Administration Lane, Brookings, SD 57007-1898

School Details

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University first began as an agricultural school around the time that South Dakota gained statehood. By the 1920s, the school offered programs in five divisions: Agriculture, Engineering, General Science, Home Economics, and Pharmacy. By the mid-nineteenth century, a nursing program was introduced, followed by graduate programs. In 1964, South Dakota State College became South Dakota State University and the school continued to expand academic offerings. South Dakota State currently implements a five-year strategic plan, Impact 2018: A Strategic Vision, that “will enhance the future of South Dakota citizens while supporting positive change and meeting the challenges of a global, complex and interconnected society.”

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher-education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs, from certificates to doctoral degrees, within the following colleges and schools:

  • College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences 
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Sciences
  • Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • University College
  • Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College
  • Graduate School

The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

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Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

All Programs

Art & Liberal Arts

Associate of Arts in General Studies Bachelor of General Studies Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Certificate in Workplace Intercultural Competence Master of Arts in English Master of Mass Communication Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies


Associate of Science in Construction Technology Graduate Certificate in Family Financial Planning (Great Plains IDEA) Graduate Certificate in Merchandising (Great Plains IDEA) Master in Family Financial Planning (Great Plains IDEA) Master of Science in Merchandising (Great Plains IDEA)

Criminal Justice, Safety & Law

Certificate in Agricultural & Environmental Law (Great Plains IDEA)


Bachelor of Science in Early Care & Education for a Mobile Society (Great Plains IDEA) Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction Master of Education in Educational Administration Master of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences Education (Great Plains IDEA)


Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Science Master of Science in Dietetics (Great Plains IDEA)

Math & Science

Bachelor of Science in Geography Certificate in Swine Science (Great Plains IDEA) Graduate Certificate in Animal Science (Great Plains IDEA) Graduate Certificate in Grassland Management (Great Plains IDEA) Master of Science in Agricultural Education


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Psychology & Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Sociology Graduate Certificate in Community Development (Great Plains IDEA) Graduate Certificate in Financial & Housing Counseling (Great Plains IDEA) Graduate Certificate in Native Community & Economic Development Master of Science in Family & Community Services (Great Plains IDEA) Master of Science in Sociology / Community Development (Great Plains IDEA)