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School of Education Grad Degrees Approved for WICHE Tuition Program

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota now offers non-residents the opportunity to earn select graduate degrees within the School of Education at resident tuition rates.

“We are very excited to have our graduate programs included in the Western Regional Graduate Program through WICHE,” said Amy Schweinle, associate dean of research and graduate studies at the School of Education. “This allows us to extend a more affordable option for these high-quality, distinctive programs to students across a wider geographic range. I believe this will be a strong benefit both to the students and to the graduate programs.”

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has approved several graduate education degrees as part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This approval and tuition reciprocity arrangement allows graduate degree seekers who are residents of the WICHE member states to enroll and pay resident tuition and potentially save thousands of dollars.

The USD School of Education programs that were approved include Counseling and Psychology in Education, Human Development and Educational Psychology, and School Psychology. Several business school programs were approved as well.

"WICHE and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region's social, economic, and civic life."

To learn more, visit the WICHE Exchange Program website.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News