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M.S. in Biological Sciences South Dakota State University



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Program Information

This is a collaborative graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Departments that cooperate in the program are the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; Biology and Microbiology; Dairy Science; Natural Resource Management; Plant Science; and Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences. Specializations and emphases are available in the following areas:

Biology Specialization

Dairy Science Specialization

Food Science Specialization

Microbiology Specialization

Veterinary Microbiology Emphasis

Veterinary Pathology Emphasis

The master’s program in Biological Sciences allow for considerable latitude in the education and training of students. Students interested in advanced studies in the biological sciences will have the opportunity to tailor a program that meets their interest by selecting courses offered by faculty from the participating departments. 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 dissertation 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.

Biological Sciences Program Objectives

Graduates of the Master’s of Science in Biological Sciences will:

  • Have a deep understanding and knowledge of biological principles related to the chosen discipline
  • Apply principles into practice in the field or industry setting
  • Have an appreciation and working knowledge of scientific research methods in the discipline
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret research findings and understand the implications
  • Write a coherent thesis or research paper and demonstrate the ability to write a scientific journal paper
  • Demonstrate competence in the major course topics covered by the student’s graduate plan of study
  • Demonstrate the ability to use ethics in decision making and planning
  • Demonstrate information literacy for science-based decision making and lifetime learning

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study M.S. in Biological Sciences.

Online/Distance with attendence (30 Credit Hours for Option A (Thesis), 32 Credit Hours for Option B (Research/Design Paper))

Tuition fees

USD $465.80 per credit hour


13 Jan


South Dakota State University

1175 Medary Avenue,


South Dakota,

57006, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission.

A minimum TOEFL score of 525 paper-based, 197 computer-based, or 71 Internet based, or IELTS score of 5.5.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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