Graduate Office Overview

The graduate programs at Dakota State University have several strong advantages over competing programs: all programs benefit from the technology infrastructure already in place on our campus; all programs are supported by a faculty and staff whose technology skills are extraordinarily high. Additional information about DSU's graduate programs can be found at:

Doctor of Science (D.Sc. IS) in Information Systems

The Doctor of Science (D.Sc. IS) in Information Systems is designed to prepare individuals for careers in research, teaching, and corporate employment. This program emphasizes applied scholarship, focusing on multi-disciplinary research projects with a strong emphasis on the productive application of information systems and information technology to organizations and their management.

The program supports a thriving and sustained applied research program that meets the research needs of the State of South Dakota, the university, and its graduate students. The degree program is intended to produce graduates with a commanding knowledge of information systems and of applications and research in information systems.

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Masters of Business Administration in General Management

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management is an MBA that has an information technology focus with it. The MBA is offered at the University Center in Sioux Falls, SD and distantly via Internet. The program is intended to meet the growing demands of the Sioux Falls area and the need to employee more people with graduate degrees in business. The program is intended to meet that demand, particularly for entry-level and lower-middle management professionals who are pursuing the degree as a means of improving their business expertise and their employment prospects. The program will prepare students for careers in business and provide opportunities for career advancement.

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Masters of Science in Analytics

The Masters of Science in Analytics (MSA) will prepare graduates with the skill set necessary to transform them into Analytics and Data Science professionals. These professionals are needed to solve crucial data-driven business problems and assist with analytics-driven decision making that is needed in the work force as the progression of big data jobs continues to grow.

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Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science

The Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS) is fundamentally different from traditional computer science programs. Computer Science focuses primarily on the theoretical aspects of computer systems and computability. Applied Computer Science builds upon these same foundations, but emphasizes the practical application of computer science methods to resolve business and other real-world problems through the design and development of software applications and the planning and deployment of computer systems.

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Masters of Science in Educational Technology

The Masters of Science in Educational Technology (MSET) is an instructional technology program designed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for educators who are trained to integrate computer technologies into the curriculum and instruction.

As computers and technology have become a significant part of the teaching and learning process, addressing the information needs of teachers has become the key to integrating technology into the classroom and increasing student learning.

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Masters of Science in Health Informatics

The Masters of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) is intended to produce master's-prepared health informatics professionals for executive-level and enterprise-wide administrative, research, and/or applied health informatics positions.

Graduates of the DSU program are expected to play a key role in the design, development and management of health information systems in healthcare-related facilities, agencies and organizations, in integrated delivery systems, and in interconnected, community-wide health data exchanges and regional networks. The program is intended to attract students with a variety of educational backgrounds and disciplines.

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Masters of Science in Information Assurance

The Masters of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) prepares graduates to protect an organization's information assets. It educates graduates in advanced technology, security and implementation issues. Specializations include Banking and Financial Security and CyberSecurity.

There is an acute shortage of properly prepared security professionals who can meet the needs of organizations and governments to understand, prepare for, respond to, and recover from cyber attacks at all levels.

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Masters of Science in Information Systems

The Masters of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) is an advanced degree that combines the technical foundations of computer science with key business concepts and applications. MSIS coursework focuses on the integration of information technology with business problems and opportunities, enabling information systems professionals to understand technological issues as well as business concepts and fundamentals.

The MSIS, while still offering a business application orientation, is substantially more technical than an MBA with an information systems concentration. MBA programs are designed to expose students to a common body of knowledge in basic business disciplines and functions.

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Last Updated: 5/27/14