Shape Your Future at USD

As the largest provider of graduate education in the state of South Dakota, USD offers on-campus, off-campus and online degree options designed to help you reach your professional goals.

Here you'll find the best blend of graduate school qualities: one-on-one engagement with expert faculty, hands-on learning experiences, robust research opportunities, and nationally-recognized and accredited programs – all at an affordable price. 

Strengthen your academic path or grow your skills in a new direction at the University of South Dakota.

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Cost, Assistantships & Aid

Your education should be affordable. At USD, it will be. From graduate assistantships to scholarships, USD offers a variety of funding opportunities for on-campus and online graduate students to help you achieve your goals.

Quality. Flexibility.

From small class sizes and expert faculty to affordable living and tuition rates, USD offers you the best qualities of a graduate education. Gain a world-class education that will serve you throughout your career and life. 
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Flexible Programs Designed For You

The university’s graduate and professional programs are offered on campus, off campus and online with the flexibility, convenience and affordability you desire. As the state's largest provider of online courses, USD specifically designs programs to meet the unique needs of adult learners. You'll have the flexibility to continue working as you pursue education to advance in your career field.


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Real Experience Through Research

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


Here you'll learn from faculty who are experts in their fields, and you'll 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.


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Making Your Education Even More Affordable

As you research the costs of a graduate education, you may find that at USD you'll pay a fraction of the cost you might pay at similar institutions across the country. We offer you a high-quality education at an affordable rate.


And you may qualify for special tuition reduction opportunities, as well. Check out tuition reduction programs designed for teachers, students from select states, service members and veterans, senior citizens and students who meet other eligibility requirements.


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Make Yourself at Home

Become familiar with the beautiful state of South Dakota, USD campus community, city of Vermillion 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.

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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.

Meet Our Team

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 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 visit campus.
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Travis Vlasman

Director of Graduate Admissions
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Bianaca Krus

Senior Enrollment Coordinator
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Brett Mockler

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
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Wendy Thorson

Enrollment Coordinator

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions
Slagle Hall Room 306
414 E Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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