M.Sc. On Campus Blended

Biological Sciences

South Dakota State University

12 months
647 USD/credit
336 USD/credit
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The master’s program in Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University provides advanced coursework and opportunities to do research in one or more of the academic departments participating in this multidisciplinary program: Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering; Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science; Biology & Microbiology; Dairy & Food Science; Natural Resource Management


Considerable latitude in coursework is allowed to tailor a program to a student’s interest. While the training of most students is largely directed to a single discipline represented within one of the participating departments, cross-discipline training is available. 

Generally, identification of a major professor with resources to support the student’s thesis project is required for unconditional acceptance into the program. Therefore, interested persons should make application for program admission well in advance of the anticipated date of enrollment.

 Please refer to each departmental section for a listing of the graduate faculty and details regarding the areas of study offered in this program. Inquiries should be made directly to the department representing the discipline of interest.

This is a collaborative graduate program leading to the master’s program in Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University. Departments that cooperate in the program are the Departments of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering; Agronomy, Horticulture, & Plant Science; Biology & Microbiology; Dairy & Food Science; Natural Resource Management; and Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences. Specializations and emphases are available in the following areas:

  • Biology Specialization 
  • Dairy Science Specialization 
  • Food Science Specialization 
  • Microbiology Specialization 
  • Natural Resource Management Specialization 
  • Veterinary Microbiology Emphasis
  • Veterinary Pathology Emphasis

Career Opportunities

  • Design and manage efficient food production systems
  • Natural resource management and conservation
  • Laboratory research
  • Product development
  • Quality control and food safety
  • Human, animal and plant health

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Thesis
  • Research/Design Paper
  • Coursework only
  • Coursework only (Professional)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits

30/32 credit hours


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

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

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). 
  • GRE: Not a general requirement, but individual departments may require GRE

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 647 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    336 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 336 USD per credit during 12 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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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