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Biological Sciences - Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialization, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

 Students who undertake graduate studies in Ph.D. in Biological Sciences - Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialization at South Dakota State University normally have as their goal a better understanding of the current theories, principles, issues, and problems in agricultural and biological systems. Graduate studies improve the student’s ability to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision-making and problem solving.

The department offers students an opportunity to undertake research and advanced study biological sciences with in relation to specialization areas such as food and biomaterial processing, physical properties of biological materials, natural resource engineering, structures, indoor environment, waste management and machine design.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural and Biosystems engineer
  • Scientist in a national laboratory
  • Researcher in industrial research and development
  • Teacher or researcher at a university

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

Courses include:

  • Independent Study
  • Dissertation
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Research Regulations Compliance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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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.
  • 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

    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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