• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Animal Science or the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biological Sciences. Faculty and graduate students are actively involved in basic and/or applied research in the fields of nutrition, reproductive physiology, muscle biology, animal breeding, meat science and animal production.

This Animal Science program is offered at South Dakota State University

Areas of study

  • Animal Breeding
  • Meats
  • Muscle Biology
  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Ruminant Nutrition
  • Swine Nutrition

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits

    60-90

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Curriculum:

  • Ph.D. students are required to have two credits of a Graduate Seminar.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The application must include the application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificates, and other materials as required by specific programs before processing of the application will begin. 
  •   Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, 60-credit plan, must have a Master’s degree. This degree must be awarded from an approved, accredited institution. In those cases where applicants do not have a Master’s degree, departmental requirements will apply, either requiring completion of a Master’s degree or permitting an individual to move directly into a doctoral program, 90-credit plan. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 647 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 647 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    336 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 336 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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