Dakota State University students walking around campus

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.

Majors & Degrees

Collaborate with Dakota State

Dakota State University’s mission is to prepare cyber-savvy graduates who are lifelong learners, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders to live lives of positive purpose and consequence. Here are some distinctive reasons to partner with Dakota State.

Leadership development

Your employees can expand their skills and abilities through certificates or advanced degrees in Cyber Defense, Cyber Operations, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Information Systems, MBA, Data Analytics, Health Informatics, and Educational Technology

Workforce & talent development

Our students are highly employable, demonstrated by our most recent placement numbers of 99.7%. They have a strong knowledge base in their field, and gain soft skill experience through additional professional opportunities and extra-curricular activities. Employ Top-Tier Students with Technology-Enhanced Skills—Best in Class for Internships and New Employees

  • Our students learn leadership skills through research project opportunities, extracurricular activities including regional, national, and international competitions, or athletics.
  • We offer a variety of opportunities for employers to connect with our students through internships and apprenticeships, career & internship fairs, employer information sessions, on-campus and virtual interviews, classroom presentations and more. We also have the largest CyberCorps scholarship for service program in the U.S.

Research & entrepreneurship

Key areas for R&D at DSU include the areas of national security and defense, financial services, healthcare, agriculture, and manufacturing. We support our faculty and students in these endeavors, providing access to cutting-edge applied R&D research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in these specific areas:

  • Digital Forensics Research and Investigations
  • Cyber Health Research and Development
  • Protection of Operational Technology (OT)
  • Securing of IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Threat Intelligence and Analysis
  • Cloud Security
  • Blockchain and Cryptography
  • Incident Response and Management
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
  • AI and Machine Learning in Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Agriculture Research & Development

Fostering economic opportunity & diversity

By partnering with DSU faculty and researchers, your business can:

  • Gain access to world class expertise in artificial intelligence, data analytics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, and finance with DSU’s signature technology-enhanced environment in our Beacom College of Business and Information Systems.
  • Work with experienced faculty who have prior business experience.
  • Partner with faculty who have years of experience working on projects with businesses, state & federal government agencies, health care organizations, and non-profits!.

About DSU

Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D., is a special-focus STEM university, offering associate through doctoral degrees in our four colleges – Arts & Sciences, Business and Information Systems, Education, and The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. We focus on the development, application, implications, and impacts of computing, information technologies and cyber security in all areas of human endeavor. DSU has three designations as Centers of Academic Excellence in cyber defense, cyber operations, and research from the National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DSU is home to the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs®), a cyber R&D hub with labs and institutes that explore and advance technology application, workforce development, business expansion, economic growth, and policy improvement across multiple disciplines and fields.