Program Overview

South Dakota State University offers the Master of Science in Sociology with a specialization in Community Development, a program that opens up the opportunity to study with leading educators and researchers representing diverse fields including community and regional planning, architecture, sociology, Native American studies, economics and natural resources. This degree can equip you with the tools and educational experience to be more effective. 

You will have the opportunity to select a specialized emphasis of study from one of the following four areas: 

  • Working with Native Communities
  • Building Economic Capacity
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Non-Profit Management

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    A minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional acceptance. An official bachelor's degree transcript.

    School Overview

    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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