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Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
Black Hills State University is a liberal arts university located in Spearfish, SD. Being nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota gives us the opportunity to explore and thrive with the outdoors while studying them and using them as inspiration.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)



Black Hills State University has enjoyed a long and successful history of educating the citizens of South Dakota and the west river region. Before South Dakota had even gained statehood, the people of Black Hills Dakota Territory demonstrated a high regard for education and began advocating for a university in the Black Hills. Dakota Territorial Normal School was founded in 1883.


For both undergraduate and graduate students, you'll participate in education that combines rigorous class work with the spirit of exploration. With hundreds of options for majors and concentrations to help you find your niche, you'll be able to create an academic path that fits your interests and advances your goals.


At Black Hills State University, students conduct high-level research by working  in one of the world's only Underground Campuses  with faculty on specialized projects. Working with a faculty mentor will guide you as you discover the  path right for you. 


There are three types of student employment: federal work-study, institutional work-study, and off-campus employment. A student must meet certain eligibility requirements to work in either a federal work-study or an institutional work-study program. 

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Student services

The Registrar's Office is responsible for student registration, enrollment verification, academic records maintenance, transfer credit evaluation, academic catalogs, awarding degrees, WebAdvisor assistance, withdrawals, and transcript services.

Housing services

Five residence halls and the Yellow Jacket Apartments provide housing for students. All of our residence halls are co-ed. Our halls are Bordeaux, Heidepriem, Thomas, Humbert, and Wenona Cook.

ICT services

Our mission is to be a leader in promoting and enabling technology to enhance the learning environment. IITS works collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff to leverage technology to advance and support BHSU’s delivery of education, development of research, and engagement of students.

Medical services

BHSU and Student Health Services are committed to high quality health care for our students at the most reasonable cost possible. We are dependent upon student participation. We are determined to increase the level of health awareness, identify needs that have not been met, and setting health care priorities for our students.

Student Life

Campus life

Five residence halls and an eight building apartment complex - all with spectacular views of the Northern Black Hills. The new Bordeaux Hall, which connects Heide and Thomas Halls creates an active campus housing complex.

Sports facilities

The mission of the athletics department is to provide an opportunity for student-athletes to develop and challenge their abilities through sports and provide a component of college life for all students, staff, alumni, and community through an affiliation and membership in the NCAA Division II level of athletics.

Student clubs

Enhance your college experience by getting involved in one of the many clubs and organizations on campus. Becoming involved allows individuals many opportunities to meet new friends, work with faculty and administrators, and develop skills that prepare students for a career after graduation.


  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business 
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music

Student Reviews

Physical Science at BHSU
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Amazing opportunities to work on international physics experiments. Very small program, but professors have many contacts and courses can be taken at other SD universities and still fit the program requirements. This is not a set in stone program, however you find the courses you need to emphasize your studies in a specific area and the professors ensure that you are well...

Spearfish, South Dakota, United States

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