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SDSU's M.S. in Community Development

Community Development deals with challenges faced by communities in the United States and other countries, particularly those in rural areas. Global economic restructuring and the devolution of government services have produced an environment in which Community Developers are called on to think and act in innovative ways.


Community Development is a progressive field, actively promoting positive social, economic, cultural and environmental change. It encourages people to see the "whole picture," engaging citizens in democratic decision making and action. As a student in the Community Development degree program, you have 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.

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Thank you for choosing us, the six universities of South Dakota, to further your education.  Listed below are the links to to the admissions offices for each university.  You may contact any office listed below for general admissions information.  If you have selected a specific program of study you are encouraged to contact the university which offers that program for more detailed information.

Black Hills State University
Office of Admissions
1200 University St. Unit 9502
Spearfish, SD 57799-9502
Phone: (605) 642-6343
Email: admissions@bhsu.edu

Dakota State University

Office of Admissions
820 N. Washington Ave.
Madison, SD 57042
Phone: 1-888-DSU-9988 (888-378-9988) (toll free)
Email: admissions@dsu.edu

Northern State University
Office of Admissions
Student Center 213
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: (605) 626-3011 or 1-800-NSU-5330
Email: admissions@northern.edu

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Office of Admissions
501 E. Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 394-2414 or 877-877-6044
Email: admissions@sdsmt.edu

South Dakota State University 

Office of Admissions
Box: 2201
Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: (605) 688-4121 or 1-800-952-3541
Email: sdsu.admissions@sdstate.edu


University of South Dakota
Office of Admissions
Division of Continuing & Distance Education
McKusick Room 211
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 677-6240 or 1-800-233-7937
Email: cde@usd.edu

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