Graduate school will shape your future. When you choose the University of South Dakota, you choose the characteristics that really matter.
Quality. Flexibility. Affordability.
For over 30 consecutive years, USD has been ranked as a Best National University.
By U.S. News & World Report
USD graduate programs rank “most affordable” and “best value” across the nation.
Nearly 2,000 graduate students attend USD from 46 states and 29 countries.
A partnership between the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences and the South Dakota Department of Health has resulted in a five-year, cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
During the 2024 legislative session, an impressive cohort of 15 University of South Dakota students is actively engaging in South Dakota’s legislative process, gaining insight into the state’s government and benefiting from mentorship provided by prominent state leaders and USD alumni.
The University of South Dakota Graduate School is proud to present two graduate students – Hannah Faiman and Courtney Ludwick – with Graduate Excellence in Teaching Awards for their contributions to fostering a culture of educational excellence.
Computer Science Chair Co-Authors Book on Active Learning in Health Care With Recent Department Grad
University of South Dakota Department of Computer Science Chair KC Santosh, Ph.D., and recent computer science graduate Suprim Nakarmi ’23 co-authored a book on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that dives into how active learning can be used to combat outbreaks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Navigate the academic catalog
- Apply for an assistantships
- Attend Graduate Student Orientation
- Submit your thesis or dissertation
- Prepare for graduation and more...