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The University of South Dakota offers 65 graduate programs in its eight colleges and schools.

 

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The University of South Dakota's graduate degree & program offerings:
 
Beacom School of Business:
Accountancy, Professional
  • M.P.A.
Long-Term Care Management
  • Graduate Certificate
Business Administration
  • M.B.A. with a Specialization in Health Services Administration 


College of Arts & Sciences:
Administration
  • M.S.A. with Specializations in:
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Health Services Administration
    • Long Term Care Administration
    • Criminal Justice
    • Human Resources Management
    • Alcohol and Drug Studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Au.D. in Audiology
Computer Science
  • M.S. (Thesis Option)
  • M.S. (Non-Thesis Option)
Executive Master of Public Administration
  • EMPA
Disaster Mental Health
  • Graduate Certificate
History
  • M.A.
Physics
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
Political Science
  • M.A. / Ph.D. with Emphasis areas in:
    • American Politics and Public Policy (M.A.)
    • International Relations (M.A.)
    • Public Law (only for Joint M.A./J.D. degree)
    • American Political Institutions (Ph.D.)
    • Public Administration (Ph.D.)
    • Public Policy (Ph.D.)
Biology
  • M.A. / M.S.
  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with a Specialization in Neuroscience
Chemistry
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry
Communication
  • M.A. in Communication
English
  • M.A. in English, with the following Specialization options:
    • Literature
    • Creative Writing
    • TESOL
  • Ph.D. in English with the following Specialization options:
    • Literary Studies: Critical
    • Literary Studies: Creative
Mathematics
  • M.A. / M.S.
Nonprofit Management
  • Graduate Certificate
Psychology
  • M.A. / Ph.D. in Human Factors
  • M.A. / Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Public Administration
  • M.P.A.

 

College of Fine Arts:
Art
  • M.F.A. with Specializations in:
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
    • Graphic Design
Theatre
  • M.F.A. with Specializations in
    • Directing
    • Design/Theatre Technology
Music
  • M.M. with Specializations in:
    • History of Music
    • History of Musical Instruments
    • Music Performance
    • Music Education
    • Conducting
    • Collaborative Piano
Graduate Certificate Piano


Graduate School:
Biomedical Engineering
  • M.S. / Ph.D. 
Interdisciplinary Studies
  • M.A.
State Government Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate

Natural Science
  • M.N.S.

Sanford School of Medicine:
Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D. with Specializations in:
    • Neuroscience
    • Infectious Diseases 
    • Physiology and Pharmacology
Medicine
  • M.D.
  • M.D. / Ph.D. 


School of Education:
Counseling & Psychology in Education
  • M.A. / Ed.S. / Ph.D with Specializations in:
    • Human Development & Educational Psychology (M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D.)
    • Counselor Education (Ed.S., Ph.D.)
    • School Psychology (Ed.S., Ph.D.)
    • Clinical Mental Health (M.A.)
    • School Counseling (M.A.)
    • Substance Abuse Counseling (M.A.)
Educational Administration
  • M.A. / Ed.S. / Ed.D. with Specializations in:
    • Pre-K - 12 Principal
    • School District Superintendent
    • Curriculum Director
    • Adult & Higher Education (M.A. & Ed.D. only)
    • Director of Special Education (Ed.S. and Ed.D. only)
Special Education
  • M.A. with Specializations in:
    • Advanced Specialist Disabilities
    • Multicategorical Special Education K-12
    • Early Childhood special Education
Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ed.S.
  • Ed.D. 
Elementary Education
  • M.A. with a Specializations in:
    • American Indian
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • English Language Learning
    • Gifted Education
    • Language Arts
    • Reading Specialist
    • Science, Technology, or Math (STM)
    • Social Studies
Literacy Leadership & Coaching
  • Graduate Certificate
Kinesiology and Sport Science 
  • M.A. with Specializations in:
    • Exercise Science
    • Sport Management
Secondary Education
  • M.A.
Technology for Education and Training
  • M.S.
American Indian Education
  • Graduate Certificate


School of Law:
Law
  • J.D. 
Joint Law
  • J.D. / M.S.A. in Administration
  • J.D. / M.A. in Educational Administration
  • J.D. / M.A. in English
  • J.D. / M.A. in History
  • J.D. / M.A. in Psychology
  • J.D. / M.A. in Political Science
  • J.D. / M.B.A. in Business Administration
  • J.D. / M.P.A. in Professional Accountancy
  • J.D. / M.P.A. in Public Administration


School of Health Sciences:
Addiction Studies
  • M.A.
Addiction Studies
  • Graduate Certificate
Physical Therapy
  • D.P.T.
  • t.D.P.T. - Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
  • M.S.
Physician Assistant Studies
  • M.S.
Social Work
  • M.S.W.


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