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

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    The primary goals of the department are to conduct research in the above areas, to transmit the results to the public, and to help prepare students for quality lives which includes preparation for an occupation in one or more of the above-mentioned disciplines. Graduate training includes classroom instruction, seminars designed to hone oral and written skills, and meaningful experience in laboratory and field research techniques. Departmental diversity encourages collaborations among disciplines and research programs that inform graduate training.

    Course DeliveryThe program coursework is available on campus, in classroom and laboratory settings, as well as field-based settings.
    Student Engagement OpportunitiesNumerous opportunities are available for part-time employment, scholarships, and work-study programs. The Arboriculture Club, Agronomy and Conservation Club, Horticulture Club, Landscape Club, or Turfjack Club offer opportunities for fellowship, leadership, and career planning. The Department has nationally recognized crops, horticulture, and soils judging teams.


    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

    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.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    GRE: recommended, but not required
    Students must be accepted by an advisor before admission is granted.

    English Language Requirements

    TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 83



    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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