BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University's master's-level athletic training program is joining a regional exchange.

The exchange will qualify students from participating states for the resident tuition rate.

The Western Regional Graduate Student Exchange includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The program offers about 275 programs at 52 participating institutions. It gives students access to master's and doctoral degree programs that are of demonstrated quality and not widely available in the western region

Regents officials say South Dakota is able to recruit additional graduate students from other states into programs where there is capacity, and in-state students gain the opportunity to pursue specialized programs elsewhere that are not available in South Dakota.

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