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Biological Sciences - Veterinary Pathobiology Specialization, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Graduate education in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences is focused on the one health concept, with major emphasis in infectious diseases of food-producing domestic species and zoonotic diseases. 

The interaction of service, discovery, and education that takes place within the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences results in new knowledge, timely information, and students prepared for careers that make a difference for animals and people alike.

This Biological Sciences - Veterinary Pathobiology Specialization at South Dakota State University will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a professional degree in Veterinary Medicine

Career Opportunities

  • Veterinary Pathology

Detailed Programme Facts

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

    *you can also choose 90 credits plan

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The student, major advisor and Advisory Committee select the discipline specific emphasis area of the biological sciences. The courses will be identified on the student’s Plan of Study no later than the end of the first year of study.

  • Seminar Credit: 1 - Selected with advisory committee approval
  • Research Regulations Compliance Credits: 1
  • Minimum of 3 credits of STAT courses numbered 500-level or higher
  • Dissertation Credits: 30-40 - Students are required to present a seminar on their dissertation
  • Electives as needed to reach 60 or 90 credits
  • Research in pursuit of the dissertation requirement is expected to address a question of fundamental scientific importance and is expected to generate data of publication quality.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • GRE:  Not required

  • TOEFL:  Department requirement of 525 paper-based, 71 Internet-based

  • IELTS: 5.5

  • Admission to the program is dependent upon admission to the SDSU Graduate School and identification of a suitable mentor. Applicants are not accepted into the program unless an assistantship can be provided. Funding for assistantships comes from a variety of sources including the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, federal granting agencies, and the animal health product industry. Those interested are encouraged to contact the Department to identify opportunities.

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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