Quality. Flexibility. Affordability.

From small class sizes and expert faculty to affordable living and tuition rates, earning your advanced degree from USD provides a robust and world-class education that will serve you throughout your career and life. 

Our Programs

Not surprisingly, USD graduates can be found in leadership positions around the world. In South Dakota, 70 percent of the attorneys, 48 percent of the physicians and 50 percent of the teachers graduated from USD. With over 80 graduate program options, USD has a program for you.
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Make Yourself at Home

Become familiar with the beautiful state of South Dakota, USD campus community, city of Vermilion and the resources available to you as a graduate student that will help you succeed and make the most of your time as a Coyote.


Welcome to USD. Welcome home.


Graduate Student Checklist
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Real Experience Through Hands-on Research

Learn from faculty who are experts in their fields and receive the individual guidance necessary to participate in exciting, ongoing research. With state-of-the-art facilities and research funding opportunities for students in all disciplines, USD offers you the support and resources you need to learn by doing.


Find the answers to your questions about the world through research and creative scholarship at USD.


Graduate Research
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Professional Development

The USD Graduate School is committed to the professional development of our graduate students. Outside of the classroom, USD offers a range of development tools through scholarships, research, events and professional organizations.


Hone your skills. Reach your career goals.


Professional Development
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Financing Your Education

Whether you are thinking about applying for an assistantship, scholarship or financial aid to help cover the cost of your advanced degree, USD's Graduate School provides resources to help you finance your education.


Funding Resources
Student advising and mentoring

We're Here to Help

The Graduate School is your one-stop resource for all things related to your graduate program. Our team is here to help you succeed and be your one source for all things related to graduate studies at USD.


Graduate Student Resources

Ready to Apply?

We know researching graduate programs can be a detailed process, especially with all of the options available. We are here to help you every step of the way. Our dedicated team of graduate enrollment coordinators can address any questions or concerns you may have about costs, the application process and deadlines. Reach out to start a conversation or schedule a campus visit.

Meet Our Team

We know navigating graduate school can be a detailed process. If you have questions, we are  here to help you every step of the way. Our dedicated team will be able to address questions or concerns that you may have about the policies, assistantships, graduation and more.
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Beth Freeburg

Associate Provost
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Briana Rollefson

Program Assistant
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Brittany Wagner

Dir-Graduate Education

Request A USD Viewbook

Get your personal copy of USD's graduate viewbook to check out what life at USD is all about. Inside you'll find an overview of our academic programs, admissions requirements, campus facilities and research opportunities.

Download a digital version, or provide your mailing address so we can mail you a copy.


Contact Us

Graduate School
Slagle Hall, Room 304
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069