Biology Graduate


Explore the scenic flora and fauna of the Great Plains.

Preparing students for a lifetime of research and science-based careers.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

The M.A. degree is a non-thesis degree intended for those wishing to further their education specifically in biological sciences without a focus on research.

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Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree is intended for students choosing to gain experience in scientific research.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biological Sciences

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Admission Requirements

Required exam

M.S., Ph.D. - GRE
M.A. - No GRE required

Application Requirements

  • $35 Application Fee
  • 250-word minimum statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE test scores (where applicable)

Application Deadline

Priority: February 15

Additional Requirements

The Classroom & Beyond

  • The student experience at USD can extend far beyond science. Biology major Liz Berg has co-led a trip to Seattle this past year focused on sustainable solutions to hunger.

  • The purpose of this club is to make more people aware of conservation efforts, have speakers highlight possible jobs attainable with a biology degree and help students get connected to research projects.

  • Melissa Prince is working on understanding aggressive interactions using a mouse model. Her young career has been quite successful as she has already presented 2 posters at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.