The Graduate School at the University of South Dakota is committed to meeting the goals of students pursuing an advanced degree. As the leader of graduate education in the state, USD confers hundreds of graduate degrees each year with far-reaching results for the state and region. We are here to provide support and resources to address any questions or concerns you may have about policies, assistantships, graduation and more.
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Graduate School Policies
The academic catalog should be your first stop for information about policies, course planning and degree requirements. Students should use the catalog for the year they began their program (i.e., a student admitted for fall 2021 should use the 2021-2022 catalog).
The academic catalog contains all the current policies and procedures for graduate programs at USD. You will find information on readmission, full-time status, course loads, academic integrity, grading systems, commencement, change of degree information, appeals and deferrals, leave of absence, grievance process, teach-out arrangement and more.
Graduate School Forms
Visit the Graduate School Forms page in the myUSD portal to access all general forms, application for degree, drop/withdrawls, credit transfer, name change and more.
Student Handbooks - GeneralUSD's general student handbook contains general information and services for students such as career planning, dining services, childcare resources, technology services, legal aid, counseling center information and more. Also find information on activities and organizations, policies & procedures, student code of conduct.
Graduate Student Handbooks - Graduate Programs
Many graduate programs at USD have a handbook with university and department policies and procedures that are specifically relevant to each graduate program. If you have questions that are not covered in your program's handbook, contact your graduate program coordinator for more information.
- Communication Sciences & Disorders Student Handbook
- DNAP Student Handbook
- Educational Leadership Student Handbook
- English Graduate Student Handbook
- Human Factors Student Handbook
- Masters of Public Health Student Handbook
- MSN/DNP Student Handbook
- Music Graduate Student Handbook
- School Psychology Student Handbook
- Sustainability Student Handbook
Please see Board of Regents Policy 2.9. This policy governs academic disputes involving students. Such disputes most commonly arise as a result of student dissatisfaction with assigned grades, but students may also invoke the standards and procedures provided under this policy to challenge academic responses to instances involving alleged student academic misconduct or to challenge other decisions, justified on academic grounds, that affect their participation in or completion of university academic programs.
Please see Board of Regents Policy 3.4. This policy is the Student Conduct Code.