Tuition and Fees

It’s time to invest in yourself.

Your education is an investment in your future—and with a graduate degree from DSU, you’re poised to see a terrific return.

Residency requirements.

For the following tuition rates, you know you’re a South Dakota resident if:

  • You have been a bona fide emancipated resident of South Dakota for at least 12 months; or
  • You are the spouse or minor dependent of an emancipated person who has moved to South Dakota for employment; or
  • You have married a bona fide resident of South Dakota.

If you want to become a resident of South Dakota for tuition purposes, you can apply at our Enrollment Services Office. 

Cost per credit hour.

We like to be up-front with the costs of graduate education. We also do everything we can to help mitigate those costs, from graduate assistantships to scholarships.

Here is the breakdown by residency status, for a more detailed listing see our rate schedule.

Cost per credit hour for SD residents:

  • Madison main campus: $343.35 per credit hour
    • State employees: $191.05 per credit hour
    • Teacher certification: $191.05 per credit hour
    • Students over 65: $206.30 per credit hour
  • University Center - Sioux Falls: $442.05 per credit hour
    • State employees: $289.75 per credit hour
  • Online courses: $442.05 per credit hour
  • LT (MSET courses) prefix* courses : $343.35 per credit hour
  • Graduate Assistant:
    • Madison main campus: $200.20 per credit hour
    • Online: $298.90 per credit hour

For Minnesota residents:

  • Madison main campus: $477.20 per credit hour
  • University Center - Sioux Falls: $442.05 per credit hour
  • Online courses: $442.05 per credit hour
  • LT (MSET courses) prefix* courses : $477.20 per credit hour
  • Graduate Assistant:
    • Madison main campus: $200.20 per credit hour
    • Online: $298.90 per credit hour

For non-SD residents (including international students):

  • Madison campus : $614.75 per credit hour
  • University Center - Sioux Falls: $442.05 per credit hour
  • Online courses: $442.05 per credit hour
  • LT (MSET) prefix* courses: $614.75 per credit hour
  • Graduate Assistant:
    • Madison main campus: $200.20 per credit hour
    • Online: $298.90 per credit hour

* “LT prefix” refers to courses in the MSET program with an LT prefix, e.g., LT731. All LT prefix courses are billed at the on-campus rate only.

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What if I’m taking undergraduate courses?

If you are a graduate student taking undergraduate courses, you’ll just pay the undergraduate tuition rate for those courses.

Do I still have to pay if I don’t go to class?

Yes. Failure to attend class will not cancel your financial obligation to the university.

Other fees.

As with most tuition rates, books, lab fees and additional course materials are not included in the per-credit-hour rates.

If you plan to live on campus, you may also wish to learn more about housing and meal plan costs. The costs are the same for graduates and undergraduates.

Tuition reduction.

Many types of graduate students are eligible for tuition reduction, including South Dakota-certified teachers, members of the National Guard, state employees, and students who are awarded a graduate assistantship

National Guard members

Members of the SD National Guard are eligible for reduced tuition equal to one half of the resident state-supported tuition rate on any hours not covered by federal education benefits. The graduate benefit is limited to 32 credit hours. Students will be billed at the full rate with the benefit paid by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

SD teachers (K-12)

If you are an elementary or secondary teacher or vocational instructor who meets certain criteria, you’re eligible for a 50% tuition reduction for certain courses. This benefit is limited to 6 credit hours per year. Off-campus and distance courses are not eligible for tuition reduction.

If you are taking eligible courses during the fall and spring terms, you must be under a current teaching contract. If you’re taking courses during the summer term, you must be under a teaching contract for the succeeding school year to qualify for tuition benefits.

To apply for reduced tuition, simply complete Form 250-97 (PDF) and submit it at the time of registration.

Questions?

Contact us online or by calling the graduate office at (605) 256-5799.

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