654 USD/credit 39240 USD/full
654 USD/credit 39240 USD/full
340 USD/credit 20400 USD/full
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The Department of Biology and Microbiology provides students with a wide range of opportunities for advanced study with the Biological Sciences - Microbiology Specialization at South Dakota State University.

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The graduate faculty offer expertise and graduate student advisement in subdisciplines from molecular biology through ecology. Faculty members are very successful in obtaining extramural funds to support graduate student projects. Graduate students of  Biological Sciences - Microbiology Specialization at South Dakota State University  have modern research laboratories, equipment and field research sites available to carry out their research projects. 

The learning environment, scholarly excellence and quality of teaching are areas of strength in the department’s Graduate Program.

Career Opportunities

  • Microbiologist in state and federal organizations
  • Microbiologist and research scientist at research institutions
  • Faculty in colleges and universities
  • Research and technology officer in industrial sector
  • Advanced post-doctoral training in microbiology and related fields

Programme Structure

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Program content: Graduates will demonstrate fundamental knowledge in biological or microbiological sciences broadly focused on cellular and molecular biology concepts and will specialize in specific area of biology, microbiology or molecular biology.
  • Content – Research: Graduates will carry out research and scholarly activity in analysis of scientific data using statistics.
  • Communication skills: Graduate will demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills in expressing and reporting scientific findings and concepts.
  • Intellectual and critical thinking: Graduates will demonstrate effective intellectual and critical thinking traits.

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Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits

or 90-credit plan



Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

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


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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