May 30, 2023  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graduate School

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University of South Dakota
Graduate School
McKusick Technology Center, Room 211
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, S.D. 57069
Phone: (605) 677- 6240 

Degrees administered directly by The Graduate School at the University of South Dakota:

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Master of Natural Science
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

The University of South Dakota offers several graduate degrees that are highly interdisciplinary in nature, and are therefore administered directly through The Graduate School versus a specific academic department.

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree began in 1977. It is designed primarily for, but not limited to, non–traditional students who would like to develop their own program of study. The students self-design a curriculum in tandem with their advisor to best suit their needs.

The Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree is designed for individuals who hold a secondary teaching certificate and who seek additional training in math and science. The program is designed to be flexible and to fit most teachers’ summer schedules.

Biomedical engineering (BME) focuses upon the application of engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems and to the development and delivery of health-care technologies. The biomedical engineer serves as an interface between traditional engineering disciplines and living systems and may work in either direction, applying the patterns of living organisms to engineering design or engineering new approaches to human health. Both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are cross-disciplinary. The objective of the M.S. program is to prepare a student for research and development careers in the biomedical industry and for additional training at the doctoral level. The Ph.D. program will prepare a student for a career as a researcher who advances the frontiers of biomedical science and engineering with attention to generating new ideas for commercialization. 

Study Abroad and Exchange Courses

International travel and study abroad enhance a student’s resume with experiences and skills that are difficult to obtain in any other way. There are numerous exciting and educational study abroad opportunities available and most are open to graduate and professional students. These experiences may be during the semester or summer.

USD holds sponsored exchange programs in Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, Japan, among others. In most cases, students pay USD tuition and receive credit toward their program of study. To determine if study abroad is possible or appropriate for their program, students should consult with their graduate advisor.

For information about USD-sponsored and other opportunities, please contact the Global Learning in the Center for Academic Engagement.


Global Learning

Center for Academic Engagement
The Academic Commons, Room 103
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069


USD Sponsored Exchange Programs


Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
, Oldenburg, Germany
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Jena, Germany
Otaru University of Commerce, Otaru, Japan
Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Piliscsaba, Hungary
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, Wolfsburg, Germany
University of Glamorgan, Trefforest, Wales, UK
University of Pau, Pau, France
University of Vigo, Vigo, Galicia, Spain

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