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Dakota State University

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Dakota State University, often called DSU, is a public institution of higher learning residing in Madison, South Dakota. It began as a normal school and stays true to its history by placing a special focus on teacher preparation with expertise in computer technology in the instructional and learning processes. It also specializes in computer information systems, computer management, and other related areas. The university provides students with a motivating, supportive, and stimulating academic experience. In all programs, learning is improved by access to cutting-edge technology and information. The mission of DSU is to provide education that incorporates technology and innovation to prepare students for success in today's global society. To expand upon its mission, Dakota State University strives to become the institution of choice for students looking for a student-centered school that offers innovative programs supported by instruction, technology, research, and service. It is committed to serving local, national, and global markets. The values include student success, continuous improvement, university-wide excellence, academic freedom and integrity, technology and innovation, distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service, diversity, respect and inclusion, and community, collaboration and communication. Its goals include education to stimulate, grow to thrive, innovate to change, and collaborate to lead. Dakota State University offers over 35 majors and a rigorous graduate program through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Information Systems, College of Education, Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, and General Education. It strives to keep its classes small and the student to faculty ratio is 17 to one.

Dakota State University was established in 1881 as Dakota Normal School, with the intention of training future teachers. Over time, the name changed to Madison State Normal School, Eastern State Normal, Eastern State Teachers College, General Beadle State Teachers College and General Beadle State College. In 1960s, the school added business and traditional arts and sciences. It became Dakota State College in 1969. In the late 1970s, health services, health information management and respiratory care were added. In 1984, the South Dakota Legislature and South Dakota Board of Regents altered the mission of the state to focus on technology and information systems. It officially became Dakota State University in 1989 to better demonstrate its purpose. Today, DSU prides itself as one of the most technologically-advanced institutions in the Midwest region. It is home to more than 3,000 students and is recognized at the regional and national level as a leader in the incorporation of technology in the academic experience of all students.

Doctor of Science in Information Systems

The Doctor of Science in Information Systems provides students with a strong control of applications and research methods. It prepares them to create and support new information technology advances. The program focuses on applied scholarship that emphasizes multi-disciplinary research projects with a strong stress on the constructive use of information systems and information technology to entities and their management. Students receive the chance to conduct various research, and then use that research to create a written dissertation on a cutting edge topic in information systems. Students are able to tailor their learning with five specializations: application development, network administration and security, data management, healthcare information systems, and general specialization. The program also offers three research specializations: analytics and decision support, healthcare information systems, and information assurance and computer security. Each specialization involves a sequence of courses that provide students with the know-how of the most modern issues in the field. Students can pursue the program on either a part-time or full-time basis and all courses are offered online. A minimum of 88 credits are required to complete the program, including 63 credit hours of graduate coursework, a comprehensive examination, qualifying portfolio, and 25 credit hours of dissertation. The information systems core courses include project and change management, system analysis and design using case tools, enterprise modeling and data management, web application development, information technology strategy and policy, IT infrastructure, technology, and data management. Upon completion of the Doctor of Science in Information Systems program from Dakota State University, graduates will possess a superior level of understanding of information system theory and practice, quantitative research methods, and qualitative design.

Dakota State University Accreditation Details

The Higher Learning Commission accredits Dakota State University to grant associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Dakota State University Application Requirements


• Complete and submit the undergraduate application

• Pay the $20 nonrefundable application fee

• Submit official high school transcript

• Submit official transcripts from all previously enrolled institutions of higher learning

• Submit official SAT or ACT scores

• Submit official AP or CLEP scores if applicable

• Complete additional requirements for specific programs


• Complete and submit the graduate application

• Pay the nonrefundable $35 graduate application fee

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning

• Submit official graduate level test scores, such as the GRE or GMAT

• Submit additional materials as required by specific programs

Tuition and Financial Aid



• South Dakota and Iowa resident: $278.70 per credit hour

• Minnesota reciprocity: $285.80 per credit hour

• Non-resident: $376.35 per credit hour


• South Dakota resident: $353.70 per credit hour

• Minnesota reciprocity: $490.40 per credit hour

• Non-resident: $626.50 per credit hour

Online and Other Off-Campus

• Undergraduate: $335 per credit hour

• Undergraduate NR CSC courses: $460.60 per credit hour

• Graduate: $444.25 per credit hour

Financial Aid

Dakota State University is committed to helping students afford their college education. Scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs are available.


• Dakota State University Presidential Champion Scholarship

• Dakota State University Merit Champion Scholarship

• South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

• Dakota State University Achievement Champion Scholarship

• Dakota State University Transfer Champion Scholarship

• Dakota Corps Scholarship


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

• Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant


• Federal Subsidized Direct Loan

• Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan

• Federal PLUS Loan

• Federal Graduate PLUS Loan

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study program is available for eligible students who demonstrate financial need. The program enables students to work on a part-time basis either on or off campus to earn money to pay for college related costs. A variety of opportunities are available, including ones that will provide students with experience for future careers. The pay is at least minimum wage but varies by employer, job duties, and qualifications of the student.


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