Ph.D. Curriculum

Your Ph.D. from the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences is a research-based degree that will require four or more years of study. The University of South Dakota Graduate School requires a minimum of 84 credit hours of study for the degree. Approximately 30 of these credits will be directly associated with your research project. The remainder will be a mix of core courses and courses you and your faculty mentor determine are important.

Every student must enroll in 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and at least 1 credit hour during the summer semester to remain a full time student. Additional course work requirements will vary depending on the research area you choose. All Specializations require 15 hours of coursework in that area

See the USD graduate catalog to learn more about the foundational coursework and required classes for specializations in:

The remaining credits needed for the Ph.D. are elective courses selected by you with your faculty mentor's guidance.

M.S. Curriculum - Plan A and Plan B

There are two tracks for an M.S. degree from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

Plan A - a research-based degree that typically requires two years of study. The University of South Dakota Graduate School requires a minimum of 31 credit hours of study for the degree. Approximately 6 of these credits will be directly associated with your research project. The remainder will be a mix of core courses and courses you and your faculty mentor determine are important.

Plan B - is a non-thesis, non-research Master’s program. No stipend will be involved. This course of study can be completed in as little as one year.