Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences
University of South Dakota

Program Details

The University of South Dakota offers an online Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Sciences for you to expand your career.  Whether you are pursuing teaching and academia or a leadership role within your healthcare organization, this program can be tailored to your individual career path.  Electives, course projects and your dissertation can all be geared towards your goals.  What’s more, is that this degree is intended for working professionals.  The online format can accommodate your schedule and existing obligations.

This PhD program also has realistic expectations of face-to-face time.  There is an orientation and dissertation “boot camp” which require attendance on campus.  Your dissertation will also be defended at USD.  However, with permission, all of the research for your dissertation may be completed remotely.


  • Baccalaureate degree must be from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 on conferred degree and/or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale, on all graduate coursework is required for full admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check upon acceptance

School Accreditation Statement

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