credits. English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.


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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