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Special Student Application (non-degree seeking)

A student who holds a baccalaureate-level degree who wishes to take course work but who does not want to enter (or has not been admitted to) a graduate degree program, may enroll in graduate-level courses provided that the student meets prerequisite conditions for the specific course(s), as determined by the course instructor. A maximum of nine (9) graduate credit hours earned while enrolled as a special student may be applied to a graduate degree program. Special students are not eligible for financial aid.

Application deadlines and details

Applications will be reviewed on a regularly scheduled basis as they arrive. Due to the restrictions on the size of some classes, particularly distance classes, and potential space limitations, applications should be sent as early as possible.

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

  • The D.Sc. IS program admits students in the fall only.
  • Applications are to be turned in by May 15th for admission for the following fall semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
  • Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Masters of Science in Educational Technology (MSET)

  • The MSET program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
  • Applications must be received by August 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester; April 15th for the summer semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
  • Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Masters of Business Administration in General Management (MBA)

  • The MBA program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Applications must be received by August 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester; April 15th for the summer semester.
  • Application deadlines are subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Masters of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

  • The MSHI program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Applications must be received by August 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester; April 15th for the summer semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
  • Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Masters of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA)

  • The MSIA program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Applications must be received by August 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester; April 15th for the summer semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
  • Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Masters of Science in Analytics (MSA)

  • The MSA program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Applications must be received by August 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester; April 15th for the summer semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
  • Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS)

  • The MSACS program admits students in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Applications must be received by August 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester; April 15th for the summer semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
  • Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Masters of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

  • The MSIS program admits students in the fall and spring terms.
  • Applications must be received by August 15th for the fall semester; November 15th for the spring semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
  • Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

General Admission Requirements

The Dakota State University Graduate programs seek highly motivated individuals with education and professional credentials that will enable them to be successful graduate students. Admission to the graduate programs is based upon a combination of the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE/GMAT. See program requirements for which test is required for specific programs. The test must have been taken within the last five years. The test can be waived if one of the following conditions is met:
    • A cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
    • Official admission into and demonstrated success in a regionally accredited graduate program in the U.S. Demonstrated success is defined as grades of A or B in at least 9 hours of graduate work.
    • OR Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S. at least 15 years ago or more.
  • Other factors (such as student maturity, references, or special expertise) also may be used to determine admission to the program. Also see program specific admission requirements for additional requirements.

Program specific admission requirements

Doctor of Science in Information Systems (D.Sc. IS)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree. International students must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is the equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system).
  • Students who enter the program with graduate course work in disciplines related to information systems may have to complete some master-level information systems requirements. Students who enter the program without a master's degree in information systems and without an undergraduate background in information systems will be required to complete a series of foundation courses.
  • Essential knowledge in both business fundamentals and information systems. This knowledge includes the following:
    • that they can analyze organizational systems and take appropriate action with particular business structures, particularly overcoming resistance to change;
    • organizations, and the role of IT professionals in developing, acquiring and managing IS;
    • systems including, setting a direction for information resources, managing technology resources, and managing the information systems function; (Windows and UNIX);
    • ability to use spreadsheets for computations and analysis;
    • ability to create spreadsheets that support problem-specific decision-making activities; and
    • understanding of the principles of programming and the ability to program.
  • The knowledge requirement can be met in a variety of ways, including: an undergraduate degree in MIS; specific undergraduate or graduate course work that covers required knowledge; appropriate, verifiable IS/IT or management experience. Students using experience to meet the knowledge requirements may be required to demonstrate competency in the subject.
  • Students who have not had appropriate coursework or acceptable experience to meet the knowledge requirements will be admitted to the program if they meet the other minimum requirements. However, these students will be required to meet the knowledge requirement by satisfactory completion of specified knowledge support courses as part of their program of study.
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE. The test must have been taken within the last five years.

Masters of Science in Educational Technology (MSET)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree. International students must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is the equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system).
  • Demonstrated basic knowledge of computers and their applications for educational purposes. Basic knowledge can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
    • Technology endorsement from an accredited university; or
    • In-service position as full or part-time technology coordinator in a public school.
  • A personal statement of technological competency. The statement should not exceed 2 pages and should be accompanied by supporting documentation or electronic references, e.g., URL.
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE. The test must have been taken within the last five years.

