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The University of South Dakota offers 66 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
  • Business Analytics
  • Health Services Administration 


College of Arts & Sciences:
Administration
  • M.S. with Specializations in:
    • Alcohol and Drug Studies
    • Criminal Justice Studies
    • Health Services Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Long Term Care Administration
    • Organizational Leadership
Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Au.D. in Audiology
Computer Science
  • M.S. with Specializations in:
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Informatics
Disaster Mental Health
  • Graduate Certificate
History
  • M.A.
Physics
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
Political Science
  • M.A. with Specializations in:
    • American Political Institutions and Public Policy
    • International Relations
  • Ph.D. with Emphasis areas in:
    • American Political Institutions
    • Public Administration
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 Specializations in:
    • Creative Writing
    • Literature
    • TESOL
  • Ph.D. in English with Specializations in:
    • Literary Studies: Critical
    • Literary Studies: Creative
Mathematics
  • M.A. / M.S.
Natural Science
  • M.N.S.
Nonprofit Management
  • Graduate Certificate
Psychology
  • M.A. / Ph.D. in Human Factors
  • M.A. / Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Public Administration
  • EMPA
  • M.P.A.

 

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


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



Sanford School of Medicine:
Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • M.S. (Thesis/Non-Thesis)
  • Ph.D. with Specializations in:
    • Cancer Biology
    • Cardiovascular Biology
    • 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 and 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 K-12 (M.A.)
Educational Administration
  • M.A. / Ed.S. / Ed.D. with Specializations in:
    • Pre-K - 12 Principal
    • School District Superintendent
    • Curriculum Director
    • Adult and Higher Education (M.A. and Ed.D. only)
    • Director of Special Education (Ed.S. and Ed.D. only)
Literacy Leadership and Coaching
  • Graduate Certificate
Kinesiology and Sport Science 
  • M.A. with Specializations in:
    • Exercise Science
    • Sport Management 
Special Education
  • M.A. with Specializations in:
    • Advanced Specialist Disabilities
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Multicategorical Special Education K-12
Technology for Education and Training
  • M.S.
Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ed.S.
  • Ed.D. 
Elementary Education
  • M.A. with Specializations in:
    • American Indian
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • English Language Learning
    • Gifted Education
    • Language Arts
    • Reading Specialist / Literacy Coach
    • Science, Technology, or Math (STM)
    • Social Studies
 
Secondary Education
  • M.A. with Specializations in:
    • American Indian
    • English Language Learning
    • Gifted Education
    • Language Arts
    • Reading Specialist
    • Science, Technology, or Math (STM)
    • Social Science
  • M.A. Plus Certification
American Indian Education
  • Graduate Certificate
Mental Health Counseling
  • Graduate Certificate


School of Law:
Law
  • J.D. 
Joint Law
  • 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
  • J.D. / M.S. in Administration


School of Health Sciences:
Addiction Studies
  • M.A. with a Specialization in Co-Occurring (standard track only)
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.
Public Health
  • M.P.H.
Social Work
  • M.S.W.


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