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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    fall semester: april 15; spring semester: august 15 (international)/october 1 (domestic)

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    Master's students receive advanced training in theory, methods, and the practical application of sociological knowledge. At South Dakota State University, master's students may enroll in thesis, applied, and non-thesis options. Students traveling down the thesis and non-thesis tracks take advanced courses in sociological theory and methods; only the details vary. Students opting for the applied option specialize in community development.

    Core Requirements

    * Seminar
    * The Research Process
    * Sociological Inquiry
    * Evaluation Research
    * Research and Theory Elective

    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

    Each applicant should have two signed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the students academic record as part of the graduate school application process. In addition, we highly recommend that interested applicants submit a writing sample (past term paper for example) and a personal statement. The personal statement should outline the applicants academic goals and describe how those goals connect with SDSU faculty expertise and interests. 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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