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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 210 / / Module (National)
  • Foreign: $ 445 / / Module (National)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English



    The Department of Biology and Microbiology provides students with a wide range of opportunities for advanced study. The graduate faculty offer expertise and graduate student advisement in subdisciplines from molecular biology through ecology.

    Faculty members are very successful in obtaining extramural funds to support graduate student projects. Graduate students have modern research laboratories, equipment and field research sites available to carry out their research projects. The learning environment, scholarly excellence and quality of teaching are areas of strength in the departments Graduate Program.


    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

    Ph.D. Graduation Requirements

    * Yearly evaluation (research progress + coursework)
    * Comprehensive written exam (mid-program)
    * Comprehensive oral exam (defense of written exam/research progress) (mid-program)
    * Oral presentation of Dissertation (public) during last semester of program
    * Oral defense of Dissertation (committee) during last semester of program
    * Dissertation completion

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    Program requirements


    GRE: Scores ranking above the 50th percentile will strengthen the case for admission

    At least two letters of reference or Personal References must be sent to the Department. A personal statement that includes a description of the applicants involvement in research, the applicants research interest, and career goals is also required.

    Retention in the program is dependent on formation of a committee and completion of review matrix by the end of the first year. In ensuing years, students must have a committee meeting and complete review annually.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90



    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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    • Tuition Fee:
    • Domestic students: $ 52k / 1 year
    • Language:
    • English
    • Ranking:
    • 1288 StudyQA
    • Duration:
    • 3 years
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