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Biological Sciences - Dairy Science

South Dakota State University

M.Sc. On Campus Blended
24 months
647 USD/credit
336 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Biological Sciences - Dairy Science program at South Dakota State University is equipped with excellent laboratories; a state-of-the-art dairy processing plant with capabilities for processing fluid milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, concentrated and dried products, cultured dairy foods and other dairy and food products.

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 Metabolism and surgical facilities in the Animal Science Complex, along with specialized laboratory equipment in the Genomics Lab and other departments on campus, including, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, and Health and Nutritional Sciences programs are also available. 

Graduate students accepted in the program will have opportunities to utilize these facilities to develop basic and/or applied research programs in dairy product processing, microbiology, chemistry, food safety, dairy cattle nutrition, metabolism, genomics, breeding, microbiology of the rumen, immunology, and management, while interacting with well qualified faculty.  

The SDSU Dairy Science program, in collaboration with the Food Science and Nutrition program at the University of Minnesota and the Food Science and Human Nutrition program at Iowa State University, constitute the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center. 

This collaborative center provides graduate students in the manufacturing area a unique opportunity to be involved with current issues and research needs.

This Biological Sciences - Dairy Science program at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in dairy science, animal science, food science and engineering, or related fields
  • Have an interest in the dairy industry
  • Like intellectual challenges
  • Have leadership skills
  • Enjoy scientific inquiry and problem solving

Career Opportunities

  • Ruminant Nutritionist
  • Livestock Geneticist
  • Dairy Product Processing specialist
  • Quality Control/Assurance Director – Food and Dairy
  • Microbiologist – Food Safety Analyst
  • Dairy Farm or Plant Management

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Seminar 
  • Thesis 
  • 3 or more credits of STAT courses numbered 500-level or higher
  • 6 additional course credits, designed to meet the interests and individual needs of the student
  • Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • At least two letters of reference and a personal statement that includes a description of the applicants’ involvement in research, the applicant’s research interest, and career goals.
  • GRE: Not required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 647 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    336 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 336 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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