• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

You will work closely with a faculty advisor in order to design a rigorous course of study that achieves your own personal and professional objectives. 

Current or non-traditional students may also be able to integrate prior coursework into their plans of study. 

Graduates may pursue widely-ranging careers in management, non-profit work, entrepreneurial roles, or a variety of additional options, including graduate school.

This Interdisciplinary Studies  program at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Have unique career goals
  • Want to transcend the traditional approaches and parameters of existing disciplines
  • Seek a broad-based, yet specialized, education
  • Are goal-oriented and creative
  • Are independent-minded and self-motivated

Career Opportunities

  • Entrepreneur/Manager
  • Small Business Owner
  • Executive/Administrator
  • Professional Writer
  • Graduate Student

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International students are eligible to participate in our fully online programs but must do so outside the U.S. due to visa regulations. In addition, students should apply at least 6 months before the application deadline for our fully online programs.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended, Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Natural Sciences
  • Transition to Careers 
  • Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies 
  •  Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Integration 
  •  Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    44

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.6 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completed online application Note: New and transferring international (F-1 visa) undergraduate students should be at least 17 years of age by the time they begin their studies at SDSU.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

New undergraduate students should have the equivalent of a 2.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the US

Transfer students who have completed 30 or more credits at another US college or university should have a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.   

  • Academic Records
  • English Language Proficiency
  • All new undergraduate students (not transfer students) are required to provide proof of their English language proficiency. Scores must be submitted within two years of taking the test. Students from certain countries and based on their educational background may not have to submit scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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