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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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Dakota State The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Smarter cyber starts at Dakota State

Are you dreaming of founding the next unicorn startup? A budding scientist obsessed with artificial intelligence? A white-hat hacker plotting ways to channel your mad skills for a greater good?

With innovative education, research, partnerships, and outreach programs, you can launch your career at DSU, where cyber security and cyber operations get smarter.

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences offers elite training in the latest tech alongside a stellar foundation of critical thinking, problem-solving, and team-building skills that, unlike the latest device or app, will never be obsolete.

That’s just one of the reasons why DSU has Center of Academic Excellence designations from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This close relationship with the NSA and DHS exemplifies the excellence that DSU has achieved in cyber security education and research. 

Degrees and programs

Our programs teach students like you serious cyber skills to defeat real-world threats and attacks. Our undergraduate degree in cyber operations is the top technical program in the country to learn both defensive and offensive hacking techniques. But that's just one of the paths you can choose. 

We offer a wide range of certificates and degrees in fields like computer science, game design, information technology, and networking. Our impressive credentials enable our cyber programs to continually score well in national rankings for academic quality and affordability, online and on-campus, at all degree levels. 

Dakota State is leading the way in growing tomorrow's cyber security leaders today. In fact, we've seen steady increases in enrollment over the last several years and our cyber security program has grown by 8% within the same time period. 

The Military Times has also ranked DSU as 'Best for Vets', #29 in 2019; organizations such as Affordable Colleges Online, Best College Reviews, College Choice, and U.S. News & World Report also rank our programs well.

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“DSU definitely prepared me through course experience, project experience, or absorbing knowledge through conversations.”

Evan Bolt - Cyber Operations ‘17, MSCS '19

Overachievers, unite!

Craving more? Don't worry, we have plenty of ways for you to excel.

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Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems

Our Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems is a minor for students in any degree program who want to demonstrate expertise in their fields.

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As a Beacom student, you're eligible for financial aid and a number of scholarships designed for future innovators just like you. The Cyber Corps Scholarship program is just one example: full-ride scholarships, stipends, research opportunities and a guaranteed security job in federal, state, local and tribal government organizations once you graduate.

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Honors program

Challenge yourself intellectually with advanced courses and peers who crave the same. Connect with faculty who cheer you on. The General Beadle Honors Program is an option for any major, in any college.

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4+1 program

You not only have the goal of completing a bachelor’s degree, but you also want to push yourself to obtain your master’s degree. Our 4+1 program gives you the unique opportunity to finish both degrees in just five years. The program is offered in various disciplines to fit your career aspirations.

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Your cyber headquarters

The Beacom Institute of Technology is your technology-forward launchpad. In addition to the best education, you'll work in state-of-the-art facilities, exceptional classrooms, labs, and collaborative spaces designed especially for the needs of cyber security and other tech-intensive programs.

Students also learn from the best as DSU faculty members are some of the nation's top authorities on preventing, detecting, and battling digital crime, focusing on cyber security, ethical hacking, and cyber operations. With a blend of classroom theory, hands-on learning, and practical application, they prepare students for real-world careers with noteworthy opportunities.

DSU has robust partnerships with the NSA, DHS, and the US National Science Foundation. Some students even get to work on actual NSA cyber projects in a secure lab on the DSU campus, side-by-side with NSA staff and expert DSU faculty. These opportunities give you the hands-on experience needed to secure a job in the cyber world. 

You can also 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.

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Madison Cyber Labs

Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs®) is a prominent hub for research, development, and economic opportunity at DSU. With cyber security and cyber operations in mind, MadLabs® contains secure labs so student and faculty researchers can pursue work that's critical to the growth of the cyber universe. 

MadLabs® has also formed partnerships with the government, businesses, nonprofits, and other higher education institutions. These partnerships are beneficial for our students, as they create the potential for internships, employee recruitment, and more. 

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Conferences and competitions

Hosted by corporate and government sponsors, the annual three-day DakotaCon Security Conference is held to discuss the latest cyber security developments. You can interact with top minds from all over the world, attend training, and network with other professionals.

Our cyber students also compete and succeed in national and international competitions. DSU teams master practical skills as they defend simulated networks against attacks at Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions (CCDC), National Cyber League (NCL), and U.S. Department of Energy Cyber Defense Competitions at Argonne National Labs, and at the offensive Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC).

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Cyber security camps

DSU hosts the largest residential GenCyber camps in the country, with a week-long GenCyber co-ed camp for 9th-12th graders and GenCyber Girls in CybHER® camp for 6th-9th graders.

At no cost, over 425 students gather to participate in hands-on sessions, games, Cyberlympics, and more. Featured speakers from various technology companies and agencies also attend the camps, to share opportunities and real-life advice for students seeking cyber careers. 

We also host the largest residential summer GenCyber teacher camp for 6th to 12th-grade teachers who teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Teachers who attend can explore cyber security and learn how to effectively incorporate it into their classrooms.


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Making it Mobile

Gabe Simao will be working on converting the game 3 O’clock Horror (currently available for play on Steam) to a mobile game as part of his SRI grant.

Mi Scusi and 3 O clock Horror are available for download and play.

DSU students add their games to Steam website

There are currently two different games on the online gaming platform Steam that have been designed by Dakota State University game design students. Mi Scusi and 3 O’clock Horror are available for download and play.

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Native American heritage events planned at DSU

November is Native American Heritage Month, and DSU’s Native American Student Association Club (NASA) has several events planned for the observance. DSU students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to attend any or all of these events, which bring awareness to the importance of Native Heritage.

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The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

820 N Washington Ave.
Madison SD 57042