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M.Sc. On Campus

Animal Science

South Dakota State University

24 months
654 USD/credit 9810 USD/year
654 USD/credit 9810 USD/year
340 USD/credit 5100 USD/year
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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. 

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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
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • International students are encouraged to apply several weeks prior to posted deadlines or the start of the semester to ensure all required documents are received.


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission. 
    • A professional academic transcript evaluation for degrees earned outside the United States(This requirement cannot be waived unless your highest degree was earned or will be earned in the U.S. prior to enrollment at SDSU).
      • If you are completing your bachelor's degree at the time of application, you may submit an incomplete evaluation. If you are accepted, a complete transcript and/or evaluation with completed degree will be required by the end of your first semester of coursework.
    • Official U.S. transcripts where a degree is earned (or will be earned), and official U.S. transcripts where graduate level coursework has been taken.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    9810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 USD /month
Living costs

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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