Dakota State University

Category: Public Universities with fewer than 10000 enrolled students | State: South Dakota

About Dakota State University

At Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, students can be part of innovative degree programs that are affordable and career-focused. When they become DSU Trojans, they can look forward to a rewarding career like 94% of our 2015 graduates. At DSU, we offer tech-infused degrees for many interests, not just computer science! Students can find a fit in one of our business, communications, digital media, health, math, science, education or technology programs. Students also benefit from small classes with individual attention and state-of-the-art degrees where you get to work directly with the experts that know the field.
STATUS: Military Friendly®

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Why attend Dakota State University

Dakota State University is an excellent choice for military members for a variety of reasons, including cutting-edge academics, a caring campus community and expert faculty. We have many degree programs that appeal to military members along with an articulation agreement with the NSA for our cyber operations program. We are proud that we are able to help military members, both on-campus and online, with a rewarding degree that we help guide the military student through every step of the way. DSU also offers an on-campus military resource center to provide a quiet atmosphere for studying and relaxation.


Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamBusiness Administration & Management, General

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.


Computer & Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

A program that prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures. Includes instruction in computer architecture, programming, and systems analysis; networking; telecommunications; cryptography; security system design; applicable law and regulations; risk assessment and policy analysis; contingency planning; user access issues; investigation techniques; and troubleshooting.


Computer & Information Systems Services Management


Computer Science

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.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $6,984 $9,900 $5,483 $10,368
Fees $1,163 $1,163 $698 $698
Room $3,494 $3,494 $3,494 $3,494
Board $2,917 $2,917 $2,917 $2,917
Books $1,200 $1,200 $900 $900
Other Expenses $3,362 $4,150 $4,692 $4,937
Totals $19,120 $22,824 $18,184 $23,314
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • ACT or SAT test scores required for admission
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on DSST exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • In-state tuition without residency requirements for military personnel
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Returning student receive reimbursement or remission of course fees
  • On-campus living requirement for students at any point in their enrollment
  • Dedicated social space for gathering (e.g. a student lounge or veteran center) reserved specifically for military service members and veterans
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?