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2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Basic Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

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Program Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Basic Biomedical Sciences provides interdisciplinary graduate education in a variety of basic biomedical science areas. The program stresses laboratory investigation and original research under the direction of a faculty member. The Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences also emphasizes flexibility and individual choice in the development of the student’s overall program of study and offers several specializations. At the present time, faculty are conducting research in the broad areas of Cancer Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Infectious Diseases, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Systems Physiology and Structural Biology. Learn more at usd.edu/bbsci.

Master of Science, (thesis): Total 31 credit hours

  • Basic Biomedical Core 2 credit hours
  • Thesis 15 credit hours
  • Supporting courses outside of area 14 credit hours

Required core courses for M.S.: 17 credit hours

Master of Science, (non-thesis): Total 32 credit hours

  • Basic Biomedical Core 5 credit hours
  • Supporting courses 27 credit hours

Supporting Area Coursework

27 credit hours of supporting coursework from the options listed below (other choices must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee and the Division’s Graduate Committee). Please check with the Division Office for a more comprehensive list of courses at Biomed@usd.edu or 658-6322.

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

Location Matters for Non-Licensure Track Programs

This program is not designed or advertised to lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

USD is permitted to operate under the terms of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) policies and standards in offering online courses/degree programs to residents in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Online courses/programs may also be offered to residents of California (a non-SARA state) because it does not regulate out-of-state public institutions.

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. Please contact a program representative if you have questions regarding supervised field study.

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

For more information, please visit USD’s State Authorization page or contact your admissions counselor.


Basic Biomedical Sciences
605-658-6322 | biomed@usd.edu | usd.edu/biomed

Graduate Admissions
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad


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