12 months
647 USD/credit
336 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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This Animal Science program at South Dakota State University allows for considerable latitude in the education and training of students. Identification of a major professor with resources to support the student’s thesis project is required for unconditional acceptance into the program. ces. 

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Innovations in animal science contribute to improved management, growth, efficiency, health, and performance of livestock.  Discovering new knowledge in animal nutrition, reproduction, and growth, as well as meat science requires a strong background in the sciences. 

With our multi-disciplinary approaches towards production efficiency, product enhancement, and natural resources management, our graduate students gain strong skill sets. 

Faculty and graduate students are actively involved in basic and/or applied research in the fields of nutrition, reproductive physiology, muscle biology, animal breeding, meat science, and animal production. 

Graduates of our  Animal Science  program at  South Dakota State University  see career options unfold in a diverse and growing range of employment areas, from animal-related industries to biotechnology and  food product development. Many graduate students devise their own research, or partner with faculty in our many facilities and laboratories, to solve the challenges of 21st century animal agriculture and environmental stewardship. 

Career Opportunities

  • Feedlot operator
  • Nutrition consultant
  • Livestock production manager
  • Product development researcher
  • Reproductive physiologist
  • Research scientist

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Ruminology 
  • Ruminant Nutrition 
  • Advanced Selection of Domestic Animals 
  • Endocrinology 
  • Advanced Physiology of Reproduction 
  • Protein and Energy Nutrition
  •  Monogastric Nutrition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

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

  • The application must include the application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificate, and other materials as required by specific programs before processing of the application will begin. 
  •  Master’s degree applicants must have an approved Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (except in approved/accelerated programs). 
  • Two letters of reference, a letter of interest and intent, and a resume.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 647 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    336 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 336 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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