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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Government & Corporate Partners

Collaboration redefined

At Dakota State University we are redefining government and corporate partnerships. We are committed to developing meaningful connections with educational, public, government, and private entities to combine resources and collaborate. We view these opportunities as a "win-win" for our faculty, students, our partners, and the general public. 

As a small mid-western university, our partnerships began locally. Over time, it is with great pride that we've experienced them grow to the state, regional, and global level. 

Collaborate with us. Rise with us. Succeed with us.

Bring the knowledge you’ve already learned on the job to Dakota State and receive credit! National Security Agency (NSA) employees (military and civilian) can transfer up to 56 National Cryptologic School (NCS) course credits to Dakota State’s bachelor’s degree in online cyber operations.

Dakota State entered into this partnership with the NSA in 2015. It was the first partnership between a public academic institution and NCS.

The program, offered online, enables NSA employees, particularly military personnel, the convenience of completing the degree from anywhere.

Additionally, military employees have already received extensive training to work at the NSA, and this partnership gives them a head start in earning a degree in the cyber field, Steve LaFountain, Dean of NCS College of Cyber at the NSA, shared in the announcement of this program in 2015.

Dakota State is the only South Dakota institution designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in education and research by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security.

For more information regarding CAEs visit the NSA.

Whether you're interested in our undergraduate Cyber Operations program or the Master's in Computer Science, our articulation agreement with NCS can help you complete your education in less time, by applying what you already know.

Undergraduate Program

Cyber Operators Cyber Operations Articulation (COCOA)

Graduate Articulation Program

Computer Science, M.S.- cyber operations specialization

The CyberHealth Strategic Alliance will drive cyberhealth innovation and research and create workforce and economic development for South Dakota.

CyberHealth Strategic Alliance Information