Masters of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree. International students must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is the equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Essential knowledge of information systems fundamentals. The knowledge requirement can be met in a variety of ways, including: related undergraduate degree in MIS; specific undergraduate or graduate course work that covers required knowledge; appropriate, verifiable IS/IT experience. Students using experience to meet the knowledge requirements may be required to demonstrate competency in the subject. Students who have not had appropriate coursework or acceptable experience to meet the knowledge requirements may be admitted to the program if they meet the other minimum requirements. However, these students will be required to meet the knowledge requirement by satisfactory completion of specified knowledge support courses as part of their program of study. These courses are:
    • INFS 601 Foundations of Information Systems
    • INFS 612 The Management and Evaluation of Information Systems.
  • Essential knowledge of healthcare delivery fundamentals. The knowledge requirement can be met in a variety of ways, including: related undergraduate degree in health information management or healthcare field; specific undergraduate or graduate course work that covers required knowledge; appropriate, verifiable healthcare experience. Students using experience to meet the knowledge requirements may be required to demonstrate competency in the subject. Students who have not had appropriate coursework or acceptable experience to meet the knowledge requirements may be admitted to the program if they meet the other minimum requirements. However, these students will be required to meet the knowledge requirement by satisfactory completion of specified knowledge support courses as part of their program of study.
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE. The test must have been taken within the last five years.

Masters of Business Administration in General Management (MBA)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree.Students entering into the program will likely come from a variety of backgrounds. Those students who do not meet certain requirements in the business administration area may be required to take additional knowledge support courses.
Students must have evidence of one of the following requirements below.

  • B.S. in Business Administration with cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0.
  • Two years of professional employment plus transcripts from undergraduate or graduate degree with GPA ≥ 3.0.
  • Undergraduate degree and GMAT or GRE score
    • 200 * undergraduate GPA + GMAT score > 950, with a minimum GMAT score of 450.
    • 200 * undergraduate GPA + GRE score > 1350, with a minimum GRE score of 360 verbal and 480 quantitative.
  • Students may be provisionally admitted under DSU policy.

Master of Science in Analytics (MSA)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree. International students must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is the equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system)
  • Transcripts should show completion of courses in key areas equivalent to:
    • Database design/programming including familiarity with SQL (INFS 760 or STAT 410/510)
    • Understanding of the principles of programming (INFS 605 or equivalent)
    • Understanding of statistical principles (INFS 608 or (STAT 281 and STAT 441/541))

Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree. International students must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is the equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

  • B.S. in Computer Science (or closely related field) with cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0
  • Transcript should show completion of courses in key areas:
    • Programming ( C, C++) and programming language foundations
    • Data structures and algorithms
    • Math foundations (discrete math)
    • Students may be required to take undergraduate or foundation classes in order to make up for deficiencies.

Masters of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree. International students must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is the equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system).
  • Essay in response to a security problem scenario. The scenario is included on the additional information required of MSIA applicants form.
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE. The test must have been taken within the last five years.

Masters of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
Entering students will be required to have a baccalaureate degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for that degree. International students must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is the equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system).
  • Essential knowledge in both business fundamentals and information systems. This knowledge includes the following:
    • that they can analyze organizational systems and take appropriate action with particular business structures, particularly overcoming resistance to change;
    • organizations, and the role of IT professionals in developing, acquiring and managing IS;
    • systems including, setting a direction for information resources, managing technology resources, and managing the information systems function; (Windows and UNIX);
    • ability to use spreadsheets for computations and analysis;
    • ability to create spreadsheets that support problem-specific decision-making activities; and
    • understanding of the principles of programming and the ability to program.
  • The knowledge requirement can be met in a variety of ways, including: an undergraduate degree in MIS; specific undergraduate or graduate course work that covers required knowledge; appropriate, verifiable IS/IT or management experience. Students using experience to meet the knowledge requirements may be required to demonstrate competency in the subject.
  • Students who have not had appropriate coursework or acceptable experience to meet the knowledge requirements will be admitted to the program if they meet the other minimum requirements. However, these students will be required to meet the knowledge requirement by satisfactory completion of specified knowledge support courses as part of their program of study.
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE. The test must have been taken within the last five years.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)/Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

Graduate admission test scores, used in combination with undergraduate grades, assist in predicting academic success. Information about the GRE/GMAT including: sample test questions, test sites, and hints for taking the tests, is available at the respective GRE/GMAT websites.

In South Dakota the GRE test is given at:

  • Prometric Testing Center
    4700 South Technopolis Dr Suite 4
    Sioux Falls, SD 57106
    Phone: 605-362-4875
  • DSU GRE code number: 6247

In South Dakota the GMAT test is given at various locations, please check the GMAT website for a list of test centers.

Students not in South Dakota should check the GRE websiteNew Window for a list of test sites.
Students not in South Dakota should check the GMAT website for a list of test sites.

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Last Updated: 7/3/14