Dakota State University

Dakota State University is a public higher education institution located in Madison, South Dakota that offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs in computer and technology related concentrations across four colleges. Dakota State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  • Average Tution USD 11,062
  • Acceptance Rate 81%
  • Students 3,190
  • International Students 1%
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 19:1

School Description

Dakota State University traces its roots back from the year 1881, when it was first established for the purpose of providing education for students aspiring to become teachers. 135 years later, Dakota State University has evolved to be among Midwest's most technologically-advanced universities.

Today, Dakota State University's Madison campus is home to over 3,000 students, about 14% of which belong to a minority group. It is composed of four colleges through which the university offers over 30 bachelor's and 11 master's degree programs in areas of arts and sciences, business and information systems, computing, and education. Student life at Dakota State University is equipped to provide a full college experience with up to 5 residence halls to accommodate first year students and upperclassmen alike.

Bachelor Programs

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Accounting

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The curriculum focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Business Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Business Technology

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Finance

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Management

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt in a rapidly changing, dynamic, and competitive global marketplace

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Marketing

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    General Studies

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or undifferentiated program in one or more of the legal research or advanced practice fields.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Computer Game Design

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of professionals who use computer systems. Includes instruction in basic computer design and architecture, programming, problems of specific computer applications, component and system maintenance and inspection procedures, hardware and software problem diagnosis and repair, and report preparation.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Computer Information Systems

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of professionals who use computer systems. Includes instruction in basic computer design and architecture, programming, problems of specific computer applications, component and system maintenance and inspection procedures, hardware and software problem diagnosis and repair, and report preparation.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Computer Science

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Network and Security Administration

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of scientific computing and its application. Includes instruction in scientific visualization, multi-scale analysis, grid generation, data analysis, applied mathematics, numerical algorithms, high performance parallel computing, and numerical modeling and simulation with applications in science, engineering and other disciplines in which computation plays an integral role.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Cyber Operations

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program focusing on the principles and techniques used to identify, search, seize and analyze digital media and to conduct cyber investigations against criminal and terrorist activity. Includes instruction in computer boot processes and drives, jumper setting, file access and reconstruction, hacking, network systems, cryptography, programming, investigative techniques, forensic imagery, web-based investigation methods, cyberterrorism, and applicable laws and administrative procedures.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Biology for Information Systems

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; select systems and train personnel; and respond to external data requests. Includes instruction in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Elementary Education/Special Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Computer Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to teach specific social science subjects and programs at various educational levels.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Elementary Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to infant and pre-school age children with special learning needs or disabilities, and that prepares individuals to teach such students. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Digital Arts and Design: Film and Cinematic Arts

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Digital Arts and Design: Computer Graphics

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Digital Arts and Design: Audio Production

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the development, use, critical evaluation, and regulation of new electronic communication technologies using computer applications; and that prepares individuals to function as developers and managers of digital communications media. Includes instruction in computer and telecommunications technologies and processes; design and development of digital communications; marketing and distribution; digital communications regulation, law, and policy; the study of human interaction with, and use of, digital media; and emerging trends and issues.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Mathematics for Information Systems

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of mathematics and statistics to the solution of functional problems in fields such as engineering and the applied sciences. Includes instruction in natural phenomena modeling continuum mechanics, reaction-diffusion, wave propagation, dynamic systems, numerical analysis, controlled theory, asymptotic methods, variation, optimization theory, inverse problems, and applications to specific scientific and industrial topics.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Professional Accountancy

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of mathematics and statistics to the finance industry, including the development, critique, and use of various financial models. Includes instruction in probability theory, statistical analysis, numerical methods, computation and simulation methods, stochastic processes, economics, and financial markets and applications.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Mathematics Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Respiratory Care

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to administer general respiratory care procedures under the supervision of respiratory therapists in a variety of clinical settings. Includes instruction in patient data collection and monitoring, airway management, installation of nebulizers and other respiratory assistance devices, application and monitoring of breathing gases, equipment operation and maintenance, safety and sanitation procedures, and applicable regulations.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Biology Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Health Information Administration

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. Includes instruction in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health law and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Physical Science

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of social systems, social institutions, and social behavior.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    English for New Media

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    English Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Exercise Science

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the rules and techniques of participation and skill building in competitive physical activities, as well as non-competitive physical fitness programs. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • Dakota State University
    820 Washington Ave N, Madison, SD 57042, United States

    Physical Education

    USD 11,062 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on activities and principles that promote physical fitness, achieve and maintain athletic prowess, and accomplish related research and service goals. Includes instruction in human movement studies, motivation studies, rules and practice of specific sports, exercise and fitness principles and techniques, basic athletic injury prevention and treatment, and organizing and leading fitness and sports programs.

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  • Minimum GPA 2.60
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum incoming GRE 297
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 450

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    Established in 1881

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    Dakota State University graduates have a job placement rate of 94%, with some majors successfully reaching up to 100%.

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            • L
              2016-2019, Master's degree

              Really Great Security Program

              What sold me on the Cyber Operations program at DSU was how it is good enough for students to be hired on with government organizations such as the NSA and other high level private organizations like Google.

            • M
              2012-2015, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

              Information Security

              It is a very good school for information security. I like the teachers and Class size.

            • F
              1963-1967, Bachelor of Science (BS)

              A personal goal

              I like the size of the school and the staff that has taken the needs of the student as a personal goal. The school has turned out some of the finest teachers in the midwest and this personal goal between student and teacher has continued.