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Ph.D. On Campus

Biological Sciences

South Dakota State University

654 USD/credit 39240 USD/full
654 USD/credit 39240 USD/full
340 USD/credit 20400 USD/full
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A Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University offers a wide range of research topics for thesis and dissertation research in well equipped laboratoriessupported by core facilities.

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Many biologists perform basic or applied scientific research at colleges and universities to gain a better understanding of fundamental life processes. The goal of basic research is to expand human knowledge and to advance our knowledge of living organisms to e.g. develop solutions for human health problems or to increase environmental sustainability. Whereas applied research is directed towards solving specific problems and to develop for example new drugs or treatments, increase agricultural productivity or to develop new biofuels. 

Faculty members in the biological sciences, work on research projects and teach classes in their area of expertise and train undergraduate and graduate students. Biological scientists often work in teams and interact regularly with scientists of other disciplines, and technicians. Research biologists are also employed by industry and work for example in the field of biotechnological or medical research. 

Career Opportunities

A Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at  South Dakota State University  qualifies students for a variety of different careers, including positions at Universities or Colleges, with state or federal agencies, and for jobs in industry. University or college faculty positions generally require a Ph.D. degree. Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow 21% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, as biotechnological research and development continues to drive job growth.

Programme Structure


  • Biologists with a teaching interest, normally seek positions at the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels, and can also find positions at museums, zoos, and nature centers and for example interact with visitors,  and plan and carry out exhibitions or educational programs, or teach specialized classes.

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  • International students are encouraged to apply several weeks prior to posted deadlines or the start of the semester to ensure all required documents are received.


60 alternative credits

*you can also choose 90 credit plan


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Academic requirements

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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. The Graduate School employs a rolling deadline, however, students should check with their program of interest for specific admission deadlines. 
  • 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. Domestic, international or non-degree seeking students may submit an application online.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39240 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit
  • National

    39240 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit
  • In-State

    20400 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 USD /month
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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