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Biological Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #1055 (BCR) , SD,
This is a cooperative program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biological Sciences. Departments that cooperate in the program are Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering; Agronomy, Horticulture, & Plant Science; Animal Science; Biology & Microbiology; Dairy & Food Science; Health & Nutritional Sciences; Natural Resource Management; and Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences.

About

  • The plan of study can be designed to meet the interests and individual needs of the student. While the training of most students is largely directed to a single discipline represented within one of the participating departments, cross-discipline training is available. Generally, identification of a major professor with resources to support the student’s dissertation project is required for unconditional acceptance into the program. 
  • Therefore, interested persons should make application for program admission well in advance of the anticipated date of enrollment. Please refer to each departmental section for a listing of the graduate faculty and details regarding the areas of study offered in this program. Inquiries should be made directly to the department representing the discipline of interest.

Accreditation

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

Detailed Programme Facts

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

    *you can also choose 90 credit plan

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Specializations are available in the following areas:
  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Biology
  • Dairy Science
  • Food Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary Pathobiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    71

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

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General Requirements

  • The application file must be complete with the application form, application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificates, letters of reference, 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, will usually 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

    626 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 626 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    326 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 326 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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