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Graduate School Application

Complete the online Graduate School Application.

Online Graduate Application

Each graduate program may have different admission requirements; please refer to the current graduate catalog for departmental specific admission information

Application Materials

The following items must be submitted before an international application for admission can be evaluated

Application Fee

 $35.00 U.S.D. The application fee cannot be waived and is nonrefundable.

Official Proof of English Proficiency

IELTS Academic: 6.0
PTE: 53
Degree awarded from the US


Applicants who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (not including Quebec), Australia or New Zealand are not required to submit an approved English Proficiency exam score if their academic records indicate that English was the classroom language for their studies.

Official Transcripts

If transcripts are not originally provided by the institution in the English language, the indigenous language transcript should be submitted along with an English translation. The full English translation must include a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate and that they are qualified to translate the language to English.


The USD Graduate School and/or academic departments retain the right to require an Educational Credential Evaluators/World Education Services (ECE/WES) evaluation if such evaluation is deemed necessary.

Official Admission Test Scores

If test scores are required by a graduate program, students may upload a copy of their score report to their GradCAS application. Full admission will require that an official score report is sent to USD directly from the testing body.

Letters of Recommendation

 Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through GradCAS.

Statement of Purpose

 Refer to program admission requirements for details.

Contingent Admission

USD accepts unofficial copies of English proficiency test scores, admission test scores (e.g., GRE, GMAT) and unofficial and unofficial partial transcripts for contingent admission. Full admission is granted only after receipt of official English proficiency documentation, official transcripts for all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels (undergraduate documents must verify receipt of degree) and official test score reports (if required).

Financial Ability Requirements

Federal regulations require all students to show that they have the financial ability to pay for at least one full academic year of tuition, fees and living expenses before the University of South Dakota can issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status (I-20).

Your admission application is reviewed without any regard to your financial ability, but the university cannot issue your I-20 until you have proven financial ability. You must complete the Financial Ability Form and provide official financial documentation showing the amount of cost to attend USD.  Details can be found on the Financial Ability Form. Please send the Financial Ability Form together with your financial documents.

Transfer from American College or University

If you are transferring from an accredited college or university in the USA, please contact International Admissions at

Mailing Address for Application Materials

Graduate Admissions
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD  57069-2390

If you have questions about the International Student Graduate Application process, please contact International Admissions at 605-658-6200 or by email at